Two Lights
Allagash Brewing Company

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Style:
American Lager
Ranked #23
ABV:
6.7%
Score:
87
Ranked #12,963
Avg:
3.94 | pDev: 8.88%
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
110
From:
Allagash Brewing Company
 
Maine, United States
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SCORE
87
Very Good
Notes: Two Lights is an ode to two of the more refreshing drinks of summer: cold beer and sparkling wine. While brewing this beer, we add Sauvignon Blanc must—the freshly pressed juice of the grapes. Then we ferment it with both lager and champagne yeast to create a tart, crisp, and dry profile. The finished beer’s aromas of pear, grape, and light hops pair with a flavor profile that’s a mix of tropical fruit and the snappy spritz of a freshly picked grape. We suggest sipping Two Lights by a water source too large to see across.
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Photo of REVZEB
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear pale golden body with a clear bubble ring. Vinous on the nose: sweet white wine, white grape, barrel must, hay, slight funk, lager yeast, and lemon zest. So for the taste take all of that and put it in a body with champagne yeast, finishes sweeter with the grape, wine, and lemon zest. Malts are the backbone but are not expressive and funk is not present in taste. Feel is very vinous, bright, light, and yeasty. Would be a good change up in summer time.

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Photo of andypeters1971
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

not really my favorite style but for a lager this is probably as good as you are going to get, coming as it does from the Allagash family of beers. This one drinks as well as any other lager that I've had

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Photo of metter98
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slight hazy light whitish pale yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with just a thin layer of white bubbles covering the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of Sauvignon Blanc grape must are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of pears along with strong notes of white grapes.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has pleasant pear- and grape-like flavors.

Serving type: can

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Photo of Beginner2
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

An interesting innovation that I'll need to have again to know if it it great.
Two Lights doesn't Look as pretty as it tastes. I do smell a different medley of fruits: the grape must making pear/apple/kiwi aromas into a new sensation for me. Tastes take even higher the lager/champagne yeast invention which is unique to my experience (or at least memory.) Sits in my mouth fine; with just enough tannic to tart it up modestly and dry it out nicely.

As a Belgo-phile, I like Allagash. But Two Lights is only my 12th from them and I recognize that I really have not had enough of their less widely distributed offerings. I put them in the Top 5 North American Belgian-inspired brewers, yet I have been slight with Allagash. I also went on the Allagash website for the first time and was really, really impressed. It uses sophisticated design techniques. I also didn't know Allagash is as decorated as it is. And then this year, its founder gets the prestigious James Beard Award. I clearly need to have more of their brews. And I might even put their taproom on my bucket list.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours the color of lemonade with a small white fizzy head. Notice much bubbles from the champagne yeast.Smell is muted,faint pineapple,Taste is delicious, Drinks like a thin champagne, pleasant tropical fruit flavors (mostly pineapple)Feels like a pineapple champagne if there was such a thing. Not really picking up any vinous taste. Overall a truly unique , enjoyable, summer brew. I recommend. REVISION : I still enjoy this beer, but personally consider it a fruit and field beer for sure, not a Lager, regardless of how it was conditioned. Champagne yeast wasn't common. Adding grape must adds to my claim-

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very nice creamy white head that dissipates quickly while the beer itself is a nice looking pale straw color that is very clear.

The smell is good. The beer has light bitter hop note with a more predominate sweet malt and yeast note that resemble a mustier lager. The smell has a good cantaloupe and white grape note from the sauv blanc notes.

The taste is good. It has a good sweet pale malt note with a bit of light bitterness from hop notes and a tropical fruit mango and cantaloupe note from the sauv blanc grapes.

The feel is good. The beer has a very light body with a very light carbonation to it.

Overall, this is a pretty refreshing beer that was definitely made for the summer. It reminds me of a good pilsner but a little bit sweeter.

