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Organic Real Lager | Laverstoke Park Farm

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Organic Real LagerOrganic Real Lager

Brewed by:
Laverstoke Park Farm
England, United Kingdom

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Jason on 01-04-2010

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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 24
Reviews by Dapperticus:
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4.5/5  rDev +36.4%

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #36 (Jan 2010):

Organic bottle-conditioned lager--you don't see that too often. Opted to leave the yeast behind in the bottle to observe the perfect clarity. Aroma goes from malt sweetness to dried grass to a slight tartness. A timid crispness of barley wakes the palate up yet gives a smooth mouthfeel within the medium body. Wet malt, perhaps a little thin, but still flavorful. Very modest hopping with a reserved bitterness and earthy, herbal flavor. Little buttery and a quick twang in the semi-dry finish; not much in the aftertaste other than a quick bite of mineral.

If a beer being simple, drinkable and organic is what you have in mind, this is your thing.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.49/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2012. Label appears to have been drawn by a child and features a picture of a farmer drinking beer. Described as made from organic ingredients produced on the farm (also the brewer).

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A hazy pale golden colour with good carbonation. Yields a massive head of white foam that subsides after a couple of minutes. Aroma of light malt with notes of dry, earthy yeast, grain, cooked hops, a whisper of citrus and a mild sulpherous quality (the label mentions a caprylic flavour).

Tastes of light malt with a mild bitterness. Faint citrus notes accompanied by a yeasty character, hints of biscuity malt and subtle stewed hops. Mouthfeel is crisp, tingly and dry. Slight yeasty aftertaste.

A decent lager with a bit more flavour than a typical macro offering. Not overwhelming, and I'd prefer a stronger aromatic hop presence, but it makes for easy drinking. Worth sampling.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.89/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'll admit I purchased this for the artwork (and also because it was still relatively fresh (best before November 2nd, 2011)). Nice to find it was selected for inclusion in CAMRA's beer club as well.

Poured vigorously from a 500mL bottle into my Samuel Smith nonic.

Presents a slightly cloudy (as expected by my intentionally less-than-careful pour) maize with tinges of gold as well. Very little head, and almost no retention or lacing.

Lemon and lime zest in the nose, backed with lots of low floral elements and very faint white pepper. Very subtle but inviting.

Light but lasting bitterness on the palate with a fair amount of herbal/vegetal notes as well. Very grassy variety of hops it seems. Some tartness throughout as well to offset the light grainy sweetness of the malts. Finishes medium-dry with a touch of green apple. Maybe the beginnings of some DMS in here, but it could be my imagination (or even a touch of "barnyard" from the yeast in fact).

Light-bodied, though not as thin as many versions that are more heavily filtered. Carbonation is adequate.

Quite a good example of the style, and I'm rating accordingly.

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Pelicanrocks
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down but left a thin head covering the surface and lots of rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of bready malts in the nose along with some notes of grassy hops and hints of grain.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a little shy of being medium-bodied on the palate and somewhat clean with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: When I first saw this classified as a Euro Pale Lager, I thought it would have the typical flavors of adjunct malts like much of the other beers in the style. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find this tasting more like much a lighter version of a Czech Pilsner Munich Helles Lager but with similar flavors. It's quite tasty and very drinkable.

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Photo of Brent
3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this right after finishing a Bells Oarsman Ale, so the tart notes in this lager probably registered with me a bit more strongly than otherwise. A bit tart up front with citric lemony notes. Moderate malt with a slight grassyness. The child-like crayon drawing label was a bit creepy, for some reason.

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Photo of Cresant
4.1/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured the 500 mL brown bottle into a Sierra Nevada Hops glass. Dated best by: 1 06 11. BAtch L016. The body of this one was clear and had a rich golden color. The head was bright white. A film and ring remained. The label looks like a frame from South Park.

The smell was spicy with lemon notes. Earthy. As it warmed some syrupy malts were evident. The aromas definitely blossomed as it warmed.

The taste was light and tangy. There was a faint metallic taste. The bright hops flavors lingered. Clean with a snappy bitterness that was balanced with plenty of biscuity malts. Solid.

The mouthfeel was light to medium bodied. There was more than adequate fine carbonation.

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Photo of MaxOhle
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of aasher
3.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a moderately clear and very bright gold in color with a one finger bright white head. It appears very crisp and well carbonated. The aromas consist of light pale malts, straw, grass, with a decent bitter hop finish. The flavors are of subtle pale malts, light honey, and it finishes very bitter and dry. There really isn't too much to it. It drinks very crisp and is well carbonated. It leaves behind an odd bitter aftertaste that isn't very appealing. Overall I'd say this is a pretty average Euro Pale Lager but it does give another organic option for beer lovers to try.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottled and enjoyed with the original label before it was cruelly changed
Pours a clear golden body with a decent white head. Sweet malty nose. Medium body, sweet malt with a metallic edge and a dry and hoppy finish

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and a few golden yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy white head that quickly reduces to a patchy very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of biscuit malts and bready/grainy malts with some light hints of lemon and apple. Light aromas of spicy and earthy hops. Just a touch of yeastiness.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of biscuit malts with some additional notes of bready and grainy malts - there is a light hint of lemon and apple fruitiness but not much sweetness. The finish is all hops (spicy and earthy) with a touch of peppery yeast spices. Light to moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Slightly less than medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Very easy to drink and enjoyable but not something I would be grabbing for frequently - I like the additional touches of lemon/apple aroma and flavor in additional to the malts and hops. I got a very fresh bottle and I think that makes a big difference in the review (based on some others).

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Photo of Hanzo
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of JackieTH
2.71/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks Rob for the sample. Reviewed from notes.

