Organic Real Lager - Laverstoke Park Farm

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BA SCORE
78
okay

35 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Laverstoke Park Farm visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 01-04-2010

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Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 22
Reviews by dbrauneis:
Photo of dbrauneis
3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and a few golden yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy white head that quickly reduces to a patchy very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of biscuit malts and bready/grainy malts with some light hints of lemon and apple. Light aromas of spicy and earthy hops. Just a touch of yeastiness.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of biscuit malts with some additional notes of bready and grainy malts - there is a light hint of lemon and apple fruitiness but not much sweetness. The finish is all hops (spicy and earthy) with a touch of peppery yeast spices. Light to moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Slightly less than medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Very easy to drink and enjoyable but not something I would be grabbing for frequently - I like the additional touches of lemon/apple aroma and flavor in additional to the malts and hops. I got a very fresh bottle and I think that makes a big difference in the review (based on some others).

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #36 (Jan 2010):

Organic bottle-conditioned lager--you don't see that too often. Opted to leave the yeast behind in the bottle to observe the perfect clarity. Aroma goes from malt sweetness to dried grass to a slight tartness. A timid crispness of barley wakes the palate up yet gives a smooth mouthfeel within the medium body. Wet malt, perhaps a little thin, but still flavorful. Very modest hopping with a reserved bitterness and earthy, herbal flavor. Little buttery and a quick twang in the semi-dry finish; not much in the aftertaste other than a quick bite of mineral.

If a beer being simple, drinkable and organic is what you have in mind, this is your thing.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2012. Label appears to have been drawn by a child and features a picture of a farmer drinking beer. Described as made from organic ingredients produced on the farm (also the brewer).

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A hazy pale golden colour with good carbonation. Yields a massive head of white foam that subsides after a couple of minutes. Aroma of light malt with notes of dry, earthy yeast, grain, cooked hops, a whisper of citrus and a mild sulpherous quality (the label mentions a caprylic flavour).

Tastes of light malt with a mild bitterness. Faint citrus notes accompanied by a yeasty character, hints of biscuity malt and subtle stewed hops. Mouthfeel is crisp, tingly and dry. Slight yeasty aftertaste.

A decent lager with a bit more flavour than a typical macro offering. Not overwhelming, and I'd prefer a stronger aromatic hop presence, but it makes for easy drinking. Worth sampling.

Photo of augustgarage
3.89/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'll admit I purchased this for the artwork (and also because it was still relatively fresh (best before November 2nd, 2011)). Nice to find it was selected for inclusion in CAMRA's beer club as well.

Poured vigorously from a 500mL bottle into my Samuel Smith nonic.

Presents a slightly cloudy (as expected by my intentionally less-than-careful pour) maize with tinges of gold as well. Very little head, and almost no retention or lacing.

Lemon and lime zest in the nose, backed with lots of low floral elements and very faint white pepper. Very subtle but inviting.

Light but lasting bitterness on the palate with a fair amount of herbal/vegetal notes as well. Very grassy variety of hops it seems. Some tartness throughout as well to offset the light grainy sweetness of the malts. Finishes medium-dry with a touch of green apple. Maybe the beginnings of some DMS in here, but it could be my imagination (or even a touch of "barnyard" from the yeast in fact).

Light-bodied, though not as thin as many versions that are more heavily filtered. Carbonation is adequate.

Quite a good example of the style, and I'm rating accordingly.

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down but left a thin head covering the surface and lots of rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of bready malts in the nose along with some notes of grassy hops and hints of grain.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a little shy of being medium-bodied on the palate and somewhat clean with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: When I first saw this classified as a Euro Pale Lager, I thought it would have the typical flavors of adjunct malts like much of the other beers in the style. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find this tasting more like much a lighter version of a Czech Pilsner Munich Helles Lager but with similar flavors. It's quite tasty and very drinkable.

Photo of Brent
3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this right after finishing a Bells Oarsman Ale, so the tart notes in this lager probably registered with me a bit more strongly than otherwise. A bit tart up front with citric lemony notes. Moderate malt with a slight grassyness. The child-like crayon drawing label was a bit creepy, for some reason.

