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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
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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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2.74/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Spotted this one at the supermarket. Will admit that the logo was the purchasing impetus, a neat flower ditty in what otherwise appears to be an English football kit. I might have been had.

STYLE: Czech Pilsner

ABV: 6.3%

LOOK: Flimsy pencil with a tornado of carbonation settling under a pretty decent, milky head. Definitely a stark contrast between the top half-finger and the rest of my full but not really full tulip.

NOSE: Garbanzo beans, dry towel, oats. Light spice, maybe white pepper, deep in the recesses. More flower stems than floral.

MOUTH: It won't satisfy any craving, you have to get past the too-bitter head to taste what's there. Light oats, soft pepper, generic flowers, empty fog. Despite that, it borders on refreshing and the finish is rather subtle and nice, a fleck of malty sweetness. I'm somewhat unsurprised to find a certain Northeast ownership lurking in the background. Magic Hat Marketing 2, Hayward Abbey 0.

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Hayward Abbey Rating: 75

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3/5  rDev -15%

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3.09/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with a huge bubbly white head that displays moderate retention and lace. Smells of light grains with a hint of honey sweetness, floral earthy hops with a touch of buttery soap? The flavor is sweet and malty with hints of butterscotch and a really unbalanced earthy spicy citric hop bite. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet almost tart mouthfeel. I wanted to like this but I just didn't. A sweet unattenuated brew with a hop bill that doesn't mesh at all with the beer style.

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3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
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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3.14/5  rDev -11%
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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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
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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3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a bright yellow body just a teensy bit of haziness to it. Medium-sized, foaming, white head. It collapses, but leaves some lacing as it goes.

Smell: Sweetish and spicy with lowly grainy pils malts and grassy, spicy-minded American hops.

Taste: Gentle pils malt introduction with a little bit of sweetness and faint, faint hint of honey. Grassy, spicy hops (with a light floral tone) with sufficient bitterness to knock out that initial sweetness. Drying, near-crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: A fairly clean, tasty lager.

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3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
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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