1811 Pre-Prohibition Lager
Fort George Brewery + Public House

1811 Pre-Prohibition Lager1811 Pre-Prohibition Lager
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Style:
Lager - Adjunct
Ranked #8
ABV:
5.1%
Score:
76
Ranked #39,649
Avg:
3.65 | pDev: 15.62%
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
102
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Fort George Brewery + Public House
 
Oregon, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
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1811 Pre-Prohibition Lager1811 Pre-Prohibition Lager
Notes: Ingredients (label):
"2 row malted barley, cracked maize, domestic Saaz, Centennial hops, and Astoria slow-sand filtered water. No filters, finings or clarifiers."
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ckornmannn from Washington

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a can to a pint glass: nice honey color, transparent. Thick meringue like head. Mostly grain on the nose. Surprisingly hoppy taste wise, with pilsner style hops. I love this one and buy often. Not many steam/dampfbier s on the shelf.

Jun 14, 2017
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Purdue from Oregon

3.07/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Can, poured into a pint Glass.

L: Crystal clear and golden, 2 finger white head, no lacing.

S: Sweet corn, woody, hoppy at the end.

T: Smooth yet a bitter hop finish.

F: Creamy, heavier than expected mouth feel, light to medium.

O: For an adjunct lager beer, I do enjoy the creamed corn flavor with a dry hop finish. Bittering hops are strong for the style, which is very pleasant. For the price, I could do much better, but good for what it is.

Jul 05, 2016
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Moose90 from Washington

3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served from 16oz blue can

A — Pours a mostly clear and bubbly pale yellow color into the glass. A nice nearly pure white head forms and leaves behind some consistent enough lacing. Fairly unassuming and uneventful.

S — Grainy and bright, light, not a whole lot going on, a bit of cereal grain and some light malt sweetness. Slight Noble hop character of grass and bitterness.

T — Lightly grainy and semi-sweet malt notes are apparent initially. Some presence of Noble hops help balance out the sweetness.

M — Light and mostly dry, a nice carbonation level makes this one very refreshing.

O — Nice overall, a little bit sweet and the adjunct of corn is apparent. Still a nice enough lager that is refreshing and clean.

Jan 10, 2016
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mistaya from Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Cornucopia, Eugene. Very nice light yellow/gold color. Aroma pleasant flowery. Tastes more like a NW Pale with sight bitterness but still solid corn undertone. Mouthfeel also very nice. Too bad Prohibition put an end to the style (until recently) -- it's very much better than the American Lagers that survived.

Oct 28, 2015
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Hydrophobic from Oregon

3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 20oz 'pint' from a tallboy can.

Appeared a clear bright golden with pillowy white head, slow meandering carbonation medium-large loose bubbling and lots of sediment suspended throughout. Head descends to pond scum. Shitty lacing, with lazy bubbles sticking around to the end.

Nose is the best aspect of this beer: buttery sweetcorn, malted barley, maple syrup.

On the buds is a huge malt backbone (for the style) and a very distinct lingering hop bitterness. Tastes just like a lovely APA. Hoppiness surprising.

The beer is lively, but goes down smooth and sits softly on the palate.

Overall, the brew is tasty, obviously carefully constructed and intentional. Why they named it a lager is hard to say, as i drinks just like a NW Pale. A nice hybrid with a nod to history. Enjoyable anytime.

Jul 07, 2015
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hoptheology from South Dakota

2.97/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Thanks to Donkster46 for this trade.

Serving style : 16 oz can poured into glass

Appearance (4) : Thick, foamy three fingered head that recedes pretty quickly atop a mellow gold body. Opacity is about 80%. Good looking body.

Smell (3.25) : Hop bitterness comes out right away. I'm not fond of that in my lagers. Some spice, lemon peel, pale ale smells. I gotta say the hops are the most prominent smell here. Little to no malts...maybe a little faint rice but that's it.

Taste (3) : The front is great. Smooth, refreshing, light bodied. Exceptional, even. The middle is watery and smooth. The finish is identical to a pale ale with gobs of hop and lemon bitterness. The tastes I get are lemon rind, hops, light rice. An over-the-top hop bitter finish kills it for me in this category. Should have been a categorized or marketed as a Pale Lager.

Mouthfeel (3.25) : Crisp and cool, watery, creamy. Ends hoppy and dry.

