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Pre-Prohibition Style Lager - Lucky Bucket Brewing Co.

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Pre-Prohibition Style LagerPre-Prohibition Style Lager

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148 Ratings
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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 17.02%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lucky Bucket Brewing Co. visit their website
Nebraska, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Pre-Prohibition style salutes a time when lagers had greater character and more distinct flavor, when beer wasn't full of the additives found in many of today's mainstream lagers. Lucky Bucket's version has a light, malty flavor that's easy on the palate. Filtered twice, the subtle maltiness nicely balances a floral hop. Dry-hopped with a fresh blend of aromatic West Coast hops, Lucky Bucket Lager is a great session beer with an ABV of 4.5% and 20 IBU's.

(Beer added by: kernel on 08-22-2009)
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NCStateAE

North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -24%

10-27-2012 00:44:58 | More by NCStateAE
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NODAK

Tennessee

2.58/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Smells somewhat tart...has a citric and even grape-like presence on the nose. Different.

Taste here is a sour body for the most part. It's very different, to be honest. It doesn't approach the tartness of say, a berliner, but it's very noticeable. A good dose of grain shows up on the finish along with a smattering of hops. The real star of the beer though and its defining characteristic is the tartness.

Definitely not my favorite beer, and though it's quite drinkable, the dominating sourness just isn't my bag.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 00:41:09 | More by NODAK
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Minkybut

Virginia

2.7/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a light amber color and poured a fair head. The beer smelled terrible like it was sour or something. Whew!. The taste was not sour but it was dry and hoppy and I did not like it at all so I will not be buying this one again.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 19:47:28 | More by Minkybut
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.73/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Passable lager gotten in trade. Some malty aroma, some white head on light golden colour. A tad light mouthfeel, easy drinking. Pure example of style. A bit of hops, clean, crisp, and refreshing.Not overall exciting but that's the style, the kind of beer that was craft available in the Late Seventies.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 02:49:52 | More by Sammy
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sommersb

Tennessee

2.73/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Brown 12oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass. No date found on the bottle.

A - Clear, golden color with lots of bubbles streaming from the bottom - a pretty beer to look at. Three fingers of white head quickly went down to one. Little lacing on the glass.

S - Not a lot of aroma. Some light malts, a little bit of bready and some lemony character. Also slightly floral.

T - Something really wrong here - this is not a pleasant taste. The overall effect is a sourness or bitterness I can't quite identify. Maybe you'd call it astringent. Besides these off notes, there is a bit of malt taste and low hop bitterness.

M - Highly carbonated on a light body. Finishes with the same astringent, unpleasant taste as alluded to before.

O - I wasn't expecting too much from this beer - I figured it'd be a middle-of-the-pack lawnmower beer, but it didn't meet those expectations. Maybe I got an old beer -- I don't know since there wasn't a date on the bottle. Would not seek again.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 00:55:34 | More by sommersb
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avisong

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

07-29-2012 18:43:37 | More by avisong
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TeamD

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

03-22-2012 23:51:52 | More by TeamD
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KevMo84

California

2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

06-01-2014 17:54:21 | More by KevMo84
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Rdc67

Kentucky

2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

05-22-2013 19:40:03 | More by Rdc67
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MemphisANiD

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

02-09-2013 00:31:47 | More by MemphisANiD
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.75/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

"Once, during Prohibition, I was forced to live for days on nothing but food and water."

--W.C. Fields

Kruggerand gold with lemon-tinted edges and a lightly crackly crown of eggshell colored foam that isn't sticky enough to leave much of itself on the pint glass. Looks okay while the head lasts.

The nose is no great shakes. Pale and/or lightly toasted malt doesn't have enough of a say and the hops are citrus juicy rather than the more appropriate herbal-earthy. Too much like an APA so far... though I do like APAs.

American pale lagers should be primarily malty with a subtle counterweight of bitterness, not tangy and borderline lemon juicy like P-PSL. I'm not sure what went wrong here, but the brewers might have used the wrong varieties of hops. Either that or advanced age. I'm pretty sure, though, that this bottle hasn't yet reached 6 months.

The flavor profile is pretty much a one-note affair... and that one note is lemon juice. It doesn't taste or feel like there's enough malt, which again, should be the cornerstone of an old school pale lager (see Schlitz Gusto and others).

Even when keeping style and ABV in mind, the mouthfeel is too thin and too harshly fizzy. Of all the attributes, this one is the worst. In fact, the next lowest score was almost chosen.

