Friday, December 11, 2015

Native Lager

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20Chad9976 (1512) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2015
Sometimes 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.

RATING: 6/10

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