Elm City Lager | New England Brewing Co.

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Elm City LagerElm City Lager

Brewed by:
New England Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Named after New Havens historic nickname, this is a true German Pilsner made with all German ingredients.

Added by UnionMade on 03-31-2004

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Ratings: 398 |  Reviews: 167
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Local craft brew from a can.. hooray beer! Had this one after a long,hot day at work so the scores may be skewed up a bit but this is one damn tasty beer. A nice solid pils on the level of a Victory Prima Pils for sure, has the nice hop bite to it and great mouthfeel and drinkability. Very balanced and smooth and nothing offensive at all for it, makes for a great session beer.. went down way too quick for me!

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Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy, pale golden color with a two finger head that sticks reasonably well, while leaving a few shards behind

Smell: Biscuity malt with just a hint of grassy hops

Taste: Biscuity, up front, with a developing grassy hop flavor that, by mid-palate, comes close to providing a complement to the sweeter malt flavors; after the swallow, the hops recede and the finish is rather sweet

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp, prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Although it is a bit under-hopped compared to Prima Pilsner, this is a very nice, easy to drink, brew; recommended

Thanks, Ezone024, for the opportunity

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.52/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

New England's Elm City Lager should clearly dismiss the foolish notion that there are no good beers in a can! From its beautiful appearance and seductive aroma, to its superbly balanced flavor... it's a winner! A bright-white dollop of creamy foam rises above its clear golden body, and holds quite well, leaving rings of craggy lace throughout the glass. The nose is clearly laden with bright and vibrant Hallertau hops over a delicately sweet pilsner malt base. In the mouth it's smooth and gently crisp with a fine-bubbled, median carbonation and medium body. The flavor delivers a superbly balanced combination of clean, lightly-sweet pilsner malt; grassy, lightly citrusy, floral and mildly herbal hops; and a supportive bitterness that keeps it's malt in check and leads to a dry finish. Superbly done and on par with some of the best examples from southern Germany!

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a can at Julio's on my way to EBF. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Pour yields a bright yellow beer with a very nice white head and quite a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose brings forward mild grain plus a touch of light Noble hops. The flavor is slightly bready with some grain and hay. Not too much spicy hop flavor, but there is a decent amount of bitterness in the finish. Feel is light and only moderately crisp, though not as much as I'd like for the style. Fairly drinkable and a nice brew on a rather warm Spring evening.

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Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Yay, more beer in a car.

A: Pouring into my SA Perfect Pint glass yields a huge 3 finger pasty white fluffy head that fades pretty quickly at first but then holds out a bit. No bubbles at all rising from the etch... hmmm... its a lightly hazed golden yellowish pee colored beverage, but I mean that in a good way, somehow.

N: Light golden lager aromas, with some toasty malts and slightly sweet malts with it. Hints of wheat, banana, and light citrus.

T: Starts with a lot of toasty malt flavors. A lightly sweet malt flavor, with the toastiness. Hints of wheat add to it, with a little banana and citrus, very similar to the nose. A little more light fruit is added as well. Again, more distinct lager flavors. A slight chewy composure as well.

M: Medium body, a little thicker than I expected for a lager, and low carbonation.

F: Finishes with some dryness and a little bitter spicy hop character. A slight grassy hop also comes out on the finish. Some slight wheat and banana flavors also linger a bit. A slight lip smacking stickiness too combined with the dry finish to create a strange mouth feel. Overall a nice lager, I would almost even be compelled to drink from the can on a hot summers day.

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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner a clear medium golden with a large fluffy white head that left multiple rows of lace as it settled rather slowly,good combination of firm toasty malt and floral hop with a hint of citrus in the nose.Like in the nose this starts out firm and toasty with a light mineral quality to it a big herbal and spicey note really shows thru and lingers in the finish.A well built lager beer it has some real character and alot of good flavor as well as being on the lighter side,recommended for sure.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of lager yeast, light malts and a good amount of hops, everything you would expect from a good pilsener.

T: The taste is starts out very bready but with very little sweetness despite a hearty malt character. Then a nice hops presence comes in quickly and provides an excellent balance. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Very smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, dry and very clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not very filling, excellent representation of style, this is a good beer to just keep on drinking for an entire evening or to just pop open with your meal.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear pale gold with 3 fingers of foamy brite-white head. Thin frothy layer of retention that flares up decently, leaving a nice smattering of sticky lacing back. The aroma is very crisp in the nose, with a quick snap of bready malts, spice, and floral hops. Touch of fruty citrus in there as well. Very clean and crips smell here.

The taste is similar but maybe just faded a bit. Firm Pils malts and grassy hop character that work in unison. Same fruity citrus notes as the nose, melds with the malts and hops to impart an overall earthy tang to the profile. The mouthfeel is lighter medium bodied with a solidly crisp carbonation and clean finish. Really nice easy feel and drinkibility here.

Nice. A solid Micro-Lager here with tight flavors and a good crispness and easy quaffability. Good job putting this one in cans, as it really comes off as a good choice for a summertime guzzle.

