What's the last lager you had that impressed the hell out of you?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Todd, Feb 16, 2020.

  1. JediMasterLenin

    JediMasterLenin Disciple (321) Dec 25, 2018 District of Columbia

    Tried The Bruery Ruekeller Helles Lager a couple weeks ago and was super impressed by it. Been meaning to pick up another 4 pack so thanks for the reminder!
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  2. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,507) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    I was sure Pull Tab used Mosaic, but you might be right on the Simcoe, my memory is off a bit sometimes, but it’s a nice twist to a Pils.
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  3. bubseymour

    bubseymour Poo-Bah (3,023) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
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    Best lagers I've had in 2020 so far (had at least 10 new ones). There are 2 that I seemed to rate pretty darn high in relation to my other lager scores.

    DC Brau - Brau Pils
    Other Half - Laurel Laurel (German Pilsner).

    Been probably at least a year, but I'm still blow away recalling Resident Culture's Wildlight (a wild fermented German Helles Lager). Experimental beer for sure, yet the craftsmanship and quality of that beer is truly incredible.
  4. bubseymour

    bubseymour Poo-Bah (3,023) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
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    I've been pleasantly surprised with alot of the beers being made out of Brookville Beer Farm
  5. TheEpeeist

    TheEpeeist Devotee (467) Nov 5, 2008 Pennsylvania

    i don't drink much lager except for Hamm's, my dollar saving go to.

    probably something from Suarez but a friend gifted me a crowler of 2SP Coconut Plunge and that was quite good. hope they make it again.
  6. HopsDubosc

    HopsDubosc Initiate (168) Apr 24, 2015 Vermont

    Schilling Hanse.
  7. southdenverhoo

    southdenverhoo Devotee (413) Aug 13, 2004 Colorado

    Bierstadt Lagerhaus Tmave 13 Dark Czech Lager.

    (The Helles and the Slow Pour Pils are still pretty fucking good too!)
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  8. teromous

    teromous Poo-Bah (2,734) Mar 21, 2010 Virginia
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    The most recent lager that impressed me was Komes Raspberry (Malinowy) Porter. This beer had fantastic flavor and a nice aroma. It was memorable enough to come to mind as soon as I saw this thread. On a side-note I also remember it having a very good price, especially for an imported beer brewed with flavor additions.
  9. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,655) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    I am also a fan of Únětický 10°. Below is the 10° I drank at Únětický Pivovar:


    I also had the pleasure of drinking a glass of 10° which was poured directly from the lagering tank as I chatted with the brewer after the brewery tour.

  10. Sabtos

    Sabtos Poo-Bah (8,079) Dec 15, 2015 Ohio
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    Casual Creature by Noble Creature. Dark lager that's super drinkable with a mild roast that has a hint of coffee.
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  11. BoardwalkBock

    BoardwalkBock Zealot (577) Aug 18, 2012 New York

    Agreed. This iteration of Winter Landscape was incredible. But in terms of “dark” lagers, I think Suarez River had it edged out. Grimm Lithos was another great rendition but I’d put it Suarez > IA > Grimm.

    Other honorable mentions:
    JA Red Tape
    Folksbier OBL
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  12. rocdoc1

    rocdoc1 Aspirant (272) Jan 13, 2006 New Mexico

    Firestone Walker 805. It's nothing outrageously magnificent, its just a very flavorful, easy to drink(easy to find) lager. It's what I think lagers should be: simple and tasty.
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  13. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (2,077) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    Line extension? (I know they have a different website just for 805 - although the furthest east it gets is Illinois - so I've never had the original*.)
    * But if I did, I know what song I'd be singing in my head...

    Yeah, yeah... I know all about it. Central CA area code.
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  14. Giantspace

    Giantspace Champion (818) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Suarez cabana pils......was at the brewery last summer on a crazy hot day. This beer was superb as were all the others I had.

