Half Acre Lager | Half Acre Beer Company

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Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
We open the Half Acre time capsule and pull out an old battle axe, Half Acre Lager. In years past, this beer was taken through the ringer of inexperience. Sadly, this beer was pistol whipped and rolled by goons.

However, in the end when we were brewing it at our brewery for draft sales, it was a lager to be respected. Unfortunately, we soon abandoned it as a perennial offering because the lagering time was killing us. A glimpse at what could've been. So with a tip of the hat to nostalgia we dusted off the cob webs and laid down some serious lager tracks to offer you, Half Acre Lager, as it always should’ve been. Clean, crisp and noodling your hot spots with quenching cold power.

Added by rhoadsrage on 08-01-2008

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Reviews by dlello2:
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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Photo of Twifiter
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a deep orange body with a clear but not crystal clear look. There is a think soapy head that is gone after the first sip but is supported by a strong carbonation of big bubbles.

S- This beer has a soft toasted malt nose that is more dry than sweet and leads to a soft hop bitterness that has hints of noble hop qualities.

T- This caramel malt notes have some toasted hints to them with a hint of biscuit and pale malt in the background. There is a light carbonic acid taste and sulfur note in the finish which is soon covered up by softly citrus green hops that linger as a dry bitterness just briefly.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a fizzy finish and no alcohol heat at all. The fizz enhances the hops bitterness while it is pretty cold but soon overpowers it a bit.

D- This beer has nice smooth malt qualities but good depth of flavor making it a solid session beer, however the fizz starts to wash out the flavor as the beer warms a bit.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of RDW
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of koganator
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ah, glad to have this beer in my hands it's pretty rare in that it's distribution is only in the city of chicago, so it isn't widely avaliable.

Smell: Yeasty, hoppy, beery, not too strong, beery. Hint of grapefruit.
Looks: Darker than your average lager, cloudier and darker, although not hefe cloudy, just cloudy in typical american lager terms. Appealing.
Taste: Good, very tasty, Deeper than macro, but not so deep as to offend, casual, nothing radical, but it has an atypical and slight grapefruity flavor; rare. Intresting, solid beer.
Mouthfeel: could be smoother?
Drinkability: Easy like sunday morning, but probably wouldn't want to drink it in too great amounts.

Overall: Get it if you want a solid lager, get it if your in the chicago area and happen to stop in a store that carries this beer. Distinct and well designed bottle label worth purchasing if you happen to collect beer bottles. PEACE!

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Photo of Kegatron
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, topped with a finger of bright-white head. This retains with a tight cap of foam, which stays rich and leaves some thick patchy lacing behind. The aroma is fresh and floral, with a sharp backing tang of earthy citrus and bready caramel giving this a sweet grittiness in the nostrils. The nose here is fairly hop forward overall.

The malts splash the tongue in the taste with a toasty sweetness that is well balanced by some leafy feeling bitterness that leaves behind a good bit of lingering earthy grit that really sticks in the finish of this. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a little lighter, with a creamy softness to the carbonation that then gets crisper as you swallow.

This was decent. While the flavors came off as mostly sweet, I actually picked up a decent amount of hop activity in this that helped keep it balanced. While not the most full flavored selection that I've had, there was certainly enough here to make things interesting and keep this drinkable for the most part.

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Photo of wspscott
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle in pint glass

A: dark golden color with a one inch off-white head that never completely disappears, leaves lots of lace.
S: Grainy and a little sweet, no hint of hops.
T: Again, grainy with a little bit of huskiness, slightly sweet, bitterness in the background so it is not cloying. A little too malty/rich for my preferences. No hops other than a slight bitterness.
M: A lot of carbonation helps balance some of the sweetness, but could use just a bit more attenuation.
D: Goes down pretty easy, I would be pretty happy to find this at a baseball game or a BBQ, but I don't think I would be picking up a six pack very often. Not bad, not great, worth trying.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: Pours out a peachy gold and copper, topped with an inch worthy of frothy, sandy white head that unfortunately does not retain very well or leave any traces of lacing.

