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Classic Lager - Blue & Gray Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
82
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36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.69%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Blue & Gray Brewing Co. visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 10-06-2003)
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Reviews by Toddv29424:
Photo of Toddv29424
2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dull yellow color with a little haze. Smell must be teased out, but its very malty and one-dimensional, like sweet grains. The taste also must be teased out as well, as there is little to distinguish this from any of the other lagers out there. There is the same sweet wheat taste, but very little else. The mouthfeel is weak, but because there is no real substance to this beer the drinkability gets a good rating. It also falls into the trap that befalls most microbrews, in that there is very little carbonation and it leaves this beer more akin to a syrup beverage than a beer.

Toddv29424, Sep 25, 2007
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

standardcherry, Jun 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

dmk91, Nov 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Loveyourbeer, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its crystal clear golden body is capped by a short head of frothy bright white foam that drops readily to just a razor-thin surface covering. Still, it somehow manages to leave creamy rings of sticky lace about the glass - amazing! The nose is clean with just a hint of grainy malt and some very light floral hops. The body is light/medium; and a very fine, moderate carbonation lends it just enough crispness on the tongue to awaken the taste buds while still leaving it silky smooth. The flavor seemlessly blends a clean, delicately grainy malt with some sharp, fruity and floral hops against a firm backdrop of bitterness. It finishes clean, crisp, short and dry. Why, this beer is almost too perfectly put together! A great summer quencher!

NeroFiddled, Oct 06, 2003
Photo of BeerSox
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into nonic.

Crystal clear rich golden amber hue with a thick one and a half finger head that slowly settles to just about nothing.

A little bit of bready grain, with a little bit of a syrupy fruit-like aroma. The hops add a bit of a tea like aroma.

Crisp and slightly toasty. The hops add a bit of a bitterness, very herbal as well. Not quite as smooth as I would have preferred. It almost has a Euro Lager quality to it. Lighter bodied, with a good amount of carbonation.

An okay lager, certainly good for a warmer day. Not quite as smooth or refreshing as some of the others I have tried. Still, a good job with a delicate style.

BeerSox, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of blackie
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: the lager is an attractive rich golden color with a lightly retained bone-white head and light lacing, looks pretty good in my pilsner glass

s: a sweeter and maltier lager, with a very floral corn-nectar aroma dominant, very atypical but I really like it for that reason, moderate (local) hop aromas are soft and herbal yet crisp, a little mineral, nice

m: carbonation and body both fall in the light-medium range, could be a bit more lively but I'm digging the smoothness

t: much like the aroma in its maltiness, and though the sweetness doesn't work as well here it's still quite interesting, pale barley and corn honey over a soft herbal hop flavor and mild bitterness, a little too heavy and long in the finish, but a nice flavor overall

d: pretty easy overall, but missing that snap that could make it a session

growler provided to my landlord by the brewer

blackie, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of auxiliary
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - Cloudy straw color, not much head or lace going on here.

smell - Nice smell of sweetness and hops.

taste - Sweet like honey and has a alcohol taste too.

mouthfeel - Medium body, nice carbonation balance.

drinkability - Nice fresh lager from B&G, great beers. I have one more to enjoy in the fridge.

auxiliary, May 30, 2007
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 22oz bomber to Hess imperial pint glass on 1/9/12
*From notes

A: Pale vanilla yellow. Clean as a whistle too. A generous pour yields a loose and white 1.75 finger head. The lacing may be unremarkable, but considering this is simply a pale lager, I'm quite happy with it.

S: A bit stodgy. Cornbread, white rice and a solid dose of bittering hops fill my nose.

T: Creamy malt, with plenty of bitter hops to balance the flavor profile. It's extremely refreshing and insanely easy to put back.

M: Out of bounds. The feel here is almost sinful. Creamy, rich and complex. Yet as I'd mentioned, it doesn't keep the beer from being anything if not quaffable.

O: I really, really dug Blue & Gray's take on a Classic Lager. Easily one of my favorites in-style. It's inoffensive, yet packs plenty of flavor. It'll also pair well with just about anything in your fridge or pantry. This is a killer gateway beer for your soon-to-be craft beer loving friends. Highly recommended for you old school lager buffs like me.

Rhettroactive, Jan 24, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

yankinwis, Sep 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

RyanC, Feb 06, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

ygtbsm94, Aug 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

superneoncj, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
3.21/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

First had: on tap at B&G

Looked fine for a lager, mostly clear, golden color, with a small white head that receded to a wispy layer; not much in the way of lacing. Aroma of corn sugar, toasted grains, light herbal hops. Pretty much the same in the taste, corn, pale malts, light herbal hops, mineral notes. Light body, moderate carbonation. Easily drinkable, enjoyable for what it is.

