Mike Duggan #05 Asian Lager | Duggan's Brewery

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Brewed by:
Duggan's Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: Japanese Rice Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by bobsy on 12-17-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of Wordslinger
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of MasterSki
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on-tap at the brewpub - served in a weizen glass.

A - Carefully poured to only have one finger of creamy white foam - I appreciate the nearly full glass, but also respect the excellent retention of what is there. The body is a transparent golden straw color with a few stray slow-moving bubbles moving through it. As I work through the glass, some splotchy lace is left behind.

S - Toasted grains and steamed rice. A touch of light citrus that's a little sweeter than the lemon mentioned on the menu. There's a bit of pungent spice tool. Pleasant, but understated.

T - Cereal grains - like puffed rice. Finishes with a bit of tangerine and mild bitterness, compliments of the Sorachi Ace. There is a fruity character the emerges from the malt backbone. The aftertaste is a little evocative of "generic beer", but thankfully there is only a touch of this. An peculiar mix of rice lager and American Pale Ale that is quite enjoyable.

M - Soft, but lively carbonation. Light, crisp, refreshing, with only a faint residual stickiness. Very clean.

D - Reminds me a little of Half Acre Gossamer, but I actually like this quite a bit more as the aftertaste is better. Very flavorful for 4% - love the Sorachi Ace. I would have grabbed a growler if any had been in stock (weird Ontario laws proscribe that they must be pre-filled). This would be a superb beer to have as your session option, and I think macro lovers could appreciate it as well.

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Photo of biegaman
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Duggan's Brewery, in Toronto.

This has the distinction of being both one of the palest and the cloudiest beers I've ever set eyes on; it's odd that it can be both. Its blanched straw colour has hardly even a stroke of yellow in it and the complexion, as well as being pallid, is completely overcast. The head is thin and airy, as if someone kicked up a pile of scuzzy white sand.

What makes this Asian lager unique (and indisputably better) than all the others I know of, is that it's been generously hopped. And it shows in the aroma. Duggan decided not only to stick to the theme and go with an Asian hop, the Sorachi Ace, but he also put all his chips on that one number. The result is something lemony, peppery and lightly herbal.

A lot of that hop character (the spritz of lemon juice, the crack of the pepper mill) carry over into the taste. The flavour is further distinct because of the prominence of rice malt which imparts a very dry and less sweet flavour than barley malt. Rice-gluten figures prominently; it's like the liquid equivalent of a parched rice paddy.

And I say a parched rice paddy because the rice malt itself is much dryer and contains much less of that sugary, bready character that typifies pale barley malts. In a sense it is cleaner, in that it's more simplistic and unambiguous. As well as that delightful lemon zest, those Sorachi hops also impart of flattering touch of bitter green tea leaf.

A lot of brewers use rice in their grist but they use it as filler, it's unusual to taste the rice so apparent and concentrated; it certainly makes for a distinct taste. Without the adjuncts that so many big breweries pollute their beers with it is actually very palatable - to think that with a little more hops and a little less filler Budweiser could actually be not half bad!

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Photo of eat
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't think I've ever seen such a nice head on such a pale beer. Completely clear and a very pale yellow, there's a ton of bright-white head and lots of nice lacing. Crazy lacing for the style.

Smells pretty similar to other rice lagers I know. Light-smelling; light rice/wheat/malt along with a touch of sour dairy.

There's a ton of flavour packed into this little beer! Very light on malt, with a very interesting hop character, similar to what I've found in other Asian lagers only on steroids. Very peppery (white pepper). A touch of sweetness, but mostly peppery hop bitterness. There's some other flavour I'm not able to put my finger on. If I'm reviewing this to style, which I am, this is amazing.

Big body for such a weak ABV. Solid medium body with light, prickly carbonation. The sparkling carbonation accentuates the peppery hops. Very nice.

I've got to say, even after seeing these reviews, I didn't expect this much flavour out of this little 4% rice lager. I can't remember ever having tried such a flavourful 4% beer of any kind. Of course this is crazy drinkable...it's a 4% rice lager with a ton of awesome hop flavour. Much better than any of the other Duggan's I've had. Bottle this stuff!

