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 velkyal
2.21/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sight - light amber with a smallish head

Smell - heavy on the citrus, grapefruit in particular - American C hops?

Taste - citrus in your face with malty undertones

Sweet - 1.5/5
Bitter - 3/5

This was clearly not a pilsner style lager, hence the poor figures I give it. In fact it reminded me more of their Punk IPA, but perhaps bottom fermented and re-packaged. In no way is this an "artisan pilsner" as claimed on the label.

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 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 htomsirveaux
2.8/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 mL bottle tried 23 Oct 2010. Courtesy of L&D, thank you very much! Batch 177, best before date 13/07/11. Served in the 0.25 L DAB mug.

Ok this beer exploded out of the bottle as soon as I opened it. What gives? Smallish white head. Medium carbonation. Lightly hazy bright deep golden in color. Somewhat sour, grainy aroma. Ok, this sounds weird, but the dominant taste I get is dustiness, followed by a little mineral graininess. A moderate sweet graininess throughout, becoming a bit dryer in the finish. Lingering tartness in the finish and aftertaste. Medium body, light ethanol.

Cannot recommend.

Photo of grapetonix
2.82/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Hmm, hazy medium light yellow. Not exactly beautiful. Medium head and carbonation. Not impressed...

S: Like with most lagers there is malt skunkiness, but it is far less prevalent than in most cheap lagers. Maybe slight tones of citrus but hard to say. Not offensive, but not the least impressed with this...

T: Plain lager. Very little hop taste. Tastes good for a standard lager but can't really call this interesting.

M: Smooth and easy to drink.

O: Plain lager - You are better off with anything else from Brewdog unless you actually like to drink unsurprising brews.

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 dgilks
2.86/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium gold colour with decent clarity. 1 finger foamy white head with decent retention. Effervescent. Looks nice.

The aroma is sweet and floral with nice hops. Low diacetyl.

This is nicely malty with a kick of floral hops and some moderate bitterness. While the base is nice, it is (like several Brewdog beers I've had) let down by the presence of slick diacetyl.

Medium body with nice moderately-high carbonation. Diacetyl adds a slickness to the tongue.

Not quite the crisp, refreshing pilsner promised. I'm sure that there are some bottles of this that are great but this one is a let down. Like the bottle of Punk IPA that I reviewed, this is riddled with diacetyl and it may be something for Brewdog to look at.

Photo of laituegonflable
2.88/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold colour, with slow and very light bead. Head is white with visible bubbles. Quite foamy, retains a thin crown. Lace is OK, as is the look overall.

Smells quite musty. Oddly sweet, with a buttery aroma slight citrus twang and mild cinnamon note. Not bad, but a bit blah.

Taste is a bit bland, with odd phenolic notes. Sweet on the front, quite buttery and corn notes. Bitterness comes through early and long, but totally unnuanced with just a long battery acid flavour. All one note and almost blaring, with not a lot to hold my interest. A bit too phenolic as well, needs something fresh to balance it. Not out and out bad but it's another mediocre offering from BrewDog.

Mouthfeel has an interesting texture- weird fizz on the mid yet mostly smooth. Not bad.

Lacking a bit, because of the intense bitterness. Some cleaning up would help and make this better than just meh.

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 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 Knapp85
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poure out as a clear yellow brew with a white head on top. The head retention an lacing were both pretty off on this beer. The smell of the beer is grainy, fresh and slightly grassy. The taste is also grainy and has some flavors of corn and grass. The mouthfeel was decent, not too exciting. Overall this beer was sessionable and could be enjoyed by many.

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 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 SmashPants
3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: 330mL brown bottle. Pretty plain, yet kind of stylish. At least it's different.

Appearance: mid golden-copper in colour with a touch of haze. Not much in the way of head though, which is a bit disappointing.

Aroma: a somewhat earthy aroma with spices over the top. Grassy and citric hops barely noticeable.

Taste: not a bad lager, but neither is it spectacular. A touch of bite from some heavy grains and nuts. Otherwise however, not much happening.

Aftertaste: an awkward bitterness lingers. Not particularly pleasant.

Mouth feel: Again, this lager could have benefitted from a heavier body. The carbonation is about right however.

Overall: not a bad lager - at least it's different to the standard lager fare. But because of that I would compare it to a light pale ale, not a lager, in which case it is overpriced at AU$75 a case (2012) compared to a lot of its (better) competitors.

