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Wasatch Summerbrau Lager - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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Wasatch Summerbrau LagerWasatch Summerbrau Lager

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BA SCORE
80
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67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Wasatch on 04-18-2009

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Ratings: 67 | Reviews: 42
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Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to jkwalking05 for sharing this bottle.

Pours golden straw color with a white head. The aroma is corn, with a slightly skunked smell. The flavor is similar to a macro lager with a lot of adjunct notes including corn. There is no real hop presence in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of LXIXME
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from an inch or so above the glass giving it a big white head that takes a bit to recede, leaving a ok but slightly thin lacing a top a clear golden colored lager.

Sour aroma initially but seems to dissipate as it sits turning into a more grains malt and hops balance smell.

Slight sour, slight citrus hops with a light grains maybe bready malt taste.

A light dry aftertaste that borders on have some sourness to it.

Light carbonation and a pretty light body make this beer pretty easy to drink but what it makes up for in ease of drinking it lacks in having any really big tastes, but then again light tasting beers like this IE Bud, Coors, PRB, probably out sell every microbrew combined 5 to 1.

Photo of BeardedRiker
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my first beer review in... forever. I must apologize to all three and a half of my fans. Anyway...

It may be getting a bit cooler here in Texas, and by "cooler" I mean it's not 105 anymore, but I still like to enjoy a light and refreshing beer. A look through my fridge revealed Wasatch Sumerbräu Lager. Color is a clear yellow with a thin and frothy white head. There's some decent lacing.

Smells like sweet grass, light barley, and slightly like toasted bread. Lemon zest and cereal grain.

Clean,tasty beer. Lemon zest and a bit of hop bitterness greet the tongue at the start with a hint of sugary sweet grassiness and toasty cereal grains come in later. Not complex but it doesn't need to be.

This is exceptionally easy to drink with medium carbonation and a light body. Clean mouthfeel and a tad dry at the end.

This is how a lager, or a Czech pilsner as BA labels it, should be. It's simple, tasty, not overbearing, clean, easy to drink, and refreshing. A solid offering.

Photo of dbossman
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale light golden hue with a one-inch head, good retention, and good lacing

S: Light herbal and grassy hops with light citrus, lemon rind in particular; somewhat subdued up front but the grassy hops and grainy malts build a nice finish in the aroma

T: Very refreshing; much more complex in flavor than in aroma; lots of grassy, herbal hops with a pleasant citrus on top; really crisp and refreshing

F: Crisp and light bodied; some sticky residue on the finish helps with the overall body of the beer

O: This is a lightly hopped, delicious lager; extremely crisp and refreshing and just what I want on a hot day; in a time, when most beer geeks are clamoring for the next extreme beer, I am glad some brewers are still putting out simple, delicious beers like this one--thanks Wasatch!

Photo of roopy40
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Pokal
5.6% abv

Appearance - Golden in color, leaves a 1/2 inch thin, white head that doesn't last too long despite the lovely pokal I am drinking from.

Smell - Hint of fruit (hops)? Smells like German lager alright.

Taste - Malty, but not very bitter at all. A touch of hops is detected in the finish, but surely not a wallop.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied, decent carbonation.

Drinkability - Light enough and crisp enough for a hot summer day which is what this was geared towards. Needs a way to go with character though. It's simply not something you could have with BBQ like an IPA. I could certainly envision sitting under the hot sun with a bunch of these to cool off though.

Photo of GRG1313
2.64/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Note: Bottle of this release indicates 5.6% abv.

Pours orange amber with a very thin white head; Nose is orange fruity and a bit like Belgian candi sugar;

Mouth is nice medium bodied, mild carbonation and well balanced-perhaps needing a bit more carbonation.

Unfortunately, the flavor profile just isn't pleasant. There is a pine bitter but it's more like an upleasant sour/bitter that is "heavy" and burdensome to the flavor - not appealing. There is no brightness, no real character and not a lot of acid to the flavor profile. I don't see this as a match for food at all and not so appealing by itself. Perhaps a bit more carbonation would help? Some who don't like high acid profiles may like this one; however, if you like more than just a simple "dull bitter" lager character, this is not the one for you.

Finish is light/medium bitter pine. All in all, having now had it in the glass for longer than I usually do for a tasting...my conclusion is that more carbonation is likely what this needs and which could salvage it. As is...just to heavy on the palate without any appealing flavors.

Photo of emerge077
2.68/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

"Utah Brewers Cooperative" in small print on the front label.

Murky orange, thick ring of white foam around the edges with a thin veil of foam in the center. Spotty lacing here and there. Body is strangely hazy and opaque for a pale lager, didn't see any residual yeast in the bottle.

A bit sulfury, mostly sweet grains with a lightly acidic apple note.

Far too astringent, sweet and buttery. Vague bitterness that is overshadowed by the sweetness and off flavors. Lingering dry bitterness shines through in the aftertaste though. Sweet honey, soggy graham crackers, floral weedy bitterness. Overall not something i'd revisit, not clean at all, lacking the crisp body and hop flavors necessary for a refreshing lager.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz twist-off bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
5.6% ABV, Born On: 03/29/11 printed on bottom.

