Straub 1872 Lager | Straub Brewery

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Straub 1872 LagerStraub 1872 Lager

Brewed by:
Straub Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Darkmagus82 on 12-06-2012

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Ratings: 65 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of Adastra
5/5  rDev +42%

Photo of mdt88
5/5  rDev +42%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Tbrookchris
4.75/5  rDev +34.9%

Photo of BenderRodriguez
4.5/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BuddyPal
4.37/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Old time malty taste, nice head retention, balanced hop aroma/bitterness with the malt. Great body! Good session brew. To categorize this beer as an "adjunct lager" is a misnomer, this is a pre-prohibition lager. There ain't no rice or cereal grain up in here pal.

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Photo of creepinjeeper
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

Photo of SWPA_Brew
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

Solid beer for the style.

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.24/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks perfect. maybe a tad bit dark for a US Pale Lager but I like depth in malt builds.

Smells like lightly toasted sweet bread but nothing out of this world

Tastes the same. Bolder than your average american lagers with a light display of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is slightly heavier than I would expect but not off-putting.

Overall it's fantastic if you are rating it to style.

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Photo of DingoDeacon
4.16/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of FatBoyGotSwagger
4.13/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kvnheet
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tygry
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Bob255
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Premo88
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into pilsner
(bottled 10/17/14)
courtesy of @TongoRad via NBS BIF

L: classic pale lager look -- gold color, 100% clear, loads of bubbles showing in column as it pushes up a thick stack of white-to-off-white foam that sticks like glue; keeps a thick collar of white foam and laces some

S: very sweet grain, both rice and barley, maybe some milo; does have a bit of the adjunct-lager-like smell that is impossible for me to describe -- it's almost like an artificial sweetner or how cherry syrup smells ... it's also a bit like house paint (it's the smell Schlitz has, too ... hard for me to put into words)

T: this is an adjunct? I'd swear I'm tasting a load of sweet malt ... sweet bread malt; also a solid but not overpowering bitter bite of earthy hops; as it warms, some grassy hops

F: oddly all those bubbles seem to fall flat in the mouthfeel ... still decent all around, but just a twinge soft/flat

O: fantastic representative of the style ... this is what our average macro brew should taste like -- lots of sweeter malt flavor with just enough dirt/earth hops to give it some balance and complexity. pulls it off without tasting medicinal.

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Photo of Uniobrew31
3.94/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BJB13
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a becher.

Pours a clear rich golden color with over one finger of bone white foamy head. The nose is pronounced and malty, mostly sweet biscuit with a grainy background. Taste is in line with the nose, sweet and malty with a bit of hope bitterness. Not too sweet to be light and refreshing and on the high side of light bodied this is a pretty good pale lager.

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Photo of BeerIsland
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think I picked this bottle up at Al's and I wish I had some more of it. The 1872 is an offshoot of an anniversary style beer concocted earlier in the year. A burnished gold in the glass is topped off by a nice head that ringed out relatively soon. The aroma is nice but not assertive. I really liked the flavor of this one, harkening back to an earlier era of fuller beers; maybe with a bit more zip. It's a smooth drinking beer with good conditioning. There’s a lingering finish that's a bit effervescent and bitter that adds some real refreshment. I think this is a really good effort on Vince Assetta’s part along with Brewers Ray Frank and Dave Baumgratz. Great job, guys!

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Photo of heerboth
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of curmudgeon236
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of rxthree
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of ColdWaffles
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of canawler
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of McMatt7
3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of drtth
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a nice bright golden color with a 1" white head that recedes slowly to a ring around the glass. Sipping creates scattered small patches of lacing.

The aromas are light and soft but contain some grassy hops, some bready malt and a bit of creamed corn.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the grassy hops and the cornbread mixing nicely. There is some sweetness and a hint of grassy citrus but not a lot of bitterness.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and smooth with the persistent light carbonation. The finish begins as all the flavors begin to fade leaving a slightly herbal note to conclude.

As AALs go this one works fairly well for me and I'd be willing to have another. However, that said I have a definite preference for more fully flavored beers.

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Straub 1872 Lager from Straub Brewery
3.52 out of 5 based on 65 ratings.
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