The One They Call Zoe | Hops and Grain Brewery

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The One They Call ZoeThe One They Call Zoe

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Hops and Grain Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of kemoarps
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pale golden yellow body that is a little murkier than I'd think, with an initially massive white head that settles in and leaves beautiful lacing as it goes.

Not much nose to be had unfortunately. Grainy/biscuity malts lead with maybe some grassy hops.

Taste begins with a light fruity sweetness which is quickly augmented by a bready malt presence. A touch of sweet perks its head towards the end before settling in to a not unpleasant mildly bitter finish.

Smoothe and incredibly easy drinking. Would probably be quite refreshing on a nice day.

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Photo of PhilsPils
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

OK, if this is a lager, then LAGER it! Seriously, I think some time in a lagering tank could make this a really nice beer. The bitterness and carbonation seem spot on to me and it pours with a nice head. But some of that haziness must be coming from suspended yeast because it tastes way too yeasty/bready to be a clean lager. Certainly very drinkable and in this hot summer heat, I will enjoy finishing the sixer...just seems like it has the potential to be more.
EDIT/ADD: Wow, that first can must have been some sort of aberration. I have now had two more beers from that six pack and they were as different from the first as could be. Very clean, both in appearance and taste. Nice subtle hops and malt dominate the taste and NONE of that yeastiness of the first can. VERY strange...I am going to change the rating too and my apologies to H&G.

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Photo of Tommo
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Obscenely drinkable. Probably the best lager i have ever had. Great body and nice hop notes to finish off the flavor profile. Overall amazing, again for a lager

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Photo of stevoj
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Notaing like an expertly crafted lager. Beautiful to look at, full of flavor, very satisfying. I could drink this for a while ( that says a lot.

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Photo of bwood06
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap into a small pint glass

A - Thicker head than all of my other pours at this brewery which is a nice change. Head is frothy and dissipates somewhat slowly. Beer is cloudy and orangish with a tint of copper. Moderate carbonation is visible. 4/5

S - Very citrusy (grapefruit) on the nose and floral alongside notes of biscuit and white bread. Very simple, but a nice strong aroma to accompany the tasting. 4.25/5

T - The grapefruit really comes out right away which is followed by white bread and a slight caramel sweetness. Floral hops round out the taste alongside a bit of green apple and a lingering bitterness that is not overwhelming, simply a reminder of the hops in the beer. 4/5

M - Nice and light pale lager with a decent carbonation burn. Somewhat smooth as well despite the lightness and amount of carbonation. Very sessionable in terms of mouthfeel. 4.25/5

O - Not an overly complicated pale lager but it doesn't have to be. Nice strong aroma and flavor profile that are a reflection of one another with a nice balance between bitter and sweet. Simple, but well executed. 4/5

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Photo of Sheppard
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep straw golden color. Minimal head half the width of a pinky, despite an aggressive pour. There is minimal aroma. Soft mouthfeel with light bubblegum and grain. It is a light and unoffensive. There is no lingering aftertaste. Overall, this is a soft, refreshing lager. Would try this again fresh, but I'm not sure how much of a difference that would make.

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Photo of donspublic
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can into a tulip. Nice hazy golden color. Minimal head which dissipates quickly leaving a ring around the glass. Smell I pick up mild citrus, reminds me of tangerine. Very smooth taste, now that I am thinking about that tangerine I am starting to taste it. Mild hop bitterness on the back end. Mouthfeel on this beer is really good. When I started drinking this I was thinking I wasn't going to like it too much, but it has changed my mind. This would be a good sushi beer. Think I will go back and grab a 6r and stick it in the fridge for the BYOB sushi joints we frequent.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden body and a small snow white head.

Orange and floral hop on the nose.

Body is fairly light with some bitterness popping out a bit. Citrus and floral as well on the palate.

Glad I can get this in Dallas now.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #80 (Sep 2013):

While we applaud craft brewers who want to do lagers, this one just got lost in translation. It’s just too damn raw to even be recognized as a lager. We’ve had Zwickelbiers that are more refined than this. The biscuity tone is a bit of a distraction as well. Wouldn’t take much to clean this beer up and reveal some greatness.

STYLE: American Pale Lager
ABV: 5.2%

LOOK: Hazed pale golden, decent lacing

SMELL: Heavy dough, flour, fresh-cut grass, yeast, biscuity, lemon pith, faint spice

TASTE: Grainy, smooth, semi-creamy, moderate-sized body, slight hop bitterness, grain husk, biscuity malt, nutty yeast, mildly chalky, dry finish

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Photo of Premo88
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured into pilsener
(canned on 12/19/14)

L: brilliant, clear orange ... WOW! beautiful color and perfect clarity with loads of bubbles flying up the column -- a true lager look; produced a small head, only 1/3- to 1/2-inch of foam that's offwhite, very sticky at top edge; the Vienna malt is giving it a darker-than-gold hue by just a hair ... boy is she pretty. if she laced just a bit, she'd be a 5.

