Lager
Dovetail Brewery

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Style:
Lager - Helles
Ranked #9
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
89
Ranked #7,343
Avg:
4.13 | pDev: 7.99%
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
46
From:
Dovetail Brewery
 
Illinois, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  8
Gots
  7
SCORE
89
Very Good
LagerLager
Notes: A golden, malty, rich, creamy complex lager with aroma of malt and fresh hops. Easy to drink with a lingering pleasant after-taste and foam that stands like a cloud above the rim of the glass; lacing at every sip.
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Reviews by bschmidt_37:
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bschmidt_37 from Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jan 09, 2021
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Willi Becher glass from draft at First Draft on October 2, 2020.

Oct 03, 2020
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jeschaefer from Texas

3/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Apr 04, 2020
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freshbeer7 from Illinois

5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oct 19, 2019
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Guinnsslvr from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apr 23, 2019
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.25/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to FBarber for this one, from a ninja box in NBS BIF #12. 16oz can (date unreadable) poured into 14oz teku. Poured a lightly cloudy dark yellow color with an inch of white head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma had a basic "beeryness" presence, with earthy grains and floral hops being the main aspects.

Similar on the tongue, basic beer at first, then the grains and hops start to shine across the middle and back.

The body smooth, even, medium, and had a semi-dry finish.

drinkability was good, an easy quaffer for sure.

Overall, a solid and enjoyable brew. Worth a shot if you see it.

Oct 26, 2020
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GC2020 from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 22, 2020
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runlikeakenyan from Indiana

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 06, 2020
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz tallboy can poured into SP wine stem / balloon glass.

Appearance: Translucent golden pale yellow bodied beer with a tall bone white head. Great staying power on the head of this beer. Plenty of lacing on the glass. Aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

Smell: bread / biscuity malts. Hint of honey sweetness. light fruity lager yeast.

Taste: biscuit sweetness with a hint of honey from the malt profile. lightly fruity lager yeast. Slightly bitter note of grassy and herbal hops in the finish that pleasantly lingers after each sip.

Mouthfeel: light body with moderate carbonation. Crisp and clean lager. Lightly dry finish. Its really dialed in and very nice!

Overall: I would consider this the "unofficially" official flagship beer at Dovetail. A delightful lager to drink. Lots of complexity and the mouthfeel tells me that this was crafted intentionally to be such a stellar brew that it is. What a treat to have this beer in a can. Would be fantastic to see this in a can on a regular basis.

Mar 29, 2020
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fairly bland, decent grain, biscuit and mild hops throughout. Solid aroma. A bit lighter on flavour on the palate, has a decent carbonation to it, a slight bit more astringent than expected. It doesn't seem to come together as well as it should.

May 16, 2019
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EdFed from Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 06, 2020
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eppCOS from Colorado

4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - classic Lager copper color; good lacing, not much head retention, canned 3.20.2020 - opened 3.28.2020
S - Bready dough malts, some small amount of sweetness on the nose.
T - Where this beer beats the hell out of most lagers, it has a honeyed effect, and is like drinking clean, pure bread. Amaze-balls.
F - Great carbonation, balance. The weight of a PBR/Hamms/AAL, but with REAL lager taste. Phenomenal beer.
O - Another traditional "Killer" from Dovetail. Go visit them in Chicago, Dagnabbit!
(special thanks to @77apm for sending this on during the COVID-19 shut-down).

Mar 28, 2020
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Half liter served in a tall branded mug at Long Room.

Hazy golden color, dense and unfiltered with a long lasting head of creamy foam. Flecks of lacing all around the glass, and concentric rings form as the beer disappears.

Aroma is fresh and yeasty with light apple and vague floral elements, doughy yeast and bready malt.

Taste is crisp with a light hop grassiness behind the fresh yeast and malt flavors. Bready malt, light apple, doughy biscuits. Triple decoction mash gives it some enhanced depth of flavor. Supple and smooth feel, easy carb level, quenching. Hard to put down and very drinkable.

Great first effort from these guys, hope to try more at the new taproom when it opens.

Edit: I've been back to Dovetail many times now, and this beer never fails to disappoint.
A fantastic everyday session beer.

May 26, 2016
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tykechandler from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jul 29, 2017
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delmarkchicago from Illinois

3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Jan 09, 2020
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spycow from Illinois

4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 25, 2016
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mattmarka1 from Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sep 08, 2018
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Ohiovania from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

May 21, 2017
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liamt07 from Canada (ON)

4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aug 27, 2017
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krome from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aug 21, 2017
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dexterk1 from Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 03, 2016
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coz from Illinois

3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 04, 2018
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filstan from Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I think this beer is well designated as "lager". It corresponds with what I would identify stylistically as a German Franconian lager beer . Those beers are well balanced, with a bready yeasty, fruity malt, and some mild floral hop on the nose. As this beer is unfiltered there is some light mild haze. It could be called a Kellerbier in this regard, but it is not hoppy enough for me to lean in that direction. The initial dense creamy foam holds and leaves a collar on the beer all the way down the glass leaving a lovely lace and firm drink lines. Mouthfeel is full and creamy soft. With an abv at 4.8 Dovetail lager is welcoming and enjoyable glass after glass. The decoction mashing combined with open fermentation make this brew and other lagers brewed at Dovetail old world quality of some distinction. Best served imo in a 1.2 L Willy Becker, or better yet in a ceramic stein. Proud to have this on tap at my home. These guys are getting it right.

Jul 31, 2017
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Farnswurth from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aug 31, 2016
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Rimbimhoot from Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 11, 2017
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Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 46 ratings