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Lovitz Lager - Roy Pitz Brewing Company

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Lovitz Lager
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35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 15.54%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Roy Pitz Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  3.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
This is the real name of the a.k.a. Watermelon Lager.

(Beer added by: akorsak on 05-10-2008)
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Reviews by troegaarden:
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

troegaarden, Jun 18, 2013
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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have been sampling this beer all summer at different good beer destinations in the burgh. Pours with a golden body and a spritzy pink tinted white head. Aroma scream juicy melon pulp with a touch of biscuit malt carrying this fruit beer along. Flavor was again watermelon focused a deep juicy layer of refreshing yet candy like flavors with cereal grains adding some beeriness to the whole thing. Mouthfeel was not too cloying but had some stickiness going on, carbonation was spritzy as mentioned prior. Body overall light to the edge of medium. Drinkability overall an interesting watermelon infused brew, it's nice to try one becuase when I get ahold of cans of 21st amendment my palate won't go into shock. I was able to down a few pints while drinkin' at Smokin' Joe's and I revisited this drink at the Big Pour, quality.

WVbeergeek, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

LXIXME, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well I'm not really sure what to say about this one. It's a pretty basic golden lager, with little bitterness, and what seems like real watermelon added in. If it's not real watermelon, then kudos to Roy Pitz because I was fooled. In fact, if I can find any fault with this beer, it's that it tastes a little too much like watermelon seeds! And I don't know how to explain that flavor, but everyone should know what watermelon seeds taste like - well, if you've ever eaten a real watermelon anyway. Beyond that I'd guess it's simply a fruit beer argument, or something like that, but I thought that it was good enough to enjoy regardless of warm weather. I'd only have one, but I'd drink one of these in the fall or winter - why not? - what better time to remember summer!?

Worth trying.

NeroFiddled, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of tempest
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Liberty St. Tavern in Allentown, PA. Appears hazy blond. Yup, there sure is watermelon in here. There's an upfront watermelon taste followed by a rind bitterness (could be hops or melon) in the finish. The backing malt is a simpler blond lager with a multigrain bread taste. Yeah, it's bready. Worth a try, but not probably something you'd order again unless you love watermelon.

tempest, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of robotagogo
2.28/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours average. Lots of cabonation, bubbley head, pale golden/ golden straw color.
Smelled kind of empty. Not solid at all.
Tastes like an average lager. Watermelon finish. Refreshing, not too sweet.
Feels watery. I wouldn't order another. Not really too impressed

robotagogo, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
2.95/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's (Norristown, PA).

I had been wanting to try a full pint of this ever since I tried it at the Harrisburg Brewers Fest back in June. Finally got somewhere that had it on tap.

Pours a clear gold with a biggish poofy head of brite-white foam. Retention consists of a thin fizzy layer that only leaves some minimal lacing behind. The aroma is actually fairly light but what I do pick up is some pretty arificial smelling watermellon notes along with a bit of floral character and some light malt accents.

The watermelon comes off better in the taste with a less artificial feel to it, along with some light grainy malts underneath and a touch of hop bitterness in the back. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a sprightly carbonation and fairly crisp feel. While it feels light at times, it never appeared watery to me at all.

Very interesting beer here, tasting like a Light Lager with a watermelon Jolly Rancher floating around in it. That should tell you right there if this beer will appeal to you or not. While I didn't mind the overall taste or use of the watermelon as the fruit of choice in this, I did mind that it was fairly obvious (to me at least) that some kind of syrupy adjunct was used to flavor this. It's refreshing and crisp enough to warrant a look see but I'd like to see the boys at Roy Pitz move onto a fruit beer that isn't quite such a novelty.

Kegatron, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of erialbill
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

erialbill, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of DrBier
3/5  rDev -15.3%

DrBier, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. On tap at Capones...
Appears a hazy, viscous pink with a small, white head that slowly fades. Scattered spots of milkshake-like lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of watermelon up front with watermelon rinds, and sugary watermelon Jolly Rancher candies pulling through.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas in a deliciously, fruity flavor that is in no way offensive, or overbearing.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, juicy, sugary, mildly bitter. This would go great with garlic bread to balance out the pungent flavors of the garlic.

weeare138, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of jwc215
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at brewery:

Pours golden with a thin head that dissippates to a swirl nice clarity and color - a bit of lacing sticks.

The smell is of grainy malt with a breeze of watermelon. Watermelon noticeable without being overpowering or "artificial".

The taste is of a kiss of watermelon - very real (not "artificial") - can almost taste the seeds. It has a firm "lager" grainy quality. Clean. Sweetness balance by just a hint of balancing bitter and sour. Crisp finish.

A bit thin, but smooth and holds up well enough.

