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Air - Lucid Brewing

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78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 17.47%


Brewed by:
Lucid Brewing visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: deliriumfest on 11-24-2011)
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snilsen13

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a special beer, hitting the niche of being under 5%, having a bucket-load of flavor and not being an import. We Americans rarely design these beers - so I just have to come in here and let y'all know it exists.

By accident or design this beer has a somewhat unique tart flavor, balanced to a mild bitterness and NOT over-carbonate (Lucid doesn't want to prick your tongue). It's not a juicy sour, or a musky sour, its more of a general tartness. This tartness also blends nicely with the smell.

This seems to me a rewarding ale. One that once you adjust you palate you have found uncommon goodness in beer. Most beers aren't this creative without becoming undrinkable, this weaves a path near the crevasse of uncertainty, making you think that you shouldn't like it but there's something intriguing to keep you taking other sips.

A winner of a beer from Lucid Brewing.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 03:58:09 | More by snilsen13
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zeledonia

Minnesota

3.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

While waiting on a take-out order at Punch Pizza in Minneapolis, I noticed their "half-beer-while-you-wait" sign. Decided that was a good chance to try this local beer. Tasted 21 November 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours very pale yellow, totally clear. About 1 finger of white head. Nice lacing, good color, and a thick stream of bubbles rising up. Solid.

Smell is super faint and kind of grainy. About what I was expecting. A little bit of crisp hops, but that's pretty faint. Mostly it's grainy light malts.

Taste is similar, but strangely airy. Thin flavor. Like drinking light beer - an odd thing to get from a craft beer. Sometimes it tastes grainy, sometimes it tastes like nothing at all.

Very very light bodied. Pretty well carbonated, starts out prickly. Rather quick finish. Crisp and clean, but for a light refreshing beer I'd like it to be more crisp.

Kind of a dull beer, but not so bad. Airy, almost like I'm not drinking beer, except for the carbonation and the light malty flavor. I can see what they were aiming for, but it's not something I'm really excited about - an ale that tastes like a light lager. Now I know what it tastes like, and I won't feel compelled to drink it again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2012 06:59:08 | More by zeledonia
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kojevergas

Texas

3.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

4.5% ABV per my bottle (purchased October 2012). 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Dick's Last Resort pilsner glass in me sister's gaff in low altitude Minneapolis, Minnesota. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; it seems like a decent local but little more.

Served after a period of rest from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger beige colour head of okay thickness, little cream, and decent retention (though the ABV is low). Colour is a transparent translucent pale copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Butterscotch, creme brulee, vanilla, and pale malts. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Vanilla, creme brulee, pale malts, malty sweetness, and biscuit malt. Balanced and interesting. Built well for the style; it's certainly unique. I like it, but it does suffer from its simplicity. A bit too sweet, negatively impacting the drinkability.

Mf: Coarse and wet. Tingly. Good carbonation. Good thickness.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. I'd have it again. It's remarkable for the style. Might be great on draught. I look forward to trying more beers from this brewery.

C+

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 21:53:15 | More by kojevergas
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JackieTH

Minnesota

3.3/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale gold and slightly hazy. No head, no lacing. Smell is..well.faint. Grass, hay & wheat. Taste is mildly musty wheat/hay and faint, faint lemongrass, later a bit of malt. Mouthfeel is medium-light with moderate carbonation. For some reason this reminds me of Spotted Cow, as an entry level craft beer. It's certainly sessionable at 4.5% ABV, but personally I'd like more flavor, and so it's called AIR.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 03:33:50 | More by JackieTH
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jjanega08

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lot 091092

A= Pours a translucent pale yellow color with a perfect white head on it that rises to a quarter finger and holds some solid retention and lacing on the side of the glass.

S= The smell is light as air. A very small hop aroma to it as well as the lightest of poopy wheat.

T= The taste is again very light. A tiny amount of hops and a very little amount of poopy wheat. The wheat leaves a nice after taste however that is a little lemony.

M= Well carbonated.

O= This beer is quite basic. It works however. It's not a mind blowing style trancending craft beer but it is a nice sessionable easy drinking wheat. Not to mention this is the best beer I've had from Lucid. Try this one out if you've written Lucid off like I had. This is actually pretty nice.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 05:34:40 | More by jjanega08
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Mdog

Minnesota

2.85/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear yellow, low head.

Smell: Pretty much nothing. I didn't quite rinse my glass enough so I got some rye from the previous beer I had been drinking.

Taste: Very light wheat, just a tingle of lemon.

Overall: I can see where the name comes from, this beer is light as air in aroma and flavor. Not a bad thing as light beers have their place. The ratings aren't great because there just isn't much there to describe, but this is a decent beer. Good for having several while watching the game.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 23:22:38 | More by Mdog
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MattyG85

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a pale straw golden yellow with lots of rising bubbles. Big four finger white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lace sticking around the glass.

