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Klara | Idle Hands Craft Ales

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Idle Hands Craft Ales
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Dortmunder / Export Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by stephenjmoore on 03-13-2014

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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by Maxwell:
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3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a beautiful, golden sunburst color, with a nice huge head of creamy white, pebble-like bubbles that sit about a fingers width above the glass. In body, the beer is crystal clear and clean and a nice lazy stream of bubbles working their way from the glasses bottom. On the nose, the beer smells like a German lager. Grassy noble hops meld with smooth cracker malts, a touch of earthy loam and a very soft note of DMS that gives the nose a touch of meatiness. On the tongue, the beer tastes bready sweet upfront, but quickly begins to blend with nice grassy bitters that lead to a dryer finish. Acidity is soft, but slightly citric in the mouth, adding a pop to the sip, and the earthiness of the malt mixed with the light DMS flavors adds a nice salty finish that just makes me crave another sip. In flavor, the beer begins as smooth cracker/pilsner malt flavors that blends with fresh cut grassy bitters, subtle mineral notes, and very faint touches of vegetal corn. The finish is salty with a nice background of more herbal hop bitters, and even a touch of lemongrass and citrus and bread. At times, I get a burst of lemon bread in the finish, which I really like. The malt makes a resurgence into the aftertaste with a nice, warm bread flavor that blends with the slightly vegetal flavor. In the mouth, the beer feels on medium in body with a fresh crispness that allows for supreme drinkability. Carbonation is middling, and just a touch rough, though I do like the prickle on my tongue. Once the beer leaves, the mouth is left with some saliva on the edges of the tongue, but an overall dry sense from the saltiness that hits on the finish of the beer. Overall, this is yet another beautiful, nearly sessionable lager from Idle Hands. The only thing I have against it is that the saltiness becomes a bit much as I drink more and more of the beer. I almost wish they would bring out the subtle citrus notes a little more from the hops, just to dumb down the saltiness a little. I actually found myself thirsty after I finished the beer… This beer is tremendously drinkable, however, even with its saltiness, and very tasty and complex for such a drinkable beer. Much like Idle Hands other lager, I’m getting new flavors with each sip. American craft beer is only just starting to mine the incredible complexity and versatility of German lagers, and Idle Hands is at the forefront of this movement in New England. Another great fresh lager beer.

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Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Jason
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

32oz crowler, purchased at the brewery.

Pours a rich golden hued brew with a great looking froth on top. Smells of bread, clean alcohol, and flora and herbal hops. Smooth and crisp with a little bit of body, whole loaf of bread on the palate. Some grapenuts, crust, and porridge. Ample hop bitterness to balance. Pleasing herbal hop flavor, very clean throughout. An amazing lager, throughly impressed.

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Photo of Janeinma
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of rossracing
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of trevorpost
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PJCarnell
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HattedClassic
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Syracuse12
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of papat444
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up directly at the brewery.

Poured from a 500ml bottle, bottled on Mar. 9, 2014.

Pours a dark gold body with a creamy head. Nice crisp aroma balanced with subtle hops. Flavor is real nice. Bite of minerals, sea salts, orange zest, earthy hops, really explodes with flavor from the first sip. Refreshing tempered with moderate bitterness. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Critters
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Bilco
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with strong flavors of lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some malt sweetness comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and strong for the style and brings an excellent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice beer to pound down for a long time and definitely the best beer I’ve had in the style.

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Photo of snowmageddon
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of jlindros
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a decent looking 1+ creamy frothy head that fades at a med pace, decent but lighter lacing, crystal clear straw tan color.

Nose nice lager aromas, clean and crisp lager with soft lager yeast notes, faint fruity esters, nice soft straw and grassy malts, light grassy floral hops, little noble like, nice straw and toasty notes, pretty clean overall lager.

Taste brings more of the same, a well done lager, layered soft lagering, fairly crisp, with faint fruity notes and a light lager mineral note. Decent straw malts, lager toasty malts with soft overall flavor, again nice clean lagering. Hops kick in, fair bitterness, with grassy hops mostly, a little floral too and faint spicy on the back end. Finish is pretty bitter, soft crisp lager with some big mineral notes as well, long bitter grassy hops lingering.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, soft lagering, fairly crisp, and nice carb.

Overall quite nice, a well done lager, soft and juicy while nice malt profile, mixed with great hops that do tend to get a little too bitter on the back end but that's nitpicking. Still a well done enjoyable lager. Webster brewery should learn from these guys.

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Photo of Shy5
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smcolw
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light amber color and crystal clear. Small head but it lingers a long time. Good ring lace with some streaks.

Mild aroma that leans to the barley malt.

Grainy flavor--lots of unmalted pale barley taste. The swallow features a good hop kick but it isn't biting. Full bodied with a decent spritz.

Ultimately, this is one of the raw grainiest beers I've ever had. Different but I like it.

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Photo of Newport_beerguy
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of johnnnniee
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Redstone
Slightly hazy deep golden color with a huge frothy white head. Huge pilsner malt aroma with a touch of green apple and spicy floral hops. Bready crakery sweet maltiness with a solid shop of spicy earthy hop flavor. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a silky bubbly mouthfeel. This is a very nice beer, I miss the malt depth that one gets from the German versions. Very drinkable lager.

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Photo of kaelingirl
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AirBob
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of brureview
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper color with a 1 F head and carbonation bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass in a pilsner glass.

The aroma is not too strong, but pleasant- fruit and malt.

Mouth feel- bitter, hoppy, and carbonated.

Taste: excellent. Fruit, malt, followed by a bitter, spicy, hoppy finish. Very classic German style.

Overall: excellent beer. It's good to see craft breweries approach a classic German lager style with an American hoppy twist.

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Photo of Resuin
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%

Bottle. Shockingly the first Dortmunder I have reviewed. I have had he stlye before and enjoy it. This beer poured a clear, filtered, coppery color. Modest head. Aroma is very cereally. Lager yeast and herbal, grassy hops. Simple but enticing. The flavor really delivers cereal flavor's. Very grainy. Hops are interesting; tea like and grassy. Light caramel. Crisp Lager yeast. Very agreeable and well made. Lighter bodied. Great carbonation and crisp feel. I would like a few more interpretations of the style easily available to me. Well done.

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Klara from Idle Hands Craft Ales
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 40 ratings
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