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Remain In Light | Cambridge Brewing Company

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Cambridge Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Served in September 2012.American light lagers and Pilsners are easy to drink and refreshing. They are not, however, easy for a craft brewer to make – but we are always up for a challenge. Pilsner malt and flaked rice provide sweet cereal grain notes while German and Czech hops add spiciness and a balanced bitterness to the finish. Cold fermented and aged with a German lager yeast, the palate is clean with a snappy finish.

Added by UncleJimbo on 12-01-2013

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Reviews: 38 | Ratings: 169
Photo of mnj21655
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale straw in color with a finger of rapidly dissipating white head, there is some chill haze. Aroma is grainy and very lightly hoppy. Taste is lots of grainy Pilsner malt with a touch of spicy hops. Light+ body with moderate carbonation. Overall a solid American Lager. More subtlety and flavor (and far less corn) than a macro lager but just as drinkable.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crisp and clean looking light straw yellow with a finger of white foam.

Toasted malt, crisp, light citrus and subtle spiced hop aroma.

Spicy and herbal hop flavor right up front and a nice toasty crispness finishes off the sip.

Light-bodied, high carbonation, crisp, clean.

Overall, a decent beer, nothing more nothing less.

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Photo of 20holmbrew
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack for under 10 bucks so pretty good value. Pours a hazy straw color. Smell is pilsner malt with slight citrus. Tastes of German hops and a bit of lemon. Light breadiness. Excellent mouthfeel. Very crisp and smooth. This makes for a very good summer beer. Perfect for a cookout or after cutting the grass.

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Photo of soze47
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden straw in color. Nice billowy head on the pour and on a swirl. Pretty. Nose has great cereal grain and spicy hop notes. A little grassiness on the nose makes this a pleasure to sniff. Taste and mouth feel are perfect for an American craft pils - the slight German hop forward yet well balanced taste sticks to the palette just enough while also being smooth and easy drinking. I love this beer and it is a go to as summer fridge beer.

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Photo of ordybill
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear light golden color with a small white head. The aroma is similar to iced tea. A nice smooth taste.

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Photo of Beric
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Can into pint
Served: 3 February 2016

Appearance: Pours a light yellow with a billowy, white two finger head that dissipates to just a sheen of bubbles on the top as carbonation slowly percolates up from the bottom of the glass. Color is definitely pale, I would have liked to see it a little fuller.

Smell: Sweet white bread and biscuit malt notes with a pinch of corn meal and soft herbal, grassy hops.

Taste: Quite well done for a craft version of the standard American lager. Very clean tastes, which made the lager crisp and refreshing. Sweet malts with a soft hop bitterness. Very drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Light body with high carbonation.

Overall: A great craft rendition of the standard American beer and one I would gladly enjoy in the heat of summer. Very refreshing and easy drinking.

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Photo of Suds
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Extremely light, yellow in color, with a very cloudy complexion. The head is tall and white. Aromatically, the beer is floral and fruity. A hint of citrus and some fresh flowers. The taste is light, with some hop presence, but very airy. In terms of body, it is light as well. 'Light seems to be a theme with this brew'. All in all, it was okay, certainly better for a hot summer day than when I had it, a cold evening.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I tried this from the can chilled in a willybecker purchased at Olivers in Albany NY

the color is a straw gold with hazed look and thick white head with fine bead -retention is very good and lace sticks in spots. The smelli has good bready malt an yeast with a mix of floral/herbal hop aroma with mild grassy scent. The feel is great with mild sweetness and moderately full carbonation leading to medium bitterness with light toasted texture and semi-dry finish with slightly lingering bitter.

The taste is very good with a nice mix of hop flavor that is noble in character with slightly grassy and lemon zest with gentle sweetness and subtle honey-ish element with mild spicy hop quality in the dry finish the flavor has a more herbal taste as it warms with mild bready malt character supporting and slight bitter astringent tea-like finish. Overall this was a pilsner that exceeded my expectations with a nice canned offering from Massachusetts. I recommend this to fans of the pilsner style in general.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a slightly hazy pale to medium yellow in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy white head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of sweet bready malts, grainy malts, and grassy hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of bready malts and light to moderate flavors of grainy malts with a light to moderate amount of sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of grassy hops which contribute a light amount of bitterness which fades away pretty quickly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Clean.

