Hi-Wire Lager
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Lager - American
Ranked #133
Ranked #38,093
3.7 | pDev: 11.08%
Hi-Wire Brewing
North Carolina, United States
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Notes: This true American Lager is made with 100% Pilsen malt with a delicate body and light hop profile. Layered in the tradition of the style to full maturity. It's a break from the typical craft American beer scene.
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MAB from Canada (AB)

3.17/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From the 2020 Advent Calendar.

In a word: Boring

Pale and fizzy, so it looks like an American Lager. The low ABV jives with the "light and crisp" label.
Drinkable-- definitely. But Gold Medal award winning? The bar must be pretty low.

Dec 18, 2020
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jadpsu from Georgia

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Single shelf at Legacy:

LOOK: Pours a mostly clear, very light pale straw yellow. Head is snow white with decent retention as well a
decent amount of side glass lace.
AROMA: Grassy, corn husk with bread malt foundation.
TASTE: Crisp, clean, refreshing some mild bready malts. Mild bitterness in a tart, drying finish.
Overall, very nice lager.

Sep 01, 2019
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VABA from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a clear golden color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has slight hop and floral hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a slight hop and floral flavor
M-A light bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A good lager

May 19, 2019
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psycHOPathy from Georgia

3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear pale gold body, thin foamy head
Earthy grains, some malt, some tartness
Earth, brown sugar, pear, acorn, lemon, cucumber
Light, a little dry
This beer isn't very good

Oct 07, 2018
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Foyle from North Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap in pint glass. Pours a thick white head that recedes slowly with mild lacing. Color is light golden. Aroma of lightly toasted malt and grassy hops. Flavor of yeasty esters, cracker and biscuit, with a noticeable bitterness for balance. Quite good.

Sep 29, 2018
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Dmac99 from Ohio

4.61/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a well balanced German/American style lager. very crisp easy drinking. I wish there were more of these craft Lagers on the market. It is a neglected style these days.

Apr 07, 2018
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superspak from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear pale golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with bready malt and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Mild herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness for a good bit. Great robustness of bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Lightly increasing dryness from bitterness. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes presence. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.6%. Overall this is an excellent pale lager! All around great robustness of bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. Very flavors and never watery feeling for the ABV. Nothing but clean Pils malts and mild earthy hop balance. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

Dec 09, 2017
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ordybill from Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a slightly cloudy yellow color with a small white head. The aroma is slight citrus hops. The taste follows the nose.

Nov 19, 2017
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BrewMaven from New York

3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A shade deeper than pale gold with a receding half inch head..A cover stuck around and deposited a decent amount of lace,

Smell and taste were both pleasant..Mouthfeel was not as thin as I thought it might be..Overall a crisp, refreshing brew for any time of the year.

Oct 01, 2017
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SmokySignals from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle -

Lighter shade of straw gold into a pint tumbler

Smells -fresh crackery malt, and inviting bright fragrant aromas. Interesting for sure.

Taste -great tasting lager that's light cracker malt, nicely hopped for near citrus lemon, and expertly crafted into a streamlined, tasty and easily drinkable brew. Really good with pizza, bbq ... or without! Slam city-Oh Yeah!

Feel is light and just right for a fast drinking, tasty light lager. Just a tad bit hoppier and fuller than the big adjunct lagers. More crafty lagers, people! All craft beer is not an ipa hop fest.

Apr 20, 2017
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This wicked pale beer with a fluffy head smells like flowers and bread. The taste is bitter with floral notes and a ton of yeast with a crisp finish. It is pretty decent and a good example of an APL.

Mar 15, 2017
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Apellonious from North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can from 5/24/16 poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy straw gold with a half finger white head, which eventually moves to the 3mm lace. Decent retention on the side for the length of the glass. Florality, biscuit/bread notes make up the aroma. Taste follows suit, with some lemon, pale malt, and cracker notes. Mouthfeel is fairly soft for a lager, with medium fullness and medium low carbonation. A tasty summer beverage designed for sessions, if nothing else.

Aug 19, 2016
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OldManMetal from North Carolina

4.31/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This lager pours off of a significant sediment to a brief-lived, medium creamy white head on a crystal-clear, effervescent pale-straw-colored body; lacing is fair, consisting of irregular bands and caverns. The aroma is light and clean: sweetish lagery grains counterbalanced by noble and tea-like hops, with a hint of lemon and slight alcohol overtones. The flavor is very well-balanced (malt/hops), and is more assertive than the nose, but follows it for the most part; the lemon character is tartish and more pronounced, and there are hints of apple in the malt. The bitterness is pleasantly assertive but is not overbearing or clingy. The finish is quite clean, followed by the onset of a very modest earthy/noble bitterness that lingers for a few minutes. Mouthfeel is biggish for the very light body, and is slightly astringent; the texture is slightly creamy and prickly from the enthusiastic carbonation. This is a very tasty, super-light, refreshingly crisp lager with a comfortably archetypal flavor profile. (12 oz bottle, no code date)

May 28, 2016
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Gavage from Nevada

3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: golden yellow in color with a 2" head.

