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1811 Pre-Prohibition Lager - Fort George Brewery + Public House

1811 Pre-Prohibition Lager1811 Pre-Prohibition Lager

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BA SCORE
83
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61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 16.71%


Brewed by:
Fort George Brewery + Public House visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Ingredients (label):
"2 row malted barley, cracked maize, domestic Saaz, Centennial hops, and Astoria slow-sand filtered water. No filters, finings or clarifiers."

(Beer added by: chumba526 on 02-06-2011)
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alexrichman

Oregon

3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A> Poured from a pint can, this brew pours a straw-colored gold and is quite hazy. Beautiful 2+ finger head that is thick and fluffy, very good retention.

S> Strong aroma pouring out of the glass. The hops come across as grassy with lemon-like citrus with a sweet grain background that has hints of apricot.

T> The flavor profile is pretty hop-forward, especially for the style. The hops are still grassy but here the citrus takes on more grapefruit like characteristics with moderate bitterness. The malt is fairly subdued, the flavor profiles are much akin to the aroma but more muted. Sweet, apricot-like fruitiness, and just a hint of darker roast.

M> Good carbonation, pretty thin but appropriate for the style. Drinkable while maintaining a bit of complexity.

O> A tasty, well brewed hop-forward lager that is very drinkable while being fairly complex. Although it might be a little too much for people who do not like the bitterness of hops.

Serving type: can

04-07-2014 22:19:38 | More by alexrichman
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mactrail

California

4.21/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear pale golden color. Rich and tangy flavor with an appealing hoppy burn. Light body plus a sudsy mouthfeel. Lovely grainy aromas with a flowery nose.

I would say this tastes more like a hoppy Pilsener than any typical lager, but that's a good thing. I don't know what kind of hops they use, but it's an appealing resiny sting with some piney aromas. The mellow corn flavor is a revelation; maybe it's just a matter of brewing with enough grain to end up with this much flavor.

A big surprise at how good this is. I rate it among the best lagers I've had. Another outstanding brew from Ft. George. From the 16 oz can purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle.

Serving type: can

04-06-2014 23:46:20 | More by mactrail
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Hoptometrist

Oregon

3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from the can into a pilsner glass.

A- Poured a hazy light golden color with bright white fluffy head that left dense lacing.

S- Big crisp pilsner malt, lemon, and bready notes.

T- Some pilsner malt notes, light lemon notes, and some big kinda skunky grainy notes. Moderate bitterness for the style.

M- Lighter bodied, slightly watery finish, and soft carbonation.

O- Not a bad beer, but not very exciting. It beats a lot of other american adjunct lagers though. It was interesting to try a craft brewery's take on the style.

Serving type: can

03-13-2014 03:22:39 | More by Hoptometrist
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anarchia

Oregon

3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange-gold with a thick white head. Hazey, golden/orange. Floral hop aroma with some hints of lemon zest. Semi-sweet malt profile, noticeable corn flavor that quickly makes way for a spicy hop bitterness that lingers on the tongue. Extremely dry finish. Simple but tasty lager.

Serving type: can

11-12-2013 00:01:40 | More by anarchia
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can I brought to share at drewone's tasting.

Canned 4/2/13.

Pours a murky yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with grassy and hay flavors on the finish. There is a medium 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 that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: can

06-11-2013 02:04:52 | More by UCLABrewN84
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LXIXME

New Mexico

2.89/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A medium sized white to slightly off white head settles into a nice lacing above a cloudy thick well carbonated straw golden colored beer.

A very light aroma on this beer about all I can sense is some light sweet attributes, maybe from some lightly roasted grain malts.

A light taste, like washed out light grains that would seem to have been very lightly roasted, yet has a noticeable dry bitterness to the taste.

The dryness and bitterness from the taste are more pronounced in the aftertaste which is drying and without much taste on this lighter bodied beer.

Very light in taste, this would make the ideal beer pong beer, no bad tastes coming through like all the beers that come in 30 packs, yet its taste is very subdued so about anybody can drink it.

Serving type: can

05-15-2013 19:39:24 | More by LXIXME
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markh814


1.75/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

tasted from a tall straight willi glass

appearance - yellow-gold, foamy head that went away quickly and left a little "scum" on top

smell - a little sweet malts, not much else

taste - grassy, and a little grainy

mouthfeel - over carbination with a dry finish

overall - i think i had an old can or one that went bad

Serving type: can

Serving type: can

09-11-2012 11:51:41 | More by markh814
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harrymel

Washington

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can date: unk

A: pours a yellow ale with a single finger of egg white foam, which dissipates to a solid sheet of the same. The lager has excellent clarity. lace rings.

S: Grain, sweet bread, light hops, grass, some soil and a good pils quality. Nice.

