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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 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 Beerbuddha
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured a clear golden color with a thick white head which disappates quickly. Lacing was present but minimal.

Smell- Grainy with a hint of malty sweetness.

Taste- The sweet maltiness comes through first with a hint of breadiness as well.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall- This is a good drinking beer. Nice beer for the heat of summer.

Beerbuddha, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of Kulrak
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light gold color with a decent amount of foamy white head that takes a while to fade and clings to the glass all the way down. I'm smelling some yeast, and some noble hops (the saaz mentioned on the label, probably) and a little grassiness, not bad at all. The taste is fairly clean, but lightly malty and just as lightly hoppy, very balanced and pleasant. Mouthfeel is light and pretty creamy. Overall, it's a very drinkable, and so far tonight, Barons is 3 for 3 with me. I'll be looking for more of their beers.

Kulrak, May 01, 2008
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 tugdriver7
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked-up at Perfect Pour in Columbia, MD (one of the best beer stores in Maryland, by the way). Nice hazy golden color, decent head retention. Smell is mild hops, with a lot of fruity (lip smacking, mouth watering) hops in the first sip. Rather well balanced, but definitely a session beer. Quite drinkable. Worth trying.

tugdriver7, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of csmiley
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear yellow / gold. Got just a little more than a half inch head that was gone fairly quick. Lacing was good.

S - Has grain and caramel on the nose. There is also a mild yeast aroma in the distant background. Not much else to pick up.

T - Malt is the flavor that comes through first. A little bit of bread and caramel followed by a hop bitterness that almost gets by without being noticed.

M - Medium bodied and smooth. Carbonation was good.

D - Drinkability is good. This is a really good lager that I would be more than happy to try again.

csmiley, Feb 26, 2008
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 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 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 BDIMike
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is slightly dull golden color. Very fizzy with a thin head.

Smell of bread with a tad bit of sweetness.

Nice taste of bready malts and a slight hop to it. The hops taste very European. As the taste is, the hops are from Czech giving this lager a taste somewhat like Pilsner Urquel.

Very crisp mouthfeel. Almost sharp on the tongue.

Very refreshing beer. Nice taste for a lager.

BDIMike, Dec 18, 2007
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 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 matty
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow color with aroma of sweet caramel.Taste is good with a mixture of bread and caramel flavor.Definetly something I would buy again and recommend to my friends.You can tell this beer had a lot of time and effort put into it.Good job by the people of Barons brewing company!!

matty, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of usmittymc
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 fl oz bottle

A- light golden color with a nice almost pure white head

S- Sweet, almost fruity aroma.

T- Malty sweetness on the front with a faint hop blast in the middle. Sweetness lingers on the palette.

M- Light body with a crisp finish

D- Not a bad lager. The cloying sweetness can grow tiresome on the palette.

usmittymc, Oct 29, 2007
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 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 Bonhoeffer
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The fourth and final in my series of reviews of the new Barons beers that just hit Birmingham. Fortunately, this one's a winner. Crystal clear golden color. Crisp and smooth. Perfect Saaz hop bite. Nothing funky or out of place. Maybe this one will convince some folks that Australia has much better beer than effing Fosters.

Bonhoeffer, Sep 16, 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 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 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 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
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Barons Lager from Barons Brewing Company
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