Sympathy For The Lager | Karbach Brewing Co.

Sympathy For The LagerSympathy For The Lager
BA SCORE
3.59/5
315 Ratings
Sympathy For The LagerSympathy For The Lager
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by champ103 on 09-29-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#37,205
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
315
pDev:
15.6%
Bros Score:
3.86
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
117
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 315 |  Reviews: 52
Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very foamy mid yellow bodied lager. Nothing interesting in aroma department. Mid mouth feel, decent drinkability despite slight acidic edge in finish. Always giving a lager an even break. Decent malting, not sweet, some spiciness. Not bad, and Vienna is a style I can like.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of kojevergas
2.81/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

32oz brown glass Lone Tree Brewing grumbler with screw-top filled at The Growler Room here in Austin a couple hours ago and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Expectations are above average given its current rating (81) , style, and brewery (which I view as above average). Cost was ~$9.00. 4.90% ABV confirmed per Karbach's website. 12.5 Plato; 1.050 OG. 45 IBUs. It doesn't identify as anything beyond a "Lager" on the label and website. Reviewed as a generic lager.

Served cold, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a 1.5 finger head of white colour. Okay cream. Decent thickness. Little lacing as the head recedes. Head retention is above average - about 3+ minutes - not bad for a growler pour.

Body colour is a clear pale copper of average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. Transparent and translucent. Clean.

Looks pretty typical for the style. Not unique or special, but there are no obvious flaws.

Sm: Overly sweet, with plenty of malts. Has edgy herbal and fruity notes; apricot, banana, bubblegum. Caramalts, pilsner malts. Maybe even candi sugar? Grassy. Lightly grainy. Some honey, even.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. Decent for the style. A mild to moderate strength aroma.

T: On the sweeter end, to be sure. Grainy, malty, and even a biteen bready. A hint of Vienna malt. German pils malts, caramalts. Herbal and floral hops. Has a vague fruitiness with notes of apricot and peach. Lightly grassy. Decent balance for what it is. Lacks complexity and subtlety. Okay layering. There's little to say about it given its simplicity, but it's by no means uninspired or boring; it just doesn't work as well as it should. Not a gestalt flavour profile.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Overcarbonated (even from a growler). Decent thickness. A bit buttery. Okay body. Okay presence on the palate. Unrefreshing. Doesn't complement the flavour profile all that well, but it's inoffensive. Execution could be better.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, or harsh.

Dr: ABV is pretty well hidden. It's below average for a lager, and I see no reason to get it again. Overpriced for the (lack of) quality. It's drinkable - I mean I'll kill the grumbler without issue - but there's just nothing here to get me to return to it or recommend it to friends. A swing and a miss from Karbach.

Low C

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of brentk56
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours clear golden, with a frothy head that does a good job in the lacing department

Smell: Biscuity, with honey tones

Taste: Biscuity forward, with a growing honeyed sweetness that builds through the middle; slightly herbal and a modest amount of bitterness that lingers into the finish; graham crackers in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A sweeter style larger; not for me

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of mothman
1.86/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

On tap at the brewery. Clear gold in color with some white head.

Flavor profile is butter and biscuit malts. Some bittering hops, but mainly bready type malts. I couldn't drink a lot of this. It was just a really bad lager. I like the other stuff they make, but this I couldn't handle.

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Photo of chinchill
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of russpowell
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent bronze color with 2 fingers of ivory color head. Finishes with good lacing & head retention

S: Bready, fruity & grassy

T: Follows the nose, nice pear notes & some dryness up front. Grassyness, white grapes, crackery notes & pear as this warms. Finishes dry, a little grassy, plus slight bready sweetness & herbal hops

MF: Light/medium body, semi-firm carbonation

Drinks easy, but nothing too exciting here, on point for the style

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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 BEER88
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 22Blue
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerOps
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dicers
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another of a seemingly endless supply of canned beers from woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a light brownish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sweet and malty. Taste is malts, grains, some hops at the finish, sweetness from the smell is missing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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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 Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Stevedore
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, unknown canning date. Included as an extra in a recent trade with Daniel. Thanks buddy! Poured into a Three Floyds pint glass today, 3/18/2014.

App- Clear light orange/copper body, nice two finger white head with above average retention, lots of thick bubbly lacing as the beer goes down. Looks very refreshing.

Smell- Nose is crisp pilsner malts with a nice tartness, perhaps some wheat sharpness as well. Not complex, but very crisp and enjoyable. This would be great to smell on a hot summer evening.

Flavour- Crackers, bready pilsner malts. Sweeter than the nose would have you think. Nice noble hop bitterness on the backend, somewhat grassy and floral but perfectly bitter and complementary.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, a bit more resinous than I'd expect of an EPL based on the ones I've drank when I was living in Germany and visited Switzerland recently. Sticky sweet finish, not particularly dry or refreshing. Disappointing for the style.

Overall- Judging based on the EPL's I've had in Europe in the past, this is far too full bodied, sweet and sticky for my tastes. If I'm going to drink an EPL while traveling or mowing the lawn, I'd want something with lighter body and crisper, more refreshing mouthfeel.

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Photo of KAF
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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Sympathy For The Lager from Karbach Brewing Co.
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