Wasatch Summerbrau Lager - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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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

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Beer added by: Wasatch on 04-18-2009

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Ratings: 67 | Reviews: 42
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 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 TroyS
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked-up this Wasatch Summerbrau Lager at the Utah Co-op Beer Store in SLC. It's a really smooth drinking beer. This is a nice and light, slightly citrusy lawn mower brew; a nice pils. Nice and smooth drinker. Drinks like a 3.2% beer. Not too shabby of a beer at all. Cheers!

Photo of JBogan
4.15/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium clear gold with a nice white crown which stays for a while and leaves good lacing.

Smells of grains and citrus, along with a nice hop presence.

Tastes very similar to the aroma. Somewhat lemony and clean flavored, with a bit of grassiness in there as well.

Mouthfeel was really pleasing. Medium to thick for this style beer, along with a solid amount of carbonation to give it a refreshing crispness.

This is a very easy drinking beer, and one I'd certainly buy again. I'm drinking this on a 100+ degree Vegas summer afternoon and this fits the bill perfectly.

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 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 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 alexgash
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Label calls this beer a German Pilsener.

Clean golden straw with a thick cushion of eggshell-white head. Good lacing. Nose of sweet cookie dough malt, cooked vegetables, and spicy noble hops. Toasted malts up front, with a crisp hop bitterness. Sweetish cookie dough malts follow. Spicy, peppery, noble hops stay strong. Cooked vegetable twang in the finish, along with lingering hop bitterness. Moderate body, with a smooth feel. A good summer quaffer.

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 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 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 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.

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 mikereaser
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another brew courtesy of Wasatch!

A - pours a clear gold color with 1/4 inch of foam that quickly disappeared

S - toasted malt, grains, some grassiness and a little lemon

T - light malt flavor with a nice hoppy bitterness, lemon and some funkiness

M/D - very refreshing & good carbonation, easy to drink and would be very enjoyable on a summer day. nice amount of bitterness too.

Photo of bonkers
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this in a trade with Fishdawg71. I poured a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. It pours a clear, gold with a moderate white head. The aroma is faint, a bit bready. Flavor wise the beer has a pleasant bitterness and a nice lingering aftertaste. It is a light bodied, moderately carbonated brew that goes down very easy. A good summertime beer.

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 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 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 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 Bitterbill
3.51/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle showed up at my doorstep unannounced from Wasatch. Thanks John!

It pours a very clear and bright yellow gold with a 1 finger head of foam.

The smell is lightly malty, lightly hoppy.

The taste has a nice sweetish malty flavour balanced with some grassy hops. Some light notes of bread as well. Good.

The mouthfeel and carbonation are both medium and head retention and lacing are very good.

Drinkability? This goes down easy and tastes good. A solid effort, me thinks.

Photo of mwa423
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle from the state liquor store (because as you may or may not be aware, any beer over 4% has to be sold through state liquor stores in Utah) when the circus traveled through Salt Lake City. The bottle I purchased has a born date of 3/29/13. Today is 10/1/13, so it's possible that my review of this beer will be tainted by age.

A - Poured with a finger and a half of white head that lasted a while as well as left a thick lacing on the glass. Color is a bright gold, but the beer is quite hazy, almost the same clarity as the average IPA.

S - Hello Saaz hops, what most people refer to as "cat urine" was strong. There was a slight malty note, but the aroma was pretty much dead on for style.

T - Taste was far weaker and far more watery than the aroma let me to believe, the malt was actually a stronger part of the flavor than the hops. The aftertaste was very weak and rather watery. This would be a decent summer beer if your goal was refreshing and minimal taste.

M - Light and watery, smooth with very little aftertaste.

Overall - There are better Czech pilsners out there, not sad I bought it to try, but I think if I had a six pack of this in 90+ degree weather, the saaz taste would be overwhelming and I'd just be looking for a different flavor after the first couple.

Photo of Aluman
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle into 16oz glass.

Only got to try one, usually like to try two to be sure, but this is my initial perceptions on it all.

A: Golden, lots of little bubbles making their way to the top, finger to finger.5 head.

S: Lots of citrus notes, I am assuming they use cascade as the main hop in this. Mixed with piney sense.

T: Yup, grapefruit. Probably cascade, very little to none to centennial, not bad, in fact goes down fairly smoothly. None of the oddities I get with Centennial.

M: Light breezy. If I were to favor plain lagers, I could probably stand this one better than most.

O: A decent brew, nothing spectacular but at the same time doesn't go to any extremes either. One I would I recommend as a 'move from mass brew' beer.

Photo of beertunes
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tom for grabbing this one for me. Born on date of 6/6/11. Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a clean,clear, bright straw yellow color with about 1/4 inch of white head that dissipated very quickly and left very light lacing.

The aroma had a basic grain scent that was reminiscent of a lot of mainstream beers. Gentle hopping and nothing really jumping out at me. The taste was also that of a basic American Lager, even grains and smooth, easy going hops.

The body was good, light crisp and clean, with solid carbonation that lasted throughout the beer had good effervescence on the tongue. Drinkability was pretty good, the beer went down smooth, quick and easy. I could easily drink a sixer of these on a nice summer day. Overall, a nice example of the style. Not worth really seeking out, but certainly worth trying if you get the chance.

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 ybnorml
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clean pale yellow beer. Has a small white has that disappears quickly. Has a light sweet grass aroma with a hint of lemon. Light mouthfeel. Some sweetness on the tip of the tongue followed by a hint of hops at the back of the throat. drinkable with some flavor as opposed to what the TV sells us. style is not my fave but i drank the whole bottle easily.

thanks John

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