Rocket Girl | Asheville Brewing Company

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Rocket GirlRocket Girl

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Asheville Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by thagr81us on 03-10-2011

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Photo of OldSwampy
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice golden color with thick white head that leaves some lacing. Nose a little subdued but true to style, lager malts with mild hops, not too sweet. Taste a rich balanced lager that could only be improved by adding a bit of complexity, but is definitely a step above a lot of American lagers. Good beer, second I've had from this brewery, and both have been tasty and true to style. Poured from can with 5-03-16 date, presumably the production date.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Using the best of both worlds, Asheville Brewing uses what's best in the crisp dry and refreshing taste and texture of pilsner but also the soft and supple fruitiness of ale for a German-styled kolsch beer that offers subtle hints of complexity but in a high quaffing form

The bright and golden ale glimmers in the glass while its soft breadiness wafts onto the nose. Light apple and citrus accompany the fresh graininess and keep the sulfury scent restrained. Early flavors of fresh baking bread, dry crackers and a subtle doughy sweetness charm the sense to start the session.

And over the palate, the hybrid beer rolls through a drying bread taste and texture, inviting a light honeysuckle coat to offer a floral and fruity taste. Lemon, apple, light pear and berry add a smoothness to a mild hop bite of grassy and peppery bitterness.

Medium-light on the palate, the beer's dry demeanor plays upon the raw grain and grass of the beer leaving a light minty-hop finish and a linger of bread and herb.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours brilliant gold under a 1” lacy white foam cap that descends to a thick film moderately fast.

S: Spicy earthy hops, light grain, trace of pine. Hop aromas are medium, malt aromas are medium low.

T: Moderately rich malt with a light sweetness balanced by a trace of tartness on the finish. Some grainy dryness on the finish accented by a pleasant moderate bitterness that lingers.

F: Medium light body and medium carbonation.

O: This is a good lager that is easy to drink.

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Photo of DuffDaddy
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Had a taster of this mediocre lager at Jugghead's bottle shop in Winston Salem. Visited the venue with Mom, Dad and Bethany on a trip to pick up the kids after their summer in NC.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: slight haze; medium gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a wispy cap; OK lacing;

S: grass, pilsner malt, a little lemon;

T: light malt sweetness; a little grainy; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: light to medium bodied; light to moderate carbonation; somewhat crisp; moderately dry finish;

O: not very complex; easy drinking; a nice craft entry beer;

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Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a nice, fluffy head that leaves a sheet of lacing

Smell: Bready and grainy; faint hop aspect

Taste: Bready, up front, with a growing grainy character; some grassy bitterness, in the middle; the finish is slightly herbaceous

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Highly drinkable; a decent lager for when a lager will do

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Photo of Dave1999
3.71/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear Amber with a bright white head.

The smell is light and malty.

The taste is crisp, clean and light malts.

The feel light and easy to drink.

This was pretty good for a light lager, not my favorite style but I enjoyed the single can I bought. Very low abv would be good for an all day session.

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Photo of tone77
3.31/5  rDev -4.3%

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Yes, you guessed it. That can did reach my hand by way of woodychandler. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, a touch of sweetness. Taste is crisp and mild, grains, malts, light hops, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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Photo of Tone
3.6/5  rDev +4%

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of pale malt, slight sweet malt, hops, slight wheat, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of an American Pale Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with a low carbonation level. There is also a noticeable dryness. Tastes of hops, hint of citrus, pale malt, slight sweet malt, and wheat. Overall, weak appearance, decent aroma and body, good feel, but too dry and too much wheat flavor.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at the brewery and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a muddled, bright, maize-gold coloring, with a frothy, sparse, white head. Nose of toasted grains and subtle hops, remaining very light throughout. Flavors are toasted grains forward, with a floral hops highlight, and a tangy hops resin character at the end. Crisp and mid-bodied, with a tangy sweet and bitter aftertaste. The finish is smooth and crisp.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.12/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

THe beer is at cellar temp and poured into a pint glass.
Pours a bright clear yellow hue with fizzy bleached white head of 4 cm. The foam fades gradually to a sturdy surface layer.
Aroma is mild with some grainy malt and a bit of spicy hops. NO hint of booze and no complexity, not flawed anywhere either, just not exciting to me.
First sip reveals a very light body and fizzy carbonation. Flavor is grainy malt and some residual sweetness. Maybe a little herbal hop finish. Not complex or overwhelming. A decent lager, but not one to hunt out again.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with moderate to significant amounts of active visible carbonation quickly rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint hints of golden yellow. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy foamy bright white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of cereal grain malts with some lighter aromas of bready malts. There are light notes of herbal and grassy hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of bready, biscuit, and cereal grain malts but without very much sweetness. There are light to moderate flavors of herbal, grassy, and citrus/orange zest hops. Light amounts of bitterness are present but it fades pretty quickly.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp and smooth.

O: This is very drinkable and very sessionable. A very nice lager with some more pronounced hop aromas and flavors than are often found in the styles (especially American examples). This is a great easy drinking beer for starting out on Thanksgiving and watching some football.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.06/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

CAN-curious? Worried about what your unborn offspring might look like if you drink beer from a CAN? Fret no longer as the fomenter, instigator and creator of The CANQuest (TM) leads you on a merry expedition into the very best (and worst) that beer has to offer!

