1516 Bavarian Lager | Okanagan Spring Brewery

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1516 Bavarian Lager1516 Bavarian Lager

Brewed by:
Okanagan Spring Brewery
British Columbia, Canada

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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3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I had yet to encounter this one on tap in this city, so figured I'd take the plunge and enjoy a 20 oz. pint. This style is a bit of a rarity when it comes to what western Canadian micros usually tackle and as an unabashed Lowenbrau fan I was intrigued. A pleasant goldenrod brassy color with a few white bubbles, this brew smells like good old prairie pilsener malt with a moderate dose of noble hop green spiciness. Popcorn and cracker malts and a little toast buttress some sour green fruit (gooseberry?) and crabapple notes, some cooked corn DMS flavor, and a little green vegetation from the hops. Not particularly assertive in the latter regard, however. Is that diacetyl as well? This one is quite sweet and sour in the finish, with a fair degree of carbonation. The final assessment? This actually reminds me a bit of a kolsch or even certain Czech pilseners in terms of the malt flavor profile and the presence of subtle fruit flavors that yield a rather cidery character. Still falls within style guidelines I suppose. I prefer the European examples I have tried.

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Served in a snifter, at about 3 degrees Celsius.

A — Clear, golden pale lager appearance; a bit of retention; light lacing.

S — Malty, a bit sweet. Not much else.

T — Malty, light bitterness and some skunk at the end.

M — A bit too heavy and carbonated, but overall still fairly light and drinkable.

O — Generic commercial lager.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.56/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Have been drinking 1516 for a few years now , and really enjoy this lager. Crisp carbonation (could even use more ) medium hop, fresh clean taste slightly grainy and goes down smooth with very nice aftertaste. I like this brewery. Looks good in a 16 oz. glass and has nice remnants, as you watch it go down. As always, check your bottle best before dates as some retailers don't rotate like they need to if it doesn't sell quick enough. Sure there are better, but i am sold on this one.

A good beer in fairly true tradition to southern German lagers. I will continue to enjoy this beverage on a regular basis.


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3.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Okanagan Spring 1516: This brew pours with a clear golden color. Not much in the aroma department. The flavor is a very pleasant layer of malts and a clean finish. Overall, I rate this as a decent beer, refreshing. I discount that the tasting was done on a ski trip to Canada. A day of skiing great powder does make any beer taste good. Having factored in the positive environment, the Okanagan 1516 still does shine.

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1516 Bavarian Lager from Okanagan Spring Brewery
Beer rating: 3.32 out of 5 with 129 ratings