Coolship Lager
OEC Brewing (Ordinem Ecentrici Coctores)

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Style:
Lager - European Pale
Ranked #3
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
88
Ranked #12,786
Avg:
3.98 | pDev: 10.3%
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
85
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OEC Brewing (Ordinem Ecentrici Coctores)
 
Connecticut, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  4
Gots
  3
SCORE
88
Very Good
Coolship LagerCoolship Lager
Notes: Coolship Lager is brewed using a traditional double decoction mash and hopped with fine European noble hops. After the boil it rests in our copper coolship for 1 hour. It is then transferred over our baudelot cooler into our open tanks for fermentation. After a cool fermentation using a classic Czech lager yeast it is cellared for several months prior to release.
Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 85 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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beergoot from Colorado

4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear, light amber toned body; nice carbonation; thick, frothy, rocky, white head; fat rings of foam circle the inside of the glass. Excellent mild toasted grain aroma; a touch of sweetness. Excellent taste; light toasted grain with a suggestion of honey; moderate hop bitterness; some mineral-like notes. Medium body; some lager smoothness; light warmth; slightly dry overall.

This is a fine lager, malt forward overall with a healthy dose of pleasing hop bitterness.

Poured at 44 °F; no canning or production date noted.

Nov 28, 2021
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CTHomer from Connecticut

4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: crystal clear; deep gold in color; 1 finger finely pored white head that receded to a wispy cap with a thick collar; light lacing;

S: nicely aromatic; leaves, bread, and apple;

T: follows the nose for a moment, then intensely floral through the finish; flavor continues through a long aftertaste; mild to moderate bitterness at the end;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: really nice; refreshing;

Aug 22, 2021
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned April 28th, a sticker on the 4pack.

It pours a fairly pale gold with an impressive head of foam. Like its dark relative, the foam is long lasting.

I get noble hops, toasted malt, some diacetyl sweetness in the smell.

The taste is lovely noble hops bitterness, toasted malt, some buttery sweetness that is acceptable to me. Overall , very enjoyable.

Good mouthfeel and drinkability. I am on a Lager kick and this also fits the bill.

Jul 15, 2021
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champ103 from Texas

4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours with a deep, but not exactly opaque cloudiness. A yellow/orange color. A dense white head rises with good retention and lace left behind.
S: Malts up front that are doughy with baked bread. Floral and grassy hops, a slight minerality, and maybe sulfur like in the nose, which doesn't detract and gives it a more old world European flair.
T: All the doughy and baked bread like malts are here as well. Plenty of floral and grassy hops. Sourdough bread and sweetness. Along with that same old world mineral flavor and lingering bitterness. Surprisingly lots going on here, but everything is really well balanced and clean.
M/O: A medium body with effervescent carbonation. There is some noticeable sweetness, but finishes dry and clean. Easy to drink and downed in big gulps.

This is a pretty good European lager, it is labeled a Czech style lager and would agree with that. I have read some mention of diacetyl, which had me alarmed as I am pretty sensitive to that. Though I don't get any of that. If anything the mineral quality reminds more of DMS, but even that is light and pleasant with the rest of the characteristics. A deceptively complex pale lager that I enjoy.

Jun 12, 2021
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

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

From the can, it pours a hazy amber with a nice white head that slowly reduces. The nose gets a refreshing scent of citrus, flowers and some bread. The mouth gets a nicely bready flavor with notes of citrus and honey.

Jun 01, 2021
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy pale gold body with two finger of white foam before dying down to a cap with good yet inconsistent lacing. Smells of doughy bread, light botanical honey, grains, flowers, and grass, very light. Taste hits lemon, pear esters, doughy bread, with finishing honeycomb, yeasty grains, grass, and herbal hops. Body is magnificent: bright, yeasty, pale, great textures from yeast, malt and hops, coolship felt in an artful way while in tandem with higher carbonation. Really impressed with this one, great on a warm summer happy hour. Pairs decently with pretzels as long as the salt is low

May 25, 2021
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from Uptown Market.