From the CAN: Well, not really anything, but note how my close-up pic reveals Rocket Girl standing on a running board reading "Mind the Gap". the whole scene looks like it was rendered by Wally Wood, a fellow Woody of whom I am a big fan. He took Pap's way out in 1982, but his art is unique. Man, the dolls are all curvy and buxom and I was once with a beauty that could have been one of his models. We looked like a Mutt & Jeff couple and my dumpy, rumpled attraction was inexplicable to most, but she liked my tumescence and that sustained us for a long time until she became bored and moved on.

Wild, the Rocket Girl was a squirter! I have been with a few of them, also, but usually they cop to it ahead of time. She got her juices all over my fingers, which I licked as though I was done with a bucket of Col. Sanders' finest. I then inverted the CAN for both a Glug and to see it there might not be a small packet of short curlies to augment the experience. No luck there, but two fingers of dense, bone-white head with good retention to make up for any loss. Color was a bright lemon yellow (SRM = 4) and it looked like liquid sunshine in my glass. Wow! I should have had this on a dreary February afternoon, instead. Nose smelled like grass and honey and I was sent! Dip The Old Lady in honey, smoke some grass and watch me take off like a rocket. 'Nuff said! Mouthfeel was medium and the grassy hops just danced around on my tongue. Oh man, I eschewed lagers for so (too) long, but now I realize that they CAN be tasty and worthwhile. Finish was semi-dry with a lingering grassiness.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #64 (May 2012):

LOOK: Straw yellow, touch of haze, creamy; frothy white head

SMELL: Fresh, clean, bready malts, honey, hay

TASTE: Crisp, prickly, light bodied, biscuity malts, grassy hops, herbal, mild fruitiness and dimethyl sulfide (DMS), bready finish

Referred to as a “Golden Lager” on the can, this hybrid ale meets lager brewed with a Kölsch yeast at a low temperature is a decent lager—especially for a low ABV beer. Light, but still interesting and well-balanced. Drinkability is insane. Our only gripe is we wished it finished a bit cleaner.

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into ye old chilled tulip.

Appearance 4.0: Lovely deep golden color. Head was small (1/8"), but dissipated into pleasant swirls on the top. Lots of CO2 bubble everywhere.

Smell 3.0: Pretty average bouquet on this beer. Nothing really jumps out at me, just a neutral scent.

-Taste 4.0: Front is dry and somewhat sweet. Middle is smooth and filled with subtle barley. Finish is where the alkaline bite of the hops hit you, although this is restrained. Aftertaste is very pleasant: malt, adjuncts and very light hops. Refreshing.

-Mouthfeel 3.0: Pleasant mouthfeel, nothing outstanding.

-Overall 3.5: Very good lager. This beer is refreshing and has a nice hop bite to it, in spite of its billing as a "golden lager." This would be an excellent session beer and also excellent with food. Definitely worth picking up if you can find it.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.02/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can.

The appearance and low ABV are the two things Rocket Girl has going for her. Gorgeous, straw-golden body with a light carbonation level and a hefty tuft of off-white head up top. Lots of lace left behind on my glass. The aroma is a bit off-putting, as it smells like unfermented wort with ample sweetness. A little creamed corn in for 'good' measure. Slight hoppiness.

Rocket Girl tastes a little better than she smells (hah!), with a light cracker and vegetal maltiness that quickly vanishes from the palate. She's clean, alright. Grassy hops leave traces of bitterness and cracked pepper on the back end of the sip. Mouthfeel is dry and well-carbonated with an anorexic thinness to the body. While this is certainly a sessionable brew at 3.2% ABV, I probably wouldn't want to have more than one...

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Photo of tdm168
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Cedric's Tavern at the Biltmore in Asheville.

A - pours a clear gold with a thin lacing of head.

S - faint citrus

T - lemon, grassy, faint malt

M - light bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is about as simple as beer gets, but after wandering around the Biltmore and the grounds for a few hours on a hot May day in NC this was perfect and very refreshing.

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Photo of rangerred
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold with a one finger white head.

A nice biscuity aroma along with some cereal grains. Some floral hops are present as well.

The taste is pretty malty with biscuit and caramel. Grass and hay hop flavor along with a moderate to hight bitterness takes hold quickly and linger long into the finish. Mouthfeel is somewhat watery but that can almost be expected of a beer that is only 3.2%

Overall this beer has a lot of flavor for being such low strength. A truly great session beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy bright orange with a big fomay off white head. A real nice slow fade with good retention. A very nice layer of lace and just a super hazy overall look. Smell was crisp, clean and not overly biting or strong. Lightly linger and waffed through the air. Nice hint of subtle hoppiness and a blend of sugary tones. Not bad, could be stronger. First impresssion was very smooth, but then it kinda fell flat on the tongue, with a dull feel. The finish was nice and hoppy and had some lingering to it, and the overall flavor had a nice balance to it with the malt profile

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Photo of thagr81us
3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had while at the brewpub during a visit to Asheville. Served from tap into a sampler shaker. Poured golden-yellow with a half finger bone white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, nutmeg, and skunk. The flavor was of sweet malt, spices, nutmeg, and wheat. It ahd a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew, but far from awe-inspiring. Every aspect of this one just seemed to be lacking so much that it wasn't even funny. I could see people playing beer pong with this one if I'm honest. Just the watered down aspect killed this one for me personally. Worth trying with dinner, but I would leave it at that...

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Photo of babaracas
3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Asheville Brewing Co. This is built to wash down pizza, but not a particularly great kolsch.

A clear light amber with thin white head, stratus cloud like lace. Smell: soapy, a little lemon, pale malt, slightly spicy. Taste: wheat cracker, grape skin, mild sweet pale malt. Dry finish.

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Rocket Girl from Asheville Brewing Company
3.46 out of 5 based on 102 ratings.
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