Rifugium, May 25, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

I must have missed the marketing fiasco (or coup?) that was New Lager... This one pours a clear pale copper straw topped by a whisp of quickly-dying bubbles. The nose comprises puffed rice, light wheat, some mild florals, and that strange semi-funk that lingers in the back, mocking my inability to accurately describe it. The taste follows in lock-step, though that asshole funk blends and morphs into a fairly clean, though somewhat tinny, bitterness. I will, say, though, it tastes better than most AALs. The body is light, with a light carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, one of the better AALs I've yet had, but this isn't really saying all that much. It's a decent refresher, but by no means anything special.

TMoney2591, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of ZachKelly
4/5  rDev +11.7%

ZachKelly, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Boone757, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of grover37
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this one on draft at the brewpub, Lee's Retreat, yesterday, and I liked it so much, I picked up a few bombers. I got three Lager bombers and a Stout for $15 out the door (cheap!). Poured into a DFH snifter (couldn't find my pilsner glass).

Appearance (3.5): A mostly clear dark yellow or light gold with just a touch of haze. A finger or so of white head which reduces to a ring and a small patch.

Smell (4.5): Not super fragrant but much better than what I would expect. Mostly light fruit and citrus with notes of mango, orange, and a subtle lemon. There's a light graininess with maybe just a touch of toasty, breadiness in there too. Pretty subtle overall, but still interesting and somewhat complex for the style.

Taste (4.0): A wet fruitiness hits first with the same orange-y notes as in the nose. Pretty mellow and clean through the middle and a slight grassiness in the finish. This is the perfect amount as opposed to the Russian River version I had a couple days ago which was overwhelming (yuk). There is a faint grainy malt flavor throughout, but particularly in the finish.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Wet and slick. Crisp but not not that dry with some sweetness in the finish. Light to medium bodied and medium to high carbonation. Perfect for the style.

Overall (4.5): This is a very easy drinking beer with some great fruit flavors. I was really surprised that this was one of my favorites at the brewpub as I didn't expect much. I wish all adjunct lagers tasted like this; I will be seeking this one out en masse in the future.

grover37, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of oelergud
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Very clear copper body topped by a white head, carbonation is moderate, decent retention and ok lace.
Subdued grass, hay, hops and floral scents makes up the nose of this lager. Very faint licorice present.
Taste is citric and floral, grassy undertones carries over into the aftertaste and a horehound candy flavor appears, aftertaste lingers well though very faint.
Full body for a lager and lots of coating which isn't necessarily what you want in a lager.
Very drinkable and easy to enjoy, not one of the best offerings from Blue & gray though.

-Oelergud

oelergud, Jan 23, 2005
Photo of beerking1
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has recently changed, and they are now using a true lager yeast. Pours medium gold with a slight haze. Small, pure white head of a fine bead, which lingers well and leaves some lace.
Aroma is malty, and slightly sulfury, but not offensive. Sulfur is possibly due to pils malt, like Pilsner Urquell.
Flavor is malty sweet, with a nice balance of bittering hops, and some more mild sulfur notes.
Finish is well balanced, with lingering pleasant hops and malt.
This should not be listed as a "MAcro Lager." This beer is a true Municher Helles style lager.

beerking1, May 08, 2008
Photo of jale
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the brewery.

A: Pours a hazy amber with little head.

S: Very light malt and some belgian yeast here.

T: Banana and some light malt. Nice smooth hop bitterness at the finish.

M: Light body but needs more carbonation.

O: Decent beer.

jale, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of fishguyac
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

fishguyac, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of wbillw
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

wbillw, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of pentathlete
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours somewhat cloudy (I know they filter it, perhaps it is a chill haze) for the style...which is incorrect here...this is NOT an adjunct lager...this is all malt. Smell is butterscotch and bready with a tad of floral hops. Taste is malty with carbonation tickling the tongue and again, just a hint of hoppiness, but not much. The buttery nose overpowers the taste. Mouthfeel is medium and this is a highly drinkable brew. The wife liked it during a blind taste. Had it with barbecue chicken and it worked rather well. ABV is 4%.

pentathlete, May 15, 2005
Photo of nukem5
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crisp clean golden straw color with a nice cap of foam just resting there for a bit.

S: Clean with a light grainy and fruity aroma.

T: Taste is really nice, smooth with a couple of things going on . One is a sweet taste like a Saison or farmhouse ale... most likely from the yeast strain, next is the fruity but earthy taste. Very little hops inhabit this beer.

M: Thick and rich, smooth with a slightly chewy feel very unexpected for a lager to me.

O: As all the beer from Blue and Gray this was no exception, always great to have and goes with almost anything and yet very good by itself after a hard day at work.

Thanks to Jeff and Laurie Fitzpatrick !Hope all the success to your newest addition of brewpub my food was awesome.

nukem5, Aug 11, 2011
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Classic Lager from Blue & Gray Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.