Lovitz Watermelon Lager | Roy Pitz Brewing Company

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Lovitz Watermelon LagerLovitz Watermelon Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Roy Pitz Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
roypitz.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
his summertime lager is both smooth and refreshing as soon as it hits the lips. We take so much pride in it because there is truly nothing else like it on the market. We brew this German Style Helles Lager with three types of malt: pilsner, pale and carafoam. We then gingerly scatter some very light floral hops at the beginning to give it some esters and sweetness that compliment the watermelon. The true magic of this beer does not occur in the brewing process, but in the conditioning vessel. This is where we add the best, farm-fresh local watermelon and then "push" the beer into it, allowing it to sit and saturate for a few weeks. By the time it is complete, you are left with an unbelievably smooth-tasting beer with a captivating aroma and very subtle taste of watermelon that imparts its way into this already crisp lager. Truly our customers' favorite session beer, this one will have you reaching for another glass.

Added by akorsak on 05-10-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
50
Reviews:
20
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
14.33%
 
 
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1
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Photo of bradwalrus
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Photo of Wingnut93
4.4/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mikereaser
4.38/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler I picked up at Capones. Pours a light golden color with
A-Pours a light golden yellow with 1/4 inch of foam

S-slight watermelon smell with wheat

T-it starts out lighter than expected, not necessarily a lager, but finishes with just enough watermelon to remind me of taking a bite of melon in the summer.

M/D-mouthfeel is light and refreshing, and the watermelon
just makes me think of hot days in the summer. This is one that
I could drink all day at a BBQ or picnic. And its not too heavy that you can do just that.

I think this is the end of it until next spring/summer, I can't wait
to have it again then.

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Photo of wrightst
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. On tap at Capones...
Appears a hazy, viscous pink with a small, white head that slowly fades. Scattered spots of milkshake-like lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of watermelon up front with watermelon rinds, and sugary watermelon Jolly Rancher candies pulling through.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas in a deliciously, fruity flavor that is in no way offensive, or overbearing.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, juicy, sugary, mildly bitter. This would go great with garlic bread to balance out the pungent flavors of the garlic.

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Photo of ReynardenBrew
4.06/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very enjoyable lager. That's what is important to me. This is a beer first and a fruit beer second. The watermelon (real fruit, by the way) came through (in the taste more than the nose) without overpowering a nice clean lager. I had another brewer's watermelon ale a few weeks ago made with artificial watermelon and it was Jolly Rancher sweet. Roy Pitz Watermelon Lager was nice and light and clean.

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Photo of pvsob
4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a light golden color with a two finger head that dissipates slowly leaving a thin film and some lacing.

S-Big-time watermelon with a tiny hint of hops on the backend.

T-Watermelon from start to finish. Some hops and malt make their presence known at the end. A long finish on this one; you taste this beer long after you've finished it.

M-Thin to medium feel with very little carbonation.

O/D-Truthfully I was somewhat skeptical about this beer, but in the end was pleasantly surprised. Morning to night drinkability, crisp, clean, and overall a pretty darn good beer. I definitely see many more growler fills of Lovitz over the summer months. Cheers!

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Photo of cyber_phoenix
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wanderlust389
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of JMohl3
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of allboutbierge
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its a Watermelon beer--don't drink it if you don't like Watermelon.

Essentially a blonde with lotsa whole pieces of melon added. Color is made a bit pinkish and head retention is minimal. Some Jolly Rancher goodness going on in the nose. Biscuity flavor with watermelon sweetness and some bite coming assumingly from the rind. A good summer session beer.

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Photo of Deuane
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Slightly hazy light copper with the hint of a reddish tint. A thin white head hung on and left minimal lace.

S-Sweet biscuit malt with the light suggestion of tart watermelon and a bit of floral hops.

T-Subtle tart watermelon and sweet biscuit malts mingle well in this light and refreshing brew. A slight bitter nip from light floral hops.

M-Medium-light body with a very crisp and clean finish.

D-An easy-drinking, tasty and almost perfect summertime brew. The lightness of the brew is perfect for a summer session beer and the tart, not fake, and never too much watermelon flavour is very welcoming and refreshing. A winner brew IMHO I don't understand why more BA's do not enjoy more.

