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 Ford
5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Can poured into glass.... can poured into mouth.

It doesn't matter how I drink this beer.. it instantly became my favorite American pale. So drinkable... so much flavor. So perfect.

This one has become a staple in my fridge.... goes great with anything. I need to try the rest of their lineup. This beer is tremendous.

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Photo of GibbonsTheBeerGuy
4.79/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

An absolutely fantastic and highly original lager. This is my favorite local beer made in Austin. It has a tart, crisp character that reminds me of grapefruit, but it isn't a fruity beer, at all. It has wonderful, balanced hop characteristics and a fantastic finish. A perfect beer. I only buy it now for special occaisons because I literally drink it too fast. I can't sip it like many other beers, I open a can, pour it in a glass, blink and its gone.

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Photo of brurevu
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There's nothing huge or outrageous about this beer it just does everything right. A full flavored and thirst quenching beer that puts all pale lagers to shame. It pours a golden orange with a bit of hops and fruit on the nose. The taste zips on your tongue with citrusy fruit and apricot flavors and a mild bitterness to give it a nice dry finish. Very crisp and very refreshing. The Zoe is a bountiful beer in a can and a total home run from Hops and Grain.

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Photo of BryanCarey
4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The One They Call Zoe pours to a golden color and emits a fragrance that is very distinctive, with scents of floral, biscuit malt, and fruity aromas dominating. The scent is very juicy and just begs you to take a sip while the foam, while not incredible, is still good and it does leave some lacing.

This beer has a very interesting flavor profile and is about right in- line with the direction in which the nose leads you. The taste of biscuit- like malts, bread, tropical fruits, and toasted malts are most noticeable, but there are other great flavors as well, like grassy hops and other sensory delights.

The One They Call Zoe is a very interesting, very tasty beer with a complex flavor profile and unexpected level of smoothness. You know this is no ordinary lager the moment you open the can and your nostrils are filled with the complex and very enticing aroma. The enjoyment continues as you take one sip after another, pleasantly surprised at the beer’s incredible smoothness and anxious to open up a second can.

Hops and Grains really overachieved with this beer and I find myself still thinking about it long after my sampling was through. It’s the best Hops and Grain beer I have tried so far and I enthusiastically look forward to trying more.

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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 elNopalero
4.49/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a light tan-golden color with light foaming.

There’s a great piney-orange and marmalade note on the aroma. It’s hoppy and assertive for being a session-worthy lager.

I get a crisp, piney flavor from the first sip onward, with an upfront bitterness which gives it definition. Tapers off with a light touch of a caramel-malt finish. Pleasing, effervescent, and all too tasty. I think I’ll have five more.

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Photo of champ103
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear golden/orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Nice rings of lace left behind.
S: Lots of aromatic hops here. Fresh cut grass, citrus, lemon, lingering grapefruit. Toasted malt, crackers, and biscuit malts. A light lingering grapefruit bitterness. Excellent.
T: Just a touch less hoppy than the nose. Toasted and biscuit malts are more apparent up front. Though the citrus and grapefruit hops linger for a nice bitterness that brings everything together. Very well balanced, and excellent.
M/D: A light to medium body. Crisp and effervescent carbonation. So clean and a lingering dryness is great. So easy and enjoyable to drink. I can keep coming back to this again and again.

This is an excellent session like lager. At 5.2% ABV, it is just a bit high for a true session beer, but why nit pick? One of the better new (to me) Texas beers I have had so far this year. Highly recommended.

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Photo of StArnoldFan
4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can from a 6 pack I got at Specs Midtown (Houston TX). I'm happy to see Hops & Grain here as this has been an Austin local till now. Aggressive pour leaves a golden color with a finger of white head that fades fast and leaves a thin white line with little lacing as the glass goes down. I love the smell on this beer, right as a pop the can I get big fresh hop scent from this pale session lager. The taste is much more mild, slightly fruity, maybe a little grapefruite and brown sugar. I can see myself having multiples of this in one sitting. This is a perfect session beer, especially for the hot summertime months we have ahead of us here in Texas. I am very thankful that this is available to me now.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a lager? Wow!

