BrewFarm Select
Dave's BrewFarm

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Lager - American
3.89 | pDev: 12.85%
Dave's BrewFarm
Wisconsin, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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dhannes from Wisconsin

3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a refrigerated can into a Sam Adams' Perfect Pint glass. I've had about half of the 12-pack and am finally getting a chance to jot down my thoughts. For $12.99 for a 12-pack (about $2 more than what MGD goes for), the can tells me I get a "craft-brewed all-malt golden lager."

A=Slightly darker gold color, with off-white 3 finger head...very inviting.

S=Strong hop smell; more sweet than tangy.

T=First sip: very similar to adjunct lagers, with a tad less sweetness, perhaps, due to no corn. Hops are present, but not overpowering. I was hoping for something similar to Sam Adams' Boston Lager, but this is closer to Miller High Life. Enjoyable, just not spectacular.

M=Drinkable, but a bit too much carbonation and sweeter than I would like.

O=I see no reason to purchase this beer again...but I would drink it if offered. There are just too many better beers out there to consider purchasing this one again.

May 13, 2012
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zeledonia from Washington

3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally getting around to reviewing this local lager. One of these day's I'll make it out to the BrewFarm to try some of his other creations.

Pours clear golden, with 1.5 fingers of foamy white head. Decent retention, some okay lacing. And a lovely little stream of bubbles rushing upward.

Smells quite grainy and full, with some faint lager yeast. Hate to repeat myself, but it has a nice full roundness to the aroma.

Taste is okay, but not great. It is, again, very grainy, and bready, with some grass-stem hop flavors. There's just a touch of bitterness on the back-end, but I'd like a little more to spice things up. In general, it drinks kinda flat rather than crisp or refreshing.

Medium-light body, a little heavier than I was expecting. Carbonation flares up early, then fades away. Finishes quick.

Not bad, but less than I was hoping for. It falls above the average pale lager. But my glass is almost empty, and I still don't think I know what it tastes like. The kind of beer you could drink a whole lot of on a hot day, but not something I'd drink for sheer enjoyment of beer.

May 06, 2012
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yamar68 from Minnesota

3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the can to a Leffe chalice, how fitting.

Pours a nice looking honey gold with a thin white cap that falls off quickly. Smells of lightly toasted grains, sweet bread, just enough hops to provide balance. All these notes carry through to the taste - refreshing, drinkable, spot on.

Mar 09, 2012
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jsprain1 from Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Crystal clear golden with a two finger white head that lasts decenty well. Minimal lacing.
S- Sweet grain, light floral hoppyness.
T- Cracker, bread dough, light caramel, a light bit of hoppiness. Fairly sweet and lots of flavor throughout.
M- Not as clean of a mouthfeel as many but that's fine. It has a sticky sweetness in the finish. Carbonation is low.
O- A fairly tasty sweet pale lager. It's a fine beer, but I think part of the reason I'm enjoying it is there aren't very many good pale lagers. This one is good for a pale lager.

Feb 07, 2012
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gory4d from Texas

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow with a dense three-finger head. Lots of big bubbles. The smell is biscuit, minerals, grass, something herbal. The taste is lots of grain, with some mild malty notes, plus a strong herbal character that gives way to a mild bitterness. It's a little thicker than I'd expect, nicely carbonated. A very fine lager. I'll seek this out next time I'm in Wisconsin.

Jan 31, 2012
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden-yellow color with a small, white head of thin foam. It left very little lacing.

S - It smelled of caramel and grains with a slight floral presence.

T - Vary good tasting lager. Great toasty flavor with a good malty sweetness. Mild spicy bitterness.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light bodied lager with a clean, dry finish.

O - This is a really nice lager. I could see people in MN and WI going to it at a cookout on a hot day.

Jan 23, 2012
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Beerdregs from Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Recommended by Ed at Heritage.

A: light straw color with quickly dissipating head.

S: Mild sweet biscuity malt aroma.

T: Wow! Surprisingly loaded with flavor considering the mild aroma. Taste is a crisp sweet malty. The hops come in towards the middle. Finish is fairly quiet.

M: Crisp with ample carbonation.

O: Overall this is an excellent session beer. There is no corny adjunct flavor in this beer. Glad for the recommendation.

Dec 17, 2011
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plfahey from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Yellow gold and crystal clear with a moderately thin white head which has fair retention.

