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Elm City Lager - New England Brewing Co.

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very good

364 Ratings
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Ratings: 364
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 15
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New England Brewing Co. visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Named after New Havens historic nickname, this is a true German Pilsner made with all German ingredients.

(Beer added by: UnionMade on 03-31-2004)
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4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received a 12 FL. OZ. can of this in a trade w/ rjacobs6. Poured from the Green/White Colored can w/ a New English Ship on the front into a 16oz Dewey's Pizza Pint Glass. Has 7 06 12 A3BC on the side of the can, and not sure if this is a best by date or what...

Aroma- The aroma is made up of the average pils attributes with malt and sweetness. It does have a light flowery note too. Very clean and appropriate.

Appearance- Pours a 2 finger head that has better than average retention. Has a nice golden colored body with a clear background. Leaves thick lacing on the glass.

Flavor- Very malt sweet, crisp, and shows a light-medium hop influence with the flowery and noble character. Has a light-medium bitter finish while being semi-dry.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, Clean, Smooth, and actually leaves some noble hops on the palate! Awesome!

Overall Impression- I'm not sure if I just haven't had a pilsner in a while or what but this one was beyond refreshing! Good amount of noble hop character and went down better than most brews of this style. Would recommend trying if you can get brews from New England but not a must. If I could, I would keep 1-2 of these in my fridge at all times for after a tennis match or workout. Great, refreshing lager/pils.

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3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a can into a pint glass.

A – Cloudy and very pale on the pour. Massive 3 fingers of stark white billowing, bubbly head.

S – Malt, lemon, touch of sour.

T - Light malt sweetness gives way to equally light hop bitterness. Citrus notes with lemon. Little bit of spice with a little bit of herbal taste.

M – Crisp and clean on the palate. Bit fizzy. Light to medium body.

O – Solid German pils that is infinitely drinkable. Has a nice light taste and would make an ass kicking summer brew.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mild creamy lemon aroma.Bright yellow with a mild haze. Pillow head that lingers for awhile. Medium bitter and sourness but not offensive. Has a nice clean finish. Not bad overall but seems to lack a stand out feature. I would drink one again as it is refreshing and drinkable.

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light amber pour produces a huge head of white that quickly drops off. aroma is full of grain, lots of bready notes, hints of light, very light euro hops and tons of malt. each sip is clean, crisp, clear and refreshing. nothing great about this beer, but its simplicity and ability to stay true to form should be commended. light aftertaste has a touch of corn and a light crispness that make you go back for another round.

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Elm City Lager from New England Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 364 ratings.