Sympathy For The Lager | Karbach Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Karbach Brewing Co.
Texas, United States | website

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by champ103 on 09-29-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
300
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
39.83%
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
109
For Trade:
1
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Reviews by Premo88:
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4.04/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

16 oz. on-tap poured into pint at the Hay Merchant in Houston (great place!)

L: very dark gold; not a ton of lacing; strange ... it's much darker than a standard lager (Euro pale lager on here ... at the Hay Merchant, I think they list it as a "Helles")

S: light, weak, sweet

T: light but with good bitter hops up front. it wants to smooth out like an ale but doesn't ... and it shouldn't. it's a lager, right?

F: real mouthful for a lager; say what you want, this is not water.

O: not bad at all; probably a great session beer. and i might be over-rating it a tick or two, but it really impressed me for a lager (not an overly expensive one, either)

Karbach is doing things. I saw it on tap all over Houston this past weekend.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #73 (Feb 2013):

This one caught us off guard a bit, brewers intention is a European lager of sorts though we did not expect the level of depth that the hop character brought to our palates. Balanced with a lot going on, a lot of complexity in this can. Oh yeah, very drinkable too boot. Refreshing enough to tote around in the summer and interesting enough to drink the rest of the year.

STYLE: Euro Pale Lager
ABV: 4.9%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Pale amber hue, sudsy head

SMELL: Herbal, spicy, peppery, earthy, leafy, fresh bread, clean

TASTE: Crisp, smooth, moderate sized body, herbal, assertive bitterness, grainy, dried hay, slightly biscuity, earthy, orange zest, drying hoppy finish

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Photo of legalag11
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Enrico_il_octovo
5/5  rDev +39.3%

I like this beer it's great!!!. I have had lots and lots of different beers, wines and distilled spirits in my travels and having lived in various countries around the world. This is a beer like the Lager/Pilsen types that I've enjoyed in the Czech Republic, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, and Hungary. The Micro brew movement in the U.S. is turning out some really world class brews. Cheers mates! and keep up the bleedin' great work!!!!!

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Photo of Tiernan
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of tbryan5
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very crisp clean example of the style. With the dominance other styles have, it's nice to get back to the basics. Nothing special or added. Just a quality lager...

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Photo of Brauntasaurus
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Onion Creek in Houston.

The beer pours an orange-yellow color with a white head. The aroma is extremely malty with quite a bit of toffee malt, as well as some light caramel notes. There is not much, if any, hop or alcohol character in the aroma.

The flavor is also very malty. There is a ton of toffee and caramel malt, as well as the resulting sweetness. There is also a little bit of earth character from the hops, but this is still all about the malt.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of tiitomireles
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IrishGermanAmerican
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of mrw1zard
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of awalsh
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Dinkel
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dello
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of chinchill
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of valkyre65
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jeschaefer
2.73/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of OKbrew89
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stella glass. Clear golden color with good carbonation that leaves a good head and light lacing at the top of the glass. Smell is bready with some citrus and pepper. The citrus works well with the malt to make a smooth taste that is capped off with a hop finish. No alcohol aftertaste or bitterness from the hops. Medium-light body and medium-light carbonation. Very crisp and refreshing.
It has the hop profile and kick that most lagers lack. It doesn't feel too light or watered down. Lagers tend to come with low expectations, and this one was a nice surprise. I got way more out of it than I expected to. Easily a good BBQ/grill/summer beer.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Dface
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JamesStreet
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Matty412
2.11/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Has an aftertaste very similar to Heineken unfortunately skunky out of a can. Nose of a typical lager. Sorry to say I'd rather drink a (shivers) Budweiser

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Photo of hsus0225
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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Sympathy For The Lager from Karbach Brewing Co.
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