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Handy's Lager | Herkimer Pub & Brewery

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Brewed by:
Herkimer Pub & Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by tavernjef on 08-30-2003

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by tavernjef:
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3.04/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very light pale yellow in color, thin stark white head, no lacing. Smell is lightly malted sweetness and floral hops. Taste is pale sweet malts, light breadish quality and small floral/citrusy hops nudge their way in past the sweetness. Light but substantially lasting and steady in its feel, fairly drinkable but primarily dull and boring.

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Photo of Ragingbull
2.9/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pale gold color with a light appearance of prickle in the glass. The head is showing traces of lacing. The attack is pretty straightforward, no surprises. There is something refreshing about the mouthfeel, but its definitely the mouthfeel more than the flavor. Interesting. There are some grainy tones in the flavor. The finish is pretty clean however. Lighter lager style beer. The Herkimer is my "change of pace" brewpub in the TC.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.52/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Herkimer. This beer arrives a hazy straw color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into a small cap of foam that sticks around until the beer is gone. The aroma is of corn, and light grassy hops. The taste is similar to the aroma with a nice sweetness. The mouthfeel is light bodied with lively carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a pretty good beer for its style. It has a stronger flavor and aroma profile than most adjunct lagers. I would drink this beer again if I were in the mood for a really light beer.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of MonkeyPilates
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of feloniousmonk
2.98/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I walked into the Herkimer, sat at the bar, and caught the attention of the barman. He rattled off the names of the house beers, myself not noticing the chalkboard, and I decided to take a stab at the one he called "blonde." Later, I noticed there was nothing called "blonde" on the board. "Oh, that's the lager", he tells me. Okay. "Handy's", reads the chalk, "American lager."

The coaster is more forthcoming. "American premium lager, light and crisp with little or no bitterness and a light malty finish. Color: straw, IBU: 13, Starting Plato: 11.2, Alcohol: 4.1%"

Comes in a German-style altbier glass, definitely not a 16 ounce pint, though I paid the equivalent.

Clear, pale yellow color, plumb head dies quick, but leaves lace. Very considerate.

Sweetish nose, hints of honey, lightly fruity. Not insufferable.

Clean and smooth, with a distinct grainy grit rising up after the first taste. Lands sweet on the front of the tongue and dries off on the way out. Very light in body, easy to drink, but apart from the aforementioned grainy texture, offer little reward in the drinking, scant flavor, wet and hollow.

Not bad, really, but it plainly resides on the intersection of Ho and Hum.
They must sell a ton of it, though, so who cares what I think, hey?

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Handy's Lager from Herkimer Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.24 out of 5 with 6 ratings
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