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Sympathy For The Lager | Karbach Brewing Co.

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316 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Karbach Brewing Co.
Texas, United States
karbachbrewing.com

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
Ranking:
#37,655
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
316
pDev:
15.88%
Bros Score:
3.86
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
118
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 316 |  Reviews: 52
Photo of Urbantrails
4.27/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jrvarner
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Hopmodium
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of jwff
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of litchity
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of jdimento
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of MedicJTD
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of mjurney
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
Deep golden color, clear. Lots of carbonation rising. Thick bright white head.

Aroma:
Bready, grainy, sweet, slight spicy, clean lager yeast.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Sweet malts, bready, grainy, slight toast. Clean lager yeast. Hop bitterness is mild, mostly spicy. Finish is very crisp and clean. Light-medium bodied, slight creamy, crisp, refreshing, well carbonated.

Overall:
Oh wow! This is Euro Pale Lager? This is great!!

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Photo of jwp2007
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of mdphill
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Leschber
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of 1ale_man
4.21/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a modified pilsner glass.
Pours a light honey gold, clear with a one inch head. Head dissipates quickly a thin line but stays to the end. Clingy lacing.
Has that slight skunky smell that I like in a lager and a little flower smell. I guess the skunk is wearing perfume.
Can taste that skunkiness which I love, but not the flowers. Malt is there.
Feel is good. Not watered down. Creamy.
Overall a great beer! First time I've found this beer in my area. At Sam's of all places. Will keep on hand as long as I can get it. Fresh too. Filled on 3-26-16.

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Photo of mpk_tx
4.21/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of my go-to's... This is just a dang good lager. Clear brown/orange color that is very pretty. Balanced properly with sweetness and bitterness. Simply well done. Has a nice hoppy smell as well. Thumbs up Karbach. I seem to like their off-the-wall varieties best, as I'm no Hopadillo or Weekend Warrior fan. This hits the spot. Just odd enough to bring tasty interest. Where else can you get a lager this complexly satisfying? I haven't come across one

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Photo of r0bluna
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great looking lager, orange-tan with a two finger head that had great staying power and left sticky lacing not commonly seen in a lager.

A great malty backbone is accented by plentiful floral hops, with a touch of earthiness. Downright delicious.

Body is medium and more ale-like than lager like, with a very nice floral hop finish.

Highly recommended. I'm getting more impressed with Karbach's beers each time I try a new one.

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Photo of TM300
4.11/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Got this from walmart on sale for $4...thats a steal being that this goes for $8.99 everywhere i look. Drank at room temp..nice floral aroma with a bitter-ish creamy taste. Not a bad beer at all. Didnt pour out of the can..drank it straight from it. No metallic taste from the can. This beer would taste great cold. Overall a good beer with nice flavor. I would give it a solid 4.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beaulabauve
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of KatyBeerGuy
4.06/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from can. Nice two finger head dissipated fairly quick. Nicely carbonated. Smell is a little malty, but taste is nicely balanced malt and hops. Fantastic summer beer.

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Photo of Premo88
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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Photo of woodychandler
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Today has officially been designated as New CANned Beer Sunday in order to jumpstart the long-dormant CANQuest (TM) which stalled for a number of reasons. Big Thanks and Major Ups to the wonderful JenRay for sending Karbach CANs along from Houston! And now, we CANtinue with today's programming, already in progress ...

From the CAN: "[Proudly] Brewed in Texas";
"Lagerhythm [-]
Please allow me to introduce myself
I'm a beer of damn fine taste
I've been around for a long, long time
But many brewers ruined my name
I've watched now for several decades
As my character's been disgraced
But now the boys down on Karbach Street [Aha!]
Have made me first rate
Full of fine malt and German hops
My taste is both fine and bold
And though my flavor always stands out
I'm best enjoyed cold
So if you meet me have some courtesy
Have some sympathy, enjoy my taste ..."

From Karbach Street to Chez Woody, I began with a standard Crack, followed by an inverted Glug, resulting in cascading action at the juncture between liquid and foam. Color was a deep amber with NE-quality clarity. The tawny head was massive and lasting and resembled the top of an ice cream cone. Nose was pleasantly malty and sweet and I am OK with that, especially in a lager, following so many AAL clunkers on The CANQuest (TM) to date. Mouthfeel was medium and the grassy Saaz hops were immediately obvious on the tongue. Finish was dry and moderately bitter and I CAN get behind this! I would take this to the beach or put it in my cooler for Hula in the Coola Day (01 February, annually). Houston, I have no problem with this beer! Bravo to all involved.

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Photo of VaterRoss
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into Red Oak becker.

Pours a clear golden yellow with a good sized fluffy white head. Smell is some lager yeast and sweet malt, hint of floral malt. Taste is malty (caramel?) with floral hops and a clean bitter finish. There is a sulfur taste as well that I am not crazy about. Body is medium weight and fairly high carb.

This is actually quite pretty for a lager. Overall a very solid all malt lager, perhaps a bit sharp and somewhat pilsner-like. Good amount of taste. Goes amazingly well with soft pretzels and good mustard.

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Photo of BrewAskew
4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mrw1zard
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Aeromaximus
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Sympathy For The Lager from Karbach Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 316 ratings
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