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Summer Backyard Lager | Gilded Otter Brewing Company

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15 Ratings

Brewed by:
Gilded Otter Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.90%

Availability: Summer

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Added by necoadam on 07-20-2004

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by ThePorterSorter:
Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.78/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours an intense purple-rose with a lavendar head and blueberries resting on the bottom. Near perfect appearance that screams blueberries & lager, but falls a bit short on the head retention... but good lacing. The taste fails... watery blueberry seltzer. There is a slightly lingering tartness in the aftertaste. The beer is just too watery to make it a great lager. I don't understand why they would spend so much time on the appearance just to have it fall so short on the taste/mouthfeel. Overall, it's a decent blueberry lager, but needs work.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jefftuck47
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Sammy
2.25/5  rDev -32%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Draft at the brewpub. Taste like their lager with blueberries squeezed in, which could very ell be what they did. Blue tainted light lager colour. A little head and lace. Sweetish. Soda like carbonation, watery. Avoid this creation.Maybe if they squeezed in this day more blueberries, or juicier blueberries.

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Photo of Mikexw
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of scott112180
4/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of Whatalesthetiger
4.25/5  rDev +28.4%

Photo of BFCarr
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of necoadam
3.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not really reading the full description of the beer, just seeing lager, I decided to order this beer. Color was a dark clear blue/purple with 4 fresh blueberries at the bottom of the pint glass. Smell consisted of blueberries and that was pretty much it. Taste was pretty much the same but lighter. Reminded me of the Bar Harbor blueberry ale, but this was a little more lighter, but not as tart as the Bar Harbor one. Finished a little bit watery as well. But it wasn't too bad.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Visually a great looking lager. Rapid and intense carbonation keeps the head aloft for quite sometime. Even rings of lacing. The blueberry addition colors the beer a darker shade of gold. Aroma wise they really dominate with a syrupy sweetness as they seem to be macerated somewhat. This subsides, and the sweetness doesn't come through much in flavor except when you chomp the individual berries. Otherwise, grassy, thistly, and herbal. A rather base beer with muted flavors that let's the blueberries be featured.

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Photo of Stimack
2.52/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had this brew as a light second offering before we went over to the FDR site, it was not a great decision. The brew came to me with a solid blue tint to it with blue berries at the bottom of the glass. Had a slight white head to it but did not leave any lacing. The aroma was very weak, I was able to notice some blueberry scents but they where not as prominent as I would have expected and not much else. The flavor was very light with some blueberry taste. Not much else going on, for me it missed the mark but I normally do not care too much for the fruit brews. I just think that this one overall was very weak in both aroma and taste. Feel for the beer lovers that there are better beers here than this one, don’t make the same mistake I had.

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Photo of malfunxion
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of tgbljb
3.03/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Partaken of at the brewpub.
Served as a pale golden colored beer with massive white puffy head.
Smell is berry sweet, but not overly done.
Taste is also full of berries, and while not my favorite style of beer, at least the taste is acceptable.
Finishes thin, with a quickly dissapearing taste.
OK for the style. Nothing I would seek out again.

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Photo of ILoveBeer9876
4.17/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The greatest thing about this beer is the way it goes down..Its not a lager in the traditional American sense but a great American take on a European Lager.

The Blueberries are what makes this beer..yes it sweetens the beer but it doesnt sweeten it to the point where it becomes undrinkable.It is a smooth drinking European Lager

I would recommend this beer for a beer novice without hesitating.It is a great starter beer for those who dont like beer as well.

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Photo of tdawgydog
2.58/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Gave this a try based on the recommendation of a friend on my most recent trip to the Otter. I'm a fan of most of their beers, this one is different and although drinkable is not something I would go back for. I think they tried to do too much with this beer. As other reviews have pointed out it looks scurry from first sight. It looks purple when it is served, the berry scent and taste are overpowering. I was able to finish the pint to get to the fresh berries in the bottom of the glass. It seems like more of a novelty than an actual beer. I can think of much better summer beers. I wish they would brew a Belgian White.

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Photo of Nutleybeer
3.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bit different from some of the other blueberry beers I have tried, like Blue Point's, etc. Most are golden in color. This lager was blue/purple, almost gray-like, but clear. Not overwhelmingly fruity....not too sweet; at least not in my opinion.

They drop a few fresh blueberries on the bottom for an added touch. A nice treat at the end of your pint. It is good and quite drinkable. Not for all, but something different and interesting. Goes down nice and lite, but may not be the right match for all meals

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Summer Backyard Lager from Gilded Otter Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.31 out of 5 with 15 ratings
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