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Lager Town - Half Acre Beer Company

Lager TownLager Town

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51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.64%

Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Novemberfest Beer

As a brewery, we haven’t been brewing lagers for a while. This or that has kept us distanced from that world, but we’re dipping back in with a release that’s coming to you on Friday 10/28. You can expect a beer that’s much like an Octoberfest, with a sturdy malt frame, but cloaked under the cover of October’s timely neighbor, November. Come see us and take a drive through Lager Town.

(Beer added by: GbVDave on 10-29-2011)
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Photo of rhoadsrage


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

(Served in a dimple mug)
A- This beer pours a slight garnet hue to a clear slightly dense brown body and a thin beige head that soon breaks up. There is a sea of tiny bubbles racing to the surface.

S- The dry toasted malt note is soft but has a nice flinty mineral finish to it.

T- The dry toasted biscuit malt grows into more of a straight biscuit malt flavor as it opens with Noble hop note in the finish. There is a roasted malt bitterness and toast note that lingers in the aftertaste.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a watery texture that leads to a scrubbing fizz in the finish.

O- This beer has a nice aroma and good malt flavor but the bitterness and big fizz grow a bit to much and are enhanced by the dryness in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 21:30:31 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of steveh


3.11/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Happened to find this just last week. Hadn't seen it previously and based on some of the reviews, it must have been released late for the season (duh, didn't read the description above -- funny that the lable in the picture reads "Novemberfest," but my bottle has Octoberfest in the same font and position -- but no underline flourish).

22 ounce brown bomber, no freshness date.

A -- Pours a clear, deep copper-amber with a very dense light tan head.

S -- Yeasty, bready nose with some light, spicy to piny hops back.

T -- Sort of nutty malt character up front with some roastiness and toffee. Spicy to citrus hops follow with a nut bread finish and spicy-piny aftertaste that starts to dominate as the beer goes down.

M -- Soft and smooth mouthfeel with a medium-heavy body and dry finish.

O -- Certainly drinkable and tasty, but hardly to-style for an Oktoberfest -- let alone a lager. Change the designation to an Amber Ale and this beer is right in the wheelhouse.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 22:12:24 | More by steveh
Photo of ppoitras


4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle received via Growling at the Moon. Thanks for the brew, Gonzo Illini!

Poured into a Half Acre glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the slightly cloudy orangey amber brew. Head holds on well, with lasting lace. Aroma is malty yet citrusy as well.

Taste starts with nutty malt sweetness, citrus and pine in the middle, and comes home with a balnced bitterness. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and drinkability is great. Good brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 20:54:54 | More by ppoitras
Photo of Fcolle2


3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown and clear in color with a 1 finger off white head that has good retention.

Smell has notes of clean yeast and rich husky caramel malt that gives a nice malty forward scent in the nose. There's not much hop presence but the malt is the highlight.

Taste is great, some good bready yeast and rich malt are first in the taste. This is followed by some clean yeasty flavors and a slightly dry slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good, medium body and crisp feel, leave this very drinkable. Dry finish gives it a nice added complexity.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 04:31:50 | More by Fcolle2
Photo of emerge077


4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep saturated copper amber color, sheets of lace in the glass, lasting coverage on the surface that has a creamy texture. Bright clarity with rising trails of visible carbonation.

Clean mild hop aroma, some general yeastiness, the toasted malt character is missing however.

Smooth feel, lightly malty, earthy and toasty grain husks, light bitterness that lingers in the finish. Dry and not sweet, clean and more bitter than most traditional Oktoberfests. Nuanced hop character, not overt, though the bitterness seems to define it. Overall very drinkable, enjoyable and subtle.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 01:21:01 | More by emerge077
Photo of KDawg


3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the half acre tap room. Pours a medium amber color with a nice head.

Balanced and good aromas of citrus, crackers, and cereal notes.

Medium body that is slightly lacking on the feel. It does make up for it with really good notes of grains, citrus, some bits of hops and cereals.

A very good lager. Not amazing, but very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2012 04:01:29 | More by KDawg
Photo of TMoney2591


3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a tumbler at Firkin.