Overall (3.05) : If you're a hop-head, you'll love this beer. Unfortunately I'm more of a malt guy (maltese? lol) so I'm not too fond of this beer. I'm gonna end up pouring it. I can respect it, it has good qualities. It's just not for me. Way too much hop on the finish. /end

Sep 27, 2014
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alexrichman from Oregon

3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A> Poured from a pint can, this brew pours a straw-colored gold and is quite hazy. Beautiful 2+ finger head that is thick and fluffy, very good retention.

S> Strong aroma pouring out of the glass. The hops come across as grassy with lemon-like citrus with a sweet grain background that has hints of apricot.

T> The flavor profile is pretty hop-forward, especially for the style. The hops are still grassy but here the citrus takes on more grapefruit like characteristics with moderate bitterness. The malt is fairly subdued, the flavor profiles are much akin to the aroma but more muted. Sweet, apricot-like fruitiness, and just a hint of darker roast.

M> Good carbonation, pretty thin but appropriate for the style. Drinkable while maintaining a bit of complexity.

O> A tasty, well brewed hop-forward lager that is very drinkable while being fairly complex. Although it might be a little too much for people who do not like the bitterness of hops.

Apr 07, 2014
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mactrail from Washington

4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear pale golden color. Rich and tangy flavor with an appealing hoppy burn. Light body plus a sudsy mouthfeel. Lovely grainy aromas with a flowery nose.

I would say this tastes more like a hoppy Pilsener than any typical lager, but that's a good thing. I don't know what kind of hops they use, but it's an appealing resiny sting with some piney aromas. The mellow corn flavor is a revelation; maybe it's just a matter of brewing with enough grain to end up with this much flavor.

A big surprise at how good this is. I rate it among the best lagers I've had. Another outstanding brew from Ft. George. From the 16 oz can purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle.

Apr 07, 2014
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Hoptometrist from Ohio

3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from the can into a pilsner glass.

A- Poured a hazy light golden color with bright white fluffy head that left dense lacing.

S- Big crisp pilsner malt, lemon, and bready notes.

T- Some pilsner malt notes, light lemon notes, and some big kinda skunky grainy notes. Moderate bitterness for the style.

M- Lighter bodied, slightly watery finish, and soft carbonation.

O- Not a bad beer, but not very exciting. It beats a lot of other american adjunct lagers though. It was interesting to try a craft brewery's take on the style.

Mar 13, 2014
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anarchia from Oregon

3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange-gold with a thick white head. Hazey, golden/orange. Floral hop aroma with some hints of lemon zest. Semi-sweet malt profile, noticeable corn flavor that quickly makes way for a spicy hop bitterness that lingers on the tongue. Extremely dry finish. Simple but tasty lager.

Nov 12, 2013
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can I brought to share at drewone's tasting.

Canned 4/2/13.

Pours a murky yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with grassy and hay flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Jun 11, 2013
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LXIXME from New Mexico

2.89/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A medium sized white to slightly off white head settles into a nice lacing above a cloudy thick well carbonated straw golden colored beer.

A very light aroma on this beer about all I can sense is some light sweet attributes, maybe from some lightly roasted grain malts.

A light taste, like washed out light grains that would seem to have been very lightly roasted, yet has a noticeable dry bitterness to the taste.

The dryness and bitterness from the taste are more pronounced in the aftertaste which is drying and without much taste on this lighter bodied beer.

Very light in taste, this would make the ideal beer pong beer, no bad tastes coming through like all the beers that come in 30 packs, yet its taste is very subdued so about anybody can drink it.

May 15, 2013
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markh814

1.77/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

tasted from a tall straight willi glass

appearance - yellow-gold, foamy head that went away quickly and left a little "scum" on top

smell - a little sweet malts, not much else

taste - grassy, and a little grainy

mouthfeel - over carbination with a dry finish

overall - i think i had an old can or one that went bad

Serving type: can

Sep 11, 2012
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harrymel from Washington

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can date: unk

A: pours a yellow ale with a single finger of egg white foam, which dissipates to a solid sheet of the same. The lager has excellent clarity. lace rings.

S: Grain, sweet bread, light hops, grass, some soil and a good pils quality. Nice.

T: Grainy, smooth, lightly bitter with some nice sweet tones and a good czech like water profile. I like the flavor and would call this pilsner in a second. And a good one at that.

M: Light body, moderate carb and a smooth finish. Well done.