This is a nice thirst-quencher. Watermelon worked in nicely with the lager. Good job - sure stands out among fruit beers!

jwc215, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of rfgetz
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Originaly Reviewed on: 07-24-2009

A - Coppery tones with light head from ample carbonation.

S - Mild scent of watermellon. Almost if you just smelled the watery juices from the fruit as opposed to the whole fruit itself.

T - Suprisingly natural like watermellon taste. As with the scent, the flavor is more watermellon watery juices then the whole fruit. Not much else going on because of its light lager style.

M - Light bodied like a light lager should be. Decent carbonation, like a fruit beer should have.

D - Interesting, light and refreshing. Not very complex, but decent.

rfgetz, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of Boggdogg
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Boggdogg, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of Rifugium
3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Poured a golden-straw color with a slight hazy, and a small white head that receded to a ringlet. Aroma of toasted grains and watermelon. Basically the same in the taste, light toasted grains, sweet watermelon that sit on the almost indistinguishable line between real melon and Jolly Rancher, slightly bitter in the finish from a crisp leafy hop contribution. Not bad for what it's worth, and a nice summer beer for sure. But I must say as far as watermelon beers go, I'll stick with 21st Amendment's wheat beer.

Rifugium, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of tim9887
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got a growler of this stuff from Capone's, I had it last year at the Summer Ale Festival at the Phila. Zoo and remember liking it - I wanted to get a growler of something nice, simple, and refreshing to keep me cool on these sweltering Philly days. It's doing its job might I add. Pours a clear golden yellow, very similar to a generic American lager. 1/2" of off-white foam head that subsides quickly. Simple aroma - mild grain and hops, and just a pinch of watermelon. Same goes for the flavor. Very refreshing stuff - and incredibly drinkable - very light in flavor, body, and ABV. Nice stuff.

tim9887, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of yergermeister
3/5  rDev -15.3%

yergermeister, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of Deuane
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Slightly hazy light copper with the hint of a reddish tint. A thin white head hung on and left minimal lace.

S-Sweet biscuit malt with the light suggestion of tart watermelon and a bit of floral hops.

T-Subtle tart watermelon and sweet biscuit malts mingle well in this light and refreshing brew. A slight bitter nip from light floral hops.

M-Medium-light body with a very crisp and clean finish.

D-An easy-drinking, tasty and almost perfect summertime brew. The lightness of the brew is perfect for a summer session beer and the tart, not fake, and never too much watermelon flavour is very welcoming and refreshing. A winner brew IMHO I don't understand why more BA's do not enjoy more.

Deuane, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

InspectorBob, May 23, 2013
Photo of bradwalrus
4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

bradwalrus, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of wanderlust389
4/5  rDev +13%

wanderlust389, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of ShepardCommander
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

ShepardCommander, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of ReynardenBrew
4.13/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very enjoyable lager. That's what is important to me. This is a beer first and a fruit beer second. The watermelon (real fruit, by the way) came through (in the taste more than the nose) without overpowering a nice clean lager. I had another brewer's watermelon ale a few weeks ago made with artificial watermelon and it was Jolly Rancher sweet. Roy Pitz Watermelon Lager was nice and light and clean.

ReynardenBrew, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of Slatetank
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Originally reviewed 8-11-08 transferred to correct entry
I was eager to taste this when I had the chance to try a sample from a growler recently.

A - A light amber shade w/ white foamy head of about 1/2 inch. The clarity is good and the lacing was decent.

S - The smell was not very strong, very light fruit w/ a touch of watermelon if you strain to find it. There was a slight fruit extract I noticed later, but like most lighter lagers there isn't an abundance of aroma.

M - The mouthfeel was sweet w/ a smooth lager quality finished w/ a sweet fruity almost syrup-like extract tinge.

T - This beer is what you might expect - Watermelon extract combined w/ a basic lager, no frills, no really off flavors to offend either. It is refreshing w/ a candy-like taste from the extract that is like a jolly rancher, but it doesn't go overboard.

D - The beer is just ok for me as far as the drinkability goes, not something to seek out or get excited about, but worth a try.

Slatetank, Oct 09, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Beerchaeology, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of mikereaser
4.4/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler I picked up at Capones. Pours a light golden color with
A-Pours a light golden yellow with 1/4 inch of foam

S-slight watermelon smell with wheat

T-it starts out lighter than expected, not necessarily a lager, but finishes with just enough watermelon to remind me of taking a bite of melon in the summer.

M/D-mouthfeel is light and refreshing, and the watermelon
just makes me think of hot days in the summer. This is one that
I could drink all day at a BBQ or picnic. And its not too heavy that you can do just that.

I think this is the end of it until next spring/summer, I can't wait
to have it again then.

mikereaser, Oct 19, 2008
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Lovitz Lager from Roy Pitz Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.