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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: farrago on 04-04-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

All malt lager.
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Ratings: 89 | Reviews: 27
Photo of oberon
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a becker a light golden with a real thin head,I was hoping for a nice well defined head to a traditional lager.Toasty bread-like aromas and some iron,full on German malt attack,the hops are on the lighter side with a faint herbal smack.Caramel and honey malts on the palate with a tinge of iron,leafy hops stay subdued.Its a sturdy well built lager but lacks in the noble hop department for me to say its top notch.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow in color with some orange highlights and moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet malts with a touch of corn and honey. Also, there is a light aroma of grassy and floral hops.

T: Upfront there are some moderate flavors of malts with some light amounts of sweetness including some hints of honey. Additionally, there are some notes of corn adjuncts contributing a bit of sweetness and some light to moderate flavors of grassy and floral hops. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness in the finish which lingers for a while.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp and clean.

O: This is a pretty easy beer to drink and is definitely a sessionable brew - enjoyable but I would have preferred it without the hint of corn adjunct sweetness. Pretty well balanced overall though there are times through the taste that are both sweet and bitter.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear golden/orange with a small head that dissipates to a thing ring of white around the top. No lacing whatsoever.

S: Grassy, with a hint of citrus. There are also some fresh spices, maybe some sage and also a little bit of dough/bread on the back end.

T: A nice little hop flavor, but very light and controlled. It is balanced nicely on the finish. Leaves a very light corn finish/aftertaste.

D/M: Very easy to drink, a great session beer for sure. A great beer for a warm day around the grill or at the beach. The first beer I have had from the mixed pack I bought, looking forward to the other three beers!

Photo of tone77
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a small head. Smell is slightly sweet, malty. Taste is rather hoppy for a lager, good balance hops and malts. Feels light in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a good quality brew.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, best before April 2011. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear light gold color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is bready malt, grain, and a bit of grassy hops. Taste is the same as the aroma, it's mostly malty with some hops noticable too. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a little bit slick and has good carbonation. Drinkability is OK, it's smooth and easy to drink. I think it's a decent overall brew.

Photo of Brenden
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A little darker and richer in appearance than the style tends to strive for, the color is a deep dark gold. It's thick, and it manages translucency. The head is soft, nearly but not quite pure white, with pretty good retention and some nice spotting.
The malt is sweet, maybe some white fruits flesh and honey, with an accompanying balance of light floral, leafy and grassy hops.
It comes together pretty well in the taste. It's balanced, and it's even pretty flavorful for a light lager. It does, however, have a little bit of a corn-like sweetness into the finish.
This is every bit as crisp and refreshing as the style offers. It really is a summer beer, if there is such a thing, though I'd consider it to be medium-bodied. It's got the easy drinking, the smoothness (creamy on the end, even), and the crispness that's most desirable on a hot day.

Photo of bubseymour
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= nice 2 finger head with golden color

S= and really not too much else here

T a nice lager with mild malty flavor and a sort of mine rally taste like many pale ales share

M a full bodied lager

O a decent lager that taste a little more like a pale ale than a lager but still decemt

Photo of Onenote81
3.92/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice new offering from Clipper City. Always excited to see a new craft lager. Purchased at The Brewer's Kettle in High Point. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a translucent darker gold with the thinnest of white sheets on top. Dissipates quickly. Not even a ring around the edge. No lace. Scents of grass, flowers, veggies, and grains. The mouth is crisp and refreshing. Good carbonation level. Not too spritzy. The flavor is sharp and refreshing as well. A mild hop kick at the onset, creamy buttery middle, and finishes tangy and semi-sweet. Good lager here. Drinkable as anything I've had before. This is far better than any macro lager out there. Perfect beer for the summer, and perfect beer to introduce others to the wonderful world of craft beer. Will be getting this again and again.

