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MacTarnahan's Full Bloom Craft Lager - Portland Brewing Company

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MacTarnahan's Full Bloom Craft LagerMacTarnahan's Full Bloom Craft Lager

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BA SCORE
80
good

61 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Portland Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
35 IBU

Malts: Pilsner, Carapils
Hops: Nugget, Mt Hood, Sterling

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 06-28-2011)
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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

kylehay2004, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

jaydoc, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a bright yellow body just a teensy bit of haziness to it. Medium-sized, foaming, white head. It collapses, but leaves some lacing as it goes.

Smell: Sweetish and spicy with lowly grainy pils malts and grassy, spicy-minded American hops.

Taste: Gentle pils malt introduction with a little bit of sweetness and faint, faint hint of honey. Grassy, spicy hops (with a light floral tone) with sufficient bitterness to knock out that initial sweetness. Drying, near-crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: A fairly clean, tasty lager.

ChainGangGuy, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden yellow color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left thin sheets of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of grains, caramel and floral notes.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel and grains. Nice subtle bitterness adds good balance to the beer.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied lager with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a really tasty lager. At $1.99 for a bomber at Zipp's in Minneapolis it's a steal.

zeff80, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -14.8%

JAHMUR, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

A: Good clarity, sudsy ... very sudsy. Bright golden color.

S: Faint herbal, floral and fruity hop with some bread grain as well. Pretty clean nose.

T&M: Just enough crispness, very smooth with a bigger body than expected but still is very refreshing. Grassy malt backbone, slightly biscuity with a pulling bitterness from the hops ... herbal and spicy. A bit of warmth from the alcohol, clean. Hops and malt play well in the semi-dry finish.

O: Clean enough to get by, the rustic edge is inviting and my palate begs for another gulp. Seasonal ... ok, but they should keep thing one going year-round even if it was draft-only. Damn good.

Jason, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

nickfl, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of jlindros
3.89/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a decent looking fizzy bubbly 2 finger head that retains well, lots of bubbles rising from the etch at the bottom, very clear bright golden tan yellow colored beer.

Nose actually presents a nice lager aroma, like pure lager. Nice soft straw and crisp lager aromas, juicy almost with the nice toasty malt. Hint of fruitiness from the yeast as well as, with some nice soft floral grassy style, almost noble but not quite, hops.

Taste starts light and crisp, not not light on flavor. Big toasty straw out front, with a nice full toasty malt, juicy malt, but still crisp. An almost biscuit but not quite, with juicy lager flavors, light and refreshing. Hops again tickle with light floral grassy, but get slightly spicy as it goes, with a light overall bitterness that balances well to the semi sweet nice malty flavors, and crisp lager flavors. The softness lends to a nice smooth finish that is crisp and clean, fairly dry, with a bit more slightly spicy hops, light toasty straw malts still as well.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, nice fluffy carbonation.

Overall I'm a little impressed. By the label, and not knowing the brewery too well, adn on top of that knowing most breweries make a poor lager, this was nice. Good straw toasty malts, semi sweet, with nice lager crispness, juicy, and the right balance of floral grassy hops. Still not a knock your socks off kinda beer, but good.

jlindros, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

DrunkinYogi, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of smcolw
4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good starting head, leaves good chunks of lace. Crystal clear broth with a straw color.

Clean, fresh aroma of fresh malt and floral hop.

Refreshing clean flavor that starts with pale malt. Very soft taste like the best pilsner. There's balancing hop that is closer to flowers than bitter pepper. Excellent body for the style--quite full bodied with appropriate carbonation.

This is one of the superior pilsners I've ever had--beautiful smoothness.

smcolw, Nov 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

imperialking, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Pokal glass.

A real fluffy white head, some retention but not so much. Body color is a real nice brassy light orange. Crystal clear with some rising carbonation, most of it cola sized bubbles.

Simple bouquet. Light malts, a little bit of bread dough, faint grass hop. Doesn't seem particularly like a crisp lager is coming.

Palate hits with lots of carbonation, and hop grass like gas. Light malts hit with a big crisp body, but excessive prickly feel and quinine tonic sense seems to get in the way. Herbal finish, but also as mentioned gassy. Warmth brings out more malt backbone with some honey sense too.

Overall still pretty drinkable, it gets better as it warms up strangely.

smakawhat, Sep 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Latarnik, May 24, 2014
Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - bright golden yellow with a thin white head

S - herbal, grassy hops with some faint cereal grains

T - herbal, faint grass, cereal grains, just a little spicy

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

Not a bad pilsner. It's definitely hoppy and refreshing. I'm not sure I'd pick up another bomber of this but if it was sold in six packs I may pick one up from time to time.

tdm168, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up tonight at the Meridian Brewforia.. Paid a pricey (for a pilsner) $6, but I am a sucker for lagers. Poured into my slim tulip.. The brew is clear straw golden.. great rocky white head... good retention and lacing.

Pale malts and a traditional hoppiness in the aromas... The nose is good, but it is lacking some malty complexities.. though it is good for sure.

Flavor is pale malts and a soft bitterness that melts into a mildly spicy hoppiness... clean and nicely balanced..

body is about right, but the carbonation seems a touch light.. but what do I know?