Aroma-Sweetish, crackery Pils malt aroma with a nice dose of herbal/floral aroma hops. Relatively clean with just the slightest touch of orchard fruit esters.

Flavor-Lightly sweet, grainy, cereal malt flavor, with a touch of minty, herbal hop flavor. Low hop bitterness and a little bit of a carbonic bite come out in the finish, which has just a hair of lingering malt flavor in the aftertaste. I can't quite pick it out, but there's something in the aftertaste that just rubs me the wrong way a bit.

Mouthfeel-Medium light body, moderately high carbonation. Crisp on the palate. Refreshing.

Definitely not my style of beer, but this is a great interpretation of an American Pale Lager, and a fantastic "fancy lawn-mower beer". Moderately tasty and extremely quaffable.

Oct 28, 2011
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WYVYRN527 from Minnesota

3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a pint glass.

Brewfarm select pours a golden yellow with a two-finger thick white head that quickly settles to a thin lace on the surface. Carbonation is lively, and head retention is decent. Smell consists of fresh grain, cereal, and floral character. The flavor is quite balanced. A bit of honey, green apple and cracker up front, followed by a wave of floral, grassy hop character. Finish is slightly dry and very clean.

This is the lawnmower beer of lawnmower beers. Light in body, well-balanced, and has good flavor. This is a beer that might have just found a permanent place in my fridge.

Jul 16, 2011
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ahq514 from Illinois

3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into shaker glass.

Pours a clearish golden color with a quickly dissipating head. You can see the bubbles rise to the surface, appearing pretty carbonated. Some moderate lacing occurs

Smells like most other lagers. Little hop presence, light malt presence, and a little soapy. Smells slightly toasted as well.

This a pretty good pale lager. Tastes much better than the smell. Hops are more present in the taste, although you can tell a more mild hop is used. It gives it a nice crisp refreshing bite to the beer. Malt is about right for a pale lager. A subtle taste of toasted caramel.

This beer is right on in terms of mouthfeel. Pretty carbonated, but not overly so. Goes down really easily, light bodied.

Overall this is one of the better pale lagers I've had. It is refreshing and light, but has a nice crisp hop bite to it that other lagers don't. Could easily down a handful of these quickly and probably will.

Jul 09, 2011
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

light pale yellow, somewhat hazy and cloudy it had a decent look about it, almost white in color. A nice two finger high head of frothy and fizzy white foam formed on the top and fell rather quickly leaving the top clean and the sides coated in a light layer of lace.

touch of grain and a light earthy grassy sort of smell. The smells itself were very bright, and very clean smelling. A hint of some kind of light yeast in the foreground as well.Very light and clean, almost non existent in terms of profile. This was not like your non tasting macro, but it did have a very very light, almost nothing taste to it. It just tasted very clean. Some light grain and yeast, and maybe just the slightest hint of some hops in the finish, not bad, just very very light.

Jul 08, 2011
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my main man woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a deep golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very malty, considerable sweetness. Taste is quite the malt bomb, fairly sweet, crisp and refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a top notch warm weather beer.

Jun 10, 2011
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Penguin3200 from Minnesota

3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this summer lawn mowing lager while mowing the lawn...duh. Great beer for the style! Pours golden with a nose of malty goodness. Hops are crisp on the finish bit this is a great malty lager that hits for the style.

Very drinkable and always some on hand for pounding on hot summer days.

Good lager from the BrewFarm.

Jun 08, 2011
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brewerburgundy from California

3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can, Bruery tulip, and thank you Shango42.

This certainly looks all malt, as I find it unlikely that a beer with cereal adjuncts would be such a sunny, dark yellow hue. There is an off white foamy head with small bubbles, good retention, and some sticking power. There appears to be some yeast suspended in the beer; this is one of the styles where I actually care for exceeding clarity.

The nose is less hoppy than I'd hoped and there's not date to check whether this is a function of time or of brewing. It smells mainly like an all malt, lowly hopped lager should smell like; crisp lager yeast, sweetish pale malt, and leafy hops.

Honestly, it tastes just like you might expect such a beer to taste. The malt is like 2-row kicked up a notch, so this 6-row based beer is a little maltier and deeper than if it used 2-row as a base. Grain with more of an herbal or peppery hop flavor and moderate-low bitterness that almost turns metallic. That bitterness goes citric in the finish.

