Sea To Sea Lager
Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Lager - Kellerbier / Zwickelbier
Ranked #131
Ranked #40,244
3.69 | pDev: 10.03%
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States
Sea To Sea LagerSea To Sea Lager
Notes: Our San Diego roots are landing in Virginia Beach! Bringing you freshness from East to West, Sea to Sea is an unfiltered Zwickel lager layered with German Pilsner malts, Hallertau Mittelfre├╝h and Czech Saaz hops, 2-row barley, and traditional Pilsner yeast. This sessionable brew has a light body with subtle sweet malt and fruity hop flavors, notable lager yeast, and a crisp, clean finish.
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent gold with 3 fingers of pearl colored head. Good lacing & average head retention, most zwickels aren't this bright & clear

S: Breadyness & graininess, soapy

T: Follows the nose, some pear, soapiness, & herbal bitterness up front, Grainyness, a little sweet breadyness, some lemon as this warms, plus, a little astringency. Finishes dry, grainy, with bready sweetness

MF: Slight carbonation, medium body, fairly balanced

Fairly true to style, just lacks some depth of flavor, very easy to drink

Jun 10, 2016
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hophugger from Virginia

2.69/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I understand that this is a 4.0% beer. I also understand that this is a lager. But..............this beer had hardly any flavor. Look was very light in color, head was average or below. Taste, unfortunately, was almost like water, hardly any hops or grains or anything. Almost like drinking a glass of water, light and I would have been better off spending .50 cents on a bottled water.

Jun 07, 2016
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TheSixthRing from California

3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Best by date of 11/16/16

Appearance - Pours slightly hazy and pale yellow with a white, half finger head that dissipates rather quickly, leaving a thin, broken layer of suds. Not much for lacing.

Smell - Mellow breadiness. A hint of hay and grass. Faint apple skin.

Taste - Follows the nose. Mellow breadiness and some light hay notes. Faint apple-ish esters. A touch of grass and spice in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with a good amount of bitey carbonation. Crisp, drying finish. Easy drinker for sure.

Overall - Just slightly over the best by date, but I don't think the flavor has degraded much. A fresher can would be ideal, but I think I have a general grasp on what this beer is about, and it's not quite what I'd look for, even in warmer weather.

Nov 23, 2016
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Beejay from Virginia

3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: A very pale yellow color with a decent amount of white head.

S: Lager, with grain notes, and a touch of salt. Slight herbal and floral notes combining with the noble hop aroma.

T: Grainy bread flavor, with herbal notes. Bitterness is herbal and a touch harsh, without much hop flavor.

M: Light with plenty of carbonation., with a light dry finish.

O: Overall not bad, but the bitterness could use some rounding out for me.

Jul 05, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a nice unfiltered lager, havent has much beer like this from green flash at all, a pretty far departure from what they usually get up to in their brew house. its not as cloudy as some of the classic german takes on the style, but it has a nice foggy inviting sediment in suspension and a full inch of white head. the nose here is dry crackery lager yeast, less deep and earthy than anticipated, and a little lighter on the malt character too, its fresh but its very light, and the taste is the same. fresh and tasty, but quite a mild beer, especially by green flash standards. the yeast isnt as flavorful as i hoped it would be, but the grain appears to be a german pale barley malt, and it avoids some of the overly doughy pils malt thing, its cleaner than that. its also not without some hops, although they are only in balance at the most. leafy and maybe white pepper in there, but its not a spicy hopped beer, gentle and sort of patient and only bitter enough. very easy drinking as they go, as the abv is real low and the carbonation is strong. not something i am in a rush to drink all summer, but i appreciate green flash taking this step in a new direction. solid execution of an under appreciated style.

Jun 04, 2016
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Suds from Missouri

4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a twelve ounce can, this is a wonderful summer beer. Mostly clear, with just a bit of haze, and topped with a small white head, the engaging part of the beer is the aroma. It is citrus, with lively yeast and hops and fruit, some malt, leafy, complex. Fantastic!!!! The taste is light, airy, and enjoyable. Light malt, medium hop bitterness, and lingering fruit. Excellent.