Photo of tbeckett
3.12/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle my friend brought from Edinburgh.

A - Pours a really nice hazy blonde colour. Nice carbonation coming up to a one finger soapy white head that fades to a cap pretty fast. No lace and no retention.

S - Slightly soapy with nice lemon, grassy hops, biscuity malts, and some orange zest. Quite nice.

T - Grains, lemon, biscuity again, less orange but it's still there. A little soapy and some citrus zest again with grass.

M - Aggressively carbonated, too much so for my taste. Fairly light yet nice body and a touch of sweetnetss in the finish.

O/D - A decent 'craft' lager. Nothing too special here and doesn't nearly compare to Mikkeller's Vetoboro Pils, but it works and it's easy drinking. Too much carbonation and lacking in noble hop character though.

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

Poured from 33cL bottle into a pint glass.

A: Head erupts as soon as I open the bottle, voluminously filling the glass, but it soon collapses in on itself. Urine-hued yellow, clear, slight bubbles.

S: Herbal, hoppy, aromatic. Vaguely similar to a spice rub.

T: Good for a lager, not for a pilsner. It's alright. Taste follows smell -- hoppy bitterness, mild herbal flavours, sharp carbonation, smooth sweetish malt to balance it out. Aftertaste is herbally bitter and rather brief.

M: Aside from carbonation, smooth and bland.

D: Not something I would drink often, but definitely drinkable enough. At this price though, you're better off going for a more popular -- if less tasty -- lager or another BrewDog beer (Punk IPA would be my choice).

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

330ml bottle, consumed Mar 2011, BBE Jan 2012.

A - Golden body with decent tight-bubbled head that hangs around for a long time, leaving a lot of cling on the glass.

S - Balanced aroma of grainy malts and grassy hops.

T - Typical to the style of a European pilsner, quite bitter and hoppy with a lingering bitter aftertaste. Not too many elements stand out in the taste.

M - Typical to the style, light to medium body, medium to strong carbonation.

O - Overall probably not too bad as a Pilsner and perhaps an entry level craft beer, but not something I would drink much of again.

Photo of Thehuntmaster
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle 4,7% Abv.
Best before 11/08/12
Served cold in a Brewdog Teku glass.

Appearance: Pretty standard pour; clear golden body topped by a good sized white head that lasts well and leaves average lace.

Smell: Hmmmm, my initial impression is that this smells just like any average pilsner. Where are the hops?
Clean pale malt dominates, some bready notes and a touch of grassy/floral hops.
Thankfully warming brings improvement through more hop character (freshly cut grass and floral notes).

Taste: Sadly the taste leaves the same first impression as the smell but does not improve significantly with warming. Clean pale malt and grassy hops are present in equal quantity, but far from enough to make the beer interesting. The finish is drying and acceptably bitter.

Mouthfeel: Light body with crisp carbonation. Easy drinking and refreshing.

Overall: A little dull for my tastes, but on the plus side it is clean and refreshing.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.22/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pleasant bright golden colour, that's almost clear, but which has a very slight haze to the body. Head is weak, merely a froth of large-bubbles on the initial pour, which collapses to film soon after, and has disappeared by the end of the glass. Not overly inspiring all up, although it has some nice characters.

Nose is slightly spicy and organic, with a lilt of leaf matter, mulch and pine and an upturn of lemon rind. Slight ointment sharpness to it as well. The hops are certainly giving a slightly citrussy, slightly pointed aroma.

Taste is clear for the most part, with a biting, slightly nutty bitterness on the back that also gives a slight astringency; tannins and grain husk. Some harshness on the back, could be a combination of early hopping or some husky characters, but it reminds me a little of the unpleasant aftertaste of that notorious Australian hop Pride of Ringwood. Feel is clean, but very light and rather empty.

Eh, not BrewDog's best effort. It's probably a reasonable effort for a gateway beer to get people drinking craft, but it's pretty tame otherwise.

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 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 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 FLima
3.34/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Golden color with an aired thin head.
Light aroma of bread malt, some orange citrusy and herbal hops.
Flavor of sweet pale malt well balanced with herbal hops. Hints of lemon-orange peel citrusy, perfume and tea leaves. Dry aftertaste with an increasing grassy bitterness.
Light body bordering watery with low carbonation.
This was is past its prime, the one I had before was livelier. It could have a bolder body, and off-course with hops proportionally tuned up. Still, a very sessionable Lager, and not mono flavored as traditional pilsners.

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