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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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154 Ratings
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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 17.38%
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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Photo of vencad
3/5  rDev -8.5%

vencad, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of Sercrui
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Sercrui, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of Greggy
3.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Thin head, no lacing. Amber body.

S- Malty and sweety with some biscuity notes.

T- Starts malty and semi sweet and transitions into a dry floral finish.

M- Could use a little more carbonation here. Overall, a bigger body, especially give the 4.5 % ABV.

O- Drinkable but not memorable.

Greggy, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of LJWalker
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

LJWalker, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of khargro2
1.25/5  rDev -61.9%

khargro2, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of FredCat
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

FredCat, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of mynie
3.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was gonna start this review out by saying naw, naw no way, this ain't no APL, it's obvious an adjunct. But the bottle says it's 100% malt, so I dunno.

See, it smells and tastes a lot like corn. Very pleasantly, but still adjuncty. The malt is pale and simplistic. The hops are a little earthy, a little citrusy. And then this corniness just hangs over everything, inexplicable. It's a tangy grain taste. I usually associate it with corn. Kind of like lemongrass, but usually that means corn.

So, hmph. Guess I'll just go with my gut here:

This tastes nice. It's crisp and simple, but it's not quite like anything I've ever had before. It's sweet but not agressively so. Not particularly well balanced, but that's par for the style.

mynie, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

imperialking, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of ipcolling
4/5  rDev +22%

ipcolling, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of troymiller1984
5/5  rDev +52.4%

troymiller1984, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of phenomenologian
3.63/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Upon opening, little smoke comes out. It pours with a thin head that does not retain and laces. The body is an amber brownish gold color. Bubbles rise to the top. It looks like a nice beer, but the stream of bubbles is not uniform nor is it a lot of bubbles which shows a good amount of carbonation but maybe there should be more.

It smells of grain, corn, hops, and some other fruity tones. The grain and hops are most prominent.

It has a nice bitter taste combination of hops and grain. The other things dont come in too much. I taste water also.

The mouthfeel is of a lot of carbonation which is good but I'd like there to be less.

Overall, its a good beer that I drink every once in awhile. I don't drink it a lot because I want a different taste in a beer. I like LB's IPA better.

phenomenologian, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of tastybeers
1.5/5  rDev -54.3%

tastybeers, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
2.15/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz (screw cap) bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: This stuff reminds me of ginger ale or n/a sparkling wine. Pale golden color. Huge and copious carbonation bubbles. Head fizzes up and disappears almost immediately. No lace. The color hue is the only reason this stuff doesn't get a 1 on appearance.

S: Champagne grapiness. Apple sauce, lemonade, yuzu.

T: Sour. This has a strange sweetness that seems to try to balance the sour pear cider-like flavor. This is not good.

M: Overly carbonated, chalky, crisp. Some puckering because of the sourness.

D: Never again. No way pre-prohibition beer was like this. If it were, no one would've been fighting for repeal. Gross.

ForWhatAlesYou, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of JMBSH
5/5  rDev +52.4%

JMBSH, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of pisomojado8
1/5  rDev -69.5%

pisomojado8, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of NuclearDolphin
2.93/5  rDev -10.7%
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

NuclearDolphin, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of keethrax
3.58/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear and bubbly, lots of carbonation.

S: Initial herbal aroma followed by malty undertones.

T: Grains and malt. Some citrusy hops, but not a lot. Just a hint of bitterness, but again, not a lot. Bright and easy drinking.

M: medium body, lots of fizz.

keethrax, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of xuptygm
3.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A decent lager made locally.... so bonus points for that, haha. Slight aromas of malt, a white head, and a medium golden color. Mouthfeel is light which makes this beer an easy drinker. A pretty straight forward lager. Clean, crisp, and somewhat dry finish. Nothing special, but nothing to complain about.

xuptygm, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer is a dark amber color with just a wisp of foam. The aroma is caramel malt with a few off-fruity notes lingering in the shadow. This continues onto the palate where the sweetness goes awry midway through conjuring up unpleasant thoughts. The off flavors are strangely sour. These aspects are not so objectionable to make it undrinkable, but they are noticeable. The beer finishes with a whimper. Whether pre-prohibition or post-prohibition, the beer is not historic.