Jun 19, 2016
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Green Flash Brewing Co. "Sea To Sea Lager"
12 fl. oz. can, "BEST BY: 11/16/16" and sampled on 07/11/16
$2.49 @ Total Wine & More, Claymont, DE

Can't argue with this one! It's floral and herbal in the nose, and then floral, herbal, and gently spicy in the flavor. A gently grainy & sweetish pilsner malt is at its base and really gives it an authentic German flavor. It's perfectly balanced and finishes dry with some lingering herbal, spicy, and gently grassy hops. Fantastic! And at just 4.0% ABV you can enjoy more than one.

Jul 11, 2016
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Zraly from Virginia

4.21/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy, pale, straw color with two finger head in pilsner glass. Unfiltered. Smells of grain and bread crust. Has a certain rustic appeal. Finishes very dry with a residual yeast flavor. Interesting departure from the usual lagers available in American markets. A lighter beer with texture. At 4% and a nice flavor profile, this is a summer slugger.

Jul 08, 2016
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Zorro from California

3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Slightly cloudy yellow colored beer with a tall puffy white colored head.

Smells of toasted grain and slightly soapy. Scent of saffron and grass.

Starts out highly carbonated and mildly bitter. Taste of toasted grain and a slight tartness that makes me think lemons. Grassy hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is light.

An OK lager, but I normally want something heavier.

Feb 19, 2017
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wedge from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BEST BY 04/04/17

Very lightly hazed yellow hue with a small, creamy white head that sticks to the glass here and there. Spicy Saaz, grass, and light flowery hops in the nose along with cracker-like malts and some mellow lager yeast. Crisp grassy, spicy noble hop flavor...doughy biscuit malt, slight citrus rind. Dry, clean, easy-going light body. Solid hoppy Pils.

Feb 13, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I think that this was a recent drop-off from my local, in-person trader, tone77, the previous reviewer. Viva The CANQuest (tm)!

From the CAN: "Unfiltered & Crisp"; "Taste Enlightenment"; "Bi-Coastal Brew Hallertau & Saaz Hops".

The Crack! was perfect, but I was using my Pilsner glass & it does not lend itself to an inverted Glug. Instead, I just let it flow, which worked out as I got a finger of dense, foamy, bone-white head with moderate retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy Pale-Straw (SRM = 1 - 2). Nose had a grassy, drying hay-like aroma that sends me each & every time. I love it when people tell me that they "hate" lagers, having been inculcated to think of BMC products as lager exemplars. I used to feel the same way until The CANQuest (tm) caused the scales to fall from mine eyes. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. The taste was crisp, but what does that entail? It was clean, as a well-made lager should be, with a pronounced grassiness and a slight lemony bitterness. It had the twang that equates to crisp, making it a really refreshing beer on a hot, humid summer day. The finish was equally clean & dry and highly refreshing. All of this, coupled with its low-ABV, makes it a great CANdidate for the summer cooler.

Aug 21, 2016
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ejimhof from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Jul 10, 2016
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Gagnonsux from Texas

3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Aug 01, 2016
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allengarvin from Texas

4.37/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Color is a light gold, fairly clear with just a touch of haze, and a moderate, solid head.
S: Very nice aroma, with prominent floral hops underlayed by good pils malt, just a touch of toastiness.
T: Very good pils flavor, with bitterness on the high side for the style. What can you say about it? It's got a broad malt taste, with a very light touch of bread crust, nice bitterness that has a load of noble hop flavor that lingers after the finish. I can't detect any diacetyl or yeast byproducts, but that's fine with me. I dislike the kellerbiers that go out of their way with them.
M: Soft water, light bodied and easy to drink.
O: Incredibly tasty pils--I am quite impressed, and this is going to become one of my go-to pilsners, I think.

