Numazu Lager
Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom

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Lager - Vienna
Ranked #70
Ranked #33,454
3.71 | pDev: 8.36%
Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
Numazu LagerNumazu Lager
Notes: Clean, soft and flavorful local water combines with floor-malted barley and a mix of world hops to yield a fantastically round yet snappy Lager that drinks rich and full like an Ale. Unfiltered and naturally carbonated, this is a true throw-back Lager.
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metter98 from New York

3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is somewhat hazy yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a short white head that left a collar around the edge of the glass and a large patch of bubbles on the center of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of fruity yeast are present in the nose along with notes of caramel malts.
T: The taste follows, the smell, having flavors of fruity yeast and butter-like diacetyl along with hints of caramel malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn't taste as malty compared to other beers in the style.

Serving type: bottle

Feb 24, 2017
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shiu-chan from Singapore

3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear orangey pour with tall light head.
Sweet caramel citrus nose.
Malty, bready, orange and deep bitter.
Overall, an IPA style lager with freshness.

Jan 29, 2017
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Peachy, copper, foggy and no carbonation. Huge 5 finger orange rusty beige head fades relatively fast.

S: Malty, caramel, orange, toffee. Peachy, fruity.

T: Malty, thick, light orange twinge, little bitterness on the end.

M: Thick and rich texture, almost no carbonation and only a hint of bitterness.

O: Well done. Not like others in the style I’ve had, this is a rich textured brew, fresh and pleasant. Got in CNX, drank Feb 28th, 2015.

Feb 28, 2015
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barczar from Kentucky

3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice, clean Vienna malt presence. It's got a slight sweetness, with a backbone of biscuity malt. Hops are lightly floral, but don't detract from the malt character.

Jan 07, 2015
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wl0307 from England

3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coming in a 360ml slim brown bottle, bottle-conditioned; BB 31/03/14, served mildly chilled in a straight imperial pint glass.

Appearance: pours a lightly hazy dark amber colour, coming with a well-lasting off-white frothy head and a healthy, semi-lively level of fine carbonation.
Smell: very light acidity as of lime and dough comes hand in hand with the creamy bready malts; given a good swirl, the apple-ly, grassy and lightly citric notes of hops (I wonder if Saaz and/or Styrian Goldings is used?) emerge, along with random fruit esters from the yeastiness and restrained caramely notes from the amber-coloured malts. Very decent, and pleasant especially following the swirls, while all elements are intertwined, rather than well-structured, in this “unfiltered” version of amber lager.
Taste: upfront comes a decent carbonation with tingling sensation on the palate, the foretaste shows elegant, bitter-sweet bready and candy-ish flavours of amber malts, which are underlined by a fine touch of hop spiciness, creamy floral esters, and chewy hop bitterness, leaving a finely tannic and dry-ish feel in the finish, where the residual aroma of citrus, caramelised apples and even prunes lingers nicely.
Mouthfeel & Overall: the mouthfeel remains softly refreshing thanks to the good conditioning in the bottle, the body is full rendered partially by the decent yeastiness, and the flavour profile is generally rich and well integrated for an unfiltered, hop-led amber lager. I have to say, from all three beers I’ve tried from Baird so far, the bottle-conditioning has been consistently good; while the yeast sediments do compliment the ale-type beers seamlessly, they surprisingly, along with a higher aroma-hop rate, add very positive flavour elements and more body to this otherwise (I believe) equally flavoursome amber lager, which is made with careful craftsmanship and skill. I really look forward to trying it in its draught version, if available.

Jul 09, 2013
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IronDjinn from Canada (AB)

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 360 ml brown bottle, abv. listed at 5.2%. Pours out a hazed light amber hue, tall tight spongy off-white head with great retention.

The aroma reveals bright citrus esters with solid toasty, bready, biscuity malt in the background.

Leafy citrus hops tend to steal the show in the flavour and arrive first, mild bready and caramel malt in the middle, then things start to dry out for a toasty finish blended with some mild spicy, herbal hops.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel that seems light and slick at first, yet finishes much fuller with moderate carbonation.

I can't quite wrap my head around what this lager is or what it's attempting to be style-wise, however it's still quite enjoyable. It strikes me as the lager version of an APA in fact, simply cleaner. Worth checking out if you're looking to get in a hop fix.

Jul 02, 2011
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OneBrewru from Japan

3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is slightly caramel and amber in color, with a rich and persistent rocky head. It looks good, but not like a lager.

The aroma is characterized by soft, rounded malts and a very slight hint of lemony hops.

The taste is light, but with caramel and buttery hops being apparent. The hops taste a bit more like yuzu than I would have expected.

The mouthfeel is soft, with light and small bubbles.

Given that this beer had won a Gold Medal for lager style at the 2010 World Cup, I had high expectations. All in all, it was pretty good but not completely spectacular. That being said, I can still enjoy a number of these.

Apr 15, 2011
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

360ml bottle, not much I can discern from the label.

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium tangerine golden hue, with two fingers of tight foamy white head, which leaves but a few specks of random stricken isle lace around the glass after its leisurely retreat. It smells of crackery white grains, wet grass, and weedy hops. The taste is bready malt, a bit of aged lemon zip, some herbal grassiness, and earthy, floral hops. The carbonation is on the low side, the body medium weight, and fairly smooth. It finishes off-dry, the pale malt lingering, under the oversight of the Nipponese-Saaz hop analogue.

A decent approximation of a good Continental lager - I want to proclaim "Saaz in Japan", but what I taste is, once again, more mere translation (lost, perhaps), in the local manner. Still, drinkable enough, despite the cross-cultural distractions.

Apr 03, 2011
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ADZA from Australia

3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a light tangello hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a frothy two finger head and heaps of lacing,the aroma is very lagerish with hints of grains,toffee malts and a distinct fruity hoppiness,it has an average mouthfeel which is very light and well carbonated with hints of salami,grains,caramel malts and finishes with a bittersweet end almost like nectarines dipped in lemon juice,overall not bad but after my last sample from this brewery i was expecting more you have to try it at least once though.

Oct 29, 2010
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Naerhu from Japan

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Small white head floating on a transparent orange body.
S - Nose primarily of sweet malt and funny german like hops.
T - Firm bitterness with very little sweentess, which many of the other lagers of this style have, and which I prefer. Still a delicious alternative.
M - Nice bold mouthfeel with lovely fine carbonation.
D - Very nice, I wouldnt mind having a tap of this in my home.

From the website - Numazu Lager (ABV: 5.0%): Amber-gold in color, softly floral in aroma and roundly malty in flavor, Baird Numazu Lager strikes a perfect balance between complexity and drinkability. The smooth lager character is accentuated by a long period (four months) of post-packaging cold conditioning. The pinpoint natural carbonation that is achieved during this long period of conditioning and maturation ensures that the last sip is a fresh and effervescent as the first.

Jun 11, 2007
Numazu Lager from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 20 ratings