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Hoppy Lagers

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by JEdmund, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. JEdmund

    JEdmund Savant (475) Kansas Oct 23, 2006

    I hope hoppy lagers become a bigger trend this year. I know Sam Adams is coming out with one, not to mention how delicious their Noble Pils is. Anyone remember Avery's 17th anniversary ale, the dry hopped black lager? I'd love seeing something like that on the shelves again.

    Who's with me!?!?
  2. Just more lagers in general would be fine with me. Hoppy ones have their place (Southern Tier's Krampus comes to mind).
  3. RichD

    RichD Poobah (1,020) Rhode Island Mar 18, 2012 Beer Trader

    Well Jack's Abby out of Massachusetts has their Hoponius Union which is far and above any other hoppy lagers. If you can gain access to their beers it'll be a treat for you. They only make lagers and they add hops and barrel age them.
  4. dawatts

    dawatts Savant (335) Massachusetts Dec 27, 2006

    There was Jack's Abbey Kiwi Rising and then I died a happy man. All lagers at Jack's Abbey.
  5. dawatts

    dawatts Savant (335) Massachusetts Dec 27, 2006

    Look for their Kiwi Rising. You wont be disappointed.
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  6. Brew33

    Brew33 Advocate (690) Ohio Oct 24, 2007 Beer Trader

    I enjoy the hell out of My Antonia....
  7. Haven't met a Jack's Abbey I didn't like.
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  8. JEdmund

    JEdmund Savant (475) Kansas Oct 23, 2006

    Haven't heard of Jack's Abbey before. Sounds like I'm missing out! How far do they distribute? I'm in Kansas, so Im' doubtful we'll see them any time soon.
  9. RichD

    RichD Poobah (1,020) Rhode Island Mar 18, 2012 Beer Trader

    They've only been open since 2011. So right now they're only distributing to Massachusetts. I'd suggest trying to make some trades with people. It'll definitely be worth it.
  10. Humulus Lager is brilliant!
  11. cpz28

    cpz28 Aficionado (215) Indiana Dec 31, 2007

    Avery Average Joe Pilsner is really nice and hoppy
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  12. Totally agree. More lagers for sure!

    Krampus is an excellent brew, the best ST has to offer in my opinion.
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  13. Personally, I dig the burgeoning IPL style.
  14. I think when it comes to hoppy lagers the discussion begins and ends with Jack's Abby. We are very lucky here in Mass. They are a bargain too - usually in the $3-5 range for 500ml.
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  15. Bay01

    Bay01 Savant (455) Illinois Nov 19, 2008

    Came here to say this, Joe's is a great session beer.
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  16. Beerpharmer

    Beerpharmer Zealot (95) New Jersey Apr 22, 2010

    Shmaltz Brewing/Coney Island makes an IPA style lager. Sword Swallower. Excellent brew
  17. JEdmund

    JEdmund Savant (475) Kansas Oct 23, 2006

    Good call (and reminder)! Need to pick that up again.
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  18. JEdmund

    JEdmund Savant (475) Kansas Oct 23, 2006

    Never tried that before. Will have to look for it. Thanks!
  19. incutrav

    incutrav Savant (315) Minnesota Jan 16, 2007

    Schell Emerald Rye. Drinks like an IPA!
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  20. Victory Prima Pils
    Troegs Sunshine Pils
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  21. Stigs

    Stigs Champion (835) Pennsylvania Jun 3, 2005 Beer Trader

    Victory/Fat Heads collaboration United is insanely hoppy (wet-hopped pilsner) for those lucky enough to come across some. It is delciious.
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  22. afrokaze

    afrokaze Advocate (685) Arizona Jun 12, 2009 Beer Trader

    Firestone Pivo Pils will be in bottles soon! We've had a couple kegs come through the bar already and it's a fantastic hoppy pils that still manages to taste fairly traditional.
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  23. MikeB20

    MikeB20 Aficionado (215) Delaware Aug 30, 2009

    I dig My Antonia as well, I didn't go into it expecting much but ending up really liking it, a great summer beer.
  24. I would like to see US brewers brew more hoppier lagers with German noble hops (or US varieties that are similar in profile) instead of the wannabe IPA lagers that are gaining in popularity (I don't really see the point in them, just drink/make ipa if that's what you really want).

