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Sweetwater Crank Tank Lager - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater Crank Tank Lager
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43 Ratings

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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
We cranked the fermentation temps down to a chilly 11 degrees celcius and went with a longer lagering on this Helles prior to filtration. Bright and balanced with the clean and crisp finish of traditional Munich style lagers, Crank Tank is very quaffable after any long ride.

Malts: Pilsner, Carapils, and Munich
Hops: Mt. Hood, Saaz
Yeast: German Helles
ABV: 5.8%
IBU’s: 25

(Beer added by: Jason on 09-17-2013)
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Reviews by BeerDawgs:
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3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sweetwater changed up the Crank Tank this year, serving up a lager.

A - Straw yellow, lots of clarity. Lots of head and lace stays on top of the brew and all over the glass all the way down. Extra points for that!

S - Lemon, malty grain, grass, etc. Smells like a malty lager. Nothing outstanding about it

T - Malty, grains. Easy to drink, true to the lager style.

M - Medium bodied and medium carbonation.

O - A good lager, highly drinkable. But not my prefered style. This beer doesn't do much for me. But easy to drink.

BeerDawgs, Nov 08, 2013
More User Reviews:
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Hoppin_mad, May 03, 2014
Photo of Jason
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Brilliantly clear golden hue, frothing is near perfection. Smells of lemon pith, fresh grass, floral hop, faint taffy, and a light breadiness. Clean graininess, bready, light grassy tone, ample hop bitterness, herbal, faint lemon zest, soft maltiness, touch of sweetness within, very clean aftertaste, finishes dry

Wow, Sweetwater should dabble a bit more in lagers ... tallboys, just saying. Back to the beer, this rivals most European lagers and is extremely drinkable ... everything you would want in a lager is here.

Jason, Sep 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

JayEvans813, Oct 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

dankjohn, Sep 23, 2013
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3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Excellent clarity with a medium body. Covered by a good head that lacks retention.

Crisp feel from the carbonation.
Not strongly flavored but has a lasting aftertaste.

O: well crafted helles that is slightly more intense than the standard German version.

chinchill, Jan 28, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

acurtis, Nov 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

lcdawg, Jan 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

bisonfort, Feb 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

crownrl28, Oct 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Genx, Oct 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

JohnBender, Nov 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

goodshiz, Jul 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Justinbshelton, Jan 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

thatoneguymike, May 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Washuffizi98, Monday at 03:44 AM
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

jnjander, Oct 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

bradcochran1234, Sep 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

sd123, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of Mojo
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle -> snifter glass

A - This offering pours up a slightly hazy medium gold with a frothy two finger head, patchy bits of retention foam, and very good lacing.

S - very one dimensional to my nose, mostly bready notes.

T - subtle grainy notes with a pronounced tart lemony/apples/pears finish.

M - good carbonation, a little thin

O - sort of an uncomplicated offering, but vey easy to drink.

Mojo, Jan 01, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

jaswilson2, Jan 03, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Have the brewers at Sweetwater lost their damn minds? After knocking them out of the park with their complete portfolio of ales, they tumble outside of their comfort zone with a lager; and a light one at that!

The highly un-Sweetwater-like beer pours with the crystal clarity to highlight is bright straw color and its abundance of champagne-like carbonation. Tall with its foamy white cap, its lacing is spotty and scattered.

Bright floral hops really show off their bouquet as it gives the grainy-sweet scent a nearly floral and honey-like note. Lightly grassy, the aromas of freshly kilned barley and hops intertwine for a pleasant straw or hay-like earthiness with a pep of mint.

Its light taste is fueled with the same grain sweetness that the aromas promise. As the sweetness quickly fades, its light malt starchiness carries the middle palate like light bread and water crackers. Its quick finish is spice-balanced with those zesty and noble German hops for a final impression of lemongrass and mint.

Equally light in body, the lager is crisp and clean right from the get-go. As the sweet grain taste is fast-fleeting, so is its malty structures. This allows the grain textures to rise to allow its light huskiness to assist hop bitterness in drying its finish. Only light astringency persists through its clean finish and light minty warmth.

Though not up in their wheelhouse, Sweetwater makes even lager-making look easy. Them crazy kooks!

BEERchitect, Oct 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

khargro2, Sep 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Zach136, Sep 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

UltimateLivewire, Jan 19, 2014
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Sweetwater Crank Tank Lager from SweetWater Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.