BeardedBoffin, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of plfahey
3.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Gold in color and brilliantly clear. Medium, nearly white head with decent retention.

Aroma-Herbal/spicy and slightly noble hop profile with a bready/Pils malt base, and slight grain notes. Touch of skunk fades quickly. Lightly sweet and fresh smelling.

Flavor-Bready Pils malt and saltine cracker with a faint herbal hop note and a light crack of hop bitterness in the finish. Relatively clean but not that crisp in the finish.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderate, soft carbonation. I wish the finish were a bit crisper-it would make for a more refreshing beverage.

Quite solid for an American Lager-a decent example of a fancy lawn mower beer if you will. I just wish that it finished a little bit crisper-as it is, it feels just a little flabby.

plfahey, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of shadow1961
3.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lucky Bucket Lager pours a fat head that collapses pretty quickly into a disk of foam over a slightly cloudy yellow brew. Carbonation is slow but steady, the nose lager yeast funk and sour apple notes. Flavor is mild light barley malt, starting slightly tart with the tiniest bite of hebal hop off the back. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with a bit of the hop and barley hull coming back in the aftertaste. Altogether a pretty unassuming brew, but as with beers like New Glarus Spotted Cow and August Schell's Nordeast, it is designed to be a step above the macro lagers- a gateway for the curious drinker used to beers brewed and marketed more as bulk commodities than as a hometown brew...

shadow1961, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of kkoz
2.17/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance & Aroma: When I poured the beer, it was obvious that it had a ton of carbonation in it. The head fell fairly quickly, but the carbonation kept about a quarter inch creamy white head on the top. The color was golden – copper colored and there was a very nice light caramel and bready aroma with a bit of a lager-like smell as well.

Taste & Feel: It was light bodied, and despite all the carbonation, it was fairly smooth and a bit watery with only a slight carbonation bite. It’s got a fruity, sour, slightly tart flavor in the middle, which gave way to a bit of a yeasty-lagery, and slightly metallic dry finish.

Food Pairing: I think this beer would help to wash down thicker, heartier foods, such as burgers, steak, or roasts. the bready and yeasty flavors would complement these beef dishes, and the lightness would help to cleanse the palate between bites.

Overall Impression: This beer was given to me as a gift, and I don’t know what it had been through or how long it took to get to me, so take that into consideration. I hope to try a fresh one someday, as this was one of the worst beers I’ve ever had. The fruity, sour, tart flavor seemed very misplaced, and it reminded me of something someone from my homebrew club to bring to a meeting and ask what’s wrong with it. I definitely do not recommend this beer based on the two bottles of it that I had.

kkoz, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of dbossman
3.4/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Orange-amber and bubbly with a steady one-inch head; not a whole lot of lacing

S: Grainy--with a slight sour mash aroma; lots of just your basic grain/straw aroma; subtle citrus; fairly subtle and subdued overall but pleasant enough

T: A very pleasant grainy quality with just a touch of citrus hops on the finish; a touch sour too actually; nothing spectacular here but in the end it still is a nice session lager

F: Well carbonated and medium bodied; the beer even has a stickiness to it that works well

O: You know, this is a fine little lager; it is what it is but it's balanced and refreshing and sessionable

dbossman, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of JackieTH
3.43/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Mom!

Appearance: Striking dark gold with an inch of tan foam that receeds quickly. Leaves no lacing. +4 for that rich golden color even without lacing.

Smell: Faintly sour, malty.

Taste: Heavy on the malt, but not overly sweet. Slight hops come through toward end. Finishes dry and somewhat crisp. Easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, decently carbonated. Crisp.

Overall: On my fourth bottle of the six pack. Perfectly drinkable and Lucky Bucket did a fair job recreating the old lager style, it certainly has the taste. But it never was that good to begin with, was it?

JackieTH, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of mnbrewery
4/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is very flavorful and the yeast make for a great drink for a lager. Insanely easy to drink! Very yummy for a lager brewed with centennial hops. Highly carbonated and dances on the tongue.
I usually not a lager fan, but this one did a great job pleasing my need for refreshment on a hot day!
A very good lager!

mnbrewery, Jul 14, 2011
Pre-Prohibition Style Lager from Lucky Bucket Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.