Opa Opa Light - OPA-OPA Steakhouse & Brewery
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Reviews by CharlesRiver:
3.43/5 rDev +6.2%
12oz standard brown bottle. Pours our really light in color with very little head that does not last. Looks a lot like Ginger Ale.
Smell offers some hope after seeing the color. Seems to be some solid malt notes mixed with something grassy. Things are looking up.
Taste brings out more of that light malt. I like the carbonation level on this one, not too over the top like most light lagers. Almost Euro Pils like sans the skunk. Fresh and lively and very easy to drink.
To be honest, this is what it is. A solid beer that is very easy drinking yet has some good flavors. A perfect beer to bring to your next football game.
02-28-2009 20:31:53 | More by CharlesRiver
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4/5 rDev +23.8%
Beer review from BA Mag Nov 2007.
We generally would not review a light beer but coming from a craft brewer we'd like to see how they compare to the big guys. It takes guts to brew this style rather than the usual boring Blonde or Golden Ale that most craft brewers use as their "light beer."
Crackling, fluffy-white head slowly dissipates to virtually no head but a quick swirl of the glass brought it back. Color is spot on for style with a bight and clear pale yellow hue. A small amount of cooked corn and cabbage in the aroma from dimethyl sulfide (DMS), other than that the aroma is very clean. High level of crispness leaves some smoothness in the light body. Same cooked corn--almost creamed corn--flavor is present but not substantial enough to make an impact. Clean grainy palate with light doughy biscuity and mild hay malt flavors, a touch of sharp hop bitterness to balance and a very faint floral hop flavor is pleasing to the taste buds. Finished bone dry with a very clean aftertaste.
Some of the hardest beers to make are the lightest, like this one, and other than a negligible amount of DMS, there are no up-front flaws to be found. A damn good example of a style that most beer geeks run away from.
07-07-2010 01:10:02 | More by BeerAdvocate
3/5 rDev -7.1%
Appearance: 1/4 inch head, medium carbonation, clear, straw yellow
Smell: grass and malt--almost pilsner like
Taste: Grass, sweet malt, a touch of tea
Mouthfeel: light body, high carbonation, smooth, somewhat sweetish
Drinkability:A light lager that feels like an average pils. There are several other light lagers I would choose first. Nothing to turn away, but certainly nothing to session.
09-05-2009 13:38:19 | More by tigg924
2.33/5 rDev -27.9%
On-tap at the brewery. Ginger ale taste, high carbonated water. Drying.This is not a good example of a helles. A bit of bitterness is in there, Avoidable and not very drinkable. A little lemon and a substantial amount of malt, even sugar. Not representative of what they can do.
07-13-2007 00:14:32 | More by Sammy
2.05/5 rDev -36.5%
I won this one on the Wheel of Beer at the Bodega in La Crosse, WI. That can sometimes mean that it's reaching the end of its shelf life. That being said, the Opa-Opa Light is not impressive.
The color is rather typical for a light beer as is the mouthfeel. But there is almost a slight sourness to both the smell and taste that is not particularly pleasing. It has a sharp bite at the end that makes it rather undrinkable for a light lager.
The label calls it "crisp and refreshing." I can't really argue with crisp. I don't personally find it to be refreshing. I can't definitively vouch for the freshness of this particular bottle, so I hate to be too harsh. Give it a try, if you like citrusy beers, you make like it.
08-19-2008 23:06:52 | More by bedwyr
3.38/5 rDev +4.6%
Not a bad choice for a light beer. Pours a light gold. Smell has definite malt notes and this transcends into a ligt, malty taste that is adequate. Mouthfeel is crisp, yet smooth...very refreshing. Drinkability is good due to crispness, smoothenss and low abv.
10-16-2004 20:10:25 | More by edchicma
2.75/5 rDev -14.9%
Sampled on tap at the Big E in West Springfield, Massachusetts on September 28. 2009. The pour is a very pale, straw yellow with little to no white head. It is more like a little fizz. The malts are the most notable scent on the nose but otherwise there is virtually nothing. I was satisfied with the mouthfeel. The taste has a dash of hops and bread but little in the way of malts, which are so evident in the aroma. It kind of had more of a flavor of a non-alcohol beer. This was not the most preferable introduction to their line of brews but indeed it had a pleasing freshness to it.
09-29-2009 14:50:55 | More by puboflyons
3.6/5 rDev +11.5%
Had this at a recent tasting sponsored by Table and Vine. The drink settled as a pale, yellow-gold color with little to no head. The aromas were surprisingly strong in alcohol and a light yeast touch. In taste, there was a bready, slight citrus and hoppy flavoring to it. The drink, in general, had a smooth bitter taste. Mouthfeel was a good strength for this: really dry and light, very enjoyable. Overall, not the best light lager I have had but pretty good.
05-23-2008 16:08:48 | More by fitzy84
3.58/5 rDev +10.8%
A) Pours with a two finger head. Big bubbled and white. Slowly settles. Active upward carbonation. Clear body, golden in color, but pale gold.
S) Grassy. Grainy. Subtle citrus fruit.
T) The flavor is light. Some light banana and starfruit (maybe). At times nutty, but very faint. Finishes with a pleasant malty sweetness.
M) Crisp. Refreshing. Light body.
D) A decent light beer. I'd drink this before one of those other light beers!
08-29-2010 21:51:09 | More by u2carew
3.6/5 rDev +11.5%
Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.
The smell featured a light doughy malt and a touch of sweetness.
The taste consisted of a light doughy malt and a balancing hop.
