50 Back American Lager | 50 Back Brewing Company

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50 Back American Lager50 Back American Lager
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50 Back American Lager50 Back American Lager

Brewed by:
50 Back Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
After 12 months of taste testing and recipe refining, we perfected the new 50 Back Lager – perfect in its taste and groundbreaking in its mission. It’s an ideal beer for winding down after work, an outdoor barbeque, or a casual get-together with friends. Beer connoisseurs and those who love traditional domestic lagers all have been amazed by its taste and agree – 50 Back is a great choice. And the most exceptional part is that it says thank you to our service men and women.

Added by UncleJimbo on 08-04-2010

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #48 (Jan 2011):

While we applaud charitable efforts when it comes to beer, the proof is in eating the pudding, right? Clear, yellowish-straw color; thin white lacing holds long enough. Lemony hops and fresh-cut grassy grain in the nose. Very smooth with a slick, bitty lighter body. Graininess is up front, a bit raw with a dragging husky dryness. Hops come forth with a light lemon and herb flavor, and a bitterness that keeps the beer on an even keel. Aftertaste cleans up real quick with a bone-dryness. To style, so there is nothing earth-shattering here, just a warm feeling as proceeds support associated veterans' charities.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of tdm168
2.98/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a pale golden color with a thin, loose, soapy head. The smell is very, very faint; grassy but little else. The taste is also very faint; pale malts and light grassiness with faint lemon. The mouthfeel is light, smooth, well carbonated, and easy to drink.

I bought this solely based on the fact that the bottle says half the proceeds go to veteran's. There's nothing impressive here. It's your typical pale lager.

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Photo of Philabeerphia
4.05/5  rDev +40.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spritzes with carbonation when the lid is popped... and pours into my shaker with a copper-tinged hue of honey. Translucent around the edges, hazy at it's core. Only a wisp of head to speak of, but till zippy with towers of nucleated bubbles.

On the nose its a light affair... picking up some strawberries and grapefruit grounded by classic DMS creamed corn. The effect is soft, round and somewhat effervescent.

begins soft and opens into a prickly affair paired with sweet wheat, honey and berries. Round despite the prickly carbonation, this taste is similar to the spicy maltiness of a Helles lager. Finally towards the end, the carbonation sharpens up the experience, lending a dry finish. The berries are still there and the effect is almost champagne-like. Very enjoyable, refreshing and elegant beer... fitting for any season or occasion.

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Photo of u2carew
3.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a finger thick white head that settles quickly. Clear body, gold in color. Thin semi-sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Sugary sweet. Some grain. Subtle lemon and apple. Light earthy yeast aroma.
T) Mellow grainyness. Very subtle nuttiness and honey. Indescribable fruit notes in the finish - kind of like sweet tarts. Not a big flavor profile or much of a profile in general.
M) Clean. Crisp. Light body. Light dryness and chalky in the finish.
O) A hot summer day beer for chugging. Noble cause, but not a beer I would brag about.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I like the premise of this beer, always good to support the vets. 12 oz bottle without a freshness date pours a clear gold color with a small, rapidly diminishing white head. Blink and you'll miss it.

Nose is stale malts with no hops. Not much else in there or much else to say, pretty bland smelling lager.

The honey-drizzled grainy flavors are actually pretty nice. Its a shame there is not more of a hop presence. The mouthfeel is full-ish for the style and the moderate sweetness is not bad. Well...it is about what I was expecting, but I dont think it is really all that much better than a Bud or MGD. Its too bad it does not have a freshness date on the bottle, this one tastes like it might have been sitting around for a month or so.

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Photo of daliandragon
2.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My bottle says that is brewed in Saratoga, NY. The cause is obviously above reproach so I will concentrate on the merits of the beer. Unfortunately, this is strictly macrotown. The medium tan body features a fizzy white head that dies almost instantly. Nose is adjuncts, cheap caramel malt, and vague, unsubstantiated graininess.

Plenty of caramel sweetness but cloying follows like worms follow rain. Some biscuit and roasted flavors add some unexpected complexity. Finishes relatively clean and the carbonation is stiff but matches the style well. Not a good beer but it does have some real flavor and when ice cold is actually pretty quaffable as it keeps the adjuncts from causing mischief. Better than most soul-less macros. Here is to all our boys and girls coming home safe and sound.

