Wasatch Summerbrau Lager - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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Wasatch Summerbrau LagerWasatch Summerbrau Lager

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67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | 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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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 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 yemenmocha
2.65/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours slightly hazy straw color with white head that fades quickly. Nose has some herbal qualities and is light. In the palate there is a dominating cereal grain sweetness with a prickly hop presence at the end. Seems fuller bodied than what I anticipated for a pale lager. Also there's a melon rind flavor that is unpleasant.

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

Poured from a bottle into a Pilsener glass.

Look - light golden color, clear, with about 2 fingers worth of off-white foam that dissipates slowly. Good carbonation.

Smell - Not a whole lot of aroma to this one, but somewhat cereal-like in smell.

Taste and Mouthfeel - Also not a whole lot in the taste except that it is also a little cereal-like in taste, but with more hop flavor and bitterness. Also a little sour toward the middle and finish. Texture is fairly watery.

Overall - not a very interesting beer at all, but not horrible tasting either.

Photo of Satchboogie
3.05/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a very light golden yellow (straw), crystal clear, with just under a finger of white head that quickly disappears. Leaves just a little lacing.

S: Lightly toasted pale malts with a touch of biscuit and caramel. Floral hops with the slightest herbal quality.

T: Tip of the tongue is mostly floral hops with very light lemon peel, clean toasted pale malts with a biscuit quality. Slight caramel sweetness in the middle mouth that fades to a clean, dry finish. Yeast character is way in the background with mainly a very clean, light fruitiness. Slight bitterness through the finish. The body is fairly light and grainy. Flavor is a little shallow and lacking, but at is clean and in no way offensive.

M: F light body with moderate to high carbonation. Fairly clean, aftertaste does give a little bit of unpleasant astringency (combination of yeast character and hops).

O: Not a terrible lager, but it is a little shallow and doesn't have the best finish. I certainly wouldn't complain if I was ever served this, but it really doesn't separate itself from the pack at all.

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 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 Jsteez
3.17/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stange glass. A nice summer treat!

A-straw yellow. A light fluffy 1 finger head that dissipated quickly. It left traces of lace, but not much to speak on.

S-Grains and some malt. Perhaps there were some bits of lemon.

T-Quite grainy almost tasted like adjunct corn. The initial sip was bitter from the hops, and a little malty. The aftertaste was dry and a bit spicy. I have tasted better Czech style pils.

M-Light and crisp. I definitely thought it was thirst quenching and light. I enjoyed this aspect of it. It had higher carbonation which made it a good summer brew.

Overall, not bad, not good. Just a nice beer to have when there is nothing else to buy.

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 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 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 colts9016
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this beer into a polkal glass.

Appearance: A one finger head that has some retention. The head is foamy and creamy. The body of the beer is a medium straw color. There is a lot of effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is a clear color.

Nose: A nice malty aroma with a spicy floral aroma. There is a slight biscuit aroma in the background.

Taste: There is a nice malt flavor but the hops drops quickly. The hops is muted and bland.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is billowy and soft on the palate. The body of the beer is medium light. This beer lack serious flavor.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, cheerfully golden body with a frothy, bubbly, white head.

Smell: Crisp German malts with a tiny note of toast. Light spicy hops. Light hint of fruit with a slight suggestion of apple.

Taste: Wholesome German malts with touches of pilsner maltiness and toastiness, as if a bit of Vienna malt found its way into the recipe. Light fruitiness. Spicy hops with a subtle bitterness. Light as it may be, there's still just a minor hint of alcohol. Finishes dry and still vaguely toasty.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A light, pleasant lager best served cold amongst the sweltering heat of summertime.

Photo of backfat
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz twist off bottle. Born 3/29, reviewed 5/16
Recieved this bottle from the very generous pokesbeerdude in a recent LIF I won. Thanks chuck! Poured into a SA perfect pint glass.

-Pours a golden, translucent yellow. Looks like your average pilsner with a filmy head.

-I get a nice pilsner malt toastiness on the nose with an earthy, floral noble hop core. some bread dough and a touch of lemon grass.

-Taste is fizzy and grainy. Very resinous hop flavor with a lingering bitterness. You can tell this one is a pilsner. I always feel like I am drinking grass water with most of them. Short, very dry, and to the point with a little chalkiness. I don't think I would crave one of these in the summer heat, but it's not terrible.

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

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 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 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 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 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 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!

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