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Half Acre Lager - Half Acre Beer Company

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55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
We open the Half Acre time capsule and pull out an old battle axe, Half Acre Lager.In years past, this beer was taken through the ringer of inexperience. Sadly, this beer was pistol whipped and rolled by goons.

However, in the end when we were brewing it at our brewery for draft sales, it was a lager to be respected. Unfortunately, we soon abandoned it as a perennial offering because the lagering time was killing us. A glimpse at what could’ve been. So with a tip of the hat to nostalgia we dusted off the cob webs and laid down some serious lager tracks to offer you, Half Acre Lager, as it always should’ve been. Clean, crisp and noodling your hot spots with quenching cold power. Come take a spin over to our brewery this Friday to extinguish your week with this throwback cool. Growler fills only.

(Beer added by: rhoadsrage on 08-01-2008)
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a very hazy amber color with a one finger head that gets very rocky and leaves a few shards behind

Smell: Sweet caramel and a bit of grain

Taste: Sweet caramel up front and though there is a bit of grainy bitterness mid-palate; the beer finishes very sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; a bit thick on the tongue

Drinkability: Neither well-attenuated nor well-balanced, this beer has limited appeal to me

Thanks, ghostee, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 02:25:46 | More by brentk56
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spycow

Illinois

3/5  rDev -15.3%

12-01-2011 04:36:10 | More by spycow
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emerge077

Illinois

4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012:
Sampled on tap at Blind Robin, and this new "brewery-brewed" batch was far superior to the contract-brew I remember from 5ish (?!) years ago. Smooth and balanced with crisp light bready flavors and a hint of hoppy bitterness. Clean and sessionable, no hint of hawaiian punch this time ;)

08-29-2007 3.5/3/3/3.5/3

Sampled at the Charleston...

Well-designed label: white type on a faded grey-blue background, depicting a water tower that is a familiar symbol in the industrial landscape on the Near West Side of Chicago. A bright red star gives a nod to the Chicago city flag. It has the visual feel of a letterpressed show poster a la Hatch Show Print.

Pours a slightly hazy amber-orange, with a meager one finger head of foam. The head settles, but still manages to maintain itself. Malty aroma, hint of vague mystery fruit.

Decent amount of Munich and pale malts, cereal-like barley, with a dry bitterness in the finish. Hops are leafy and herbal, possibly of the Saaz variety. The fruit element seemed to add mild sweetness, but seemed a little out of place. It was like artificial pink grapefruit or passion fruit (not citrusy hops), which brought me back to the Hawaiian Punch I drank as a kid. It was hard to separate from this association once it hit me.

Adequate carbonation, finish is dry, sort of frothy. Malt load gives it an above average body. A pint was easy enough, but I didn't have another.

Contract brewed for Half Acre Beer Co., Chicago, IL.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 17:01:31 | More by emerge077
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of Half Acre's first beers - a contract brewed lager made in Black River Falls, WI and now discontinued. Served in a pilsener glass.

A - Pours with two-plus fingers of eggshell foam that settles to a thick chunky cap and leaves behind spotty lace. Body is a slightly hazed dark golden orange color with a ton of bubbles visibly racing upwards.

S - Light toffee, roasted grains, herbaceous and zesty noble hop character that verges on too much for me.

T - Taste is a touch better, with a bit of lemon zest, tart apples, cereal, and toasted malt character. Aftertaste is lightly bitter.

M - Carbonation is lively and zesty, and the body is surprisingly on the fuller side of medium. Finishes sticky, with a bit of oiliness.

D - Easy to put back a 12oz, especially on a hot day like today. It's a step up from macro swill, but it's decidedly average for the most part. I can see why they discontinued this and went with Gossamer instead.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 21:37:02 | More by MasterSki
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, topped with a finger of bright-white head. This retains with a tight cap of foam, which stays rich and leaves some thick patchy lacing behind. The aroma is fresh and floral, with a sharp backing tang of earthy citrus and bready caramel giving this a sweet grittiness in the nostrils. The nose here is fairly hop forward overall.

