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Innis & Gunn Lager Beer - Innis & Gunn

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Innis & Gunn Lager BeerInnis & Gunn Lager Beer

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BA SCORE
76
okay

56 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 15.08%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BlackHaddock on 11-27-2013)
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Reviews by flyingpig:
Photo of flyingpig
3.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle from Tesco (£1.50):
Golden amber with a thin, probably 0.5cm bubbly, white head with alright retention.

Lively with a citrus zest aroma some fruits and subtle hops. Almost like a Corona but a step up at least.

Corn and a sort of vegetable adjunct taste seem to kick things off with this one, although the citrus that dominated with lemon & lime featuring along with some bread.

Light bodied but less carbonated than I had feared, there was some sweetness and a sharp, crisp feel thanks to the excessive amount of citrus throughout the beer, in both the taste and the smell.

Very average indeed and not at all like an Innis & Gunn beer. This one seems aimed at the masses.

flyingpig, Dec 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -7.7%

cam477, May 16, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev 0%

FadetoBock, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.69/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2014. Picked up a little while back from a supermarket. The label states that this brew is inspired by German helles and includes oats in the mash.

Poured into a stemmed pilsner glass. A crystal-clear golden colour with medium carbonation. Forms a decent head of white foam that lasts for a couple of minutes before collapsing and disappearing. Aroma of faint light malt with subtle hints of stewed leaves and cardboard. Weak sauce.

Tastes of weak malt with a dry finish. Notes of ultra-light malt, stewed leaves, husks and cardboard. Well-attenuated, followed by a harsh bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with spritzy carbonation and a thin, insubstantial body. Quite astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of acrid stewed leaves and watery malt.

Spectacularly unimpressive. Looks like a typical macro lager, with a virtually non-existant aroma and a weak flavour that possesses an unpleasant harshness. So-so body; bit too fizzy. Doesn't live up to its pedigree. Not very nice and not worth spending money on - give it a miss.

jazzyjeff13, May 05, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
2.81/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

16oz glass at Beer Revolution YEGDT, in the hubbub of post-Yuletide revelry (my own included!)

This beer appears a crystal clear, pale golden yellow colour, with one skinny finger of foamy, loosely frothy off-white head, which leaves nothing more than a small amount of coral atoll lace around the glass as things quickly sink away.

It smells of musty apples, stale pears, weakly bready pale malt, a touch of semisweet corn pone, mild acetone, and earthy, dead leaf hops. The taste is more of the same - gritty pome fruit, edgy grainy pale malt - one a little too informed by a corn/rice addendum - a certain dry candy pithiness, and rather uninspired weedy, musty hops.

The bubbles are nice and tight, in their plainly rendered frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and so-so in the smoothness department. It finishes off-dry, the apple and pear fruitiness persisting above all, with a waning pale malt and generally wan hoppiness.

A fairly bland Euro-lager, one none too far removed from the macro Continental versions of the style. Not worthy of the stiff import price, and not worth the hit on my wavering, and yet still expectant palate for this gateway-heavy brewery. When will I fucking learn?

biboergosum, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of WillAndSarah
4.5/5  rDev +38.5%

WillAndSarah, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of BlackHaddock
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

330ml Bottle: poured into a Veltins badged stemmed tulip at home on 27th Nov 13.

Medium to pale lager gold in colour, no head to mention.

Yet another citrus flavoured and smelling golden brew: this is lemon and lime from start to finish. Mild malt traces try and just about fail to add some sweetness into my glass.

Not the greatest lager I've had, nor the worst: McAverage apart from too many citrus flavours for me. Reminded me of old style lemonade with a wedge of lime.

BlackHaddock, Nov 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev 0%

CurtisD, Apr 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev 0%

vinicole, Feb 09, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

ThirstyDutchman, Jul 15, 2014
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3/5  rDev -7.7%

DamageCase76, Dec 14, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

spinrsx, Jul 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +23.1%

Subliminal64, Jun 14, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev 0%

Mr_Rocca, Aug 04, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev 0%

RedAleMan, Sep 14, 2014
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3/5  rDev -7.7%

DreamDeath, May 18, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev 0%

mattsander, May 15, 2014
Photo of SebD
2.84/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: It has a nice clear straw yellow color to it. It has a nice white head that dies down quickly and leaves next to no lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of grainy malts, lemon zest and a light grassiness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some light grainy/bready malts, lemon zest and faint earthy/grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a light overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by decent flavors and aromas.

