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Class VI Golden Lager | Chama River Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Chama River Brewing Company
New Mexico, United States

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Like a plunge down a hair-raising stretch of white water, this beer will leave you refreshed and wanting more. Premium German pilsner malt and select hop varieties are the hallmark of this delicate golden lager. A month of cool fermentation and aging creates a smooth character that’s light on the palate yet satisfying.

Added by HardTarget on 08-26-2005

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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 10
Reviews by ZenAgnostic:
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3.56/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Small white head. Very clear pale gold body. Low retention and decent stick.

Smell - Light honey. Very faint.

Taste - Musky. Honey. A bit bitter. Strangely sweet but with a dry/solvent finish.

Mouthfeel - Frothy when agitated in the mouth. Light. A bit sticky. Effervescent. Mildly astringent.

Overall Drinkability - Not my favorite style, but probably the best I've had in style.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of kdoc8
3.15/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Their golden lager has a 5.0% ABV. It poured a very light golden color, transparent, with a thick bubbly white head. It smelled mainly of wheat and yeast, but also with a hint of hops. The taste contained a bit more hops, but was also mainly dominated by the yeast/wheat present in the aroma.

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Photo of Determined_021
3.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Thorpe429
2.63/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes. On tap at the brewpub in August 2009.

Pours a very clear yellow-straw color with a white head that quickly recedes and does not really leave behind any lacing. The nose is light grain and a bit of corn. The flavor is quite plain with slight grain and some vegetal flavors. Mouthfeel is really thin and a bit watery. Drinks fairly poorly and was not all that good.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.75/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at Chama River Brewing Co, the beer is a bright, pale, corn-yellow coloring with no head. There were slight flowery esthers on the nose. Sour toasted flavors dominate the palate, and the beer is extremely crisp and clean. Musty and slightly sour aftertaste, with a slight linger to the finish, while being slightly bitter, too. Interesting and unique Pils, and a good representation of the style.

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Photo of HardTarget
2.83/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Aroma: Slight metal note mixed with a lemon peel and a hint of skunk. While that sounds like a lot of flaws, they didn’t really detract from the aroma much.

Appearance: Clear yellow with a good white head that laced

Flavor: Light overall flavor, as I guess it should be, with a corn note and again with a hint of metal

Mouthfeel: Thin watery texture.

Overall Impression: A bit off with some flavors, but the general impression was a light flavored lager.

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Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BcOneSeven
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of jdense
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Chama River Microbar, downtown ABQ, $3 pint shaker glass during happy hour, 2.11.11.

One finger small white bubbled head, medium-fast dissipation with significant lacing. Clear light golden body, multiple small trails of carbonation. Nose is clean, bready malts, floral hops a bit sweet. Taste mirrors the nose, a bit sweet in the middle with some banana notes, medium floral hops on backend. Mouthfeel is medium-light, good effervescence, dry finish. A nicely crafted beer, very sessionable, light on the palate, would be good with a number of different foods.

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Class VI Golden Lager from Chama River Brewing Company
3.29 out of 5 based on 10 ratings.
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