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Photo of bobv
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle.
Bottled on 6/21/18.
Moderate pour yields a 3/4 inch creamy white head over a light straw colored body with scant lacing. Nose of pear, white wine, and slight apple. Taste follows nose nicely with mostly grape and pear. Finish is all grape and pear with a great mouthfeel from the champagne yeast. Overall a very nice offering from my favorite sour producer on the east coast. Cheers!!!

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Photo of drtth
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The slightly hazy pale yellow beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1/2” white head that eventually recedes to an irregular island of foam on the surface of the liquid while leaving a layer of foam and lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates two arches of foam that quickly become some patches and legs of lacing.

The aromas include some green orchard fruits, some white wine and some pale malt and wheat. There are touches of some tropical fruits and a light herbal character.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the malt and wheat and their light sweetness backed up by the white grapes, the green orchard fruits, a bit of tropical fruit, just a bit of tartness and some almost completely hidden dry herbal bitterness.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and fairly smooth with the finely bubbled persistent carbonation. The moderately long finish begins as the sweetness and fruit flavors begin to fade away, leaving a fairly dry, lightly tart ending tinged with some light herbal bitterness and residual fruit flavors.

Definitely an interesting and refreshing beer that is clean, light, slightly tart, crisp and worth having again. The aromas/flavors blend together quite nicely. I'd say the brewer hit the target on this one but that it is both a refreshing beer for a summer's day and also a nice aperitif any day.

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Photo of hman43
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours straw with a white head. Head retention is low.

Smell: There is a somewhat strong aroma of leather with grapes. There are some light pear notes with slight grainy sweetness and some vinous qualities.

Taste: There are grape flavors that are vinous with some leather and light pear. It certainly has the traits of a white wine. It is clean overall.

Feel: It has a moderately light body with high carbonation. It finishes rather dry.

Overall, this is a beer with lager qualities combine with white wine qualities that works well together.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated 6/21/18.

Pours hazy yellow with a minimal head or retention. Honey-drizzled white grapes with a hint of lemon zest in the nose. Light bodied with a crisp mouthfeel. The palate starts sweet with honey and candied grape. Zero malt with a hint of lemon follow through. Finishes sweet with enough spiciness to give the tongue a bit of numbness.

Always happy to try anything that Allagash brews up but this one is just too sweet and a bit boring.

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Photo of SABERG
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle dated 6/21/18 into the test glass.
A - Forsythia in bloom color, a touch of haze, thin white cap offers real contrast. Carbonation is in full marathon mode, determined and driven.
S - Clean yeast in the nose, champagne for sure, A bit of bread rising, some of the fruit from Sauvignon Blanc must is interesting ,adding a layer of brightness to the offering. Lemongrass, and wheat add more.
T - Sweet malts, the slightest hint of tropical element, lemon peel shaved, garden thread runs through this, Verbana, a hint of white pepper, all stand around the sidelines.
M - Crisp, popping across the palate, start is semi sweet then runs the yeast train with carbonation forcing the offering to a dry white wine finish.
O - Well this is a complex effort, yielding a wonderful experience, bright, crisp, dry, and loaded with twists along the way.
Thanks Allagash for the fine offering

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Photo of SierraNevallagash
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, 48 degress, poured into a tulip.

Pours a mostly clear, champagne straw color, with a touch of cloud, and a hint of green. A two finger bone white bubbly head slowly recedes to a soapy film with a thin cola of foam. Thin streams of very fine effervescence constantly streaming up, keeping that little collar alive. Dazzling.

Nose is clear lager yeast. There's also an impression of champagne as well. I do get the little sauvignon blanc must on the nose. There's also an evident farmy hay, almost wild note to it. It has that wonderful saison tart aroma.

Palate is a completely different director than the nose leads you to believe. It is not tart at all. It has that tacky, corny American adjunct lager sweetness to it. I find this to be to its detriment. There is also a surprising amount of hoppy bitterness. I didn't get it on the nose, but this has a fairly bitter finish, and for a lager, pretty hoppy. I do get the slight white vinous character. It's subtle, but it does indeed lend a little something special to it. Perhaps it's also contributing to the sweetness to some degree. I find the sweetness to be overbearing. It certainly drinks like a lager, though. A lager with a little something extra contributing to it, but not necessarily helping it.

