Opa Opa Light - OPA-OPA Steakhouse & Brewery

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BA SCORE
76
okay

59 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 20.12%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 10-16-2004)
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Photo of Sammy
2.33/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.68/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, very light yellow body with a thin ring of white bubbles up top.

Smell: Pale malts, sweetish smelling, with some mild floral hints.

Taste: Faint pale malts with a light cereal sweetness. Tiny pop of citrus. Floral hops with only the faintest amount of bitterness. Sweetness rebounds and lasts till the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Oops Oops, Opa Opa! Wholly underwhelming, but, then again, we are dealing with a light here.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of WesWes
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a very pale yellow color with a 1/2" white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light pilsner malt scent that's a bit grainy as well as a light hop aroma. The taste is decent as well. It's an easy drinking lager with a light malt flavor and some hops as well. It's nothing to write home about, but it's smooth and quaffable. It goes down easy and finishes clean and crisp. The mouthfeel is fine. It's a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is your basic light lager; pale, crisp, clean, light, and easy drinking.

Photo of jwc215
2.42/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of smcolw
3.38/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Starts with a good head but it settles to a single layer very quickly. Some slippery lace that leaves the occasional spot. Lemon color and very cloudy.

Light, grainy malt aroma, somewhat grassy. Light hop in the background. It's a little bit like a macro to the nose.

A touch of citrus on the tongue. Thin bodied with a spritzy carbonation; yet, it is slightly creamy. Mostly raw grain flavor. Again, there's a passing, subtle hop touch. Decent session beer.

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of jdhilt
1.95/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a one finger white head that fades quickly to a ring, leaving traces of lace. Crystal clear pale straw color. Light-medium carbonation and light bodied. Corn and grass nose. Flavor is sweet grass and corn. There are better lights like Sam Adams. Brewed on May 6, 2010 at least its fresh. $1.65 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Photo of ppoitras
3.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of plaid75
3.6/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Latarnik
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of DrJay
3.08/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear, pale yellow with some rocky white bubbles coating the beer. The only thing that kept a thin layer on the surface was the glass it was poured in - the etching on the bottom produced a constant stream of bubbles floating to the top. Light aroma, grainy cereal, malt, faint floral/spicy hops. Low bitterness up front, mild malt sweetness, grain, faint lemon. A bit of bitterness lingered. Light bodied, dry, average carbonation. Pretty clean tasting and easy going down, but I'm usually looking for a little more flavour even in my light lagers.

Photo of puboflyons
2.75/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of Dicers
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of tigg924
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on-tap at the brewpub July 2005.

This light lager poured a clear, light yellow color with creamy, white foam that settled but clung to the glass here and there. The smell was light, biscuity malt. The taste was lightly malty with a hint off sweetness and a touch of tanginess. The mouthfeel was smooth with light body and good carbonation. A very, very light hoppiness came through in the finish. This was a decent light lager, though very light in body and flavor.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of shigg85
4.25/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.15/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle from variety pack into a plain pint glass.

A: Poured a very clear and pale straw yellow with a great two-finger head of rocky white foam which dissipated into a thin film. Lacing was decent for a light lager.

S: Smells of faint malt, some toasted corn, and a little metal.

T: The taste is very light; some cooked corn malt and faint hopping. There is no bitterness, and a sharp, clean carbonated bite.

M: Mouthfeel is light and bubbly.

D: Not that tasty, but it's a great way to beat the heat. That said, a low ABV and clean taste make for a very drinkable beer.

Probably satisfying for a light lager drinker and I give a microbrew/brewpub some props for brewing their own light lager to keep BMC light fans happy while offering them its own brew.

Photo of morebeergood
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of rderedin
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Gregwa
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of TimoP
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of rorjets
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

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Opa Opa Light from OPA-OPA Steakhouse & Brewery
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