Smells of corn, grain and a hint of something metallic which I couldn't place until I took a sip. In drinking, there is a light, quite macro brew like, sense of grain, along with chalk and the metallic element which is now identified as copper. Packs a medium-light mouthfeel. Ample carbonation. Not a great beer, but an average to slightly below average light lager. I certainly won't buy it just because it's organic.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A flavorful, 'real' lager- bottle conditioned and all. Much more full of character than most lagers.

The pour brings about a light golden or strong straw color with a mild haze early. Subsequent pours rouse the yeast to provide a dull cloudiness. Relatively high levels of carbonation fuel a stark white head that forms, retains, and laces well. An inviting look- much like beers of the kellerbier style.

Crisp acidity carries the early nose with a light lemon or tart apple ester. Background aromas of biscuit, malt, and bready grains rise after a few swirls of the tumbler and allowing for the malty scent to bring about herbal notes of lemongrass and yeasty spice.

Surprisingly flavorful with mild fruity tartness, light breads, and earthy, spicy hops. crabapple and a slightly yeasty phenolic-chemical taste seems out of character for lagers, and add as much complexity as it detracts. A crisp grainy and biscuity maltiness is refreshing in this lager form, as this type of English sweetness is typically reserved for more fruity ales. Spicy and herbal hop notes of lemongrass, fresh cut grass, and hay compliment the acidity very well while also balancing the malty sweetness and providing a dryish and smooth bitter finish. A malty after taste with grassy linger gives a wheat-like impression.

Early acidity with ample carbonation goes from creamy expansiveness to a light minerally sensation and prickle very quickly. Afterwards, the mid palate has a fuller, maltier feel (aided by a mild note of diacetyl) before crispening and drying going into the spicy bitter finish. The beer does a lot moutfeel-wise, expecially for a lager.

I'm very much impressed with this beer, probably because it has several ale-like characteristics that I enjoy (mild fruitiness, yeasty taste, and spicy phenolics) although they do seem out slightly out of style. Still, this is a very clean, crisp, and refreshing lager.

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Photo of ChuckS
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of khargro2
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.36/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden body with a white head and a few trails of lacing.

Aromas are mild and primarily fruity. Lemon mostly.

Flavors are on the lighter side as well, but luckily there is more going on here than on the nose. Tangy lemon provides some curious tartness. Generic grain notes provide evidence of malt. There is an earthy, almost skunky hop quality and a metalic finish. I am drinking this from a Perfect Pint glass, but if I didn't know better I would think it was coming from a metal stein. Yeast flavors become stronger as it warms. Between the yeast and the citrus, this beer reminds me of a Belgian Wit or Hefe.

The body was medium, crisp and typical for the style.

An odd beer. Not the sort of flavor profile one would expect from an English Lager. It is interesting and unusual and I'm not sure what to make of it.

The agricultural practices used by this producer are comendable. It would be great to see more Organic and Biodynamic beers on the market. Organic Real Lager is a unique beer, but not one to get excited about. I don't understand why a brewery would focus so much time and effort on their ingredients, only to brew a beer that is so unremarkable. This is a session beer at a price that prevents sessioning, a common problem with imported beer and an even bigger problem with imported Organic lagers.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
2.74/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Source/Serving: 500mL bottle

Smell: Has big malt intensity with a delicious biscuit character buttressed by lemon, caramel, and fresh grains and surrounded by yeasty earthiness. Lightly grassy and metallic.

Taste: Not nearly as malt dominated as the nose suggests. Soft graininess is oddly twisted by thin herbal/grassy hops. Could be described as light bodied but I'm going with thin and watery and with more metallic character than I'd like. Earthy yeast and hops dominate rough, husky straw and raw grain character with a clear suggestion of tart, almost cidery lemons and apples. Finish has an unpleasant dry, metallic, slightly astringent character overpowering the delicate earthiness and punky grains. Lingers citric and metallic.

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Photo of kitschiguy
3.94/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 330ml bottle from Waitrose in Petersfield, Hampshire. Poured into a 350ml beer glass.

Look: Poured with a nice white frothy head. Lasted a few minutes. Some lacing.

Nose: Pleasant malty aromas, not too heavy, with some grass and a hint of citrus. Slightly floral.

Palate: Very well balanced (for me), not too hoppy. Grassy with more citrus notes. Slightly malty and zesty. Nothing coming over too strongly.

Feel: Well carbonated with a light to light-medium body. Quite crisp.

Overall: A very drinkable and flavourful English lager. Quite sessionable. Not exceptional but clearly a cut above the mass-produced, industrial lagers available at supermarkets.


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Photo of Brad007
3.56/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright golden color with a one-finger head into my glass. Yet another organic example of a lager Looks great regardless.

Sweet with aromas that are consistent with the style: grainy malt with that adjunct twang. Keep in mind though that this is not an adjunct lager.

Ditto. Grainy and sweet. That's it. Well, there are some hops but you get my point.

Lingering flavors are nothing special. Maybe it's a bit watery too.

Meh. There's just something that's missing here but I can't figure it out.

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Photo of brentk56
1.9/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: As with its Organic Ale sibling, the pour is impressive, with the golden liquid capped by a fluffy white head; the retention is just average, however, and not much lacing is left behind

Smell: Awful Euro lager tones, verging on skunky, despite the brown bottle

Taste: Tastes like a Euro Lager, with a strong, sulfuric, twangy character that comes on particulary strong in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not a particularly good example of the style, unfortunately

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Real bready and roasty kind of nose, in a malt-ish way. Flavor profile carries a bit of the same tone, but it isn't entirely balanced or good, for that matter. In my opinion, it should be more rounded and less harsh or abrasive. What it shows at the moment doesn't really do much.

I will say that the bottle cap will go down as one of the nicer I've ever seen.

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Photo of GMB
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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