Mouthfeel is very light and crisp. A fine, scratchy effervescence definitely lifts it up, and takes some weight off of the sweetness. I don't say scratchy as a negative descriptor. It's a bubbly beer, and I like that. I despise the word "crushable" with a burning passion, but I suppose if one must adhere to such vernacular, this, would in fact, be considered..."crushable". I prefer drinkable. That drinkability is more thanks to the light crispness.

Overall, I can't say I'm in love with this one. I've passed on it so many times, because I do not enjoy lagers. Then I read several reviews that described this as a saison. Being a favorite style of mine, I decided to pull the trigger, and I'm left disappointed. That's my own fault, not Allagash's. This is in no way a saison. It's a very unique lager. My numbers are generous, and I'm rating this as a lager. I love Allagash, and I can't hold this against them. It's just not for me. The craft lager drinker would probably love this.

Edit: I just came back to edit this because I just noticed this is 6.7%ABV. Wow. I had no idea. It drinks and tastes likes it's 4.7%. Alcohol is not detectable in the slightest degree.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

i like everything allagash does, and this is another fun one. grape must and champagne yeast, but also a lager, pretty rad idea, especially as a summer seasonal, which i think is arguably the season with the least exciting seasonal offerings from most breweries. this has a wonderful fruity complexion from green grape to ripe pear to honeydew melon and kiwi fruit, the sauv blanc must quite obvious in both the nose and taste, but instead of making this overly vinous, the champagne yeast and lager yeast come into play immediately, drying this out, crisping it up, and keeping it plenty beery. even though the grain flavor is really light, the lager yeast has enough character to keep this one the beer side. light tannic funkiness here too helps with that. there is a slate sort of minerality to the finish which i like a lot, the skins of the grape more than their juices, and subtle pineapple and lime tropical notes too. really tasty and drinkable beer, i love the mouthfeel from both yeasts working together, not sure i have seen these two in cahoots before, but its an excellent combination. killer beer, forever drinkable, and definitely distinctive and creative and unique, i loved it.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can dated ?5/22/18 (hard to read) poured into a plastic hotel room cup
A: Pale yellow with a thin head
S: Grape must, light wheat, some yeast
T: Matches the nose; fairly light
M: Light-bodied despite being 6.7%
O: I love the nose, I think this has a lot of potential it just doesn't come across on the palate

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a clear and vivid gold straw color, with a small foamy white head, and lots of lacing.

The aroma on this is so soft and delicate, with pear, vanilla, green grape, hay, champagne, and pink grapefruit.

This is really intricate and tasty. There's lots of soft fruit flavor- mostly creamy pear, pink grapefruit, sweet grapes, and a bit of champagne type sweetness. There's not a ton of funk here, just a bit of hay and grassiness.

This is pretty light bodied, and very clean, with a slightly creamy mouthfeel, a soft level of carbonation.

This is a really fun beer- it feels stripped down while still being intricate and complex.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. Bottle. Bottled on 6/21/18 opened on 9/15/18 almost the entire summer season in the bottle.
Not sure this is an American Wild Ale...

I love the straw-gold color with a slightly hazy white hue. PALE as pale can be. Thin white foam hovers for a bit band drops to a thin cover and bubbles. A lively appearance.

The aroma is classic Farmhouse/Saison style, musky field grains, sour/fermented fruits, like white grapes and tangerine. Densely herbal and spice kick, sour-bready lager yeast funk and a hearty blend of earthy toned hops. Right on.

The body, feel and texture is worth noting next, after all, the first sip buzzes the palate with a crisp, light and jazzy effect overall. The champagne yeast certainly gives it a lively and effervescent style.

