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Barons Lager - Barons Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Barons Brewing Company
Australia

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: vancurly on 03-22-2007)
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Photo of TheSarge
2.58/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Has a one finger thick white crown, with decent retention. The body is dark amber, and is quite hazy.

Aroma is a bit hard to pick out. It's a little husky, and grainy, but that's about it.

The taste is a little on the dry cracker side, with the yeast giving it a powdery feeling.

TheSarge, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of laituegonflable
2.6/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a urine-gold colour with effervescent white head, sinks all too readily, in a drowning-man kind of way. Gets zero help from the carbonating lifeguards. Produces a web of lacing but nothing exciting. Standard lager appearance, really.

Smells fairly strongly of amber malt mixed with a slight grassy hop aroma. The hops are definitely slight. Malt has a slight honey edge to it, and the whole thing develops a bit of a nasty yeast character. Not all that pungent, and quite predictable. Not impressed.

Taste starts off with an unpleasantly sticky malt flavour which becomes a bit darker and brooding on the mid. Hops come through towards the back, herbal and resiny like fresh-cut grass. The hops, like the carbonating lifeguards, aren't enough to rescue the finish from being a bit cloying. Not overwhelmingly so, but it certainly isn't as clean as it could be with a few more hops. This does have more as far as palate complexity goes than your average Aussie lager. There are buttery and slightly darker notes among the malt profile. However, being comparatively good doesn't make it intrinsically good. Being the innocent man in a lineup of paedorasts doesn't make you a contender for the Nobel Peace Prize.

While this has hints of respectability, they're not enough to really impress me. Mouthfeel is flat and dull and the finish is, as I've said, just not clean enough to make this drinkable or refreshing. There's potential here but not quality.

laituegonflable, May 08, 2009
Photo of ADZA
2.6/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours a golden amber hue with nice carbonation that leaves a two finger head with a rim of lacing around the rim,it has a really average smell with aromas of weak fruity hops and malt,it also has an average mouthfeel with those weak aromas of fruity hops and malts coming thru on taste,overall a very bland beer thats only a little step in front of the macrobrews out there but not by much at all definately a big let down in my eyes and would not buy again.

ADZA, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of CrazyDavros
2.63/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours golden amber with a small fading head.
Aroma is pretty grainy and shows minimal hops.
Flavours include lots of grainy malt and grassy, fruity hops, some banana, but all quite faint. Finishes with a metallic bitterness.
Carbonation is over the top.

CrazyDavros, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of WakeandBake
2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A hazy golden color pour with a small foamy white head , medium carbonation . Aroma of toasted malt, spicy hops, and honey . Flavor is malty for a lager , sweet , with spicy hops showing through , light bitterness . Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel , sessionable but a little sweet for my liking , fun try though .

WakeandBake, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light golden colour, with a decent and very frothy head of white foam, big-bubbled at the top, but with decent retention. Surprisingly little lacing, merely a bit of sudsy remnants as the head dissipates. Not bad, but I've seen better.

Sharp, slightly metallic hop characters on the nose, giving rise to nuances of rust and tinfoil. A hint of honey as well, but it's minimal, giving it very little sweetness. Mostly, there's that pungent metallic twang.

Taste is initially grainy, with some sweet wort runoff character, before a very light hint of those metallic hops, which jangle against a spritzy seltzer water acidity and ragged carbonation. It's pretty clean, but it's also pretty bland. Mouthfeel is harmed a little by the carbonation.

It's better than the standard Aussie macro, but it's not significantly better. It ends up being reasonably inoffensive, and pretty clean, but it's so bland that I wonder why you'd bother drinking more than one.

lacqueredmouse, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of brendan13
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear golden colour with a few centimetres of off white head that falls away quite quickly.
S - Some bready & cereral grain aromas with a herbal hop character.
T - The maltiness comes through at first followed by a spicy, herbal hop bitterness.
M - Medium bodied with fairly high carbonation.
D - Nothing special but a nice enough, drinkable beer.

brendan13, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of juju7
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks the part of a thirst quenching lager. Light orangey, amber with a tidy white head. Just a touch of malt action on the nose with a hint of lemon. Drinks fine with mild bitterness and a slight malty backbone. Better than most macros but nothing to go out of your way for.

juju7, May 22, 2009
Photo of Macca
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours a dark golden colour. Clear. A slight head which drops away to minimal retention.

Bready aromas up front with some florals at the back.

Great whack of malts up front but this dies quickly. Disappointed with the follow up spiciness. It does not have the same impact.

Fullish mouthfeel.

I could knock back a few of these.

