Crooked River Black Forest Lager | JW Dover Beer & Wine Makers Supplies / Black Box Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
JW Dover Beer & Wine Makers Supplies / Black Box Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by sitarist on 06-30-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by CFHMagnet:
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2.86/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A. A semi-aggressive pour yields a half finger of head that quickly becomes nothing more than a ring. No lacing. Body is a translucent orange/amber blend.

S. I smell sweet malt mostly, with floral and bready aromas intermingling.

T. The taste starts off with sweet malt, then dumps bread into your mouth. The end is characterized by slight spice and bitterness.

M. Heavy carbonation makes the medium body go down real flimsy-like. Doesn't coat the mouth very much, but leaves a hint of dryness at the middle to back of the tongue.

O. Overall, if the bread were toned down and the malt and hops allowed to come forward a bit more, this could be better.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BamfBacon
3/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of jheberle
2.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of lumpy1126
3/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of TheHoppiest
2.48/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Pours a hazy silty brown, like the color of iced-tea. Decent white head that reduces slowly to a 1/8" lid.

Smell is slightly malty, with prominent barley. Somewhat grassy.

Taste is a weird mish-mash of unnaturally sweet and barley malt, ending with a bit of tang. Little to no body, this beer lacks character.

Mouthfeel is limp, with a hint of dry air at the end of the sip.

Glad this is my only one left out of a mixed 12 pack; probably my least favorite of all the beers from this 12 pack so far.

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Photo of Clydesdale
2.39/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a clear, deep, somewhat dull golden color. A disappointingly meager off-white head is initially quite small, and fades quickly into faint suds. Little to no lace sticks to the glass.

S: Some medium bready sweetness. Faint caramel. Some lightly perky floral/perfumey hop aromas add a bit of character. A little bit of fruity yeast is also detectable.

T: On the sweet side initially. A bit bready/doughy. Hop bitterness adds balance with a bit of floral and grassy flavor. A vaguely spicy/fruity yeast presence.

M: Somewhat full-bodied. Carbonation is withering and light. A little dryness into the finish does little to create a sense of refreshment.

D: This is an underwhelming effort. Some issues with carbonation draw attention away from a very generic base beer. Inoffensive, but not enjoyable.

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Photo of sitarist
3.55/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep copper color, clear with lots of bubbles rissing. Not much head, leaves a ring, no lacing.

Smells sweet and musty, there are hints of fruit, grass, and sourdough.

I taste bread, a hint of banana, nuts, oh yeah plain white bread.

This is a pretty heavy lager / medium body with a fair amount of carbonation. This beer fizzes as it lays on your tongue.

Not a bad lager! I could drink these all night if I had to, I wouldn't go out of my way though. Good campfire beer.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
1.67/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Served from the bottle into a pilsner glass

A- Poured a golden brown with a finger and a half of white soapy head. Decent lacing

S- Mostly Medicinal and barley

T- Strong medicinal taste, sweet barley, and caramel. Not pleasant

M- A little thick and heavy for the style

O- Last beer left from the disappointing re-launched Crooked River Sampler Pack. Too thick and unpleasant tasting to be drinkable. I have been putting off drinking this last one for a couple months. This is just a bad beer, I think I will need to drink another beer to get this taste out of my mouth.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
2/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of Impalafrank
4.25/5  rDev +55.7%

Photo of jampics2
1.96/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

12oz bottle, purchased at Warehouse Beverage as a single.

Poured into my pint glass, this beer is flat. No head, still, copper color.

Smells of sweet malt and caramel. Decent nose, but not too expressive.

Taste is horrible. Sweet caramel malt with no bitterness. Touch of booze. Tastes of flatness and failure.

Mouthfeel is sticky, flat, and horrible.

Drain pour city. Even if this was carbed, it lacks the complexities of the malt that a Helles should have. Lacks the spicy earthy hops, or the slight depth due to both caramel and toasted malt. Utterly undrinkable. Wonder how long until this label goes down again?

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Photo of Blueribbon666
3.15/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes;
Poured from bottle into Great Lakes pint glass a hazy orange color with so much carbonated head that I'm prevented from pouring the entire contents of the bottle, good bubbly head retention. Smells strong of yeast and fruity citrus notes. Wow, highly carbonated more like a belgian beer, than a lager. Starts crisp with a blast of hops & mild yeast that ends crisp and clean.
Been meaning to try these C-Town classics brought back by Black Box Brewing and from Crooked's original line-up. Not as bad IMO as the reviews make it out to be would be decent with a meal, however the high carbonation would keep me from sessioning over the course of an evening.

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Crooked River Black Forest Lager from JW Dover Beer & Wine Makers Supplies / Black Box Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 2.73 out of 5 with 12 ratings
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