Oct 01, 2016
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As the world of ale is finding renewed excitement in the rustic and old-world charm, we now find lager doing the same. Unfiltered, unadultured and perhaps unrefined, the extra flavors in this "kellerbier" is getting lager making back to its roots.

The Green Flash zwickle bier, Sea to Sea pours with a modest hazy veil that's cast upon a backdrop of sturdy straw. Bready sweet with a hint of fresh angel-food cake, the nose is also herbal and floral as notions of honeysuckle and peppercorn seem to bounce off the grain. The same supple sweetness greets the palate with a brisk and juicy maltiness that's rarely seen in lager.

As the middle palate unfolds, the sweetness lifts slightly as the hop bouquet begins to sprout. The beer's floral attributes turn fruity with hints of orange and lemon along with a slight pass of sulfur and apple. A light doughy taste remains in support even late as the balanced hop bitterness is peppery, grassy and herbal, carrying the character of lemongrass and verbena.

Medium-bodied, especially for lager, the common fascination with dryness, crispness and cleanliness is foregone here instead preferring fuller flavor and texture. Its herbal finish is minty, cooling and refreshing while rewarding the finish with a greater appreciation of the culinary art in lager than is typical.

May 19, 2016
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slowly deflating souffl├ę head of white foam, bright gold with sharp clarity. I thought this was a Zwickel...
Racing streams of ascending carbonation and lasting head retention. Tons of sudsy lacing.

Pleasant floral and herbal notes of Hallertau, some minerality there also.
Taste is more straightforward with an assertive noble hop profile, herbal resiny goodness.
Lingering floral botanicals, dry and crisp feel, light bodied and very drinkable.
Pretty nice stuff, no flaws and it has some assertive hop flavors. Simplicity is vastly overrated.

Sep 01, 2016
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Gold in color with a faint amount of sediment suspended within. There's an inch of tightly compacted bright white on top. The aroma is of light sourdough malt and faint grassy hops. The taste is very much in line with the aroma with plenty of sourdough bready malt and faint grassy hops in the back of the palate. The mouth is very light, crisp, and quaffable.

May 01, 2017
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tempest from New York

3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A 4 percent Zwickel? I need to find more of this for the summer. Subtle, earthy, a hint doughy, and with a mild herbal finish. It's crisp, it's drinkable, I wish I had another.

Jun 06, 2016
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JayQue from Virginia

3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a hazy, straw yellow color from a 12 oz can into a pint glass. Big white head with good retention and plenty of thin lacing on the glass. Aroma and flavor include lemon, yeast, some mild wheat bitterness and grassy hops. Everything is mild and understated but pleasant enough. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Goes down real easy. A good example of a fairly subtle style. A good summertime thirst quencher.

Oct 13, 2017
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jak from North Carolina

3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Apr 09, 2017
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schoolboy from Ohio

3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty cool beer. It foams like there is no tomorrow. Super carbonated. The aroma is a smallish fresh scent. The taste is watery and transparent and the finish is just as clean. This is lighter than the lightest and very good at what it does.

Apr 11, 2017
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. Poured out a bright, straw-yellow color with a small head of off-white foam. It smelled of toasted caramel, floral notes and citrus. Sweet toasted caramel with a crisp, citrusy bitterness.

Mar 01, 2017
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BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jan 31, 2017
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newdamage1 from South Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Jan 15, 2017
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argock from Virginia

3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Clear amber with shot cap of head and no lacing.

S: Bready pilsner with light caramel note with spicy, herbal hops

T: Fruity all the way through, enhanced by the light caramel character, with spicy, earthy, slight vegetal hop finish

M: Relatively light with medium carbonation

O: Not terrible but far from impressive and I will not order again. Disappointing flavor and not a clean lager.

Nov 06, 2016
Sea To Sea Lager from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 191 ratings