1811 Pre-Prohibition Lager - Fort George Brewery + Public House
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Reviews by anarchia:
3.51/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
11-12-2013 00:01:40 | More by anarchia
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2.89/5 rDev -20.6%
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.
05-15-2013 19:39:24 | More by LXIXME
3.88/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
10-07-2011 14:18:23 | More by Kegatron
3.53/5 rDev -3%
Thanks to the legendary woodychandler for providing this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of hops, some corn. Taste is very hoppy for a lager, some grains are present, as is bitterness at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall I was surprised to get this taste from an AAL, but I'll take it.
05-28-2011 15:11:16 | More by tone77
3.75/5 rDev +3%
Had on tap, but reviewing from a can...
- 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.
- Great crisp grain aroma. Wonderful pine and grassy hop aromas. Slightly sweet, and very well rounded.
- 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.
- 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.
08-13-2011 06:36:44 | More by Docer
3.98/5 rDev +9.3%
16 oz can from "Lifesource" ,Salem. $1.99 Bright hazy sunlight yellow beer with a small white head. Fine hay/biscuit aromas..touch nutty maybe. Taste is semi sweet malts, well balanced citus zest hops and a ale fruitiness. OK on the palate..quite thick for style. Overall a very tasty drinkable beer. I have one quibble with the "style" this is under. To me the brewers description makes this a "Steam Beer".
04-30-2011 18:05:45 | More by Reidrover
3.38/5 rDev -7.1%
Poured from a can at SAVOR 2011 and served in a SAVOR goblet.
THe pour brings forward a sparkling yellow brew with an average fizzy white head. Fair retention and an average amount of lacing. The nose brings some light grainy malt. The malt is accompanied by a light floral-hop character. The flavor balances between the two. There's a light grainy taste at the beginning followed by a slight amount of chewy bread. The floral hops finish things off and lead to a bitter and dry finish, that's unfortunately also a bit astringent. Light body with fizzy carbonation. Pretty decent stuff, especially considering the style.
06-06-2011 23:11:12 | More by Thorpe429
4.5/5 rDev +23.6%
Many thanks to msbulldog25 to sending this along in support of The CANQuest (TM)!
From the CAN: "Official Bicentennial Beer of Astoria"; "Two centuries ago, on the site of what is now the Fort George Brewery block, fur magnate John Jacob Astor's expedition boldly built a trading post they called Astoria - the first settlement west of the Rocky Mountains. Today, we're proud to craft the Official Bicentennial Beer of Astoria."; "Many West Coast brewers in the 19th century had no ice, so they improvised an effervescent beer by brewing lager yeasts at higher-than-normal temperatures. Described as a 'refreshing drink, much consumed by the laboring classes,' it's the inspiration for 1811 lager."; "More flavorful than most modern lagers, and fermented at warmer temperatures, 1811 is lovingly concocted from 2 row malted barley and cracked maize: corn was a popular beer ingredient in pre-Prohibition days. 1811's hop character gives it a distinctive Northwest style worthy of Astoria's 200-year history."; and "Lewis and Clark spend first winter at Fort Clatsop - 1805, John Jacob Astor's Pacific Fur Company founds Astoria and its Fort - 1811, Fort and fur trade sold to British, renamed after King George III - 1813, Fort is returned to US posession -1818, Oregon Trail populates Astoria - 1840s, Oregon Territory votes to prohibit alcoholic beverages - 1844, British end occupation of Oregon Territory - 1846, First US post office west of the Rockies starts service in Astoria - 1847, Oregon territorial legislature repeals state prohibition law - 1849, Town of Astoria officially incorporated in State of Oregon - 1856, Astoria Brewery opens for business - 1872, Columbia Brewery opens - 1875, St. Louis Brewery opens - 1870s, J. T. Borchers manufactures bottled beer, opens Caviar Saloon - 1881, Hanson Brewery & Henry P. Soda Works open - 1883, Downtown Astoria devastated by fire - 1883, John Kopp starts North Pacific Brewering company near 34th & Grand - 1884, Gambrinus Beer opens - 1893, Kopp builds new brewery (now Uppertown Fire Fighters Museum) - 1896, Crown Bottling Works in operation - 1896, Cannery business booms - 1910s, Clatsop remains Oregon's last 'wet' county by narrow vote - 1914, Alcohol prohibited statewide - 1916, Prohibition starts throughout USA - 1919, Another fire destroys downtown Astoria - 1922, Astoria column built to commemorate town's history - 1926, Astoria-Megler Bridge opens, completing Highway 101 along entire Pacific coast - 1966, First annual performance of the musical 'Shanghaied in Astoria' - 1982, 'The Goonies' filmed in Astoria - 1984, First Fisher Poets Gathering - 1996, Pacific Rim Brewing Company fouded in Wet Dog Cafe - 1997, Fort George Brewery & Public House is founded - 2007, Astoria Bicentennial - 2011".
The Crack & Glug produced a thick two-finger cap of eggshell-white head with good retention. Color was a cloudy orangish-yellow, like fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice. Nose had an interesting mustiness to accompany the bitter hoppiness that was prevalent. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with an unexpected pine hoppiness on the tongue. Wow! If only all AALs were so hoppy, I would be a very happy CANQuester ... Finish was more like an AmeriCAN Pale Ale than a lager of any stripe. You CAN absolutely believe that I would not hesitate to put some of this in my cooler!
04-17-2011 04:46:38 | More by woodychandler
3.75/5 rDev +3%
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.
04-01-2012 06:41:03 | More by vkv822
4.85/5 rDev +33.2%
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.
08-28-2011 15:25:48 | More by PDXHops
3.65/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
04-07-2014 22:19:38 | More by alexrichman
1811 Pre-Prohibition Lager from Fort George Brewery + Public House
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