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Photo of billab914
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz can into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Pours pale yellow in color with a thin white covering on top.

Aroma is crisp with grains and citrus like lemon zest. Taste is similar to the nose in a strong grain presence with some lemon zest. it's crisp and refreshing and has a slight spiciness to it that adds to the flavor.

Mouthfeel is light with above average carbonation. Drinkability is good, I could easily have several of these. This isn't my favorite style but it's a very good beer for it's style.

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Photo of russpowell
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this from my long-time trading buddy, Bitterbill; cheers Bill!

Pours a super effervescent & slightly hazy straw color with 4+ fingers of ivory colored head.
Very good head retention & above average lacing, never really clears up

S: Breadyness, grainyness & grassy hops

T: Follows the nose plus some soapy hops as well, plus ever slight lemon presence as well. Grainy & bitter as this warms, crispness & soapyness rule the day along some flinty notes as well. Finishes crisp, slightly bready with lemony, grassy & soapy hops leading the charge

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, okay balance could've used more malt IMO

Drinkable enough, a good, not a great Pils, but easily the equal of many I've had in Germany

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Photo of smcolw
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thin layer of near-white, tiny bubbles. Leaves decent lace, though. Hazy and straw-yellow in color.

Smells dark and earthy, huh? There's some lighter grain in the background. I don't notice any hop. But I do notice a light sweetness that reminds me of fruit punch. Simply odd.

High level of carbonation, but the body seems to handle it well. There is a fruitiness to this beer that mirrors the smell. Decent balancing hop, but the aftertaste is of raw grains.

No hits, no runs, but most importantly, no errors.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Two fingers of corn silk yellow beneath five fingers of eggshell colored, whipped creamy frothiness. It seems that I let the beer chug-a-lug out of the can much faster than I intended. Delicate rings of lace are already beginning to appear and I haven't even taken a sip yet.

The nose (what can be appreciated through all the foam) is moderately sweet and Hallertau hoppy. It's simple, yet effective... which is pretty much what I expect the flavor profile to be.

Unfortunately, the beer doesn't taste quite as good as it smells. The beginning is decent enough, but once the minor blast of noble hops and lemon zest wears off, what follows leans toward grainy, crushed aspirin bitter and metallic. All cans are lined these days, right?

My biggest complaint is that there isn't enough good hop flavor to carry the day. A German pilsener without good hop flavor is no kind of pilsener at all. Given the lack of brightness on the one hand, and the raging bitterness on the other, I can't decide if this can is old or fresh or somewhere in between.

The mouthfeel is appropriately light with a flash of carbonation that matches the flash of hop flavor. It's prickly when beer hits tongue, quickly fading to undercarbonated on the swallow. Weird.

While I didn't expect Elm City Lager to be as good as Sea Hag IPA, I expected it to be better than it ended up being. Since I know very little about brewing, take this with a grain of salt. Wouldn't adding the hops later in the boil help increase flavor while decreasing bitterness? The world needs more canned beer, but it needs better canned beer than this.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another day, another CAN!

From the CAN: "Here you have a craft brewed German Pilsner. At NEB we brew this traditional style with traditional German malt and noble hops. Clean, dry, and hoppy! We protect our delicate yet flavorful pilsner by packaging it in this protective, lined [CAN]. Drink it. It's good! [undersigned] Chris [? and] Matt M[?]".

My pour created a nice, big, thick two fingers' worth of foamy, bone-white head. The color was a light yellow with NE-quality clarity. The nose was properly hoppy and a welcome relief from some of the swill that I have been exposed to recently. The mouthfeel was medium with a definite Saaz hops presence on the tongue. The can read "lager", but this was a pilsner, through and through. The finish was mildly dry and quite refreshing. I wish that I had some more of this, I'll tell you.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

light amber pour produces a huge head of white that quickly drops off. aroma is full of grain, lots of bready notes, hints of light, very light euro hops and tons of malt. each sip is clean, crisp, clear and refreshing. nothing great about this beer, but its simplicity and ability to stay true to form should be commended. light aftertaste has a touch of corn and a light crispness that make you go back for another round.

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Photo of ZEB89
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Clear yellow body with a small white head. A bit of haze. No lacing. Medium collar.

Smell - Pilsner malt. A bit of cracker to it. Grassy hop in there, too.

Taste - The grassy hop comes out a ton here. Covers up some of the cracker malt. Pilsner malt comes back out in the finish. Bitter bite in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Crisp. A hint of sweetness as it warms. The hop bite helps this a lot.

Overall - Aggressively hopped for the style, which I don't mind. Still quite drinkable. I can see how the bitter back end could turn off some people, though. Definitely worked as tonight's cooking beer.

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Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly fogged straw with a decent white head. Nose is not very eventful. Fairly clean and sweet. Favor is earthy, but not dirty. Carbonation is a lot of small bubbles that continually hit the tongue, but don't obliterate it. Easy to drink. Nice enough. Not the greatest of the style, but it's not too bad

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