A - Crystal clear golden yellow in color and crowned with a nicely retained white head, sticky lace coats the beer-clean glass.

S - Grainy pale and pilsner malt are prominent in the aroma yet still allow light spiciness of German noble hops to come through. Crisp aroma.

T - Awesome balance of spicy, lemon grass, lightly bitter German noble hips and pale and pilsner malt backing. Minerally touch to it too.

M - Crisp and refreshing, this lager has a good clean finish with faint lingering hop spice and well-balanced bitterness. Medium-light in body with a great softness!

O - A great summer refresher, Wasatch's brew is quite tasty, to-style, and crisp and refreshing. I do believe that I'll have to pick up more of this if not put it on tap in my kegerator!

Photo of blackie
3.21/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: standard pint, clear golden in color, capped with a reasonable white head

s: first sniff is all macro lager, looking further reveals german lager malts with some sweetness and offset by a grassy citrus, mostly benign hop aroma, some light residual yeast character, bready and doughy - seems a little soft and lacking the snap of a proper czech

m: carbonation is light-moderate and a bit prickly, body is lighter

t: lager malt body carries flavors of white bread, hop flavors are moderate citrus and grass with a decent metallic bitterness nudging into the finish, finishes a little dirty - with some doughy yeast character and sugars lingering

d: okay, though certainly not up to par for the style

single from the State Liquor in Moab

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Wasatch Summerbrau has a thick, stark-white head, and a hazy, golden, bubbly appearance, with some lacing left behind. The aroma is of mild sweetness, bread, sugar, and lightly-roasted malts, and the flavor is of sweet, lemony, sugary, light malt, a bit of mild hops, and a touch of sourness. Mouthfeel is medium and soft, and Wasatch Summerbrau finishes dry, refreshing, and highly drinkable. Overall, this is a very good beer.

RJT

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle pours an uber-light yellow color - I was shocked as I was watching it escape from the top of the bottle "holy shit! Is this clear"?! Does have some nice, sticky white head that forms some good lace and clarity is fantastic.

Nose is fairly on point for a pils - grassy hops, slight sulfurous lager yeast, honeyed grains. Dont see anything wrong with this so far.

Taste is decent, but I think it should be a little hoppier for a pils, this one is more helles lager with its sweet, grainy malt at the forefront. Decent hop bitterness on it, but it still seems to finish a bit on the sweet side. Light yeast presence is a bit distracting, but overall not a bad brew at all. I could drink this no problem...I bought a single and hadnt seen this all summer long - I will look to buy a sixer next year.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from Wasatch so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

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

T: The taste starts out with bready flavors of grain, lager yeast and light malts followed by a decent hops presence for the style. Then some citrus sweetness comes in and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, 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 lighter but flavorful beer to pound down for a while.

Photo of bunnyhustle
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear and light gold in color. 2 finger white head with decent lacing and some retention. Smells was dry malt with some grass and yeast. Taste was good, light grassy hops with some malt and a touch of citrus in there. Mouthfeel was nice, thin and light and easy going down. Overall a good summer beer, not huge on flavor but light and refreshing.

Photo of Vashtar
4.06/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a brilliant straw color and a head worthy of being photographed

The aroma is a bit sweeter than most beers, but it's full and happy. Very clean

It tastes zesty, and sweet, but has a balanced lemon undertone

The mouthfeel has a good viscosity, but lacks a blossom

Overall, this is an interesting summer beer and an easy drink

Photo of KarlHungus
4.45/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear golden color. The head is one inch of fluffy bright white foam that recedes slowly into a thick cap of stick lacing. The aroma is of lots of spicy and grassy hops with some nice bready malt beneath. The taste is similar to the aroma with a sharp bitterness that really accentuates the spiciness of the hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with an appropriately high level of carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a mighty fine pilsner that I will surely drink again.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.32/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Back bottom of bottle stamped BORN:03/29/11. Bottle calls it a German/Bavarian style lager, despite BA currently listing it as a Czech Pilsner.

Appearance - Pours a huge, loose four finger foamy head with good stick and retention. Clear pale gold body with some visible yeast sediment and slight cloudiness.

Smell - Big corn and musky hay.

Taste - Super dry musky corn.

Mouthfeel - Watery body. Slight bite and solvency.

Overall Drinkability - Not impressed, whether it's a Czech pils or a German lager.

Photo of mactrail
3.09/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color in the tall glass with a nice white foam. Smell of cardboard and damp clothes, however. Nice fizz in the mouth.

Taste of crackers, but rather tart. A touch of hops but only a faint bitter aftertaste. The beginning of each sip has a pleasant malty richness, followed by that sharp flavor. There is flavor something like graham crackers, and the beer finishes with a little citrus and some earthy bitterness. From the 12 oz bottle.

