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Old Seattle Lager - Maritime Pacific Brewing Company

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Old Seattle Lager
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-02-2003

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Reviews by blackc5:
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3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Serious Pie, $3 for a pint.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with this one. Definitely as an adjunct lager goes, it is pretty top notch. Mild nose, just a bit of citrus zest. But actual flavors of honey and some lemony hops to be found - even a bit of bitter aftertaste which I found pleasing. Nicely balanced with a crisp mouthfeel and smooth finish. Not a beer I would readily drink given others available, but it surely doesn't offend, and beats the pants off of BMC.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Psberrier
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of dirtylou
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of jmccraney
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of DOCRW
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hendrick24
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a hazy light golden amber with a thin white head that dissipates to patches, slight lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, grassy hops, a hint of lemon, lightly floral. Flavor is sweet malt with some biscuit, light grassy hops and slight lemon citrus. Medium bodied. A nice local lager that wasn't on my radar. Would pass as a good American pale lager or the listed Munich Helles. Quite full flavored for a light lager; this is (and is intended I think) to resemble the standard light lagers that eventually devolved into adjunct lagers. A nicely made session lager I will have again. Not sure why this is rating as low as it is.

Photo of Eighty
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of brewerjy
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of warpedrevolution
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Rivarol
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sky2625
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of xoqx
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of micahgoldfus
2.72/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Kahlerbock
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of froghop
2.83/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of irishgreensoda
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of 302BeerGuy
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of jwenzel019
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of therica
3.47/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of DerAtomsmasher
2.63/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of ithacabaron
4.41/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Old Seattle Lager from Maritime Pacific Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.