961 Lager | 961 Beer

961 Lager961 Lager
BA SCORE
11.1%
Liked This Beer
3.13 w/ 36 ratings
961 Lager961 Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
961 Beer
Lebanon
961beer.com

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 01-02-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,328
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
36
Liked:
4
Avg:
3.13/5
pDev:
22.36%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
4
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of metter98
3.66/5  rDev +16.9%
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 biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev +16%
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 superspak
3.58/5  rDev +14.4%
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 paulish
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of TMoney2591
2.22/5  rDev -29.1%
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 enelson
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of wordemupg
2.07/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

330ml bottle poured into a 400ml DAB glass and got a glass of head after only pouring the neck, so I then poured the remainder into a Stella chalice dec4 2009

A explodes out of the bottle (see above) and after it settled in the second glass I poured it into it looked pretty good, golden orange with lots of suspended particles and a massive head that had decent retention and left decent lace

S sour apples and cooked veggies with some faint hops but its not working so well for me

T sadly it tastes as it smells

M it just turns to foam in your mouth, its like drinking a glass of head

D beer looked pretty good but that's about it

a little disappointing, not sure why I expected more from a beer from Lebanon

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Photo of FLima
2.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Clear golden color with a thin head.
Moderate aroma of herbal hops, honey and sweet grains.
Flavor of cereals, malt sweetness and herbal hops. It has a mild bitterness.
Light body with medium carbonation.
A beer that is very easy to drink, session pleasant, but with no highlights.

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Photo of shelby415
3.02/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.04/5  rDev -2.9%
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 Drknight
3.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of deapokid
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of wisegreensoul
3.12/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of misternebbie
2.95/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of TheBigBoy
2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.05/5  rDev -2.6%
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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Photo of Chugs13
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of Poupae
2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of Act25
3.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

You gotta taste this blind against other good lagers. It's fine, in tradition of better lagers Kingfisher, Stella, and Japanese lagers, and soon, in NJ, Carton "This Town".

A: Very tame appearance and aroma. It's crystal clear yellow, very short lived thin head, no retention, no lacing.
S: Too light, perhaps not fresh. After all the key to Lager is freshness.

T: Tastes great. It is malty but complex with additional flavors of biscuits, hops, lemon, grass.
M: Medium-bodied, clean on the palate, refreshing. Very nice finish.
O: I found this beer to be a solid example of refreshing summer lagers. A Decent LUNCH beer, or after cutting the grass.

Rec'd in WFM craft pack on 8.8.14.

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Photo of HopsForBrains
3.63/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jimmys
2.82/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. cant decipher this bottle coding. cool bottle cap.

A: crystal clear golden blond body. head is tightly bubbled and big. frothy lacing left behind.

S: a minor oxidation, minor dms, and metallic. not a good start. struggling to find anything else, hop or malt end.

T: definitely some dms going on here. finally getting a touch of malt and hops. rice? pretty plain, but this style is definitely no thrills. surprised im not getting some of the other aroma failures on the drink.

M: average carb on a very light body.

D: my first Lebanese beer. a tad disappointing as I don't think this traveled great and also maybe not brewed with the utmost of skill/technique/equipment. I know these are quite a few assumptions, but dms, oxidation, and metallic off-aromas are possible to avoid. pass.

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Photo of MaxOhle
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of elricorico
1.74/5  rDev -44.4%
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 TeachChefs
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of BubbleBobble
2.88/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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961 Lager from 961 Beer
Beer rating: 11.1% out of 100 with 36 ratings
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