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1516 Bavarian Lager - Okanagan Spring Brewery

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BA SCORE
77
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81 Ratings
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 15.02%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Okanagan Spring Brewery visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
The decree states that only four ingredients can be used when making beer: barley, hops, yeast and water. The result is a lager with a crisp finish and a rich golden colour.

(Beer added by: canadianbarman on 04-13-2003)
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I scoffed at this lager when it first came out, mostly due to the heavy-breathing-down-your-neck marketing campaign that endorsed it at every beer store I frequented. Plus I have issues with that 'ole purity law of 1516, so a beer marketed around it was enough of a garlic wreath to keep me away.

However it's been a very hot August, yes, even up here in the frozen Great White North, and it is lager season after all. Picked up a cold case of this to tide me over while the warm bottles of Belgians I bought along with it had time to chill. And it's not bad stuff.

Enough of the personal essay, let's get down to business. This 1516 poured out of it's 341 ml brown bottle a refreshing clear golden hue, but the erruption of bubbles I mistook for a head fell back immediately. Has a crisp hay/malt smell to it, light flowery hops rounding it off. Flavour is the light average of a crisp lager, a decent balance and it goes down smooth. However not much else going on to make it stand out either. This is a decent enough lager, I'd buy it again for another patio/barbecuing session, especially in mixed company (macro drinkers, non-beer drinkers, and beer snobs alike) but I'd reserve it for hot weather refreshment, by no means would I make it a standard of mine. Still, I'd buy this hands down over any macro on the market.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2003 02:34:22 | More by IronDjinn
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I had yet to encounter this one on tap in this city, so figured I'd take the plunge and enjoy a 20 oz. pint. This style is a bit of a rarity when it comes to what western Canadian micros usually tackle and as an unabashed Lowenbrau fan I was intrigued. A pleasant goldenrod brassy color with a few white bubbles, this brew smells like good old prairie pilsener malt with a moderate dose of noble hop green spiciness. Popcorn and cracker malts and a little toast buttress some sour green fruit (gooseberry?) and crabapple notes, some cooked corn DMS flavor, and a little green vegetation from the hops. Not particularly assertive in the latter regard, however. Is that diacetyl as well? This one is quite sweet and sour in the finish, with a fair degree of carbonation. The final assessment? This actually reminds me a bit of a kolsch or even certain Czech pilseners in terms of the malt flavor profile and the presence of subtle fruit flavors that yield a rather cidery character. Still falls within style guidelines I suppose. I prefer the European examples I have tried.

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1516 Bavarian Lager from Okanagan Spring Brewery
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