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Idaho Select Lager - Wallace Brewing / Orehouse Tasting Room

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Reviews: 7
Hads: 11
Avg: 3.5
pDev: 31.14%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Wallace Brewing / Orehouse Tasting Room visit their website
Idaho, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: TheFlern on 04-25-2012

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Reviews: 7 | Hads: 11
Reviews by woemad:
Photo of woemad
3.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at Pilgrims in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, for $1.49. No freshness date to be found on the bottle. This is my first beer from this brewery, which at one time had a bad reputation for quality but is now regarded, from what I’ve been told, as having much improved after a change of owner and/or brewer. I have to take exception to the notion that this is an amber/red lager. This is definitely more lke an "American Pale Lager."

Poured a golden color with a little bit of chill haze. The head was bone-white, sudsy, compact and surprisingly long-lived. A surprising amount of lace was left on the sides of a Sierra Nevada nonic glass.

Soft hops and a slightly crude malt aroma greeted the schnozz. The malt aroma increased as the beer warmed to where it came to dominate the overall scent of the beer.

Not much flavor to discuss, but then again that’s what it was meant to be like. It essentially tastes like a mass-market lager, minus the contributions of Pepe Le Peu.

Fairly light bodied, with a rather watery mouthfeel.

This beer did a workman-like job of hitting the spot on a 95 degree day after getting home from work. It's pretty unspectacular, flavor wise, but it’s something that could be sessioned. As (vaguely) local lawnmower beers go, I personally prefer Iron Goat’s ISA, which has more flavor and is brewed about a mile from where I type this, but if that is not available, and this is (Note: I have not seen this beer in Washington, so I’m not sure if it is available here), it could sub for it in a pinch.

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Photo of harrymel
2.3/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap at brewhouse
Light, light yellow - really light. Hints of white foam. Nose carries diacetyl and corn, not much else. Flavor is of maize, and a hint of salinity - really thinned out. Empty body with hi carb and semi dry finish. I guess it's better than Keystone, but not much.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, another random grocery store sixer selection from a somewhat scorched earth visit to Sandpoint, Idaho, last week. Cool American flag bottlecap, I gotta say.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with one skinny-ass finger of weakly foamy, and mostly just wanly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a bit of splotchy paint gun splatter lace around the glass as things quickly sink out of sight.

It smells of bready, doughy pale malt, a hint of edgy gasohol, muddled pome fruit (maybe some overripe apple, maybe some underripe pear), earthy yeast, and faint leafy, weedy, and dead grassy hops. The taste is more grainy, doughy pale malt, soaked Wonderbread, still present, and slightly phenolic yeast, and a weak weedy, leafy, and wet-hay hoppiness.

The bubbles are fairly active in their palate-probing frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and sort of smooth, the wafting gassy notes making a minor dent here. It finishes off-dry, with an unsteady breadiness, and some lingering, untethered semi-sweet orchard fruitiness.

Yeah, this comes off as a whole lot better than yer typical mass-market lager dreck, but that's not to say that there aren't any cracks in this one's veneer. There are indeed subtle allusions to the German lagers of renown, but they're fleeting, and they eventually fall flat, much like my overall impression of this offering.

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Photo of fuhkyou
1.5/5  rDev -57.1%

This stuff is bad beyond belief.

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Photo of caulfield
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I received this from a friend and its a really solid lager. It is a really good lawn mowing beer/session beer. A little watery on the mouth feel, but a great after taste. Goes down really smooth. I would definitely try this again, if I'm ever in Idaho.

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Photo of BlueSpader
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a half finger white head with good retention and lacing. Odd cidery aroma with light malt. Flavor is light sweet malt, mild grain, starts thin, develops a bit of mild biscuit and then finishes with grassy hops and a bit grainy. Light bodied. Somewhat thin and a bit grainy, but a satisfactory light lager. I agree that this is light lager, not an amber. Very mild and the aroma is not quite as expected with the cider overwhelming the malt. There is some evidence that this is an old bottle (found on a road trip from a store I'm not familiar with), so I’m going to give it the benefit of the doubt in my review.

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Photo of thebigredone
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of TheFlern
5/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: a sort of pink/copper body. white head. good lacing and retention

Smell: smells like a light version of apple juice, pear notes, crisp and awesome.

Taste: follows the nose perfectly.

Mouthfeel: smooth with a good amount of carbonation. super refreshing

Overall: this is my new favorite beer. later today i'll be heading to the co-op to buy their remaining stock.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.64/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a haze-free body and a strong effervescence. Head poured a finger of fizzy white foam and settled down pretty quickly. Not too bad, although definitely not what I would call an amber lager.

Smell: lightly malty with a hint of graininess; clean, but light in intensity and very little complexity. Sokay.

Taste: moderately malty with a little hint of sour graininess and a light, noble bitterness. A pretty faithful recreation of a European lager. Not bad, but not a lot going on.

Mouthfeel: light body, but a well-integrated carbonation yielding a great creaminess, especially for the style. Good stuff.

Overall: here's where this brew gets extra points: drinkability. Talk about a lawnmower beer: light and inoffensive, you could hydrate with this all day.

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Photo of rab53
2.94/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Idaho Select Lager from Wallace Brewing / Orehouse Tasting Room
- out of 100 based on 7 ratings.