Pre-Prohibition Style Lager | Lucky Bucket Brewing Co.

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Pre-Prohibition Style LagerPre-Prohibition Style Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lucky Bucket Brewing Co.
Nebraska, United States
luckybucketbrewing.com

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Pre-Prohibition style salutes a time when lagers had greater character and more distinct flavor, when beer wasn't full of the additives found in many of today's mainstream lagers. Lucky Bucket's version has a light, malty flavor that's easy on the palate. Filtered twice, the subtle maltiness nicely balances a floral hop. Dry-hopped with a fresh blend of aromatic West Coast hops, Lucky Bucket Lager is a great session beer with an ABV of 4.5% and 20 IBU's.

Added by kernel on 08-22-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
204
Reviews:
69
Avg:
3.33
pDev:
16.52%
 
 
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2
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40
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Ratings: 204 |  Reviews: 69
Photo of corywalston
2.37/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of BColton1
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of MNAle
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of jpuetz
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of NCStateAE
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of Try-em-all
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy orange to dark gold head, light head with some residual carbonation after the pour. Bread and caramel in the snoot, nothing exciting game here on this one, not a very good beer at all. Glad I bought it as a single. Pass on this one.

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Photo of NODAK
2.58/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Smells somewhat tart...has a citric and even grape-like presence on the nose. Different.

Taste here is a sour body for the most part. It's very different, to be honest. It doesn't approach the tartness of say, a berliner, but it's very noticeable. A good dose of grain shows up on the finish along with a smattering of hops. The real star of the beer though and its defining characteristic is the tartness.

Definitely not my favorite beer, and though it's quite drinkable, the dominating sourness just isn't my bag.

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Photo of DemoniChris
2.59/5  rDev -22.2%

Photo of Minkybut
2.66/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a light amber color and poured a fair head. The beer smelled terrible like it was sour or something. Whew!. The taste was not sour but it was dry and hoppy and I did not like it at all so I will not be buying this one again.

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Photo of Sammy
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Passable lager gotten in trade. Some malty aroma, some white head on light golden colour. A tad light mouthfeel, easy drinking. Pure example of style. A bit of hops, clean, crisp, and refreshing.Not overall exciting but that's the style, the kind of beer that was craft available in the Late Seventies.

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Photo of avisong
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of TeamD
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of KevMo84
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of Rdc67
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of MemphisANiD
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of sommersb
2.76/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Brown 12oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass. No date found on the bottle.

A - Clear, golden color with lots of bubbles streaming from the bottom - a pretty beer to look at. Three fingers of white head quickly went down to one. Little lacing on the glass.

S - Not a lot of aroma. Some light malts, a little bit of bready and some lemony character. Also slightly floral.

T - Something really wrong here - this is not a pleasant taste. The overall effect is a sourness or bitterness I can't quite identify. Maybe you'd call it astringent. Besides these off notes, there is a bit of malt taste and low hop bitterness.

M - Highly carbonated on a light body. Finishes with the same astringent, unpleasant taste as alluded to before.

O - I wasn't expecting too much from this beer - I figured it'd be a middle-of-the-pack lawnmower beer, but it didn't meet those expectations. Maybe I got an old beer -- I don't know since there wasn't a date on the bottle. Would not seek again.

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Photo of Donkster46
2.77/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Latarnik
2.77/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.8/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

"Once, during Prohibition, I was forced to live for days on nothing but food and water."

--W.C. Fields

Kruggerand gold with lemon-tinted edges and a lightly crackly crown of eggshell colored foam that isn't sticky enough to leave much of itself on the pint glass. Looks okay while the head lasts.

The nose is no great shakes. Pale and/or lightly toasted malt doesn't have enough of a say and the hops are citrus juicy rather than the more appropriate herbal-earthy. Too much like an APA so far... though I do like APAs.

