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Barons Lager - Barons Brewing Company

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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 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 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 zeff80
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a highly carbonated, orange-yellow color with a two-finger, white foamy head that left soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of burnt toast malt with a subtle grassy aroma.

T - It tasted spicy and sweet. Nice balance of sweet maltiness and some light hops.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a nice Munich Helles lager. Very drinkable and quite sessionable.

zeff80, Jul 20, 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 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 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 Stinkypuss
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a clean glass.Semi hazy, wheat like appearance with nice froth.

S. Bready, doughy yeast and some noble saaz-ish hop in the aroma, malts subdued.

T. A nice mix here. Roasted grain, scottish style malting and a light lemony hop. Slight mineral/metallic edge. Robust and flavorful, very well done.

M. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and lends one to long for another sip.

D. Possibly the best Vienna style lager Ive come across. Wish I had more than one bottle, this beer beckons for extended sessioning.

Stinkypuss, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of Tone
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden color. One inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of pale malt, sweet malt, yeast, slight hops, and some grain. Fits the style of a Munich Helles Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, pale hops, yeast, and slight sweet malt. Overall, a crisp, full-bodied, easy drinking lager. Makes a good transition beer for those who only drink light lagers.

Tone, Jun 26, 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 Durge
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A standard golden amber color, clear and bright. The head is pretty minor, just a little white fuzz with a bit of lacing. The aroma is a slightly bitter malt, a bit grassy wheat-like smell, not a typical dull lager so far. The taste is a fairly interesting bright lemony wheat with a deeper rye bread hint. It's got a little bitterness, very drinkable, modestly carbonated but still spritely. It has some complexity, but is generally a nice refreshing lager, a pleasant surprise and worth a try any time there's a discriminating thirst to quench.

Durge, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of cjgator3
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden orange color with a white head that possesses pretty decent retention and lacing qualities. The clean lager aroma features some slightly biscuity malt and just a hint of hops. The taste consists of slightly toasted biscuity malts with a subtle yet spicy hop finish. Overall, this is pretty much exactly what I am looking for in a lager. Clean, refreshing, and some flavor. I would definitely consider purchasing this again. Recommended.

cjgator3, Feb 25, 2008
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 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 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 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 tgbljb
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy dull golden color with masive white chunky head.
Smell is very light with a hint of floral aspects.
Taste is refreshingly malty combined with a nice hop bitterness at the finish, which become stronger with each subsequent mouthfull.
A pleasant suprise. This is a nice lager beer with a good taste profile.

tgbljb, Nov 18, 2007
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 dsa7783
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Single, twelve-ounce bottle just copped from Gary's in Madison...
Pours a clear, lucid, light-golden hue with a very minimal head that rapidly receded and deposited a very thin film of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Uncharacteristically strong and assertive lager aroma replete with a raw earthiness, bread, and butter...
Taste strongly paid homage to the aroma, very crisp and refreshing along with a unique earthy flavor...
Good mouthfeel, along with an equally good level of drinkability...
Nothing above and beyond, yet still a decent stab at the style...

dsa7783, Aug 20, 2008
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
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 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 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 geexploitation
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a predominantly golden color with some amber tinges, topped by a thin white head that leaves a bit of lace. Aromas are of thick, juicy grain notes that carry a tinge of sweetness. Think bread and marmalade, or even a toned down version of marmite. On the palate, this beer is pretty robust for a helles, maybe too much so: the middle of the palate is just a tad too sweet and mouthfilling, although the hops do reassert themselves in the second half as the beer regains balance. Overall, this is nothing revelatory, but it is a decent beer -- a flavorful, medium-heavy lager with solid flavors. Decent execution all around.

geexploitation, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of vancurly
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank on tap at Berry Hotel, NSW.
Needed to drink six schooners to get the free t-shirt....
My initial thoughts were Euro lager, with dominant sweet-ish pale malt and some light to medium hopping. Not much bitterness, and leaving a mouthfeel that was slightly heavy and cloying. But all up, not a bad on-tap option....

vancurly, Mar 23, 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
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Barons Lager from Barons Brewing Company
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