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Style:
Lager - European Pale
Ranked #42
ABV:
4.6%
Score:
75
Ranked #47,853
Avg:
3.33 | pDev: 15.02%
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
137
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Innis & Gunn
 
Scotland, United Kingdom
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  6
Gots
  43
SCORE
75
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Notes: Our Lager is made in small batches with Naked Golden Oats and great Scottish pride and exuberance, which give it its full flavour and very smooth finish.

Unusually, as well as our own, unique Lager malt, we have added some Naked Golden Oats to the brew, which impart a satisfying smoothness to the finish.

Naked Golden Oats are grown without husks so that even more goodness and flavour can be extracted during brewing.
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GingerFinn from Canada

3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This one was a very interesting lager. Tasted like a mix of Helles, Euro lager and an old-school IPA all in one. Bitter, sweet, citrusy, malty, oatmeal-like and aggressively carbonated. Very intriguing, will gladly revisit.

Apr 10, 2020
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bradyn_ca from Canada

3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It smells and tastes a bit sweet, golden straw, bla bla bla, lager beer. I do prefer their Gunpowder IPA, but here I got more flavor then I expected from this lager at 4.6 and the Canadian standard is 5 and not watery. I do wish this particular lager were cheaper because this is a beer I would pound on a nice day with the barbeque and smoker running hot. Better than American lagers I must say, but that's not much of a competition there. Yes I'm Canadian and yes I think American beer sucks so I give good alternatives good reviews. This of course is to be expected, naturally. This beer is well deserving of a good review far more than shitty fruity IPAs.

Jun 06, 2019
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I believe I got this from The Beer Store near Hamilton ONT. It poured a clear golden with thin white head that is not leaving any lace. The scent had faint grain notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with a aluminum can flare. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's an ok beer.

Apr 20, 2019
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jamesroses from Argentina

2.9/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Clear golden with very small particles floating (unfiltered?) Creamy small bubbles head dissapears quickly leaving a white film on top.

Weird perfumey-like aroma of green fruits, apples and pears. Not much else.

Taste follows the nose. It's a weird tasting lage. Don't get the take.

Mouthfeel is light but not watery.

Weird lager

Jan 18, 2019
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josanguapo from Spain

3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

De Corte Ingles. En copa Teku. Jugando a Avernum 5. 11 meses tras consumo preferente. Agradablemente maltosa, con punto acartonado que no la estropea y una sensacion aspera que supongo que sera de la avena que le da un buen cuerpo

Oct 23, 2018
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janubio from Spain

3.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pale golden colour, medium head with long retention, good lace.
Aroma is malty, iwth grains, fresh watered grassand slightly citrics.
Medium body, good carbonation, malty texture.
Taste of malts, grain, citric, herbs.
Good palate cleanser lager.

Mar 24, 2018
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Ghrymm from Canada

3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 330ml bottle.
For a small batch Crafted Brewed it is pretty flat tasting.
Clear light golden with a thin head a mild malt nose.
Came in a 4 pack with 2 IPA's.

Mar 19, 2018
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Jtee from Canada

2.42/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

From a 500ml can served straight from the fridge at 9 degrees Celsius into a pilsner glass. Best before april 2018.

Look: The beer pours a brilliant pale gold with 3cm of white, frothy head that settles into a craggy cap in 2+ minutes. No lacing and overall poor head.

Smell: Faint and leaning towards sweet. Some earthy and spicy noble hop aroma along with biscuity pale malts.

Taste: Follows the aroma with mild intensity and sweet balance. Faint hops and pale malts with an adjunct quality. The finish is short, faint, and leaning towards bitter with some minerality.

Feel: Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Crisp and smooth with no apparent alcohol.

Overall: Clean, refreshing, and thirst-quenching. Innis & Gunn lager is simple and to style but lacks life.

Sep 06, 2017
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smirks from Canada

3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

500mL can from LCBO. Chilled. Poured into a standard lager glass.

Look: Clear, golden, lots of dancing carbonation. 1cm frothy head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Light, bready, malty. Slight sourness. Slight metallic/mineral quality.

Taste: Crisp. Sweet on the tongue, very light, almost watery. Grains and malt give way to a slightly metallic finish, and a pleasing, slightly bitter floral aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium mouthfeel. Smooth. Amount of carbonation is pleasing.

Overall: A pleasant, light tasting, very drinkable lager. Very different than the normal offerings from Innis & Gunn

Jan 28, 2016
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Hanglow from Scotland

3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours bright, golden. Minimal head that fades quick.

slight grainy sweet smell, little to no hops

inoffensive grainy taste, slight slickness in the mouthfeel, mild bitterness, mild dryness

It's ok and probably one of the better I&G beers

Jan 23, 2016
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D-HopSupreme from Canada

3.52/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear, straw-coloured body with a fairly foamy white head that sustains itself quite well. The scent is nearly non-existent, with nothing truly detectable coming through. The taste is very light and crisp, with what I would assume to be a predominant oat flavour along with a touch of bitterness at the end. The feel is incredibly smooth. Overall, it's a bit bland, though something nice for a hot summer's day or night at the pub.