The taste has a very light and harmonious effect, as the light but sneakily complex malty side brings out the field grains flavors of: golden wheat, oats, hay and nettles. The herbal and spicy bite seems to come from the yeast combo and hop complexity. Grainy, earthy but with plenty of "funk" from the lager and champagne yeast.
A very clean and very light malty texture and flavor keeps the complexity subtle, but interesting.

Overall, I'm thinking this is a damn fine American twist on the classic French and Belgian Farmhouse Saison style. This is my jam.

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Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a tulip glass a lemon haze color with a half finger bone white head atop.Musty grapes in the nose with a tinge of cork.Dry on the palate with a slight salinity to it,mild funk/cork flavors linger in the finish.Not a fan of must/funk of any kind but this had other flavor components going on and it was insanely easy to drink.

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Photo of SebastianOwl
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a good beer that would benefit from greater carbonation and a bit more dryness; I was expecting it to pop a little more and it was actually fairly flat relative to many wild ales of this style

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Photo of LeRose
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It is difficult for me to score this beer. I had it at the brewery and thought it was great, but in the bottle it seemed to lose some of the brightness and vitality it had on tap. I guess I have to mentally average the two, but since this beer is being distributed in bottles I think it is important to make note of the difference.

The beer pours an incredibly pale yellow with a shorty, fizzy white head that falls to a ring of kinda big bubbles. It's a little cloudy on the pour, but it clears up nicely. Very pale color reminiscent of white wine. At the brewery, pretty much crystal clear from the tap.

On tap, this beer has a very bright aroma that is clearly heavy on the wine grapes, pear, sour apple, and a little lemon riding over a bready malt reminiscent of a pilsner. In the bottled version, this aroma is very subdued and it loses some of the layers in a more or less generic fruity aroma. The malt is much more forward.

The flavor follows suit - on tap, very bright and lively with the grape must dominating, supported by the light citrus. The malt is not highly assertive, but is detectable. In the bottle, to my mind these things flip. There's a higher presence of the malt, with the fruity and more interesting aspects of the beer reverting to a supporting role. There is also a slight bitterness in the bottled version.

The feel is light, almost effervescent but not overly carbonated. Crisp with a dry finish.

Overall, mixed feelings on this one. The bottle version is certainly not a bad beer, but the on tap version set some high expectations that clearly went unmet. My wife agreed that these differences were pretty obvious. If the bottled version "measured up" to the beer had on tap, it is certainly an enjoyable summertime drinker. As it is, I'd rather go to the source to drink this beer.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoying this outside on the deck, a nice summer day, paired with a Nicoise Salad lunch.
Pours a cloudy straw green color, vinous looking like white wine. The cloudiness clears up throughout. A modest head quickly dissipates, while a frothy ring lace retains throughout.
Aromas of white grape, green apple, pear and a hint of lemon. The malt has a pilsner like, bready aroma. A light tartness evokes plain yogurt or lactobactillius.
Very interesting and flavorful brew that feels like a nice hybrid of Sauvignon Blanc, Champagne and Saison. Fruity, with a flavors of white grape and pear. A crackery Pilsner malt base, with hints of honey. The yeasts produce champagne like flavors, as well as light peppery phenols. Very mildly tart with a perhaps a hint of lacto. The palate is dry overall, like a Saison, yet gets sweeter towards the end.
Medium to light bodied. Crisp, vinous, and with a slight champagne effervescence. The finish is dry.
I really enjoyed this. It was delightful.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.14/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance - watery straw color just short of brilliant clarity, effervescent, thin but healthy white head with tenacious lace

AROMA - crisp bright nose of dry two row with a medium low spicy noble hop, lager-like minerality, maybe some pleasant and well-evolved sulfur, medium strength character of pear/white grape skin, and apple flesh, maybe some acetaldehyde in that mix. Comes off like a great kolsch. Very appealing.

