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Old Seattle Lager - Maritime Pacific Brewing Company

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Old Seattle Lager
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30 Ratings
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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Maritime Pacific Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-02-2003)
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Reviews by Sky2625:
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3.98/5  rDev +14%

On tap at Locol Barley & Vine. Poured to a standard pint glass (this review from notes taken 8/7/11):

A - Poured a golden straw color, with 1/2-finger of white small bubble head. A dozen or so carbonation streams retain a the head at a thin level with spotty lace. Shines pale gold in the light.

S - Mild honey with subtle corn sweetness in the scent, followed by a stronger buttery smell, with a bright sunny grain scent at the end.

T - Floral honey and sweet corn graininess to start, flowing into buttery smoothness, and flashing nto honey sweetness again. Finishes with a very mild top of tongue bitterness that lingers.

M - Light medium body, with a round and somewhat crisp profile. Refreshing with mild fizzy carbonation on the front of the tongue.

D - Great honey sweet flavor balanced well with he mild bitterness. The lighter body and refreshing character make it a great hot weather beer, or all-year session beer.

There have been times when I'm "meh" on Old Seattle. But on this particular day, this beer was flavorful, pleasantly mild and refreshing.

08-20-2011 00:25:02 | More by Sky2625
More User Reviews:
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3.85/5  rDev +10.3%

Appearance – This Lager was crystal clear. It was light yellow in color and sported a huge, clumping pure white head.

Smell – The big American grain jumped right out of the growler. There is no sweetness and maybe a very light floral hopping, but this is mostly just pure lagered grain.

Taste – Yes, that big American grain from the nose made it nicely to the taste. This certainly doesn’t taste like your typical addjunk lager. It is very pure and smooth without any offense flavors.

Mouthfeel – This was bigger than light but not quite medium in the body. The mouthfeel was very smooth and really satisfying.

Drinkability – This is a great, easy, very smooth drinker that did a good job of dousing the flames of my spicy enchiladas.

01-15-2005 21:14:59 | More by RoyalT
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

08-15-2013 01:38:13 | More by mdaschaf
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

08-29-2014 19:14:56 | More by Psberrier
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3.6/5  rDev +3.2%

16oz draft at Anthony's Pier 66 in Seattle

I am pretty sure this is the beer I had...I thought it said "Seattle Maritime Lager" on the menu but this appears to be their only lager

appearance: poured a golden yellow, but not too pale....bubbly white head formed on top

smell: aromas mostly of grain, some light toasted malt, a slight zest of lemon comes through on the nose...pretty standard

taste: considering the competition, this is a nice lager...lemony flavours are strong up front and supported by a strong grain and malt body, touch of citrus in the flavour too

mouthfeel: light-medium body

drinkability: pretty good

07-08-2006 18:39:37 | More by dirtylou
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

07-13-2013 03:43:07 | More by jmccraney
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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

06-21-2014 20:50:51 | More by Hendrick24
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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

03-20-2014 18:55:52 | More by Eighty
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3.78/5  rDev +8.3%

This is a good lager. It has a pale golden color and a minimal whitish head that dwindles quickly to a spotted cover. There is very little of anything in the nose. The taste has honey malts up front with perhaps a hint of diacetyl problems. It is balanced though, with bright citric hops. There is a light fruity aftertaste. It’s medium light and crisp in its mouthfeel, a good warm weather beer and a good session beer.

10-11-2006 23:14:16 | More by xoqx
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New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

Served to me with very little of its pure-white head. Quite light in color, just a pale yellow, unimpressive. Smell was fairly weak: lightly hoppy with a little bit of graininess to it. Taste was a bit better than expected after the smell, but nothing to write home about. A tangy citrus hop flavor up front, with a standard malt grain body. Mostly fine, but maybe a bit too heavy on the dry hops, making this beer a bit too bitter without backing it up with flavor. Drinkable enough, thin enough to be a session beer, but I'd rather have something tastier.

06-18-2007 04:23:40 | More by micahgoldfus
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District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -14%

08-08-2014 04:58:30 | More by nmann08
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

04-06-2013 18:21:18 | More by Kahlerbock
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2.85/5  rDev -18.3%

pours a pale yellow with a thin white head, and a very good lacing.

smell of grain, corn, few malts, some hops, and a touch of citrus in the back.

taste is thick, corn syrip, grain, some malt, and ends a little dry.

overall not bad for a pale lager which is not my favorite style.

05-05-2009 04:57:44 | More by froghop
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3/5  rDev -14%

06-16-2014 21:22:24 | More by irishgreensoda
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

06-17-2014 23:57:46 | More by 302BeerGuy
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3/5  rDev -14%

08-16-2014 16:40:00 | More by jwenzel019
Photo of therica


3.48/5  rDev -0.3%

On-tap in Pike's Market in Seattle.

Served nicely chilled, a lemon-yellow with a modest and quickly-fading head, some carbonation rising.

