Barnburner Lager | Lager Heads Smokehouse & Brewing Co.

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Lager Heads Smokehouse & Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States

Style: European Export / Dortmunder

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by hustlesworth on 04-18-2011

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Photo of ONUMello
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass
A: A pleasant light orange color, with a 1/2 finger head that settles quickly. Slowly rising carbonation.
S: Grains and bread
T: Biscuit and grains. Caramel midpalate. A bit of bitterness to finish.
M: Medium-bodied, a bit heavier than I'd expect for a lager but pleasant
O: As others have said, pretty average but certainly a nice beer to sit & sip & not think too hard about.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lagerheads Smokehouse & Brewing Co.
Barnburner Lager

Pours a straw yellow with a chill haze. Silky head forms and recedes away. Aromas of lager yeast, fruit, mild herbal hop and some alcohol. In the taste, sweet grains, faint bitterness, and buttery biscuit. Some alcohol comes through, and in the finish, a distinct lagery yeast trait with some buttery diacetyl. Drinks like a very big lager. Medium bodied, slick feel with decent carbonation but not quite crisp. Overall, not a bad effort, a pretty decent export lager, but could use some cleaning up.

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Photo of coachbob
4/5  rDev +19.8%

Photo of Rhynes2
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a bomber of this at the local beer shop. I've been wanting to try some of Lagerheads stuff for a while. Pours a dark straw color with a light white head. Head went away pretty quickly but would leave a little lacing at every sip. More malt centered than anything with notes of caramel in the background. It was a little too sweet for my tastes and that made the bomber a little tough to finish but overall not a bad brew.

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Photo of akorsak
3.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 650 mL bomber from Vintage Estate.

A: The export lager is a golden brown color, ligher with an apple juice look. Crystal clear, the lager is stunningly clear. A thick white head slowly popped away, leaving plenty of lace in a latticework of patches.

S: Sweetly rich, aromas of biscuity grains, a dash of caramel, and white grapes/green apples. The fruitiness is mild but clearly present. A roasted body amplifies the sweetness.

T: Malty with a pleasant sweet streak. The biscuity breads have a light breadiness that is conducive to fruity lager sweetness. Apples and grapes, soft fruits that is, drive the sweetness. Not cloying, not by any stretch; however, the lager seems a firm breadiness. A soft, very mild, bitterness lingers in the latter part of each sip.

M: The lager's softness doesn't seem like an assertive export lager. An okay drinker though, the sweetness growing on me with each sip.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

While I've heard of Lager Heads Brewing Company out of Medina, I've not yet sampled any of their brews, so I'm eager to see how this offering goes down.

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. The label describes this as, "a golden lager with an even balance of german malts and hops. Crisp and smooth, with a touch of sweetness in the finish." Let's see how it stacks up against their rather stock description.

Pours a golden, almost copper color with a 1/2" head that reduces rather quickly, leaving a fine skim of white head. There's a mild to moderate amount of carbonation that is difficult to detect beneath the rapidly condensing glass.

Smell is malty and grassy, with a touch of corn and a hint of caramel. There's a flat, almost stale aroma that rises when the glass is swirled, like wet straw.

Taste is oaty, malty and sweet, with the mildest of bitter hitting mid sip.

Medium bodied, with a dryness that leaves the tongue feeling sticky.

Overall, an average brew at best. It is not bad, but there's nothing about it to make me stand up and take notice. Nonetheless, I want to support the local brewery, and will definitely give their other offerings a try as I find them.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

their website calls it a golden lager, i guess i'd say it is like a dortmunder with many characteristics of a cali common or steam beer.

A- nice clear deep amber with a creamy off white head and ample lace.

S- fresh grainy with a fruity tartness and a touch of melon. some grassy hops

T- somewhat mineral waterish, fresh grain and floral probably noble hop flavor. nice balance with hops winning out in the end but theres an extra push of unfermented sugars right before it finishes dry and zesty. checking that flaw would bump the score way up.

MF- juicy and just full enough to be enjoyable with no extra heft.

D- decent at best, there's too many little flaws that (i assume) could be easily fixed for this to be a winner. but hell i love supporting local breweries nonetheless. goes down easier at 3am after a hard night.

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Barnburner Lager from Lager Heads Smokehouse & Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.34 out of 5 with 32 ratings