Stickin' by the Half Acre station at Solidarity to try out this "Novemberfest". It pours a clear brass-amber topped by a couple o' fingers of cream-white foam. The nose comprises caramel, wheat, light clove, and light brown sugar. The taste holds notes of bitter grass, light menthol, light caramel, mild biscuit, and miscellaneous greens. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick-ish feel. Overall, an okay O-Fest (well, N-Fest, in this case, I guess...), but one that just seems a bit too bitter for its own good. The hops just don't meld very well the malty backbone at all.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2012 01:41:18 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of Florida9


4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Slightly cloudy dark amber in color. Forms a thin off-white head that slowly reduces down to a very thin, somewhat patchy surface coating. Leaves some light lacing.

S: Rather aromatic. Primarily caramel malts with a light toffee sweetness. Toasted malts and a blend of light grassy and citrus hops.

T: Caramel malts. Light sweetness. Toffee, toasted malts and a flavor I can only describe as "lightly peanuty." Some light hops on the finish. Flavor is very smooth with a maltiness that comes and goes quite quickly.

M: On the lighter side of medium with pretty good carbonation. Very mild bitterness.

O: A good beer and a very smooth, clean representation of the style. Not nearly as malty as most O-fests. Very drinkable.

Serving type: growler

10-31-2011 21:51:03 | More by Florida9
Photo of vespahulb


4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Upon pouring, a nice burnt caramel brown, the beer formed a beautiful eggshell head. In the nose, classic American oktoberfest with it's own unique edge. Bready rye, caramel aromas backed by an earthy crushed fall leaves scent that I was loving. In terms of hops, just a faint earthy citrus.

In the mouth, a really nice malt bill makes this beer hefty with flavors of rye bread, caramel, black tea and dry lemon. Light enough to cleanse your palate, but heavy enough to enjoy on a fall night.

Overall, I thought this was an excellent Oktoberfest offering, far better than most. I love that Half Acre went the traditional route, yet still managed to make a beer that stands on it's own, in terms of uniqueness. Reminded me of Wake of the Flood, but with Lager yeast. Super tasty.

Serving type: growler

10-31-2011 21:07:18 | More by vespahulb
Photo of MasterSki


4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler from Half Acre. Shared it at the Indiana Jones and the Temple of Boobs opening night after-party. Served in a Night of the Living Ales 2010 taster pint glass.

A - Two fingers of off-white foam settle to a thick collar and near-complete cap, leaving behind minimal lace. Body is a hazy unfiltered amber color.

S - Caramel, nuts, bread, toasted grains, a dollop of honey, and perhaps the faintest hint of noble hops. Smells like an Oktoberfest alright.

T - Honey cakes, toffee malts, fresh-baked buttered biscuits, and a clean, smooth lager finish with a hint of herbal hop bitterness that lingers on the palate and grows in intensity over time

M - Medium-bodied, pleasant moderate carbonation, toasty and somewhat dry texture, and no obvious alcohol. Light residual stickiness.

D - A very nice Oktoberfest - definitely the strongest among all the the local ones I've tried this year. It was a big hit at the party, which featured a lot of novice craft beer types. I had a few glasses throughout the evening, and then killed the last pour the following afternoon.

I was hoping Half Acre would bring back Zucker Esel Pils, but I was very satisfied with this offering. Hopefully with the additional space they can produce a few more lagers in the future.

Serving type: growler

10-29-2011 22:50:40 | More by MasterSki
Photo of GbVDave


4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 64oz growler into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a lovely, unfiltered, deep amber color with two creamy fingers of off white head on top. Retention was fleeting with the foam quickly melting down to a thin collar that left no lace.

S: Whoa! Nice toasty biscuits drizzled with lemony hops.

T: Big flavors of toasted bread crusts, lemony hops, caramel malt, and bright fresh oak. Heather said it reminded her a little of Malt-O-Meal. Some subtle grapiness towards the finish.

M: Really quite full and spicy. Loads of sticky hops and dry toasted grains. Totally not what we were expecting.

O: A stupid good Lager. Perfect beer for a true Fall day...like today!

Serving type: growler

10-29-2011 00:06:11 | More by GbVDave
Lager Town from Half Acre Beer Company
85 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.