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Portland Lager - Bull Jagger Brewing Company

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Portland LagerPortland Lager

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42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 23.94%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bull Jagger Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Portland Lager is a crisp golden, premium lager modeled after the traditional Helles beers of Bavaria. This original recipe follows the German Purity Laws of 1516 and use only the finest water, malt, hops and yeast. Portland Lager™ is handcrafted in small batches and aged to perfection. The result is a quaffable ‘micro-lager’ of the highest quality.

(Beer added by: Bowdoinbeerboy on 10-23-2011)
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4.53/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In the 16.9 oz bottle, Portland, ME. One of their first batches ever (debuted several days ago on the Maine beer market). Bull Jagger is a brand new brewery in Portland an will be making lagers only, following the German Purity Law (using only Yeast, Hops, Malt, Water).

Appearance: Slightly cloudy dark yellow with an appropriate 2 finger head, nice level of carbonation. Darker than I expected but nice looking.

Aroma: Sweet, yeasty, and ever so slightly bitter. I can smell some of the hops in the nose, though they’re subtle, but I like that they’re subtle. Ever so slightly fruity, too.

Taste: Smooth, smooth smooth. Fruity, malt-forward and nicely balanced, with a noticeably hoppy finish that's a positive thing. Flavor and mouthfeel lingers for a long time. The carbonation is slightly on the low side so this drinks very quickly. It has a sharpness that keeps it interesting and a smoothness that keeps it almost forgettably good – the kind that makes you really want to have another.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 13:37:23 | More by thebeerbabe82
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4.25/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$5.49 for a 16.9 oz bottle

A: poured with an incredible meringue-type head, golden straw color, almost too much CO2
S: medium nose, herbal hops indicative of dry hopping
T: clean, crisp, lager, could use a bit more earthy malt but very good, subdued hops
M: clean, crisp, very, very sessionable and drinkable

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 02:14:44 | More by wisrarebeer
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4.08/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Novare Res 2/11/12, reviewed from notes taken on iPhone. 16 oz pint glass.

A: yellow opaque, thickish looking for a lager, there is a half finger of white head, good lacing.

S: fruity, yeasty, and hint of citrus hop and great sweet malt background.

T: nicely balanced. Beginning is refreshing fruity sweet, pear and grapefruit, minimal biterness, very refreshing. Finishes with smoothly with a bit of hop bite.

M: Crisp, refreshing, good carbonation.

O: Wow, this is a fantastic lager. At least as good as Brooklyn lager in my opinion (which is very good). It's pretty complex for a lighter beer and very easy drinking. I'll definitely be picking this one up in bottles.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2012 08:09:44 | More by beerbiatchMD
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4.05/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one a bunch now, finally getting around to giving it props. The original beer from Bull Jager, this one pours a crisp bright gold color with a white head, nice and fluffy for a lager. Lots of character in the aroma with lots of bread, dough, yeast, milk and honey, and some dusty hops. Crisp and drinkable yet with a nice sturdy body and some stand up flavor to this lager. I like it. Had this on draught recently and liked it even more than the bottled version. Looking forward to drinking lots of this in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 04:03:33 | More by twelvsies
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4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this past weekend at Tully's. A very likeable beer.

I poured this into an imperial pint glass because it held the entire bottle. Hazy gold color with a small white head.

Very bready/malty. Grassy hops. A little bit of peppery tickle in my nose.

Big malt taste, some toffee. Grassy hops with a nice lingering bitterness.

Crisp. Fuller bodied than I would have thought.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 16:22:32 | More by lordofthewiens
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4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Drazzamatazz for this great beer. Cheers buddy!

Appearance – Pours a hazy golden color into a tulip. About a finger of white head that dissipates quickly leaving slight lacing.

Smell – Sweet malts, yeast, hints of hops. As the beer warms just a hint of orange citrus.

Taste – Slight bitterness up front that goes away almost immediately to a crisp orange citrus mixed with sweet malts. Slight caramel and yeast.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

Overall – A solid and quaffable lager.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 14:10:49 | More by SpdKilz
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4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of svosie so a big THANK YOU goes out to her!
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a crystal clear light copper color with a 3 finger of big sudsy, bone white head. Nice head retention, leaves spotty chunks of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is grain, nice grassy, earthy presence, and a touch of spicing.

