Blanc Slate Lager
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

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German Kellerbier / Zwickelbier
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3.86 | pDev: 5.96%
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Pennsylvania, United States
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4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

sampling a cellar temp 16 oz can poured into a pint glass. The beer has been in my fridge for a while, but toom it out recently to drink and didnt get to it. now I am.
The beer pours a bright clear gold with bleached white dense head of 2 cm.
This foam fades to a wispy surface layer quickly after the pour.
The aroma is some floral hoppy notes and some white grape and a bit of biscuity or cracker malt. Very clean nose that is direct and appealing.
first sip reveals a light body and crisp texture with fine and spacious carbonation. Easy drinking physical traits for this brew.
Flavor is similar to the nose with some crackery and biscuity malt mixing up front and then a little white grape again but then finishes with a dry and bitey vegetal hop finish. The hops linger after each swallow.
This is a fairly crushable yet diversely flavored brew. im glad to have picked it up and give it a run.
Nice well made lager.

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Photo of Buck89
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap In a pint glass. Is slightly hazy golden color with a modest white head. Nice grassy/floral aroma. The taste followed suit with a moderate bitterness that was mainly grassy and floral with a clean finish. Overall very nice. No Off flavors. recommended.

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4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The slightly cloudy golden amber colored beer pours out into Duvel glass with a 1” finely bubbled white head that recedes slowly but visibly to a cap and ring of foam and then to a thin irregular island of foam while leaving a thick web of partial rings, patches and legs of lacing that persist to the end of the beer. Sipping creates small scattered patches of lacing and a few long slender legs of lacing.

The aromas are full of the floral and fruity hops with some white wine grapes, grapefruit, lemongrass, berries and pineapple showing. In the background there’s a some crackery malt

The flavors are much as expected from the nose and showcase the white wine grapes backed up with the pineapple, grapefruit, lemongrass, berries and tropical fruits. The crackery malt stays in the background so this beer is mostly about showcasing what the hops bring to the show. The crackery malt provides just enough sweetness to soften the grassy bitterness from the hops.

The mouth feel is medium bodied and slightly prickly with the light, finely bubbled carbonation. The finish begins as the fruity and tropical flavors begin to recede so that the grassy bitterness shows for much longer as the bitterness moves to the back of the palate and begins its long slow fade away.

Overall I really like this beer. It’s enjoyable, drinkable, and showcases a variety of hops that has a lot of complexity to offer and some interesting combinations of aromas/flavors. I’ll be looking to have this one again. Clearly the name is appropriately chosen.

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Blanc Slate Lager from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 7 ratings