The One They Call Zoe - Hops and Grain Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

38 Reviews
THE BROS
78
okay

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Reviews: 38
Hads: 316
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 28
Gots: 43 | FT: 1
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Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: LittleDon on 04-09-2013

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Photo of nsheehan
3.01/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Zoe
Hops & Grain
20130730
12oz can to modern pint
Pale Lager
5.2% ABV

A – Pretty clear but a bit hazy. A yellowish-gold color. Very translucent. Nothing standout or inviting.

S – Some nice hop smells up front, but then some slight butter and apple creep in. From the hops I pick up some grass, spice, and orange zest. I pick up a slight tobacco note on the back end I don’t like. It combines to be like slightly burned popcorn.

T – Grass, corn, and apple. I can’t pick up any butter or tobacco. There’s no rough grain taste, which is a good thing. After a few more minutes, I’m picking up more corn and apple than grass. But more importantly I’m now picking up some grain, and it’s smooth grain. This tells me the quality of beer is quite high, however it’s not a taste I enjoy.

M – Light-medium bodied and a little clingy to the tongue. Finish is only slightly dry. I was expecting a more crisp, refreshing mouthfeel.

D – It’s actually a decent quality pale lager, a style that I’ve often found lacking in quality. However, there are some off-smells, and I don’t like the taste of grain in general. I can see how someone could really dig this for a lager, except for the off-smells and the lack of crispness. Perhaps this batch is a little off. I’ll try it again next summer.
3.75, 2.75, 3, 3.25, 3; 3.05. (1,343 characters)

Photo of MNishCT77
3.07/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. can at Ginny's Little Bighorn on Sun., 12/28/2014 (Chicken Shit Bingo), unknown brewing/packaging dates, poured into plastic cup, drank over 30-45 minutes (161 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.16/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz aluminum can gifted to me by my flatmate and served into a conical Pinthouse Pizza pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given my flatemate's recommendation as well as its current 89 rating. Reviewed as a pale lager because the label clearly identifies it as such. 47 degrees. 5.2% ABV.

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Okay creaminess and thickness. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass - even when I tilt it. Head retention is average - about two minutes. Average complexion and consistency.

Body colour is a clear translucent yellow-copper of average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particles/sediment is visible. Appears adequately carbonated. There are no obvious flaws here. It's typical of the style; not unique or special. I'm optimistic.

Sm: Has a far more aggressive hop profile than I anticipated - wafts of floral notes, vague citrus and accompanying esters, pine, and some resins. However, it does have a slight soapiness to it, indicating that the beer spent too long in primary.

Pale malts. Light grassiness. Maybe a bit of caramalt here or there. I expected more of a pilsner malt build, but I'm pleasantly surprised.

There's certainly some palpable bitterness here. I don't pick up on any yeast character or alcohol. It's a generally pleasant aroma of above average strength and I'm curious to try it.

T: Has a fairly strong pale malt foundation with some extra sugars coming from some source - honey, maybe? The hop profile is fairly assertive for a pale lager but still can't quite overcome the potent malty sweetness here. The hops are harder to distinguish in the taste than they were in the aroma, but I pick up on floral character, a dash of hoppy resins, and maybe a biteen of pine.

No yeast character comes through, nor does any overt alcohol or other off-flavours.

Overall, I'd certainly call it balanced and cohesive. Pretty simple, albeit not for the style per se. It lacks nuance, subtlety, and intricacy, but the careful balance goes a long way. It's not a gestalt build, but it's close. I do like it for what it is.

Mf: A biteen buttery. Smooth, wet, and refreshing. A bit overcarbonated. Decent weight and medium body. Pretty decent presence on the palate. Slightly oily. The texture doesn't feel tailored specifically to the taste, but it suits it well enough. Nicely executed overall.

Not sticky, astringent, gushed, hot, boozy, harsh, or rough.

Dr: It's a very drinkable lager with a fair amount of flavour and an inspired enough build, but it just doesn't come together to be anything special. I'd happily polish off a 6 pack at a party, but I wouldn't buy this myself. I'm glad to have had the chance to try it. Not a world-class pale lager, but certainly a pretty good one. I wouldn't recommend it to friends, but it hides its ABV well enough and I'm enjoying it for what it is. It'll get you drunk.

C+ (3,083 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #80 (Sep 2013):

While we applaud craft brewers who want to do lagers, this one just got lost in translation. It’s just too damn raw to even be recognized as a lager. We’ve had Zwickelbiers that are more refined than this. The biscuity tone is a bit of a distraction as well. Wouldn’t take much to clean this beer up and reveal some greatness.