O: Previously really disappointed with this one, now really happy with it. Totally dig it actually. Happy this is now available in the area.

Sep 07, 2012
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zeledonia from Washington

2.34/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Tasted 11 July 2012, reviewed from notes. Can dated 04/03, which I think means bottled 3 April 2012.

This is a stunning lager. Pours a medium golden yellow, pretty clear. Huge white head, dense, pillowy, and cratering. Great retention, and tons of lacing. Pretty.

Smell is dull - lager yeast and bland noble hops. Has that slightly corny smell that many lagers have.

This is bad. What went wrong? It's like the beers being mocked in those old Keystone Light "bitter beer face" ads. Bitter, but in a bad way. Doesn't feel like hop bitterness, instead it's astringent and unpleasant. I really do not like this.

Mouthfeel is fine. Medium-bodied, a little heavier than I expected. Lasting finish, which is carrying that foul taste throughout my mouth.

There aren't many beers that actually taste bad to me. But this is one of them. I might just have to try it again, to confirm this experience (I'm a glutton for punishment).

Aug 10, 2012
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KajII from North Carolina

3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Lager glass]

The pour was a hazy medium orange with a large white rocky head that had good retention, reducing slowly down to a large cap with some fair streaky lacing.

The aroma of a light straw malt, floral and grass hops and a mild soapy yeast with notes of caramel, corn and citrus (grapefruit).

The taste was bitter from the word go with a mild caramel sweetness and finished rather hoppy with a slight citrus peel presence towards the end. The flavor lasted a nice long time after the swallow with the hoppy bitterness left lingering on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was a few shades beyond light in body with a light dry texture and a medium carbonation.

Overall a nice hoppy Lager with a smooth refreshing feel...

Jul 21, 2012
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beertunes from Kiribati

4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into 10oz pilsener glass. Poured a hazy yellow color with 1/4 inch of white head that had OK retention and light lacing.

The aroma was a neutrally balanced blend of gentle grains, a slight sweetness, and just a tickle of hops. The flavors were mostly the same, a good grain base, gentle hops on the front and middle of the tongue, some tangy hops at the back, and just a light bit of sweetness. Overall, a very nice blend of flavors.

The body was very good, full while being smooth, clean and light. Drinkability was excellent, this could easily be an all-day drinker or the perfect lawnmower beer. Overall, a very nice beer. A must try. a great take on the style, and the beer a lot of other try to be. For example, after I finished this beer, I had a bottle of Full sail session that was in the fridge. Poured it into the same glass. The 1811 is beer Session wants to be when it grows up. If your in the mood for this style, I can't see doing much better than this beer. Worth seeking out or trading for.

Jun 21, 2012
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barleywinefiend from Washington

3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a honey yellow color with good carbonation and a nice white cap, bubbles and some lacing

S: Some grains, grass and light bitterness on the nose

T: Some bittering hops, with grains, tad bit of grass and floral notes, hint of honey and light bread

M: Light to medium body, well carbonated

O: Not to shabby, tasty, easy to drink

Apr 07, 2012
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vkv822 from Oregon

3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can into tulip pint.

Pours a hazy golden with a thick, foamy white head.

Pleasant malty notes upfront, with a slightly cereal-like backing.

Taste is more cereal-corn with a light malt backing.

Medium to full body with average carbonation.

A good beer for what it is, though it's clearly not a very complex style.

Apr 01, 2012
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flagmantho from Washington

3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: nice golden hue with a hint of haze and a nice effervescence. Head pours two good fingers of pillowy ivory foam.

Smell: light malt aroma with a hint of corn and a hint of noble-character hops. Not bad, but the corn really doesn't do it for me.

Taste: light malt with a hint of that corn and a decent hop flavor. Nice noble character with a good level of bitterness, especially for the style. Actually not too bad at all.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a low level of carbonation. Decent, but not very interesting.

Overall: actually a pretty tasty beer for the style. I feel like a little less attenuation and a little less corn aroma would help this beer a lot.

Mar 23, 2012
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drabmuh from Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is fine for what it is but it's not special. Beer is yellow and clear wtih moderate head retention and carbonation, no lacing.

Aroma is grainy and sweet with a nice yeasty breadiness to it.

Beer is light in body and has some hoppiness / bitterness to the end, unfortunately it doesn't cover up the slight grain acidity and aftertaste this beer has, overall it is fine but not great.