It has a nice body, but isn't quite carbonated enough. Firm and malty body.

I would definitely buy it as an alternative to macro lagers if the price was competitive. Honestly it doesn't quite live up to my expectations, but they may have been too high considering what the style is. Worth trying.

Mar 13, 2011
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sunny goldenrod with a light dusting of yeast and few visible bubbles. That didn't stop almost four fingers of skinned almond colored foam from appearing on the pour. The head lasts and lasts, leaving a nice array of lace when it eventually relents.

The nose is exactly as expected for a high-quality American pale lager. Untoasted golden grains combine with grassy-musky hops (Cluster, Perle) to create a relatively simple, yet effective aroma that is a pleasure to sniff.

The solid-as-a-rock train keeps rolling right along as beer and taste buds meet. There's so much flavor in each and every mouthful... all of it good. Comparisons to Schlitz Gusto (my gold standard) would not be out of line.

This is what well-brewed, generous ingredients, no-bells-no-whistles beer tastes like. The malts have just a hint of something mid-range that gives Select even more character on the barley side of things. Hop flavor and bitterness is right where it needs to be for the sake of perfect balance. A welcome, honey-like sweetness appears with warming.

Plenty of malt ensures that the body/mouthfeel holds up its end of the bargain with ease. Hang-on is hunky-dory and the carbonation is without fault as well. No weak link here.

BrewFarm Select Golden Lager is old school done right. It's a damn shame that the best selling beers in this country have gotten so far away from this basic blueprint. Cheers to Dave... and thanks to Al for the can.

Feb 16, 2011
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BARFLYB from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz CAN into a Pint glass.

Select pours a golden color and pale as the style would suggest. A nice sprinkle of white foam that's a sheet is on top leaves no stick. Smell is pale malt with a nice array of cluster and pearle hops. Im not such a big fan of pearle so hopefully it's just used for amoma. A earthy scent with not so much grass. Taste is a nice mix of pale malt and hops, really earthy and pale, no citrus. The sweet from the malt is not so much, making this quite tasty and balanced. Feel is a step above light smooth and tasty, no real bite from the carb, a nice level. I would drink alot of this.

Feb 13, 2011
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indiapaleale from Maine

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - very clean, light golden in appearance with a decent soapy white head on top. This certainly looks refreshing after shoveling lots of snow.

Aroma - grainy, hints of lemon or orange, some sweetness but overall a very clean and somewhat muted aroma.

Taste - first taste presents malty sweetness on the tongue and crisp, dry and refreshing finish. Like the descriptions this has some lingering bitterness along with malty sweetness. Its also got that crispness comes with the lager territory. Not a lot of aftertaste but some nice, subtle hop characteristics.

Overall - I can see why this would be "easily sessionable". Your palate won't be all that exhausted after a few of these which is a nice way to change things up. What really excites me about this beer is the opportunity to introduce a non-craft beer drinker to a very well brewed style they might enjoy. Great job Dave!

Would I buy more of it? - absolutely. I really enjoyed this beer as well as the Matacabras. If you see either one be sure to give it a shot.

Feb 03, 2011
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with 3 big foamy fingers of bright-white head. This retains with about a finger or less of tight rocky froth that soaps the sides of the glass with a ton of sticky patchy lace. The aroma is grassy and bit leafy, with a pronounced twang to it of ripe fruit, caramel, and bread. This is earthy and tangy overall in the nose.

Hops are grassy feeling with an earthy flavor and some citrus peel bitterness. Fruit and sweet malt round out the back of the profile and hang a bit in the finish with some stickiness before segueing into a deep lingering dryness. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied and initially crisp on the tongue but then spread out into a foamy creaminess the longer it sits in the mouth and helps keep this smooth.

This was a decent little lighter Lager here, with plenty of fruit and malt and a hop profile that kept things tight on the palate. A clean body and crisp, yet smooth, drinkibility definitely helped its case out as well. Flavorful and easy, this hit the spot.

Jan 25, 2011
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richkrull from Wisconsin

3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow I wasn't expecting very much from this beer but I was pleasently surprised. My mom brought this over to my for my mystery beer machine and despite it being from Wisconsin, I had never heard of it.

Brewfarm Select is a light golden colored beer with a good taste throughout. Not much head on this one. The smell left a little to be desired and had me worried before I tasted it, but it wasn't too bad at all.

