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European Pale Lager
Ranked #105
Ranked #48,267
3.14 | pDev: 18.47%
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Photo of Mitchster
4.33/5  rDev +37.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

$4.99 for a 6 pack of 11.2 oz green bottles at Beer city on blow out. 5% ABV, Hopped with Emerald and Magnum per the website and brewed with "pale malt and other specifically chosen malts"

Pours out to a crystal clear medium gold, forming a bone white head with poor retention and lacing in my beer clean glass. The nose is clean, crisp, with moderate skunk owing to the green bottle and a little bit of melanoidin malt character. The mouthfeel is soft, light bodied, clean, refreshing and very easy to drink. The taste is of delicate malt, skunk (which I don't mind at all in eurolagers), very mild bitterness and a lightly sweet residual grainy finish.

This is an easy drinking lager. I'd love to try it on tap before it gets skunked in the green bottle, I bet it's a hell of a fine beer. These things go down like water. Refreshing and simple.

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Photo of Beernaby
4.02/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

guess what....I'm usually a hop-head. I like IPA's and hoppy Belgians, but every now and then you just NEED a clean,
straight-forward LAGER. A refreshing, simple cold lager to quench your thirst. THIS IS IT!
Look: clarity and a late-season wheat yellow
Nose: grassy, grainy, with a little cucumber
Taste: crisp, clean, and finely carbonated
Feel: natural, like spring-water
Overall: whether you just played three sets of tennis on the red clay of the French Riviera or you are just plain thirsty,
this is a go-to beer when you need clean refreshment!

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Photo of tucson_brewson
4.15/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Fancy 15.2 oz bottle (best by Nov2019) poured into a pint glass.

L - Pours a clear golden honey color with about two fingers of soapy white foam that dissipate with good retention leaving a thin lacing throughout. Good stream of bubbles as well.

S - Slightly skunky up front, metallic, grassy, earthy hops, cereal grain, bready malt, honey, orange blossom, soy sauce (umami)

T - Follows the nose with a metallic hoppy bite up front, honey, sweet corn, bready malt, cracker, spice, a nice balance of bitter hops and sweetness from the malt.

F - Light bodied, moderate carbonation, and insanely drinkable. Very refreshing, starts crisp, and finishes slightly dry but clean.

O - One of the better Euro pilsners. The flip-top is a nice touch, although not the easiest to open if you're a few beers deep... Packaging aside, this is a nice, light, drinkable pilsner that brings a very nice balance in flavor. Need to put it to the test against other green-bottled beers.

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.67/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Deep gold. Two fingers of foamy white head with good retention.

Smell: Sweet, biscuity malt.

Taste: Mild crackers, with a very faint hint of hop bitterness that lingers on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thin, highly carbonated.

Overall: A completely average, refreshing, inexpensive lager for drinking without thinking.

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Photo of ttpfau
3.1/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For one of the major world beer brands, for me, this is one of the better ones. It helps me to keep going in the beer wasteland that is Oman. I often put lime in it, to create what I call a "Nexican."

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Photo of JoeMurphy
3.79/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Golden, filtered with some fine white particles floating about. A stark-white head that slowly dissipate into a thin layer of foam. Nice spotting lacing.

The aroma is grassy, earthy, herbal, biscuity—all blended in together.

The flavor is the same as the aroma.

The mouthfeel is light-to-medium and has lots of carbonation. The finish is fairly dry and crisp and refreshing.

Overall, it’s a solid European pale lager. But it’s not worth the money, in my opinion.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.68/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a lighter copper color, with a small, lacing head. Mellow aroma, crisp and malty. Flavor is mellow too, nice crisp buttery notes. Good body and feel. Overall, not a bad no frills beer at all. Nice flavors, very drinkable, pleasent.

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Photo of CWINS65
4.18/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Solid lager, has a nice full taste and body to it. I would say this is a more earthy taste than sweet like some others. Finishes nice and dry without an excessive aftertaste.The swing-top bottles are cool as well!

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Photo of jrc1093
3.36/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Best by 2/18/2020

Pours a clear, deep honey gold body topped with a few fingers of slightly off-white foam; solid retention yields a spotty cap, frothy collar, and moderate spread of spotty, thin lacing.

Aroma opens with a honeyed grain sweetness quickly ceding to deep grassy hops and finishing with touches of earthy straw.

