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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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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 16.15%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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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Appearance – A good golden colour with a medium head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves little lacing.

Smell – This beer has a rich aromatic smell of hops and malt.

Taste – In the brewing process they have added naked oats which boosts the flavour so that it is similar in some ways to Amstel and very similar to the German Helles beers but it has more flavour than both. In terms of flavour the malt really comes through and is the most dominate flavour but there is some sweetness and the leafy citrus hops balances this out. Overall this beer has a rich flavour that is smooth and well balanced.

Mouthfeel – Good body on this one with a light sharpness and good linger.

Overall – A beer I highly recommend. Generally I prefer dark ale over lager but this beer has surprising flavour and character. It is smooth and goes down very well but it still has nice depth.

Photo of Shadman
3.93/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

These guys are more often hit than miss. Not sure why they would want to enter the saturated lager market, but then wtf do I know?

Certainly no lack of the 'good' stuff that one looks for in a lager, Nuff said there.

I could go on and on about the aroma, taste, feel. What's the point???? The facts are: It's a Euro lager, obviously made with quality ingredients. Would I pay 'Stella' money for this in say Calgary, Alberta vs. Stella? Yes.

There's my take on this brew.


Photo of BeerWatcher
3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

Pours a light amber with light carbonation and a light white head that quickly settles into a thin film leaving little lacing behind, Aromas are of vanilla, cereal in milk, and light biscuits. Tastes are of vanilla cookies, oats, sweet corn, digestive cookies. Overall, in a world of boring cardboard flavoured lagers, this one is a standout for me.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.59/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary, missed this one the last time it rotated through and here's another shot. Innis & Gunn make a lager? With oats in the grist? Alright, I am sufficiently intrigued. A bright mustard yellow brew, rather unique in a universe of ghostly pale Euro lagers, with a light sprinkling of white bubbles. Nose is very fizzy with an acidic tang, perhaps some white grape and grass-like hop notes along with discreet doughy malt. Not as sweet as many Euro lagers but does feature some some well-rounded corn bread (or perhaps corn syrup), considerable lemon-lime character, apple, gooseberry, and generic spice seed (coriander?) notes, and a faint nuttiness that the brewer attributes to the use of oats. Debatable but not impossible I suppose ... I do get a nutty flavor here that adds interest. Light-bodied and finishes crisp and tangy. The beer is excessively carbonated which amplifies some of the sour fruit character but fails to overcome the aforementioned nutty notes. This is interesting on a certain level and I seem to diverge a bit from the view that this beer offers little to recommend over other mass-market Euro pales. There is some hop character and an acidic tartness rarely observed in this style. On the other hand, the beer has trouble finding its footing and the resultant identity crisis yields an odd melding of green vegetal, citrus, and grainy elements that perhaps relegates this to the curiosity rather than the staple category.

Photo of Organdrew
3.51/5  rDev +9%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.49/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of thehyperduck
3.48/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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3.34/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.29/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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