Hoppy Lagers

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by JEdmund, Jan 16, 2013.

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  1. JEdmund

    JEdmund Initiate (0) Oct 23, 2006 Kansas

    I hope hoppy lagers become a bigger trend this year. I know Sam Adams is coming out with one, not to mention how delicious their Noble Pils is. Anyone remember Avery's 17th anniversary ale, the dry hopped black lager? I'd love seeing something like that on the shelves again.

    Who's with me!?!?
  2. fuzzylogic

    fuzzylogic Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Just more lagers in general would be fine with me. Hoppy ones have their place (Southern Tier's Krampus comes to mind).
  3. RichD

    RichD Champion (819) Mar 18, 2012 Rhode Island
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    Well Jack's Abby out of Massachusetts has their Hoponius Union which is far and above any other hoppy lagers. If you can gain access to their beers it'll be a treat for you. They only make lagers and they add hops and barrel age them.
  4. dawatts

    dawatts Aspirant (211) Dec 27, 2006 Massachusetts

    There was Jack's Abbey Kiwi Rising and then I died a happy man. All lagers at Jack's Abbey.
  5. dawatts

    dawatts Aspirant (211) Dec 27, 2006 Massachusetts

    Look for their Kiwi Rising. You wont be disappointed.
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  6. Brew33

    Brew33 Crusader (749) Oct 24, 2007 Ohio
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    I enjoy the hell out of My Antonia....
  7. Drtfinelli

    Drtfinelli Initiate (0) Jun 7, 2012 New Hampshire

    Haven't met a Jack's Abbey I didn't like.
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  8. JEdmund

    JEdmund Initiate (0) Oct 23, 2006 Kansas

    Haven't heard of Jack's Abbey before. Sounds like I'm missing out! How far do they distribute? I'm in Kansas, so Im' doubtful we'll see them any time soon.
  9. RichD

    RichD Champion (819) Mar 18, 2012 Rhode Island
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    They've only been open since 2011. So right now they're only distributing to Massachusetts. I'd suggest trying to make some trades with people. It'll definitely be worth it.
  10. onefalsemove711

    onefalsemove711 Initiate (184) Jul 20, 2011 California

    Humulus Lager is brilliant!
  11. cpz28

    cpz28 Initiate (0) Dec 31, 2007 Illinois
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    Avery Average Joe Pilsner is really nice and hoppy
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  12. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    Totally agree. More lagers for sure!

    Krampus is an excellent brew, the best ST has to offer in my opinion.
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  13. TheJollyHop

    TheJollyHop Initiate (0) Sep 2, 2009 California

    Personally, I dig the burgeoning IPL style.
  14. mrhartounian

    mrhartounian Aspirant (206) Nov 23, 2009 Massachusetts

    I think when it comes to hoppy lagers the discussion begins and ends with Jack's Abby. We are very lucky here in Mass. They are a bargain too - usually in the $3-5 range for 500ml.
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  15. Bay01

    Bay01 Aspirant (278) Nov 19, 2008 Illinois

    Came here to say this, Joe's is a great session beer.
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  16. Beerpharmer

    Beerpharmer Initiate (0) Apr 22, 2010 New Jersey

    Shmaltz Brewing/Coney Island makes an IPA style lager. Sword Swallower. Excellent brew
  17. JEdmund

    JEdmund Initiate (0) Oct 23, 2006 Kansas

    Good call (and reminder)! Need to pick that up again.
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  18. JEdmund

    JEdmund Initiate (0) Oct 23, 2006 Kansas

    Never tried that before. Will have to look for it. Thanks!
  19. incutrav

    incutrav Initiate (0) Jan 16, 2007 Minnesota

    Schell Emerald Rye. Drinks like an IPA!
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  20. Leepa_Time

    Leepa_Time Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2013 Maryland

    Victory Prima Pils
    Troegs Sunshine Pils
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  21. Stigs

    Stigs Meyvn (1,050) Jun 3, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Victory/Fat Heads collaboration United is insanely hoppy (wet-hopped pilsner) for those lucky enough to come across some. It is delciious.
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  22. afrokaze

    afrokaze Zealot (580) Jun 12, 2009 Arizona
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    Firestone Pivo Pils will be in bottles soon! We've had a couple kegs come through the bar already and it's a fantastic hoppy pils that still manages to taste fairly traditional.
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  23. MikeB20

    MikeB20 Initiate (0) Aug 30, 2009 Delaware

    I dig My Antonia as well, I didn't go into it expecting much but ending up really liking it, a great summer beer.
  24. Longstaff

    Longstaff Initiate (0) May 23, 2002 Massachusetts

    I would like to see US brewers brew more hoppier lagers with German noble hops (or US varieties that are similar in profile) instead of the wannabe IPA lagers that are gaining in popularity (I don't really see the point in them, just drink/make ipa if that's what you really want).

