Heartland Brewery Grateful Red Lager - Heartland Brewery Union Square

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Ratings: 17
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 2.99
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Heartland Brewery Union Square visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-09-2003

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Ratings: 17 | Reviews: 12
Reviews by TheJudge:
Photo of TheJudge
3.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dark amber, orange not red, small off white head at the empire state building., Some malt in the nose, no notable hops. Taste is Eh. I am not impressed, Sweet malts that turn sour in the mouth. The sour lingers. Decent carbonation. They make better stuff

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
2.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – This beer is shiny orange and clear with a white, foamy head.

Smell – The light citrus hop notes just did cover up the ugly grain.

Taste – The citrus here was tangy with some traditional Red Ale flavors. The finish seemed a bit nutty, which I thought was strange.

Mouthfeel – Ugh! This ale was light and flat and the harsh nutty finish sent my lips quivering.

Drinkability – This ale has absolutely no identity. This is as American bland and boring as beer gets. It wasn’t “bad”, per se, just a real drag.

Photo of Sammy
2.73/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The second of two red offerings at Radio City. This was dark red with a white head. Only less sweet than their other red, and a better carbonation and associated mouthfeel. The entire lineup is too sweet on average, but there is not a lot of choice of brewpubs on the island.

Photo of plaid75
3.3/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer on cask at The Brazen Head, Brooklyn. Poured a medium amber hue with a finger and a half frothy whhite head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured an upfront sweet caramel malt with some lighter grain notes as well. Light flowery hop detected.

The taste consisted of a well balanced malt and hop mixture. Decent doughy malt highlighted by some flowery acidic hop. That being said, the flavor was generally bland.

The mouthfeel was of medium fullness with a clean finish.

Overall a nice lager experience. Strange on cask, but worth a try.

Photo of CHickman
2.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had the Grateful Red Lager at the 51st Street Heartland Brewery; 5.75% ABV per the menu there. An OK beer that poured an orange/red color and smelt a little skunky, which could be from the tap; overall malty flavor, with little carbonation and a slight spice taste; something sweet in the middle of each sip and a slight nut taste mixed in withh it. There is nothing special about this beer, but it was decent enough to have another.

Photo of jwc215
2.4/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From growler purchased two days before (within 48 hours - kept refrigerated):

Pours reddish copper with a thin head that becomes a swirling patch.

The smell is of caramel, brown sugar and a touch of cherry.

The taste is of caramel, sugar, a fruitiness towards cherry (in a soda-pop/cola sort of way. Some sour balance, but not enough to keep sweetness from running away. Overly sweet goes to sweetish finish.

The feel is sticky sweet with despite a thinness. Agressive carbonation soon looses its strength and becomes understated.

It has balance, or something to make it through a pint. I poured a second, but had to drainpour it a few sips in. I should have tried a sample before getting a growler. Pass on this one.

Photo of Rifugium
3.38/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Heartland Chophouse, NYC, NY

A nice spring seasonal. Smooth, easily drinkable, and subtly fruit-tinged.

Pours a reddish-brown with a nice off-white head. Caramel malts and light fruit notes in the aroma. Refreshingly malty taste, with caramel and toasted sugars. Slight tinges of light fruits: cherries, peaches, melons. Mild hop sensation for balance. Medium mouthfeel, and quite drinkable.

Photo of BrewMaester
3.13/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a nice coppery red body with a thin head and low retention, no lacing to speak of. Nose has some candy sugar and cherry (think cherry coke). The flavor is very sweet and fruity with cherry being the dominant one. A little bit at the end but still overwhelmingly sweet. Thin and sticky, again, like a soda. Its not a terrible beer but its far from excellent, For those of you who like lady drinks, this one is for yall.

Photo of MuddyFeet
2.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It is an odd red for a pale lager. Very amber in color. The beer had an interesting malty taste that I don't associate with beers of this type. The hop flavors were very well balanced with the beer. However, the carbonation was kind of wierd. It was almost fizzy, like champagne. It looked almost flat in the glass until I sipped it then it just exploded with this odd bubbling. It didn't detract from the taste of the beer, but it was kind of ditracting. It also did not stop me from having a second pint.

Photo of Boto
3.38/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught in Time Square location: This one poured a dark, ruby red with an off-white head. It leaves some lacing. The nose is light, with sweet, floral and roasty notes. The taste is mildly sweet, with a bit of roastiness and a good bit of nuttiness. OK.

Photo of PopeJonPaul
2.7/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a somewhat deep orange-red with a small white head and a slightly nutty smell. A sweet-tart flavor with a citrusy, overly acidic and slightly nutty malt flavor. Mouthfeel is a bit too fizzy and the sticky aftertaste made me wish for a glass of icewater. I have to say this is their least impressive beer, average at best.

Photo of Dogbrick
2.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sample at the Heartland Chophouse: Reddish-amber pour with a minimal beige head and nil lacing. Weak malt aroma is difficult to detect. Light-bodied with a somewhat bland malt and nut flavor. The finish is clean and fairly sweet and lasting, mostly malt but with a touch of hops. Not sure what the goal is with this beer as it’s not as good as their Lager or Amber.

Heartland Brewery Grateful Red Lager from Heartland Brewery Union Square
75 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.