T: Grainy, smooth, lightly bitter with some nice sweet tones and a good czech like water profile. I like the flavor and would call this pilsner in a second. And a good one at that.

M: Light body, moderate carb and a smooth finish. Well done.

O: Previously really disappointed with this one, now really happy with it. Totally dig it actually. Happy this is now available in the area.

Serving type: can

09-07-2012 07:09:55 | More by harrymel
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zeledonia

Minnesota

2.25/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Tasted 11 July 2012, reviewed from notes. Can dated 04/03, which I think means bottled 3 April 2012.

This is a stunning lager. Pours a medium golden yellow, pretty clear. Huge white head, dense, pillowy, and cratering. Great retention, and tons of lacing. Pretty.

Smell is dull - lager yeast and bland noble hops. Has that slightly corny smell that many lagers have.

This is bad. What went wrong? It's like the beers being mocked in those old Keystone Light "bitter beer face" ads. Bitter, but in a bad way. Doesn't feel like hop bitterness, instead it's astringent and unpleasant. I really do not like this.

Mouthfeel is fine. Medium-bodied, a little heavier than I expected. Lasting finish, which is carrying that foul taste throughout my mouth.

There aren't many beers that actually taste bad to me. But this is one of them. I might just have to try it again, to confirm this experience (I'm a glutton for punishment).

Serving type: can

08-10-2012 07:13:06 | More by zeledonia
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KajII

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Lager glass]

The pour was a hazy medium orange with a large white rocky head that had good retention, reducing slowly down to a large cap with some fair streaky lacing.

The aroma of a light straw malt, floral and grass hops and a mild soapy yeast with notes of caramel, corn and citrus (grapefruit).

The taste was bitter from the word go with a mild caramel sweetness and finished rather hoppy with a slight citrus peel presence towards the end. The flavor lasted a nice long time after the swallow with the hoppy bitterness left lingering on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was a few shades beyond light in body with a light dry texture and a medium carbonation.

Overall a nice hoppy Lager with a smooth refreshing feel...

Serving type: can

07-21-2012 14:34:55 | More by KajII
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beertunes

Washington

4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into 10oz pilsener glass. Poured a hazy yellow color with 1/4 inch of white head that had OK retention and light lacing.

The aroma was a neutrally balanced blend of gentle grains, a slight sweetness, and just a tickle of hops. The flavors were mostly the same, a good grain base, gentle hops on the front and middle of the tongue, some tangy hops at the back, and just a light bit of sweetness. Overall, a very nice blend of flavors.

The body was very good, full while being smooth, clean and light. Drinkability was excellent, this could easily be an all-day drinker or the perfect lawnmower beer. Overall, a very nice beer. A must try. a great take on the style, and the beer a lot of other try to be. For example, after I finished this beer, I had a bottle of Full sail session that was in the fridge. Poured it into the same glass. The 1811 is beer Session wants to be when it grows up. If your in the mood for this style, I can't see doing much better than this beer. Worth seeking out or trading for.

Serving type: can

06-21-2012 18:14:00 | More by beertunes
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a honey yellow color with good carbonation and a nice white cap, bubbles and some lacing

S: Some grains, grass and light bitterness on the nose

T: Some bittering hops, with grains, tad bit of grass and floral notes, hint of honey and light bread

M: Light to medium body, well carbonated

O: Not to shabby, tasty, easy to drink

Serving type: can

04-07-2012 20:02:10 | More by barleywinefiend
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vkv822

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can into tulip pint.

Pours a hazy golden with a thick, foamy white head.

Pleasant malty notes upfront, with a slightly cereal-like backing.

Taste is more cereal-corn with a light malt backing.

Medium to full body with average carbonation.

A good beer for what it is, though it's clearly not a very complex style.

Serving type: can

04-01-2012 06:41:03 | More by vkv822
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flagmantho

Washington

3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: nice golden hue with a hint of haze and a nice effervescence. Head pours two good fingers of pillowy ivory foam.

Smell: light malt aroma with a hint of corn and a hint of noble-character hops. Not bad, but the corn really doesn't do it for me.

Taste: light malt with a hint of that corn and a decent hop flavor. Nice noble character with a good level of bitterness, especially for the style. Actually not too bad at all.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a low level of carbonation. Decent, but not very interesting.

Overall: actually a pretty tasty beer for the style. I feel like a little less attenuation and a little less corn aroma would help this beer a lot.

Serving type: can

03-23-2012 18:06:42 | More by flagmantho
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is fine for what it is but it's not special. Beer is yellow and clear wtih moderate head retention and carbonation, no lacing.

Aroma is grainy and sweet with a nice yeasty breadiness to it.

