The One They Call Zoe
Hops & Grain Brewing

The One They Call ZoeThe One They Call Zoe
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Style:
American Lager
Ranked #12
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
88
Ranked #9,322
Avg:
3.95 | pDev: 11.39%
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
389
From:
Hops & Grain Brewing
 
Texas, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  34
Gots
  63
SCORE
88
Very Good
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Reviews: 51 | Ratings: 389
Reviews by jheezee:
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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

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3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
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%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

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 guityler83
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: A two finger tall, bright white head poured atop the beer in the pilsner glass and receeded quickly. As it fell it left a dusting on top and some checkered lacing on the edge of the glass. The beer, a slighly hazy gold to copper color.

S A moderatly strong tropical grapefruit mixed with a lesser noticable noble hop aroma. Toasty, bready, grainy malt nose that hides in the back ground.

T: Very interesting grapefruit bitterness and flavor with the noble spicey flavor coming through in the middle. There is a slight sweetness that comes through but it might be from the tropical fruit flavors derived from the hops rather than malt sweetness. Malts are very subtle, grainey and bready.

M: Moderate amount of body, more filling than expected. Middle of the road carbonation. clean finish

O: I'm enjoying the mix of american and german flavors in this beer. If it were a bit drier it would be much more sessionable, but a solid beer overall.

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2.82/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
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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4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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3.44/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
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 cbaz
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of nsheehan
3.01/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Zoe
Hops & Grain
20130730
12oz can to modern pint
Pale Lager
5.2% ABV

A – Pretty clear but a bit hazy. A yellowish-gold color. Very translucent. Nothing standout or inviting.

S – Some nice hop smells up front, but then some slight butter and apple creep in. From the hops I pick up some grass, spice, and orange zest. I pick up a slight tobacco note on the back end I don’t like. It combines to be like slightly burned popcorn.

T – Grass, corn, and apple. I can’t pick up any butter or tobacco. There’s no rough grain taste, which is a good thing. After a few more minutes, I’m picking up more corn and apple than grass. But more importantly I’m now picking up some grain, and it’s smooth grain. This tells me the quality of beer is quite high, however it’s not a taste I enjoy.

M – Light-medium bodied and a little clingy to the tongue. Finish is only slightly dry. I was expecting a more crisp, refreshing mouthfeel.

D – It’s actually a decent quality pale lager, a style that I’ve often found lacking in quality. However, there are some off-smells, and I don’t like the taste of grain in general. I can see how someone could really dig this for a lager, except for the off-smells and the lack of crispness. Perhaps this batch is a little off. I’ll try it again next summer.
3.75, 2.75, 3, 3.25, 3; 3.05.

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3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.49/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. The appearance had a hazy golden yellow color with a decent transparency to it, enough to see a soft ever so small carbonation rising at a moderate pace, white foamy head rises just a bit and falls adequately like a normal American Pale Lager. The llacing is sporadic and kinda all over the place. The smell had crisp grains, light corn, slightly spicy and has what seems to be some lemon zest (I think). The taste was at first bitter but lends a slightly sweet side to try to come out. There isn’t any aftertaste and it has a dry crisp finish. On the palate, it sits about a light on the body and is pretty sessionable. Carbonation is good for an American Pale Lager and for me as there’s a nice crisp texture rolling about my mouth and tongue. Overall, hey, what a nice American Pale Lager and in cans.

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3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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The One They Call Zoe from Hops & Grain Brewing
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 389 ratings