It's a good thing that IPA was my first offering from Lucky Bucket and not Pre-Prohibition Style Lager. My opinion of these guys is still (mostly) positive, but they'll have to impress next time out to keep it there.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 12:58:14 | More by BuckeyeNation
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A finger's worth of perfectly level crisp off-white colored head... Minimal retention gies way to an enticing veil of lace ind slight collar... Lots of medium sized carbonation bubbles, half of which cling to the sides of the glass and the other half of which rise at a very rapid pace... The color is a darker than expected mix of bronze and copper...

S - Bread crust... Cereal grains... Fresh biscuits... Perhaps some corn notes... Some slightly sweet fruit notes... Very little if any hop presence...

T - Starts as expected with lots of bready malts... Biscuit... Grain... Bread crust... The finish is unexpectedly sweet and even a bit tart... In an American Pale Lager, those are desired flavors...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Briskly carbonated... A bit sleek... Rather one dimensional...

D - An honest, but uninspired attempt... Not something I would drink again nor recommend... Even at the highly accessible 4.5% ABV, I'm not sure this one is worth seeking out... The slightly odd flavor is a killer for me...

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 01:50:00 | More by philbe311
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NuclearDolphin

Minnesota

2.93/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a 12oz Tumbler Pint Glass

Appearance - Hazy Yellow and Dark Golden color. Pours a finger head that quickly disappears, along with some of the heavy carbonation.

Smell - Smells like sweet/sugary bread and yeast, with some cereal grains and a slight corny smell, but not too offensive.

Taste - Sour & Bitter yeasty taste along with cereal grains, malts and a slight hoppy aftertaste and. Nothing too impressive but nothing too bad either

Mouthfeel - It's light on carbonation and body. It's pretty smooth and it's a beer that's fairly easy to drink.

Overall - It's nothing special in terms of flavor, but at the same time, it serves its purpose as a beer and gets the job done as a light, easy to drink beer; albeit a very average beer

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 02:04:04 | More by NuclearDolphin
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rangerred

Tennessee

2.99/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear medium copper with a one finger white head. Fairly good head retention and lacing with the head hanging around for awhile.

Aroma of cooked vegetables and some corn. There is really a lot of DMS here and I'm not sure if it is intended or not. Some caramel and grassy hops are buried in the background.

The flavor thankfully has less in the way of DMS but does bring along an odd, sour tartness that really detracts from the flavor. Some toffee and bready malt along with hay in the background but again I feel like there are too many off-flavors up front. Pretty watery mouthfeel but that is not out of line with a beer that is only 4.5%

Overall, I'm not really impressed. If this was cleaned up a little it could really shine.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 00:38:36 | More by rangerred
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Jman_01

Iowa

3/5  rDev -8.8%

07-13-2012 20:59:22 | More by Jman_01
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bigbeers84

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -8.8%

03-25-2013 07:06:12 | More by bigbeers84
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djcira

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -8.8%

02-19-2012 16:51:53 | More by djcira
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CCutch

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -8.8%

06-04-2013 21:18:52 | More by CCutch
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Cramerican

North Dakota

3/5  rDev -8.8%

02-15-2012 04:32:36 | More by Cramerican
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -8.8%

10-24-2013 16:38:45 | More by ygtbsm94
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Fatdenny

Michigan

3/5  rDev -8.8%

07-25-2013 17:36:48 | More by Fatdenny
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Buggies

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -8.8%

06-29-2012 01:37:34 | More by Buggies
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climax

Missouri

3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up at Beertopia, Omaha.

Lucky Bucket Lager is a bright amber with a fizzy eggshell head. Lots of bubbles raced to the top.

Interesting aroma spews from this one. I couldn't help but wonder if that egg smell was coming from the beer of the fridge.... yea, that's the beer. Different aroma than I was expecting, but it wasn't necessarily a bad thing. Aside from that, pilsner-like diacetyls, wheat, and a dash of noble hop aroma and tartness helped comprise of a more conventional nose.

The flavor was somewhat tart off the bat, sour green apple especially. In the mouth, and on the way down, it faded into a very bready finish. Ah, and there's that egg taste again.

The body is light....er, carbonation is quite crisp at the start and leaves a slight tingle through the finish. I say this is an average beer, because I wasn't the fondest of the flavor. If the flavor hits the spot for someone else, it may be very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 00:17:09 | More by climax
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kevincleary


3/5  rDev -8.8%

11-07-2012 20:59:42 | More by kevincleary
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APB

Nebraska

3/5  rDev -8.8%

07-01-2014 07:58:44 | More by APB
Pre-Prohibition Style Lager from Lucky Bucket Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.