    I would love to Sierra Nevada replace one of its lower selling regulars (stout?) with either a beer like Glissade or that "imperial" pilsner that came out in last year's beer camp 12 pack.
  25. Kadonny

    Kadonny Advocate (705) Pennsylvania Sep 5, 2007 Beer Trader

    I didn't care for either Krampus or My Antonia. Both were a mess IMO.

    Hands down, the best hoppy lager I ever tasted was Coronado Hoppy Lager. Upon looking on BA,they don't even list it, so it was a real short run on it. Damn great hoppy lager. It sticks in my brain.

    Runner ups are Brooklyn Lager, Elliot Ness and of course Boston Lager.
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  26. craftybudman

    craftybudman Aspirant (40) Florida Aug 16, 2012

    Widmer Brothers is introducing a hoppy lager to their Rotator series this coming summer.
  27. A new brewery just opened up in Queens, NY, called Singlecut Beersmiths, that focuses primarily on hoppy lagers. I've only tried one or two of their beers, but they've been great.

    My favorite, though, was the Abita S.O.S., a self-proclaimed, "India Weizen-Pils". It was a pretty bad-ass beer.
  28. JEdmund

    JEdmund Savant (475) Kansas Oct 23, 2006

    I agree. Well, sort of. My first preference is to have hopped up lagers using Noble hops. But I'm all for trying a lager with a unique hop choice.

    And I loved that pils Sierra Nevada did (Schticke?)! It was my favorite of the group. And I believe it used New Zealand hops.
  29. Handle

    Handle Savant (415) North Carolina Mar 16, 2009

    I received a Voodoo PILZILLA in a trade a couple years back and thought it was phenomenal.
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  30. I like 'em.
    Bruery's Humulus Lager and Jacks Abbey Hoponious Union are both great. I'd love to see more brews like this, preferably in a 6 pack.
  31. SenorHops

    SenorHops Savant (475) Rhode Island Aug 10, 2010

    Jack's Abbey are the kings of hoppy lagers. I never liked lagers until now. Delicious!
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  32. Chinon01

    Chinon01 Savant (485) Pennsylvania Jan 23, 2007

    Some people won't be satisfied until every beer is an IPA.
  33. Jack's Abby.
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  34. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Advocate (730) Colorado Dec 9, 2011 Beer Trader

    Then you should buy more non-IPAs so the brewers know that people like them as much.
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  35. Nicolay3535

    Nicolay3535 Savant (290) Florida May 1, 2012 Beer Trader

    Jack's Abby Hopinous Union and Victory Prima Pils come to mind.
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  36. Olde Hickory's Southern Cross is a New Zealand hopped pilsner. I really wish it were brewed more often as I think it is one of the finest beers they have ever put out.
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  37. hopsbreath

    hopsbreath Savant (485) Oregon Aug 28, 2009

    I guess now is as good as any time for my semi-annual plea to SN to bring back Glissade. I'm sorely missing that one. Sierranevadabill, give me some good news!
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  38. rowingbrewer

    rowingbrewer Advocate (615) Massachusetts May 28, 2010 Beer Trader

    I will again mention what every other person has mentioned jacks abbey, but i will also mention R.I.P.L effect which is their Rye India Pale Lager. i would encourage you to do a trade with someone $30 locals 4 locals and only ask for jacks abbey. you will be amazed.
    Kiwi Rising
    Hoponius Union
    RIPL Effect
    mom and pops (wet hop)
    these are the hoppy ones but i would suggest trying others, saxonator, smoke and dagger, jabby brau, the list goes on. and i have not had a bad beer from them yet. excellent QC as far as their consistency goes
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  39. I hope that day never comes.
  40. patto1ro

    patto1ro Advocate (620) Netherlands Apr 26, 2004 Subscriber

    You really want every beer to be IPA? Not even a tiny bit of room for AK?