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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Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -16.2%

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 brentk56
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a very hazy amber color with a one finger head that gets very rocky and leaves a few shards behind

Smell: Sweet caramel and a bit of grain

Taste: Sweet caramel up front and though there is a bit of grainy bitterness mid-palate; the beer finishes very sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; a bit thick on the tongue

Drinkability: Neither well-attenuated nor well-balanced, this beer has limited appeal to me

Thanks, ghostee, for the opportunity

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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 XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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 imperialking
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of MasterSki
3.21/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of Half Acre's first beers - a contract brewed lager made in Black River Falls, WI and now discontinued. Served in a pilsener glass.

A - Pours with two-plus fingers of eggshell foam that settles to a thick chunky cap and leaves behind spotty lace. Body is a slightly hazed dark golden orange color with a ton of bubbles visibly racing upwards.

S - Light toffee, roasted grains, herbaceous and zesty noble hop character that verges on too much for me.

T - Taste is a touch better, with a bit of lemon zest, tart apples, cereal, and toasted malt character. Aftertaste is lightly bitter.

M - Carbonation is lively and zesty, and the body is surprisingly on the fuller side of medium. Finishes sticky, with a bit of oiliness.

D - Easy to put back a 12oz, especially on a hot day like today. It's a step up from macro swill, but it's decidedly average for the most part. I can see why they discontinued this and went with Gossamer instead.

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Photo of brandoman63
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 scruffwhor
4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nice clear copper color at the bottom and a darker amber at the top. Ok head and foam, with some meager bubbling. The aroma isa light minty hop and toasted, homemade white bread. The taste and palate are very simple. Starting wet and mlaty, the middle eldudes to the aforementioned minty smell from the hops. PLus some toasted white bread, but now with some wiches herbs spinkled on the top. Just super faint herbal tones. The palate is pretty dry from middle to finish. While the taste has a dried bread crumb texture to it as well. Nice session ale. How a tastey and drinkable lager should be. And its LOCAL!!!

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Photo of jrallen34
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Alex to bringing this retired beer to enable my ticking...12oz bottle into my Rochefort glass...A nice dark gold with two fingers of white head, ok retention, no lacing. An above average looking lager...Aroma is pretty malty and lacking in skunk which is a big plus for an American lager. Malty toffee and caramel mostly, tart apple, only a little hops on the back...Taste is pretty decent again pretty malty, coffee, corn on the back, some tea in the middle, no skunk again nice, a light bitter finish. Some sugar in the middle, this reminds of a homebrew in taste and quality...Light feel distracts but this is drinkable.

An above average lager, don't really care that is being retired because despite being drinkable this isn't something that I would get to have arond the house, at a bar maybe.

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Photo of birchstick
3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - nice head - light amber in color
S - not much to the smell. A bit of malts and hops.
T - Nice, crisp flavor. A Little spicy, some hits of malt and some faint hops and bitterness on the finish. Nice balance.
M - thin, but creamy
D - very easy drinking beer. This is a very good, well-balanced lager. I would recommend this as an alternative to other American-made lagers.

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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of whartontallboy
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Florida9
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear orange-yellow approaching copper. Nice two fingers of rocky head with decent retention. Appreciable lacing. This is a fine looking beer.

S: Primarily lightly toasted malts rounded out with some very light green apple and nondescript hop character.

T & M: Malts. Lots of malt, but not heavy malts. Black pepper on the tongue fades to a malty creaminess. Clean with some mild hops. Medium in weight with higher carbonation levels.

D: A solid session beer. Far better than your average beer, with a good dose of malty flavor, but it just seems like it missing something.

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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 thewimperoo
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of dannycohen62
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Arbitrator
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle into my end 0))) tulip. Courtesy of Hexxed in our beer exchange. Thanks!

A: Pours a hazy orange-amber that glows vividly against the light. The head is a finger or so of off-white foam that retains for about a minute before retreating into a collar with some bubbles scattered on top.

S: Pear, toasted malts, wheat bread, and herbal hops.

T: Toasty, with grain and bread in the mid-taste. The finish has a light peppery bite to it. Some pear and herbal hops in the aftertaste, which has a small, but still surprising, lingering bitterness.

M: Fairly clean flavor, nearly crisp finish. The carbonation stings a bit, aiding the lightly dry finish.

D: It's decent. I'm not well-versed in the style, but I enjoy Brooklyn Lager quite a bit more, and Live Oak does a better interpretation.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of aerozeppl
3.26/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to masterski/Sean9689 for this.

A: Not bad looking. A little bit of red highlights Mostly a hazy copper color with a little less than a half finger of white head. Some spotty lacing.

S: Smell is of faded grain and a fairly clean yeast smell. Little bit bready as well.

T: The taste is a little hollow. Truth be told it is what you want in the style. Lots of ceral grains. Its not bad at all just is lacking something to really make it stick out. Just the slightest hint of hops.

M: Medium body. Carbonation is interesting. One sip it is a little abrasive the next smooth.

D: A slightly above average lager. This would be a great beer for someone just getting in to craft beer. Too bad it is retired.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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