1811 Pre-Prohibition Lager - Fort George Brewery + Public House
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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
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
4.28/5 rDev +17.6%
Freshly released 16 oz. cans began hitting local shelves in mid-March 2011 - just in time to celebrate the bicentennial of Oregon's (and the West's) first established trading outpost, what has now become the town of Astoria. Poured to a pint glass.
In fact, the label notes 'This beer has been approved by the Astoria Bicentennial Committee' and as such is the 'Official' beer of the year-long celebration. The periwinkle blue and silver can is ringed by a timeline of notable dates in local history, everything from tragedies (fires, Prohibition, etc) and triumphs (brewery and cannery foundings) to the most important date of all (that being 1984, the year 'The Goonies' was filmed... no, really, it's a big deal!). All in all, I spent a good 10 minutes studying this textbook of a can. Cool.
A: Pours golden, but deeper and richer than most lagers - thanks to the 'Pre-Prohibition' roughness. No fining agents means, that a very light haze hangs suspended around a relatively scarce amount of wriggling bubbles. OK, look I guess, certainly nothing like your standard 'crystal clear' adjunct lager. Head is pretty awe-inspiring, a 2-finger+ pile of tight cream, driven-snow white and sticking in goopy webs. Lasting retention, dwindles over several minutes.
S: The can sat a while out of the fridge before opening, then the pint glass sat a few more while I pored over the label copy... therefore I expected the aroma to really open up and shine. Well it sorta did: Germanic hop aromas of spice and domestic ones of lemony citrus
T: Stunning flavor, don't expect boring 'macro' lager here. Saaz and Centennials sparkle with freshness, offering big-time spice and vibrant grassy herbalness, with softened honey, biscuit and flower notes in the finish. Dry, crackery malt, saltines then a dusting of lemon-pepper. Think Bohemian pilsner in feel; APA in flavor. Excellent depth.
M: Crisp yet smooth all at once, would be even more refreshing if only for a lighter body! Yes, I said I actually WANT a lighter body to make an adjunct lager more refreshing. Carbonation is a little subdued, but the bright, and somewhat oily, and a maltiness that offers some lip-smacking chewiness more than compensate. My mouth won't stop watering!
O: Having just appeared on shelves, this is about as fresh as it'll get, and is such flavor-filled and quite drinkable. Really, it's a pretty stunning example of what lagers of the style can be (and may have once frequently been). Big hops and a slight off-balance make this a little less drinkable for me (key word: little), but that reflects my palate rather than whatever consensus will be reached by the general public. Otherwise, completely enjoyable, start to finish. A touch over 5% abv, makes it 'sessionable', too.
A winner by Fort George, a fitting tribute to their historic hometown and a beer I hope will be accepted and will continue for years beyond the bicentennial.
03-20-2011 04:25:08 | More by msubulldog25
4.21/5 rDev +15.7%
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.
04-06-2014 23:46:20 | More by mactrail
4.1/5 rDev +12.6%
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.
06-21-2012 18:14:00 | More by beertunes
4.1/5 rDev +12.6%
poured into a pils glass
appearance - yellow/gold, unique lacing that spots the glass, generous frothy head
smell - biscuity malts, floral hops
taste - grass, biscuit, hops
mouthfeel - light body, well carbonated
overall - flavorful, great session beer
05-06-2011 17:03:53 | More by djbreezy
4/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
11-03-2011 02:08:35 | More by EricCioe
4/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
09-07-2012 07:09:55 | More by harrymel
4/5 rDev +9.9%
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!
07-20-2011 03:20:03 | More by indiapaleale
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
3.95/5 rDev +8.5%
16oz can poured into a pint glass
A: Pours golden in color, a little bit darker then your typical lager. Pretty cloudy at pour. Came with a huge head at pour, 3 to 4 fingers worth that lasted for quite some time.
S: Bread and grainy malts followed by...whats that? HOPS! Wasn't expecting the hops to be coming through like they do, but it is a pleasant surprise to say the least. Hops had a citrus twist to them.
T: Again, I was very surpised by the hop character in this lager. The taste, following the nose, has a nice bready malt backbone combined with a pleasant hop character. This is almost hoppy enough to be a APA. The taste also had hints of honey and lemon grass.
M: Medium bodied- a little heavy I would say for a lager, but again, this isn't your typical lager either, so its fine by me! Carbonation is good all the way to the last drop.
O: I thought BMC and crew had destoryed the lager for me, but this brings hope to my lager explorations. The hops was a very big surpise. Another fine beer showing the true skill the brewers have at Fort George Brewery.
07-06-2011 11:48:30 | More by CaptainTripps
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
1811 Pre-Prohibition Lager from Fort George Brewery + Public House
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