The mouthfeel was full for the style.
Overall a tasty light lager.
03-17-2010 01:34:50 | More by plaid75
3.75/5 rDev +16.1%
Pours a nice golden yellow with a medium sized and medium bodied white head that settles pretty fast and has a nice amount of lacing down the glass. It has a very light aroma of sweet malts and bitter hoppiness at the end. Nothing out of the ordinary in the nose. The taste was very good for a light lager though. The malts and the hops are very flavorful and it's nice because I wasn't expecting as much flavor as I was getting. Nice sweet toasted malts and a nice hoppy bitter make it a decent tasting light lager. The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing which makes for a drinkable beer.
05-06-2008 18:20:22 | More by erosier
3.24/5 rDev +0.3%
Got this in a mixed 12 Pk, which is out of season and should have had a reduced price, but still not bad for $13. I got 4 of these to get through, so im starting with the Light which only has 4 ingredients.
A: The beer pours a pale yellow color with virtually no head at all. Lots of carbonation with just a thin film of tiny bubbles on top. This beer looks like Ginger Ale basically!
S: The smell consists of just a small amount of malt and hops. Nothing really to talk about here.
T: In the flavor, I do get a wheat-like taste up front which could be from the yeast. No hop presence on the tongue, but has a dry-malt finish.
M: This very light bodied beer is sweet up front with almost like a lemony-wheat feel and then it just mellows out into nothing.
O: Not much characteristics about this beer and even though it lacks in appearance and aroma, I enjoyed the taste of it. Best advice, try it and if you don't like it, then save some for female company!
10-14-2013 23:50:17 | More by SouljaSaia17
3.83/5 rDev +18.6%
Pours very thin and light yellow, with a thin, brittle head that dissipates in no time flat. Relatively sparse aroma of light malts and just a few sprinkles of hops thrown in. What hops are present are green in nature and rough things up just a bit. On the palate, slick on the tongue, with some zesty hop bitterness that is unassuming and gentle. Very smooth and drinkable. Overall, this is very good for a light beer. It's easy to put down and pleasant in a mild way, with nothing in the way of off notes or brewing foibles. Well done.
02-29-2008 02:05:38 | More by geexploitation
3.63/5 rDev +12.4%
What's with the cowboys?
Pale straw color with a thin white head. Ok retetion, pretty standard looking for the style.
Aroma is of buttery pizza crust malt with light floral hop.
Tastes buttery and crisp with honeyed accents that coat my mouth.
I worked my way through the Opa Opa sampler 12 pack and this was my favorite of the bunch. It seems OO brews their beers with food in mind and this would go great with pizza or a burger.
06-24-2009 22:25:09 | More by donkeyrunner
3.48/5 rDev +7.7%
I used to drink Opa light's after work all time to prevent taking insulin and keeping my blood sugar under control
Pours the atypical golden yellow with a quick dissipating white head, and has a lot of carbonation.
Smells of sweet citrus maybe even a little bit of hop trying to come through.
Mouthfeel is light bodied and fizzy.
It's not bad at all for a light beer. For the style of beer that it's supposed to be I believe that it's right on. A good beer for those just starting out or anyone watching calories or trying to keep their blood sugar under control. Especially good if you feel like slugging a couple down real quick haha.
02-13-2009 19:56:42 | More by KBoudreau66
3.05/5 rDev -5.6%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a pale gold color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of light malts, grain and a faint hint of hops.
T: The taste is bready and a little sweet with flavors of grain and light touches of caramel and citrus. The hops presence is very mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.
M: Smooth and crisp, light body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.
D: A little tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, not a bad alternative if you're looking for something light but almost anywhere that I could get this beer, I could find something better.
05-05-2009 01:38:52 | More by TheManiacalOne
2.42/5 rDev -25.1%
Pours almost clear, with just a bit of straw yellow, making it look rather like dirty water. A thin bubbly head soon disappears to memory.
The smell is of some graininess with a soft floral fragrance. Thin, but decent, especially for style.
The taste is vague - some buttery sweet graininess. A bit oily, but more watery than anything else. Something of a wet cardboard taste lingers.
It's not quite as crisp as I was hoping for. The weak body pretty much falls apart.
Not really a Munich Helles Lager, but I suppose that that is the closest style. Rated as a craft "light" lager...even there - a boring watery beer - I can't say ut's much better, if at all, than a typical American macro light, with water replacing adjuncts. The aroma was okay, but that's about it. The wet cardboard and ridiculous thinness, even for the style, irked me.
04-20-2007 23:07:03 | More by jwc215
3.38/5 rDev +4.6%
Pours a pale golden yellow with a very short lived head. Aroma is malty, slight hop aroma mixed in. Taste is crisp and clean with the maltiness taking the front seat. Bready notes from the yeast, and just the slightest hint of sweetness far in the background. Not bad for a light beer, I can put a few of these down easily on a hot summer day.
06-16-2008 22:43:43 | More by LarryV
3.23/5 rDev 0%
12oz bottle bought as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" bright white head over the clear lemony yellow brew. Head faded down at a moderate to fast rate, but leaves ample frothy lacing. Aroma is light biscuity malts, with a twinge of lemon. Taste has the same grain flavor upfront, but muted and short-lived before giving way to the lemongrass hops and moderate but mouth-filling bitterness. Mouthfeel and drinkability are what you would expect for a light beer, for better or worse. Hoped for a bit better out of this one.
02-13-2007 21:57:25 | More by ppoitras
Opa Opa Light from OPA-OPA Steakhouse & Brewery
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