Animal Beer
Wayfinder Beer

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Wayfinder Beer
Oregon, United States
American Lager
Ranked #21
Ranked #12,926
3.99 | pDev: 7.77%
Oct 16, 2023
Nov 12, 2022
Mild and Crisp, with a timeless taste, the beer that made Portland infamous.

Brewed in Collaboration with our friends at Fair State Brewing Cooperative in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Animal Beer combines the choicest Oregon-grown Cascade hops with mild complexity of Mountain-malted Genie barley from our friends at Linc Maltings and locally sourced corn.
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Rated: 4.14 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island

Oct 16, 2023
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Canned 6/9/23. “You don’t mess with animal, he eats glass, man” stamped on the bottom of the can

I haven’t had too many beers from Wayfinder before, but did enjoy the few I had. And they’re a pretty well known name in the scene so I trust that this straightforward American Lager will be good as well. Plus I’ve also heard good things about Fair State Let’s get into it

Pours a clear pale yellow with 3 fingers of soapy white head that slowly fades to a cap and leaves decent lacing

It's very bright and snappy in the nose, suggesting a firm but balanced bitterness. I'm picking up on aromas of lemon zest, crackery malt, white pepper, earthy hops, toasted grain, grass, light honey, and orange juice

The taste unfortunately doesn't nearly compete with the nose, but the sweeter vibe presented here is still good as is. Pn the front end of the sip I'm tasting bready malt, lemon zest, floral hops, honey, white pepper, grass, light biscuit, and corn. The swallow brings notes of bready malt, orange zest, corn, floral hops, sweet honey, toasted grain, and light grass

A light medium body pairs with moderate carbonation, resulting in a crisp beer. Finishes a tad sticky but dries out over time

Damn, this is good, but if the taste matched the intensity of the nose it would be world class. Still very happy to have tried it
Aug 25, 2023
Rated: 4 by kjkinsey from Texas

Aug 06, 2023
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Jul 23, 2023
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Can. White head. Clear light golden color.

Biscuit, bread, cereal grains. Grassy, floral, and zesty hops. Crisp, clean. Smooth. Straight forward pils, but done very well. Fun collab between two great breweries.
Jul 19, 2023
Rated: 3.94 by shelby415 from Oregon

Jul 13, 2023
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Reviewed by Sheppard from Massachusetts

3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a pale golden, limited retention on my can. Some mild grain character, inoffensive. Mild and crisp are accurate describers. The corn-ness of it is present, but also not overly sweet or show stealing. It's got the right measured amount of bitterness, and it's well attenuated. It has an assignment and it passes clearly and effortlessly. Definitely not the best corn lager I've had, but a really good AAL nonetheless.
Jun 24, 2023
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Reviewed by Reidrover from Oregon

3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pint at the Westside Taphouse in West Salem Oregon.
Pours a very pale yellow. Small off white head.
Aroma malts, faint floral hops .
Very nice quenching taste .balanced. Some bitterness. But still to style
Excellent mouth feel. Doesn't get bogged down like cheaper American lagers.
Very good. Should be in 12 packs.
Feb 03, 2023
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
great combination of fresh Oregon hops and barley snooth ipa great frm the first taste
Jan 21, 2023
Rated: 3.98 by brewskis from Indiana

Jan 16, 2023
Rated: 3.52 by pkalix from California

Jan 14, 2023
Rated: 4.1 by Humanusfermentum from Virginia

Jan 07, 2023
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Clear bubbly yellow body, large eggshell white head and thick lacing. Smell and taste are clones: bready yeast, pilsner malt, pale grains, lemon zest, light grassy hops, and kiss of minerality. Super clean and crisp with a touch of paleness, simpler with high carb, dries out nicely. Great pilsner, had in winter but would love on a warm day at happy hour in the biergarten
Jan 05, 2023
Rated: 3 by VaporDome from New York

Jan 03, 2023
Rated: 4.2 by RBorsato from Virginia

Dec 28, 2022
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Reviewed by DefenCorps from Oregon

3.59/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Can from ABV

A clear straw yellow with a dense white head with good retention and lacing. The nose is a clean American lager with a mild but noticeable toasted cereal character, a lightly dusty, fruity hop character. A little sterile? On the palate, this is clean, fruity with a mild fermentation character, soft dough and an heirloom grain character. Fruity citrus and firm hop bitterness, but there's a mild fatty/oily feel that doesn't work and reminds me in ways of Kingfisher instead. More corn than i typically care for. Solid.
Dec 24, 2022
Rated: 4.05 by dshansen1184 from Washington

Dec 22, 2022
Rated: 4 by smithj4 from New York

Dec 11, 2022
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Reviewed by MaltsOfGlory from Oregon

4.39/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
16oz can

Pours two fingers of creamy white head into my Pilsner glass. Retention is pretty good, half of the head remains after a few minutes and a sliver lasts most of the way down. Lacing is somewhat inconsistent, but frothy and not too bad. Body is pale yellow, crystal clear, with a healthy amount of bubbles coming up. Looks pretty good.

Nose has a really nice malty backbone, bready but it’s not a deep breadiness - still very clean. Some faint fruity esters that compliment things wonderfully with a bright feel. Faint pine/earthy hop profile in the background. This smells outstanding.

Flavor has that malty base, but it’s much more subtle. Hops dance on the tongue briefly, but are also very subtle. Certainly leans towards the maltier side of the two. Esters show up for a nano second in the finish. While not as potent as the aroma, it’s still bigger than most Lagers. Very nice regardless.

Mouthfeel does a good amount of work completing this “maltier and heavier than the status quo” character. The body is medium in weight; carbonation is medium-high; it’s clean, but not quite crisp, with a smooth feel. Not dry, and there is a hint of sweetness that comes out more over time. Bitterness is pretty low. It gets a little heavy as it warms, but overall it’s a good mouthfeel that works well.

Drinkability is great.

Overall a solid Pilsner with an elevated body and a wonderful nose.
Nov 24, 2022
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Reviewed by NickSMpls from Washington

3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Canned 11/4. Pours a light straw color with a finger or two of white, frothy head. Light aroma of yeast with a whiff of freshly cut hay. Taste is slighly bitter up front, pleasant maltiness and smooth finish. It's a nicely crafted pilsner, with some added corn for a touch of sweerness. 5.3% ABV. Released in the late fall, this beer brings in memories of warm summer evenings and ice cold beer.
Nov 17, 2022
Animal Beer from Wayfinder Beer
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 20 ratings