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Photo of cbutova
2.42/5  rDev -16%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Never really saw this one, another cooler dweller. Made it into a recent mix a six.

A- Pours with a golden body into a pint glass. Small fizzy white head forms but dies down just as quickly. No ring, no cloud and no lace.

S- Not a whole ton going on here. Definite light caramel and grainy cracker malt sweetness. Tiny bit of floral hops.

T- Caramel sweetness up front with grain, bread and sugary hints backing it. Sweet sugars are high here after some sips. Certainly a bit of grassy, floral hops in the finish.

MF- Highly carbonated body with a moderately creamy feel. Very sweet finish overshadows any bitterness.

Is what it is. The extra sweet flavor is the only thing that really bothers me here. It is better than am adjunct lager but I know better light lagers. Cloying towards the end.

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Photo of jdhilt
2/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a three finger white head that fades quickly to a thin rocky layer, leaving traces of lace. Clear pale straw yellow color. Light-medium carbonation and light bodied. Sweet, hoppy and adjunct nose. Flavor is lacking but . . . sweet, smooth, hints of hops and corn?? Dry finish. $1.95 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.
Contract brewed by Olde Saratoga Brewing Co in Saratoga Springs, NY.

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Photo of hjblanchard
3.5/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into a pint glass (also had in a pilsener):

A: golden body with a small fizzy white head that forms but dies down just as quickly, it doesn't leave any rings, and barely any lace

S: some malts and corn and just a bit of floral hops

T: caramel sweetness up front with grain, and bread backing it

M: light, sessionable, bittersweet aftertaste and finish

O: its not a bad beer, but not a superb beer, maybe one to come back to.

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Photo of Gregwa
3/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Onenote81
2.92/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Grabbed a case of this "new-one-to-me" at my local shop for $10. Can't pass on $0.42/bottles. Have consumed most of them and decided to pour one of the last ones into a pint glass for review.

Pour a darker-than-expected honey gold. Not as thin and transparent as expected. Lots of globs floating throughout. Not a turnoff, but not the prettiest thing to look at either. No head at all. No lace. The nose is sweet with floral tones and pale fruits. Decent body. Carbonation holds up what could be a thin beer. Drinks easy enough. The dominant flavors in this beer are fruity: apple, pear, honeysuckle. This is one of the sweeter lagers I've had. Mild bitterness on the finish. Hops are near absent.

Not a terrible beer, but not one I'd seek out actively. This beer did remind me of the reason I like to pour into glassware. After consuming a dozen or more of these straight from the bottle, the one I poured into a glass was just a more pleasant experience.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Pours a straw yellow typical lager color. Foamy head is created from the pour then settles down to a white skin above the liquid. Leaves almost no lacing. Perfectly clear.

S-Hey now, I was ready to write this one off but the aroma has a subtle sweetness and a bit of hops. I was expecting a re-packaged Budweiser here. Turns out to be a bit better. Actually curious to try this out.

T-I am confused by the taste. A bit of grain and sweetness, and even some light grassy hops. But midway through, I get this weird taste. I guess it is okay. Regardless, the flavor is better than expected.

M-Lively carbonation. Pretty light and mellow feel. Not much more to be said. Nothing is wrong here.

O/D-I was really expecting this beer to be pretty gross. It exceeded my expectations. I think what the company is doing is admirable. And I truly have nothing bad to say about this beer.

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Photo of jimbodude5
3/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This lager pours a clear, fizzy, golden color with very white, creamy foam that slowly settles and leaves some rings on the glass. The smell is lightly sweet, with an aroma like corn and malt, with a touch of grain and a hint of hops. The taste is lightly sweet malt with a touch of grain and very light hops. Reminiscent of an old-school macro Am. Lager. A light corn-like taste lingers. The mouthfeel is smooth and crisp with light body and good carbonation. Refreshing and easy drinking. This is a decent lager, and pretty good for the style.

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Photo of army01
2.15/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

bottle poured into a pint

Golden in color with a thin white head that disappears quickly. Very light lacing around the top of the glass. Flavor is typical of a $2 Miller/Bud Coors Light type of product. Glad to give some money to the Vets, but overall, this was not a good offering. Would have preferred something with a little more flavor. "Meh"

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
2/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of rderedin
2/5  rDev -30.6%

50 Back American Lager from 50 Back Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.88 out of 5 with 18 ratings
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