Smell: light grass and soft citrus aroma.

Taste: mild malt profile, grass, lemon zest, and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: light in body. Very crisp from start to finish. Clean aftertaste.

Overall: an easy drinking lager that you can consume many of these in a session.

Apr 21, 2016
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KABC from South Carolina

3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Asheville Brewery with a circus theme, this lager has more taste and body then your average lighter beer. Slight hop bitter flavor with a nice carbonated mouthfeel. Not much of an aftertaste. Overall a respectable representation of the style. Good for warm weather and bbq.

Mar 25, 2016
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/30...clear blackish gold, ring of white foam sits on top. Notes of straw hay and grass. Smooth citrus taste, light lemon. Cris finish, citrus close. Nice bite. Solid opener.

Feb 06, 2016
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy white head that reduces to a small to medium sized patch of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of cracker malts with a hint of floral hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of cracker malts with a light amount of bready malts and just a hint of grainy sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of floral hops which contribute a very light amount of bitterness to the finish.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Clean.

O: Easy to drink and enjoyable, rather malty but with just enough hops to counteract any sweetness. Refreshing.

Nov 28, 2015
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metter98 from New York

3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down, leaving a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of cracker malts are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of cracker malts. No bitterness is perceptible, but there are just enough underlying hops to mask any sweetness from the taste.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This lager is easy to drink and has a nice malt body.

Serving type: bottle

Nov 26, 2015
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle retrieved from North Carolina and served in a lager glass.

Appearance: Surprisingly clear for an unfiltered beer. Amber-yellow body. Modest size white head has good retention and leaves decent lacing.

Aroma: Suggests more hops than malts, with hints of pepper and citrus.

Flavor: Malt dominated up front with the hops quite subtle until the finish and aftertaste. Slightly bitter, herbal and lemony.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Finish dry and crisp.

Overall: A refreshing, somewhat bready lager beer that should work well with many foods.

Oct 26, 2015
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FrothFanatic from South Carolina

3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice lite little lager with a golden finish, a thin head comes out of the pour that dissipates immediately, high carbonation. It tastes like a well made lager, well balanced, A tinge of sweetness in the yeast combats a bitter aftertaste. I would buy this again.

Oct 11, 2015
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TonyLema1 from South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: golden yellow, thin white head
S: malty, bread
T: grains, some malty sweetness, well balanced...delicious
F: coats the front of the tongue, dry finish
O: drink this!!!

Oct 09, 2015
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle - $2.00 at Tasty Beverage Co. in Asheville, North Carolina.

Appearance: A lightly hazed, rich yellow body with half an inch of white suds. Faint lacing on the way home.

Smell: Subtle nose of pilsner malt with a slight tinge of crisp grains, peppery herbs and citrus.

Taste: Pils malt, a tad grainy and scantly sweet. Lightly herbal, lemony hops with ample balancing bitterness. Finishes out dry and clean.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Spot-on refreshment!

Jul 22, 2015
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a goblet. Had on-tap.

A- Pours a clean light Amber color with a 1/8 inch head that Bears little retention time before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a sheer spackle of surface foam in the center. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Tame aroma of grainy malt and a slight alcohol edge.

T- Decent bready malt character with minimal hop bitterness and a clean finish. Slightly sweet with a faint booze aftertaste.

M- Crisp and clean with medium carbonation and a light body.

O- Pretty good for what it is: a refreshing, easygoing lager that quenches the thirst but also provides some flavor.

Nov 18, 2014
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at the brewery and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, golden coloring, with a fluffy, light, white head. Nose of toasted grains and floral hops, with a grainy backbone. Flavors are dry hopped, with subtle floral and buttery notes, and a peppery undertone. Dry, rough around the edges body, with a hoppy, slightly off-centered aftertaste. Dry, slow finish. Different, and I dig that.

Aug 09, 2014
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NCMonte from North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I've not been overly fond of Hi-Wire until I tried this Lager. Took my by surprise. Real nice brew, almost refreshing. This could easily become one of my go to beers. Local watering hole gave me a sample (which was followed up by a pint) and I was surprised by how drinkable this was. Well done Hi-Wire.

Apr 11, 2014
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Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 123 ratings