New Jersey Lager | Hometown Beverages Brewing Company

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New Jersey LagerNew Jersey Lager

Brewed by:
Hometown Beverages Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by NeroFiddled on 03-05-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by mistaya:
Photo of mistaya
3.76/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. What a tough crowd of reviewers (Mets/Philly fans?). I've been drinking beer since we used to go over to Staten Island from Jersey -- this reminds me of the old New Jersey/New York brews, but much better. A good American Lager in the style of Rheingold, Krueger and Pabst (don't include Hammonton). Even though its brewed in Pa it puts Stegmaier and Yuengling to shame.

And it was only $4.29 (no tax) a six pack at Grocery Outlet, Florence, Oregon.


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More User Reviews:
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Currently contract brewed by the Lion in Wilkes-Barre, Hometown Beverages have produced, or plan to produce, four beers.

The New Jersey Lager pours a clear, caramel-colored body at about 9 to 10 SRM. The short but creamy cap is just slightly off-white. Head retention is average, and lacing is limited to spots and streaks.

In the nose it's mainly malty with a caramelish accent, but also accented by some 'spent hop' leafy hoppiness and a bit of lager yeast sulphur.

In the mouth it's medium bodied with a dextrinous edge that leaves it gently creamy. Median carbonation.

The flavor leans towards lightly caramelish sweetness, but the hop presence quickly steps in. It's gently balanced by bitterness, and there's just enough there to take that sweet edge and turn it mostly dry in the finish. It lingers with softly sweet caramel and gently spicy, leafy, and subtly grassy hop flavors.

Pretty well-done and nicely put-together, New Jersey lager is a pleasantly drinkable surprise. It's got more flavor and body than Yuengling Traditional lager, and that gives it a bit more drinkability. This beer won't thrill the connoisseur, but it's a decent cross-over beer, and it would pass muster at a backyard BBQ or sporting event.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Labeled as hometown NJ original brand lager, which was brewed in Wilkes-barre Pa, im guessing under Lion?

A: A medium orange pour with a brilliant clarity yields a quickly diminishing fizzy off white head. An initial strong show of macro-bubbles quickly gives way to a near silent offering. The glass remained clean, free of any lacing as it sat there in my pint glass without much inspiration.

S: Soft touches of orange peels and grains with a soft flowery hopping opens up the aroma. Light in strength, with a bit of apple juice fruitiness appears on the fade and close. Again while not inspiring, it does offer a bit more then the average lager, especially one brewed in NJ, but falls way short of Pa standards. (for the record im from NJ).

T: Fruity and sweet start, apple juice notes are set against a sweet grainy background. Definite hints of white grapes are to be had with some pear juice that soon reveals itself. Juicy, fruity, and overall sweet with a caramel grain juice like body that is only moderately balanced on the close with a offering of flowery hops.

M: Fairly crisp on the hold with a bit of tingle, Medium bodied with its fair share of smoothness and maltiness. Tangy, fruity close on the swallow.

D: Have to go with slightly less then average drinkability. One is all I could muster at a time, a bit fruity, and doesn't fit the typical session requirements per style, nor would I want to pair this with a pizza or burger.

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Photo of bob3701
2.83/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Always skipped over this novelty contract beer. Expecting it to be just yellow fizzy stuff, which it was but it was surprisingly more like Becks than Bud. It had a more gold hue to it than yellow and poured a nice tall head. Nothing really super special about it, glad son bought it rather than me. Overall drinkable but there are plenty of other brews I'd rather spend time with.

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Photo of jwc215
3.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light amber/dark gold with a small fizzy off-white head that doesn't hang on too long.

The smell is of light grainy malt with a hint of caramel and sulfur.

The taste is of a light touch of caramel that fades then comes back as a kiss in the finish. A light touch of non-descript (leafy?) hops lend some balance too keep it from being too sweet. It has a rather abrupt finish, with some light caramelish malty sweetness that quickly fades.

The fizz, which is a bit high at first, recedes about mid-way leaving something of a watery/swishy feel. Light-bodied, for sure.

Rather bland but for a touch of caramel... Pretty easy to drink though. Generally inoffensive.. not bad, but nothing great...