T: Taste starts nice with big grassy notes, a strong yet complimenting pale malt and grain presence comes through. A touch of light spicing, more earthiness, and a bit of floral hops.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium to high carbonation, crisp and clean body with a drier finish.

O: Goes down easy, tasty, not too filling, not much of a kick, nice representation of style. This is a solid offering worth sitting with for a bit of time.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 02:15:25 | More by Jayli
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4/5  rDev +21.2%

01-09-2012 14:18:10 | More by N8DAGR8
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4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

0.5L bottle poured into a pint glass. Just released last week

A: Pours ever so slightly hazy, burnt yellow/orange in color. Leaves a modest 1/2 white head with some retained throughout the glass

S: Nice aroma of semi-sweet malt, yeast and straw. Subtle floral and citrus presence from the hops

T: Lightly sweetened malt starts this off, with some bitterness following. So nice to be able to still get some of hops coming through in this. Some fruitiness. Finishes with a straw/hay flavor, dry with a bite of bitterness

M: Carbonation seems spot on, elevating the flavors but overbearing. Medium bodied. Crisp up front, smooth finish

D: So this is what a good lager (helles) tastes like. Don't drink much of this style, mostly due to lack of quality available in my market. Can't wait to see what these guys come out with next

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 21:06:55 | More by Brez07
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Rhode Island

3.95/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired from svosie, so a big “Thank You” goes out to her. Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, light caramelized malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a lot of breadiness from the lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then a mild malt sweetness comes in along with a decent hops presence for the style creating a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice solid beer to pound for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 05:46:40 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.93/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium gold with a big thick head. Some slight lace, but head retention is terrific.

Some grassy and sweet malt aromas, some leafy herbal notes.

I like the balance of this one. Slight sweetness in the malt up front; maybe grassy, maybe a touch of sweet butter, a little spicy grain. It is immediately pushed out by toasted husk bitterness and a pure but not overbearing bitter flavor. The grassy sweet comes up again but the bitter is always there. Finishes crisp and bitter.

Medium bodied, good carbonation.

I liked this one. Fairly smooth and restrained in the right areas. They took the bitter right to the limit and nailed it. This is a very drinkable brew. Clean and flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 03:08:56 | More by OtherShoe2
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3.85/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked a bottle of this up at Oak Hill Beverage today and popped it right into the fridge. There's no date on the bottle, but since this beer premiered on shelves earlier this week, I know it's fresh. Being the new brewery in the Riverside Industrial Park, I'm pouring this beer into a logo pint glass of their neighbor Allagash.

The beer is translucent yellow with some orange tones. Plenty of carbonation bubbles cling to the sides of my glass. The head is egg shell colored and about a finger thick. It has settled down to a modest layer of foam that caps the liquid. Swirling the beer coats the glass with a tiny film and some patchy foam.

The aroma has some fruity and grassy hops. Some pale and grainy malts are also present.

This lager has a solid flavor profile. A slight sweetness has hints of toffee. The hops are grassy and provide a basic level of bitterness that compliments the style nicely. A good balance of the sweet and bitter flavors linger on after I swallow; they provide a earthiness that is a nice ending.

This beer certainly has a fuller body than any mass produced lager that comes in a can. A good level of carbonation plays games on my tongue and really foams up if I swish the beer around in my mouth. The coating is a little stickier than I'd like, as are my lips, but this is a minor complaint.

I enjoy this beer. I hope it succeeds, as Southern Maine breweries who make golden beers exclusively don't have the best track record (any remember Sparhawk or Growstown?). Brewing in accordance to the German Purity Law is an admirable goal. I'm excited to see what else Bull Jagger can create. There are some fine products coming out of the Riverton Industrial Park; Portland Lager fits in with them nicely.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 00:03:09 | More by ToasterChef
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3.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I met up with the brewery in VT over Thanksgiving in Windsor and we exchanged some beers in the parking lot. Good to see another brewery come out of Portland, especially 3 in the same industrial complex. 16.9 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a minimal head and has a ring of foam at the top of the glass. A golden straw yellow with some haziness, but still very clear. Carbonation is coming up slowly through the glass. Some nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank too.

