1516 Bavarian Lager | Okanagan Spring Brewery

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Brewed by:
Okanagan Spring Brewery
British Columbia, Canada
okspring.com

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The decree states that only four ingredients can be used when making beer: barley, hops, yeast and water. The result is a lager with a crisp finish and a rich golden colour.

Added by canadianbarman on 04-13-2003

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Ratings:
127
Reviews:
45
Avg:
3.34
pDev:
14.97%
 
 
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4.5/5  rDev +34.7%

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4.37/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +27.2%

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4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is really good stuff, a great craft beer.

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4/5  rDev +19.8%

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4/5  rDev +19.8%

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4/5  rDev +19.8%

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4/5  rDev +19.8%

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3.96/5  rDev +18.6%

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3.95/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Standard 341 ml brown bottle, name obviously referring to the German Purity Law of 1516 (back label panel explains this. Pours clear golden hue, lots of carbonation. Malty smell, with grass or hay and light hops aroma that is kind of flowery. Nice maltiness and slight hoppy finish. Crisp lager taste, light and smooth, goes down easy. Well balanced, nothing special but my favorite session beer.

2015 - Tried on-tap while in Vancouver. Refreshing, good tasting lager. Still no complaints

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3.94/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smooth stands out. Bright. Distinct hop flavour to it. Medium carbonation. Nice, easy drinking lager beer. Crisp and clean. Aroma smells a little bit like wet rain smell on your clothes. Golden in colour. Very little aroma. It is held to the Bavarian Beer Purity Law of 1516, which states that no beer is to be made with preservatives or chemicals.

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3.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this, clean and simple. Crisp finish, relatively clear golden pour.

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3.9/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Okanagan Spring has recently redone all their labels and introduced two new beers, a Munich Dark, and a Helles. This, the 1516, tastes quite similar to the Helles, so we will see if they both continue to exist.

1516 is a typical, but healthy and attractive looking pale lager. Light browns and golden straw, light honey colours. The head is definitely better than average, however. It poured with a perfect amount of head, neither overdone nor underdone. Off-white, thick, but fairly ephemeral, as it dissipates to a thin layer, the lace leaving thin serpentine patches. On a sweltering day, the appearance screams "drink me." The aroma is grainy, lightly toasted, with subtle tart milkiness like so many German lagers. Hops are well balanced, with some delicate spiciness and grass. Again, very German aroma, fittingly enough. The taste is brisk, refreshing, and thirst quenching. Good caramel malt up front, with a definite hop burst on the finish, leaving the mouth with a balanced, not overly sweet or dry feel. The freshness of the toasted malt is superb in this beer, roasted to perfection, a true credit to barley. Light butterscotch and even subtle lemon in the taste. The mouthfeel is high carbonation, light to medium bodied, and invigoratingly quenching. The drinkability, being neither offensive, strong, or heavy, is very good: an ideal summer brew; not to indicate, however, that this has little taste--on the contrary it is very flavourful. This is one beer I buy quite consistently; if I go out to buy a "six-pack" for a hot summer day, this usually is the standard. A credit to its name, 1516 is a natural refreshing German-style lager.

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3.87/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this beer for the first time on a run up to Canada. Was served on-tap and was a very popular beer at the bar. The color was pretty good, a nice amber. The smell and taste were also nice, what a straight beer should taste like in my opinion. Overall, a very nice beer to have while hanging out with some friends at the bar.

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3.82/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into pint glass 3/11/11

A clear straw yellow with just a few bubbles but produces a two finger bone white head that leaves a few partial rings of lace

S biscuit, with a little lemon with some grassy hops and hay

T a little grainy but still pretty nice, not as much noble hop flavor as the nose but still pretty decent

M crisp and clean, light and refreshing could use just a little more carbonation

O perhaps better suited for a hot summer day but I found this pretty east to drink and I'm sure I'll drink it again seeing how I can smell the brewery from moms house

I guess I liked this one more then the average BA, for style I thought it was pretty good, I consider this a macro at this point but its miles ahead of the other mass produced brews

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3.76/5  rDev +12.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear pale golden colour with a three finger head from an aggressive pour. The head receded fairly quickly, but left some sticky lacing on the glass.

The smell is grassy and grainy. Not a whole bunch to say about it. It isn't strong, but it is notable.

Taste is light but nice, with a grainy, bready flavour up front, and a crisp, faintly bitter finish. Aftertaste is a touch grassy. Put together it makes a good impression.

Mouthfeel is light in body and smooth in carbonation.

As far as lagers go, this is a good one. Easy drinking and the flavour has a freshness to it. A bunch of these in a cooler on a hot summer day, and you wouldn't hear me complaining.

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3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.72/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.66/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bumble bee yellow with steady streams of carbonation in place of black stripes. Not to say there aren't stripes, there are many all plastered down the glass in pursuit of the white head that is sinking according to the alarmingly fast pace in which the beer is being consumed. 'Helles' translates to 'light' and indeed this clear bodied beer personifies its classification.

Quintessential to a true Bavarian lager is a good dosing of prototypical German hops - I'm happy to read Okanagan went with two traditional noble varieties: Hallertau and Saaz (even though the latter are grown in Bohemia, part of the modern day Czech Republic). Unfortunately, I don't actually smell all that much of them. This bottle is scarcely three months old so I doubt they could have faded that much.

Then again, this is a Munich Helles and not a pilsner so it's not meant to be hoppy, it's meant to be malty. In that regard I'm not disappointed in the least. These slightly sweet, almost grainy malts are just as quenching as they are tasty, if not more. Assertive bitterness, clean water and sufficient carbonation combine for a very enjoyably drinkable pale lager.

The number 1516 in the name of the beer corresponds to the year in which Germany enacted the Reinheitsgebot (known in English as the "Beer Purity Law"). This legislation dictated that a beer could only be made from the basic ingredients of water, barley, and hops. (Note that yeast wasn't discovered responsible for fermentation until the 19th century).

It's only appropriate then that I read on the label that this is unpasteurized and contains no preservatives (the "all natural" statement I find a little dubious). More importantly, however, I don't actually taste any of the extracts or adjuncts that are so prominent in mainstream beers (including German ones) that have bastardized pale lagers.

German Munich Helles don't really travel all that well. Part of this is specific to the style itself, but much of it has to do with the fact that most commercial examples that make it over here are so ridden with preservatives that they really taste like a ghost of their unpasteurized self. It's good to know now that some Canadian brewers have started to fill the gap.

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1516 Bavarian Lager from Okanagan Spring Brewery
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