Four Twenty Brilliant Lager
Shaftebury Brewing Company

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American Lager
Ranked #312
Ranked #39,875
3.48 | pDev: 9.48%
Shaftebury Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada
Four Twenty Brilliant LagerFour Twenty Brilliant Lager
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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 22
Photo of headlessparrot
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the can a hazy pale yellow, chill-hazed but also vaguely unfiltered looking. Indeed, it almost has that pale cloudy yellow-ish of witbier. Curious. Slight head, receding quickly but leaving decent lacing.

Slight buttery diacetyl in the nose,but the dominant note here is kind of like raw bakery bread dough blended with grass clippings from a lawnmower. Slight fresh, bitter greens.

Taste lacks the crispness, the clean-ness I like in a lager, but it's actually not bad. Bready, biscuity malt with a bitter hop twang, slight pepper. Good amount of flavour. Carbonation is moderate, body is perhaps a touch heavy and a bit oily, but alright, all things considered.

At $15 for a 15 pack? Hell, I'll take it.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

355ml can, a surprise return from a brewery that we Albertans have not seen hide nor hair of since ought 9.

This beer pours a clear, bright pale golden yellow colour, with a fistful of puffy, rocky, and mildly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a bit of condensed island group lace around the glass as it surprisingly takes its time sinking away.

It smells of grainy, doughy pale malt, a twinge of sweet-ass corn, some tame hard water flintiness, and leafy, weedy, and faintly grassy hops. The taste is semi-sweet, grainy pale malt, a subtly corny breadiness, ethereal yeasty notes, and a conversely peppy leafy, earthy, and above all grassy hop bitterness.

The carbonation is quite understated in its banal and generally plain frothiness, the body an adequate middleweight for the style, and mostly smooth, nothing else really sticking around here to cause us any trouble. It finishes tempting the sweetness gods, as the grassy hops start to peter out, while the inexpensive, but hardly cheap malt carries on and on.

Not a bad brew, overall, really, and given its low-cost, but high-volume re-entry into our rather competitive beer market, who's to say how it will do. Easy to drink, and crushable, I would imagine, in the alluded to 15-packs this stuff now parades around here in.

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Photo of axfelix
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just like everyone else has said, this isn't nearly as bad as it could be, considering that it's among the five cheapest six-packs in any BC Liquor Store (around $9 as of February 2010). It's not much to look at, and it smells predictably like beer; it also tastes almost exactly like PBR (which, for those playing along at home, is a bit more alcoholic and better-tasting north of the 49th, in addition to being more commonly referred to as "Pabst"). Also, it's local, which is somewhat novel to me as a New Englander; unless you count Sam Adams, there isn't much tradition of microbreweries that brew reliably mediocre beer.

Vancouver's crown prince of "keep it in the fridge for when you're feeling cheap on a Tuesday night." If you're reading this website, you'd be hard-pressed to tire of it.

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Photo of ezza
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very drinkable offering from Shaftebury - definitely sessionable. I'll second Shadman's opinion - clean, slight biscuit taste, nice malt/hop balance, hint of citrus, dry finish. Remarkably similar to Okanagan Spring's 1516 - unsurprising since both are now brewed in the same brewery! Extra props for the very low price point... at $8.25 a six-pack here in BC, it clocks in a good $3-$4 cheaper than OK Spring's 1516 and its competitors. A rare beer deal. Lastly, this has been miscategorized as an American Adjunct Lager - no adjuncts in this beer. Says so on the can. I'd say Munich Helles...

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Photo of Graham5161986
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, dark amber-gold with two finger white head that dissipates slowly to form a thin film and slight lace.

S: grassy hops and a slight scent of bready malt

T: like it smells: grassy and bready but very dry, leaving hardly any aftertaste

M: medium bodied and slight creamy texture with tingly carbonation

D: An interesting beer that was a lot drier than I expected. Nevertheless, it's easy to drink and would make a pretty good session beer. Would do well as a summer beer.

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Photo of Shadman
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a bit darker than your average lager. Coaxed a 2 finger bone white head that took it's time receding. That's a good start! Smell was faint, but what was there was grassy with some grainy malt. Very similar in taste to Okanagan's 1516. Very clean initially, then i found it to have a slight biscuit taste followed by a decent malt/hop blalance. Noted just a smidge of citrus as well. Found it to be slightly creamy and smooth, but the finish is a tad dry. A decent lager to try out on your pals wasting away in macro 'lageritaville'.

