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HUB Lager - Hopworks Urban Brewery

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106 Ratings
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 15.26%
Wants: 10
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hopworks Urban Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 03-25-2008)
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

MDDMD, Mar 24, 2014
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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.4/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the can at Reno's 4th annual canfest. HUB is one of my favorite breweries, much less in Oregon, and the pour here looked impressive, yellow, bright, cloudy with an inch of head. It quickly dissipated, possibly indicating what lay ahead. Aroma was nondescript nonoffensive stuff, there really wasn't anything to speak of or latch onto in that regard.

Taste, immediately the words diacetyl crept into my mind. I continued to sip, tasting an off cardboard like presence. This wasn't buttery like some, but it had the other indentifiers of being compromised. Perhaps it was just stale caramel/toffee like notes in the beer, sometimes in a lager it cuts both ways. I'm not saying for sure there were diacetyl problems with this beer, a better way to put it is that the beer simply lacked good flavor. Given that the IPA cans they sent were also old (I know that beer to be damn good when fresh), it is probably just as likely that they just sent old cans to the festival (clear out the inventory!).

Ultimately, stale cardboard flavor dominated, I couldn't tell you about hops, or the yeast profile, any alleged crispness. It was just old cardboard. Given that HUB is an elite brewery, I would try this beer again, I think they just dumped old product onto a beerfest tended by volunteers rather than reps.

Beerandraiderfan, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of LXIXME
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big white to off white head slowly settles into a nice lacing above a clear bright straw golden colored beer.

Light sour grain malts aroma with some lighter yeasts coming through.

Pale grain malts with some light sour attributes, some washed out hops notes, and a very light yeastiness in the taste of the Portland, Oregon beer.

A dryish aftertaste with some of the light grains taste remaining behind with this lighter bodied organic lager.

Decent for a light organic lager but generally not in my favorites zone.

LXIXME, May 20, 2013
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3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

An American shaker pint @yegbeerrevolution.

This beer appears a hazy pale golden yellow hue, with one finger of lazily puffy, tightly foamy off-white head, which leaves some various island atoll lace around the glass as it genially abates.

It smells of crisp pale grainy malt, mild indistinct citrus, a soft leafy, grassy hoppiness, with a subtle earthy mustiness kind of skulking about. The taste is a nice uptick from the aroma - edgily bitter grassy hops, lemon wedges, gritty biscuity malt, and a further earthy, leafy essence, the mustiness kind of wafting away.

The carbonation is fairly peppy, and well sustainable, the body just on the lee side of medium weight, and as smooth as the sassy Bohemian hop agents will allow. It finishes barely off-dry, the zingy hops standing a few leagues taller than the heretofore equitable malt.

A fairly enjoyable rendition of a style near and dear to my beer-guzzling heart. The organic thing, I can take or leave, sure, but beyond that, what we have here is one drinkable ode to true Pils aficionados everywhere.

biboergosum, May 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

mdaschaf, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of ElGordo
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The latest offering on my home system, I figured a pilsner would be perfect for the warm weather of June. Pours a rich golden color, topped by a tall, stark white head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Aroma of spicy European hops and mild, bready malt, with a hint of biscuit flavor lingering in the background. Palate is a tasty, well-integrated blend of floral hops and light pilsner malt. Lightly sweet, biscuity notes and a hint of white pepper. Body is substantial, a bit thicker than most traditional pilsners, but still very pleasant. This highly drinkable lager is a wonderful, easy-drinking summer thirst-quencher.

ElGordo, Jul 04, 2008
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4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz can

appearance: great can design, served in a hilliards can-pint. nice hazy golden body, thin layer of sticky white film

smell: crisp crackery malt, lemony hop profile

taste: as i mature in this craft beer wave that has been the past decade, i've found i really really enjoy a well crafted lager. This is a really well crafted lager - crisp lemony hop profile, light citrus, crackery malt, light lingering bitterness. More of this will be purchased.

mouthfeel: light bitterness, slick light body

overall: solid

dirtylou, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of tempest
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint at the Horse Brass with friends. Man this is a heck of a beer. I certainly wouldn't mind having a liter-stein of it. There's a soft, bready malt character with very mild hints of spice and vanilla. There's also a note or toast and a little citrus. The beer is dry and super drinkable, and frankly, I'm glad I have the self-control to move along.

tempest, Apr 27, 2010
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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

SamuelR, Jun 24, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

markcp, Jul 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

mc4z, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of tone77
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The legend woodychandler comes through with this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malty, some grains, slightly sweet. Taste is the same, malts, grains, bit of hops, refreshing and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

tone77, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours gold with a lasting white head.
Nose shows lemon/dill sorachi-like notes, soft bready malt and banana. Quite nice.
Flavours include more bready notes, soft dill and spicy hops. Enjoyable stuff.
Carbonation could be higher.
Not bad stuff, great for a warm day.