S: hops ... very American IPA citrus ... floral, too, and I'd swear I can pick up on a chunk of bread malt sweetness (that house-paint-like smell some bread-dough/bread-malt lagers get); onion ... that house paint is real ... the malt is really trying hard to get through the dry-hopping. impressive.

T: tastes like a standard American pale ale -- flowery/citrusy, orange, orange peel, a little onion ... it's hoppy and the malt only seems to be adding a generic sweetness, which is nice but I miss that bread-malt note from the nose

F: crispy clean ... it tastes like an American pale ale, but the dry, clean feel here is signature lager ... pure and true, perhaps even up to a midweight with the carbonation giving it a nice fullness. perfect.

O: i'm both in love and disappointed by this one. there's not enough malty sweetness or bread flavor typical of the Old World lager, so that sucks, yet the lager qualities are undeniable -- in the look and feel mainly. a truly unique brew and if nothing else, it's so well made that whatever my personal tastes, it's making me want to try more Hops & Grain brews. the average American craft beer drinker will LOVE this brew.

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Photo of MNishCT77
3.07/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. can at Ginny's Little Bighorn on Sun., 12/28/2014 (Chicken Shit Bingo), unknown brewing/packaging dates, poured into plastic cup, drank over 30-45 minutes

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Photo of rorjets
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

I enjoyed a recently brewed Hops & Grain The One They Call Zoe, a pale lager. Hops & Grain is small brewery in Austin. Zoe is 5.2% abv, and has a deeply golden color, on the edge of amber. The head is light and small, disappears quickly with a bit of lacing. The aroma was of orange blossoms, fresh and tangy. My first sip also struck a citrusy, slightly sweet but hoppy taste, with a mildly bitter finish that doesn't linger very long - clean and refreshing! Overall - deeelicious!

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Photo of HipCzech
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

Serving: 12 oz can poured into a Libbey Gibraltar 7 oz glass.

Appearance: Very slightly hazy, pale golden yellow. Frothy white head with spotty lacing.

Smell: Resinous and citrusy hops atop light, bready malt.

Taste: Light, biscuit malt with spare sweetness (honey) and slight esters. Hops fill out the flavor with pine, lemon and floral notes. Finish is crisp and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall: A nice canned lager - strikes a good balance between session drink ability and full, hoppy flavor.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into a pokal glass.

Deep apricot orange body and yellow, with a fairly opaque and solid body. Head is off white with a three finger tall appearance. Settles to a soapy collar and puck with little lacing.

Bright nose on this beer. Hints of herbal sharp pine, and then some good fruit hop notes. Hits at pineapple and sharp steely apricot and tropics. Very impressive, and unexpected, smells like tropical punch.

The fruit hop angle explodes on the palate. Big hints of spicy melon, pineapple, and apricot zest. Good crisp light body, with even a little bit of honey like density but smaller than expected. Juicy. Sharp herbal notes of hinting pine and even a little minty aftertaste. Tropical juiced flavor abounds.

Overall just a very impressive lager, feels and tastes like spicy hop fruit punch more than it does beer.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden colored with half a finger width foamy head. Only a small amount of lacing on the side. Aroma is that of tropical fruits and hops. Citrusy. Has a hint of apples as well. Malty taste with hints of citrusy tropical fruit up front, quickly followed by a grassy hoppy taste. You can discern that malty lager taste right at the end but only for a split second. Nice bitter aftertaste. I am generally not a fan of lagers, but this one definitely will do. Excellent beer. I wish it is more available at the Spec's near me.

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Photo of brentk56
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours out with a slightly hazy golden color and a modest head that splashes some lace around

Smell: A bit grainy but the hops dominate, bringing a floral, tropical tone

Taste: The bready opening is quickly followed by a deft touch of the floral, tropical hops; the grainy elements take over after the swallow and there is a bit of a soapy, vegetal character in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not a bad lager at all; a few off tastes but overall quite enjoyable

Thanks, duff247, for the opportunity

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.59/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

fun beer, was given a can that may have sat around awhile, maybe gotten warm, but it hasnt effected this beer much i cant imagine, it still seems fresh to me. big wheat and pale malt base, heavier for a lager, with some pretty solid hopping. tangerine or orange or something to them. pale hazy dense wheat beer color, yellow and orange, heady, bubbly. the nose has a lot more hops than the conventional lager, but without sacrificing grain character. the malt is fresh too, bready or crackery, with a touch of lady finger cakey sweetness. minimal bitterness and lots of hops on the finish, grassy and orange zesty. i thought all the body and the big carbonation was a nice feel for the flavors, they evolve together slowly, from malt to hops. a well flavored lager, anything but boring, but it lacks in the session department for me, a handful of these is plenty. my first beer from these guys though is enough to make me want more.