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Photo of Derek
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Straw-yellow with a white head, thin ring of retention, hint of lace.

S: Marmalade, lemon rind, grass & hints of grainy biscuit.

T: More bitter than expected, and the hopping is more rind-like than citrus. Fairly malty, I wouldn't have thought it was that light. Hint of sulfury mineral from the yeast.

M: The mouthfeel on this is phenomenal, considering its weight and style (is it outside the style?).

D: A good drinker.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer appears a hazy light straw colour, with one finger of thin white head, which leaves a ring of lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of crisp white cracker grain, a bit bready, and a bit of citrus. The taste is crisp white grain, a bit of rice gluten, some lemon, and mild earthy hops. The carbonation is average, the body medium weight and decently smooth, and it finishes soft, a bit sweet, and grainy.

A nice refreshing spin on the malty lager concept.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pint on tap at the new brewpub, nice place. Arrives a clear light straw color, very pale yellow, finger of head on top that leaves some light lacing down the glass.

Nose is slightly lemony, light ricey note - slightly unusual, clean though.

This is an incredibly drinkable beer, well made to do that at only 4%. Light lemony notes with a hint of peppery zip combine with a soft, pillowy note which I can only attribute to the rice. Faint hop zip in the finish, very clean all the way through. Yes it's a rice lager and yes it is way more flavorful than any I've ever had. Could easily drink this for a long time and most any non-craft drinker could as well. The perfect beer for a brewer who's starting a new place, the money-maker. Tasty stuff, would order again.

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Photo of kwjd
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have tried this on two separate trips to the brewery. With all the other beers on the menu, I would have been shocked if someone told me that I'd order a 4% abv beer more than once. There is so much flavour packed into this.

A small amount of head, with lacing going down the glass. Smell of mild citrus. I don't know how to describe the taste because it isn't anything like what I've ever tasted before. It does have a nice amount of bitterness like a good pilsner. It isn't overly carbonated like I find some light lagers to be. I could drink this all day, and at 4%, I would actually be able to!

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A most interesting and most needed lager. The light aroma is citrussy and rice being steamed. Light body, yet some lace. Very tasty lemoney, and the bitterness is right there, edging you on. Fine carbonation.Just the right amount of this extremely bitter Japanese hop, a masterful concoction. Very very drinkable.Worth the trip downtown.

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Photo of Viggo
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the brewery.

Pours a lightly hazed straw yellow, some golden highlights, medium sized white head forms, settles down to a thin layer, some lace spots stick.

Smell is great, very light and malty, clean aroma, a touch of tropical fruit, lemongrass, toast, rice, good citrus zest punch, a bit of malty sweetness and grain, really nice.

Taste is great too, malty up front, a touch of honey sweetness, rice, grains, toast, very clean and malty, neat lemon/lemongrass citrus character, clean finish with balanced bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. Shit yeah, this has a ton of flavour for 4%. Never thought I'd be digging a rice lager this much but the Sorachi Ace is perfect for this style. This is crazy drinkable stuff.

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Photo of bobsy
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sweet! A new rice lager! Just what the Ontario scene is missing! After drinking a whole bunch of rice lagers in Japan, I'm reviewing this puppy to style.

Pours a hazy yellow with a tight white cap. Decent lace and retention. Nose is kinda neat, with the sorachi coming through with some good lemongrass notes, a touch of creaminess and a faint hint of fruit and grain. For a Japanese rice lager the taste is awesome. Scrub that... for a light beer the taste is awesome. The rice imparts a smooth creaminess to the flavour, while the sorachi overlays zingy lemon notes and a mild hop bite. Supremely balanced and drinkable, this is the best version of the style I could imagine being brewed. The body is medium and refreshing with a gentle smoothness, which is almost chalky in nature.

Great stuff for the style. Not extreme by any measure, but a benchmark nonetheless. Seriously, compare this to shit like Kirin, Ashai, Suntory and Orion and you've got a winner. What's more than that, compare it to other 4% beers and it still packs a great amount of flavour. Perhaps the best beer currently on tap at the new brewpub.

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Mike Duggan #05 Asian Lager from Duggan's Brewery
4.07 out of 5 based on 11 ratings.
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