A mildly hazy soft yellow with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing this looks great. The nose is gorgeous. Soft, creamy, doughy pils malt, rather raw and rustic, with a pronounced hoppy character, decidedly Czech, with lemon, lemon oil, mint, a little pine, pungent yet soft. The palate opens doughy and bitter, with creamed cereal, raw dough and honey in the best possible way. Lots of hops yet deftly executed with bitter lemon, resin, a little dusty mint. Softly sweet on the finish with lingering bitterness. A touch of metallicity, a little sulfur, but appropriately so, are present. Yummy.

May 23, 2021
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bobv from Vermont

4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can without a date.

Moderate pour yields a two (+) inch white head over a light to medium hazy golden body with a bit of sticky lacing. Nose of slight funk, slight citrus, a bit of spice, and a bit of floral/honey sweetness. Taste mirrors nose somewhat; very refreshing and quite lively with bready characteristics coming forward a bit with a fairly dry finish. Nice full feel and overall, an interesting and unique lager to be sure; and would recommend to any lager lover to experience a couple of these!
Cheers!!

May 17, 2021
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HorseheadsHophead from Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep golden color, fairly hazy for a lager, some floaties, a small white head.
The aroma offers that distinctive barnyard cheesy funk from the coolship fermentation upfront, then lager yeast, honey, hay, hints of lemongrass.
Barnyard funk, hay, and green apple skin tartness upfront, followed by green pepper, honey, cracker, and lemon zest. A light lingering bitterness and tartness.
Mouthfeel is surprisingly full? Moderately carbonated, a nice chewy bready feeling, but refreshing.

This is a damn good beer. Imagine a cross between a Czech pilsner and a Belgian lambic. Super good.

Mar 14, 2021
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Rug from Massachusetts

3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Before this, the only place I've ever seen OEC beer is at the brewery itself, and that was only one time. I was thrilled to see it when I went to Total Wine before heading up to Boston, and grabbed all the OEC they had on the shelf, which was only this and Coolship Black, but I couldn't resist. Let's jump into it

Pours a cloudy yellow gold with 2 fingers of soapy white head that slowly fades to a thin cap and leaves patchy lacing

There's definitely buttery diacetyl in the aroma, but it doesn't ruin it, it actually keeps things interesting. I'm picking up on aromas of butter, doughy malt, floral hops, lightly vinous yeast, and a touch of lemon rind

While there was some odd buttery notes in the aroma, that translates to a metallic note in taste, not quite as good. On the front end of the sip I'm tasting light bready malt, floral hops, and lemon rind. The swallow brings notes of oxidized metal, doughy malt, herbal hops, and a hint of honey

A light medium body pairs with gentle carbonation, resulting in a creamy yet airy beer that's quite refreshing. Finishes mostly dry but the aftertaste of metal lingers too much

This one was a little weird, but not a bad beer overall. I have a feeling that Coolship Black will fare much better

Mar 09, 2021
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.69/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours cloudy yellow with a full white head. Head retention is excellent.

Smell: Strong aroma of pills malt with some earthly elements. It has some floral and herbal elements low in the background.

Taste: It is a bit grainy sweet in the flavor with some flowery and floral elements. There is a bit of earthly elements in the background.

Feel: It has a medium low body with a crisp and clean finish.

Overall, it's an interesting beer that to me is a cross between an Czech Pilnser and a Saison.

Jan 31, 2021
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ExMachina1 from Tennessee

1.73/5  rDev -56.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Blech! The can was dated as being three months old (which should not be a problem for any true lager) and when I opened it, it smelled of movie theater buttered popcorn. This smell carried over into the taste and mouth feel-- just icky and gross.

Seriously, why can "craft breweries" not preform a simple diacetyl rest? It literally involves doing nothing, just let the beer sit with the yeast for a little while longer.

Oh well. This beer was an expensive mistake. Their "Dark" was only slightly less offensive as the dark malts somewhat hid the buttery flavor in that one.

Now, Czech beers DO have a slight diacetyl character...but it's very much a background flavor. In these two Coolshop beers I tasted it wasn't a subtle flavor note, it was a travesty; the inevitable result of sloppy brewing and packaging practices.