There are so many of these pale beers in Utah, I got confused as to whether this was a 4.0% beer from the market or as is the case, a slightly stronger lager from the Utah State Liquor Store. Reviewed live in Salt Lake City; from July 9 notes.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer at the SLS in Vernal for about $9.

A: Crystal clear deep gold color with a stark white head, about half an inch or so, reduced to a film with some huge gobs of lacing. Lots of carbonation floating around in this one. Very nice looking brew.

S: Pilsner malts, slight grainyness, a few hints at spicy noble hops, slightly sulfur too. Not a whole lot going on in the nose.

T: light flavors, slightly spicy hop profile, grainy, slight mineral profile as well. all around a pretty fair flavored beer. nothing to get excited about though.

M: Thin and crisp, nice carbonation, really dry, begs for another sip. Excellent regarding that.

D: I'm glad I bought a sixer of this, I could easily drink a few of these. This will probably be my go to for summer outings. Nice lager from Utah!

Photo of kagent777
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from the Utah State Store. I have been looking forward to trying this one since I saw that it got Gold at GABF this for Dortmunder style.

Appearance: A hazy golden lager poured into the pint leaves a nice white cap of head. A little lace was left on the glass as I drank.

Smell: A mild smell. I can't quite describe it.

Tatse: Slightly sweet bisquity malt. The label says that there is a "Blitzkrieg of hops", but I not sure it is quite that strong. Mildly bittering, a very pleasant taste. Nothing sticks out as wrong.

Mouthfeel: On the strong side of thin body. So many of the beers brewed in Utah seem watery because of the low ABV, but this one has a little meat on its bones. The carbonation is just right.

Drinkability: Good price and very tasty brew, I will seek this one out again. Could easily drink several at a summer BBQ

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, with some minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some slight hops, spices. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, slightly hoppy, spicy. Medium body, a dry and slightly bitter finish. Drinkable, a very tasty lager.

Photo of TheAlamoWrocker
3.87/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First beer rating after new rating system. Reviewed May 31, 2013. 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Goldenrod yellow. 1 finger creamy head with great lacing. Cloudy with rising carbonation.

S: Very minor hops with light malts.

T: Hops take on a nice grass-like quality. Minor hoppy bitterness.

M: Smooth & creamy . Acidic in mouth, but light carbonation.

O: For a summertime drink this was delicious & hits the spot. Great picnic choice.

Photo of brentk56
3.11/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a rocky head; decent retention and a few strips of lace

Smell: Grainy, with a musty hay smell

Taste: Biscuity up front, but the sweet malt is soon joined by a somewhat harsh grainy element through mid-palate; after the swallow, the grainy flavors dominate through the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Somewhat refreshing but tastes more like a Euro Pale Lager than a pilsner

Thanks, Wasatch and Douglas88, for the opportunity

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.42/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another beer that came via another trade from Wasatch. Thanks John.

A golden bodyt with a ton of active carbonation bubbles. About two fingers of white head that is rocky, creamy and thick. Good retention and many rings of thick, sticky, lacing.

The nose here is great. Some toated malt that almost has a buttery aroma. A little bit of grass. A ton of slightly skunky, lemony, saaz hops are noticeable.

Immdiately after taking my first sip, I am assaulted by saaz hops that are both skunky and a bit like lemongrass. Maybe a little bit of hop spiciness in there also, but mostly a lot of saaz. Next comes a lightly toasted malt backbone that comes off as being a little buttery tasting, which actually works really well with the saaz hops. The finish is citric; grapefruit and bitterness.

Light crisp body with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

This is the best Czech Pilsner I have had to date, even better than the New Glarus offering I tried. Great beer, I would drink this by the case if it were available to me.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer #43 in my great Utah Brew Hunt.

The nose on this one struck me as I was pouring it. Has this overly tangy thing going on. Unfortunately, that is showing quite a bit on the flavor profile as well. There are also the standard czech pilsener characteristics that you expect for the style, but meshed up with that tangy, which kind of kills the experience a bit too much. It's a drinkable beer, yes. But it doesn't quite work per style.

Photo of cavedave
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Wasatch for the chance to try this Utah gem

Pours a nice, very slightly cloudy, straw yellow, topped by a purest white plume of lather that leaves lavish loops of lace on the glass. The head hangs on for almost the whole ride.

The smell is tart yeast and bready malt, some nice spiciness underneath, even some earthy and bitter notes at the edge.

The taste of this is more complex than expected. It starts with a nice rush of tart yeast and bready sweetness, but some really nice spicy hop joins the ride, and some mild bitterness finishes the sip with all the tastes still on tongue. Clean flavors are joined by a bit of lemony goodness as it warms.

Nicely carb.'ed but not overly so like many American lagers, light in the mouth, easy on the palate though full of flavor, and a good, if not great, finish.

Drinkability, as a factor of refreshingness versus ABV, combined with an very fine taste, makes this beer drinkable to a fault. Had I sufficient quantity, I could drink this beer until whales re-evolve to land animals.

Impression: Yet another fine beer requiring long distance travel to re-visit.

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Wasatch Summerbrau Lager from Utah Brewers Cooperative
80 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.