AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20Chad9976 (1512) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2015
you absolutely can judge a beer by its label. When I saw Native Lager
on the store shelf I had a feeling it was going to be pretty boring
since the label says nothing about the beer and it has such a generic
name. The brewery’s website goes into a little more detail about it
being an all-German malt, hop and yeast brew. Still, this is much better
than the average macro lager as it’s fairly clean tasting and
inoffensive all around. So much more could be done, though.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tumbler glass. It was bottled on 8/12/15 and cost $2.29 ($0.19 per ounce).
Appearance: Lovely golden/orange hue with near complete clarity.
Carbonation is constantly visible. Pours to a large, white, foamy head
which laces and retains quite well.
Smell: Mild nose to be sure, almost odorless. A familiar lager scent with some maltiness.
Taste: There are a lot of niche-style lagers that have been brewed for
literally centuries. And though this beer is brewed with everything
German, there’s nothing about it that makes it seem as such. From the
first sip to the last drop I taste mostly standard American-style pale
lager. I will say it has a bit more malt character than others of the
general style, but there’s nothing about it that really pops. Hops seem
quite muted as well, though the bottle is relatively old after all.
Thankfully, there’s no glaring flaws like diacetyl or acetaldehyde. I
will say the palette becomes a little sweeter the more I drink; and I
can honest give this beer a thumbs up because of that.
Drinkability: Native Brewing’s website for some strange reason exclaims
that Native Lager has zero aftertaste. I’m not sure that’s an ideal
selling point; nor do I find it to be true. There is a bit of a
lingering lager flavor on the tongue, though it’s mild and easily
overlooked. The mouthfeel is fairly light in body, but not paper thin.
Effervescent at first, but calms down quickly. I’m not sure I’d call it
refreshing, per se. At 5% ABV, this is arguably sessionable, though I’d
want a little more flavor to attempt that. Also, this beer would be
benefited greatly by cans rather than bottles.