Banded Brewing Co.

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Lager - American
Ranked #2
Ranked #10,592
4.03 | pDev: 7.2%
Banded Brewing Co.
Maine, United States
Very Good
Notes: IPL
A fusion of our love for brewing hoppy, punchy ales and snappy, crisp lagers. Tropical, spicy, bright + crushable. Azacca & Summit hops.
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TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Service: Can
Bottled on: Mar-9-2016

Pours a clear golden straw with a touch of chill haze, sports two fingers of soapy froth that holds its own. Retention; lacing. (3.75)

Melange of floral and grassy American and European hop scents with some nice, thick malt aroma backing it all up. (4.25)

Dry with pils malt and herbal, spicy, aromatic hops. (4.25)

Tiny, persistent bubbles make for a quenching, bone dry beer with little aftertaste; extremely drinkable. (4.25)

Very good hoppy Pils.
A bit amped up compared to European versions, but this one is definitely not an IPA disguised as a pils like I had worried based on the label. Clear straw color with a decent head the aroma is suffiencently hoppy without that being all that is going on. Flavor follows suit. Layers of grass, herbs, pepper, bread, and SLIGHT citrus. Feel is awesome as well, really clean, really dry, really drinkable.
This is the real deal and is very true to the style while still doing its own thing and being different.
I will definitely keep my out for anything from these guys in the future. (4.25)

Apr 17, 2016
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Jason from Massachusetts

4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz tallboy can, purchased at the Craft Beer Cellar in Portland, ME.

Lacing puts on a show after each sip, pretty epic looking head when first poured. Mildly hazed pale golden hue. Herbal hop nose with some citrus zest and a faint exotic berry tone, fresh cut hay in the back. Crisp with a refreshingly bitter bite, dry and pulling ... makes me want to take another chug right away. More than enough hop character to keep my inner hophead appeased and the lager qualities here work all around. Easily in my top 10 for this year.

Apr 21, 2016
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can dated 3/10/16.

Pours hazy straw with barely a trace of head and minor lacing for the duration. Candied grapefruit, lemon drops, and citrus peel in the nose. Light bodied and slickish. Carbonation is on the low side. Grass-rubbed lemon with hints of orange citrus on the palate. Balancing bitterness and zero malt. Slight biscuit. Finishes with a grassy dryness and a pithy bitterness.

Nice drinker and would be a great summer crusher. Enough hops to keep me happy.

Mar 26, 2016
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SunDevilBeer from Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Jun 27, 2016
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge, 2/3 of the glass head. It settles leaving a large frothy dome. Lots of lumpy spots on the glass. The liquid has a green hue with solid whitish cloud. It looks almost like a creamsicle.

Light malt aroma with a black pepper smell from the hop and a touch of grapefruit. Attractive.

The taste is similar to the smell except that there is a strong yeast bite in the swallow. The aftertaste is a straight up bitterness. Decent body with ample carbonation.

Dec 17, 2016
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coombski from Maine

2.94/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Apr 26, 2018
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 12/4/2016 at Natty Greeneā€™s Tavern in North Attleboro, MA, served in an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains lager yeast, caramelized malts, some hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and a hearty malt character. Then some very mildly sweet flavors of caramel and citrus come in. The hops presence is decent for the style and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while.

Dec 04, 2016
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a light gold color with a small white head. There's a lot of carbonation, so the head lingers forever. Abundant lace.
Sweet, floral aroma.
Floral hops and hard candy taste.
Light and refreshing.

Mar 22, 2016
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.56/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pint can 1-09-2018 opened on 1/28/18 A new can with a crazy cat. 6.3 % abv.
Azacca and Summit hops. Pilsne malt, 2-row, flaked oats, Saco river water and yeast. Tropical/spicy/bright Crushable.

Only a very slight haze to an otherwise bright golden liquid. A solid, tight, sea foamy, crystal white foam top becomes clumpy and rocky as it slowwwly recedes. Intricate lacing. The actual white froth coverage never actually fully recedes! A gull inch of cover throughout the life of this beer. Sick lacing in big clumps.

A musty, green veggie, herbal and spicy pils malt and yeast aroma is most impressive. Flaked oats bring a hearty scent, sour-bready malt with spice rack combo and old earthy herbals. Green veggies and sour bread smell makes for a classic but bold aroma. The hops bring in subtle fruity and earthy notes in abundance.

The flavor profile is big with malty goodness, light, crisp and very clean tones of golden wheat and oats, sour bread, green garden veggies, freshly picked herbs and Grandma's spice rack style combo. Very light but bright pils and 2-row malt brings lots of excellent crispy body, fresh and zippy effects and plenty of malty flavor's. The pils or lager yeadt gives off the classic, sour and funky herbal side with the two hops bringing more dry/leafy earth tones of dried straw and spice.

Folks, this is a high quality lager with a large enough hop profile to bring it to a higher level. A grand IPL.

Jan 29, 2018
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

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

Can from East Derry General
Slightly hazy deep yellow with a decent sized bubbly white head. Sweet crackery bready maltiness with plenty of tropical citrus and pine. Light fruity esters. Pretty tasty!