Macca, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of kegger22
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Sometimes you don't want a huge flavor, or a heady aroma, or mounds of frothy head; you just want your thirst quenched. That's when I reach for a lager. Just finished mowing the lawn and grabbed a Barons Lager. The part that I didn't drink straight from the bottle poured hazy gold with respectable off-white head. Not much aroma. Taste was clean, crisp, slightly sweet. Mouthfeel was minimal, a little carbonation bite at the back of the throat. Drinkability was great, like I said this lager is a thirst quencher, that is its role in life. Not spectacular, but perfect for a hot Sunday afternoon.

kegger22, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of jarmby1711
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a clear on the dark side of golden with a head that dispersed by mid glass.
There is a malt background and foreground with some hop bitterness to finish .
The smell is slightly sour which is also hinted at in the flavour , which may be the yeast or perhaps the "spice" that this style is entitld to have.
It is very thin in the mouth which probably helps as any oily thickness would make this less drinkable.
Perhaps it is the style (which this seems to fulfill) but it is not overly tasty or exciting.

jarmby1711, May 27, 2007
Photo of Lukie
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured golden in colour, small white head that dissipitated quickly. Appealing.
Smell: Malt, caramel, spicy hop note. Hint of pineapple. Not distinct.
Taste: Fruity melon, honey, initial taste. Nice malts, slight burnt finish. Very refreshing.
Mouthfeel: Easy going, nothing too heavy. Quite light with low carbonation.
Drinkability: Easy drinking lager with good initial tastes. Great session beer.

Lukie, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

($1.99 12oz. bottle at Total Wine in Kennesaw, GA).

Appearance: Pours a semi-hazy, orangey-golden body with a small, fizzy white head.

Smell: Light malty aroma with a touch of honey and spice and what smells like the addition of Nelson Sauvin hops (providing notes of white grapes and at the same time cooked, minced garlic), a hop I'm really starting to enjoy.

Taste: Mild malt flavor with a sweetness that blends into the taste of white wine, notes of garlic, and a bit of Saaz spiciness. Finishes both clean and crisp.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A solid, well-made lager from the Land Down Under.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of dacrza1
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale golden yellow body, whispy thick... three-finger head forms a donut in its center(?)... sparkling and effervescent... fresh, almost fruity with a strong pilsner maltiness--pleasant... light, crisp with a floursih of effervescence around the tongue--mellow and balanced... tough to place its taste: a citiric burst with a malty base and a yeasty finish make this engaging yet something of an anomaly to its purported style... as with Cooper's, Barons seems to have something in its water that brings it to life--not your average lager (or ESB, or pale ale!)... I could hammer these in the summer sun or sip them by the winter fire--versatile if not worthwhile... i see I am in the minority of this beer's opinion.... a Christmas gift I won't look in the mouth!

dacrza1, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of LittleCreature
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.0
Poured an aggressive 3 fingers of foamy white head, that leads me to believe the bottle may have been dropped at some point in time, although retention is good and it leaves plenty of lace. The colour is a golden yellow with a tinge of orange.

Smell - 3.0
Upon opening there was a definite skunky smell, which reduced, but remained with time. Otherwise not a whole lot happening here, some malty sweetness, grains, grassy hops.

Taste - 3.0
Reminicent of many Euro pale lagers. A little malt sweetness, grainy, grassy flavours, and a fair dose of grassy hops in the finish and a bit of a metallic twang. Aftertaste is moderately bitter, without much flavour.

Mouthfeel - 3.5
Relatively low in carbonation for a lager, but this helps it go down smoothly, so is not a bad thing. Light to moderate in weight.

Drinkability - 3.5
Not hard to drink, sessionable, but there are much better choices.

OVERALL - 3.3
After their excellent pale ale, this is a real disappointment, especially from a craft brewery. My favourite Munich Helles Lager is Weihenstephaner, which is much better than this, which tastes not disimilar from many generic Euro lagers and macros. I was originally going to give this a lower score, but the smell opened up and improved with warming. For a micro, the price is not bad, but as far as I'm concerned you may as well be drinking Stella for the same price.

Edit: I have recently drunk this beer and wonder whether I was ill upon my first sampling. It is a very good German style lager, the best I have tried from Australia. Scores have been changed to indicate this.

LittleCreature, Sep 28, 2007
Photo of Cs1987
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Light gold, 1 finger of head, high carbonation.

Smell - Plenty of citrus-like Saaz in the aroma, with some malts.

Taste - The combination of Saaz and Pride of Ringwood hops is interesting, but the flavour of the PoR stands out a little too much. In fact, this is probably hoppy enough to put it closer in style to a pilsener than a helles. The malts are good quality, and other flaws are minimal.

Mouthfeel - Light, a little too watery.

Drinkability - Not designed as an easy drinking lager, but still pretty drinkable.

Overall - Pretty good, but other than the Saaz hops, little separates this from lower quality macro "premium" lagers, such as Crown Lager.

