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MacTarnahan's Full Bloom Craft Lager | Portland Brewing Company

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MacTarnahan's Full Bloom Craft LagerMacTarnahan's Full Bloom Craft Lager

Brewed by:
Portland Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
35 IBU

Malts: Pilsner, Carapils
Hops: Nugget, Mt Hood, Sterling

Added by msubulldog25 on 06-28-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 64
Reviews by Kendo:
Photo of Kendo
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the bomber into a pilsner glass. Body is golden-yellow with a small white head. Some splotchy lace.

S: Cereal grains and florally hops.

T: Like a fairly generic pilsner: cereal grains and straw up front, florally hops with a touch of grassiness at the finish. Slight sweetness underneath that detracts from the crispness I like in a pilsner.

M: A wee bit slick for the style; light-to-medium in heft. Carbonation is modest.

O: OK. Nothing special.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of woodchipper
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Jason
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

A: Good clarity, sudsy ... very sudsy. Bright golden color.

S: Faint herbal, floral and fruity hop with some bread grain as well. Pretty clean nose.

T&M: Just enough crispness, very smooth with a bigger body than expected but still is very refreshing. Grassy malt backbone, slightly biscuity with a pulling bitterness from the hops ... herbal and spicy. A bit of warmth from the alcohol, clean. Hops and malt play well in the semi-dry finish.

O: Clean enough to get by, the rustic edge is inviting and my palate begs for another gulp. Seasonal ... ok, but they should keep thing one going year-round even if it was draft-only. Damn good.

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Photo of Brenden
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This one's bright gold, clear with a little chill haze. It grows a pure, clean white head that's fluffy and craggy, about one finger tall. It remains a full fluffy half finger for the full session, dropping patching behind.
There's a little bit of white fruit flesh with some biscuit balanced by light floral bitterness with an herbal touch in the smell.
Grassy, floral and herbal gentle hops bitterness comes against some honey sweetness and biscuit. It has a hint of spiciness.
The leafy, herbal note adds a light dryness in a light body that has a nice heft to it. it's consistently crisp and nicely smooth. It's pretty clean, with a touch of grain coming through a little.

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Photo of Mtooman
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of GilGarp
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber served cold into a pint glass.

Full Bloom is a very pale golden yellow with thick white head. Is settles fairly quickly but leaves some nice spotty lacing.

Aroma is mild but nicely hopped for a pilsner. Not on the level of an imperial but somewhere in between traditional and double.

Flavor is nicely balanced but more bitter than sweet. Slightly herbal and spicy with a dry crisp finish.

Mouthfeel is light in body and balanced. Carbonation seems a little too high but isn't totally out of style.

Overall a good extra pilsner.

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Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - bright golden yellow with a thin white head

S - herbal, grassy hops with some faint cereal grains

T - herbal, faint grass, cereal grains, just a little spicy

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

Not a bad pilsner. It's definitely hoppy and refreshing. I'm not sure I'd pick up another bomber of this but if it was sold in six packs I may pick one up from time to time.

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Photo of wilfonzo
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of puboflyons
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on June 25, 2014.

The pour is a pilsener-looking pale yellow with a huge white head and active carbonation. Great clarity.

The aroma has a notable grain ester but there is also a kind of hay or grass thing going on. A little buttery. Low hops.

The body is low to medium and reasonably smooth.

The taste is grainy, grassy, and ends somewhat clean. The sweetness sticks around to the end too. It did not blow me away but it was less than $3.00.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was a tasty treat. A bit of a break from all the over the top and punch you in your mouth flavors. This one was an experiment with subtlety. A fine pilsener but with a nice floral note. This definitely lives up to the name, it is a very refreshing take.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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Photo of Bluegrass49
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Too bad this is retired. It was surprisingly good. Pours a light yellow color, a bit cloudy with a decent white foamy head. Good carbonation, minimal hoppiness. Very refreshing.

