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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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Reviews: 22
Hads: 80
Avg: 3.35
pDev: 28.96%
Wants: 3
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BlackHaddock on 11-27-2013

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Reviews: 22 | Hads: 80
Photo of biboergosum
2.83/5  rDev -15.5%
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?

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Photo of mdfb79
3.31/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Saw this on tap a few times throughout my UK trip, usually at rugby pubs with not great beer. Not very good, but easy to drink. Seems like their sight beer option for matches and the like.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

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Photo of wl0307
2.88/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Coming in Innis&Gunn’s branded, elegantly shaped clear 330ml bottle, BB 10/2014, served mildly chilled in a straight pint glass.

A: pours a bright dark straw colour, coming with a thin white foamy head and mild carbonation.
S: lightly dusty, doughy, lemony & lightly aromatic-herbal with a fine sweet grainy backbone; a good swirl would accentuate the raw nut like gristy aroma.
T: lightly effervescent, the foretaste is thin/watery with a surprisingly high level of attenuation, but malt flavour is in the lacking and herbal&zesty hops contribute only a moderate degree of bitterness overall. The finish is dry-ish but nevertheless remains smooth, maybe due to the naked golden oats used in the brew.
M&O: quite fizzy overall, the fizz comes in abundance underneath a deceptively smooth surface, this medium-minus bodied lager beer doesn’t come with a sufficiently assertive flavour profile to drive it apart from many watery commercial products made on the same brewing site, Tennent Brewery.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into tulip 7/8/15

A clear golden yellow with a single stream of bubbles feeding a short lived finger of foam that leaves a few patches of lace

S cardboard, sweet grains and some menthol of all things, a little honey and lemon

T mimics the smell grainy, a little musty, not bad but basic

M light bodied, soft from the bubbles, fairly clean finish

O not a bad beer just not a whole lot going on, not sure why I'm getting cough drop like menthol here and there but it neither helps or hinders

nothing exciting or anything to be ashamed of but at the end of the day its a basic beer, a little strange at times but drinkable

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.71/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
2.79/5  rDev -16.7%
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

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Photo of flyingpig
3.07/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of SebD
2.85/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | 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.

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.

[Updated Jun 11 2015]

Another can, purchased mostly because it was on sale and I happened to be in the mood for a lager. I've noticed that the brewery says this is brewed in the style of a Munich Helles, and I can definitely see the resemblance to lagers such as Spaten and Lowenbrau; however, the use of oats definitely seems to soften the mouthfeel, compared to most imported European fare. This is a relatively good Euro lager that I will continue to drink from time to time.

Final Grade: 3.53, a B.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.31/5  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.

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Photo of Shadman
3.92/5  rDev +17%
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.


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Photo of Electros
2.99/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving was in a 500 ml can, cracked it the same day of buying from my local liquor store. Honestly I was not impressed by this lager. I was surprised at how sweet it tasted. It wasn't terrible, but anything that I have had from Innis & Gunn has been pretty good if not great. I won't buy again...

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.31/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very clear golden color with a few, large lumbering columns rising to the top. The head leaves a lot to the imagination however, as there is only a whimper of foam from the pour that very quickly dissipates into nothing unfortunately. Lacing is also not very impressive, with simply an oily film clinging to the side of the glass.

S- Very malty and grainy comes to mind upfront. There is a slightly corn-adjunct aroma about it. I'm not sure if it's the oats that are used in this lager, but there is also a dry smell that is slightly dusty. No hop aromas noted....

T- Awesome....simply awesome! This is one of the nicest tasting simple lagers I've ever had! A very nice blend of sweet, savory, malt-esque, dry grains, no adjuncts.....just good beer! The oats impart a certain boldness to the overall flavor that awakens the palate! Hop presence is noted but muted. Very nice!!!

M/O- The mouthfeel of this one is medium bodied and velvety smooth carbonation wise. The flavors are sweet, balanced, and subtle overall. Would be great as a compliment to an extra old cheddar, spicy chili or chinese dishes in my opinion. I highly recommend this lager to anyone who wants something with flavor, but a little different. Another great product from what I am believing more and more is one of THE most solid breweries around!

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Photo of Bunman3
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is definitely one of the best Euro Lagers I have tried to date. I really like the combination of pepper, biscuit, and digestive cookie flavours that pop up when you swirl it around in your mouth. I love finding a new "go to" when it comes to beer styles, and this lager definitely fits the bill.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4/5  rDev +19.4%

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.

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Photo of BeerWatcher
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

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.

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Photo of ghisty
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

gold, slightly hazey when poured, flattens clear, not much carb, one finger lace, looks like typical adjunct lager.

probably this lager's best point, grainey, notes of straw, orange, birchsmoke maybe. hints of corn, oats, its a bit too chilled to have full nose.

taste: grainey, like the nose,its grainey, and bright. the malt isnt very present at first , once swallowed it drys up and has a buttery malt after taste. its a good lager flavour, not much bitter at all, crisp and light hops towards the finish.

mouth: not visibly as carb as it tastes, a burps, it isnt foamy of slick,
and being from a tallboy can and poured out ,it is decently crisp.
it drinks very easily,

overall: at the start, expecting this lager to have similar traits to the norm for innis & gunn, I had expected smokey flavour, maybe even carmel. but its a pretty sessional lager, its crisp and sort of dry, drinks easy and has some body,
my only complaint is that its a bit flat, but its only available from tallcan where I live and I'd imagine its signifigantly better bottled or on tap for that matter. It isnt what I'd expected but it is worthy of drinking.
on that note..

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Photo of Burgz
4.06/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml can with best before stamp of May 2015. Poured into a pint mug. Pours a transparent straw color with a small quickly dissipating head. Scents of light almost minty or eucaliptys. Tastes sweet with hints of citrus (maybe lime). Lower carbonation than most lagers. Overall an incredible tasting import lagers. One of the best I have tried in a while.

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Photo of Logan12321
3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden pour, with little head and low retention. Taste is great, the malt taste is there but not too overwhelming. Very low carbonation, smooth going down and served cold was great.

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Photo of Organdrew
3.51/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Innis & Gunn Lager Beer from Innis & Gunn
79 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.