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HUB Lager - Hopworks Urban Brewery

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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 11
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Hopworks Urban Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 03-25-2008

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Ratings: 123 | Reviews: 41
Reviews by biboergosum:
Photo of biboergosum
3.84/5  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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.46/5  rDev -32.6%
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.

Photo of LXIXME
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of ElGordo
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
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

Photo of tempest
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

Photo of tone77
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of KDawg
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of Spikester
3.27/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of josiahschlender
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.98/5  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.

Photo of cbarrett4
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
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

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Okay, so its a lager, yawn. Its a czech pils, yawn again. It's got a boring name even!

But i'll be damned, a really quality brew!
Golden with a creamy head.

Springy grass and cholorphyl aroma. Noble hop twang. Malt is light and bready, some wildflower honey sweetness.

Faily light body, but a nice full taste. All of the above aromas are in the taste. Grains are just barely roasty, and the hops are crisp, though the mouthfeel isn't necessarily crisp, a bit chewy actually.

A real nice pilsner, huzzah!

Photo of Reidrover
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can bought from "Lifesource" in Salem. $2.99 Typical pale yellow lager body with a nice sized,frothy white head. Pleasing lagerish aroma..sweet malts and grassy,slightly spicy hop nose. Taste is very well balanced with nothing dominated..but the sweet toffeeish malts blend well with the grassy hop. Nice on the palate, quite honeyish actually. Overall a very well made lager..i hesitate to call it a Czech Pilsner however!

Photo of woodychandler
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I feel so ashamed! I received a box of CANned beers from msubulldog25 a while back, put them in the reefer to chill and then got bogged down with the school year and a backlog of bottles to the point that people were beginning to wonder what had happened to The CANQuest (TM). Not to worry! I am getting back on track.

From the CAN: "'Do what you CAN'"; "Ride your bike"; "Certified Carbon Neutral"; "Organic Pounder"; "Think-Drink-Smile-Recycle"; "Certified Organic by Oregon TILTH"; "World Class Beer, Sustainably"; "Drink Responsibly".

The Crack & Glug came off without a hitch and I had a brief finger of rocky, bone-white head for my efforts. Color was a pale-yellow with NE-quality clarity and loads of CO2 bubbles in evidence. Nose had a definite Noble hops grassiness and I was anxious for a sip. Mouthfeel was medium with a Saaz hops spiciness on the tongue, followed by a light honey-like lager sweetness. Finish was semi-dry with the grassiness of the hops being the lingering flavor. I am sure that they mean planetary sustainability, but I would find it plenty sustaining if I opened my cooler while at the beach or camping. It is tough to make a good lager-style beer and an even harder sell in a CAN, thanks to the big boys, so when a worthwhile one comes along, I try to promote it.

Photo of Rifugium
2.53/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First had: on tap at HUB, Portland, OR

My normal initial description of a beer like this is: "it's a lager," or "it's a pilsner." And yep, that's what this was. Poured a clear straw-yellow color with a thin, wispy head, active carbonation. Cereal grain and light corn notes in the aroma, tiny bit of herbal hops. Light and crisp on the palate, tastes of grains, light herbal hops, and a touch of honey sweetness. Light body, goes down very easily. Good for the less adventurous and/or those who like the style in general I suppose, but it's really not my thing.

Photo of vkv822
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16oz : mason jar

Clear, pale golden yellow with a foamy white head.

Clean, grassy hop with a light crackery, pilsner malt backbone.

Medium body, fizzy, foamy carbonation with a lightly crisp finish.

A tasty, easy drinking lager. Definitely a beer well suited for 16oz cans.

Photo of warmstorage
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: bright clear golden straw, light white head, leaves limited lacing.

Aroma: grassy and spicy with hop and cereal grain notes.

Taste: Delicious. The server mentioned this recently beat out Pilsner Urquell at the World Beer Cup, and I can see why. It's got delightful earthy spicy hoppiness, with a tiny touch of fruitiness, and a notable but not problematic sweetness. Delicious.

Mouth: thin and clean, with a sprightly carbonation.

Overall: delicious. Time for my confession: I hate Czech pilsner as a style. I mean, really. I've had fresh PU, Czechvar, and Zatec on tap and in bottles (all but the Zatec) and I just don't like the style. Too clean, often too much graininess, and it's just not a style I like. But I gobbled this down. Delicious.

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

Can from the Whole Foods in Tanasbourne.

Golden yellow with a thin, white head that falls off to a disk rather quickly, leaving little lacing. The nose is decent. Rather mild, it's a blend of doughy and mildly bready malt, a little dusty lemony hop character, and some yeast. The lemon character has a mildly preserved lemon aroma.