STYLE: American Pale Lager
ABV: 5.2%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Hazed pale golden, decent lacing

SMELL: Heavy dough, flour, fresh-cut grass, yeast, biscuity, lemon pith, faint spice

TASTE: Grainy, smooth, semi-creamy, moderate-sized body, slight hop bitterness, grain husk, biscuity malt, nutty yeast, mildly chalky, dry finish (713 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.49/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice clear golden hue with nice one finger white head that leaves a light blanket.

S - Aromas pleasant hops, light pine and citrus, then some onion, dirty hops, light grass.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Light herbal hops, faint citrus, grass, light sweet malts, weird vegetative thing going on.

M - Mouthfeel is nice and clean, lightly carbonated.

O - Overall I this was okay until the vegetative notes hit. A shame. (499 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is malty, a bit of lemons. Taste is lemony, malts, some grains, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall the sum is greater than the parts, a good session beer. (326 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a tumbler.

Is it just me, or does "The One They Call Zoe" sound like either a badass western or a badass horror movie? Anyway, this stuff pours a lightly-hazy sunset auburn-amber topped by a finger or so of off-white foam. The nose comprises light toffee, very light biscuit, mild candied orange peel, and a touch of grassy flowers. The taste brings in more of the same, eliciting thoughts of amber ales and the like. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a rather fluid feel. Overall, a nice beer; like I said above, it reminds me more of a nice amber ale than anything that calls itself a pale lager these days, but that doesn't hurt its enjoyment any. I could easily see drinking plenty of this as an everyday drinker, were it available 'round these parts. (798 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.59/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

fun beer, was given a can that may have sat around awhile, maybe gotten warm, but it hasnt effected this beer much i cant imagine, it still seems fresh to me. big wheat and pale malt base, heavier for a lager, with some pretty solid hopping. tangerine or orange or something to them. pale hazy dense wheat beer color, yellow and orange, heady, bubbly. the nose has a lot more hops than the conventional lager, but without sacrificing grain character. the malt is fresh too, bready or crackery, with a touch of lady finger cakey sweetness. minimal bitterness and lots of hops on the finish, grassy and orange zesty. i thought all the body and the big carbonation was a nice feel for the flavors, they evolve together slowly, from malt to hops. a well flavored lager, anything but boring, but it lacks in the session department for me, a handful of these is plenty. my first beer from these guys though is enough to make me want more. (932 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Yay can thanks to AdamR46 (Reddit)

Pours a nice creamy 1+ finger head that fades semi slowly with nice lacing, soapy, fairly hazy golden pale color.

Nose fresh floral hops, pretty bright with little grassy note, little spicy too, mild fruity aroma, little malt base and fluffy malt, very mild herbal grass.

Taste starts a bit malty, little fluffy sweet malt with mild toasty and sweet syrupy. Then hops, fair bitterness, earthy and slight vegetal, grassy, floral, hint of fruit cocktail, hint of slight decaying oil. Finish is dry and more bitter earthy slight herbal grassy hops, little spicy, bit more lingering herbal slight oily hop.

Mouth is med fluffy bod, nice carb, eventually gets a little thin and watery.

Overall ok, mixed, some nice parts but that one bad flavor. (783 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, no date
Jester King

A: Hazy orange color. Slightly off white (egg shell) fluffy head. About a finger and a half. Leaving some sticky lacing.

S: Smells like a lager. Noble hops. Grassy grainy malts. Light citrus. Some biscuit notes.

T: You get those light noble hops up front. Grassy malts. There is a touch of light citrus there. Finish is crisp and clean, and refreshing.

M: Light to medium bodied. (413 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden body and a small snow white head.

Orange and floral hop on the nose.

Body is fairly light with some bitterness popping out a bit. Citrus and floral as well on the palate.

Glad I can get this in Dallas now. (229 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

At long last, this review represents The CANQuest's (TM) 1,000th different CANned beer review! My utmost thanks to JenRay for having sent it to me for inclusion in the ongoing madness. I also wish to dedicate this review to The Movie Theater They Call Zoetropolis, an art theater that recently reopened here in Lancaster, PA. One of the slides that they show before the previews depicts a Roy Lichtenstein-like exasperated young mother screaming, "Zoe!" and if I CAN manage a link, I will add it later.

From the CAN: "Sustainable quality"; "hand crafted"; "Lively, Crisp, Right Affable"; ""At the Hops & Grain Brewery we know that good planets are hard to find. That's why we are working hard to save our own by packaging our beer in the most recyclable {CAN]tainer on the Earth. Aluminum!"; "Exciting, enticing Animated & Entertained the course is a choice Liquid the Medium lively in spirit and An Air of Aplomb just two steps will Start a Movement"; "For the Planet"; "Go Texan."