S: Light and slightly toasty malts do most of the heavy lifting in the aroma department. Very fresh and very crusty whole wheat bread with a splash of light and fruity hoppiness, white apple and pear to be specific, but really more of a malt-centric brew.

T/MF: Toasty and sweet, very clean and very fresh. Soft and fizzy mouthfeel with a decently chewy body, light but certainly shows a decent amount of oomph to get the point across. Slightly peppery and with a bitterness that is more evident in the finish than anywhere else as it remains slightly sticky and slightly dry and prickly on the back of the tongue.

D: An easy sipper, if a bit one sided. I'd say Brooklyn and perhaps even Sam do a better job for me in regards to this particular style.

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Photo of JoshuaJ
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clean golden color with a small head and not much lacing.

Smells of honey and malts, a little grains. Maybe a kiss of hops.

The honey sweetness comes through at first, finishes with cereal grains. Clean finish. Carbonation is fine, goes down easy.

Drinkibility is where this beer lives. I'm not sure what the ABV is, but this a light American lager, great as a session beer.

Notes: It's not fantastic, but the interesting honey aroma and flavor is enough to set it apart from your typical American lager.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Blind Robin, and this new "brewery-brewed" batch was far superior to the contract-brew I remember from 5ish (?!) years ago. Smooth and balanced with crisp light bready flavors and a hint of hoppy bitterness. Clean and sessionable, no hint of hawaiian punch this time ;)

08-29-2007 3.5/3/3/3.5/3

Sampled at the Charleston...

Well-designed label: white type on a faded grey-blue background, depicting a water tower that is a familiar symbol in the industrial landscape on the Near West Side of Chicago. A bright red star gives a nod to the Chicago city flag. It has the visual feel of a letterpressed show poster a la Hatch Show Print.

Pours a slightly hazy amber-orange, with a meager one finger head of foam. The head settles, but still manages to maintain itself. Malty aroma, hint of vague mystery fruit.

Decent amount of Munich and pale malts, cereal-like barley, with a dry bitterness in the finish. Hops are leafy and herbal, possibly of the Saaz variety. The fruit element seemed to add mild sweetness, but seemed a little out of place. It was like artificial pink grapefruit or passion fruit (not citrusy hops), which brought me back to the Hawaiian Punch I drank as a kid. It was hard to separate from this association once it hit me.

Adequate carbonation, finish is dry, sort of frothy. Malt load gives it an above average body. A pint was easy enough, but I didn't have another.

Contract brewed for Half Acre Beer Co., Chicago, IL.

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Photo of diabecktic
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice, hard pour yields ~2 fingers of creamy, white head which slowly disappates; retention and lacing are pretty good. The beer itself is a slightly hazy golden color with a hint of red. I find the carbonation to be visible, but not excessive.

The nose is fairly floral with a bit of hoppiness to keep things in check. A bit of the corny malt becomes more apparent upon subsequent wafts. It almost resembles a "classier" macro, but it's not nearly as sweet in a "corny" sense.

I find the flavor to be pretty well-balanced. It matches the nose for the most part, but the malt seems to be a bit more apparent. Again, to me it most resembles corn, but the sweetness is more akin to honey or something like that. I think that the subtle hop character prevents this from becoming too much like a cheaper beer.

The body is medium; it's somewhat dense, but not too dense. There's enough thickness to give it some character, but not too much to the point where it becomes "sticky."

This somewhat sweet brew, is more crisp than bitter so it's quite easy to drink. I found it to be more enjoyable at a slightly cooler temperature, which is expected of most lagers.

I think some other posters alluded to this in their reviews, but I will echo the same sentiment here: this beer is like a better macro. The corn malt is strong enough to make you associate this with American macros, but it's not overpowering in a bad way. I think that the floral and honey notes add enough to give it some character of its own, so that's a good thing. When factored with the alcohol content, I think that this is an excellent "step up" from your standard American fare. It's pretty good, but I wouldn't call it great (even though I much prefer it to the aforementioned).