Jan 09, 2016
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mdfb79 from New York

3.31/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Saw this on tap a few times throughout my UK trip, usually at rugby pubs with not great beer. Not very good, but easy to drink. Seems like their sight beer option for matches and the like.

Oct 16, 2015
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wordemupg from Canada

3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into tulip 7/8/15

A clear golden yellow with a single stream of bubbles feeding a short lived finger of foam that leaves a few patches of lace

S cardboard, sweet grains and some menthol of all things, a little honey and lemon

T mimics the smell grainy, a little musty, not bad but basic

M light bodied, soft from the bubbles, fairly clean finish

O not a bad beer just not a whole lot going on, not sure why I'm getting cough drop like menthol here and there but it neither helps or hinders

nothing exciting or anything to be ashamed of but at the end of the day its a basic beer, a little strange at times but drinkable

Aug 10, 2015
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Bunman3 from Canada

3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is definitely one of the best Euro Lagers I have tried to date. I really like the combination of pepper, biscuit, and digestive cookie flavours that pop up when you swirl it around in your mouth. I love finding a new "go to" when it comes to beer styles, and this lager definitely fits the bill.

May 14, 2015
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ChrisCage from Canada

4.31/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very clear golden color with a few, large lumbering columns rising to the top. The head leaves a lot to the imagination however, as there is only a whimper of foam from the pour that very quickly dissipates into nothing unfortunately. Lacing is also not very impressive, with simply an oily film clinging to the side of the glass.

S- Very malty and grainy comes to mind upfront. There is a slightly corn-adjunct aroma about it. I'm not sure if it's the oats that are used in this lager, but there is also a dry smell that is slightly dusty. No hop aromas noted....

T- Awesome....simply awesome! This is one of the nicest tasting simple lagers I've ever had! A very nice blend of sweet, savory, malt-esque, dry grains, no adjuncts.....just good beer! The oats impart a certain boldness to the overall flavor that awakens the palate! Hop presence is noted but muted. Very nice!!!

M/O- The mouthfeel of this one is medium bodied and velvety smooth carbonation wise. The flavors are sweet, balanced, and subtle overall. Would be great as a compliment to an extra old cheddar, spicy chili or chinese dishes in my opinion. I highly recommend this lager to anyone who wants something with flavor, but a little different. Another great product from what I am believing more and more is one of THE most solid breweries around!

Apr 04, 2015
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Burgz from Canada

4.06/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml can with best before stamp of May 2015. Poured into a pint mug. Pours a transparent straw color with a small quickly dissipating head. Scents of light almost minty or eucaliptys. Tastes sweet with hints of citrus (maybe lime). Lower carbonation than most lagers. Overall an incredible tasting import lagers. One of the best I have tried in a while.

Jan 29, 2015
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Logan12321 from Canada

3.95/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden pour, with little head and low retention. Taste is great, the malt taste is there but not too overwhelming. Very low carbonation, smooth going down and served cold was great.

Jan 25, 2015
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ghisty from Canada

3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance:
gold, slightly hazey when poured, flattens clear, not much carb, one finger lace, looks like typical adjunct lager.

smell:
probably this lager's best point, grainey, notes of straw, orange, birchsmoke maybe. hints of corn, oats, its a bit too chilled to have full nose.

taste: grainey, like the nose,its grainey, and bright. the malt isnt very present at first , once swallowed it drys up and has a buttery malt after taste. its a good lager flavour, not much bitter at all, crisp and light hops towards the finish.

mouth: not visibly as carb as it tastes, a burps, it isnt foamy of slick,
and being from a tallboy can and poured out ,it is decently crisp.
it drinks very easily,

overall: at the start, expecting this lager to have similar traits to the norm for innis & gunn, I had expected smokey flavour, maybe even carmel. but its a pretty sessional lager, its crisp and sort of dry, drinks easy and has some body,
my only complaint is that its a bit flat, but its only available from tallcan where I live and I'd imagine its signifigantly better bottled or on tap for that matter. It isnt what I'd expected but it is worthy of drinking.
on that note..

Jan 14, 2015
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BeerWatcher from Canada

3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Pours a light amber with light carbonation and a light white head that quickly settles into a thin film leaving little lacing behind, Aromas are of vanilla, cereal in milk, and light biscuits. Tastes are of vanilla cookies, oats, sweet corn, digestive cookies. Overall, in a world of boring cardboard flavoured lagers, this one is a standout for me.

Sep 17, 2014
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BeerDrinkersWorldTour from Northern Ireland

4/5  rDev +20.1%

Appearance – A good golden colour with a medium head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves little lacing.