I am savoring this moment, which has been a long time in coming. It begins with a loud Crack!, revealing yet another brimful craft CAN, followed by an inverted Glug. I decided to wait a moment or so when some puffy foam began to extrude itself from within the CAN. Oooh, an active beer! When it showed no sign of relenting, I proceeded incautiously, resulting in ~ three fingers of dense, foamy, tawny head with good retention. Color was a cloudy orangish-yellow (SRM = > 7, < 9), suggesting that it was unfiltered. Good! Filtration only strips away flavor and I am not a fan. Nose had a nice, malty sweetness unencumbered by adjuncts. One of the unintended CANsequences of The CANQuest (TM) has been the number of AALs that I have had to CANsume, so I know from whence I speak. Mouthfeel was medium and the flavor was hoppier than the nose had led me to expect! It had a honey-malt flavor intermingled with a minty grassiness and if I had been asked to guess, I might have gone with a Czech Pils. Finish was semi-dry and quite refreshing. I might enjoy it more on a hot, humid summer's day than on a (literally) freezing cold morning like this one, hence school being closed. YMMV. (2,174 characters)

Photo of Premo88
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured into pilsener
(canned on 12/19/14)

L: brilliant, clear orange ... WOW! beautiful color and perfect clarity with loads of bubbles flying up the column -- a true lager look; produced a small head, only 1/3- to 1/2-inch of foam that's offwhite, very sticky at top edge; the Vienna malt is giving it a darker-than-gold hue by just a hair ... boy is she pretty. if she laced just a bit, she'd be a 5.

S: hops ... very American IPA citrus ... floral, too, and I'd swear I can pick up on a chunk of bread malt sweetness (that house-paint-like smell some bread-dough/bread-malt lagers get); onion ... that house paint is real ... the malt is really trying hard to get through the dry-hopping. impressive.

T: tastes like a standard American pale ale -- flowery/citrusy, orange, orange peel, a little onion ... it's hoppy and the malt only seems to be adding a generic sweetness, which is nice but I miss that bread-malt note from the nose

F: crispy clean ... it tastes like an American pale ale, but the dry, clean feel here is signature lager ... pure and true, perhaps even up to a midweight with the carbonation giving it a nice fullness. perfect.

O: i'm both in love and disappointed by this one. there's not enough malty sweetness or bread flavor typical of the Old World lager, so that sucks, yet the lager qualities are undeniable -- in the look and feel mainly. a truly unique brew and if nothing else, it's so well made that whatever my personal tastes, it's making me want to try more Hops & Grain brews. the average American craft beer drinker will LOVE this brew. (1,600 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours out with a slightly hazy golden color and a modest head that splashes some lace around

Smell: A bit grainy but the hops dominate, bringing a floral, tropical tone

Taste: The bready opening is quickly followed by a deft touch of the floral, tropical hops; the grainy elements take over after the swallow and there is a bit of a soapy, vegetal character in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not a bad lager at all; a few off tastes but overall quite enjoyable

Thanks, duff247, for the opportunity (561 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours gold with a thin, white head. Smell is heavy on Euro hops. Pretty tasty overall. Very hop forwarded. Nice soft malts. A little sweetness in the end. The mouthfeel could be a little bubblier for me, but it's solid. With this and Sympathy for the Lager, I'm hoping and praying for a trend of hoppy canned lagers in TX. (322 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got in a trade with Cyde. 12 ounce can into lager glass; no canning date, but should be pretty fresh. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tangerine, lemon zest, peach, mango, pineapple, floral, grass, bread, light caramel, and floral/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of hop, malt, and yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, peach, mango, pineapple, bread, light caramel, floral, grass, and floral/yeast earthiness. Light floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pineapple, peach, mango, bread, light caramel, floral, grass, and floral earthiness on finish. Very nice complexity of citrus/tropical hop flavors with balanced malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and lightly crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice hoppy pale lager style. Nice complexity and balance of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,339 characters)

Photo of guityler83
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: A two finger tall, bright white head poured atop the beer in the pilsner glass and receeded quickly. As it fell it left a dusting on top and some checkered lacing on the edge of the glass. The beer, a slighly hazy gold to copper color.

S A moderatly strong tropical grapefruit mixed with a lesser noticable noble hop aroma. Toasty, bready, grainy malt nose that hides in the back ground.

T: Very interesting grapefruit bitterness and flavor with the noble spicey flavor coming through in the middle. There is a slight sweetness that comes through but it might be from the tropical fruit flavors derived from the hops rather than malt sweetness. Malts are very subtle, grainey and bready.

