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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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2/5  rDev -45.5%

projhex, Nov 15, 2011
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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
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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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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Ingjald, Jul 07, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of Rifugium
2.53/5  rDev -31.1%
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.

Rifugium, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of Jameswoody
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Jameswoody, Sep 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

mdaschaf, Aug 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

DrMindbender, Jul 18, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Rand_ale_Thor, Jul 11, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

tikk, Jun 03, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

irishgreensoda, Jul 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

dunix, May 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

guajolote, Jan 15, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

MikeAllen, Sep 14, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

g_jenkins, Jun 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

kylemckinnis, Oct 06, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

nmann08, Mar 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

qcghost, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of HappyPappy2X
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cool looking can - black pop top is a nice touch.

Appearance: Golden, clear.

Smell: Malty. Crisp. Clean.

Taste: Clean, but overly sweet. Uneventful malt backbone overpowers yeast and hops tones.

Mouthfee: Average for the style.

Overall: I'm realizing that most HUB beers are overly sweet. Mass appeal? Perhaps. The descriptor above says Czech Pilsener, but I cannot discern any Czech yeast flavors. Nor Bohemian malt flavors.

HappyPappy2X, Sep 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

craigreno, Sep 07, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

charlesjwinkler, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of Spikester
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
Photo of beertunes
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 9oz pilsener glass. Poured a cloudy pale yellow color with less than a half-inch of white head that had low retention and lacing.

The aroma was mostly very nice grains, a good earthy scent, with just enough gentle hops to provide accent notes. Sadly, there was just a slight trace of skunkiness. The taste was much better than the aroma, everything was sharper and more well-focused. The earthy grains gave a good foundation for the crisp, sharp hops to stand out from.

The body was solid, nicely clean and had a pleasant dry finish. Drinkability was good, you could easily have a few of these guys. Overall, a pleasant take on the style, worth a shot if you see it.

beertunes, Oct 11, 2012
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HUB Lager from Hopworks Urban Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.