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Photo of tone77
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is malty, a bit of lemons. Taste is lemony, malts, some grains, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall the sum is greater than the parts, a good session beer.

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

A: golden like sunshine, opaque and a head that leaves in no time leaving traces all around your glass.

S: pleasent mild hop aroma, fruity, tropical with notes of pineapple and citrus.

T: somewhat herbal, fresh, minty and easy going.

M: first night to notice is the crispiness and brightness in this beer, light to medium bodied, semi-sticky, very slight bitterness and away it goes.

O: a great take on an otherwise regular lager, the dry-hopping adds more complexity and balance to the aromas and flavor profile. This one you'll definitely want to keep on drinking!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.16/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz aluminum can gifted to me by my flatmate and served into a conical Pinthouse Pizza pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given my flatemate's recommendation as well as its current 89 rating. Reviewed as a pale lager because the label clearly identifies it as such. 47 degrees. 5.2% ABV.

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

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Okay creaminess and thickness. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass - even when I tilt it. Head retention is average - about two minutes. Average complexion and consistency.

Body colour is a clear translucent yellow-copper of average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particles/sediment is visible. Appears adequately carbonated. There are no obvious flaws here. It's typical of the style; not unique or special. I'm optimistic.

Sm: Has a far more aggressive hop profile than I anticipated - wafts of floral notes, vague citrus and accompanying esters, pine, and some resins. However, it does have a slight soapiness to it, indicating that the beer spent too long in primary.

Pale malts. Light grassiness. Maybe a bit of caramalt here or there. I expected more of a pilsner malt build, but I'm pleasantly surprised.

There's certainly some palpable bitterness here. I don't pick up on any yeast character or alcohol. It's a generally pleasant aroma of above average strength and I'm curious to try it.

T: Has a fairly strong pale malt foundation with some extra sugars coming from some source - honey, maybe? The hop profile is fairly assertive for a pale lager but still can't quite overcome the potent malty sweetness here. The hops are harder to distinguish in the taste than they were in the aroma, but I pick up on floral character, a dash of hoppy resins, and maybe a biteen of pine.

No yeast character comes through, nor does any overt alcohol or other off-flavours.

Overall, I'd certainly call it balanced and cohesive. Pretty simple, albeit not for the style per se. It lacks nuance, subtlety, and intricacy, but the careful balance goes a long way. It's not a gestalt build, but it's close. I do like it for what it is.

Mf: A biteen buttery. Smooth, wet, and refreshing. A bit overcarbonated. Decent weight and medium body. Pretty decent presence on the palate. Slightly oily. The texture doesn't feel tailored specifically to the taste, but it suits it well enough. Nicely executed overall.

Not sticky, astringent, gushed, hot, boozy, harsh, or rough.

Dr: It's a very drinkable lager with a fair amount of flavour and an inspired enough build, but it just doesn't come together to be anything special. I'd happily polish off a 6 pack at a party, but I wouldn't buy this myself. I'm glad to have had the chance to try it. Not a world-class pale lager, but certainly a pretty good one. I wouldn't recommend it to friends, but it hides its ABV well enough and I'm enjoying it for what it is. It'll get you drunk.


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Photo of jlindros
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Yay can thanks to AdamR46 (Reddit)

Pours a nice creamy 1+ finger head that fades semi slowly with nice lacing, soapy, fairly hazy golden pale color.

Nose fresh floral hops, pretty bright with little grassy note, little spicy too, mild fruity aroma, little malt base and fluffy malt, very mild herbal grass.

Taste starts a bit malty, little fluffy sweet malt with mild toasty and sweet syrupy. Then hops, fair bitterness, earthy and slight vegetal, grassy, floral, hint of fruit cocktail, hint of slight decaying oil. Finish is dry and more bitter earthy slight herbal grassy hops, little spicy, bit more lingering herbal slight oily hop.

Mouth is med fluffy bod, nice carb, eventually gets a little thin and watery.

Overall ok, mixed, some nice parts but that one bad flavor.