Flavor - big ripe pear flavor is pretty over the top, with some definite acetaldehyde prominent in the flavor with a grassy note as well. notes of honeydew melon, High spicy/floral hop flavor on the mid-palate. Low, well attenuated two-row/ US Pilsner malt flavor. A little hit of lemon in the backend, Light hop bitterness.


Mouthfeel - medium bodied, a little creaminess from alcohol that makes itself known in a long drying finish, medium-high carbonation,

Overall - Familiar and unusual at the same time. Certainly pleasant and drinkable in the same vein as some kind of European lager / ale hybrid beer but kind of messy in profile. I think highly of Allagash but this is not their best effort. The grape must is detectable but distracts more than it enhances, The champaigne yeast has certainly not dried the beer out much, but may have given it a little bite. The beer generally just has me wishing for a nice fresh lager that's half the ABV of this one, and a little cleaner.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice ale that reminds me more of a Belgian pale ale than anything of the wild ale variety and with not too many vinous notes in my opinion. Pear is prominent as well as Belgian yeast. A very interesting beer but not too complex overall I would say. I'd buy again however.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allagash Brewing Company "Two Lights"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON 06/21/18 09:09"
$4.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: So what do we have here, a lager brewed with sauvignon blanc grape must? Sounds good! So I've apparently jostled the bottle a bit and now this bottle-conditioned lager shows some haze in its very light colored yellowish body. The head is a finger-thick cap of bright white. On to the good stuff... the aroma is fairly limited but displays some mineralish character, some white grape, and just a touch of sweetish malt. It's pleasant and welcoming. The flavor is much fuller, and there is a clear note of grape to it. Knowing that it's sauvignon blanc I can see that in its character, and I'm also getting some distant tropical flavor and a touch of pear. The mineralish character remains and I don't know if that's from the grape juice of the Champagne yeast that was used. It's not sweet but neither is it bitter, and there is a light acidity to it that's refreshing. I almost wish it was a little more tart, but I won't argue against it the way it is. It's unique, and very much like drinking a glass of wine in many ways. In the mouth it's medium-light in body and delicately crisp with a fine-bubbled natural carbonation. Personally I'd like it a little crisper but I can see how that might interfere with the balance of the grapes and the overall sweetness of it by accentuating the acidity that's there. Again, I won't argue against it as it is. It's charming, different, and refreshing - a great summer beer. Worth trying.
Review# 6,202

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Photo of edward_boumil
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Pale yellow colored beer, mild turbidity, snow-white head with decent retention, very light lacing.
S: Fruity tartness, sour grape and apple, very prominent notes. Touch of funk and barn. Very rustic.
T: Very light flavors. Certainly more dry than one would anticipate from the nose, this comes up front. Virtually no sourness, despite a rather tart nose. Grape flavors do come through but are subdued. Finishes with sweetness, white grape.
F: Very light and easy to drink. Mouthfeel is reminiscent of a nice champagne, very effervescent. Medium carbonation level, well balanced.
O: Nice beer to sit back and enjoy on a hot summer day. Nice to mix in with other go to summer beers, such as a wheat ale. Provides different flavors you wouldn't get from one of these.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving: Bottle
Bottled: Jun-21-2018


A:
Pours a lightly hazy green-gold with a finger of short-lived white head. Okay retention; little lacing. (3.75)

S:
Grapey/winey sort of funk, doughy yeast character. (3.75)

T:
Doughy, mineraly body with some light grape flavors and some pear-like residual sweetness. (3.5)

M:
Fairly meaty body with medium carbonation and a lingering doughy-sweet finish. (3.5)

O:
An all right beer all told, but it was neither what I expected nor wanted based on the description.
It looks fair with a nice, interesting aroma that is heavy on the champagne character. However there is not very dry or crisp in any other ways. Lots of doughy sweetness. Like I said, not bad. But definitely pretty flabby and sweet with some very wine-like character. An interesting beer and I'm glad to have tried it. (3.5)

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Two Lights from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 110 ratings