American Lager | Big Elm Brewing

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American LagerAmerican Lager
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American LagerAmerican Lager

Brewed by:
Big Elm Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
American Lager - Brewed with American corn, barley, hops, water and a super clean American Lager yeast, this beer is the definition of easy drinking. The use of corn is a classic American technique that helps give this beer a light sweetness and harkens back to simple days.

Added by Jason on 04-25-2014

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by billybob:
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3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More User Reviews:
Photo of LXIXME
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of trevorpost
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears clear straw yellow with a white head that recedes to a ring around the edge of the glass.
Aroma is sweet malt, a hint of corn and grassy hops
Flavor is some basic malt sweetness, slightly bitter, with a sweet finish.
Less sweet than Narragansett, which to me makes this one of the better examples of an AAL. That being said, Notch's Mule is still comfortably in the lead for the style for me.

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Photo of nebula1999
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.34/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kniles38
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cbutova
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I am really liking the can designs from Big Elm. I have had a few of their beers over the years but their take on an American Lager will be of particular interest to me. I find this style actually to be one of the hardest to brew with so many misses out on the market. Recently a lot of hits have shown up bringing some clout to a style that was once instantly cast aside.

A- Can poured out for the review (second time trying this in a week or so) into my tall chalice with a slightly hazy pale straw yellow body. A white crown forms atop the brew with a foamy, just slightly fizzy consistency and fair retention. Large belt around the edges deposits just a few small webs of lace.

S- Plenty of aromatics off the top and one of the stronger smells I can think compared to similar brews. For me it brings both grain and hop aromas with grainy pale cereal malts, slight barley sweets counteracted by herbal and spicy hops. Well-balanced, tiny hint of corn here.

T- Nothing really subtle about the overall experience but the lager yeast is certainly clean and crisp allowing the grains and hops to do most of the driving. Prominent grainy flavor right up front opening the flavor up with a hint of both barley and corn leads to spicy, herbal and lightly floral hops; some breadiness throughout.

MF- Light and a tad bit on the thin side with just a bit of creaminess and a very foamy texture overall. The carbonation is on the high side and adds a certain crispness.

I may have scoffed (just a bit) at a brew like this a couple years ago but I have now come to appreciate the subtle balance that must be found in American Lagers. Jacks Abby is still the American standard in my opinion but this beer, with the pretty can and all, is sold and well balanced and could be used to sway people away from the big brands.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.01/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light straw yellow color, with a very thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, light caramelized malts, adjuncts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a mild adjunct and malt sweetness that is quickly followed by some breadiness from lager yeast and the same adjuncts and malts. The hops presence is extremely mild and there’s a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, considering the target demo this is a decent beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biointen
3.39/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dicers
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of alfanut
4.76/5  rDev +29.3%

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

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a lager glass.

A: Dull straw color with good clarity. Bubbly white head settles into a thin cap after a while. thin, broken ring of lacing.

S: Grassy, herbal, and peppery hops atop a nice grain base of pale malt and some faint sweet corn. Perhaps a whiff of yeast. Very clean.

T: Pale malt and sweet corn base. Super clean. Green and grassy hops with a spicy tick.

M: Light bodied with a full feel. Stiff and tiny bubbles of carbonation bring the perfect blast of crispness.

O: Rating to style this is absolutely one of the best American Adjunct Lagers I've come across to date. It's near perfect. Simple, crisp, perfectly clean and quaffable. Quality ingredients bring some good flavor to the table. The hopping in particular is brilliant. It's a shame beer geeks have been conditioned to rail against the style due to the dominance of Big Beer. When done correctly these adjunct lagers can be quite satisfying. Who would've thought that some tiny brewery in the middle of nowhere could produce such a flawless and tasty little lager? The packaging is brilliant too. Sharp looking can.

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3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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4.71/5  rDev +28%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Josh-C
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.04/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of PlaywrightSam
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

American Lager from Big Elm Brewing
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 25 ratings