HUB Lager - Hopworks Urban Brewery

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Reviews: 41
Hads: 131
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 7.46%
Wants: 11
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 03-25-2008

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Photo of biboergosum
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (1,062 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
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. (518 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
2.53/5  rDev -35%
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. (562 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (1,300 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
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. (356 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (832 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a clear light golden color with good carbonationa nd a small white head

S: Some honey, light dose of hops, floral, sweet cornperhaps some corn

T: Has a nice fresh, crisp taste, floral notes and some honey

M: Crisp, light, frefreshing

D: Very easy and pleasure to drink (282 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
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. (680 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
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. (763 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
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. (312 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.46/5  rDev -36.8%
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. (1,315 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear straw colour with a smooth, white head. Good head retention.

Light grainy aroma with a very mild herbal hop character. Good.

Smooth and slightly grainy. Just a hint of sweetness. nice crisp hoppy finish.

Light body with a moderately high carbonation. Good and suitably crisp.

A really, solid, easy drinking session lager with great flavour. (350 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
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. (616 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
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 (520 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On draught at HUB, their pils is gold with lazy bubbles forming a white collar.

Smell is faint, sweet cereals, light herbs.

Taste is malt forward, a very clean breadiness, with a bit of a herbal, and less so citrus quality to the hops. Full flavored but in a clean, balanced, way, an exceptional lager for sure.

Mouthfeel is dry, a sharp crispness, light body.

Drinkability is high, this is a very tasty brew, a great session beer for a hot day. (453 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (789 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
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. (265 characters)

Photo of RedDiamond
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Even before Hopworks opened its doors as a working brewpub, this hearty golden lager had already earned a silver medal at the World Beer Cup in 2007. It is an impeccably clear brew of warm yellow with a brilliant white head. Its assertive flavor has the character of oven-roasted grains with a more enhanced hop presence than expected.

As with most HUB beers, the Lager is brewed with organic ingredients. The smell has an oddly appealing marshmallow punkiness with a grain of sugar to it. Saaz hops lend considerable spice, especially in the tail where the crisp finish I kept hoping for never arrived. Instead, the beer hung heavy on the tongue.

Still, the bold, captivating flavor and overall drinkability easily won me over. And it's a no-brainer with any item on the house food menu. (791 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
3.5/5  rDev -10%
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! (429 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had the pleasure of pouring this beer at the Spring Beer & Wine Festival, then of tasting it a couple times after my shifts (one 4 oz., one full mug).

Website lists:
5.1% ABV
11.5 Deg Plato OG
32 IBU

A: Golden/wheat color with a modest frothy/creamy white head. From the tap, it poured at times with a sizable, more 'rocky' head, depending on serving temperature. Good carbonation, quickly rising, and good sticking lace.

S: Grassy/spicy Saaz aroma with fresh, biscuity bread and a mild floral honey. Big and enticing, mostly the sweeter notes are emphasized...

T: Upfront zesty bittering that mellows after several seconds to a sweeter, amply malty bread-dough. Touched faintly with honey, a bit floral in the finish. Nicely balanced and full-flavored.

M: Carbonation is enough to give some lively zip, but this isn't what I'd call 'crisp'. Medium-light body. Mouthfeel is soft, rather creamy after that initial hop bite and generally clean finishing.

D: A very fine pilsener, definitely easy to drink & well-made. I'll certainly look forward to having this again. Just a very solid beer, another HUB winner in my opinion.

One minor note (that has absolutely NOTHING to do with the actual beer) is that that the rather ho-hum name 'HUB Lager' really doesn't draw in the curious consumer. I don't know how many times over the course of 3+ hours of serving that the word 'Lager' was ill-received...then I'd describe the Czech-Pilsener style and get them to taste it. Won a few converts, no doubt...but there's still alot of educating that needs to be done...but, regardless of what it's called, I thought this is a pretty terrific beer... (1,647 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
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. (277 characters)

Photo of ElGordo
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (632 characters)

Photo of jdense
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at HUB 7/21/2010, poured into 16 oz. stein.

One finger white head, medium dissipation with significant lacing. Deep gold body, numerous streams of carbonation risiing from the bottom of the glass. Sweetish nose balanced with dryish (Pilsener) malts, floral hops, aroma very close to style. Taste is quite well balanced, a bit sweet but not too much, floral and grassy hops against the above malt profile. Medium mouthfeel, good effervescence, exceptionally clean finsih. Really drinkabile, quite a nice tasting Pilsener. (528 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasting notes: Does indeed hit the Czech pils mouthfeel ... Rather buttery yet crisp. Mellow aroma. Popcorn and corn syrup. Grass. Unripe peach. Fairly sweet initially but dry in the finish. Somewhat recalls a Helles lager. (223 characters)

Photo of artoolemomo
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (1,945 characters)

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