Great appearance, lasing head, sticky lace, clear tan color.

Aroma and flavor are once again amazing, floral hops, grasses, citrus, great malty backbone.

Body is amazing, thick and almost chewy, yet light and lagery all at once.

Absolutely great job on this one, a truly fine pale lager and a top notch beer in all respects.

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Photo of darthvohn
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Glass Used: Nonic Pint

Appearance: Hazy honey-orange hue with a two finger shiny white egg foam head. Excellent lacing while you make the beer disappear. A few mil foam top lingers around awhile.

Smell: A lovely blend of floral hops and citrus backed by malt. I love the aroma on this pale lager. Absolutely love it.

Taste: Grassy, floral hops up front followed by biscuity malts, orange and lemon citrus, some tropical fruits tip toeing around.

Mouthfeel: Excellent carbonation with a pleasant bitter dry finish.

Overall: I've been waiting to try Zoe for some time now and I am not disappointed. When I think of a lager, this will be my standard to measure with. Excellent aroma and flavor. There might be better out there, but this one pleases on all fronts.

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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 TexasBeerGuy
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a hazy, orange with a slightly off-white head. Thin lacing sticks to the glass but still very nice.

S - Grassy hops, biscuit malt and a load of citrus juice. Definitely like this aroma.

T - Nice biscuity malts followed immediately by juicy citrus hops that linger for just a bit. Love the balance.

M - Medium body with crisp carbonation. Very clean and dry.

O - This is an excellent lager that I could drink all day. I find myself going back to this beer very often. While there isn't anything outrageous it's just done very well and deserves a lot of recognition. I can't say enough good things about it.

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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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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can pours a lively, hazed gold color with an ample cap of white head. Decent retention and nice lacing.

Nose is very juicy and tropical hops galore! This has got to have citra in it, right? Malts are light and grainy with maybe a kiss or two of toffee.

Im having a tough time thinking of a better hoppy lager than this. It is super delicious, thirst-quenching and has great tropical dry-hop flavor. Im already on my second six-pack and will surely buy more - perfect Texas summer beer - aka great when it is hot as hell. Mothfeel is plenty full for the style and well carbonated. Awesome beer! Well done H&G...well done indeed.

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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 LittleDon
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A full bodied American lager. Yellow to golden with a minimal head and very little lace. Malty aroma and flavor. Biscuity, grainy, lightly toasted malt. Big body for the style with a medium plus hopped finish. Medium carbonation. Much closer to a German Pilsener than an American adjunct. Makes a great hot weather 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 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 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 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 obrike
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow...this is one great canned lager!

Seriously, this is a great go to beach or pool lager for the dog days of summer here in Texas.

Pours a honey gold and leaves a decent amount of lace on my pint glass. A small amount of head remains for the duration.

Nice fresh scent. Fresh grassy hops, grains and a perfect amount of malt backbone.

Tase follows nicely with the grassy hops leading the way. Getting a bit of citrus, but not a lot. Biscuity malt is there but not overpowering. What i like about this one is how damn smooth it is. You can literally finish it within minutes if you're not careful...good thing it's a lower abv beer...making it perfect for hot weather day sessions. Has a nice dry finish that begs you to take another sip. Good stuff.

I gotta hand it to Hops and Grain. I'll be drinking a ton of Zoe in the upcoming months.

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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 cosmicevan
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big thanks to channels321 for this amazing extra. enjoyed from my "E" snifter.

a - brew pours a transparent golden yellow with a big frothy white bubbly head. slippery lacing and visible carbonation.

s - nose is really nice with a solid hopping over lager.

t - aggressive fruity citric syrupy hop over lager. mango.

m - bitter finish. easy drinker.

o - overall, what a pleasant surprise this one was. wish i knew this was hoppy, would've jumped on it right away, but even with some time on it...quite tasty. worth checking out.

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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 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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