1516 Bavarian Lager - Okanagan Spring Brewery
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Reviews by biboergosum:
3.53/5 rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
341ml bottle. I used to drink a lot of this back in the 90s, so it's always interesting to revisit an old standby on this site now.
This beer pours a crystal clear, pale golden yellow hue, with two fingers of puffy, thinly foamy off-white head, which settles at a lazy, even pace, leaving some decent bonsai tree profile lace around the glass.
It smells of grainy, lightly biscuity pale malt, a certain soup cracker character hard to shake, with a bit of hard water minerality, and very subtle earthy, leafy noble hops. The flavour starts with a decent bit of floral hop bite, before soon becoming awash in a bready, crackery, and yeasty pale malt graininess; a few more earthy, weedy hops play pile-on nearly after the fact.
The carbonation is moderate for the most part, if a tad fizzy here and there, the body an adequate medium weight for the style, and generally quite smooth. It finishes off-dry, the varied bready malt carrying through, with a surprisingly peppy, edgy dry floral hoppiness along for the ride.
A fairly pleasant, if a little tame, example of the style. I do now recall tiring of its one-dimensionality when sessioning it all those years ago, post-university, but overall it's a decent enough go-to, when you just want a well-made lager of Canadian provenance.
Serving type: bottle
11-28-2008 23:47:35 | More by biboergosum
More User Reviews:
3.48/5 rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
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.
Serving type: on-tap
12-16-2013 04:41:14 | More by CalgaryFMC
2.5/5 rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
Served in a snifter, at about 3 degrees Celsius.
A — Clear, golden pale lager appearance; a bit of retention; light lacing.
S — Malty, a bit sweet. Not much else.
T — Malty, light bitterness and some skunk at the end.
M — A bit too heavy and carbonated, but overall still fairly light and drinkable.
O — Generic commercial lager.
Serving type: bottle
10-17-2013 23:29:14 | More by AnHeroicHippo
1516 Bavarian Lager from Okanagan Spring Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.