Photo of Cresant
4.1/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured the 500 mL brown bottle into a Sierra Nevada Hops glass. Dated best by: 1 06 11. BAtch L016. The body of this one was clear and had a rich golden color. The head was bright white. A film and ring remained. The label looks like a frame from South Park.

The smell was spicy with lemon notes. Earthy. As it warmed some syrupy malts were evident. The aromas definitely blossomed as it warmed.

The taste was light and tangy. There was a faint metallic taste. The bright hops flavors lingered. Clean with a snappy bitterness that was balanced with plenty of biscuity malts. Solid.

The mouthfeel was light to medium bodied. There was more than adequate fine carbonation.

Photo of aasher
3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a moderately clear and very bright gold in color with a one finger bright white head. It appears very crisp and well carbonated. The aromas consist of light pale malts, straw, grass, with a decent bitter hop finish. The flavors are of subtle pale malts, light honey, and it finishes very bitter and dry. There really isn't too much to it. It drinks very crisp and is well carbonated. It leaves behind an odd bitter aftertaste that isn't very appealing. Overall I'd say this is a pretty average Euro Pale Lager but it does give another organic option for beer lovers to try.

Photo of JackieTH
2.71/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks Rob for the sample. Reviewed from notes.

Smells of corn, grain and a hint of something metallic which I couldn't place until I took a sip. In drinking, there is a light, quite macro brew like, sense of grain, along with chalk and the metallic element which is now identified as copper. Packs a medium-light mouthfeel. Ample carbonation. Not a great beer, but an average to slightly below average light lager. I certainly won't buy it just because it's organic.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A flavorful, 'real' lager- bottle conditioned and all. Much more full of character than most lagers.

The pour brings about a light golden or strong straw color with a mild haze early. Subsequent pours rouse the yeast to provide a dull cloudiness. Relatively high levels of carbonation fuel a stark white head that forms, retains, and laces well. An inviting look- much like beers of the kellerbier style.

Crisp acidity carries the early nose with a light lemon or tart apple ester. Background aromas of biscuit, malt, and bready grains rise after a few swirls of the tumbler and allowing for the malty scent to bring about herbal notes of lemongrass and yeasty spice.

Surprisingly flavorful with mild fruity tartness, light breads, and earthy, spicy hops. crabapple and a slightly yeasty phenolic-chemical taste seems out of character for lagers, and add as much complexity as it detracts. A crisp grainy and biscuity maltiness is refreshing in this lager form, as this type of English sweetness is typically reserved for more fruity ales. Spicy and herbal hop notes of lemongrass, fresh cut grass, and hay compliment the acidity very well while also balancing the malty sweetness and providing a dryish and smooth bitter finish. A malty after taste with grassy linger gives a wheat-like impression.

Early acidity with ample carbonation goes from creamy expansiveness to a light minerally sensation and prickle very quickly. Afterwards, the mid palate has a fuller, maltier feel (aided by a mild note of diacetyl) before crispening and drying going into the spicy bitter finish. The beer does a lot moutfeel-wise, expecially for a lager.

I'm very much impressed with this beer, probably because it has several ale-like characteristics that I enjoy (mild fruitiness, yeasty taste, and spicy phenolics) although they do seem out slightly out of style. Still, this is a very clean, crisp, and refreshing lager.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.36/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden body with a white head and a few trails of lacing.

Aromas are mild and primarily fruity. Lemon mostly.

Flavors are on the lighter side as well, but luckily there is more going on here than on the nose. Tangy lemon provides some curious tartness. Generic grain notes provide evidence of malt. There is an earthy, almost skunky hop quality and a metalic finish. I am drinking this from a Perfect Pint glass, but if I didn't know better I would think it was coming from a metal stein. Yeast flavors become stronger as it warms. Between the yeast and the citrus, this beer reminds me of a Belgian Wit or Hefe.

The body was medium, crisp and typical for the style.

An odd beer. Not the sort of flavor profile one would expect from an English Lager. It is interesting and unusual and I'm not sure what to make of it.

