Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.

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Lager - Kellerbier / Zwickelbier
Ranked #35
Ranked #15,715
3.95 | pDev: 8.35%
Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.
Maine, United States
Very Good
Notes: Our first lager. Cold-conditioned for many weeks to properly balance a clean, full malt profile with the fresh and zest character of locally-grown Sterling hops.
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beergoot from Colorado

4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber body; excellent carbonation; thick and rocky white head, creamy. Excellent fruity aroma, light and quiet; mild biscuit note. Very fine flavors of peach and other fruits; very mild sweetness; bread crust; medium level of bitterness balancing things out. Medium body; fine coarseness yet also a wonderful wet and slippery quality; mild dryness counters a mild sweetness.

This delightful beer delivers some goods. Subtle esters interact nicely with a soft malt backbone. The hop bitterness comes through nicely midway into the sip and lingers nicely with a slow fade. Delicious and refreshing.

Jul 12, 2020
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jwjon1 from Pennsylvania

2.69/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I dig lagers. Any and all types. But only well made ones.

This is not one I dug. Sweet as all get out, yet still had an unpleasant bitterness. I doubt they would do it, but had a crystal malt sweetness. Prob just under pitched.

This was a fresh can, and it was quite bitter. Not enough to overcome the malts, but it is an unpleasant, lingering ear wax bitterness. Not a noble, crisp, clean, pleasant finish. Also had the roasted peanut hop profile I find in the Substance—and enjoy in an ale. But not in a lager.

Bissell makes killer ales.

Feb 28, 2020
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orcrist_cleaver from New York

4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear golden on bottom working its way to winter L.A. type haze on the top. Creamy, even pure white head. Lots of lace.

S: Lime leaf, sulfur, dough. Very clean presentation.

M: Light, easy to drink with a creamy feel.

T: Apple cider like yeast, light spice and dried herbal character. More present yeast dough.

Oct 21, 2019
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mushroomcloud from Texas

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

16oz canned 8-25-19 (I think, hard to read), opened 10-12-19
1" white head, good retention and early sticky lacing. Golden Helles with very good clarity. Looks like it needs drinking.
Soft doughy malt...clay, hops back it with floral, herbal, and spice notes...subtle and enticing.
Clean lager, slight sweetness of malt followed quickly by spicy hops...simple and very well done.
Light body, medium carbonation...clean. Medium length dry finish.
Very good.
Drinkability is HIGH...crushable at 5.3%.
Had several nice Lagers from Bissell Brothers on my visit.

Oct 12, 2019
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metter98 from New York

3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that left a thin head of bubbles covering most of the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of herbal and spicy yeast are present in the nose along with notes of yeast and hints of breads malts.
T: The taste follows the smell, except that the yeasty and malty flavors are more balanced with those of the herbal and spicy hops. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, a bit smooth and a little dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really liked the balance between the malts/yeast and hops in the taste of this beer. It is a good representation of the style.

Serving type: can

Mar 24, 2019
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papposilenus from New Hampshire

4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 16oz can, dated 10/29/18. Served in a pub glass.

Pours a brilliantly clear honey-gold with lots of carbonation and three-plus fingers of big, pouffy white head. Retention is excellent, leaving a big lumpy cap and a fat webbery of gobby, sticky lacing.

A sweet, flowery nose of clean cereal grains and grape skins.

Taste is doughy-sweet and malty, bright, clean cereal, apple juice and spice, pepper and ginger. Soft bread roll, fruit and flowers, lightly sweet with a spicy hop bitterness into the finish and beyond.

Feel is bready, dense and chewy, mouth-coating, medium-hefty bodied and well carbonated. I'm going to rate mouthfeel rather highly but note that it is in no way to style.

Overall, not very convincing as a pilsner, but pretty tasty nonetheless.

Nov 03, 2018
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

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

Consumed 9/3/18

A: Medium gold with some straw tones - clear - pours with a medium sized white head, slowly fades to a nearly solid cap, retains a small head

S: Nearly equal parts pilsner malts, cereal grains, and hops - grainy, with a bit of pale malt and some more toasted aromas, with some biscuit, seems a bit much for the style - lots of cereal grains - some raw grains in the aftertaste - fairly hoppy, with German and Czech hops - lots of grass, herbal notes, and some spice - a bit rough and earthy

T: A bit rough, earthy, and hoppy, not exactly what I was expecting - pilsner malts and cereal grains - toasted bread, toasted grain, and biscuit, as well as some bread crust flavors that would be more suitable in a Bock or Marzen - hoppy notes, with grass, herbal notes, and some spice, pepper - medium bitterness - medium level of sweetness that kind of lingers, with some notes of caramel - finishes with some spice

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp, some lingering sweetness

O: Wait, this isn't supposed to be a hazy IPA?

I was curious when I saw Bissell had canned a lager. I have been really starting to enjoy lagers over the past few years, and sadly, this is an example of something that prevented me from getting into lagers earlier. It's overly hoppy and rough. It lacks the "delicate" character that makes lagers so interesting. It's not really a bad beer, but it's not a great pils.

Sep 04, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Canned 7/18/18
Big fluffy head, 1 finger good retention nice soapy lacing, crystal clear blond straw color

Nose raw lager malts, straw, doughy malt, soft creamy lager, mild grassy hops, hint fruity

Taste more cereal grains, toasted grainy bread dough, straw, hops really kick in, soft earthy grassy hops, quite bitter almost astringent, not very crisp on finish either

Decent fluffy carb, lighter bod, little soft lager

Overall way too hoppy and bitter, lager wasn't the best lagering, and cereal grains a bit too much out front

Sep 03, 2018
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a light and clear straw yellow color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells pretty light, but still inviting- crackery pilsner malt, grassy hops, and lemon zest.

This is very tasty. It's got a lightly fruity zesty and bitter hop character, with a soft bed of pilsner malt to lay on top of. There's no off flavors that I can really detect here.

This is light bodied, crisp and fairly clean, with a very high level of drinkability.

This is a great easy everyday drinker.

Apr 23, 2018
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digboy from New Hampshire

3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewery. Bright hazy yellow gold color. Smell is a little malty with a German grain feel to it - not as appealing to me. Taste is similar except with a nice sweetness behind it. Feel is a little creamy with moderate bitterness.

Not my wheelhouse but I enjoyed the sweetness of it along with the feel. No off-flavors at all.

Oct 30, 2017
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