Late Harvest Lager - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 39 | Reviews: 21 | Display Reviews Only:
3.11/5 rDev -15%
Pours a slightly hazy dark copper color with ruby red edges and a one finger off-white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of lace left behind.
Floral, earthy hop aroma with a surprisingly strong malt backbone. Grassy with subtle pine needle character countered by a strong caramel malt presence as well as some toffee and biscuit.
On the fuller end of medium bodied with a stronger hop presence than the aroma suggests. Still has a very strong malt profile which dominates the flavor. Really surprising coming from this brewery. Slightly dank and sticky but the hop flavor is a touch one dimensional and is overpowered by sweet and slightly roasted malt notes. Grassy and floral with some dry bitterness countered by prominent caramel malt flavor, toast, toffee and biscuit. The ABV is well masked making it easy to drink but it's a bit bland for my liking.
02-05-2013 03:53:15 | More by corby112
3.38/5 rDev -7.7%
Served in a pint glass for $5.75. Sampled 11/9/10.
A: Arrives with a half finger of off-white head that disappears quickly leaving only a thin foamy lace behind. Spare scraps of lace cling to the glass but look like they'll be sliding back down soon. The body has a amber-brown appearance and is 60% opaque
S: The nose is pretty safe and boringly lager-like. Low level of grassy, floral hops. Caramelly malts. Somewhat steely. The twist comes once the beer opens up a bit, bringing in aromas of orangey-lemony zest to compliment the light tang.
T: My first sip tasted oddly reminiscent of what the inside of a refrigerator, I'd imagine, would taste like. The rating here started at 1.5 and thankfully improved by two full points as the tanginess begins to pull out the combination of flavors.
M: Medium body with an absolutely perfect level of carbonation, lively and tingling. Finishes crisply.
D: [DRINKABILITY] While the beer is ok, the scores suffer because there is nothing interesting to offer here. Surely Bear Republic can do better than this. Nothing offensive, just nothing special either.
12-18-2011 20:01:36 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
4.13/5 rDev +12.8%
ON tap at Hollingshead's in Orange CA - served in German stein. Deep amber color - very much to style. Little head on this one. Nose seems muted...a bit of sweet malts.
Nice, crisp entry - sweet, apple malty taste jumps in...builds out biscuit. A little bit of spicy component - probably from a light hop bill. This works - provides plenty of flavor and hits on most of what you expect for style...and just a little more - a little more in mouthfeel and bittering (though not very bitter - just more than most O'fests)
Nice beer with food.
11-11-2011 08:06:18 | More by sweethome
3.55/5 rDev -3%
Had on tap in a standard pint glass. Pours hazy dark amber with a small off white head.
Smells malty and sweet. The sweet seems to be a defining characteristic of this beer to me. Lots of malt but almost a sugary nose.
Taste follows suit with a malty flavor, nonexistant hops and a lingering sweet taste.
Mouth feel, despite smelling sweet, is not very heavy. Actually this pint went down pretty fast.
Overall, seems like it would be a good beer for people who aren't into hops. It's malty with no bitterness. It's good but I'm not sure if I would order it again though. It would have to be along with a pretty sad draught list.
11-04-2011 04:17:07 | More by corylew
3.8/5 rDev +3.8%
Had this on 2011-10-09 at Bull's Head in Litiz, PA (from notes)
A - Mildly-hazy, dark amber with a 1-finger head and mild lacing.
S - Mild grain and a hint of spice
T - Tastes great with caramel malt, nuttiness, spice, orange citrus and an appropriate amount of fresh hop (leafy) flavor and bitterness.
M - Medium body and carbonation. Smooth.
O - A tasty fest beer. I'll have it again.
10-26-2011 10:43:22 | More by Tucquan
3.2/5 rDev -12.6%
On-tap at Beachwood I,
A: Pours amber with a medium off-white head, some lacing.
S: Sweet Munich malt, with a hint of roast.
T: Has that Fest malty tasty with some nuttiness and some roast, a little too much for the style IMO. Some grassy noble hopping in the finish.
M: Medium-bodied, frothy carbonation, fairly smooth, hint of alcohol.
O: Still looking for that really great West Coast Oktoberfest, but I'll keep trying any I can find. C'mon CA. In the end, an enjoyable solid example of the style, nothing more.
10-01-2011 23:58:54 | More by Halcyondays
4/5 rDev +9.3%
A: Poured a nice transparent copper with good carbonation leaving a nice dirty white cap
S: Biscuity, grains, caramel and thats about it for me
T: Biscuity, caramel hints . Lightly hopped leaving a light floral element.
M: Light to medium body, well carbonated
O: I thought this was arather good interpretation of the style. I would drink again!
09-30-2011 03:01:25 | More by barleywinefiend
Late Harvest Lager from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.