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 mday
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint.

A :: Clear golden orange with a small white head that disappears and forms a thin white film on top.
S :: Very light sweet malt and a light hop aroma. Nothing strong about this. Very light and balanced.
T :: It tastes like it smells, which is a good thing. Crisp light malts and a little citrusy hop. It finishes with a quick bitterness and then sweetness.
M :: Smooth, creamy and active carbonation.
D :: Easy drinking lager that needs to be cold and I definitely enjoyed this one. I'm glad I picked this up.

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Photo of tapman
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Body is a dark orange/light red, whatever you like best. Head is thin with medium lacing. Not a '4', but I would rather look at this then some piss yellow, over-carbonated lager.

Nice pilsner malt smell with a hop aroma that is part earthy Czech and part bright American. Check out the balance, baby!

A bit too pilsner-like to be mixed with this level of hoppiness, but still pretty good. I like this one better from the bottle than the tap. The tap version is a lot more hoppy and I think the greater malt presence in the bottle version does much for it. Good session brew. Slight mettalic aftertaste.

This brew tastes like a small version of an imperial pilsner. I like the mouthfeel because it isn't very thick and goes down smooth.

Like I said, a good session. Goes down easy with maximum taste. I would like to see this recipe as an Imperial, however and I think that the company could do a lot for big recipe craft beers.

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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 malcontent
3.29/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks like an outstanding red lager; clear, amber body with fluffy white head that shows impressive resiliancy and leaves lots o' lacing.

A little adjunct aroma pushes out front ahead of a caramel/biscuit nose. Mild noble hop scent is faintly detectable.

The malt can't quite decide if it wants to be barley or corn and as a result, lingering sweetness hangs around on the back of the palate. However, I find their to be more than enough hop character to balance it out. Certainly not a bad stab at the style.

There is unwelcome slickness on the back end that tarnishes and otherwise crisp, medium-bodied lager. Drinkability, however, is quite strong; an easy session lager than doesn't remove the possibility of moving on to a different beverage at some point.

Note; as this beer warms the malt sweetness really gets cloying and the "corn" taste starts to rear its ugly head.

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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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Photo of beerfairy
2.64/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- This beer has an orange body with a nice look. There is very little head but strong carbonation and lots of bubbles when poured.

S- This beer has a cheesy and slightly bad feet smell.

T- Tastes like a light caramel malt, slightly acidic and dry taste. Hops are strong but not overpowering, bitter flavor.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with an acidic carbonated finish.

D- Too much carbonation drowns out the flavor over the long haul.

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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 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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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 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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