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Epic Lager - Epic Brewing Company

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very good

31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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!

(Beer added by: Macca on 05-06-2009)
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Photo of Trashcat
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Trashcat, Friday at 07:42 PM
Photo of KAF
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

KAF, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of Chico1985
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Chico1985, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of Latarnik
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Latarnik, May 28, 2014
Photo of wordemupg
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
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

wordemupg, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of IpaRay
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

IpaRay, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +5.3%

jaydoc, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of brandonld23
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

brandonld23, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of jmccullough108
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

jmccullough108, May 17, 2013
Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

ngeunit1, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of stewart124
4.48/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

stewart124, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of WDJersey
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

WDJersey, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of mungus
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

mungus, May 17, 2012
Photo of Smells
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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!

Smells, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of xdefeatsy
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

xdefeatsy, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of tedho21
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

tedho21, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of Brad007
3/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

Brad007, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of SonicsLi
4/5  rDev +5.3%

SonicsLi, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of JMWEB2
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

JMWEB2, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of Teleweizen2
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Teleweizen2, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of MoreThanWine
2.8/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

MoreThanWine, May 31, 2011
Photo of atigerlife
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

atigerlife, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of vazy
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

vazy, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of ADZA
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

ADZA, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pleasant enough lager from Premiere Gourmet. Pours light yellow, with no lasting head to speak of, which is difficult the way I pour. Neutal aromas. Good drinker this hot late summer night. Average mouthfeel for he style. Dry finish. Nothing special to speak about taste wise other than not offensive.

Sammy, Sep 02, 2010
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Epic Lager from Epic Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.