Photo of farrago
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Half finger of bright white, mixed bubble sizes with little retention, some delicate lacing to be had. Golden yellow to orange in color, transparent with a soft haze, slowly drifting bubbles within. Pretzel dough, sourdough, multi-grain bread and bitters most noticeable in the nose, mixed citrus notes, touch of spice and grass, lowkey malts allow the presentation to stay crisp and succinct. Medium-bodied, much sweeter here with a clear corn component, dandelion sort of flowers, peach fruit and golden honey. The sourdough to rye bread element persists, more like unprocessed grains, possesses sufficient carbonation to prevent bitterness. Cocoa-led malts manage to break the surface through the mid-palate. Simple enough to come across as a balanced thirst slaker with above average heft for the type.

[Note: I believe this is McHenry "rebranded" in February 2010 -- unsure if the recipe has been changed warranting a new entry, others can better decide.]

Photo of russwbeck
3.16/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Clear yellow pour with a nicely sized white head. The retention and lacing are nice.

S: Malty grainy smell with hints of hops. Perhaps some orange and metallic notes.

T: Sweet clean taste. Malt forward with typical lager tastes. Barley with a bit of citrus.

MF: Light, carbonated well.

O: A bit dry and metallic to be really drinkable. Just not quite a top notch lager.

Photo of therica
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A= golden, some quickly fading white head into decent rimming and lacing.

S= very nice blend of Noble hops and sweet malts, light honey.

T= slightly sweeter than I would prefer but very clean, and nice hops florals and sweet malts, reasonably balanced bitters. Would like to see either less sweetness or more dryness, though.

M= clean, slight sweetness on the tongue, a little syrupy on the follow.

D= nothing to interfere here, session if you want altho despite being satisfying it's not exciting.

Photo of ferrari29
3.82/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into Pilsener glass

A - Beer poured with golden clear body; one finger white foam which dissipate very quickly; plenty of carbonation; not much lacing formed on the side of the glass

S - For a lager, this has a nice scent; deep and aromatic grain smells; malt notes and the noble hops they used in this beer comes up immediately; hints of flowery notes as well from noble hops

T - Beer has a smooth and rich malt lager flavor and finishes off with a nice slight hop dry aftertaste; kind of dry and not bad for a beer; Clipper brewers made a good beer with the right blend of malt and hops; very well balanced; not much bitterness from the German noble hops

M - Light creamy feel; some bubbly feeling over the tongue; overall very smooth and no tart or sour tongue feel;

D - Nice blend of malts and hops to give it a good lager taste; they really did a good job with this one; smooth and refreshing beer; I could have plenty of these over and over again

Photo of bishopdc0
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours to form decent head. the head subsides but leaves a good lace.

The aroma is all malt nothing special here. Its sweet with a slight biscuit.

The taste is all lager and nothing else. The taste is very average malt up front with a slight amount of carbonation that settles with a dry pale malt on the tongue. It is a slight bitter at the end.

very average.

Photo of teromous
3.86/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A medium shade of amber, with a very thin white head. I'd like to see more head on a beer like this. Pretty good clarity, only slightly hazy. Even still, it isn't what I'd consider average.

S: Not too much lager scent, very clean on the nose. I get only the slightest malt profile.

T: It has a very nice flavor to it. I get a light grainy taste, like eating crackers or a bread roll. It is a very light flavor.

M: Good mouthfeel. Very clean, although it seems to be lacking crisp carbonation.

O: I think lighter beer drinkers or those who appreciate simple lagers, but want more flavor, will appreciate this. My only real complaints are that it looks and feels under-carbonated.

Photo of Luigi
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden color with a rather thin white head. Small amount of lacing with carbonation bubbles floating to the top.

The aroma is very clean! Mild grassy hop and grain notes.

The flavor is like the aroma, very clean. A touch of malt, and even a little yeast. Nothing offensive at all! Just clean American All malt lager that goes down like water.

Light bodied, carbonated, and super, super easy to drink! For the price there is better if not equal lagers. But, I am happy I tried this one!!!

Photo of beerprovedwright
3.92/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Freshness marker is not readable, no notches...oh well. About a one finger head that lasted about half a minute. Color is a hazy 5 on the SRM beer color chart. Smell of malt. Taste is barley with a little hops. Sort of creamy in my mouth, a little dry as it goes down. Good solid taste and body, another please.