M: Moderate amount of body, more filling than expected. Middle of the road carbonation. clean finish

O: I'm enjoying the mix of american and german flavors in this beer. If it were a bit drier it would be much more sessionable, but a solid beer overall. (949 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big thanks to channels321 for this amazing extra. enjoyed from my "E" snifter.

a - brew pours a transparent golden yellow with a big frothy white bubbly head. slippery lacing and visible carbonation.

s - nose is really nice with a solid hopping over lager.

t - aggressive fruity citric syrupy hop over lager. mango.

m - bitter finish. easy drinker.

o - overall, what a pleasant surprise this one was. wish i knew this was hoppy, would've jumped on it right away, but even with some time on it...quite tasty. worth checking out. (532 characters)

Photo of obrike
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow...this is one great canned lager!

Seriously, this is a great go to beach or pool lager for the dog days of summer here in Texas.

Pours a honey gold and leaves a decent amount of lace on my pint glass. A small amount of head remains for the duration.

Nice fresh scent. Fresh grassy hops, grains and a perfect amount of malt backbone.

Tase follows nicely with the grassy hops leading the way. Getting a bit of citrus, but not a lot. Biscuity malt is there but not overpowering. What i like about this one is how damn smooth it is. You can literally finish it within minutes if you're not careful...good thing it's a lower abv beer...making it perfect for hot weather day sessions. Has a nice dry finish that begs you to take another sip. Good stuff.

I gotta hand it to Hops and Grain. I'll be drinking a ton of Zoe in the upcoming months. (846 characters)

Photo of WTKeene
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a fresh can into a Deep Ellum pint glass.

Appearance: A translucent golden beer, with a moderately persistent white head. Lots of lacing.

Smell: Loads of grain, lager yeast, and a bunch of floral hops. This smells delicious, can't wait to take a sip!

Taste: Earthy and light, with a bitter edge from the hops. A grainy malt flavor persists forever on the finish. I love the flavor and this is a tasty lager, but I don't think there's quite enough of it. Very sessionable though, which is a big plus. I could see myself killing a sixer of this tonight.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation, and the beer really coats the mouth, extending an already long linger.

Overall: I enjoyed this. Flavor could have been stronger, but I could definitely see myself drinking a lot of this. Very easy to drink, and for the price you really can't go wrong. (853 characters)

Photo of HipCzech
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

Serving: 12 oz can poured into a Libbey Gibraltar 7 oz glass.

Appearance: Very slightly hazy, pale golden yellow. Frothy white head with spotty lacing.

Smell: Resinous and citrusy hops atop light, bready malt.

Taste: Light, biscuit malt with spare sweetness (honey) and slight esters. Hops fill out the flavor with pine, lemon and floral notes. Finish is crisp and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall: A nice canned lager - strikes a good balance between session drink ability and full, hoppy flavor. (542 characters)

Photo of Uanof
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: golden like sunshine, opaque and a head that leaves in no time leaving traces all around your glass.

S: pleasent mild hop aroma, fruity, tropical with notes of pineapple and citrus.

T: somewhat herbal, fresh, minty and easy going.

M: first night to notice is the crispiness and brightness in this beer, light to medium bodied, semi-sticky, very slight bitterness and away it goes.

O: a great take on an otherwise regular lager, the dry-hopping adds more complexity and balance to the aromas and flavor profile. This one you'll definitely want to keep on drinking! (573 characters)

Photo of LittleDon
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A full bodied American lager. Yellow to golden with a minimal head and very little lace. Malty aroma and flavor. Biscuity, grainy, lightly toasted malt. Big body for the style with a medium plus hopped finish. Medium carbonation. Much closer to a German Pilsener than an American adjunct. Makes a great hot weather beer. (320 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can pours a lively, hazed gold color with an ample cap of white head. Decent retention and nice lacing.

Nose is very juicy and tropical hops galore! This has got to have citra in it, right? Malts are light and grainy with maybe a kiss or two of toffee.

Im having a tough time thinking of a better hoppy lager than this. It is super delicious, thirst-quenching and has great tropical dry-hop flavor. Im already on my second six-pack and will surely buy more - perfect Texas summer beer - aka great when it is hot as hell. Mothfeel is plenty full for the style and well carbonated. Awesome beer! Well done H&G...well done indeed. (635 characters)

Photo of TexasBeerGuy
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a hazy, orange with a slightly off-white head. Thin lacing sticks to the glass but still very nice.

S - Grassy hops, biscuit malt and a load of citrus juice. Definitely like this aroma.

T - Nice biscuity malts followed immediately by juicy citrus hops that linger for just a bit. Love the balance.

M - Medium body with crisp carbonation. Very clean and dry.

O - This is an excellent lager that I could drink all day. I find myself going back to this beer very often. While there isn't anything outrageous it's just done very well and deserves a lot of recognition. I can't say enough good things about it. (620 characters)

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The One They Call Zoe from Hops and Grain Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.