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Photo of Viggo
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden/yellow, thick white head forms, settles to a decent layer, nice lacing. Smell is sweet, some grass, citrus, pretty mediocre lager aroma, bit of a malt backbone though. Taste is very grainy, dry biscuity malt, some citrus, little caramel, very drying decently bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. I find this surprisingly thick for a lager, and I'll give them props for the bitterness.

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Photo of BigBry
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Average looking lager; clear yellow-gold color, starts with not bad head, but quickly shrinks away. Smell is grassy, grainy with slight hop finish. Fuller flavor than most macros, grain and malty sweetness, more hop finish. Well carbonated, even thought the head is lost, crisp clean finish. Nothing overly great, but a nice option for an east drinking summer beer.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a chill hazed gold, topped with a short, white head. Some yeast flecks float within. Good head retention, with speckled flecks of lace. The aroma carries forth an immediate, urgent hop spiciness, dominating the crisp pils malt. Some sweetish corn and dry, grainy pils malt opens up the flavor, quickly overtaken by sharp german hopping. Floral and spicy, with a soft metallic tinge into the aftertaste. A hint of grass and lemon. Fairly light bodied, with crackling carbonation. Nice and crispy on the tongue. I doubt this is an adjunct lager. My vote goes for all malt german pilsener. Nothing incredible, but it's a solid pilsener beer nonetheless.

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Photo of LaSalle
3.32/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Look: Dark black box with a menacing clock (reading four-twenty) and the “evil-mister-clean” looking brewmaster cartoon mascot dubiously looming front and center. Look loses points for the silly pot reference, which at first led my tasting friend and I to assume it was a hemp ale, but the “420” apparently refers to the 4 ingredients and the fact that it’s aged for twenty days (why?). Anyhow… pours with a thin white ephemeral head.

Nose: Not much in the nose actually, faint malt notes with a slight almost corn feel.

Taste: The taste actually begins with with a stronger crystal-malt presence than the nose suggested, which is followed notes of starch/pasta. Maintains this mellow maltiness through to the finish.

Finish: Relatively fresh and malty, actually quite nice.

Comments: Overall not a bad brew fore the style. Better than I originally expected, a good “drinking beer”. Maintains a reasonably high marginal utility; I could go through a few of these over the course of the night.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Okay, it looks like I'm the one who's going to have to point out the stoner logic behind the concept of this Four Twenty lager, even though I'm not a toker myself (scotch is my monkey--dance monkey!). Brewed with Four ingredients hearkening back to the German Purity Law standards, that's a no brainer. Lagered Twenty days doesn't make much sense to me, the longer this style is lagered the better it would be, so I don't see the appeal in a lager aged 20 days at all. However in stoner parlance, 4:20 is the code for sparking one up, regardless of the time of the day. In urban legend a poll was taken and 4:20 was the average time people started lighting up their spliffs, usually right after school or work. In a semi-related topic, Beer:30 was usually code for quitting time, when the whistle blew and you cracked open your first brew of the day to help you forget about your time in the salt mines and self-medicate--I'm waiting for someone to brew a Beer:30! That out of the way, lets get to the beer at hand.

This is a very nice looking lager, a clear deep golden colour, with a decent head that recedes to a thin cap and then ring. Grassy hops on the nose, along with grain and corn. Flavour has a bit more character for a lager, grain, corn and those grassy hops again, with an underlying sweetness of malt (and corn I would wager). Carbonation on the mouthfeel, it gets a bit astringent in texture on the finish due to adjuncts, a semi-crisp finish. This holds up alright for a craft lager, but given the choice I'd rather reach for a Moosehead, or better yet, a Yukon Chilkoot lager. The whole Four Twenty concept still baffles me in context with a beer, let alone a lager. Spark one up and forget about it.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

They used to have a lager called the longbeach lager but it was discontinued. This joins the OK Spring Helles in the BC micro lager cadre this summer. I find this beer to be a better mousetrap kind of lager. Better hops, better finish and more Euro than North American. Not a great lager ( I like the Helles better) but a good beer that Molson and Labatt drinkers should try. Break open a case at the next BC hot summer bbQ.

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Four Twenty Brilliant Lager from Shaftebury Brewing Company
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 22 ratings