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77 Lager - BrewDog

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107 Ratings
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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: PartyBear on 09-21-2009

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Photo of ricke
2.83/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Golden yellow with orange hues and a white head that settles after a while and leaves some lacings.

S: The smell is malty with notes of oranges, grass and butterscotch.

T: The taste is very sweet for the style. Malts, white bread, butterscotch, grass, sweet orange notes. The finish has some bitterness to it, leafy hop notes and a hint of minerals. Boring and some flavors seem off.

M: Light body, medium carbonation. Feels sheep.

D: Not a good pilsner. Slightly unbalanced with some off-centered flavors.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a best-before date of Nov 2011. Label features the usual modern Brewdog branding; the contents are described as a juxtaposition pilsner.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A pale golden colour with slight haziness. Considerable carbonation and a thick fluffy head which lasts for a few minutes before fading away. Smells of light grainy malt and hops.

Tastes of golden malt and has considerable bitterness for the style. Lovely fruit and grass notes from the hops; this is a prominent component of the flavour. Smooth, astringent mouthfeel with some tingling from the carbonation. Leaves a pleasing bitter aftertaste. Tasty and very drinkable.

An excellent beer - not sure how true it is to the traditional pilsner style but it is very nice. Much more flavour than your average lager. Would definitely have this again.

Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wherein lies the 'juxtaposition' in this brew? In the northern European production of a central European specialty?

This beer pours a slightly hazy pale golden orange hue, with one finger of creamy ecru head, which leaves some decent thick spidery lace around the glass in its wake. It smells strongly of crackery grain, and bitter, floral Saaz hops. The taste is quite in line - crisp, crackery, bready malt, a bit of lemon pepper, and leafy, bitter noble hops. The carbonation is on the low side of moderate, the body medium weight, smooth but for a bit of expected prickliness. It finishes quite dry, the zip and crispness setting you up for the anticipation of the next sip.

A very enjoyable hoppy pils, up there with the best of the German and Czech offerings I've experienced. Maybe it's just the freshness, tho - best before Oct 28, 2011.

Photo of Daniell
3.01/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: colour/lacing/retention fine for the style. 3.5

S: smells like apple juice with faint hops a la cooper's pale ale. Some vegetal stuff in there too. Very underwhelming. 2.5

T: Taste is substantially better because there's tangible hop bitterness in there and actually some pleasant contributions from the malt. 3.5

M: A bit thin maybe. 3

D: On the whole I don't really like this that much and don't think I'd buy again. 2.5

Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pleasant drinking "pilsner" obtained from the brewery itself. Pours medium yellow with ridiculous malty foam. decent for the style. Decent mellow bitterness, but I get a significant sweetness. Average mouthfeel but good drinkability. More balanced in bottle had from Zyn a year later.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.32/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a small head.
Nose shows loads of caramel, cookie dough, tangerine and marmalade. Not all that hoppy.
Flavours are not so interesting, but show some caramel before a harsh grainy finish rolls through.
Nice light body and med-high carbonation.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, stamped best before 13-7-11. Served in a pilsner glass, the beer pours a gold/amber color with a small 1/4 inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both average. Aroma is mostly bready malt, with some light caramel, apple, and citrusy hops. Luckily the flavor is stronger than the aroma. The brew tastes like bready malt and light citrus and grassy hops, and has a nice bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a little bit slick and has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent enough. I think this brew is worth a try.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy bright yellow color lager with a nice compact foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma consists of light sweet floral malt with light dry hops. Taste is really dominated by lightly sweet floral malt with very subtle note of hops. Refreshing with nice cereal touch and good carbonation. Light unrefined grainy notes is a bit disappointing but still very good overall.

Photo of Rossi
3.06/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Distinctly average pilsener from Brewdog. It's refreshing, malty with a slight taste of hops. Gone is the metallic taste that dominate some of the other Brewdogs, which is a big improvement. The colour is a dark golden and in common with all the Brewdogs I have sampled the head was nicely compacted. Everything is good apart from the taste and mouthfeel which are a little rough in the homebrew tradition.

Photo of Kulrak
3.52/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden straw color with a minimum of head that still manages to lace the glass. Smells of noble hops, and slightly grassy. The taste is fairly balanced between the slightly malty sweetness and the slightly hoppy flavor. Mouthfeel is heavy and slightly fizzy. Overall, it's very drinkable and fairly tasty. I'll be looking for it again.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 330 ml brown bottle, best before date listed as 28-10-11, with this being batch 314. Pours out a slightly hazed rustic gold hue, with a all creamy off-white head that slowly settles to a thin cap.