By the way, this is contract brewed in Wilkes-Barre PA.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.4/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

from a 6-pack bought at Grocery Outlet,Salem for $4.29
Darker gold in colour, nice quater inch off white head..sort of creamy in consistency
Aroma is pleasant enough doughy, slighly toasted grains.
mainlly malty in flavour..soft biscuity..slighty buttery but still good. a slightest of slight touch of hop in the end.
Pretty pleasing on the palate.
Overall considering the horrible treatment this had probably been thru in Gorcery Outlet ( on unrefridgerated shelf under harsh lighting) its pretty OK for a lager.

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Photo of albern
3.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer is brewed in Wilkes-Barre, so this is a contract brew. It pours a very fizzy amber hue with zero head retention. There is not a speck of head after the the initial fizz wears out. The nose is dextrin sweetness, some sweet malts, maybe a touch of caramel.

The taste is fairly carbonated, with a sweet dextrin malt base, a sweet slightly orange lemon taste, maybe a touch of caramel. This is a very smooth, sweet lager with no bite, no hop presence. I can't say that it is well made, but it is an easy drinking beer, more medium bodied than light bodied,no graininess, no aftertaste. This has to be a very low ABV beer. I bought this on a lark and I was neither surprised nor disappointed.

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Photo of AltBock
2.49/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. undated bottle with a cream colored label that has a blue New Jersey inside a blue oval. Over the oval in bold cream colored letters is words "New Jersey." I found it odd that it says New Jersey on the front, but off to side it says that it's brewed in Wilkes Barre, PA.

When poured into a Flying Fish pint glass, this Lager poured a clear but pale honey yellow color. On top of this yellow colored beer was a good 1 1/2 inch fizzy head of white foam. This fizzy head of foam actually had pretty good retention that left behind a skim of white film and a few blots of lace. I thought the appearance was going to be a joke. Thanks for the surprise Hometown.

I knew it was too good to be true! After the great appearance, this beer got right back on the cheap Lager track. The aroma was filled with cheap malted grains like rice and corn. If the beer is swirled around, a minor subtle aroma of juicy fruits will emerge from the background. It wasn't a disgusting aroma, it was just bad.

The first taste that came to me was that of overly carbonated spring water. At least it was spring water and not that of regular tap water. This watery taste lasted for a good 3 seconds and then it rolled into a cheap grainy taste. Not disgusting, it was just bad like the aroma.

This was a light bodied Lager that was overly carbonated and with a watery aftertaste of malted grains. After the smell and taste, this was the type of mouthfeel I was expecting from this beer.

This beer has two things going for it, the appearance and the price. It's easy on the wallets and it shows it. To be honest, the state of New Jersey deserves to be put on the label of a better beer. One is more than enough.

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Photo of crhensel
3.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bottle into shaker (6/27/10) OK, I bought this one because I was interested simply in what a "New Jersey" beer would taste like. It wasn't too bad, but not the greatest either. Poured a clear amber with a frothy white head the fell fast. Picked up noted of straw, flowers and grass in the nose, so nothing exciting. It was pretty thin with a touch too much carbonation at first, but that calmed when it sat. Overall this was reminiscent of a BudMillerCoors and did a good job washing down my sandwich but one was plenty.

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Photo of rab53
2/5  rDev -30.3%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Midway between amber and orange with bumblebee colored edges. The tan colored cap is small after an increasingly elevated pour and doesn't have the world's greatest texture. It shrinks without fanfare, leaving the glass essentially untouched.

The Hometown website describes this offering as a 'lightly hopped Irish lager'. Yeah, I'll go along with that, though the lack of distinctiveness means that any number of styles would fit. It smells lightly toasted malty and has a modest amount of earthy-musky hoppiness.

New Jersey Lager is average beer that has more flavor than your average pale lager due to the use of slightly darker malts. There isn't much barley in the house, which goes along with a stated ABV of 4.1-4.7%. Huh? It varies that much between batches?

Specifics include an extremely light toasted breadiness, a hint of caramel, and the same (probably) German hoppiness appreciated in the nose. Sorry, but this stuff is impressing less and less as the ounces pass. There's no flavor hook and the flavor profile is as deep as the kiddie pool... after it's been drained.

The mouthfeel is lighter than light, stopping *just* short of watery. Harsh, short-lived bubbles don't help the cause and point to a lack of craftsmanship.

New Jersey Lager fooled me into thinking that it was average during the first few ounces. It didn't take long, however, to discover that it isn't good beer at all. Not offensive, just not good. Spend your money elsewhere.

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New Jersey Lager from Hometown Beverages Brewing Company
2.87 out of 5 based on 11 ratings.
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