    I would love to Sierra Nevada replace one of its lower selling regulars (stout?) with either a beer like Glissade or that "imperial" pilsner that came out in last year's beer camp 12 pack.
  25. Kadonny

    Kadonny Meyvn (1,254) Sep 5, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    I didn't care for either Krampus or My Antonia. Both were a mess IMO.

    Hands down, the best hoppy lager I ever tasted was Coronado Hoppy Lager. Upon looking on BA,they don't even list it, so it was a real short run on it. Damn great hoppy lager. It sticks in my brain.

    Runner ups are Brooklyn Lager, Elliot Ness and of course Boston Lager.
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  26. craftybudman

    craftybudman Initiate (0) Aug 16, 2012 Florida

    Widmer Brothers is introducing a hoppy lager to their Rotator series this coming summer.
  27. PangaeaBeerFood

    PangaeaBeerFood Initiate (0) Nov 30, 2008 New York

    A new brewery just opened up in Queens, NY, called Singlecut Beersmiths, that focuses primarily on hoppy lagers. I've only tried one or two of their beers, but they've been great.

    My favorite, though, was the Abita S.O.S., a self-proclaimed, "India Weizen-Pils". It was a pretty bad-ass beer.
  28. JEdmund

    JEdmund Initiate (0) Oct 23, 2006 Kansas

    I agree. Well, sort of. My first preference is to have hopped up lagers using Noble hops. But I'm all for trying a lager with a unique hop choice.

    And I loved that pils Sierra Nevada did (Schticke?)! It was my favorite of the group. And I believe it used New Zealand hops.
  29. Handle

    Handle Initiate (145) Mar 16, 2009 North Carolina

    I received a Voodoo PILZILLA in a trade a couple years back and thought it was phenomenal.
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  30. tjensen3618

    tjensen3618 Initiate (0) Mar 23, 2008 California

    I like 'em.
    Bruery's Humulus Lager and Jacks Abbey Hoponious Union are both great. I'd love to see more brews like this, preferably in a 6 pack.
  31. SenorHops

    SenorHops Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2010 Rhode Island

    Jack's Abbey are the kings of hoppy lagers. I never liked lagers until now. Delicious!
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  32. Chinon01

    Chinon01 Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Some people won't be satisfied until every beer is an IPA.
  33. Dools9

    Dools9 Zealot (518) Jul 5, 2011 Massachusetts

    Jack's Abby.
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  34. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Defender (637) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado
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    Then you should buy more non-IPAs so the brewers know that people like them as much.
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  35. Nicolay3535

    Nicolay3535 Initiate (195) May 1, 2012 Florida
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    Jack's Abby Hopinous Union and Victory Prima Pils come to mind.
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  36. LE_FEESH

    LE_FEESH Initiate (0) Mar 30, 2012 North Carolina

    Olde Hickory's Southern Cross is a New Zealand hopped pilsner. I really wish it were brewed more often as I think it is one of the finest beers they have ever put out.
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  37. hopsbreath

    hopsbreath Initiate (0) Aug 28, 2009 Oregon

    I guess now is as good as any time for my semi-annual plea to SN to bring back Glissade. I'm sorely missing that one. Sierranevadabill, give me some good news!
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  38. rowingbrewer

    rowingbrewer Champion (849) May 28, 2010 Massachusetts
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    I will again mention what every other person has mentioned jacks abbey, but i will also mention R.I.P.L effect which is their Rye India Pale Lager. i would encourage you to do a trade with someone $30 locals 4 locals and only ask for jacks abbey. you will be amazed.
    Kiwi Rising
    Hoponius Union
    RIPL Effect
    mom and pops (wet hop)
    these are the hoppy ones but i would suggest trying others, saxonator, smoke and dagger, jabby brau, the list goes on. and i have not had a bad beer from them yet. excellent QC as far as their consistency goes
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  39. devlishdamsel

    devlishdamsel Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2009 Washington

    I hope that day never comes.
  40. patto1ro

    patto1ro Zealot (525) Apr 26, 2004 Netherlands

    You really want every beer to be IPA? Not even a tiny bit of room for AK?
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