Grainy notes on the aroma, with some sweet bready malt and dry, spicy, earthy hops.

Flavour seems to have some loose ends, although what should be there is there, it just seems a bit astray. Dry grains up front followed by some sweet buttery bready malt (not diacytl though), with the spicy and herbal hops kicking in during the middle as well. Those hops carry things through the finish and into the aftertaste. Just doesn't seem to come together though, something seems a bit off....

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, velvety smooth texture, with moderate carbonation.

Just something about this German Pils puts me off, and I can't put my finger on it. It's okay for what it is, and I'd take it over domestic macro any day, however I can't see myself picking up more of this. Perhaps it didn't travel well. A pass for me in the mean time though.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.62/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The third BrewDog beer I've reviewed, but the first tonight, during my BrewDog evening of five new beers.

Brown 330ml bottle (like all the others I've seen of theirs), loads of life left according to the label. Poured into my huge 'Judas' glass.

Deep golden colour, clear and with a medium sized white head sat on top. The head soon died to a wisp.

Hoppy aroma for a pilsner/lager, some yeast esters as well, better than most I've had my nose in over the years.

Sharp, crisp and refreshing taste, very dry aftertaste though.

The 4.9ABV seems less than is felt in the mouthfeel, I would have gone for 6.0% at least.

Interesting, but a bit to dry for my taste, nothing wrong with it, just a tad dry. I've had many pilsners/lagers, and from all over the world, this one stands out from the crowd because of its darker gold colouring and its dryness.

Photo of hoser
3.24/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A well hopped version of a Euro, kinda of a strange under taking for a Scottish brewery in the middle of Northern Scotland. Some late wood and an aspirin like bitterness that I am not really grooving on. A much better price point than their last entry into our Alberta market.

Photo of Sigmund
4.02/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 4.9%. Golden colour, moderate white head. Moderate carbonation in the glass. Pleasant aroma of fruity and grassy hops, notes of grapefruit. Zesty flavour with fruity hops (Amarillo), citrussy notes, ending in a formidable burst of bitterness, lingering into the long aftertaste. An excellent lager!

Photo of kindacold
3.74/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly cloudy with almost no head. Tan in color.

Smells beautifully hoppy and light.

The taste is as they advertise: an alternative to mass marketed lagers. Taking that into account, I'd say it's a relief that this beer is, indeed, pretty good. There are some pleasant hop flavors, with a decent balance of malt, though I would prefer kick in either direction with the malt...either make it hoppier, or make it a bit maltier. Anyway, not bad.

Feels like sparkling water in my mouth, I can down a dozen of these and not notice it.

Photo of rarbring
2.66/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer is clear, golden with a white head that leaves quite some lacing.

The smell is citric, lemon, a bit 7up-ish or candy soda pops. A bit chemical.

The taste is sweet, with a chemical candy flavor of bananas, some biscuit from the malt. There is a hoppy bitterness at the end, possibly a bit alkaline.

A medium carbonation, and a dry feeling.

Hmm, I'm not convinced. It does not have the clean taste of a German pilsener.

Photo of mdagnew
4.08/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a light amber colour... white head poured pretty big and foamy then faded to decent frothy layer which was maintained throughout by a good steady stream of carbonation... some light patchy lacing...

Aroma - Some caramel mixed with biscuity malts, peppery and grassy hops, light candy sugar, doughy bread, light almond nuttiness, some spicy tropical ripe fruits (orange, light peach)..

Taste - Good strong peppery and grassy hop bitterness, biscuit malts, juicy fruits (pears, orange), some soapy traces, very light toasted bread, light floral honey sweetness, faint chalkiness, some graininess...

Feel - Crisp, sharp and dry... Light body... A very quaffable pilsener...

Overall - A good clean crisp flavourful lager... One of Brewdogs best offerings

Photo of patra7
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle served in a typical pilsner glass (200ml), 1 week before BB Date.

Appearance: Light amber colour, hazy, with a white head of about 1 inch.
Smell: Delicate but distinct hoppy flavour. Grassy and citrusy.
Taste: Hoppy, citrusy, earthy; only slightly bitter. An aftertaste resembling something …burnt.
Mouthfeel: Quite fizzy at first; the first sip gave me a real pinch, but it then got milder – overall medium carbonation. Medium body. A rather “coarse” texture for a pils but enjoyable nonetheless.
Drinkability: Very refreshing, easy to consume; the small bottle felt just like a starter but I only had one.