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Photo of jwc215
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at brewery:

Pours golden with a thin head that dissippates to a swirl nice clarity and color - a bit of lacing sticks.

The smell is of grainy malt with a breeze of watermelon. Watermelon noticeable without being overpowering or "artificial".

The taste is of a kiss of watermelon - very real (not "artificial") - can almost taste the seeds. It has a firm "lager" grainy quality. Clean. Sweetness balance by just a hint of balancing bitter and sour. Crisp finish.

A bit thin, but smooth and holds up well enough.

This is a nice thirst-quencher. Watermelon worked in nicely with the lager. Good job - sure stands out among fruit beers!

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Photo of rfoltz53
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well I'm not really sure what to say about this one. It's a pretty basic golden lager, with little bitterness, and what seems like real watermelon added in. If it's not real watermelon, then kudos to Roy Pitz because I was fooled. In fact, if I can find any fault with this beer, it's that it tastes a little too much like watermelon seeds! And I don't know how to explain that flavor, but everyone should know what watermelon seeds taste like - well, if you've ever eaten a real watermelon anyway. Beyond that I'd guess it's simply a fruit beer argument, or something like that, but I thought that it was good enough to enjoy regardless of warm weather. I'd only have one, but I'd drink one of these in the fall or winter - why not? - what better time to remember summer!?

Worth trying.

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Photo of troegaarden
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Boggdogg
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of ShepardCommander
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of newbeeraday
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Dank26
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have been sampling this beer all summer at different good beer destinations in the burgh. Pours with a golden body and a spritzy pink tinted white head. Aroma scream juicy melon pulp with a touch of biscuit malt carrying this fruit beer along. Flavor was again watermelon focused a deep juicy layer of refreshing yet candy like flavors with cereal grains adding some beeriness to the whole thing. Mouthfeel was not too cloying but had some stickiness going on, carbonation was spritzy as mentioned prior. Body overall light to the edge of medium. Drinkability overall an interesting watermelon infused brew, it's nice to try one becuase when I get ahold of cans of 21st amendment my palate won't go into shock. I was able to down a few pints while drinkin' at Smokin' Joe's and I revisited this drink at the Big Pour, quality.

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Photo of barneysdad
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rfgetz
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Originaly Reviewed on: 07-24-2009

A - Coppery tones with light head from ample carbonation.

S - Mild scent of watermellon. Almost if you just smelled the watery juices from the fruit as opposed to the whole fruit itself.

T - Suprisingly natural like watermellon taste. As with the scent, the flavor is more watermellon watery juices then the whole fruit. Not much else going on because of its light lager style.

M - Light bodied like a light lager should be. Decent carbonation, like a fruit beer should have.

D - Interesting, light and refreshing. Not very complex, but decent.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Corvette Grille in Annville, PA on 7/14/08.

A - Cloudy amber body with an almost pinkish hue and a thin, whispy white head that retained quite well and left minimal lacing around the glass.

S - Light waft of watermelon and mild floral hops, supported by a bit of wheat-like malt.

T - The watermelon infusion is quite subtle here and provides a light, refreshing flavor to the lager. There is also a hint of floral hops as well as an underlying biscuity malt base to counter the mild sweetness of the watermelon.

M - This is a medium bodied lager that drinks more like a summer ale or wheat beer. The addition of the watermelon gives the body a mild sweetness on the palate without becoming cloying. Finish is crisp and clean.

D - This is an easy-drinking, warm weather brew that's definitely unique in its own right. The watermelon flavor isn't overdone at all, and it doesn't taste "fake" like some other fruit beers I've had in the past.

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Photo of tim9887
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got a growler of this stuff from Capone's, I had it last year at the Summer Ale Festival at the Phila. Zoo and remember liking it - I wanted to get a growler of something nice, simple, and refreshing to keep me cool on these sweltering Philly days. It's doing its job might I add. Pours a clear golden yellow, very similar to a generic American lager. 1/2" of off-white foam head that subsides quickly. Simple aroma - mild grain and hops, and just a pinch of watermelon. Same goes for the flavor. Very refreshing stuff - and incredibly drinkable - very light in flavor, body, and ABV. Nice stuff.

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Lovitz Watermelon Lager from Roy Pitz Brewing Company
3.56 out of 5 based on 50 ratings.
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