Feb 18, 2016
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SABERG from Massachusetts

3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can dated 3/6/2016 into the modified tulip glass.
A - A bit hazy, yellow/orange color, stead carbonation ending in a robust white froth.
S - Hallertau Blanc maybe? Nice malt base, layered up with citrus from the hops.
T - Pretty clean, and dry, leaves with a bit of desire, As a hop forward lager this is a beauty.
M - Right sized and pleasant, not to dry, with a quick finish. The carbonation keeps it moving quickly.
O - Another very nice hop forward lager. I appreciate the efforts here. I will say that a bit more in the floor malts
would raise my score a bit.

May 02, 2016
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned on... Blank... Yeah thanks for filling that in p.

Pours a nice fluffy creamy 1.5 finger head that fades slowly, nice sticky lacing, hazy golden straw color.

Nose lager malts, some toasted straw, raw bread dough, doughy malt, a little cake batter, mild lemony grassy floral hop notes, a mild soft lager and fruity note.

Taste brings mild lager notes, a little soft and crisp with fruity undertones, little straw malt toasted lager malt and raw bread dough. Then hops really kick in, fair to bigger bitterness, grassy leafy little floral hop touch fruity, hops get a little spicy and herbal. Dry but sticky and not so crisp finish, fair bitterness spicy grassy hops lingering.

Mouth is med bod, soft and initially a little crisp but doesn't finish that way, nice carb.

Overall not bad, for a lager no real off flavors but hops were a bit heavy and overpowering, lager notes veryget lost, and finish was not crisp, otherwise not bad.

May 08, 2016
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JRed from New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden in body with white head that stays. Aroma of pine, grass. Tastes of pine, grass, honey cereal. Dry, nice bitterness. Light bodied with medium carbonation. Clean, crisp.

Nov 24, 2016
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From the 1 pint can which was canned on 1/19/2016. Sampled on Feb. 15, 2016.

Hazy, heady pale yellow pour. Good head retention.

Big aroma of toasted grainy malts and earthy, floral and melon-like hops

Medium body.

Modest grainy malt character to start with rising floral and fruity-like hop bitterness t the finish. Hop heads should like this one.

Feb 15, 2016
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liquorpig from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 12, 2016
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Barton from Maine

4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Jimmies in SoPo. A great Pale to drink in between IPA hop bombs. Very nice!

Feb 01, 2016
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Flounder57 from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can was poured into a Spiegelau glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a slightly hazy golden straw yellow with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Lemony, tropical, grassy, and herbal hops followed by toasted, grainy, and pale malts.

Taste: Nice tropical, lemon, lime, grassy, and herbal hop flavor. Toasted, grainy, and pale malts to follow things up. Light bitterness and chewy notes in the rear too. Tasty, easy to drink, and an enjoyable lager.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light to medium bodied, crisp, refreshing, medium carbonation, light bitterness, and a little chewy.

Overall: I will look forward to this every time we head up to Maine whether on draft or in cans.

Oct 13, 2015
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BranfordBound from Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 16oz can into a pint glass, thanks to my buddy for this one! Comes out golden and hazy with a nice fluffy white head that leaves some good lacing. Smell is right off the bat hoppy, with some underlying maltiness. Taste is clean and slightly sweet at first, cracker malts, hint of lager yeast in the middle. Big hop note here, lots of citrus fruit with some resin. Feels bubbly and light in the stomach. One of the better Pale Lagers I've had, could easily drink this any day of the year. Not too hoppy but just enough to please my palate.

Nov 27, 2015
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bigred89 from Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sep 13, 2016
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DinoBlueShoes from Maine

4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nov 05, 2015
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musicsherlock from New York

3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Notes on bottom of can: 1/19/16 GLIMMER
Reviewed 2/22/16

Pours a pale straw yellow w 1" crisp, white head that sticks to the side of the glass in a foamy manner. Hazy w noticeable carbonation.

Smells fruity, cotton candy even out of the can. Smell dissipates quickly after pour.

Good hop bitterness in back, surprisingly balanced judging by the light color. Pine over fruit.

Mouthfeel is good as far as carbonation goes. A bit thin duebto it's lighter ABV. Still creamy however.

Overall a very good IPL in a quickly growing, trendy cayagory

Feb 23, 2016
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a nice fluffy white head. Some great retention here and pretty good lacing.

The aroma was a bit off putting to me, as it was very grainy and acidic with some mild notes of wet grass clippings. Not terrible but not quite what I expected.

The taste is quite bready with notes of sweet cracker malt, followed by plenty of floral, juicy notes. Pretty hoppy and juicy for a lager.

The feel is medium bodied with high carbonation. Very crisp and surprisingly refreshing. I get a lot of bitterness on the end.

Overall, a decent hoppy lager. The can I had was about 2 months old so I'd love to see what this is like with a bit more freshness. Not quite as creamy or smooth as the hoppy lagers I've had from Jack's Abby et al. But still quite refreshing and goes down easy. Can't wait to try this on a hot day.

Feb 17, 2016
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Prost76 from New Hampshire

4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 04, 2017
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Abe_Froman from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 13, 2018
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rjp217 from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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