Smell: A fairly light and wheat driven grainy aroma. Wheat grains and pale malts with hints of crackers, yeast, and cereal. Some noticeable hints of citrus lemon zest. Fairly grassy scent with some hints of earthy hops. A light aroma but it is well balanced.

Taste: Like the smell, but with a little more bitterness. Soft wheat grains and pale malts with some notes of crackers, yeast, biscuit, and cereal. A nice taste of lemon and a little bit of hay. Notes of grass and some earthy hops that add a little bitterness. A crisp and clean taste. Good for the style.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a carbonation on the higher side of medium. Crisp, clean, and very smooth. A fairly drying finish.

Overall: A pretty decent lighter option. Mild taste and feel but what is there is good and balanced.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 06:46:28 | More by MattyG85
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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Acadia.
Initially a perfumey aroma that settles into a soft malt with hints of wheat and pale malt.
Cloudy light yellow with a minimal head.
Flavor is soft wheat and then pale malt flavor. In time shows a more fruity quality. Minimal bitterness.
Aqueous quality, but for style and hot weather it works okay. Thinnish overall and carbonated towards the flatter side.
Seems to lack character. In time the fruitiness offers some sense of uniqueness, but I guess I'd be more inclined to have a fruit beer on the base of a solid wheat beer. Having said that, this is fine and I wish the brewers well.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2012 03:00:09 | More by garymuchow
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lucid Air. Sounds like an appliance. Maybe it is?

I won't quote their verbiage, but I'll give you a link to it. Read that before, or after, but please give it a look.

Very clear, very yellow. Nice white head, starts about medium, trims down quickly.

Aroma: Very mellow, very minor, clean, but not exactly crisp. Nothing wrong, but nothing stands out, either. Inoffensive.

Taste: Smoothness personified. Beer-ified. Wheaty texture is evident, and does much for the mouthfeel. There's a spank of lime in there, and a tickle of pineapple, maybe. The mango mentioned in the house copy is a bit of a stretch of the imagination. There's just enough hops to keep the tongue interested. Just enough wheat character, just enough citrus, and it slides away effortlessly.

Very light in body. Drinkable and likable. Not lovable, though.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2012 06:22:11 | More by feloniousmonk
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morimech

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ordered at Golden Nugget Tavern. Pale golden color with one finger of head that quickly settled to a thin film. Some lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma of wheat with a touch of lemon grass.

Light flavor of wheat with a lemon finish. Clean and neutral.

Light and airy. About what I expected from the style.

Increadibly easy drinking beer on the first warm day of the season. Nothing really interesting going on like in some of the higher hopped wheat ales.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2012 20:39:58 | More by morimech
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jsprain1

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pale golden with a one finger white head lasts well and leaves a couple rings of lacing on the glass.
S- Wheat, and a touch of citrus. Very mild.
T- There is a bit more depth of flavor here than in the aroma. Wheat, bready, a touch of butter and light caramel. A light lemon character in the finish.
M- Light, crisp, very easy drinking. Dry finish.
O- A good light beer. This would be enjoyable on a summer afternoon.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2012 22:40:27 | More by jsprain1
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ordered a pint at Stub & Herbs by the U. It appeared a hazy blonde, that cleared up as it warmed, with only a short head. I like, in theory, what Lucid's going for here, but this beer is too light of character. There's a pleasant clean dry malt character in the finish, along with a smattering of floral, fruity hop notes, but everything is too subdued. The body is on point, the right ingredients seem to be there, but everything needs to be amped up a little. I like where it's headed and will give the beer another shot next time I'm in MN.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2011 21:30:49 | More by tempest
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ForWhatAlesYou

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz tap pour into an inexplicably frosted glass.

A: Light pale yellow. Small white head. Laces extremely well which is surprising considering the frosted glass.

S: Wheaty, yeasty. Couldn't get a whole lot of nuance as it was still quite cold.

T: Full flavored. Wheat is balanced and avoids cloying. Hop is not PA big but suitably direct for the style. No bitter aftertaste but hops still hold a lot of character. A very light fruity (orange zest) finish.

M: About perfect. Pleasantly viscous with slight dry note on finish. Carbonation comes on stronger then finishes mellow.

D: So good. Very happy to have a quality lighter style from a local brewer. Nice work and I look forward to more brews from Lucid.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2011 16:39:34 | More by ForWhatAlesYou
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deliriumfest

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light straw color with a small white head. Has aromas of fruits as well as some hops. Flavor mirrors the aroma. The body and mouthfeel are very light but crisp, clean, and very easy drinking. Overall, fantastic for the style and highly quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 04:09:02 | More by deliriumfest
Air from Lucid Brewing
77 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.