Taste takes an earthier overall tone with dry grassy hops dosed with an overarching minerality, while light grain opens steadily into the finish.

Mouthfeel brings a light body with counterbalancing medium-high levels of carbonation; smooth with a mild hoppy grit across the mid-palate leading into a clean finish with light lingering bitterness.

A pleasantly neutral Euro pale lager with just enough hop and grain expression to keep the profile interesting; also considering the rounded, clean body, this finds itself a satisfying, even preferred, take on the style.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.62/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

(450 ml, flip-top green bottle, best before DEC2019... purchased cold; poured into 14 oz mug)

L: crystal-clear, gold-colored liquid; tall swell of off-white, spongy foam... suds don't crumble too quick; builds a nice rocky crest above the rim; a few thin strands of crusty lace

S: big pop of sweet malt in the middle, bordering on caramel-like; soft fruity-spicy highlights - almost candied edge in concert with the malt... believe it or not, perhaps a subtle noble hop resin is detectable as well... arguably slightly above-average intensity

T: very little bitterness up front; grain character only in a delicate golden bread crust note; big undercurrent of rather apple-juicy malt/esters, but moderately dry altogether... restrained herbal/grassy bitterness does develop midway through; little aftertaste aside from an herbal, peppery note

F: light-medium bodied, with a long finish and soft sizzle in its wake... tail end light, dry; touch of warmth lingering

O: I can only recall having this 2 or 3 times - even with the long time since the last one, its taste seems familiar... at worst, middle-of-the-road compared to its contemporaries... the flip-top bottle its only selling point? - I may try a canned version to compare (1417)

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.21/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

The last of the unholy triumvirate of Dutch pale lagers for me. Thanks, Lars.

Grainy, mildly sweet, mildly bitter with earthy and mildly lemon notes, this smells ok. The palate opens with a clean grain flavor, mild hop flavor and bitterness on a clean body. Light malt, lemon and earth notes with a touch of mineral is present. Drying, clean and mildly bitter on the finish, this is decent.

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Photo of German-Helles
3.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

15.2 oz flip top, with that perfect pop when opened.
The beer pours a very nice yellow color with two fingers of very white foam, that after a couple of minutes dropped to a thin layer. Nice small steady bubble working their way to the top. A perfect look!
The smell is a little hoppy, mild. Like a typical beer.
The taste is slightly bready, a touch bitter, a good taste, not anything special, very drinkable, sessionable for sure.
The feel is crisp, not watery, the bubbles feel good in my mouth.
It's a good beer, maybe to simple for some people, but a taste I crave at times. A good, solid, old fashion beer that hits the spot.

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Photo of Drak-Nib
4/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bitter bugger. An acquired taste that I could see acquiring. I went from a smiley face to a frowny face back to a contented face. circa 2008

After another annoying session of cleaning and bandaging biopsy sites that I can’t see even with the aid of multiple mirrors, this really hits the spot. It’s almost required that I like this, given its appearance in “Hot Fuzz,” one of the greatest films. Fortunately, it lives up to its mythology — in fact, I’ll bet it’s top drawer with a Cornetto! Slightly bitter, but not overpowering. If not for the price, it would be a daily drinker. But as is, you can guzzle or sip and have a good time. 2017/09/01

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Photo of emerge077
3.03/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ah, party leftovers. Best by Oct. 2019
Bright saturated gold, a finger of foam and a little bit of patchy lacing.
Initial aroma was vaguely floral, as it warms it smells like dull wet grains, corn and 2-row barley.
Flavor is bland but there's a mild hop presence, lightly grassy and floral with a low level bitterness.
Crisp carbonation, light bodied, slightly bland aftertaste. Somewhat hoppier than many industrial euro lagers.
Fairly clean, but still a step below Heineken. Thanks Bill for this one!

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Photo of Buckeye55
3/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Actually had one of these while we were home in Ohio for Thanksgiving. Hadn't had one in years and had it in a mix if several different beers and several shots of Jaeger. I have always thought of it as a good average beer, garnering the 3.0 rating

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Photo of PMakowski
3.89/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11 Oz Bottle poured into glass
Look - fairly common for the style, pale yellow color with a thin foam head and a little glass lacing
Smell - Aroma is grainy with a mountain water mineral aspect. Faint hop presence. Actually somewhat similar to American beers in the smell.
Taste - Extremely easy to drink, i keep drinking it without really focusing on the flavor. It's got a very smooth flow of barley and water and then finishes with a very decent hop resin that's more earthy and dry. It's on the light side, not watery but it's got just enough body to separate itself from a light beer. Medium carbonation, slightly less carbonated than Heineken.