Photo of Asgeirr
3.32/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Brew Dog's 77 Lager pours a clear gamboge-to-amber accompanied by a 2-2½ inches tall and frothy cream white crown which slowly dissolves eventually leaving remnants of lacing alongside the glass. Additionally, the bubbles are those of a small size, but what the lack in size the make up for in numbers.

Smell: Floral and fruity hop-characteristics (almost lice simcoe or cascade), sour notes of peaches and to a lesser extent some passion fruit intermixed with a malty backdrop.

Taste: First a sugar-cane-like sweetness, which diminished right off, then a somewhat bready maltiness appears. Finally we get a tad of diacetyl/butterscotch in the aftertaste otherwise dominated by the vivid zesty bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat creamy for a pilsener, mild in carbonation, low-medium full in body. However, the carbonation could've been more alert.

Drinkability: To be perfectly honest, it's better than I expected with it's rich spectrum of characteristics in both the smell and taste compartments. I guess it would go great along with that much anticipated summer-BBQ.

Photo of smcolw
4.14/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearly no head and what is there settles to a single layer of rim bubbles. No lace at all. Deep straw color and crystal clear.

Fruity with an undercurrent of unmated, untoasted barley. Very light hop.

Better hop in the taste. This is a spritzy beer with subtle complexity. Relatively dry, but there is a fruitiness as well. The hop comes on with force in the swallow. The aftertaste provides a flowery mouth. The body is light as one would expect for this style.

Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a clear light golden color with a tall white head. Typical pils aroma of biscuit malt, cracker, and light hops. A nice yeast note, mild esters, and floral hop aromas. Lightly sweet, too. The flavor has just a touch of grass to go along with the floral hops. Bread, biscuit, and cracker malts give a soft sweetness. Light yeast and some hints of apple esters.

Photo of Long813
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Batch: 292
BBF: 30-09-11
From: Premier Wine & Spirits

A: Clear orange body with two fingers of frothy white head. Retention is mediocre and leaves some lacing.

S: Hops, straw like grain, some citrus

T: Very light taste consisting of grassy hops and some sour citrus notes.

M: Light bodied with medium carbonation. A very dry and bitter finish.

D: Not the greatest, it was decent, some things were off, but I think that can be attributed to the BBF date.

Photo of kojevergas
2.63/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Poured from a 330ml bottle into a (non-real) pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland, on September 18th, 2010. Pours a clear orange-gold with a three finger thin head that quickly reduces.

Smell: The hoppy, clean aroma of a typical lager but with a little pine. Not particularly appealing, but doesn't turn me away.

Taste: Opens fizzy, then a couple notes of pine that are a little unbalanced. The finish is fizzy but crisp. The body isn't built as well as it could be, but this lager is a few notches up from American macros.

Mouthfeel: It's a little overcarbonated, and this lends the beer a sharp coarseness that is unpleasant. The finish is wet, which works for this lager, but doesn't leave me wanting another sip and isn't particularly refreshing in its own right.

Drinkability: I wouldn't have it again. There are far better lagers at this price range. I'm pleased with its 4.9% abv, but the dealbreaker is its lack of ambition: this beer isn't trying to do anything special and while in its own right it's not bad, other beers do the same thing better.

Photo of Zimbo
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A reasonably deep golden yellow with a full head and not even minimal beading this beer begins being very malt driven. Rather full bodied for the style, the hops don't really make much of an appearance until the malt decides to take a backseat.

Pretty far far off the style IMHO as it lacks the finesse I would associate with a typical pilsner. Bares too much the imprint of the BrewDog Americanesque IPA style.
And a pilsner should be squeaky clean.
This one's a dirty bitch.

Photo of StJamesGate
4.02/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours bright gold with bronze highlights and a thin white film that trails. Honeysuckle malts and cut grass hops on the nose. Straight pale malts up front with slight golden syrup, followed by hay, coriander and slight orange blossom hops. Sharp metallic finish, tight spicy hop linger. Light, super crisp, dry.

Just about the driest lager ever. Given the minimum of English malts and what tastes like some very Burton-y water, this lets cutting hops and knife sharp finish shine through.

Probably the most assertive Prima-type pilsener you'll find outside the US and different enough from Trashy Blonde to compliment nicely.

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77 Lager from BrewDog
78 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.