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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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Ratings: 64 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of johnnnniee
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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Photo of buschbeer
3.76/5  rDev +6.5%
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 +3.1%
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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1/5  rDev -71.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a decent looking fizzy bubbly 2 finger head that retains well, lots of bubbles rising from the etch at the bottom, very clear bright golden tan yellow colored beer.

Nose actually presents a nice lager aroma, like pure lager. Nice soft straw and crisp lager aromas, juicy almost with the nice toasty malt. Hint of fruitiness from the yeast as well as, with some nice soft floral grassy style, almost noble but not quite, hops.

Taste starts light and crisp, not not light on flavor. Big toasty straw out front, with a nice full toasty malt, juicy malt, but still crisp. An almost biscuit but not quite, with juicy lager flavors, light and refreshing. Hops again tickle with light floral grassy, but get slightly spicy as it goes, with a light overall bitterness that balances well to the semi sweet nice malty flavors, and crisp lager flavors. The softness lends to a nice smooth finish that is crisp and clean, fairly dry, with a bit more slightly spicy hops, light toasty straw malts still as well.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, nice fluffy carbonation.

Overall I'm a little impressed. By the label, and not knowing the brewery too well, adn on top of that knowing most breweries make a poor lager, this was nice. Good straw toasty malts, semi sweet, with nice lager crispness, juicy, and the right balance of floral grassy hops. Still not a knock your socks off kinda beer, but good.

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2/5  rDev -43.3%

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden yellow color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left thin sheets of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of grains, caramel and floral notes.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel and grains. Nice subtle bitterness adds good balance to the beer.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied lager with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a really tasty lager. At $1.99 for a bomber at Zipp's in Minneapolis it's a steal.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.91/5  rDev +10.8%
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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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of smcolw
4.26/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good starting head, leaves good chunks of lace. Crystal clear broth with a straw color.

Clean, fresh aroma of fresh malt and floral hop.

Refreshing clean flavor that starts with pale malt. Very soft taste like the best pilsner. There's balancing hop that is closer to flowers than bitter pepper. Excellent body for the style--quite full bodied with appropriate carbonation.

This is one of the superior pilsners I've ever had--beautiful smoothness.

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Photo of trix
3/5  rDev -15%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
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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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours crystal clear dark gold. Head is bright white. Head retains very well. Minute lacing patches. Looks quite nice. The body glows.

S-The nose is totally Pilsner, but it is much more aromatic than most of the style. Aroma just shoots out of both the bottle and glass. No skunkiness. Fresh white bread and herbal hops. Dusty yeast. Damp cellar. Pretty nice, definitely memorable.

T-The flavor is also quite tasty. The beginning of the flavor experience is outdone by the finish. At first I was unimpressed. It starts sweet with honey and yeast and caramel. Then the flavor comes into "Full Bloom" when a wave of floral and grassy hops pinches my taste buds. Notes of honeysuckle too.

M-A fuller bodied lager. The booze shows up a tiny bit. Pretty high ABV for a Pils. Not super clean or crisp, but the body and flavors make up for it. Subtle carbonation. Mild bitterness.

O/D-For $1.99 a bomber, the value is ridiculous. Also, it's a pretty damn good brew on its own. Value and flavor are a beauteous combo. It's not gonna blow your knickers off, but it is super-cheap and pretty yummy.

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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MacTarnahan's Full Bloom Craft Lager from Portland Brewing Company
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