Jan 24, 2021
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pkalix from California

4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

beautiful orange-y gold color and lots of bubbles rising. nice lace. not much smell but a tad floral of what is there. very nice. very easy to drink. still floral to a degree with some lemon. i really like this one!

Jan 10, 2021
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SABERG from Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an undated 16 oz can into the test Pilsner glass.
A - Medium straw color, wildly excited carbonation twists tops side. A tight knit white cap rides te surface.
S - Lemongrass, peach flesh, light grainy elements, white bread, saltines.
T - Runs more toward the hop driven elements, and that open ferment. Fruity, again with peach flesh, some white grape skin as well. A lovely thread of biscuit and hint of earthy spice, Hersbrucker hops mabye?
M - Medium in body, lively on the palate, with a mineral wash at the end. The finish is a bit ashen, in a good way
O - A very good lager, that is intruiging with nice twists. I wish it was dated. I will however be buying some more.

Nov 30, 2020
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jlindros from Massachusetts

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

No can date
Pours a med fizzy frothy head with med retention, a bit if lacing, hazy sediment laden med golden tan color

Nose brings interesting Czech style kellerbier pilsner, raw bread dough, gristy, grainy cereal, soft cereal decoction mash, bit of yeast, light floral herbal hops

Taste is similar, raw bread dough, cereal mash with mild decoction complexity, little corn and straw, a bit of fruity note, med lighter herbal slight earthy hop, soft cereal grain, and hint of yeast, again very kellerbier like young, drier finish, med light bitterness

Mouth is med to lighter bod, soft lager, med to higher fizzy carb, soft lager

Overall pretty interesting, I feel like something I would have gotten in Czech like 100+ years ago, very raw and young but lagered at the same time

Nov 26, 2020
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bret27 from California

4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can courtesy of SierraNevallagash.
Light refreshing lager.
A hint of bubblegum sweetness + floral notes.
Does not deserve low ratings. This is very good.

Oct 31, 2020
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malrubius from Vermont

3.01/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can. Pale gold with very light haze and lasting head. Herbal grassy aroma with a little tang. Sweet grainy honey with some yeasty tang a touch tart with herbal finish. Okay. Soft light body.

Oct 25, 2020
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pint can - no date - poured into a Thurn und Taris weizen glass at 38°F. Purchased locally.

Pours a very slightly clouded clear brilliant golden, topped with three fingers of fluffy, rocky pure whote head with great retention, leaving significant lacing as it recedes. Plentiful streams of effervescence.

Nose: Pale, bready, crackery pilsner malt lends notes of fresh dough and white bread. Some subtle spicy Nobel hop notes appear, with a touch of grass, hay, and dried floral wildflowers. Some minerality is very evident with some stoniness to it.

Palate: The beer greets the palate with bready, doughy, crackery, and lightly toasted grain notes. A Czech-style sweetness appears. The open fermentation is very evident, but also quite delicate and restrained. It isn't tart, nor is it funky, but it reveals a unique farmhouse note that is almost vinous - lending notes of sauvignon blanc and orchard fruit with some wet hay and stone cellar. The hops are appropriately restrained - coming in late with a subtle Nobel spiciness, some herbal grassiness, and a gentle leafy resinous bite. Finishes dry and clean.

Mouthfeel/Body: The beer suffers here. The effervescence is quite low, and while it certainly isn't still, it's so sparse that it creates a slick feeling, amplified by the breadiness of the malt, in turn hurting the minerality, the crispness the beer naturally possesses, and the translation of flavour. Simply more bubbles would greatly benefit this.

Overall: I love the concept, and from what I know about OEC, this seems like their wheelhouse. While the beer is perfectly good and drinkable, I feel like it has the tools and capability to be great, but suffers from a few simple, yet significant flaws, that prevent it from being anything but just good. And it is good. I'm more than willing to explore more of their lineup.