Photo of pzrhsau
3.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Bright clear golden color with a slight white head.
S: Crisp malty aroma with a hint of hops. Very clear scent.
T: Very bright clean lager flavor. Malt with a kiss of hops at the end. Not too overpowering. Very refreshing flavor with a hint of oats.
M/O: Very bubbly and lively out of the bottle. It is what its name is..a classic lager.

Photo of mocktm
3.32/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Second bottle out of the variety pack, best by August 2011.

Pours a light golden yellow with a pretty faint head. Little retention and zilch as far as lacing goes. Basic lager blandness...

Smells of lightly roasted malt and grain, a hint of buttery biscuit. As with the general appearance, I might die from boredom with this one.

Tastes as it smells, with a smidgen of floral hop presence in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light and easy enough to drink. A bit flat though...

Overall, your basic white bread lager. Nothing special about it, but nothing that stands out as a serious negative either. A dime a dozen...

Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 fl oz bottle into a pint glass. For Brewery-Fresh Taste, Purchase Before Nov 11.

Appearance: Pours a standard thin golden pale lager color. Active carbonation and decent white head. A good representation of a classic lager.

Smell: A decent metallic hoppy aroma. Straightforward.

Taste: Flavorful, but a little grainy. Not too hoppy nor malty, but still pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Appropriate for a classic lager. A little thinner than most craft beers, but definitely a craft take on a standard American lager.

Overall: The name says it all. This truly is a Classic Lager, no frills, but good. Definitely a sessionable beer for a hot summer day - crabs anyone?

Photo of devinoconnor
3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light yellow with little head out of the bottle.

Smell is malty, classic Belgain smells with little hops, mainly just malt.

Taste is smooth, yet a little light for being tagged 'classic lager.' To me, a classic lager needs to have a little more to it. This tastes close to a Budweiser at times.

Not awful, not great.

Photo of Alkey
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle a clear light golden color, nice white frothy head and lots of tiny little bubbles.

Not much aroma to speak of maybe some faint malt and grass notes.

Taste much like its aroma a bit watery with some slight malt and equally balanced grass flavored hop notes.

Overall I think this is a very easy to drink brew that is very pale in taste and fits the style of American Pale Lager.

Photo of patreely12
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - golden maybe a bit of orange tint. about a finger of light head which dissolves quickly. can see a bit of the carbonation. no lacing.

S - the nose mostly consists of grain. there is a presence of some of the malts and hops too, but the grain comes through the strongest. also there's a faint citrus note.

T/M - nice balance of malted barley and hops. I do find the faint citrus note from the nose, but it takes some searching. finishes smooth. crisp and refreshing. mild carbonation. slight grainy aftertaste.

D - a good session lager. very drinkable. I look forward to trying more of what Clipper City has to offer.

Photo of spitInTheOcean
4.17/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pale yellow/gold color. a thin white head. clear, but not crystal clear.

low corn aroma. low malt aroma. low spicy hop aroma.

crisp dry flavor. low malty flavor and sweetness. low, but distinct hop flavor and bitterness. flavor is pretty even, but i suppose it leans most towards the flavor of adjuncts.

very soft mouthfeel. medium bodied. very carbonated, but not highly so, and the bite in the finish is softer usual.

overall this lager has a lot of flavor for a american pale lager. it still retains that refreshing characteristic, but its also quite tasty.

Photo of detlefchef
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden color with quickly fleeting white head. Pretty much as you'd expect and that kind of holds true throughout the experience. Nothing surprisingly special or unfortunate about this beer. And that's OK.

Pale malty aromas with soft, juicy melon flavors. As expected, light on the hops with nice texture and very easy drinking.

Photo of tworollsbeatone
4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer is very simple compared to many of its neighbors on the craft beer shelves. It is not super-hopped or extreme in its ABV. It is just a well made beer where the 6th one is as pleasurable to drink as the 1st.

It has a very small head and very little lacing. The taste is balanced and rich like you would expect from a lager. The mouthfeel is clean with just a little stick.

If you're in or around the Baltimore-DC area, this is one of the best session beers you'll find.

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