This is a very nice brew.... expensive, but nice. It would be a goto for me if it was in 6'ers and more moderately priced... Very drinkable.. and has the pils style nailed down tight.

4/3.5/4/4/4

JohnGalt1, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, vibrant, crystal clear, goldenrod coloring with a thin, sparse, filmy coating on the surface. Aromas of roasted grains, honey, and light herbed spicing. Flavors are more spiced, with lemon grass, fiddlehead, and some jasmine. Sharper flavors are accented by the carbonated, light body. The aftertaste is fairly clean, with a touch of floral highlights and an overall roasted quality. Slick, slightly filmy finish. Tasty brew.

GarthDanielson, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of johnnnniee
3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with a huge bubbly white head that displays moderate retention and lace. Smells of light grains with a hint of honey sweetness, floral earthy hops with a touch of buttery soap? The flavor is sweet and malty with hints of butterscotch and a really unbalanced earthy spicy citric hop bite. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet almost tart mouthfeel. I wanted to like this but I just didn't. A sweet unattenuated brew with a hop bill that doesn't mesh at all with the beer style.

johnnnniee, May 05, 2013
Photo of puboflyons
3.11/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on June 25, 2014.

The pour is a pilsener-looking pale yellow with a huge white head and active carbonation. Great clarity.

The aroma has a notable grain ester but there is also a kind of hay or grass thing going on. A little buttery. Low hops.

The body is low to medium and reasonably smooth.

The taste is grainy, grassy, and ends somewhat clean. The sweetness sticks around to the end too. It did not blow me away but it was less than $3.00.

puboflyons, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of Brenden
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This one's bright gold, clear with a little chill haze. It grows a pure, clean white head that's fluffy and craggy, about one finger tall. It remains a full fluffy half finger for the full session, dropping patching behind.
There's a little bit of white fruit flesh with some biscuit balanced by light floral bitterness with an herbal touch in the smell.
Grassy, floral and herbal gentle hops bitterness comes against some honey sweetness and biscuit. It has a hint of spiciness.
The leafy, herbal note adds a light dryness in a light body that has a nice heft to it. it's consistently crisp and nicely smooth. It's pretty clean, with a touch of grain coming through a little.

Brenden, Oct 20, 2013
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1/5  rDev -71.6%

BGsWo22, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours crystal clear dark gold. Head is bright white. Head retains very well. Minute lacing patches. Looks quite nice. The body glows.

S-The nose is totally Pilsner, but it is much more aromatic than most of the style. Aroma just shoots out of both the bottle and glass. No skunkiness. Fresh white bread and herbal hops. Dusty yeast. Damp cellar. Pretty nice, definitely memorable.

T-The flavor is also quite tasty. The beginning of the flavor experience is outdone by the finish. At first I was unimpressed. It starts sweet with honey and yeast and caramel. Then the flavor comes into "Full Bloom" when a wave of floral and grassy hops pinches my taste buds. Notes of honeysuckle too.

M-A fuller bodied lager. The booze shows up a tiny bit. Pretty high ABV for a Pils. Not super clean or crisp, but the body and flavors make up for it. Subtle carbonation. Mild bitterness.

O/D-For $1.99 a bomber, the value is ridiculous. Also, it's a pretty damn good brew on its own. Value and flavor are a beauteous combo. It's not gonna blow your knickers off, but it is super-cheap and pretty yummy.

VelvetExtract, Oct 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Lovely85, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of buschbeer
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle
Served in a pilsner glass

A - This beer is straw colored with a decent amount of carbonation rising from the etching at the bottom of the glass. It is topped with a couple inches of white head.

S - I get some floral hops and biscuit.

T - The taste follows the aroma. I get a solid bread malt base and a flowery taste. It reminds me of hibiscus or roses.

M - Moderate with lower than expected carbonation.

O - I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I didn't expect much. I enjoyed the flowery aspects of this beer, and the bready malt added a nice balance. It goes down really well on a hot day like today.

buschbeer, May 01, 2013
Photo of Kendo
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the bomber into a pilsner glass. Body is golden-yellow with a small white head. Some splotchy lace.

S: Cereal grains and florally hops.

T: Like a fairly generic pilsner: cereal grains and straw up front, florally hops with a touch of grassiness at the finish. Slight sweetness underneath that detracts from the crispness I like in a pilsner.

M: A wee bit slick for the style; light-to-medium in heft. Carbonation is modest.

O: OK. Nothing special.

Kendo, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of GilGarp
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber served cold into a pint glass.

Full Bloom is a very pale golden yellow with thick white head. Is settles fairly quickly but leaves some nice spotty lacing.

Aroma is mild but nicely hopped for a pilsner. Not on the level of an imperial but somewhere in between traditional and double.

Flavor is nicely balanced but more bitter than sweet. Slightly herbal and spicy with a dry crisp finish.

Mouthfeel is light in body and balanced. Carbonation seems a little too high but isn't totally out of style.

Overall a good extra pilsner.

GilGarp, Dec 11, 2012
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MacTarnahan's Full Bloom Craft Lager from Portland Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.