Luchesa Lager
Oasis Texas Brewing Company

Luchesa LagerLuchesa Lager
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Style:
Lager - Kellerbier / Zwickelbier
Ranked #158
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
81
Ranked #43,285
Avg:
3.55 | pDev: 14.08%
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
84
From:
Oasis Texas Brewing Company
 
Texas, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  2
Gots
  22
SCORE
81
Good
Luchesa LagerLuchesa Lager
Notes: Enchanting. Ethereal. Fleeting. Is that a woman in the distance, or are your eyes playing tricks on you? Luchesa Lager is brewed in the traditional German Kellerbier style, where subtle malt notes marry with assertive Hallertau and Saaz hops. Like a mirage, your empty glass will leave you wondering: “Was she ever really there?”
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Hooded from Texas

2.45/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Notes from 5/11/2020.
Poured from a 12oz can into a Rastal nucleated Teku glass.
The body is cloudy gold with 1 finger of white head. Retention is somewhat above average leaving a nice cap.
The intensity of aroma is low. There are notes of sweet malt, a hint of wet leather, and grassy hops.
The intensity of taste is slightly below medium-high. The flavor has wheat bread, biscuit, bread crust, pine, and a medium level of grassy bitterness.
The feel is slightly below thick. It's somewhat creamy and has a medium level of astringency.
Overall, it's too bitter and astringent. Braunfelser Keller Pils by 5 Stones is a far superior beer in this style.

May 25, 2020
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gvickery from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look is slightly hazy gold with a moderate white head that last. Smell subtle sweet peach and maybe plums but it works. Taste is noble hops and fruit like the peaches and plums from the smell. Maybe throw in some essence of watermelon as well. All of the fruit flavor is subtle and in no way seems overpowering or off. This is a really nice complex lager. I got it on sale to boot.

Jun 23, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.61/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Foggy chill haze gold with a mild cream blanket settling to a bubbly collar and spotty film, leaving minimal fluid lace.

Smell is corn, grass, wheat, hint of banana.

Taste has a cracked wheat and grassy corn start with a cloved banana swallow.

A moderate, soft fluid body has a mild, crisp carbonation, finishing semi-dry. Drinkable and slightly bitter in the finish, although I do get a bit of grit.

Dec 23, 2017
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KatyBeerGuy from Texas

3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at specs in Katy. No enjoy before date. Think it's skunky and past its prime. Poured into pint class with basically no head. Flavored are okay, but flat.

Sep 10, 2016
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puck1225 from Texas

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured cloudy yellow from a can into a tall glass. Good head and lacing. Clean floral smell. The taste is bready with some lemon. Nice crisp feel, a good beer!

Jun 05, 2016
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Can_has_beer from Texas

3.79/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer has a crisp golden color and small clingy white head. I like the bread and biscuit notes, they lend a fuller mouthfeel to the beer too. I could definitely use this as a no brainer, go-to lager. No fuss, just drink and enjoy.

Jan 29, 2016
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Todd from California

3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bready, Fruity, Herbal, Biscuity

Drops out of the can a bit hazy—as expected since it's unfiltered—with a clingy foam head. The nose is bready, fruity, slightly floral and enticing while the mouthfeel is a bit gritty and chewy with a soda-like carbonation. More fruitiness on the tongue is followed by a permeating, underlying herbalness, suggestions of tangerines and stone fruit flesh and a malty sweetness that fades into a bready, biscuity finish along with an herbal linger. You don't see many Kellerbiers in the market, let alone canned versions. That fact and this Texas lager are both good things.

As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #105 (October 2015).

Jan 17, 2016
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ranger7 from Texas

3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Clear gold. Excellent lacing, great white head with good retention.
S: Lager-ish. Malty.
T: Like it smells. Only fresher and a more drinkable version of a lager.
F: Light and smooth.
O: I like this style. The only other example I have had is Alpine Spring from Sam Adams. This and that are tasty.

Apr 26, 2015
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the great unexpected CANsequences of The CANQuest (TM) is my establishment of ongoing trades with fellow CANsumers. My in-person trader, tone77, has moved away but the mighty JenRay down in Houston, TX keeps me in business. She only wants hoppy beers like APAs, AIPAs, DIPAs, but they are pretty easy to find in CANs and she knows that I am indiscriminate, so I get all sorts of CANs in return.