SebD, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of EmperorBevis
2.79/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a lemon jelly kind of hue, clear body and giant white foaming head that soon is a thin surface splattering

To put it bluntly the aroma is pretty much like any other generic UK mock Lager

The taste is really dull some sweetness perhaps from the oats and some brief fleeting hints of fruits is it lime?

Buuuurp! It's fizzy and probably the mouthfeel is the best bit of this dull insipid drink

EmperorBevis, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of thehyperduck
3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500 mL can picked up at the LCBO; best before Jan. 2015. I've been a fan of I&G's oak-aged stuff for many years, so when I spotted this lager on the shelf it immediately piqued my interest. Served well-chilled.

Pours a clear golden-yellow colour, topped with just over one finger of sparkling, frothy white head. Decent retention, with a modest swath of lace left behind as the head gradually wilts into a thin cap and collar. Looks fine, with a fairly unremarkable aroma that consists of pale grain malts, pear sweetness, and citrusy lemon tang. Not off-putting, but not really what I expect from an EPL.

My first impression? Pretty tasty, and fairly unique for the style. Grainy malts and oat sweetness provide an agreeable background, allowing the interesting mix of lemony citrus and berry-fruit flavours to strut their stuff. It finishes with a slight fruity tang and light, grassy bitterness. Light-bodied, with aggressive carbonation as one might expect from this type of lager. Very drinkable, and quite enjoyable to do so.

Final Grade: 3.48, a B-. As far as I'm concerned, I&G's Lager Beer is one of the better Euro pale lagers I've had in years. That being said, I doubt I'll be a regular purchaser of this stuff - it's a little pricy for what you get, and it's not like more affordable alternatives are difficult to find (e.g. any number of continental pilseners). If you're a lager man and money is no concern for you, then this brew will be worth a look. But if I may speak frankly on the subject - there's no sense paying this price for a lager when there are better ones available for 20% less.

thehyperduck, May 26, 2014
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -7.7%

cfalovo97, May 02, 2014
Photo of Organdrew
3.51/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I was curious about the new innis and gunn lager beer out so I bought a 500ml can from the local liquor store. Served from a can into a tall beer mug.

Look: can is green with cool patterns. Beer pours a little darker than expected for a lager, but sill a little light.golden almost brown-orange tint. Poured a few inches thick with bubly head that receded quick enough.

smell: reminds me of Budweiser on tap from the local bar but with no harsh notes. Light smelling maybe slight notes of caramel?

taste: Excellent! Tastes like the regular innis & gunn, the typical "Innis taste", though slightly lighter. Like you would expect a lager to taste. reminds me the strength of bud light but with innis and gunn taste. The taste is more malty-sweet, with very little hops coming through. No harsh chemical tastes, very balanced, and sweet. vanilla? High on the malty side.

mouth-feel: creamy, smooth, light carbonation. Very malty and feels nice in the mouth.

Overall: Innis & Gunn have never disappointed me with any of their beers. I was disappointed a few times by other brand's versions of lagers but this one is good. Will I buy again? Maybe if I was longing for a tasty, easy drinking, and sweet beer, although I do prefer bitter hoppy IPA. I would recommend to anyone that enjoys Innis, malty-sweet beers, or lagers.

Organdrew, Jul 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev 0%

endless1408, Aug 24, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

duimie, May 23, 2014
Photo of DenisKolkin
3.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

330 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass purchased as part of the Innis & gunn summer sampler pack.

Appearance - clear golden color with no bubbles topped by a half finger of white head. Crystal clear.

Smell - some of the signature oak and vanilla. Some caramel and molasses too. Smells very much unlike most of the euro pale lagers on the market.

Taste - a bit of the oak and vanilla, with a woodsy feel. Some mild bitterness and some grassiness throughout. Still somewhat Innis and Gunn although definitely more lager like than any of their other offerings.

Mouthfeel - low carbonation, very smooth and a slightly dry finish. Overall though a bit limp.

Overall - a pretty decent lager with a distinctive innis and gunn feel to it. Not my favourite but a nice treat once in a while.

DenisKolkin, May 03, 2014
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