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Zigzag River Lager - Portland Brewing Company

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Zigzag River Lager
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25 Ratings

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Ratings: 25
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 18.01%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Portland Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-13-1998)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 25 | Reviews: 9 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by BeerAdvocate:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.2/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: On tap.

Appearance: Amber in colour with a thin ring of lace.

Smell: Toasted malts and grain.

Taste: Toasted malt and a hop bitterness which shows up a little more when the brew dries out. Leaves the mouth dry and grainy.

Notes: A pretty good American lager.

BeerAdvocate, Aug 13, 1998
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Zigzag River Lager from Portland Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.