Beer is light in body and has some hoppiness / bitterness to the end, unfortunately it doesn't cover up the slight grain acidity and aftertaste this beer has, overall it is fine but not great.

Serving type: can

02-19-2012 17:47:14 | More by drabmuh
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EricCioe

Montana

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jon for passing this one along.

This pours a hazy orange with a thick white head that dies down to a ring with minimal lace. On the nose there is citric orange, wet grain, dough, and a little hop spice. In the mouth the hops open up a good deal and ride atop the doughy malt, with a small carbonation buzz leaving the hops on the tongue for a while. The body is medium light, heavier than normal for the style, but a welcome change for sure. The carbonation is much lower than I often find with the style and I don't feel full of bubbles like I usually do. There isn't a ton going on in the mouth, just good, clean bread malt with some spice and citrus over the top.

I never though I'd rate an adjunct lager this highly. If this were available here, this would be my brew of choice for summer days on the river.

Serving type: can

11-03-2011 02:08:35 | More by EricCioe
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can from the brewpub into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with a billowy head of white foam (that may have a touch of dirty look to it). This was a fairly foamy pour right off the bat but this does settle down pretty quickly, retaining with a frothy ¾ finger that leaves back a rich and sudsy looking cascade of lacing. The aroma smells fresh and leafy, with some spiciness to the nose that works itself in as well. This sits on top of a sweet combo of fruity flavors and lightly toasted malt character. That combo of fruit, spice, and malt is really making the nose work here.

The taste is a crisp feeling toasted sweetness, which is both firm and supportive feeling underneath a layer of spice and citric bitterness that does have a touch of aggressive to it. The overall profile is fairly smooth here on the palate, with clean and strong flavors here that finish this dry and spicy with a bit of lingering leafy bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth crispness that is coming off as really easy feeling in the mouth. There is just enough sharpness to the carbonation to nicely help open up those hop flavors some.

I was a bit shocked at just how flavorful and easy drinking this ended up being for the style. This seemed like it was a bit more hopped than you would have thought but in this case, the extra fruit flavors and overall crisp oomph that they added to this really helped put this over the edge for me. This was a really pleasant surprise.

Serving type: can

10-07-2011 14:18:23 | More by Kegatron
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big thanks to Kegatron for giving me a pint of this after his recent trip out west. Much appreciated my friend!

Poured into a pint glass, this brew appears a very hazed golden color with 2 fingers worth of yellowish stained head. The cap recedes slowly leaving patches and finger patterns of lace all over the glass. The head maintains with nearly a finger's strength throughout the duration from the constantly rising bubbles of carbonation.

The smell of this brew initially is strikingly hoppy which really caught me off guard. It displays a scent of citrus, fruit, grass, rinds and pulp. Once you go beyond the hop character in the aroma there is a stinky aspect of something reminiscent of pilsner malt. There is a smell included almost like stinky feet and cheese mixed with sulfur.

The taste includes as much initial hop character as the aroma led on. A citrus hop bite hits the tongue first and gives way to a fruity and rind flavoring that increases with bitterness that is herbal. The bitterness brings on more of a focus on grass character that gets increasingly more vegetative as more sips are taken. There is some sulfur present as well as a light mineral feel throughout this. At times there is a mild sweetness but it gets quickly forgotten due to the overall bitter aspect of this. It displays a long lingering herbal grassy character inside the mouth long after each sip is taken.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. The first couple of sniffs and sips of this brew was a bit shocking but as the experience continued it got increasingly more familiar in an american adjunct kind of way. I wish I would have served this colder, perhaps that would have maintained the initial more pleasing aspects of this brew a little longer. However, when a brewery releases a beer that is their interpretation of a historical style, I am always a little awkward about reviewing it because it is so open to interpretation. For example, for a lager this brew really lacked the crispness to the finish and ease or cleanliness of drink-ability. It did display it's own unique character throughout though. I greatly enjoyed the opportunity to give this a try and would take it as a substitute any day for the typical american adjunct offering.

Serving type: can

10-01-2011 02:12:07 | More by stakem
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PaulStoneAnchor

California

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Completely hazy with a nice head and lacing

S: A bit of earthy,spicy hops and some grain and also corn

T: It has a lot of a earthy, spicy hop character with some grapefruit on the back bone. It has some corn and spicy malt character with a nice spicy yeast to pull everything together.

M: Great mouthfeel on it. It coats the tongue with a great tingling carbonation but also with a nice creaminess.

O: Overall, this is a very sessionable and tasty beer. They are definitely going for a more hoppy pre-prohibition lager, but it is done quite nicely.

Serving type: can

09-12-2011 04:42:12 | More by PaulStoneAnchor
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PDXHops

South Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pint can poured into a pils glass. Did I just pour myself an adjunct lager or a hefe? Hazy gold with a huge fluffy cap of white foam. Great retention and intricate patterns of soapy and sticky lacing all the way down the glass. Exceptional appearance.