From the CAN: "OTXBC"; "High in the Hill Country"; "En[C]h[AN]ting. Ethereal. Fleeting. Luchesa Lager is brewed in the traditional Kellerbier style, where subtle malt notes marry with assertive Hallertau and Saaz hops."; "All Year Beer"; "Keep Cold"; "This En[C]h[AN]ting Beer Appears at Oasis Texas Brewing Co. 78732 Texas U.S.A."

The Crack! was loud and I was excited to initiate an inverted Glug. My pour created a finger of dense, bone-white head with excellent retention. Color was Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with just a hint of chill haze. Nose had a pronounced minty grassiness, proving that they were not kidding about the hops being "assertive"! Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. The taste had a very minty, hoppy cast and I was in love! Like JenRay, I like hop-forward beers, but I am okay with European hop strains and also with lagers, which she generally eschews. I was really having a tough time remembering that this is a lager with all of the hops involved. Finish was dry, but not gasping. I liked the cool feeling that it left in my mouth. Man, I would definitely have some of this in my cooler on Hula in the Coola Day (01 February, annually)! More, please.

Jan 12, 2015
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allengarvin from Texas

3.78/5  rDev +6.5%

A: 3.5 - Extremely pale hazy gold with a very small head.
S: 3. 5 - Nose is a bit faint, with light malt, a little tartness, and light hops.
T: 4.0 - Better flavor. Clean sweet malt is the initial taste, not grainy at all, Bitterness is moderate, with a citrusy, floral hoppiness. Well-attenuated, with a dry finish.
M: 3.75 - Soft, neutral texture
O: 4.0 - A very easy drinking beer, but still tasty.

Weighting (percentages): 20, 20, 40, 5, 15. Avg: 3.78

Sep 04, 2014
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goochpunch from Texas

4.35/5  rDev +22.5%

Hazy gold. Great clean lager nose; bready malts and gentle, floral hops. Lightly sweet malts, floral hops, VERY solid bitterness. Dry finish with a long, lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Crisp and light. Awesome beer.

Aug 22, 2014
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zander4dawin from Texas

2.96/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden beer with a white head. Sweet taste with some lager skunk and little bread notes. The Saaz hops give it a hint of black pepper spice. After taste lingers but overall A nice light bodied mouthfeel. Slightly buttery feel. Overall I nice beer but nothing really stands out. Kellerbiers are a rarely seen style, taste similar to a helles lager.

Jul 27, 2014
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Premo88 from Texas

3.61/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

on-tap at Hay Merchant on June 23, 2014
served in 20 oz. wheat beer glass

L: very clear yellow for unfiltered; tons of bubbles flashing up the column; fantastic sticking, lacing head of white foam ... love it

S: sour, funky ... might be right for the style, but it's a bit off-putting

T: buttery pilsner ... the sourness is in there along with a slight hop bite from spicy noble hops; green and grassy underneath the sourness

F: crisp but a bit soft ... not as fully carbonated as many lagers/pilseners

O: a cool twist on the standard pilsener. it's different and the unfiltered part of this thing is obvious.

Jul 04, 2014
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champ103 from Texas

4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at a few places around Houston. Liberty Station and Premium Draught to name a few.

A: Pours a slightly hazed straw yellow color. A two finger white head forms with good retention, and light lace.
S: Cracker and biscuit like malts up front. That quickly turns to the great German hops. Spicy, herbal, floral. A very aromatic and lingering bitterness as well. Very enjoyable.
T: Like the nose, up front is a good malt bill. Biscuit malts are apparent. A bit sweeter than I was thinking, which is not bad. Again, the hops quickly take over. A nice spicy, floral and grassy and slightly herbal hop flavor. A bitterness lingers, but not over barring at all. The German hops work well here.
M/D: A light body that is perfectly crisp, finishes dry, and smooth at the same time. So easy to drink. All day with this one.

My first few impressions are very good. I can see this growing on me. The hop character reminds me of Hans Pils. I will be looking forward to having more. Well done.

Jun 13, 2014
Luchesa Lager from Oasis Texas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 84 ratings