O: Easy to drink and enjoyable without much bitterness in the finish. Definitely would be a good beer for drinking on a really warm evening. Alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of Tone
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy, gold color. 1/3 inch of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of yeast, pine, floral hops, and a hint of resin. Fits the style of an American Pale Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pine, pale malt, slight sweet malt, floral hops, slight resin, slight citrus hops, and a hint of yeast. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend. An easy drinking and refreshing beer.

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Photo of Nordicsk8er
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall pilsner glass this brew presented bright yellow with a slight haze and a one finger bright white rocky head. Light lacing. "Best by" date stamped on the bottom of the can. Subdued smells hinted of fruit and grains. The flavor revealed an immediate hop presence with a very enjoyable lingering dry graininess. Clean, crisp, and refreshing. Hoppier than many lagers. A real winner for the style and one I'll consider a standby to accompany most foods or as an aperitif.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - Very pleasant looking yellow/gold color, slight white head and slight lacin

Smell - Not much goin on here, light floral and citrus scent

Taste - Light and refreshing. Has the bite of a lager with the smoothness of a pale ale. a little hoppy, but definitely not bitter.

Feel - Smooth, low carbonation.

Overall - Never had the style before, but slightly above average beer. Would drink again.

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Photo of metter98
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface, a thin collar around the edge of the glass, and bits of lacing down the sides.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sweet, bready malts are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of bready malts along with bits of sweetness. Little if any bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has some nice malty flavors and sweetness without feeling heavy on the palate.

Serving type: can

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Photo of jzlyo
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is grainy/pale malts, mildly earthy and a hint of hops. The flavor is malts/pale malts, mildly spicy hops and a bitter/slightly tart finish. Seemed to be halfway between a pale and a premium/pilsner, it had enough pale qualities to be the best that I’ve ever had.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a lager glass.

A: Dull, pale straw yellow. Very slight haze. Three fingers of rocky white head retain very well and leave plenty of stickage behind.

S: Bready Pilsner malt, very clean, straw, lemon and lime leaf sort of hop impression. Peppery/herbal hops too.

T: Some bready and crackery Pilsner malt up front. Straw. Very clean and dry. Lime leaf and perhaps grape leaves too. Grassy, herbal, peppery. This is all hop derived. Slightly metallic. Crackery malt and oily German hops on the finish.

M: Very light in body. Soft and creamy malt texture with a blast of very fine and crisp carbonation.

O: A very nice American style Pilsner/lager/whatever you want to call it. Yes it utilizes rice, but don't go comparing this to the macro lagers beer geeks so passionately despise. There's far too much character in this beer to degrade it like that. It's an easy drinker that is really more reminiscent of a German pils than it is to your average adjunct lager.

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Photo of illpass78
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a very slightly hazy straw with a shorty soapy head that recedes fairly fast. Some spotty lacing. There's some swirling sediment or yeast or something in there. Mostly clear, though.

Aroma: This beer has a clean, faintly hoppy aroma. Mostly has that clean, adjunct-free or adjunct-light lager smell. Inoffensive and crisp. Maybe a little bit of apple.

Taste: Classic clean pale lager taste, accented by some apple and vaguely lemony notes. Hops are present but not to the point that they really deserve to be teased on the can. Nice malt base.

Mouthfeel: Light and easy, but without sacrificing flavor.

Overall: I feel like I have to ding this beer slightly for the "hoppy pilsner" ad copy. It's hoppier than a Stella or a Molson or something, but not to the point where it's a dominant feature. Mostly just a solid, tasty pale lager to enjoy at midday.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12oz. can served in a shaker pint. Pours a translucent pale gold with a loose, quarter inch, bright white head that gradually recedes into a sudsy, congealed slick. Nose is a bit subdued - cereal grain sweetness and a light, grassy character. Taste consistent with nose - mostly adjuncts here; not much to the hops profile. Mouthfeel is light in body with a crisp carbonation. Overall, pretty lackluster. More American Adjunct than a hoppy pils.

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Photo of barczar
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Lemony aroma initially, becoming lightly grainy, with peach in flavor and a slick mouthfeel. Finish is moderately bitter and herbal. Very refreshing brew.