The malts splash the tongue in the taste with a toasty sweetness that is well balanced by some leafy feeling bitterness that leaves behind a good bit of lingering earthy grit that really sticks in the finish of this. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a little lighter, with a creamy softness to the carbonation that then gets crisper as you swallow.

This was decent. While the flavors came off as mostly sweet, I actually picked up a decent amount of hop activity in this that helped keep it balanced. While not the most full flavored selection that I've had, there was certainly enough here to make things interesting and keep this drinkable for the most part.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 14:56:37 | More by Kegatron
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

12-05-2013 02:05:09 | More by XmnwildX12
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imperialking

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

01-17-2012 05:09:13 | More by imperialking
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a deep orange body with a clear but not crystal clear look. There is a think soapy head that is gone after the first sip but is supported by a strong carbonation of big bubbles.

S- This beer has a soft toasted malt nose that is more dry than sweet and leads to a soft hop bitterness that has hints of noble hop qualities.

T- This caramel malt notes have some toasted hints to them with a hint of biscuit and pale malt in the background. There is a light carbonic acid taste and sulfur note in the finish which is soon covered up by softly citrus green hops that linger as a dry bitterness just briefly.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a fizzy finish and no alcohol heat at all. The fizz enhances the hops bitterness while it is pretty cold but soon overpowers it a bit.

D- This beer has nice smooth malt qualities but good depth of flavor making it a solid session beer, however the fizz starts to wash out the flavor as the beer warms a bit.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 20:39:35 | More by rhoadsrage
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brandoman63

Illinois

3/5  rDev -15.3%

11-30-2011 02:29:06 | More by brandoman63
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nice clear copper color at the bottom and a darker amber at the top. Ok head and foam, with some meager bubbling. The aroma isa light minty hop and toasted, homemade white bread. The taste and palate are very simple. Starting wet and mlaty, the middle eldudes to the aforementioned minty smell from the hops. PLus some toasted white bread, but now with some wiches herbs spinkled on the top. Just super faint herbal tones. The palate is pretty dry from middle to finish. While the taste has a dried bread crumb texture to it as well. Nice session ale. How a tastey and drinkable lager should be. And its LOCAL!!!

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 05:55:01 | More by scruffwhor
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Alex to bringing this retired beer to enable my ticking...12oz bottle into my Rochefort glass...A nice dark gold with two fingers of white head, ok retention, no lacing. An above average looking lager...Aroma is pretty malty and lacking in skunk which is a big plus for an American lager. Malty toffee and caramel mostly, tart apple, only a little hops on the back...Taste is pretty decent again pretty malty, coffee, corn on the back, some tea in the middle, no skunk again nice, a light bitter finish. Some sugar in the middle, this reminds of a homebrew in taste and quality...Light feel distracts but this is drinkable.

An above average lager, don't really care that is being retired because despite being drinkable this isn't something that I would get to have arond the house, at a bar maybe.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 00:12:23 | More by jrallen34
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DmanGTR

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

02-10-2013 16:22:39 | More by DmanGTR
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whartontallboy

New York

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

01-16-2012 03:49:05 | More by whartontallboy
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Florida9

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear orange-yellow approaching copper. Nice two fingers of rocky head with decent retention. Appreciable lacing. This is a fine looking beer.

S: Primarily lightly toasted malts rounded out with some very light green apple and nondescript hop character.

T & M: Malts. Lots of malt, but not heavy malts. Black pepper on the tongue fades to a malty creaminess. Clean with some mild hops. Medium in weight with higher carbonation levels.

D: A solid session beer. Far better than your average beer, with a good dose of malty flavor, but it just seems like it missing something.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 02:33:36 | More by Florida9
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 64oz growler into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a rich cloudy gold color. A short lived 1 1/2 finger layer of foam quickly melts down to a thick creamy collar that is fed by some rather ample carbonation. Sadly, no lace was left behind.

S: Noble hops flash over a malt backbone that shows off aromas of toasted bread crusts and spicy yeast.

