Lager Town | Half Acre Beer Company

Lager TownLager Town
BA SCORE
3.81/5
123 Ratings
Lager TownLager Town
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States
halfacrebeer.com

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
An Octoberfest that lives in the malty bosom of Munich's storied tradition. Take a drive through Lager Town.

Added by GbVDave on 10-29-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#16,027
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
123
pDev:
10.24%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
9
Trade:
1
HISTOGRAM
 
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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a high sided pilsner glass.

Look is a hazy orange brown with an off white head.

Aroma is malty with the a lager twinge at the end.

Taste is a lot dryer than I expected, but I like the change from overly sweet Octoberfest.

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Photo of justintcoons
2.95/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

16 oz can poured into a Pilsner glass.

Appearance
Amber. Excellent clarity. Moderate carbonation. 1 finger of loose head.

Nose
Soap, brown sugar, pine, caramel, grapefruit zest, lemon zest, and biscuit.

Taste
Grapefruit zest, lemon zest, pine, and perfume. Brown sugar with slight caramel and biscuit. Retains a soapy linger.

Mouthfeel
Medium-light bodied, crisp, clean, and off-dry with a medium bitterness.

Overall
Overly hoppy as I expected from Half Acre. Not outrageously so, but enough to make it a bad example of an Oktoberfest. Still a half decent beer though.

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Photo of IronLover
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark orange in color with a light haze. Poured with a short crramy, off-white foam with good retention. Medium bready malt and toasted crust aromas with light grainy malt and herbal hop notes. Medium bodied with medium light carbonation. Light creamy feel toward the finish. Bready and grainy malt flavors up front quickly followed by medium herbal bitter hoppiness. Hop bitterness lingers from the middle through the end. Finished with a light crispness and heavy, lingering bitterness. Hop bitterness was a high for a marzen and overwhelmed the malty qualities. Feel was a little thin. Lingering bitterness at the finish hurt the drinkability.

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Photo of GreenMind
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of freshbeer7
4.85/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of epyon396
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ruzzal
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of novamat
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MTKATL
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beerhemoth
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of sweemzander
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Jwale73
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours the color of maple syrup with a loose, off-white head. Nose expresses sour mash and caramel malts. Taste follow nose - it comes off a bit bland. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a mild carbonation. Overall, a solid example of the style; however, after having had the oak-aged version in the taproom (4.25), I was really let down by this one.

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Photo of BabaBeer
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thinwhiteduke
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bartleby91
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a nice and solid traditional take on an oktoberfest.
The appearance is a really pretty amber color with a off white head that left some lacing. Pretty lively carbonation bubbling up the glass as well.
Aromas are typical for the style with a sweet malt breadiness being most prominent along with some earthy hop notes.
The tastes are sweet maltiness, breadiness and a subtle earthy zest that provides some nice balance.
The palate is medium with a lingering malt sweetness and some hop zest.
Overall this is a solid marzen that I could have a few of.

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Photo of lloydboss
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2016 version

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Photo of FBarber
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Update: 2017 version now in cans. Much better than last year - less hoppy with a more traditional hop flavor. Malts allowed to shine more. Still an American take on the style, but very well done. Gorgeous head and excellent retention. Ratings updated to 2017 version.
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4 | 3.5 | 3.5 | 4 | 4 - 3.68
Pours a clear crisp amber color. Lots of bubbles course upwards in the beer. Thick frothy off-white head slowly dissipates down to a thin layer of frothy foam. Tons of sticky lacing left on the beer. Lovely looking beer.

Smell is rather subdued with a slight bready malt aroma and some grassy hops.

Taste follows the nose with notes of bready malts, quickly giving way to a strong hoppy flavor. Hoppy flavor is quite grassy and herbal. Lingering grassy bitterness is noted. Bitterness starts to take on a more piney character as the flavors become more familiar on the palette. For a marzen its not a good example of a traditional marzen. This is incredibly over hopped for the style, and the malts are far too subdued. Just on its own merits and not taking style into account its actually a good beer.

Feel is light and crisp. Pretty carbonated provides a noticeable tingle on the tongue. Smooth drinking beer.

Overall this is a poor example of a traditional marzen - way over hopped, but then again, I'd expect nothing less from Half Acre. That being said, its a good beer in its own right. Nice easy drinking amber ale.

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Photo of dannycohen62
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bschmidt_37
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rossracing
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerLover99
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Lager Town from Half Acre Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 123 ratings
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