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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
THE BROS
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: can

06-06-2011 23:11:12 | More by Thorpe429
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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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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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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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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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tone77

Pennsylvania

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

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.

Serving type: can

05-28-2011 15:11:16 | More by tone77
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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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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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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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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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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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chumba526

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It appears light gold with a foamy white head.

It smells a bit spicy, there is a bit of a dry grainy and corn like smell and a mild citrus smell.

It tastes a bit spicy but not in a hot sort of way. There is a bit of a grainy corn like flavor. I get a bit of a mild floral and citrus hoppy like flavor. Overall a really flavorful light lager that almost tastes like a Czech pilsner.

There is a somewhat high level of carbonation and a bit of a fizzy mouthfeel.

This is a light and easy to drink ale.

Overall a nicely done flavorful old school lager. Worth trying if you see it and feel like a pretty good lager.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2011 00:45:03 | More by chumba526
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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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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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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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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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philbertk

Washington

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

Fort George Brewery--1811 Pre-Prohibition Lager--2011 16 oz. MicroCan. 5.10% ABV. 25 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Slightly hazy thin yellow gold color. Very thin white no lace head. Delicate nice floral hop front. Crisp refreshing tasty smooth malt body with light creamy buttery mild pale fruit notes. Mild hop clean smooth lager end. Fresh & tasty, but not over carbonated or too zesty. Nice. Sampled 4/12/2011. Purchased for $1.99 at The Loft, Bridgewater Bistro, Astoria, Oregon on 4/12/2011.

Serving type: can

04-18-2011 02:17:04 | More by philbertk
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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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CaptainTripps

Oregon

3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

07-06-2011 11:48:30 | More by CaptainTripps
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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".

Serving type: can

04-30-2011 18:05:45 | More by Reidrover
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1811 Pre-Prohibition Lager from Fort George Brewery + Public House
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