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Photo of rudzud
3.49/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice clear golden hue with nice one finger white head that leaves a light blanket.

S - Aromas pleasant hops, light pine and citrus, then some onion, dirty hops, light grass.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Light herbal hops, faint citrus, grass, light sweet malts, weird vegetative thing going on.

M - Mouthfeel is nice and clean, lightly carbonated.

O - Overall I this was okay until the vegetative notes hit. A shame.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

At long last, this review represents The CANQuest's (TM) 1,000th different CANned beer review! My utmost thanks to JenRay for having sent it to me for inclusion in the ongoing madness. I also wish to dedicate this review to The Movie Theater They Call Zoetropolis, an art theater that recently reopened here in Lancaster, PA. One of the slides that they show before the previews depicts a Roy Lichtenstein-like exasperated young mother screaming, "Zoe!" and if I CAN manage a link, I will add it later.

From the CAN: "Sustainable quality"; "hand crafted"; "Lively, Crisp, Right Affable"; ""At the Hops & Grain Brewery we know that good planets are hard to find. That's why we are working hard to save our own by packaging our beer in the most recyclable {CAN]tainer on the Earth. Aluminum!"; "Exciting, enticing Animated & Entertained the course is a choice Liquid the Medium lively in spirit and An Air of Aplomb just two steps will Start a Movement"; "For the Planet"; "Go Texan."

I am savoring this moment, which has been a long time in coming. It begins with a loud Crack!, revealing yet another brimful craft CAN, followed by an inverted Glug. I decided to wait a moment or so when some puffy foam began to extrude itself from within the CAN. Oooh, an active beer! When it showed no sign of relenting, I proceeded incautiously, resulting in ~ three fingers of dense, foamy, tawny head with good retention. Color was a cloudy orangish-yellow (SRM = > 7, < 9), suggesting that it was unfiltered. Good! Filtration only strips away flavor and I am not a fan. Nose had a nice, malty sweetness unencumbered by adjuncts. One of the unintended CANsequences of The CANQuest (TM) has been the number of AALs that I have had to CANsume, so I know from whence I speak. Mouthfeel was medium and the flavor was hoppier than the nose had led me to expect! It had a honey-malt flavor intermingled with a minty grassiness and if I had been asked to guess, I might have gone with a Czech Pils. Finish was semi-dry and quite refreshing. I might enjoy it more on a hot, humid summer's day than on a (literally) freezing cold morning like this one, hence school being closed. YMMV.

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Photo of WTKeene
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a fresh can into a Deep Ellum pint glass.

Appearance: A translucent golden beer, with a moderately persistent white head. Lots of lacing.

Smell: Loads of grain, lager yeast, and a bunch of floral hops. This smells delicious, can't wait to take a sip!

Taste: Earthy and light, with a bitter edge from the hops. A grainy malt flavor persists forever on the finish. I love the flavor and this is a tasty lager, but I don't think there's quite enough of it. Very sessionable though, which is a big plus. I could see myself killing a sixer of this tonight.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation, and the beer really coats the mouth, extending an already long linger.

Overall: I enjoyed this. Flavor could have been stronger, but I could definitely see myself drinking a lot of this. Very easy to drink, and for the price you really can't go wrong.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured this can into a shaker pint. Huge thanks to darthvohn for this one!

The mountainous, cratered, bone-white foam towers out of the top of the glass by at least an inch, the Mount Olympus of beer head. This god-like tower of froth fights for minutes, creating a cratered lid with the thickest wall of spider lacing ever seen. The pale golden body emanates out highlights of honey-brown with small bubbles ascending to the cap.

Aromas of unripe pear, grapefruit, honey drenched bread, lemon-y wheat, honey dew, and flowery daisy notes seep from the pint glass. Such a fantastic bouquet, it is hard to fathom this is coming from a beer!

Zoe charms the tongue with initial notes of light citrus, melon, and flowery esters. Her flirtatious stroll leads into earthy, peppery flavors with the sweet bread malt coalescing near the end, a slightly bitter note of lemon playing in the finish.

Zoe has a perky level of carbonation, bubbles snapping the tongue while producing an ever so slight dry finish. A delicate body gliding over the tongue, she feels light on the palate.

What a treat, a real classy lady. The One They Call Zoe is a fantastically hopped lager with bright citrus and flowery esters, a truly bewitching arsenal of aromas. The palate lets the drinker down slightly, but remains an incredibly easy drinking experience. Calling a let down "incredible" should give one an idea of just how good this beer is, well done Hops & Grain!

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3.97 out of 5 based on 370 ratings.
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