Very nice "old standard" lager taste that reminded me of a lot of the old Pittsburgh breweries before they were put out of business by popularist Iron S(h)itty marketing.

A nice bitter bite and afterbite, enough to cause my wife to turn up her nose after her obligatory taste....

I was raised on stuff like this as a child back in Pittsburgh... Very good, before or with a meal. Solid "standard fare" stock, possibly a good session-beer.

08-08-2006 22:18:52 | More by therica
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4.41/5  rDev +26.4%

Paired with a dozen oysters and sipped from a half-pint, just steps from Pike Place Market.

Pours a pale gold, clean and clear, with a small, tightly-packed head and rapid bubbling. Excellent.

Smell is soft and floral, with notes of hyacinth, buckwheat honey, and mint. Lovely.

As for taste, when the beer first hits the palate, notes of yeasty bread and lime marmalade arrive, drying out to a finish of fresh-cut grass and chamomile. Perfectly clean and crisp throughout, yet quaffable. A masterful job here.

Mouthfeel is slightly thin; I would have liked a bit more creaminess to go with the soft and subtle flavors on show here. Even so, this is a quibble, and the carbonation is right on point.

Overall, this is a wonderful beer -- at this point, the best I've had all year. Tremendous, subtle, glorious stuff.

04-03-2013 16:42:29 | More by ithacabaron
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2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

01-04-2014 03:21:16 | More by trytoketchup
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4.08/5  rDev +16.9%

I had this fine lager on tap at the Spar in Old Town Tacoma. Right away this beer stood above many of the American lagers I have had in the past. This is not even in same realm as macro-American lagers like BMC.

The appearance was kind of hard to judge as the bartender did not allow any head whatsoever to develop, but even that being condsidered there was still a nice thin lace produced. The color was nothing special, clear yellow, expected. Nothing in the aroma stood out to me, grains, and that's about it, then again, it came at the same time as my bacon cheeseburger, so my nose may have been having difficulty deciphering between smells. But the taste was outstanding. Very clean, crisp a bit of spice and very flavorful hoppiness with a slight bitterness on the end. This is a very easy drink, very smooth, flavorful and overall very good. I'm glad I ran into it!!

01-31-2006 02:35:36 | More by sockeye101
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3.03/5  rDev -13.2%

Pint consumed at The Elk in Spokane for $4 on New Year's Day.

It came to me ina clear golden color with a fairly good-sized white, fizzy head that dropped somewhat quickly. Spotty lace. Looked pretty much like what I was expecting.

The smell was mostly of mild, sweet maltiness. No hop bitterness was detected. Smelled like an easy drinking, mass market-style lager.

The smell was pretty much like the taste. An unchallenging taste of mild, sweet maltiness hits the taste buds, followed by... well, not really followed by anything at all. In it's defence, there were none of the off-flavors that are often associated with this type of beer, usually brewed courtesey of the big boys.

Mouthfeel was adequate for the style, otherwise unnoteworthy.

A perfectly acceptable bland beer, great for serving up to your B/M/C drinking buddies, but not much use beyond that. At a decent price I would drink this again if there were no other options, but $4 for a pint of this is not a choice I would make again.

01-02-2007 21:44:46 | More by woemad
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3.33/5  rDev -4.6%

This one was on tap at the Elk Public House. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a pale gold color and is clear. Serves with a small thin head.

The smell is sweet and floral. There s a perfume like scent

The taste is floral with some grainy cracker notes.

Mouthfeel is smooth but thin.

This is a drinkable beer and ok for a lager. In my opinion not worth $4 a pint.

01-02-2007 00:55:45 | More by RJLarse
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4.05/5  rDev +16%

I had this beer on tap last night at Redbones. Standard golden yellow in color with a small fluffy white head that seemed to last. The smell was peppery, spicy with a bit of malt. The taste was very similar. Slightly sweet in the beginning, then giving way to those nice spicy, hoppy notes. Very easy drinking and very flavorful. On a hot summer day, I would love to reach for a couple of these.

01-02-2004 13:43:21 | More by CharlesRiver
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured a golden yellow with a small white head Nose was light hops, grain and some light spiciness. Taste was dry, sweet, light on booze, ended with a dry, a bitterness on the end some graininess. Pretty good overall for the style. much better than some other American lagers for damn sure.

03-07-2010 17:46:17 | More by barleywinefiend
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3.88/5  rDev +11.2%

Served in straight pint glass at the Green Frog Cafe in Bellingham. Poured a clear, rich yellow with just less than an inch of bright white head that surprisingly good retention and left a nice amount of lacing.

A pleasant surprise is the full aroma, while the corn sweetness is upfront there are plenty of other solid grain aromas, with a slight hop tang on the finish. The flavors are what the aromas said they would be, with corn and grass noticeable, just slightly sticky on the finish.

Body is what is expected for the style, light but solid. The drinkability of this beer is excellent, it would make a great companion for a long day of the activity of your choosing.

07-08-2009 21:58:12 | More by beertunes
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Old Seattle Lager from Maritime Pacific Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.