Smell – This beer has a rich aromatic smell of hops and malt.

Taste – In the brewing process they have added naked oats which boosts the flavour so that it is similar in some ways to Amstel and very similar to the German Helles beers but it has more flavour than both. In terms of flavour the malt really comes through and is the most dominate flavour but there is some sweetness and the leafy citrus hops balances this out. Overall this beer has a rich flavour that is smooth and well balanced.

Mouthfeel – Good body on this one with a light sharpness and good linger.

Overall – A beer I highly recommend. Generally I prefer dark ale over lager but this beer has surprising flavour and character. It is smooth and goes down very well but it still has nice depth.

Sep 16, 2014
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Organdrew from Canada

3.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I was curious about the new innis and gunn lager beer out so I bought a 500ml can from the local liquor store. Served from a can into a tall beer mug.

Look: can is green with cool patterns. Beer pours a little darker than expected for a lager, but sill a little light.golden almost brown-orange tint. Poured a few inches thick with bubly head that receded quick enough.

smell: reminds me of Budweiser on tap from the local bar but with no harsh notes. Light smelling maybe slight notes of caramel?

taste: Excellent! Tastes like the regular innis & gunn, the typical "Innis taste", though slightly lighter. Like you would expect a lager to taste. reminds me the strength of bud light but with innis and gunn taste. The taste is more malty-sweet, with very little hops coming through. No harsh chemical tastes, very balanced, and sweet. vanilla? High on the malty side.

mouth-feel: creamy, smooth, light carbonation. Very malty and feels nice in the mouth.

Overall: Innis & Gunn have never disappointed me with any of their beers. I was disappointed a few times by other brand's versions of lagers but this one is good. Will I buy again? Maybe if I was longing for a tasty, easy drinking, and sweet beer, although I do prefer bitter hoppy IPA. I would recommend to anyone that enjoys Innis, malty-sweet beers, or lagers.

Jul 25, 2014
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Electros from Canada

2.99/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving was in a 500 ml can, cracked it the same day of buying from my local liquor store. Honestly I was not impressed by this lager. I was surprised at how sweet it tasted. It wasn't terrible, but anything that I have had from Innis & Gunn has been pretty good if not great. I won't buy again...

Jun 25, 2014
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SebD from Canada

2.85/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: It has a nice clear straw yellow color to it. It has a nice white head that dies down quickly and leaves next to no lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of grainy malts, lemon zest and a light grassiness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some light grainy/bready malts, lemon zest and faint earthy/grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a light overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by decent flavors and aromas.

Jun 04, 2014
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thehyperduck from Canada

3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500 mL can picked up at the LCBO; best before Jan. 2015. I've been a fan of I&G's oak-aged stuff for many years, so when I spotted this lager on the shelf it immediately piqued my interest. Served well-chilled.

Pours a clear golden-yellow colour, topped with just over one finger of sparkling, frothy white head. Decent retention, with a modest swath of lace left behind as the head gradually wilts into a thin cap and collar. Looks fine, with a fairly unremarkable aroma that consists of pale grain malts, pear sweetness, and citrusy lemon tang. Not off-putting, but not really what I expect from an EPL.

My first impression? Pretty tasty, and fairly unique for the style. Grainy malts and oat sweetness provide an agreeable background, allowing the interesting mix of lemony citrus and berry-fruit flavours to strut their stuff. It finishes with a slight fruity tang and light, grassy bitterness. Light-bodied, with aggressive carbonation as one might expect from this type of lager. Very drinkable, and quite enjoyable to do so.

As far as I'm concerned, I&G's Lager Beer is one of the better Euro pale lagers I've had in years. That being said, I doubt I'll be a regular purchaser of this stuff - it's a little pricy for what you get, and it's not like more affordable alternatives are difficult to find (e.g. any number of continental pilseners). If you're a lager man and money is no concern for you, then this brew will be worth a look.

[Updated Jun 11 2015]

Another can, purchased mostly because it was on sale and I happened to be in the mood for a lager. I've noticed that the brewery says this is brewed in the style of a Munich Helles, and I can definitely see the resemblance to lagers such as Spaten and Lowenbrau; however, the use of oats definitely seems to soften the mouthfeel, compared to most imported European fare. This is a relatively good Euro lager that I will continue to drink from time to time.

Final Grade: 3.53, a B.

May 26, 2014
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Shadman from Canada

3.92/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

These guys are more often hit than miss. Not sure why they would want to enter the saturated lager market, but then wtf do I know?

Certainly no lack of the 'good' stuff that one looks for in a lager, Nuff said there.

I could go on and on about the aroma, taste, feel. What's the point???? The facts are: It's a Euro lager, obviously made with quality ingredients. Would I pay 'Stella' money for this in say Calgary, Alberta vs. Stella? Yes.

There's my take on this brew.

Cheers

May 23, 2014
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Beer rating: 75 out of 100 with 137 ratings