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Organic Real Lager - Laverstoke Park Farm

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BA SCORE
77
okay

34 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 15.76%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 01-04-2010)
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Reviews by metter98:
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metter98

New York

3.78/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 02:02:06 | More by metter98
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dbrauneis

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3.35/5  rDev +1.5%
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).

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12-30-2012 21:24:24 | More by dbrauneis
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beertunes

Washington

3.4/5  rDev +3%
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.

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3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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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.

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05-01-2012 23:50:17 | More by Brad007
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JackieTH

Minnesota

2.7/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

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04-26-2012 03:56:25 | More by JackieTH
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Ohio

3/5  rDev -9.1%

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Minnesota

2.98/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 15:05:06 | More by FightingEntropy
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

2.6/5  rDev -21.2%
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 (?).

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 19:06:41 | More by wl0307
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augustgarage

California

3.9/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 00:05:51 | More by augustgarage
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 21:12:34 | More by jazzyjeff13
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brentk56

North Carolina

1.88/5  rDev -43%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 19:15:37 | More by brentk56
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aasher

Indiana

3.2/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 13:44:43 | More by aasher
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

2.85/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 23:35:03 | More by Jimmys
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