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Photo of JimKal
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I thought this one would be interesting but it really didn't meet my expectations. I've tried some of the other hoppy lagers and, I guess, they aren't my thing. But this one seemed, to me, to deliver very little that isn't done better elsewhere. SN's Beer Camp Hoppy Lager was, in my opinion, much more interesting. SA's IPL was more interesting. This pours a pale yellow with a nice head. There is some nice carbonation. But, for me, the taste was kind of bland.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. can into a Dogfish Head pint glass.

The color is hazy yellow with a finger of foamy white head and a slight amount of lacing left on the glass.

The smell has a slight sweetness in the nose with a sticky bready aroma. There is slight touches of candy fruits that remind me of razzles with a touch of sugary aroma at a distance.

The taste is mild fruit flavor that comes out first. There is some slight pair flavor here. There is a hint of green apple with some juicy fruit punch flavor in the background. There is a tease of green grape flavor that hits towards the end at a slight bitterness build at the end and just slightly pushes off at the end.

The feel of this beer is light and has a easy drinking body that goes down easy with a great crisp aftertaste that gives just hints of apple skin flavor. There is only a little bitterness here and is more dry than bitter. The dryness sitting there till the next sip and then once that goes down is washes it away till the aftertaste’s dryness asks to be quenched again. A great drinker and a fine beer but not as hoppy as the label professes.

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Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured into a pokal to a clear straw yellow with a dense two finger white head that fades quickly and leaves good lacing
S: smells of clean malts and spicy noble hops
T: taste is clean bready malts with a little sweetness and some nice noble hop presence with some spicyness and slight citrus. swallow is some honey like sweetness and a good bit of spicy hop flavors
M: fairly light in body without being watery and slightly prickly carbonation. the beer has a clean and refreshing finish.
O: this is a really good stab at the pale lager. much better than the macro offerings. no discernible flaws and a really nice flavor profile.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Liking this beer more every time I have it.

A - 12 oz can pours into a pint glass pale straw yellow with a big ol sudsy white head. Looks like a clean and healthy pilsner I'd say.

S - Lots of lagery grains and an almost doughy bready malt. Nice herbal lemon hop makes itself known but doesn't overpower the pils.

T - More hop presence with some pretty nice citrus, lemon, grassy and herbal flavors. Still lots of bread and crisp grains. Some spicy hop coming through later on, winds up being much hoppier than the scent anticipated.

M - Pretty great mouthfeel for 5%, very substantial body, smooth, crisp, nice flowing carbonation, good dose of hop bitterness without sacrificing lager-ness.

O - This almost becomes something of a hop bomb as it warmed a bit, I'm not complaining. Solid pilsner base, good hop kick, lots of flavor and solid feel for only 5%. I'd drink this anytime.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.24/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. can poured into a snifter (Best By: 4/19/15)

A: Light, white wine color. Thick fluffy head. Lacing and puffy collar.
S: Airy with some fruity esters.
T: Lightest of pilsner flavors, not even all that hoppy, let alone flavorful.
M: Light carbonation.
O: Not good at all. I preferred SN's Hoppy Beer Camp Lager.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Remain in Light has a thick, frothy, crackly, white head, a clear, bubbly, straw appearance, with heavy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of citrus, hop oils, white bread, and sweetness. Taste is of those elements, with noticeable, yet rather mild, hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium and a bit slick, and C.B.C. Remain in Light finishes crisp, clean, and refreshing.


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Photo of cbutova
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chico1985 for randomly giving me this with a few other good looking beers. Best by 04/19/15. Another music themed brew on the scene.

A- The 12oz can drops a mostly clear, uber pale yellow beer into my glass with a frothy white head. That crown rises over one finger with decent retention falling to a large blanket at the edges. Lacing is spotty with a few bands.

S- Plenty of grains fill out the aroma with a freshly cracked, raw feel. Providing balance and overshadowing the malts just a bit are herbal and spicy hop tones.

T- Hops gather some punch here with herbal, spicy, grassy, lemon zest tones and bitterness on the back end. Cereal, freshly cracked malts, raw grains and a hint of something like bread crust.

MF- Creamy and actually somewhat chewy coming down at a medium-high thickness for this style. High end carbonation lends to that puffiness and it all finishes fairly bitter.

Each and every sip seems to get better and better with this beer. Strong presence of cracked Pils grains balanced nicely by strong European hop tones.

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