American pale lagers should be primarily malty with a subtle counterweight of bitterness, not tangy and borderline lemon juicy like P-PSL. I'm not sure what went wrong here, but the brewers might have used the wrong varieties of hops. Either that or advanced age. I'm pretty sure, though, that this bottle hasn't yet reached 6 months.

The flavor profile is pretty much a one-note affair... and that one note is lemon juice. It doesn't taste or feel like there's enough malt, which again, should be the cornerstone of an old school pale lager (see Schlitz Gusto and others).

Even when keeping style and ABV in mind, the mouthfeel is too thin and too harshly fizzy. Of all the attributes, this one is the worst. In fact, the next lowest score was almost chosen.

It's a good thing that IPA was my first offering from Lucky Bucket and not Pre-Prohibition Style Lager. My opinion of these guys is still (mostly) positive, but they'll have to impress next time out to keep it there.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
2.84/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, there is no "best by" date that I can find.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear amber color with less than one-finger off-white head that immediately dissipated until a ring of small bubbles remained around the rim of glass, lighter than average carbonation, no lacing.

SMELL: caramel and bread.

TASTE: initially sweet caramel then a dank, earthy note, not much else.

PALATE: lighter than average carbonation, medium body.

OVERALL: I won't sugarcoat this, not a good beer, just a flat, malty mess, that caramel/dank thing just did not work for me, I will avoid this beer and warn everyone I know to pass on this one.

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Photo of BayernMunchen3113
2.87/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Goes down fairly smooth - Was expecting a little bite to it just because of the name. Decent beer but was hoping for great considering it is brewed in my backyard. In my opinion nothing to truly write home about though. Smells interesting when first opened, kind of biscuity. Fairly light tasting, no spice or bite.

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Photo of NuclearDolphin
2.9/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a 12oz Tumbler Pint Glass

Appearance - Hazy Yellow and Dark Golden color. Pours a finger head that quickly disappears, along with some of the heavy carbonation.

Smell - Smells like sweet/sugary bread and yeast, with some cereal grains and a slight corny smell, but not too offensive.

Taste - Sour & Bitter yeasty taste along with cereal grains, malts and a slight hoppy aftertaste and. Nothing too impressive but nothing too bad either

Mouthfeel - It's light on carbonation and body. It's pretty smooth and it's a beer that's fairly easy to drink.

Overall - It's nothing special in terms of flavor, but at the same time, it serves its purpose as a beer and gets the job done as a light, easy to drink beer; albeit a very average beer

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Photo of philbe311
2.98/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A finger's worth of perfectly level crisp off-white colored head... Minimal retention gies way to an enticing veil of lace ind slight collar... Lots of medium sized carbonation bubbles, half of which cling to the sides of the glass and the other half of which rise at a very rapid pace... The color is a darker than expected mix of bronze and copper...

S - Bread crust... Cereal grains... Fresh biscuits... Perhaps some corn notes... Some slightly sweet fruit notes... Very little if any hop presence...

T - Starts as expected with lots of bready malts... Biscuit... Grain... Bread crust... The finish is unexpectedly sweet and even a bit tart... In an American Pale Lager, those are desired flavors...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Briskly carbonated... A bit sleek... Rather one dimensional...

D - An honest, but uninspired attempt... Not something I would drink again nor recommend... Even at the highly accessible 4.5% ABV, I'm not sure this one is worth seeking out... The slightly odd flavor is a killer for me...

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a sparkling light amber color with a one finger off white head that disappates quickly. Aroma is cracker and biscuit malt, caramel and toffee sweetness, with floral notes. Taste follows with cracker, biscuit, caramel, toffee, and light floral tones with an underlying corn flavor that isn't bad. Mouthfeel is thin, but light and clean with just a little after taste that sticks around. Overall, this is a nice, clean, crisp lager that definitely has more character than an AAL, and could be an easy drinker on a warm day.

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Photo of Jman_01
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Pre-Prohibition Style Lager from Lucky Bucket Brewing Co.
3.33 out of 5 based on 204 ratings.
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