The palate opens moderately bitter, almost surprising in its strength with a blend of dough, a faint diacetyl and dusty and preserved lemons. The mid-palate has some honey and floral hop character. The bitterness is a little too high for the style IMO. The mouthfeel is quite nice, light but having a pleasant fullness and moderate carbonation that lends just a touch of acidity to complement the fruitiness of the hops. Solid stuff, I will revisit this.

Photo of artoolemomo
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up an okay amount of head which has decent retention. The head is a fluffy, pure cotton-white while the body is a clear mix of light golden and straw that shows hints of lemon when held up to the light. Lacing tends toward sheeting for the most part.

Nose- Fairly subdued and lacks the hop aromatics you get from most Czech pilsners. Some grain, a light bit of cornflakes. A nice warm touch of honey. Light spice and floral notes but nothing that has enough presence to be fully representative of the style. Swirling reveals nothing. It is quite clean smelling as the BJCP style guide suggests.

Taste- Slight fruitiness that echoes the vinosity of white grapes and apple followed by a good presence of hops that range from spicy to rather earthy to slightly herbal and floral. Maybe even a little bit of woodiness but mostly earth. A tingle of spice on the finish. Some grain, cornflakes, and honey in the middle. Fruitiness starts to mellow and is replaced by the honey, the floral notes, and a slight chalkiness or mineral quality. Fairly clean tasting but could probably use a bit more presence (especially from the hops) to be truly representative of the style. Between above average to good- pretty much in the middle for me. Some grassiness.

Mouthfeel- Just above light bodied with lively carbonation that still manages to be smooth. Light honey notes make it seem a little syrupy on the finish. Nice dry finish matched with spice.

Drinkability- Pretty easygoing and would make a nice session or lawnmower beer. The problem for me is that it retails for a least 9 bucks for a four pack of pounders. If you drink these all afternoon and all evening, you will drop some money. Still would make a nice pairing with most Asian cuisines- something to keep in mind when I'm out for dinner.

Overall- Above average to really good beer. No real flaws but could be a better representation of the style. Still worth a try.

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.85/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on tap into a nonic glass

A- Poured a clear dark golden color, high carbonation, big fluffy head left some dense and chunky lace

S- Very fresh smelling. Big lemon, cracker malt, floral, grassy, and pilsner malt character

T- Big lemon, sweet cracker malt, pilsner malt, bready, honey, floral, and grassy notes. This is very flavorful and balanced.

M- So crisp and refreshing, very dry, prickly carbonation, and very smooth. This is a perfect drinking pilsner

O- I am a fan of a good pilsner and this is the best I have had. So flavorful, refreshing, and aromatic. Lots of sweet malt character to play off the noble hops. This beer just has perfect balance and is the everything a pilsner should be.

Photo of flagmantho
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16oz tall can into a pint glass.

Appearance: light gold hue with a little bit of haze and a light effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy white foam with a decent lacing on the glass.

Smell: light malt aroma with a good lager-yeast character. Hops are light but spicy in character. Good, but I'd like the volume turned up a little bit.

Taste: malty with a very toasty/biscuity flavor which is decent but doesn't really suit my palate. Hops and bitterness are both on the light side. Not bad, but not my favorite.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a strong, well-integrated carbonation which creates a very nice creaminess. I like it.

Overall: this is a pretty solid beer, although it doesn't suit my taste well. Still, drinkable and refreshing.

Photo of HopHead84
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/16/10

On tap at the brewery. A Bohemian Pilsner.

A: Perfectly pellucid vibrant burnished straw golden with a small frothy head. Not a good pilsner glass or a proper pour so I can't judge the head.

S: Big Saaz bouquet with floral and grassy notes. Malt is rich and complex. Diacetyl is light. Subtle lemon notes are evident. A bit too much fruit for the style.

T: Assertive noble hop bitterness with and some rich malt. Tasty, with a touch of diacetyl and some grassy notes. The fruity lemon esters are a bit out of place, but doesn't hurt too much. Finish is crisp and dry, though not quite clean enough.

M: Light body, upper moderate carbonation, dry and crisp mouthfeel.

Overall: A nice, enjoyable Czech Pilsner. Definitely worth a try, the only real fault I found was that the fruit esters were too strong for the style.

Photo of Brad007
4.48/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mild gold with a thin white head into my glass. First beer I've had from this brewery I believe. All their other products are currently sold out here.

Light, crisp and grainy with a touch of buttered bread in the nose. Hop bitterness is known as well.

Tasty with a good hop bite that's counter-balanced by grainy, baked bread. Chewy. Like liquid dough to my mouth.

Mouthfeel is much like chewing freshly baked bread with only a touch of hops remaining. It's very flavorful.

I can see myself buying more than 1 of this beer. Wow. Very nice for the style. It's not in-your-face like some other examples.

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HUB Lager from Hopworks Urban Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.