Smell: I am picking up some yeasty, grassy, and bready malts.

Taste: Same bready malts and some bitterness and spicines from the hops. Very ineresting for a lager, but very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, well carbonated, full bodied. For the most part, this beer was easy to drink once the bitterness from the hops wore down. Also, the beer was a little chewy too.

Overall: This is a good brew from the newest brewery out of Portland. I wonder what Tom has in the works for his next batch. Beer is still in it's infacy stage and could use some refining. Looking for more of this when we go up to OOB next time around.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 07:00:37 | More by Flounder57
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #61 (Feb 2012):

LOOK: Dirty golden, lots of foam

SMELL: Grainy, yeast, fresh-cut hay, ripe pears, faint lemon, flora, rustic

TASTE: Crisp, medium bodied, herbal hop, grainy, malt sweetness, leafy, grassy, nutty

More of a Kellerbier than a Helles, given the overall rawness. Regardless, a solid and highly quaffable lager from the New England area. Now all we need are some authentic German brats and pretzels. Ja!

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 17:17:06 | More by BeerAdvocate
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

08-17-2012 23:16:26 | More by raythealeman
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

06-02-2012 21:15:46 | More by Bilco
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

10-29-2012 14:07:33 | More by dunix
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

03-24-2012 05:04:57 | More by morebeergood
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3.7/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brand new brew from a local Portland brewery started by some friends of a friend.

Pours a foggy golden brown with not head to speak of. Nice yeasty smell in the nose, not overpowering but with distinct hints of bitterness. Very smooth on the palate, light but with pronounced malt flavors, perhaps a bit of orange peel? This is a nice medium bodied brew that is quite crisp with some solid bitterness on the back-end. A nice lager.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 02:15:56 | More by Bowdoinbeerboy
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New Hampshire

3.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Tully's in Wells, Maine. Pours a slightly hazy body with about a half inch of off white head. Smells bready with slight fruity notes. Tastes bready with notes of apple and lemon grass. No flavor is overly robust. Everything is balanced and subdued. Very drinkable. Tastes great and is an easy drinker. What more could you ask for?

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 04:34:15 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent straw color, good sized white fluffy head, fades at a decent rate, no lacing on the glass.

Smell has a sweet malt aroma, light fruitiness with a bit of citrus, mild hop presence.

Taste is light and crisp, starts out with sweet malt, a subtle hop bitterness sticks around for a decent while, a bit slick and buttery, a bit more full bodied than expected, finishes slightly dry and with a touch of fruit.

A decent first beer from Maine's newest brewery, sticking to the German Purity Laws does happen too often in the States so it can be a bit refreshing though predictable in flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 00:49:34 | More by deltatauhobbit
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New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 25 fl. oz bottle. Sampled on December 16, 2012.

It pours like a lager with a pale yellow-light amber tone and a fizzy white head. Carbonation is active throughout.

The aroma tends to be a little yeasty but it most definitely has the German biscuit malt character that is expected from a Helles Lager. The hops bring up the rear with a clean crispiness.

The body is light and a little acidic.

The taste has a bready, biscuit malty character at the start but it does not take long before the moderate hop bitterness kicks in to bring the tasting experience to a clean conclusion. Not a bad lager from this fledgling brewery.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 17:12:17 | More by puboflyons
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

01-14-2012 08:10:41 | More by auroracrisis
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

12-19-2011 20:08:17 | More by EagleRare
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3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle: This one pours a Slightly hazy golden color. There was quite a bit of a big white head on it that doesn’t linger long or leave any lacing. Lighter aroma to this one, though not bad. Some grainy and grassy notes. Possibly a hint of breadiness and yeastiness also. The taste is not bad. More towards a medium body. Some grains, malts, hint of earthiness and a touch of bitterness. A decent enough lager. Probably not worth the price charged for it, however.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 20:28:51 | More by Boto
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Portland Lager from Bull Jagger Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.