Curious Brew | Hepworth & Co. (Brewers) Ltd.

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Brewed by:
Hepworth & Co. (Brewers) Ltd.
England, United Kingdom

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by wl0307 on 12-09-2005

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Reviews by jazzyjeff13:
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3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of April 2013. ABV is stated as 4.7% and the name has changed to simply 'Curious Brew', but I'm pretty certain it's the same beer. Described on the label as a lager re-fermented with Champagne yeast and dry-hopped with Nelson Sauvin.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear golden colour with good carbonation. Yields a huge head of white foam with a creamy texture and decent retention, although it disappears after a few minutes. The aroma is interesting; light malt with distinct overtones of earthy yeast, dry white grapes (like white wine) and hops. Not bad....

Tastes of light, clean malt with a mild hop bitterness. Notes of earthy yeast, light fruit (perhaps white grapes, though it's hard to describe) and subtle stewed hops. Mouthfeel is crisp and dry, with pleasant carbonation and slight astringency. Aftertaste of dry yeast and faint hops.

A quality effort for a lager - clean and tasty with some unusual fruity characteristics that resemble dry white wine. Superior craftmanship is in evidence compared with the industrial swill that typically passes for lager. Worth sampling.

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Photo of jeschaefer
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tappangordo
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biboergosum
3.36/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle. England has a 'leading winemaker' - swuh? Who knew?

This beer pours a crystal clear, pale golden straw hue, with one skinny finger of bubbly, fizzy, off-white head, which leaves a few instances of low-lying bonsai tree lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of crisp citrus rind, hallow pine resin, bready malt, a suspect musky white grape fruitiness, some softly earthy, leafy hoppiness, and an off-note buttery character that only barely borders on rancid. The taste is sweet grainy pale malt, a prominent pithy yeastiness, some mildly oxidized white wine must, and softly fruity hops.

The bubbles are average, and generally supportive in their bearing, the body medium-light in weight, and a little too cloying from the start to be considered all that smooth. It finishes mostly sweet, the compromised pale malt giving it to a certain extent to the yeast and fruity lingering hops.

A somewhat strange offering from one the venerable lands of beer, where their production methods seem to be only second to Germany in terms of adherence to tradition. The yeasty wine character does perform a number on the underlying pale lager, and not always for the best. Approach with caution.

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Photo of Jacobus79
3.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DJoe
2.8/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
2.5/5  rDev -26%

Photo of marcrech
3.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vinicole
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Clear straw. Ever decreasing head.
Strong aroma of noble hops with a bit of light caramel. Some citrus.
Sweet cereal favour. Hint of lemon.
Lightly carbonated. Medium body.
Decent enough for an EPL.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of DoddyDunbar
2.55/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

I am not sure if I am tasting the same beer because I was not impressed by this “lager”. It was watery and thin with insufficient body. The use of champagne yeast seemed to leave it with little to complement the, for my taste, overdone hops with too much competition between the three varieties used resulting in a cacophony rather than a marriage. So not enough character from the yeast too much from the competing hops and where was the lager malt character. I probably gave up looking because it was so hard to find under the hops. I know this brewer can produce some really fine beers so, yes, I was disappointed.

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Photo of dark3d0
3.84/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of edtri19
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of Florya
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of talatham
3.14/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Slightly pale in colour, a very crisp dry taste.
Drank outside the Tower Hotel, London.

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Photo of Sam-VW
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of bark
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is deep yellow; the small foam quickly disappears with a fizzing sound. The liquid is clear.

The smell is dry; it resembles a lot of white wine with flowery notes of grape fruits, white grapes and some elderflowers. There is also a touch of cascade hops.

The taste is dry with earthy notes of white wine (Riesling grapes). The taste is clean with some body and a hint of maturing. The somewhat fruity aftertaste got a moderate bitterness and a long lasting semi sweet note of lime and grapefruit.

The carbonation is strong with lots of refreshing, big bubbles.

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Photo of Howlader
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Euroglot
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of steverx8
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

A: Pale lager. Quite big bubbles. Decent lacing.
S: Fudge, which must be the Cascade hops. Vinous and grapey.
T: The finish and mouthfeel are a total flop but the initial flavour is very pleasant: White wine, Saaz hops, some American IPA caramel and white bread. Also a touch lemony.
O: Interesting, but wine-infused beer gets better than this.

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Photo of Hanglow
3.37/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear gold, small head

Slightly aromatic and a small whiff of nelson hops

light taste of malt, some bready character , some fruity/winey hops. It's dominated by the zingy carbonation though when you swallow. Med dry finish, little bitterness to counteract the equally low sweetness.

A decent take on inoffensive lagers

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Photo of BostonJustin
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried on-tap at the White Horse Parson's Green in London.

Pours a bright golden colour, brilliantly clear and crystal. Head forms a fine crest of slightly greying white. Lace forms fine and light as the beer goes down. Not bad.

Nose is crisp for the most part, with muted hops, but a light, grainy euro-pils character which isn't unpleasant. Some faint honey and floral characters come through as it warms up. Again, it's fairly decent.

Taste is clean and light from start to finish. Smooth mid-palate leads to something a tad buttery on the back. Crisp carbonation helps punctuate the ending. Hops are again muted but provide just enough balance. Aftertaste has a slight hint of yeast or flour.

Feel is light and sparkling with a fineness to it. Really not bad.

Overall, this is pretty drinkable stuff. Light and fairly crisp. It's not the greatest beer in the world, but it certainly does its job, and it's probably less offensive than some equivalent beers that claim to do the same job.

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