Cs1987, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of biggred1
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dull bronze with a tight white head that quickly fades to a skim of foam and leaves fine lace on the glass. Toasted grain and herbal hops in the nose. Lightly toasted grain and earthy hops make for a nicely balanced flavor. Barley malt is the dominant flavor component and kind of reminds me of grape-nut cereal...in a good way. Full bodied and creamy. Not a bad Aussie brew.

biggred1, May 01, 2010
Photo of Reidrover
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep golden colour, large thick white head. Good aroma, mainlly malty with a nice grassy whiff of hops. Malty flavour, not too sweet though,some hopping noticed at end. Palate is acceptable for style and I like the fact it isnt "fizzy". Overall a nice enough beer

Reidrover, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of DoubleJ
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the makers of the wattle seed ale, on to the beer:

Into a stange it goes, this beer has a tint of haze to the tangerine color found in the body. The head is two-fingers thick and holding up well so far. Smells like...grain, grass, honey soaked grain. Taste....it's a little grainy and drier to other bright colored lagers out there. Grain hits the palate at first with a cooked hop note. Touches of vegetable as well. The maltiness is light in flavor. More cooked hop flavor, with notes of tea. Easy in the mouth, and tad oily, with a little bit of body to it.

Not a bad buy at $1.49 for a 330 ml bottle of imported lager. Good if you're looking for a lager with a bit more hop flavor than maltiness.

DoubleJ, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rich golden amber with a placid, pristine interior. The use of Munich malt was an excellent choice for the color alone. No fizzy yellow beer here. The French vanilla colored cap looks the part as well. It has a tight-bubbled texture and is leaving scads of finely pocked lace. Barons brews good looking beer.

The aroma, although somewhat less wonderful, is still more than acceptable for the style. The Munich malt gives it a slightly darker, heartier edge, and the 'New Zealand' and Saaz hops are pretty prominent. Looks like I got a fresh bottle right here in America's heartland.

There are no surprises on the taste buds. My biggest fear prior to cracking the crown was that Lager would be drab and uninteresting. Thankfully, that isn't the case. Although I'm not a huge fan of Munich malt in most cases, its use was a masterstroke here.

Like the appearance and the aroma, the darker and moderately toasted nature of the malt adds something of value to the proceedings. The fresh cereal grain and floral hop flavor is on solid footing and is nicely balanced, as are all good Munich helles lagers. This isn't great beer, but it's solid and drinkable.

The mouthfeel is on the full side for a sub-5.0% lager. It's more firm and smooth than creamy and smooth, but it works just fine nonetheless. Nice job on the carbonation as well. It's lively without being annoyingly so.

Barons Lager is a pleasant surprise. I didn't expect much after having had Extra Special Bitter (pretty decent) and Pale Ale (merely okay), but this one showed me something. Aussies should consider themselves lucky if Lager is as ubiquitous Down Under as Budweiser is here. Good on ya, mate!

BuckeyeNation, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of philipquarles
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a clear dark gold with a medium white head that recedes quickly. Smells of sweet, grainy malt and faint grassy hops. Taste is weighted towards honey-like malt. Light hop flavor towards the end with mild bitterness. Moderate body. Nice lager.

philipquarles, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of Haybeerman
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Slightly clouded yellow/gold color. Poured a 2 finger foamy white head with fair retention. Medium thickness lacing, but broken.

S: Sweet malts, wet grainsand cut grass. Rairly light overall.

T: Consistent with smell; sweet malt, grains and grassy hops in the moderately (pleasantly) bitter finish. Slight mettalic/crackers aftertaste.

M: Light to medium body. Balanced carbonation makes it smooth.

D: Fair lager. Crisp, dry and refreshing. May be better taste choices out there though.

Haybeerman, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a perfectly clear straw with a one finger head off a fairly firm pour. Nose is a slight toasted earthy edge. It calms down fairly quickly, and takes on a more subdued tone. Flavor is a bit thick with malt character. Leaves a cooked aftertaste in the back of my mouth. Has an earthy character to it that seems a touch unrefined, but overall still good. Feel has a decent carbonation that coats the tongue and the liquid is fairly smooth as well. Overall pretty drinkable. I probably wouldn't go back to it, but it's not a piece of trash by any means.

RblWthACoz, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of Gmann
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear straw color, a shade darker than Bud, with an average white head that dissipates fairly quick. The smell has a bready/cracker like maltiness and has a hint of the Saaz hop spiciness, nothing very distinct. The taste is fairly light, slightly bready malt with a hint of spicy hop. The feel is moderately bodied, not overly carbonated, overall pretty balanced beer. A good beer nothing fantastic, pretty light and refreshing for a humid summer day.

Gmann, Aug 05, 2007
Photo of Drew966
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Barons Lager pours a pale orange color with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. I can smell a bit of malt. Nice malt flavor and a touch of spicy hops are noticeable. This is a simple refreshing beer that is worth a try. Sessionable, as a beer of this style should be.

Drew966, Dec 30, 2007
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Barons Lager from Barons Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.