Feb 19, 2012
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EricCioe from Montana

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jon for passing this one along.

This pours a hazy orange with a thick white head that dies down to a ring with minimal lace. On the nose there is citric orange, wet grain, dough, and a little hop spice. In the mouth the hops open up a good deal and ride atop the doughy malt, with a small carbonation buzz leaving the hops on the tongue for a while. The body is medium light, heavier than normal for the style, but a welcome change for sure. The carbonation is much lower than I often find with the style and I don't feel full of bubbles like I usually do. There isn't a ton going on in the mouth, just good, clean bread malt with some spice and citrus over the top.

I never though I'd rate an adjunct lager this highly. If this were available here, this would be my brew of choice for summer days on the river.

Nov 03, 2011
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can from the brewpub into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with a billowy head of white foam (that may have a touch of dirty look to it). This was a fairly foamy pour right off the bat but this does settle down pretty quickly, retaining with a frothy ¾ finger that leaves back a rich and sudsy looking cascade of lacing. The aroma smells fresh and leafy, with some spiciness to the nose that works itself in as well. This sits on top of a sweet combo of fruity flavors and lightly toasted malt character. That combo of fruit, spice, and malt is really making the nose work here.

The taste is a crisp feeling toasted sweetness, which is both firm and supportive feeling underneath a layer of spice and citric bitterness that does have a touch of aggressive to it. The overall profile is fairly smooth here on the palate, with clean and strong flavors here that finish this dry and spicy with a bit of lingering leafy bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth crispness that is coming off as really easy feeling in the mouth. There is just enough sharpness to the carbonation to nicely help open up those hop flavors some.

I was a bit shocked at just how flavorful and easy drinking this ended up being for the style. This seemed like it was a bit more hopped than you would have thought but in this case, the extra fruit flavors and overall crisp oomph that they added to this really helped put this over the edge for me. This was a really pleasant surprise.

Oct 07, 2011
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.31/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big thanks to Kegatron for giving me a pint of this after his recent trip out west. Much appreciated my friend!

Poured into a pint glass, this brew appears a very hazed golden color with 2 fingers worth of yellowish stained head. The cap recedes slowly leaving patches and finger patterns of lace all over the glass. The head maintains with nearly a finger's strength throughout the duration from the constantly rising bubbles of carbonation.

The smell of this brew initially is strikingly hoppy which really caught me off guard. It displays a scent of citrus, fruit, grass, rinds and pulp. Once you go beyond the hop character in the aroma there is a stinky aspect of something reminiscent of pilsner malt. There is a smell included almost like stinky feet and cheese mixed with sulfur.

The taste includes as much initial hop character as the aroma led on. A citrus hop bite hits the tongue first and gives way to a fruity and rind flavoring that increases with bitterness that is herbal. The bitterness brings on more of a focus on grass character that gets increasingly more vegetative as more sips are taken. There is some sulfur present as well as a light mineral feel throughout this. At times there is a mild sweetness but it gets quickly forgotten due to the overall bitter aspect of this. It displays a long lingering herbal grassy character inside the mouth long after each sip is taken.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. The first couple of sniffs and sips of this brew was a bit shocking but as the experience continued it got increasingly more familiar in an american adjunct kind of way. I wish I would have served this colder, perhaps that would have maintained the initial more pleasing aspects of this brew a little longer. However, when a brewery releases a beer that is their interpretation of a historical style, I am always a little awkward about reviewing it because it is so open to interpretation. For example, for a lager this brew really lacked the crispness to the finish and ease or cleanliness of drink-ability. It did display it's own unique character throughout though. I greatly enjoyed the opportunity to give this a try and would take it as a substitute any day for the typical american adjunct offering.

Oct 01, 2011
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PaulStoneAnchor from California

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Completely hazy with a nice head and lacing

S: A bit of earthy,spicy hops and some grain and also corn

T: It has a lot of a earthy, spicy hop character with some grapefruit on the back bone. It has some corn and spicy malt character with a nice spicy yeast to pull everything together.

M: Great mouthfeel on it. It coats the tongue with a great tingling carbonation but also with a nice creaminess.

O: Overall, this is a very sessionable and tasty beer. They are definitely going for a more hoppy pre-prohibition lager, but it is done quite nicely.

Sep 12, 2011
1811 Pre-Prohibition Lager from Fort George Brewery + Public House
Beer rating: 76 out of 100 with 102 ratings