BrewFarm Select | Dave's BrewFarm

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Dave's BrewFarm
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by bigreduw64 on 10-29-2009

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Ratings: 80 |  Reviews: 62
Reviews by brewerburgundy:
Photo of brewerburgundy
3.63/5  rDev -6%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of SteveLeitch
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours nicely golden with a good head. At first sip, might remind you of a mainstream American lager, but you notice that both the malt and the hops are nudged up a bit. Still in perfect balance, and not over the top by any stretch, but enough to give it a much better personality than a mega-brand lager. The malt flavor carries through but never becomes overly sweet.

A session beer? Absolutely!

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Photo of blackearth
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Blue Max Liquors in Burnsville, MN. Pours a clear golden body with a rocky white head that falls to a cap. Aroma is of sweet pilsner malt with a hint of grassy hops. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation which gives it a smooth taste. Sweet malt flavor with a subtle hop aftertaste and a semi-dry finish. A well made pale lager.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this can.

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very fruity with some citrus and pineapple. The flavor is a mix of pears, oranges and apricots. The beer is very juicy tasting. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Definitely the best pale lager I have ever tried.

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Photo of richkrull
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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Photo of cokes
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours to a medium gold hue topped with a sizeable stack of white suds that lingers and laces well. It's looks exactly as it should, but few actually do.
Cereal grain nose, backed with a touch of honey-esque sweetness, and drying hay hoppiness
Lightly grainy on its onset into the mouth. Nothing coarse or abrasive. It swells into a fuller bready notion. A powdered sugar sweetness seeps in. It dries itself out with mown grass and hay, and the subtlest citric hues.
It's absolutely gulpable, the carbonation is moderate and not fizzy, giving it an airiness and sense of body...even if it hangs around a bit sweet post-swallow.
There is nothing dazzling here. Just good old solid, non-adjuncted American non-macro lagerness. This begs for a lakeshore and a campfire.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz single can, Star i believe

appearance: poured into great dane imperial pint glass, bright golden body, foamy white crest with strong retention.

smell: simple lager aroma - cereal malt, honey, hop sweetness

taste: really nice lager - brewfarm is 2/2 on delivering a solid offering. lots of sweet honey, pleasantly hopped, grass/hay, light citrus, dry malt. just a really nice basic lager - i'll plan on taking a few of these to my first cubs game of the season next weekend in mke

mouthfeel: nice, closer to medium than light

drinkability: high

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Photo of plfahey
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of djschnabel
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Kegatron
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of heliosphann
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz can thanks to BA dougofthefuture. Thanks man! Served in a pint glass.

A: Lives of to the name as a Golden Lager as it pours a bright gold. A finger of white foam caps the top for a very short time. Very active carbonation and not much lacing.

S: Biscuity malts are upfront, with a slight tinge of hops lurking around.

T: A very malt and grain heavy profile, with lots of breadiness and hints of corn and rice. A good amount of sweetness is present, perhaps a little too much for my taste. Earthy, bittering hops come into play towards the finish.

M: Light bodied, but is somewhat deceptive as it feels slightly heavy on the tongue. There is a stickiness that detracted from the mouthfeel overall. Carbonation was fairly good, but probably could be better.

D: At 5.5% ABV, you could session quite a few of these. One 12oz serving was more than enough for me. I found it to be a little cloying at times.

This was a nice introduction to Dale's Brewfarm. Golden Pale Lagers aren't really my thing, but this was a pretty good example of the style. Plus I'm always all for craft beer in a can!

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Photo of morimech
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a fantastic all malt lager. I thought it was an odd choice for your first beer release, but when it is a good beer, style does not matter.

Pours a clear light golden color with a large white head that had excellant retention. The head does settle to a very thin cap. Amazing amount of lacing is left on the glass. Has a nice hoppy aroma with some sweet malt in the background. The Cluster and Perle hops give hints of spice and pepper. Smells like a good German Pilsner. Enough flavor to satisfy most Beer Advocates. The spicey hop flavor is mostly upfront with a touch of sweet malt to balance things out. Not overly sweet and actually has a dry finish. Just leaves the mouth wanting another drink. Body is good but may be just a touch under carbonated. Definately less carbonated then the fizzy macros. A fantastic, easy drinking lager.