Overall, it was a very simple pale lager. It doesn't really remind me of Heineken because the flavor is not that similar unless you are completely unfamiliar with Euro lagers then it might taste similar to you. I prefer Heineken but this is slightly more drinkable. Grade is a B+

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Photo of Steve0mac
3.69/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I know a lot of reviewers do not rate this beer highly...but it’s a good beer. It pours nice, has a nice golden colour and good white head. I taste kind of caramelly undertones. It might not be the best beer in the world but it is a good easy beer you can throw back all evening.

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Photo of Moir1994CT
2.84/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is not a bad beer if you enjoy the heineken style of brew. Smells like heineken and kind of tastes like it as well. However i find this to be a tad smoother. If it werent so smooth i wouldnt rank it as high as i did given im not a fan of this style of euoropean lager usually. The bottle is fancy as well with the metal pop cork configuration. Its an enjoyable winter brew but not one for the summer in my opinion nor a regular drink.

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Photo of StevieQ
4.35/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a great European lager. In the world of fairly bland European lagers, this is a very good lager. Upon the first sip, there's a pronounced and pleasant grainy/wheaty aroma, which quickly fades into the background after a few sips. Then there is a lingering weaker taste of malt and alcohol. As expected for a true European lager, there's not much hop aroma to it. (If you are disappointed because of this, get a bitter IPA). It has a good balance of sweetness, bitterness, and acidity, with none dominating over the other two. Color is clear light golden amber. For comparison, I like it better than Heineken. Great lager.

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Photo of elnachooo
2.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Cerveza de cuerpo ligero con carbonatación media. En su aroma se distingue un dulzor que luego se refleja al paladar. Tiene una pizca de amargor que ayuda en su sabor.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
4/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a white head. Aroma of malts, grass, grains, mild bitter finish. A decent but dull Lager. Really lacking in a lot of crispness categories.

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Photo of Alexc11
3.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Light on the bitterness and carbonation. Nor do the hop flavours come forward much. Sweet/malt overtones (I detect apricots?) accompanied with a deep gold colour and moderately stubborn lace. Light and enjoyable.

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Photo of superspak
3.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

450 ml swing top bottle into lager glass, best before 12/19/2018. Pours crystal clear medium golden yellow color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy white with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, pepper, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. A bit too fruity/skunky/yeasty aromas, skunk dissipated through the glass. Okay aromas with pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, pepper, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate Light-moderate herbal, floral, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, pepper, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and balance of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance. Some lingering hop astringency after the finish. but not too overwhelming. Nicely clean on lager flavors, not too fruity/yeasty. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium-plus carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, bready/grainy/sticky, and fairly resinous balanced mouthfeel that is good. A bit too aggressively drying. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Overall this is a solid Euro pale lager. All around good robustness and balance of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, and pretty refreshing to drink; despite the aggressively bitter/resinous/drying finish. Definitely felt too bitter and drying for the style for some reason. Balanced clean pils malts and noble hops. An enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Mysticmage
3/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

well known for their fancy bottles this one pours yellow classic lager style. Simple nose here but clean, crisp taste with good finish. Works with a cheap meal and friends.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the swing top bottle in a pint glass via a friend from work---Cheers Justin!
This nice pale lager pours a crystal clear pale golden with a nice head of white foam
that subsides to a thick ring, thin sparse pool, and shows nice sudsy lacing. Nose of
light attributes of lager yeast, grain notes, light honey malt, and herbal hops. Flavors
follow but exceed the nose by presentation showing honey malts and herbal hops
awash in notes of lager funk and grain with an herbal lightly bitter finish. Nice mouth
feel; medium light body, medium light carbonation, and a clean lightly bitter herbal

Overall, a SOLID little brew that is worthy to enjoy on a hot long day.
An old favorite from back in the days when this was some of the
best you could find. Still a great thirst quencher.


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