Temple Bräu | The Porterhouse Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
The Porterhouse Brewing Company

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 06-06-2003

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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2.22/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Light easy drinking German style lager, crisp, slightly sweet, and slightly hoppy on the finish. Once again, relatively true to style, if not a bit underdone brew from the Porterhouse, the mouthfeel is a touch thin and short in length, simple, but likable enough.

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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.42/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on April 21, 2009 at the Porterhouse Brewing Company, Dublin (Temple Bar):

The menu stated that this was the only lager brewed in Dublin, so we thought that we would give it a shot:

A: The beer appeared a clear, golden yellow with a very nice light fluffy white head that was pretty well retained.

S: It gave off a nicely balanced sweet roasted malt and hoppy aroma. The aroma was not overly strong, but not weak either, but very good.

T: The taste followed the nose very well, a nice malt/hop balance. Very nicely done.

M/D: The beer was very refreshing, clean, crisp, smooth and very easy to drink. The beer had good carbonation to it and I think it could really give any good German Pils or Lager a run for its money. Excellent beer overall. A must try if you like lagers.

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Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Porterhouse Central, Dublin, Ireland

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down but left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of bready malts are present in the nose.
T: Much like the smell, the taste has flavors of bready malts along with slight hints of floral hops, the latter of which contribute a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has nice aromas and flavors of bready malts in the smell and taste.

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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of DaveHS
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Typical golden lager appearance with no head.

S-Cereal/bready pale malts, light, earthy German hop varietals.

T/M-Tasty, refreshing, light. A typical German lager made to be friendly and approachable.

D-I enjoyed it for what it was. Surprised to see so many low reviews. It is a good representation of the style.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this draft at the Mint Bar, in the Westin Hotel in Dublin. I was pleasantly surprised to see a brew I didn't recognize among the 8 or so brands typically found in Dublin pubs. As much as I love the auld black stuff, it was nice to try something different. I was also happy when the bartender told me it was brewed just a few blocks away in Temple Bar.

It poured a light gold with a nice cushion of foam, about one or two fingers deep. The smell was of sweet, toasty malts & some brisk hops to balance. The smell belied the taste, which was light & clean with a solid center of biscuity, sweet malts. German Hallertauer & Hersbrucker hops definitely stuck out, creating a refreshing mouthfeel & balancing out the Irish malt.

I'm not sure why Temple Brau is classified on this site as an American Adjunct Lager -- I'm pretty sure by the description it's not adjunct & I found nothing in the character of the beer to suggest that style. Porterhouse describes it as an "Irish lager," & I'm reminded more of a helles or a Vienna lager. I get the feeling that the classification reflects the prejudice of the poster.

Overall I found it pretty satisfying, a refreshing break from the ubiquity of Guinness, Carlsberg, & the handful of other widely distributed beers in Ireland.

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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beerasaurus
3.52/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MyKroberts237
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of aquatonex
2.73/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Porterhouse, well, one of them...

Pours straw colored, light foamy head that doesn't stick around. Doesn't smell like much. Taste is very light also, a bit sweet with random carb filler tastes. Not a great beer, but rather good to pound down.

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2.05/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Served on tap in the Porterhouse pub in Dublin. Pours a clear gould with a pathetic head.

Sm: Note of malted barley. Weak but clean.

T: One generic note of over-malted barley with a terrible finish.

Mf: Nice coarseness, but too wet especially through the finish. It'd be nicer if there was some dryness on the finish to make me desire another sip. Not a refreshing beer.

Dr: Far too bland.

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jikvig
4.07/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Porterhous in Temple Street... With all the tourists...

For aromas, bread and alot of malt was dominating. The beer it self tasted fresh and yummy with a rich and long aftertaste.

Tried it in a bottle a few days later, it did not have the same richness to it.

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Photo of Yeastcakes
2.83/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving notes - brewpub near Trinity College. Served cool in imperial pint glass.
A - grassy hop aroma, hint of lemon zest.
A - clear, medium golden hue, half-inch of medium head.
M - medium high carbonation, light body.
T - Some grassiness in hops up front. Very crisp. No perceivable bitterness.
D - Not a bad lager but their ales are more to my liking.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a small cylindrical glass at the brewpub in Dublin.

A: Light, short-lived head. A very clear, pale golden-yellow beer with lots of bubbles.

S: Skunky/herbal smells. Lager-y. Sweet grain.

T: Whoah. One of the best-tasting lagers I've come across. Crisp, just sweet enough, and balanced by light hops. The aftertaste is clean and only slightly grainy. Very nice.

M: Carbonated grain smoothness.

D: I wouldn't drink many of this, but it's still a good effort and a good beer. Recommended for lager-lovers.

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3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of Oxymoron
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

There was a temple just down the street...bro. Arrives a crystal clear lemony yellow color. A soft white head with limited retention that quickly hid to the edge of the glass. Not much lacing really to speak of.

The nose was mostly malt notes. More on par as a premium lager or helles (versus macro lagers). A grainy aroma with noticeable 2 row smells. Some toasty and light caramel notes but light. A light hop note with a more earthy and spicy aroma with a more German twang to it. Some yeast notes but for the most part clean, but a light butter note.

The taste drops off compared to the nose. The grainy notes come out nicely but there is a bit of a wispy note. Would have like to see more malt notes coming out. Some minor toasty and biscuit notes. The bitterness comes out a bit more than finishing hops and lingers into the finish. Some minor hop spicy hop notes but would like to see more. The butter notes come out a bit more versus the nose and really is a deterrent.

The body is light and really lacking. A bit watery, I would like a bit more depth. Some astringency bite from bitterness which is enhanced by a bit of carbonic bite. Overall a decent beer but just lacking a bit more sole. And would like to see less butter. Not a bad summer beer though.

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Photo of TommyW
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear, golden body with a fluffy white head. Ok retention.

S- Semi-sweet, roasted malts balanced nicely with some refreshing hop aromas.

T- Follows the nose pretty well. Sweet roasted malts up front with a nice hop presence balancing it out.

M- Medium body a little on the thin side with a medium to low carbonation.

D- Like any good lager it's a highly drinkable beer.

Overall, this brew reminds me of a lot of German lagers. Pretty simple but refreshing. It is however not one of the Porterhouse's best; I would stick to their stouts.

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