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

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Reviews: 36
Hads: 89
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.75%
Wants: 18
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: chumba526 on 02-06-2011

Ingredients (label):
"2 row malted barley, cracked maize, domestic Saaz, Centennial hops, and Astoria slow-sand filtered water. No filters, finings or clarifiers."
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Reviews: 36 | Hads: 89
Photo of Hydrophobic
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 20oz 'pint' from a tallboy can.

Appeared a clear bright golden with pillowy white head, slow meandering carbonation medium-large loose bubbling and lots of sediment suspended throughout. Head descends to pond scum. Shitty lacing, with lazy bubbles sticking around to the end.

Nose is the best aspect of this beer: buttery sweetcorn, malted barley, maple syrup.

On the buds is a huge malt backbone (for the style) and a very distinct lingering hop bitterness. Tastes just like a lovely APA. Hoppiness surprising.

The beer is lively, but goes down smooth and sits softly on the palate.

Overall, the brew is tasty, obviously carefully constructed and intentional. Why they named it a lager is hard to say, as i drinks just like a NW Pale. A nice hybrid with a nod to history. Enjoyable anytime. (819 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.97/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Thanks to Donkster46 for this trade.

Serving style : 16 oz can poured into glass

Appearance (4) : Thick, foamy three fingered head that recedes pretty quickly atop a mellow gold body. Opacity is about 80%. Good looking body.

Smell (3.25) : Hop bitterness comes out right away. I'm not fond of that in my lagers. Some spice, lemon peel, pale ale smells. I gotta say the hops are the most prominent smell here. Little to no malts...maybe a little faint rice but that's it.

Taste (3) : The front is great. Smooth, refreshing, light bodied. Exceptional, even. The middle is watery and smooth. The finish is identical to a pale ale with gobs of hop and lemon bitterness. The tastes I get are lemon rind, hops, light rice. An over-the-top hop bitter finish kills it for me in this category. Should have been a categorized or marketed as a Pale Lager.

Mouthfeel (3.25) : Crisp and cool, watery, creamy. Ends hoppy and dry.

Overall (3.05) : If you're a hop-head, you'll love this beer. Unfortunately I'm more of a malt guy (maltese? lol) so I'm not too fond of this beer. I'm gonna end up pouring it. I can respect it, it has good qualities. It's just not for me. Way too much hop on the finish. /end (1,199 characters)

Photo of alexrichman
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (968 characters)

Photo of mactrail
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
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. (659 characters)

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (538 characters)

Photo of anarchia
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (284 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (551 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
2.89/5  rDev -21%
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. (761 characters)

Photo of markh814
1.77/5  rDev -51.6%
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 (338 characters)

Photo of harrymel
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (640 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
2.34/5  rDev -36.1%
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). (926 characters)

Photo of KajII
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
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... (740 characters)

Photo of beertunes
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
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. (1,015 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
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 (339 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (322 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (721 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (394 characters)

Photo of EricCioe
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (824 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (1,497 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
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. (2,282 characters)

Photo of PaulStoneAnchor
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (556 characters)

Photo of PDXHops
4.83/5  rDev +32%
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. (998 characters)

Photo of Docer
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (1,326 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (512 characters)

Photo of madtappers
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
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 (280 characters)

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1811 Pre-Prohibition Lager from Fort George Brewery + Public House
83 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.