961 Lager | 961 Beer

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Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 01-02-2008

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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by ryan1788a5:
Photo of ryan1788a5
3.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Bright golden colors crystal clear. Large-bubbled white head settles after a bit. Lacing is negligible.

S: Sweet and grainy on the nose with notes of honey and dough. Slight metallic whiff. Grassy hops.

T: Grain, wet hay, sweet pilsner malt with doughy and honeyed tones. Steely. Hop bring some stiff bitterness, along with flavors that morph from grassy and floral, to oily with a zest of lemon. Grain and pithy lemon on the finish.

M: Light bodied. Full with a round, firm, and smooth feel. Great texture but low carbonation.

O: I won't say that I wasn't expecting much from a Lebanese brewery that I'd never heard of, but I will say that my expectations were exceeded. This is a surprisingly solidly-brewed lager coming from a part of the world where beer is virtually non-existent. Still, I question the decision to import this. It's definitely oxidized (what do you expect), and the American beer market is so competitive that I don't expect it will make much of a splash.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Sandrahuss
4.1/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A friend brought a bottle of this back from the US where apparently they had just launched. Not available here in France yet.

Pours out a dark gold with a nice two to three fingers of head. The nose is straightforward clean lager aroma. Taste is very well balanced between the malt and hops. For a lager, it actually has flavor! Enjoyed it and would have it again.

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Photo of Ammertime
3.78/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This review is based on a 12 oz bottle. I've previously enjoyed this beer on tap.

A: The beer is a dark amber, clear, with modest lacing.

S: Smells like a beer. Pleasing but nothing distinctive in the nose.

T: Tastes like a classic lager. Moderately hoppy, little bitterness, definitely malty with distinct sweet notes cutting through. Unlike the spicier 961 pale ale, there's nothing to directly indicate the beer's origin.

M: The beer is moderately fizzy, which seems to lighten the mouthfeel a little bit. The alcohol content is muted, certainly a sessionable brew.

O: This is a very good lager, an upgrade from a Yuengling or a Sam Adams. The sweetness was no doubt accentuated by the slightly sour/citrusy Mediterranean meal that this beer accompanied. I will enjoy it again.

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Photo of HopsForBrains
3.63/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy golden orange hue, with three fingers of thin foamy white head, which leaves splotches of lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of biscuity, crackery grain, and spicy, vegetal, grassy hops. The taste is biscuity white grain, a bit of lemon, and tangy, earthy, weedy hops. The carbonation is a bit high, the body medium weight, a bit prickly, and it finishes off-dry, the grain more or less offset by the tangy hops.

The hops in this beer are a little confusing, but pleasing overall, in that they stand out at all in a positive manner. Since the marketing-ese on the label proclaims a desire to emulate old-fashioned good American lager, I can't help but say they've achieved their goal. I base this on the fact that, even though I've never had 'pre-Prohibition' Yankee lager, this is several large notches above the average current incarnation of said product.

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Photo of Caddant
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of elricorico
1.74/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Clear orange gold in colour with three fingers of cream coloured, foamy head. Reasonable retention, lacing sticks around. Pretty atractive lager.

First impression was that this was going to be one clean hoppy lager, but as the beer settled a bit, a fair bit of vegetable aroma (peas and carrots) mixed in with the hop spice.

Strong impression throughout of boiled vegetables. Little bit of rubber, I get the impression of a pencil eraser in my nose after a couple of sips. Oh not good at all.

Mouthfeel isn't bad, but who cares if you can't stand the taste. It is a bit overcarbonated, but has fair body for a lager.

I wasn't expecting much when I bought the bottle, got a little excited when I got a look at it in the glass, then had my hopes crushed when it hit my mouth. Avoid this, I could only finish about 1/4 of the bottle.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.04/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours gold with a small quickly fading head.
Nose shows honey, light spicy hops, soft vegetal notes and bready malt. Very sweet-smelling.
Flavours follow along the same lines. Quite sweet with lots of bready malt. Some of the hops show up too. Finishes with a very weak bitterness.

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Photo of enelson
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of Chugs13
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of metter98
3.66/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down but left a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of bready and cracker malts are present in the nose along with hints of floral hops.
T: Much like the smell, the taste is quite malty but seems complex with additional flavors of biscuits. The hops contribute a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carobnation.
O: I found this beer to be a very good representation of the style. It's easy to drink and while some lagers may seem bland this actually has complexity with flavors of different types of malts.

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Photo of MaxOhle
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of vhmf1978
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of SciFritz
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Guylefleur
4.53/5  rDev +45.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A German style Munich Helles Lager. So the color is a bit darker, more golden than the pale straw you get with most lagers on the market. The nose is pure malt, very clean. The beer pours with a two to three finger head of white foam. The taste and mouthfeel echo the nose. Malty up-front, a super clean finish, and just enough bitterness to remind you that this is a real beer. Very well balance lager that actually has some flavor.

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Photo of TeachChefs
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of Drknight
3.41/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Julienberbery
2.98/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of wisegreensoul
3.12/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of TMoney2591
2.22/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Whenever I'm presented with something that goes by simply "lager", I'm taken back to Chumbawumba. I'm thinking about seeking help... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose brings a strange melange of musty apple juice and grain, with vague impressions of flowers tossed in every now and then for good measure. The taste focuses on the grain, mostly a wheaty visage, with the same sprinkling of flowers and a bit of mild grass to show that hops may actually have been used here at some point. Everything is overly mild and thoroughly muddled. The body is a hefty-leaning light, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, this just came across as a weak, bland, and, at times, downright crappy lager. So far, this is the bottom of the 961 barrel, but I've got a couple left, so we'll see if it can retain the title...

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Photo of TheBigBoy
2.5/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of dandy14
3.07/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy pale golden yellow color with a 1 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lemon, cracker, biscuit, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, cracker, biscuit, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of cracker, biscuit, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and balance of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness as well. Very clean on lager flavors with zero yeast notes present. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, fairly grainy, and lightly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Overall this is a good Munich helles lager. All around good robustness and balance of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of James_NelsonIV
2.96/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of FrankieW
4.8/5  rDev +54.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There seemed to be a few pouring difficulties from the bar tender, too much foam. However, in a pint mug, the 961 Lager shone a beautiful golden colour and smelt very inviting. It was served at a nice cool temperature, not freezing, and had a light sharp finish after the first gulp. Not too big a fan of the flavour nor the after taste but enjoyed it nonetheless!

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