T: See above. Light lemon and toasy malt with white pepper. When I came back to the growler, after having opened it a few hours earlier, the taste took on a definite grassy/herbal tone.

M: Suprisingly spicy and peppery. A rich fullness spreads across the palate becoming a bit oily before it finishes prickly.

O: Waaay better than I remember. I was able to try this out of the bottle and on draft during its' first go around many moons ago. This is how it always should've been.

Serving type: growler

03-23-2012 23:31:57 | More by GbVDave
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birchstick

Colorado

3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - nice head - light amber in color
S - not much to the smell. A bit of malts and hops.
T - Nice, crisp flavor. A Little spicy, some hits of malt and some faint hops and bitterness on the finish. Nice balance.
M - thin, but creamy
D - very easy drinking beer. This is a very good, well-balanced lager. I would recommend this as an alternative to other American-made lagers.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2008 00:30:19 | More by birchstick
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Arbitrator

California

3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle into my end 0))) tulip. Courtesy of Hexxed in our beer exchange. Thanks!

A: Pours a hazy orange-amber that glows vividly against the light. The head is a finger or so of off-white foam that retains for about a minute before retreating into a collar with some bubbles scattered on top.

S: Pear, toasted malts, wheat bread, and herbal hops.

T: Toasty, with grain and bread in the mid-taste. The finish has a light peppery bite to it. Some pear and herbal hops in the aftertaste, which has a small, but still surprising, lingering bitterness.

M: Fairly clean flavor, nearly crisp finish. The carbonation stings a bit, aiding the lightly dry finish.

D: It's decent. I'm not well-versed in the style, but I enjoy Brooklyn Lager quite a bit more, and Live Oak does a better interpretation.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 21:12:29 | More by Arbitrator
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thewimperoo

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

05-21-2013 03:18:24 | More by thewimperoo
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jegross2

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

02-06-2013 21:40:15 | More by jegross2
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aerozeppl

New York

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to masterski/Sean9689 for this.

A: Not bad looking. A little bit of red highlights Mostly a hazy copper color with a little less than a half finger of white head. Some spotty lacing.

S: Smell is of faded grain and a fairly clean yeast smell. Little bit bready as well.

T: The taste is a little hollow. Truth be told it is what you want in the style. Lots of ceral grains. Its not bad at all just is lacking something to really make it stick out. Just the slightest hint of hops.

M: Medium body. Carbonation is interesting. One sip it is a little abrasive the next smooth.

D: A slightly above average lager. This would be a great beer for someone just getting in to craft beer. Too bad it is retired.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 18:12:40 | More by aerozeppl
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ystazi

Illinois

4/5  rDev +13%

05-22-2013 00:46:59 | More by ystazi
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Treebs

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed on tap at the Half Acre taproom. Served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a golden amber color with a pure white head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to a thin cap that leaves sticky sheets of lace down the glass.

S: Vienna malt with light fruity hops. Some mild citrus with a lager yeast sweetness.

T: Same as the nose. The Vienna malt is stronger and sweeter than the nose. Lagery yeast is present again with very light grass and fruity hops on the backend providing a touch of bitterness.

M: Light bodied with a medium carbonation level. Sweet malt finish.

O: Solid lager overall. Wouldn't order this too often, but it's very well put together.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 19:16:29 | More by Treebs
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MrMcGibblets

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

went through a sixer of this faster than expected. clear bright amber color, decent creamy head. bready and caramelly malts in the slightly subdued nose along with grassy and citrus notes from the hops. nice light malt sweetness is well balanced by the smooth moderate hop bitterness. frothy mouthfeel, crisp finish, just over light in body. very drinkable, and an interesting sessionable lager.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2009 17:51:26 | More by MrMcGibblets
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cfrances33

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

06-18-2013 17:27:26 | More by cfrances33
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sgoro

Illinois

4/5  rDev +13%

11-15-2011 16:24:45 | More by sgoro
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Half Acre Lager from Half Acre Beer Company
81 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.