Dec 30, 2010
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akorsak from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to woodychandler for this can.

A: The lager is indeed pale, a straw color that is clear as day. A vigourous head came with the first pour, requiring me to abort that attempt for a few minutes. The vim and vigor resulted in a finger of head that nearly overflowed and left lace behind.

S: The nose is toasted and sweet. Pale malts have a strong breadiness that turns sweet near the end. Yeast adds a lager fruitiness.

T: The lager is very sweet, grainy with green apples. Toasted flavors are light, driving the malt aspect. Sweet lager yeasts add a counterpunch, the aforementioned apple sweetness. A nice lager that leaves a lingering sweetness. Full enough to be tasty.

M: The mouthfeel is sweet and fruit-laden, offering a toasted graininess alongside. Not back for a pale lager from a can.

D: Quite drinkable with a sweetness that can't be shaken. A pretty darn good lager.

Dec 23, 2010
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Hojaminbag from Colorado

3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dave's BrewFarm Select A pale yellow body with a bright white head that doesn't have a whole lot going on in the retention and lacing departments, which is a shame because this style normally achieves those traits pretty well.

A clean, sweet, biscuit-like malt bill dominates, but a surprising amount of grassy hops are behind it.

The hops are stronger in the aroma than the flavor, as the malt bill serves to bludgeon most of the hop flavor out of BrewFarm Select. With that said, the malt bill isn't bad at all, featuring pale malts with a good bit of sweet, biscuit and just a hint of plastic in the background. A little bit of fruitiness and the faintest touch of grassy hops in the finish round out this beer.

Mouthfeel is a little heavier and a little less carbonated than most of this style, but I don't think of it is as a problem.

Not bad. Dave's BrewFarm Select certainly goes down easy and is a decent Pale Lager.

Dec 14, 2010
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Deuane from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Imstillthegman for throwing this in as an extra!

A-Brilliant, golden yellow with a medium bright white head that faded to a light, wispy veil of retention. Sparse lace left behind.

S-Light clover honey sweetness, biscuit malt and a waft of floral hops.

T-Honey dipped biscuit malt with a flourish of apple crispness. This one is nicely flavoured for a light American lager.

M-Medium-light bodied fairly crisp and clean with a surprisingly good lingering floral hop bite.

D-Easy for sure. This is an example of a great, local BMC substitute. Plenty of flavour to be interesting yet clean, light and crisp to be refreshing.

Dec 12, 2010
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gford217 from Georgia

3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can courtesy of Buebie.

Pours a clear straw with a big frothy white head that recedes to a thin cap and leaves spotty lacing.

Aroma is sweet with caramel malts and corn syrup (not in a bad way). There are some toasted grains and hints of lemony hops as well.

The taste starts out with a crisp lemon zest kick before the bready malts and sweet cereal grains take over. The finish is slightly dry with lemons and toast.

Mouthfeel is clean, crisp and dry, extremely good for the style.

Definitely one of the better pale lagers I've ever tasted. Flavorful for the style and very drinkable.

Nov 14, 2010
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siradmiralnelson from Iowa

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into pint glass.

A. 2 finger head. Pretty solid thick head for a lager. Nice retention. Hazy yellow color. Good lacing.

S. Aroma is of crystal malt, and yeast. Has a lemony smell to it. Semi-sweet smell.

T. Taste is somewhat sweet. Pretty crisp and straight forward. A little bitterness. Some lemony citrus. Not a whole lot going on in the flavor department, but it is clean and refreshing.

M. Low body. Medium carbonation. Pretty dry.

D. Definitely drinkable. I had this one afer mowing the yard. Very refreshing. Straightforward and solid.

Oct 03, 2010
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BeerFMAndy for tossing me a few of these!

Poured into a tapered pint, it has a nice high-clarity orange gold color. Bits of lace cling to the glass in scalloped arcs. A good skim on top verifies it's superior retention. Clean and mildly sweet malt aroma, bready and maybe a hint of toasted nuts.

Clean bitterness from the Cluster & Perle hops, giving it a mild hop character against the all malt backbone. Toasted grain and mild nuttiness are key flavors. Crisp and light, very easy to put a few down. This is what every macro aspires to but ultimately falls short of. Well crafted, tasty lager from Wisconsin. Can't wait to pick up a case of this for a weeks vacation...

Jul 17, 2010
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