Robust grainy and malty nose with what seems to be a blend of spicy noble and domestic citric and floral hop notes. No fizzy carbonation needed to fluff up this beer; it’s thickish and chewy, not to mention damned tasty. Malts are grainy, husky and biscuity. Nice sting of bitterness and a load of spicy, citric and herbal hop flavor. Some light honey and floral sweetness. Obviously a lot of thought and preparation went into the recipe; in terms of complexity and flavor, this is far, far ahead ahead of the curve. If I still lived in Portland , this would definitely have a regular spot in the beer fridge. 1811 absolutely destroys the competition in the American Adjunct Lager category. I can't think of anything that comes remotely close.

Serving type: can

08-28-2011 15:25:48 | More by PDXHops
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Docer

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap, but reviewing from a can...

Appearance: (4.0)
- Clear yellow and light copper brew, slowly bubbling. Creamy thick finger of head which has settled to a lace-making layer of thick foam, which has the appearance of lily pads.

Smell: (3.5)
- Great crisp grain aroma. Wonderful pine and grassy hop aromas. Slightly sweet, and very well rounded.

Taste: (4.0)
- Wonderful and complex grain flavors, and not overly sweet. Certainly a full flavored ale. The hop bitterness is astounding, and I quite like it. Huge zesty pine and spicy saaz hops. Overall this puppy is super full flavored for only being 5.1% Alc. by Vol. If you don't like super bitter, this isn't for you.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)
- Light to medium bodied, and well carbonated. Very drying from the mad hop bitterness. It's a touch cloying, and puckering. Slightly chewy as well. Once you swallow a gulp, you will understand why all those characteristics play a part.

Overall: (3.5)
- This is a solid, and bitter bitter brew. Many like hops for the aroma and essence. I personally like hops for the bittering properties and balancing properties. This beer isn't balanced. But it does have a solid backbone, and I love the dry bitter bite. Overall this would make a nice regular in the fridge. The 16oz. tall boys are a nice touch, as is their Vortex IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 06:36:44 | More by Docer
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw yellow - not inspiring, but at least the thick, fluffy white head is fairly persistent and leaves a little lacing. Aroma is malty, crisp and just a little fruity. Flavor is malty with a slightly sweet fruity underpinning and a little sharp and bitter tinniness; however, the flavor is mostly pleasant so I was able to get used to the less than pleasing component. Texture is thick, smooth and fairly fizzy. Finish is less bitter and more fruity. Maybe not the best I've had, but still worthy.

Serving type: can

07-25-2011 00:00:15 | More by Cyberkedi
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madtappers

Washington

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well I went all out drank it straight from the can.

This beer although being called a lager has more of a pale ale or hoppy wheat beer taste to me.

Very good alternative to macro lagers on a hot day of playing ball or doing so yard work.

Drinkable, not to hoppy, just right IMO

Serving type: can

07-23-2011 22:37:31 | More by madtappers
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loren01

Oregon

3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly cloudy yellow color. Nice sized head with good lacing down the glass
S: Slight corn scent, lager yeast and slight grassiness
T: Slight corn flavor with a nice grassy/earthy hop bite at the end. Suprised with how hoppy this beer is.
M: Light bodied beer, carbonation is good
O: Nice sessionable lighter bodied beer, pretty decent beer.

Serving type: can

07-20-2011 03:45:12 | More by loren01
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - golden straw color, very pale when held to the light. Lots of little bubble making their way to the surface and forming a very nice, foamy, white head that sticks quite well to the inside of the glass.

Aroma - some citrus, a bit cereal and grainy sweetness as well as some hints of honey and biscuit mix.

Taste - the tangy zip of citrus hits the tongue first and is followed by an earthy hop flavor that is slightly astringent and mineral-like. Dry and crisp and definitely refreshing. This a very solid lager with some great malt flavors and spicy Saaz hop notes. The addition of those Centennials also plays a nice background role in the more pronounced citrus flavors in this beer. The more I drink this the more I like it. I'm left lapping my tongue a bit and trying to make it more tastes to describe. As this warms a bit the sweetness begins to come out more which makes me want to drink a little faster as I'm enjoying this nice and cold.

Overall - if you're looking for a quality lager than this is it. One full pint of well-brewed American lager in each and every can. Fort George did a great job with this brew and that can sure can teach you a lot about the history of Astoria!

Would I buy more of it? - sure thing. Great beer, another canned winner from Fort George. Very well done!

Serving type: can

07-20-2011 03:20:03 | More by indiapaleale
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1811 Pre-Prohibition Lager from Fort George Brewery + Public House
83 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.