Zigzag River Lager - Portland Brewing Company
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Ratings: 23 | Reviews: 9 | Display Reviews Only:
3.51/5 rDev +6.7%
a decent vienna type lager, a bit thick in body, and a bit sweet, even for the style, but a pretty good first brew for me from these guys. portland brewing has produced a caramel colored rich textured lager here, that has a nice white head and a pleasant sweet malt nose that shows some heavier crystal malt, some maris otter type, and a desserty vibe, despite the clean lager yeast finish. a slight buttery flavor on the front end, but the beer is clean and crispy, even with its sweetness i find it somewhat refreshing. for a lager, its a big enough companion to coffee rubbed grilled pork tenderloin, which i appreciate. its lager beer for when the standard yellow swill wont cut it. this has a lot more heft to it in terms of body and flavor, and the more roasted grain gives it an autumnal flair. i like it quite a bit, but vienna lagers arent really my thing. that said, this definitely has a role to play in the beer spectrum, particularly with food. thanks to drlovemd87 for sharing this unique bottle with me.
05-21-2014 15:48:29 | More by StonedTrippin
3.29/5 rDev 0%
Pours a very slightly cloudy golden yellow color, some carbonation, with a quick fizzy white head, some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty and a little bready. The taste is slightly sweet, and malty. Medium body. Overall a nice little brew, and a thirst quencher.
08-04-2013 20:20:01 | More by Wasatch
3.3/5 rDev +0.3%
12oz : nonic
Pours a clear, golden orange with a foamy, slightly off white head and nice lacing.
Grassy, spicy, lightly floral hops with a crackery malt backing.
Medium body, foamy, fizzy carbonation.
For the style, a good beer. Overall, not unpleasant, but somewhat forgettable.
04-26-2013 08:18:52 | More by vkv822
2.38/5 rDev -27.7%
Pours a clear amber colored brew without much head. Far darker than most lagers.
Smell is sweet and malty with some faint fruity scents and toasted wheat scent.
Taste is weaker that expected. Taste is weak and sweet noticeable bitterness after a bit but there isn't much here to comment on.
Mouthfeel is weak.
Piss poor drinkability, I WILL NOT be ordering this again.
07-31-2005 03:24:06 | More by Zorro
3.08/5 rDev -6.4%
A very clear dilute-amber brew with a thin white head and fine lace, Zig Zag has a light malty nose but no carbonation at all. Ironically, in light of all the ales Ive had served too cold, MacTarnahans could have served this lager a bit cooler. The taste emerges from a corn/sulfur matrix to an agreeable platform of clean, refreshing modesty.
This is very standard fare and makes for a satisfying thirst quencher though the lack of fizz betrayed an old tap.
06-03-2005 01:16:12 | More by RedDiamond
3.58/5 rDev +8.8%
Medium gold color, medium white foamy head. Aroma is malty, fruity and slightly sweet. A medium malted lager, medium hopped, slightly spicy. Full flavor, medium bodied. Nice smooth taste. Mouthfeel is full and smooth. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
08-31-2003 18:05:58 | More by beerguy101
3.2/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
08-13-1998 00:00:01 | More by BeerAdvocate
Zigzag River Lager from Portland Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.