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Zigzag River Lager - Portland Brewing Company

Zigzag River Lager
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19 Ratings

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Ratings: 19
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 11.41%

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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Photo of Zorro


2.38/5  rDev -28.5%
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
Photo of Wasatch


3.29/5  rDev -1.2%
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
Photo of RedDiamond


3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
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
Photo of Brent


3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
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
Photo of beerguy101


3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
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
Photo of BeerAdvocate


3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
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
Photo of vkv822


3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
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
Photo of Mark


4.03/5  rDev +21%
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
Zigzag River Lager from Portland Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.