Innis & Gunn Lager Beer - Innis & Gunn
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2.81/5 rDev -12.7%
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?
12-28-2013 01:38:22 | More by biboergosum
United Kingdom (England)
2.75/5 rDev -14.6%
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.
11-27-2013 21:17:32 | More by BlackHaddock
United Kingdom (England)
2.86/5 rDev -11.2%
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.
01-02-2014 19:34:30 | More by wl0307
United Kingdom (England)
2.69/5 rDev -16.5%
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.
05-05-2014 22:13:18 | More by jazzyjeff13
2.84/5 rDev -11.8%
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.
06-04-2014 19:49:35 | More by SebD
United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.06/5 rDev -5%
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.
12-23-2013 08:43:34 | More by flyingpig
United Kingdom (England)
2.79/5 rDev -13.4%
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
01-08-2014 19:44:12 | More by EmperorBevis
3.48/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
05-26-2014 04:26:25 | More by thehyperduck
3.93/5 rDev +22%
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.
05-23-2014 01:44:13 | More by Shadman
3.59/5 rDev +11.5%
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.
03-20-2014 23:27:40 | More by CalgaryFMC
3.29/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
05-03-2014 02:04:32 | More by DenisKolkin
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