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Wasatch Summerbrau Lager - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Wasatch on 04-18-2009)
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Photo of GRG1313
2.63/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

GRG1313, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +14%

kjkinsey, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
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

brentk56, May 24, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.3/5  rDev -6%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of emerge077
2.65/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

emerge077, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.3/5  rDev -6%
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.

RblWthACoz, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of mactrail
3.1/5  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.

mactrail, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Mora2000, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of LXIXME
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

LXIXME, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +14%
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.

Wasatch, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of beertunes
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

beertunes, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of Bitterbill
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Bitterbill, May 21, 2009
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.13/5  rDev +17.7%
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!

BeerFMAndy, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.61/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

twiggamortis420, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of blackie
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
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

blackie, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of KarlHungus
4.45/5  rDev +26.8%
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.

KarlHungus, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of alexgash
4/5  rDev +14%
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.

alexgash, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

TX-Badger, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of Hojaminbag
4.43/5  rDev +26.2%
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.

Hojaminbag, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of yemenmocha
2.6/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

yemenmocha, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of Satchboogie
3.05/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Satchboogie, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.58/5  rDev +2%
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

RonaldTheriot, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of portia99
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

portia99, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of bonkers
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

bonkers, May 26, 2009
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Wasatch Summerbrau Lager from Utah Brewers Cooperative
81 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.