The agricultural practices used by this producer are comendable. It would be great to see more Organic and Biodynamic beers on the market. Organic Real Lager is a unique beer, but not one to get excited about. I don't understand why a brewery would focus so much time and effort on their ingredients, only to brew a beer that is so unremarkable. This is a session beer at a price that prevents sessioning, a common problem with imported beer and an even bigger problem with imported Organic lagers.

Photo of 4000qtrap
2.74/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Source/Serving: 500mL bottle

Smell: Has big malt intensity with a delicious biscuit character buttressed by lemon, caramel, and fresh grains and surrounded by yeasty earthiness. Lightly grassy and metallic.

Taste: Not nearly as malt dominated as the nose suggests. Soft graininess is oddly twisted by thin herbal/grassy hops. Could be described as light bodied but I'm going with thin and watery and with more metallic character than I'd like. Earthy yeast and hops dominate rough, husky straw and raw grain character with a clear suggestion of tart, almost cidery lemons and apples. Finish has an unpleasant dry, metallic, slightly astringent character overpowering the delicate earthiness and punky grains. Lingers citric and metallic.

Photo of Brad007
3.56/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright golden color with a one-finger head into my glass. Yet another organic example of a lager Looks great regardless.

Sweet with aromas that are consistent with the style: grainy malt with that adjunct twang. Keep in mind though that this is not an adjunct lager.

Ditto. Grainy and sweet. That's it. Well, there are some hops but you get my point.

Lingering flavors are nothing special. Maybe it's a bit watery too.

Meh. There's just something that's missing here but I can't figure it out.

Photo of brentk56
1.9/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: As with its Organic Ale sibling, the pour is impressive, with the golden liquid capped by a fluffy white head; the retention is just average, however, and not much lacing is left behind

Smell: Awful Euro lager tones, verging on skunky, despite the brown bottle

Taste: Tastes like a Euro Lager, with a strong, sulfuric, twangy character that comes on particulary strong in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not a particularly good example of the style, unfortunately

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.13/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Real bready and roasty kind of nose, in a malt-ish way. Flavor profile carries a bit of the same tone, but it isn't entirely balanced or good, for that matter. In my opinion, it should be more rounded and less harsh or abrasive. What it shows at the moment doesn't really do much.

I will say that the bottle cap will go down as one of the nicer I've ever seen.

Photo of welldigger888
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle in to my trusty imp. pint glass, good thing too as this elixer had an active pour.Hazed out pale golden hue with a 2 inch snow white head, I floated a bottle cap on the head, with descent lacing.
Sweet yeasty malty fragrence and a touch of spicey herbal hop.
Slight biscuity malt flavors that go well with the sweet yeasty character, nice slow burn on the herbal skunk hoppy goodness dry finish.
Nice welcoming mouthfeel on this non aggro brew.
If'n you find yourself with this beer, enjoy. Simple and good, I think the brewers care.

Photo of beertunes
3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 9oz Pilsener glass. Poured a hazy straw yellow, with just a thin cap of white head that had no retention and light lacing.

The aroma was neutral balance of earthy grains, gentle hops and just a slight bit of yeast. The the taste profile was basically the same, just a bit more clearly defined. All the ingredients blended together well and complemented each other nicely.

The body was nice, full, smooth and even. Drinkability was very nice, I could easily sit and have several of these during a session. Overall, a nice little brew. I'll probably pick up a couple bottles of this beer. As an extra note of coolness, the brewery is owned by former F1 champion Jody Scheckter. I remember seeing him race and I'm glad he's making a nice beer. Worth trying if you see it.

Photo of FightingEntropy
2.97/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After the tournament in Northfield, a few of us headed back to The Contented Cow to chat and relax in the sun after a fine day of speech competition. While languishing for another beer because of a disorganized waitress, I headed to the bar myself to pick up another. Not able to get a bottle list, I lingered in the back of a group also trying to get served and was attracted to an empty on the bar with a rather interesting label.

It was Laverstoke Park Farms Organic Real Lager from Overton in the United Kingdom. While my table mates were a bit surprised by the lightness of my selection (and the cartoonish label), I explained that I got it simply because I'd never heard of it and it would tick a new brewery on the list.

