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Zigzag River Lager - Portland Brewing Company

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Zigzag River Lager
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BA SCORE
78
okay

23 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 23
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 14.59%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | 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)
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.51/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2014 15:48:29 | More by StonedTrippin
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Zorro

California

2.38/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2005 03:24:06 | More by Zorro
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Wasatch

Utah

3.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 20:20:01 | More by Wasatch
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3/5  rDev -8.8%

05-20-2013 23:39:10 | More by LXIXME
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dmorgan310

Panama

3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-08-2014 20:42:17 | More by dmorgan310
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RedDiamond

Oregon

3.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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 I’ve had served too cold, MacTarnahan’s 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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2005 01:16:12 | More by RedDiamond
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Brent

Kentucky

3.85/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Smooth and good natured, this was fairly well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2001 18:00:36 | More by Brent
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beerguy101

California

3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2003 18:05:58 | More by beerguy101
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-1998 00:00:01 | More by BeerAdvocate
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shelby415

Oregon

3/5  rDev -8.8%

06-09-2013 05:27:31 | More by shelby415
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buzzy

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

03-14-2014 00:21:25 | More by buzzy
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ssimpson89

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +14%

07-12-2013 05:01:14 | More by ssimpson89
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Chucker17

South Dakota

3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

09-07-2013 02:50:46 | More by Chucker17
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Gregwa

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +14%

06-12-2014 03:37:00 | More by Gregwa
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vkv822

Oregon

3.3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 08:18:52 | More by vkv822
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OregonGrown7

Nebraska

3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

07-21-2013 01:12:40 | More by OregonGrown7
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DaveMiller

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

04-06-2014 15:10:04 | More by DaveMiller
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Mark

California

4.03/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

medium golden lager that smelled real fresh. decent hopping and smooth. Mouthfeel was also just right, not too thick or thin. Drinkability very nice as beer is refreshing. Solid choice when in the lager mood.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2002 19:29:20 | More by Mark
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foxyaardvark27

Washington

3/5  rDev -8.8%

08-19-2013 21:35:11 | More by foxyaardvark27
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302BeerGuy

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

06-17-2014 23:57:09 | More by 302BeerGuy
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f_raud

California

1.75/5  rDev -46.8%

07-18-2014 00:15:05 | More by f_raud
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Kastler

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +14%

11-08-2013 06:29:16 | More by Kastler
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JusMicRus

Oregon

3/5  rDev -8.8%

07-18-2013 23:22:15 | More by JusMicRus
Zigzag River Lager from Portland Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.