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Epic Lager - Epic Brewing Company

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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 9.97%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Macca on 05-06-2009

Imagine a world without flavour. It'd be almost as bad as a world without beer. Well you're in luck. This lager is literally bursting with hop-fuelled taste. It's been created by people inspired and obsessed with keeping the flame alive. Enjoy our handiwork!
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Ratings: 32 | Reviews: 21
Photo of Tone
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, gold color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, herbs, hint of lemongrass, floral, pale malt, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of American Pale Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable dryness. Tastes of strong pale malt, slight hops, slight lemongrass, floral, herbs, and a hint of yeast. Overall, a little too dry, good blend, body, and complexity.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best by 8/22/14.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, grass, hay, and slight skunk aromas that dissipate as the beer warms up. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, grass, pepper, and slight herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid hop qualities that still seem fresh after almost 5 months past the best by date.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of KAF
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Chico1985
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml, best by 8-22-14.

Appearance - Pours the standard lager dark yellow pee color. Slow-rising carb bubbles. White head remains a patchy cap with bits of lace.

Smell - Grainy, lemony, light herbal and spicy hop, sweet malt, cereal. Pretty straightforward, not bad by any means.

Taste - A little more of a hop bite here bringing on some white grapefruit and kiwi and lime-like flavors. Big lemony lager flavor, graininess and bready tones, spicy and earthy hops. Some banana esters.

Mouthfeel - Light and oily, carbonation is a bit spiky but not bad, light hop bitterness. Clean taste , crisp and easy drinking.

Overall - Pretty decent lager with no off-flavors and a tame but nice hop profile.

Photo of Latarnik
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of wordemupg
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into pilsner glass 6/3/14

A clear golden yellow with streams of bubbles throughout, 2 puffy fingers of foam quickly falls to a thick film leaving partial rings of deep down the glass

S smells like a Czech pil with a tropical twist, grassy noble notes with some pineapple, lemon and lychee juice

T thankfully it mimics the smell with some added citrus I can't place, a little sweet malt but the hops are firmly in charge

M light, crisp, refreshing, bubbles fluff it up and a grassy tropical finish lingers for ages, feels like the style should

O such a well rounded brew, fresh and flavourful, one of the best lagers I've had in a while and perhaps my favourite of the Kiwi lagers I tried while visiting

I had this one on a patio in downtown Wellington under a warm sun and couldn't have been any happier with my choice, the kiwis are changing my opinion of lagers

Photo of IpaRay
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of brandonld23
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of jmccullough108
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden-yellow with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of cracker and grainy malts with some grassy and floral hops and a bit of citrus hop.

T - Starts off with a mix of grain and cracker malts with a touch of lemon and citrus hops. Through the middle, some grassy and floral hops come through with a bit of bitterness. The finish is a mix of grainy and cracker malts, grassy hops, and some lager esters.

M - Medium-minus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and grainy finish.

D - Very drinkable. Good refreshing lager with nice overall balance and a refreshing mouthfeel.

Photo of stewart124
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass.

Quite the head initially and as this goes down there is some white lacing. Golden yellow in color.

Euro malts in the nose with some grassy/floral notes and just a touch of grape.

Medium mouthfeel that is very pleasing. Great pilsner character throughout that is backed up by noble hops. Very good marriage between the malts and hops. More malty than I anticipated but so drinkable.

Another great selection from Epic Brewing Company.

Photo of WDJersey
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of mungus
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Smells
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Really starting to get into the different lagers from anywhere I can grab em.

This one is from New Zealand and that immediately caught my eye, even though it was pricey. But hey, it's from a place not known for their beers (at least not to me).

Poured a nice golden color with a 1 inch head on it that went away pretty quickly. Great lacing. Smells really good; grassy, slightly hoppy, sweet malt and citrus. Tastes is amazing. Really fresh earthiness, grass, pepper, and spice. Nice! Lingering bitterness on the back. Mouthfeel was perfect for me, not too light or rich.

Really liked this a lot. Price is a stopping point of me buying this all the time but well worth a try imo!

Photo of xdefeatsy
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of tedho21
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Brad007
3.01/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a piss yellow color with a thin head into my glass. Did I just describe it as piss yellow?

Sweet, sweet, sweet. If there are hops, my nose can't find them that easily.

Ditto, ditto ditto. Nothing to write home about. Cooked veggies, burnt hops and malt that is far beyond crisp. Yep.

Mouthfeel? There is one?

Epic for sure..an epic failure that is. I wouldn't bother next time.

Photo of SonicsLi
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of JMWEB2
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Straw yellow color, completely transparent, and carbonation can be seen. Also very thin white head.

S: Smells a little grassy, but there is some citrus in there. I also smell some grain.

T: Initial taste is the grass-like earthy flavor. Malt character is mild. Finish is not what I expected.

M: High drinkability, very clean and refreshing.

O: I enjoyed this lager, my first New Zealand brew, and Epic has done a nice beer. I would really like to try it fresh, on tap.

Photo of Teleweizen2
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours an extremely light pale straw color and crystal clear. the color itself is not really appealing but the clarity is impressive. lots of bubbling carbonation and a soft cloud like white foam.

S - the aroma starts off with skunky European hops but develops more of a grassy, herbal and slightly citric character. the malt profile is reminiscent of crackers and sweet biscuits.

T - the flavors are similar to the aroma. the malt profile is soft with notes of crackers and hay as the zesty hop bitterness comes in and coats the tongue. the hop flavors are peppery and earthy with a hint of citrus. the bitterness lasts long after the finish.

M - very light, maybe a touch watery but very crisp and refreshing.

O - very enjoyable on a warm summer night. easy drinking and full of flavor. a great example of how good lagers can be.

Photo of MoreThanWine
2.76/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 2" white head which quickly dissipated. Clear straw yellow color. Smell has some grains and grassiness as well as a faint start of skunking. Taste again is grains and grass. There's a slight acidic zing and a short finish. So let me say I'm honored to have my first try from New Zealand, I'm sure it's better when it's fresh, and this is at least equal to the BMC styles in the US. But otherwise, this is nothing special, just strictly average lager.

Photo of atigerlife
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours crystal clear golden with small carbonation rising. Small white head that has decent retention.

Aroma of hay, grass dominate.

Taste also has the hay, grass thing going on. Light malt, light hops.

Mouthfeel is light, clean and crisp. Slightly dry at the end.

Overall, a decent beer. Very drinkable. Good for the style.

Photo of vazy
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Heard about this beer a while back and have finally been able to try it.

Pours a nice light golden yellow and the smells are bright and vibrant. Tons of hoppy aroma with floral notes jumping it. It tastes really balanced but a great flavor right off the tongue. Its crisp and has a medium feel. Overall this is a great beer, really has some interesting flavors going on.

Photo of ADZA
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very light golden clear hue with nice carbonation that leaves behind a frothy two finger head that quickly recedes to a thin layer of smog,the smell is very typical of a lager with aromas of grains,sweet golden malts and also a grassy hoppy aroma,it has a medium bodied mouthfeel which is nicely carbonated and has tastes of sweet golden maple syrup followed by a distinct grassy hoppiness to give it a dry bitter finish,overall not a bad brew thats fairly easy to drink but have had better.

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Epic Lager from Epic Brewing Company
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