Looks like an interesting organic farm with beer being a small part of an overall food production. The beer is listed on the website under a link named Ale, Lager & Biltong. Evidently, Biltong is similar to jerky but not as sweet. I'm confused as to why these are pressed together on a single web page, but...there it is. Also, not sure what "Real Lager" means in the context of "Real Ale" in the CAMRA/UK sense. Guessing it's just a play on words that it's a "real" lager because it's organic as opposed to a beer related definition--but only a guess.

Chatting rather than taking notes, I remember only that the hops were clean and refreshing, and had an earthy and spicy quality. I would've liked a bit more hop, but it was above average for a light lager. Medium sweet malt in the nose and taste as well, but missing the creamed corn smell of an American light lager. I would drink one again over a born in the USA macro in a heart beat.

Photo of wl0307
2.63/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Purchased at the Waitrose supermarket, coming in a slim 330ml brown bottle; BB 08/12/2012, served chilled in a stemmed pilsner glass.

A: pours a translucent yellow-ish straw colour with lively fizziness and a slowly dissipating fluffy off-white head. Being a “Real” lager, I suppose in this case it means filtering the yeast sediments without pasteurisation, hence the haziness?
S: sour starfruit-ish fruity notes and light doughy notes come to mind, reminiscent of unfiltered Czech pilsner; malt’s sweetness in the background supports the fruitiness above, coupled with a mild tinge of butter or… something yeasty influence hard to describe.
T: sour-ish again on the palate, but not in a very pleasant way, with random flavours of oxidised fruits (again a bit like starfruits) and flat-textured starchy sweet-sourness here and there, ensued by a moderate mouthfeel of hop bitterness and liquid-ish malty sweetness, rendering a slightly dry palate in the end.
M&D: the mouthfeel is generally refreshing, the body is light-medium for 4.5%abv., overall easy drinking but not delicious at all and definitely failing on the balance side. Like the same brewery’s (or, Farm’s) other “Real” beer in the bottle, the balance is compromised by unexpected influence of residual yeast elements which escapes the control of the brewer, a story ever so common to many micro-breweries in the UK which are in a haste to bottle-condition their beers just to follow the RAIB trend without developing mature brewing techniques at first (?).

Photo of meeekyh
3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

i am not gonna get real serious about this review. I am more interested in simple enjoyment of the beer itself.

golden yellow color, off white head

crisp lager smells

dry and clean taste

fluffy head

I taste the hops, it is nice. A bit bitter on the back end but all around tasty and clean. I look forward to trying their ale offering.

Slainte.

Photo of Jimmys
2.82/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: slightly hazy (bottle conditioned brew and i wasnt too careful with the pour, on purpose), bright gold with a bubbly white head on top. enormous carbonation bubbles escape to the surface.

S: a faint sweetness from the malt. straw. really light, mild hop aroma.

T: a little bit of lemon juice. biscuit. slightly metallic. real faint hope bitterness in the finish. otherwise super clean. struggling to find more flavor components.

M: a little fizzy, but i actually expected more considering the style. super light body.

D: clean and refreshing. not much more to say than that. i feel like i need to drink some of the top beers for this style so i have something to go off of.

Photo of Offa
4.1/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an interesting lager that certainly does not taste quite a normal pale lager or even a real pilsner. It actually has a hint of a lambic quality to it, a strong rather "wild" yeastiness that clearly is intentional - the "tasting notes" on the label mention a "caprylic" character from the yeast and this if fairly accurate. It is, after all, an organic, "real" lager, bottle conditioned and "earthy." The closest lager to it in character I have so far had is the Belgian Beersel, although some kellerbiers can bear a slight resemblance in having an overall generally prominent earthy-yeasty character at least.

Anyway, this is faintly cloudy amber-gold with a medium off-white head steadily thinning to a thin foamy top that slowly dissipates to a foamy ring.

Aroma is strong fruity apple, strong grain, and rich wet grass.

Taste is earthy fruity grain, very yeasty, a bit funky like a Lambic, with a raw musty yeastiness that, as the label proclaims, does indeed have a bit of a caprylic character, or one reminiscent of rancid oil, but in a "good" way. It has a yeasty-tart citrus character with wet grass and a long grain-grass aftertaste.

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Organic Real Lager from Laverstoke Park Farm
78 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.