Innis & Gunn Lager Beer | Innis & Gunn

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Brewed by:
Innis & Gunn
Scotland, United Kingdom
innisandgunn.com

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BlackHaddock on 11-27-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
111
Reviews:
26
Avg:
3.37
pDev:
15.73%
 
 
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Ratings: 111 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of biboergosum
2.83/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

16oz glass at Beer Revolution YEGDT, in the hubbub of post-Yuletide revelry (my own included!)

This beer appears a crystal clear, pale golden yellow colour, with one skinny finger of foamy, loosely frothy off-white head, which leaves nothing more than a small amount of coral atoll lace around the glass as things quickly sink away.

It smells of musty apples, stale pears, weakly bready pale malt, a touch of semisweet corn pone, mild acetone, and earthy, dead leaf hops. The taste is more of the same - gritty pome fruit, edgy grainy pale malt - one a little too informed by a corn/rice addendum - a certain dry candy pithiness, and rather uninspired weedy, musty hops.

The bubbles are nice and tight, in their plainly rendered frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and so-so in the smoothness department. It finishes off-dry, the apple and pear fruitiness persisting above all, with a waning pale malt and generally wan hoppiness.

A fairly bland Euro-lager, one none too far removed from the macro Continental versions of the style. Not worthy of the stiff import price, and not worth the hit on my wavering, and yet still expectant palate for this gateway-heavy brewery. When will I fucking learn?

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Photo of olradetbalder
1.5/5  rDev -55.5%

Photo of mdfb79
3.31/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

330ml Bottle: poured into a Veltins badged stemmed tulip at home on 27th Nov 13.

Medium to pale lager gold in colour, no head to mention.

Yet another citrus flavoured and smelling golden brew: this is lemon and lime from start to finish. Mild malt traces try and just about fail to add some sweetness into my glass.

Not the greatest lager I've had, nor the worst: McAverage apart from too many citrus flavours for me. Reminded me of old style lemonade with a wedge of lime.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.6/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of spinrsx
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of PEIhop
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wordemupg
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
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

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Photo of wl0307
2.88/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Coming in Innis&Gunn’s branded, elegantly shaped clear 330ml bottle, BB 10/2014, served mildly chilled in a straight pint glass.

A: pours a bright dark straw colour, coming with a thin white foamy head and mild carbonation.
S: lightly dusty, doughy, lemony & lightly aromatic-herbal with a fine sweet grainy backbone; a good swirl would accentuate the raw nut like gristy aroma.
T: lightly effervescent, the foretaste is thin/watery with a surprisingly high level of attenuation, but malt flavour is in the lacking and herbal&zesty hops contribute only a moderate degree of bitterness overall. The finish is dry-ish but nevertheless remains smooth, maybe due to the naked golden oats used in the brew.
M&O: quite fizzy overall, the fizz comes in abundance underneath a deceptively smooth surface, this medium-minus bodied lager beer doesn’t come with a sufficiently assertive flavour profile to drive it apart from many watery commercial products made on the same brewing site, Tennent Brewery.

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Photo of bylerteck
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Howlader
2/5  rDev -40.7%

Photo of andrenaline
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of deonreds
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of EmperorBevis
2.79/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a lemon jelly kind of hue, clear body and giant white foaming head that soon is a thin surface splattering

To put it bluntly the aroma is pretty much like any other generic UK mock Lager

The taste is really dull some sweetness perhaps from the oats and some brief fleeting hints of fruits is it lime?

Buuuurp! It's fizzy and probably the mouthfeel is the best bit of this dull insipid drink

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Photo of schopenhauerale
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of Molson2000
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Kmat10
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of kwjd
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of ZachT
3.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.71/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2014. Picked up a little while back from a supermarket. The label states that this brew is inspired by German helles and includes oats in the mash.

Poured into a stemmed pilsner glass. A crystal-clear golden colour with medium carbonation. Forms a decent head of white foam that lasts for a couple of minutes before collapsing and disappearing. Aroma of faint light malt with subtle hints of stewed leaves and cardboard. Weak sauce.

Tastes of weak malt with a dry finish. Notes of ultra-light malt, stewed leaves, husks and cardboard. Well-attenuated, followed by a harsh bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with spritzy carbonation and a thin, insubstantial body. Quite astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of acrid stewed leaves and watery malt.

Spectacularly unimpressive. Looks like a typical macro lager, with a virtually non-existant aroma and a weak flavour that possesses an unpleasant harshness. So-so body; bit too fizzy. Doesn't live up to its pedigree. Not very nice and not worth spending money on - give it a miss.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.07/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle from Tesco (£1.50):
Golden amber with a thin, probably 0.5cm bubbly, white head with alright retention.

Lively with a citrus zest aroma some fruits and subtle hops. Almost like a Corona but a step up at least.

Corn and a sort of vegetable adjunct taste seem to kick things off with this one, although the citrus that dominated with lemon & lime featuring along with some bread.

Light bodied but less carbonated than I had feared, there was some sweetness and a sharp, crisp feel thanks to the excessive amount of citrus throughout the beer, in both the taste and the smell.

Very average indeed and not at all like an Innis & Gunn beer. This one seems aimed at the masses.

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Photo of Jcarriglio
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -11%

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