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Photo of nebula1999
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of smakawhat
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Pokal glass.

A real fluffy white head, some retention but not so much. Body color is a real nice brassy light orange. Crystal clear with some rising carbonation, most of it cola sized bubbles.

Simple bouquet. Light malts, a little bit of bread dough, faint grass hop. Doesn't seem particularly like a crisp lager is coming.

Palate hits with lots of carbonation, and hop grass like gas. Light malts hit with a big crisp body, but excessive prickly feel and quinine tonic sense seems to get in the way. Herbal finish, but also as mentioned gassy. Warmth brings out more malt backbone with some honey sense too.

Overall still pretty drinkable, it gets better as it warms up strangely.

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Photo of MarkJBurch
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up tonight at the Meridian Brewforia.. Paid a pricey (for a pilsner) $6, but I am a sucker for lagers. Poured into my slim tulip.. The brew is clear straw golden.. great rocky white head... good retention and lacing.

Pale malts and a traditional hoppiness in the aromas... The nose is good, but it is lacking some malty complexities.. though it is good for sure.

Flavor is pale malts and a soft bitterness that melts into a mildly spicy hoppiness... clean and nicely balanced..

body is about right, but the carbonation seems a touch light.. but what do I know?

This is a very nice brew.... expensive, but nice. It would be a goto for me if it was in 6'ers and more moderately priced... Very drinkable.. and has the pils style nailed down tight.


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Photo of buschbeer
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle
Served in a pilsner glass

A - This beer is straw colored with a decent amount of carbonation rising from the etching at the bottom of the glass. It is topped with a couple inches of white head.

S - I get some floral hops and biscuit.

T - The taste follows the aroma. I get a solid bread malt base and a flowery taste. It reminds me of hibiscus or roses.

M - Moderate with lower than expected carbonation.

O - I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I didn't expect much. I enjoyed the flowery aspects of this beer, and the bready malt added a nice balance. It goes down really well on a hot day like today.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden straw color, decent sized fizzy head that fades fast, only small bits of spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell has a very grassy aroma, some light lemon zest to the nose as well, very floral.

Taste starts out with a mild sweet malt backing, the grassy floral hops provide a nice bittering balance, carbonation is very high and the body is thin especially considering the strength of this Pilsner.

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Photo of tjsmith910
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of mountdew1
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an oversize wine glass. Color was a light golden amber with a white lacy head, with a bit of side cling. Aroma was slightly fruity with a hint of floral. Flavor was sweet up front, but then shifted to a bitter tart. Almost a bit on the sour side. Coated very nicely, with a good amount of carbonation in the mouth. Overall was a bit disappointing. The flavor just seemed wrong for the style, and was just bizarre.

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Photo of BGsWo22
1/5  rDev -72.3%

Photo of Listers
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of djkrause
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of JamesMN
3.14/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoy by 8/30/12. Didn't notice that until after the purchase.

Appearance: Very effervescent when poured but settles down quickly producing a pillowy white head atop a clear golden body.

Aroma: Some pilsen malt, a touch of sweetness and earth from the hops, and a bit of yeast.

Taste: Much more bland than I anticipated with some odd overripe fruit and metallic flavors. The intended flavor is decent, an airy malt bill with sweet hops. Not quite what I was expecting for the style but close enough. There is a hint of a graham cracker-like flavor but it is too watered down to add much flavor. 6.3% ABV seems a little high for the amount of flavor here. Sort of a smooth ale-like finish which is surprising. Refreshing but not crisp.

Mouthfeel: I may have poured it too aggressively because the body is basically tepid after pouring. Just under medium in body with average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: I'm always up for trying new beers and Full Bloom was the cheapest bomber in the craft section at $2.99. While not exactly great I guess you get what you pay for. If this had been fresh I'd imagine it would be much more crisp. Would I drink it again? Yes, if fresh.

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MacTarnahan's Full Bloom Craft Lager from Portland Brewing Company
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