First Lager
Hopewell Brewing Co.

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American Lager
Ranked #149
Ranked #28,263
3.78 | pDev: 14.81%
Hopewell Brewing Co.
Illinois, United States
First LagerFirst Lager
Notes: A first and a favorite. Delightfully crisp, balancing bready malt with pronounced noble hop aroma. This is a year-round beer, good from the dog days of summer through the never-ending winter.
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 18 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of LaColombe77
1.7/5  rDev -55%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

There is good biterness, for example, a strong citrusy well hopped IPA, just one of many examples, and there is bad biterness, such as the taste of Xanax. Unfortunately, this beer literally tasted like a Xanax, very bitter and no taste of hops. This is a cool brewery but this beer needs work.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I tried this at the brewery. It poured a clear golden with white head that left a nice lace. The scent had a touch of toast. The taste was nicely balanced an easy to drink. The mouthfeel with lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a solid offering.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

At their tasting room, this was my first in a flight of six.
It made a good first impression. Hopewell understands balance.
Often young brewers will try to fake this style and heave in too many hops.
But, First Lager uses just enough hops to keep the brew crisp and interestingly floral; letting the malt make the brew satisfying. The malt and yeast offer up this creamy, pleasant mouth; that, somehow, is still refreshing. (Their brewpub actually served it a bit cold for me in January, so I went on to the rest of the flight and let it warm... and then, I got the creaminess.)
I will look forward to this again and hope that First Lager is one of the first products they can.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a well put together lager. Hopewell definitely nailed what they were looking for here - a flagship to start out with for a new brewery that is focused on lagers. Looks clean and inviting, as far as lagers go. Faint hop profile on the nose. The overwhelming sense I got was that this is a 'crisp' beer, refreshing and satisfying. No off tastes or sweetness here, and balance with the yeasts. Good carbonation. A very solid early offering and one that I think I will go to quite often, especially in summer.

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Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft a the brewery. Very solid first impression with this one.
Pale gold, slight haze, frothy head with sticky lacing around the edges.
Grassy hop aroma, clean yeast, crackery Pilsner malt.
Taste is similar with a big grassy noble hop character, crackery pils malt, light yeastiness.
Smooth creamy feel, dry aftertaste. Feels a bit like a Zwickel even.
Very drinkable with zero flaws, refined and characterful.
Easily the best of the starting lineup, a great staple beer I hope to drink year-round.

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First Lager from Hopewell Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 18 ratings