Friday, September 22, 2017

Beck's Premier Light

ChadPolenz (1845) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2017

DOB: 7/3/17

2015 BJCP Category: 5A German Leichtbier

AROMA: Faint malt presence and a hint of cereal-like sweetness. Extremely faint spicy hops. Clean fermentation. No light strike despite green bottles. 7/12

APPEARANCE: Pale/straw hue (1-3 SRM). Extremely clearly. Effervescent. Large bright white foam mostly dissipates but still laces. 3/3

FLAVOR: Little in the way of genuine taste (but that's the point). Palette has hints of base malt with a cereal flavor, but it's mild to say the least. There is more bitterness from the carbonation than the hops. Perhaps a hint of Noble Hop spice in the background somewhere. Clean, dry aftertaste. Clean fermentation. 13/20

MOUTHFEEL: Light body; medium-high carbonation. Smooth, crisp, clean. Refreshing, quaffable and sessionable at only 2.3% ABV. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Since this is the only example of the style you're likely to get in the USA, it's at least in the ballpark. Not bad, just boring. 6/10