think I’m more forgiving than the average beer drinker. I got burned on
an old can of Broken Bow Broken Auger Lager a few months ago. I really
wanted to give them another chance (mostly because they’re a New York
brewery), so I picked up another can recently hoping it was from a
fresher batch. Whatever the case may be the beer is nearly as bad as I
remember: sour, tangy, no hop character and rather dull mouthfeel. I
doubt it’s supposed to taste like this but I’m reviewing it anyway.
I poured a 12oz can into a shaker glass. There was no freshness date and it cost $2.45 ($0.20 per ounce).
Appearance: Dark copper color which would be pretty if it weren’t so
hazy. No visible carbonation. Pours to a small, off-white, soapy head
which nearly completely dissipates and leaves no lacing.
Smell: Light lactobacillus scent which is reminiscent of a Flanders Red (but shouldn’t be there). A touch of nutty aroma, too.
Taste: I have a feeling when this beer is fresh it’s at least drinkable,
maybe even good. I don’t know if this brewery has a problem with their
actual brewing and/or their canning process, or if their wholesaler just
sits on product and old cans end up on the shelf of my local bottle
shop. Whatever the case may be, the two times I’ve drank this beer it’s
been clearly infected with lacto and thus makes it impossible to review
the palette as its meant to be tasted. I do detect a little nutty
character to this palate, maybe even some sweet maltiness often found in
amber and Vienna lagers. Unfortunately, the off-flavors are too
distracting and grow more cloying as the beer warms. I could actually
see this sourness working well if done intentional via barrel-aging, but
there’s really no excuse for it in an ordinary canned lager. Amateurs.
Drinkability: For a lager, Broken Bow Broken Auger Lager is surprisingly
not crisp. The mouthfeel is noticeably tepid. Thankfully it goes down
smooth and leaves a clean aftertaste, but the palette isn’t enjoyable to
begin with so it’s moot. The 5% ABV is also moot since I can’t finish