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Photo of wmobley
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of dhannes
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of tone77
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev +7%
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...

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz can poured into a pilsner glass. 5.5% ABV, 0250 on the bottom of the can.

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for this can!

A - From the can, Select pours totally clear and a bit effervescent with a robust two-finger head. The white foam had good retention and left a fair amount of lace caked to the glass. After the initial pour settled the golden yellow beer was almost completely inactive.

S - The crisp and light aroma is inviting after a long hard day with yard work piled on top. Pale and pilsner malts don't offer up much besides a bit husky grain aroma. A mellow but necessary layer of hops gives the finish a crisp, floral subtlety that balances nicely. Still, it's the aroma is really average but there isn't much place for off aromas to hide and there are none in here. It could just use a touch more.

T - Again, being a "golden lager" there isn't much place for off flavors to hide. With that said, while this beer is pretty average, but it's good for what it is. Pale and pilsner malty sweetness is the backdrop while a touch of mineral water transitions to the subtle floral hop finish. Not much is really going on but what is there is solid. The flavor is nicely balanced.

M - Light-medium bodied and well-carbonated despite the low bubble action in the appearance. Select has a clean flavor and crisp feel with a smooth finish that makes this a winner.

D - Miller High-what? I think I've found my new kick-around summer beer! This, for what it is, is a very well brewed beer that's deliciously balanced. While it's nothing to write home about, it's good and certainly surprised this reviewer. Brewfarm for the win!

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Photo of yamar68
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of Another6Pack
5/5  rDev +29.5%

Photo of scottyshades
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to beerwolf77 for this nice extra! 12oz can with a pretty trippy design indicating this is brewed with Cluster and Perle hops

A: Pours a completely transparent straw color with a pretty big fizzly/creamy head. Retention is average.

S: Very mellow nose. Sweet malt is upfront, slight grains, and wheat. Hops are faint, but noticeable. Slight honey and citrus zest, as well as a hint of metal.

T: More depth than the nose would suggest. Malts are sweet and light, hops are faint and give a *slight* bitter/citrus twang. The Cluster hops give a noticeable black currant flavor (which is pretty damn nice), and the Perle give a little fruity/citrus flavor. Wheat and grains are present as well and give this brew a little depth. A slight metallic note is noticeable. Alcohol is a little warming toward the end.

MF/D: Fuller body for the style, carbonation is pretty good; slightly prickly. The finish is long-lingering tart black currant/citrus. Drinkability is really high, damn easy to drink, highly enjoyable on a warm sunny day.

Notes: compared to its macro/adjunct cousin, this brew seemed to have a little more depth, feel, and less intense carbonation. Otherwise, there is not too much of a difference that I could see. It would be interesting to do a blind taste with this and some BMC stuff.

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Photo of CWhite
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of mdwalsh
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pale golden with a big white head, lots of small bubbles with good texture and tons of active carbonation. Beer is pretty darn clear. Maybe the head is just a little tiny bit TOO big. Hmm, I'm still thinking perfect. Maybe not. Not much longevity to the head and lacing is sparce.

S: The smell is of beer as smelled by a 19 year old. Funky and weird but also incredibly alluring. There's a hint of sweetness in there, and some hops, but mostly a sort of grainyness. Very interesting.

T: MMM. Very nice. Rich and creamy without being too heavy. I can really taste the malt. There's a hint of sweetness but almost no hops. Very nicely done. Super Clean.

M: Really nice. Very smooth with pretty low carbonation, just what I want in a beer like this.

D: Super drinkable. I think I'll be getting a case of this next time I feel I "must" have a BMC style beer on hand, this is much better.

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Photo of theCoder
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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