Sep 25, 2020
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

its awesome that these guys are canning beer and that its coming to idaho, but this didnt wow me the way i wanted it too, and it definitely lacks a bit of the depth and complexity of the black version of this, and i ended up not liking it nearly as much, although still a bit more interesting than a conventional lager. very yellow in color, almost crayon looking, less than fully clear, and the head is white but pretty short lived, although plenty carbonated when i drink it. aroma is a little vinous, slightly funky, maybe a touch oxidized, definitely with a little bit of fermentation character thats more obvious than it was in the black one. i also smell some pils malt, a very european vibe to this. the flavor is a touch cheesy on the fermentation, but still clearly lager yeast, bready, like doughy rising bread before its baked, the minerals of the water profile and the straw-like quality of the grain make it very earthy as well. slightly white winey, biscuity, hints of pear and yellow corn too, weird but not as well refined as i was expecting, and not as crisp and drinkable either. i think its cool that its a little different, but the coolship element seems perhaps out of place here, at least at this volume, maybe more funk and wild character would be cool, but this is in a strange middle ground. flavorful and enjoyable, but the black one is superior!

Aug 01, 2020
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FBarber from Illinois

4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a crystal clear golden color. Two finger white head dissolves quite fast leaving not much in the way of a residual head.

Aroma has notes of white bread, lightly toasted, grassy hops, with a slight minerality coming through.

The taste is really where this one shines. Rich bready malts are noted up front with just a touch of sweetness. The malts are all bread - no graininess. Perfectly balanced grassy hops provide just the right amount of bitterness on the finish.

Feel is smooth, crisp, light to medium bodied, with bright vibrant carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

Clearly this one falls in line with the Bohemian pilsner / Czech pale lager category even if its listed as a Euro pale lager here. Regardless, its absolutely delicious.

Jul 26, 2020
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mushroomcloud from Texas

4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz can with no visible dating but printed with "PLEASE DRINK FRESH!" on the label.
Opened 6-13-20.
1 finger white and dense head of foam. Excellent retention at 1/4".
Hazy deep golden and unfiltered lager.
Toasted/sweet grain. Bread dough. Spicy and grassy (hay) hops and a late minerality. Floral perfume. Hint of sulfur.
Bready and doughy. Raw, unrefined, and delicious. Substantial beer.
Full bodied unfiltered lager, low to medium carbonation (feels naturally carbonated). Big mouthfeel for a lager. Lengthy and hoppy finish with a very slightly sweet touch.
Outstanding.

Jun 14, 2020
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Can. Really been looking forward to get my hands on this one. Something abut a coolship lager really piques my interest. Cans look great too. One of those beers that really speaks to my tastes recently. Pours a slightly hazy golden blonde. Head starts off frothy and full but bubbles down to a thin skin. Really light lacing. Aroma is beyond pleasant. A unique, light, yeasty tanginess. Sourdough bread. Slightly perceivable noble hop character. Flavor is a standout too. Yeah, this is exactly what I was looking for. A rustic, homespun flavor. Yeast character is great. Bread, hay, grass, light honey. Soft feel, almost cask like. Incredibly drinkable. Just a lick of hop bitterness on the finish. Reminiscent of the draft Hill Farmstead lagers that they may or may not prepare similarly. Just enough unique flavor. The marketing of it sold me as well. Damn tasty and I hope to be able to grab more when available.

Jun 06, 2020
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.69/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Lightly hazy with a golden leaning towards straw body and not a lot of head or lacing. Nose is grainy bread with a very light damp wood aspect. There's also a bit of a banana aspect as well. A husky grain flavor that I assume is mostly the malts. There's some dry grass and very light wood notes. Warmth brings a hint of orchard fruit. Enjoyable enough as a medium dry, malty-leaning beer with a modest hop profile.

Jun 01, 2020
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brureview from Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pales ( no pun intended) to the Coolship black lager which I really enjoyed.
Nice pour- golden color with a 4F head.
Lagerish aroma.
Malty MF.
Taste is okay. A hint of the Czech lager style and noble hops.
Good bitterness in the finish.
The Czech influence isn’t there. I’ve tasted plenty of Czech style beers.
Perhaps a recipe tweak.

May 31, 2020
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stevoj from Idaho

3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can from Brewers Haven. Clear golden body with a lasting tight head. Aroma is grainy, bready. Taste follows with robust malty, grainy flavors. Fairly thick body too. Really tasty.

Jan 24, 2020
Coolship Lager from OEC Brewing (Ordinem Ecentrici Coctores)
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 85 ratings