Crooked Letter Brewing Co.

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European Pale Lager
Ranked #5
Ranked #24,643
3.82 | pDev: 15.18%
Crooked Letter Brewing Co.
Mississippi, United States
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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 36
Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a pale orange with a slight white head.

Smells of orange, malt, no sour yest.

Taste up front is orange and some slight bread you malt backed by a sour yeast note reminiscent of a Belgian. This is a very easy drinking beer for the abv with some good flavors going on.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stabello Maniscalco has a thick, bone-white head, an initially clear, amber appearance, which heavily clouds, when the caked sediment is swished loose and poured in, some ascending bubbles, and moderate lacing strips left behind. The aroma is of honey, lemon, and rich yeasty, sourdough bread. Taste is similar, with noticeable, but in no way, harsh, hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, and Stabello finishes semi-dry and easy going.


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Photo of Jadjunk
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"In Italian folklore, Stabello was an Ogre who wandered villages after nightfall in search of beer and mischief. In honor of this legend, we have crafted, and present to you, a rich, hopped-up take on an Italian-style lager. Dry hopped with Saaz hops. Salute!" Brewed in the style of an Euro Pale Lager, available in 12 oz. bottled 6 packs and on year-round draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a foamy, crisp head of an ecru-white tone over a moderately hazy honey-amber body with varied sediment in tow and light, sporadic carbonation. Retention is below average and lacing is light and patchy. 2.75

(Smell) Fruity, soft lemon, mildly earthy hop notes up front with a mild bitterness atop a mild, biscuit malt body with a moderate sweetness, fairly clean aroma. Fairly sweet, considerably fruity, edging on tangy nose, potency is moderate. 3.5

(Taste) The flavor is nicer balanced than the aroma suggests, with cracker and light bread malts, fairly dry and clean with a hop accent of fruit, mild grassy and earthy character, and a mild bitterness. Beer drinks largely clean, with a slight tangy acidity on the back end, frankly welcome for the style. Light, drinkable and approachable. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is lightly chewy, slick, clean, lightly tangy, medium dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, shy of medium overall. Balance is slightly tangy and hoppy bitter over mildly sweet. Alcohol presence is low and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) An enjoyable, somewhat sessionable Pale Lager , although 7% may hit a bit hard for a session beer. Euro Pales are uncommon beers brewed in the craft market stateside, and so this beer may be worth sampling on that factor alone. The malt and hop characters are ever present, yet light and approachable, and a pleasant acidic tanginess makes for a largely enjoyable balance and contribution to the drinking character. This is a decent lager from a small-scale brewery. 3.5

Crooked Letter Brewing Co.'s
Stabello Maniscalco

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Photo of RockRuler
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. KInd of a hazy golden brown, lemon and bready aroma, wheat and citrus taste. High carbonation. I don't usually gravitate to this style but this isn't a bad brew. Drinkable. Cheers!

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Photo of Meganomiidae
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Golden brown on pour. Minimal head, which quickly dissipates leaving behind moderate lacing.

S: Stick your nose deep and sniff reallllly hard to find this one. Slight breadiness and generic spice, with a hint of citrus fruit galore. Not a bad smell, just a very reserved one.

T: Up front is all spice, quickly fading to bready malt. Citrus is kinda there as a flavor, but more as a tangy, biting sensation similar to what you'd get when biting into a whole peeled orange. Never had anything quite like it. Very very slight hop residual citrus flavors also present, but nigh undetectable. Can't decide how I feel about it.

MF: Prickly carbonation, feels good, man. Body is leaning on chewy.

Overall: Tasty and easy to kick back. One of those beers I could buy a six pack of and drink all in one night - which is rare for me. Not too complex, just drinkable enough.

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Photo of Wolfman2343
4.68/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Golden/Amber smell: butterscotch, lemons, very distinct butterscotch smell though Taste: butterscotch, lemons, just the right amount of tartness (if I could imagine what a butter beer from Harry potter would taste like this is it!!) Mouthfeel:medium bodied, very very smooth, no burn from the 7.0 abv overall: this is hands down my favorite beer to date, I'd give it an A+

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Photo of Beer_Loving_Brandon
4.36/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: The box and label are very colorful. The imagery is Michael Pukac. It is similar to styling on Crooked Letter's Gypsy IPA. Pours yellow/golden.

Smell: Smell is reminiscent of Belgium style, spiced beers. Normally, I do not like them, but this one is an exception.

Taste: Exceptional. I would not believe it is "high gravity" unless the ABV was printed on the label. Frankly, it is the best Lager I have ever tasted. I like this beer a lot.

Feel: Smooth to drink, not a lot of foam or carbonation to slow consumption.

Overall and excellent beer. I was surprised. I would not hesitate to buy it again, even if it goes for $10+ a six pack. Frankly, that is cheap compared to Tripel Karmeliet and some other Trappist beers.

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Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of grains, some lemons. Taste is lemons, malts, some tartness, hops are present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer, but not really what I expect from this style.

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Photo of Mikecap
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy golden with a large foamy whitish head that fades relatively slowly, lots of carbonation on this one.

S: Up front bread and biscuit, some spice, followed by some lemon and citrus, touches of pine and grass.

T: A bit different than the nose, with way more fruitiness than I expected. I get some orange and grapefruit citric tones and some grass and spice as well, hence the "hopped up lager" classification.

M: Medium bodied, crisp and refreshing, with fairly high carbonation.

O: This is quite interesting to me, not quite a hoppy lager like the IPLs, but way more than a standard pilsner. Different, and I like it. Absolutely worth trying!

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Photo of ChestSplitter
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden. Head disappears fairly quickly; leaves good lacing.

Smell: Fruity but not like an IPA; very distinctive

Taste: Fruit, spices, something else. Again, very distinctive.

Feel: Very smooth. I could guzzle this repeatedly, but that would ruin the enjoyment of this very tasty brew.

Fantastic beer. Could enjoy this every day. Taste does not exactly remind me of anything else I've had but takehome message is that this is what lager can taste like when it's done right, with none of the adjuncts and crap you get from mass-producers. In a craft-beer experience dominated by ales, this beer is a standout and will be a regular resident in my kegerator.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear, gold/amber in color with a white half-finger head that lingered. Decent lacing.

S: Picking up light hops and a bit of citrus.

T: Tangy, citrus-y. Smooth and sweet. Slight hop bite on the finish. Very sessionable.

M: Light to medium with medium carbonation.

O: A very pleasant lager with hop appeal. Love the artwork of the Stabello troll and the whole legend behind the beer. Crooked Letter is really starting to make a great impression on the pallettes of craft beer lovers in Mississippi.

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Stabello from Crooked Letter Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 36 ratings