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Photo of KDawg
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from growler into a pilsner glass. Pours a medium gold color

very good aromas of grains, malts, and cereal. Nice balance, but lacking some depth

medium bodied with good balance and a good feel. This is lacking on the middle and finish though with notes of grains and malts

I was hoping for a bit better, but a very drinkable beer

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Photo of jegross2
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of danolson312
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of sgoro
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of nickynick
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half Acre Lager poured a very light amber, with a good sized white head and very nice lacing. The smell was faint, citrus hops and some bready malt. The taste was mostly the citrus hops, making it very crisp. The Mouthfeel was good for a lager. The drinkability was good to. Overall I found this to be a pretty decent lager. It had some good flavors and was very easy to drink. I will buy this beer again. It is very nice to have another brewery he in my hometown of Chicago.

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Photo of ystazi
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of GbVDave
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 64oz growler into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a rich cloudy gold color. A short lived 1 1/2 finger layer of foam quickly melts down to a thick creamy collar that is fed by some rather ample carbonation. Sadly, no lace was left behind.

S: Noble hops flash over a malt backbone that shows off aromas of toasted bread crusts and spicy yeast.

T: See above. Light lemon and toasy malt with white pepper. When I came back to the growler, after having opened it a few hours earlier, the taste took on a definite grassy/herbal tone.

M: Suprisingly spicy and peppery. A rich fullness spreads across the palate becoming a bit oily before it finishes prickly.

O: Waaay better than I remember. I was able to try this out of the bottle and on draft during its' first go around many moons ago. This is how it always should've been.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tasted in a ten ounce glass from draft at the Half Acre taproom on June 16, 2017.

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Photo of samie85
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear, orange color with a nice white head.

S- Smells of light, sweet malt and a a hint of citrus hops and a bit of honey. This last bit is intriguing.

T- Malt at first with a finish of citrusy, piney hops. Didn't get any of the honey from the nose.

M- Very smooth feeling but also pretty well carbonated.

D-This is pretty easy to drink. However, I've had equally sessionable ambers that were more interesting. I don't know if I would back to this.

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Photo of SiphonKing
2.82/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

One might expect from the label that this "lager" would be a light-bodied experience. On the contrary. The beer pours with an amber color and minimal head. The taste of citrus hops lingers with a slight maltiness. I bought this beer to help support the "local" beer scene in my city. This beer is brewed in WI for Half Acre Brewing Co. I hope that Half Acre puts out other beers to tempt the palate that are more to style.

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Photo of snowmageddon
4.38/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of infideltaco
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: rich amber color

S: slight malty scent, not too overpowering

T: malty flavor, very crisp and refreshing, with a citrus tasting finish. the hops are present but not too strong. not an overly bitter taste, very well balanced.

M: medium mouth feel, very carbonated and you can definitely feel the bubbles, not necessarily a bad thing

D: very smooth, with a complex taste. overall a great local brew

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Photo of Bubba83
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler at 45 degrees on a warm night. Thanks to Kegatron for sending the bottle.

Pours a nice orangey/yellow copper color. I don't understand how this is classified as a Red Lager, since the color is more akin to a normal lager, only maybe a little darker. Lots of vivacious bubbles rise from the floor of the glass, up to the bright white, perfect two finger width head. Good retention and quite good lacing too.

Smells chiefly like hay-bails. Some fresh baked bread is in there too, and a slight grassy characteristic that I wish was intensified.

Taste is a little more complex than the aroma, with a nice bready sweetness. The surprise flavor I'm getting is a bit of green apple, which is nice. There's a grassy component too, but it's pretty muted. Alcohol actually is fairly apparent towards the end, but doesn't detract too much from the flavor.

It's maybe a little heavier than most lagers, but still quite lively and refreshing. Finishes pretty dry.

Pretty good drinkability, but hampered a little by the bit of alcohol flavor I'm getting in there. Still, all in all a pretty nice lawnmower beer offering from Half Acre.

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Photo of robbyc1
2.91/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, interesting label.

Pours with a decent white head that lasts, light caramel color looks better than most American Red lagers, I believe this should be categorized as an American lager, not red or amber.

Nose is hoppy, but a bit off smell, like spoiled hops.

Taste as expected, nice malt, a bit grainy and bready, with a decent finish.

Decent mouth feel and drinkable, just nothing special. OK lager, better than the Macros at least.

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