CrazyDavros, Mar 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

g_jenkins, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of KDawg
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this on tap at Hopworks. Pours a real nice clear straw color with a small head.

Balanced with real nice aromas of grains, crackers and some hop aromas as well.

Very smooth and complete feel with good flavors of grains, biscuits and a touch of hops.

This was a real quality pilsner. It was very smooth and had a real nice subtle take to it.

KDawg, Jun 28, 2012
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3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold with one finger of white head. Good micro bubble lacing sheet. Head is a ring by the halfway point.
Smell is very mild biscuit dough. A tiny bit of lemon zest.
Taste is bready malts with a slow onset of mildly bitter hops.
Mouthfeel is well carbonated and fairly thin which is normal for this style. Medium dry bitter finish.
Overall it is a tasty West Coast Pils. Very refreshing and low abv. which invites another.
From a yellow and black pint can.

Spikester, Jan 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

spark3148857, May 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9%

jaydoc, Nov 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

tjcamm, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of josiahschlender
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hopworks is quickly becoming one of my favorite spots in Portland. With beer like their HUB Lager, it's an easy choice to come back.

I agree with MSUBulldog's assessment -- an unassuming name for a really quality brew. I've been drinking more lagers recently, and lagers like this are redeeming the damage done to my tastes by mass produced lagers.

A beautiful beer in the mug. Gleaming golden in color with a substantial, long-lasting white cap that leaves a little lacing. I took my time drinking this beer, and little carbonation bubbles constantly streamed up from the base until the end... a cool visual effect.

Aromas show off the hops, listed as "whole flower Czech Saaz" hops on their website. Lots of spice, some grass, and a little bit of malty sweetness.

More flavor going on for this style of beer that I've ever had. Hops are still evident, but the malts really take the lead. The lightly roasted grains are so full and prevailing that it has a nutritious whole-grain flavor. Agreeing again with MSUBulldog on the "bread dough" taste. Flavors linger long and finish full. Not a crisp, light feel beer that I normally associate with the style, but it works and I'm not complaining.

Even as this beer warmed up it continued to be delicious. Highly recommended. Props to Hopworks for crafting a really good organic lager.

josiahschlender, Jun 30, 2008
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4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not a die-hard HUB fan like some, yet appreciate what they're doing and love some of their beers. I really want to like this one... and love the fact that they're doing a solid Czech lager, but it just doesn't quite pull together for me.

it pours a nice light golden straw color with an almost-lemony thick and bubbly head, with light lacing.

There are some definite hop notes in the aroma, with some spices (pepper, clove, chicory) and some pleasant grassy notes.

Taste is definitely hoppy. The spiciness of the Saaz is pretty apparent and almost steal the show by bashing you in the face before you know what happens. The spices and grassy flavors come back subtly, but after the hop kick, it's a bit hard for me to get past it. I wanted a bit more of the toasty, grainy notes to come through and balance.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, with a bit of spicy carbonation thrown in there just incase it wasn't crisp enough. It drinks well and is very palatable.

Very drinkable. It's crisp and refreshing. I'll give it that. It's just not quite what I was anticipating, and every time, it catches me off guard just a bit. It's a solid lager that's obviously brewed well - it just doesn't quite pluck my heart strings as much as some other HUB brews (or other Czech lagers, at that) tend to do. Although given how well it's put together, I can't rightfully not recommend trying it. There's some cool stuff going on in the glass.

djeucalyptus, Oct 02, 2008
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

kylemckinnis, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of cbarrett4
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty ordinary beer here. Doesn't have that nasty metallic note those fake American lagers have. No rice here!

Very clear yellow color... pretty ordinary. Smells good, some mild hop hints, clean fruitiness. Good flavor, more flavor than I first expected. Still a little thin (it IS a lager). Very balance, drinkable, and has good abv for how drinkable it is. Good stuff though I won't be buying a bottle at the market! I would spend my money on the IPA or 7 Grain Stout

cbarrett4, Mar 07, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

lisahope27, Aug 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

DrMindbender, Jul 18, 2014
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HUB Lager from Hopworks Urban Brewery
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