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Hausmann Brewing Co. Pale Beer | Gray's Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Gray's Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by cokes on 07-05-2005

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Photo of Deuane
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Part of a mixed sixer I bought to give a try to some "lesser" WI brews.

Golden yellow amber with a thin white cap. Quickly reduced to leave a thin ring and spotty lace.

S-Once I realized that Pale Beer wasn't a Pale Ale, I didn't expect much from this one,and I was mostly correct. A bit of lightly sweet malt and a bit of herbal/grassy hops. Not much going on with this one.

T-A decent tasting micro/macro beer. Nothing offensive but nothing outstanding either. It is fine for a "beer" but nothing I would find myself craving. A bit of malty sweetness and a kiss of hop bitterness puts this one a step ahead of BMC products. A hint of apple/white grape fruitiness in the finish.

M-Medium-light to light body with a decent crisp finish that is pleasant.

D-Nothing bad here....and then nothing exciting either. I certainly would pick this over any BMC product but I certainly wouldn't pick this over the myriad of other quality micros available in WI. I hope there are enough BMC converts in WI to support this beer....I wouldn't be one of them!

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Photo of dirtylou
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, taken from the fridge of a friend while dogsittin

I dont really understand what goes on over at Gray's but it sure seems like they brew for about 40 different companies...

appearance: pours into a dotties/capital glass stolen by blackie from dotties but carelessly left in the car of a friend...clear amber body, big beige foam with a decent lace

smell: not much on the nose...light grain/malt, minimal hops

taste: pretty decent lager....toasted malt/grain, a touch bready, light sweetness, mild hop presence, roasted peanut. Its fine, i'd drink it at a college bar if it was available

mouthfeel: medium-light

drinkability: very drinkable

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sunshine amber with variously sized bubbles traveling up to a large-bubbled, simple white cap. The rumpled, bubbly surface takes its sweet time descending and leaves a respectable amount of sudsy lace when it does so. Yet another example of how micro macro lagers look superior to macro macro lagers. Couldn't we come up with a better name for beer of this style?

The nose is likeable. Once I found out that Pale Beer wasn't a Pale Ale, I didn't expect much out of the aroma. It's a pleasant surprise however with elements of lightly sweet, fresh grain and gently herbal noble hops. It smells like a Saaz-free zone, so I'll go with Hallertauer.

The Hausmann beers (brewed by Gray's) are said to utilize pre-Prohibition recipes. If so, then those folks enjoyed some pretty good beer. This one is more hoppily bitter than any macro lager in recent memory. Again, the stated style just doesn't seem to fit in this case. How about American Special Bitter (ASB)?

There's enough pale/pils malt onboard to provide some measure of sweetness and to provide a more than adequate base of operations for the hop sorties. In fact, given the type of hops used and quantity present, calling Pale Beer a pilsener wouldn't be out of line. The finish is snappily crisp and clean while still retaining some residual sweetness. Did I hear someone say 'session'?

The body is light-medium in general and solidly, firmly medium for the style. There's a fair amount of carbonation present, but it's so fine-bubbled that it enlivens the mouthfeel rather than distracting the drinker (as larger, more soda-like bubbles might have).

Just because Hausmann Pale Beer is brewed and marketed as a pre-Prohibition throwback, doesn't mean that the brewery couldn't give it a snazzier name and more impressive packaging. No matter though. Its pilsener-like hoppy crispness and overall quality is enough to keep lovers of good beer coming back again and again. I just hope there are enough of them in the Madison area to keep this beer afloat.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours out a clear golden color with a small white head. Weak grain aroma along with a little bit of a bad smell that is very metallic. Some grain in the flavor, but this beer tastes almost like nothing at all. Maybe a little hop bitterness. Thin mouthfeel. As far as macro type lagers go, this isn't bad. That being said, I doubt I will drink this again.

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Photo of cokes
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Contracted by Gray's for the newly resurrected Fauerbach Brewery out of Madison.

It's all retro chic, with the old-timey label. Modeled on the post-prohibition American "pilsner" of the old brewery (now the Marketing Co.)

It pours a snapping pale gold with a moderate and well-kept white cap.
Modestly scented of white toast, grain husk, and sweet corn.
Enters with a pale and firm maltiness, leaning towards untoasted English Muffin and white bread. A minor influx of powder-sugared torillas hints at its macro-ish roots. It's never sweet, or even sweetish, as a haybale hop note take up the slack and carries this parched through the finish. Clean at the end, and, really, throughout.
Light bodied, with a bit of sparkle from the CO2. This just injects itself down the throat.
Very simple. Very clean. And, actually very tasty, with its crispy light maltiness hurdling it over every mass produced example I've ever witnessed.
I would not bitch if this was stocked in the cooler of the next summer BBQ I attend. But it won't be.

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Hausmann Brewing Co. Pale Beer from Gray's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.49 out of 5 with 5 ratings
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