  15. Kadonny

    Kadonny Meyvn (1,390) Sep 5, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Cape May Lager......loved that beer but sadly it's been taken out of rotation. I'll miss that one this summer for sure.
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  16. Txex06

    Txex06 Aspirant (225) Dec 28, 2016 Texas

    Ghost Pixel. Incredible fine carbonation that lasted the entire time while drinking. So refreshing, bright, and clean.
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  17. ColForbinBC

    ColForbinBC Poo-Bah (2,453) Sep 9, 2005 New Jersey

    Ms. Franc from Suarez
  18. mhksuccess

    mhksuccess Zealot (562) Jul 7, 2012 California

    Heater Allen in Portland makes awesome pilsner's !!!
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  19. SudsDoctor

    SudsDoctor Disciple (342) Nov 23, 2008 New York

    Industrial Arts Winter Landscape (schwarzbier, 2019 release) and Birra Moretti La Rossa (doppelbock).
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  20. hoponit

    hoponit Devotee (443) Mar 3, 2003 New York

    Topos, from Grimm Artisanal Ales.
  21. realJohnnyHobo

    realJohnnyHobo Aspirant (280) Sep 18, 2019 Maryland

    Totally depends if we are talking adjunct, European, or what because there are a few out there that are damn good.

    Internationally I'd say Kingfisher from India or even Amstel from Holland.

    Domestically (USA) I would have to recommend Coors prohibition-style Batch 19 beer was the best for what it is before its retirement.

    Some times I look at Busch and really appreciate it for what it is, though I feel like there is a lot of people who will bash the quality of the product. Also Coors Extra Gold is the next level for style. I haven't really loved a lager more than Miller High Life at the end of the day. Also being located in Maryland not to push some love to Yuengling would be sacrilegious. Not to forget about Philadelphia BrewCo's Kenzinger - that stuff was amazing.

    If there is one I am sort of in awe of it, that is still brewed, it would be:

    Session Lager from Full Sail Brewery.
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  22. Dan_K

    Dan_K Zealot (519) Nov 8, 2013 Colorado

    I really like Oskar Blues Mama's little yella pills although its easy to find so loses .rar points.

    Bierstadt Slow Pour Pils
    River North Pilsner
    Suarez Family Pilsner
    Crooked Stave Von Pilsner

    I like my pilsners on the light/clean side and find that many are too dank/hoppy for me.
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  23. BergBeer

    BergBeer Crusader (754) Aug 21, 2013 Virginia

    Chronos Cog by Modern times

    Clean, complex, and tasty as hell. Killer stuff.

    Sapporo Premium Black

    Wasn’t expecting much and was blown away.
  24. ddedhed

    ddedhed Disciple (330) Dec 4, 2012 Ohio

    Branch & Bone Oak Lagered Microcastle Pilsner. Depth of flavor was great.
  25. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,689) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado

    On FB I thought this was "first" rather than "last."
    Most recently I'd say the Dry Dock Franconian Lager and Cerebral's Foeder Lager take the cake.
  26. ovaltine

    ovaltine Poo-Bah (3,215) Apr 6, 2010 Indiana
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    It should be a felony to make a beer that good - I bought a couple of 6ers of that when it released right before we moved from Minnesota in early 2017, and kicked myself all the way to Texas for not purchasing more.

    The beer buyer at the beer store I frequented in Mankato was a HUUUUUUUGE Schell's fanboy, so he loaded up on everything of theirs that he could, especially the Stag Series stuff and the Noble Star Berliner Weisse series (which was traveshamockery good, IMHO). Man, do I miss me some Schell's.
  27. miniditka77

    miniditka77 Aspirant (231) May 21, 2015 Illinois

    Sauvin Blanc from Kinslahger. It's a "brut lager" hopped with Nelson Sauvin and Hallertau Blanc hops. It has a very dry, white-wine taste, almost like a champagne. I was going to order something else, but the bartender gave me a sample, and it changed my mind quickly.
  28. rudzud

    rudzud Poo-Bah (7,045) Apr 28, 2010 Massachusetts
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    Tree House Wanderer, a German Helles. Tree House had done things in that vein before but they were typically lackluster and not really true to style lagers, or at least that's not how they came across.

    Aside from that, and while not technically a lager, Battery Steel's Golden Path was a pilsner that completely caught me off guard. Was not expecting something that good style wise to come out of there.
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  29. UrbanBeerNerd

    UrbanBeerNerd Aspirant (222) Feb 13, 2015 Massachusetts

    A few come to mind without much thought: Heater Allen Pils, von Trapp Marzen and Tree House Wanderer. Would have at least a six pack of each of these in my fridge at all times were it that simple.
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  30. rtrasr

    rtrasr Disciple (326) Feb 16, 2009 Arkansas

    I really enjoyed Radeberger on draft in NYC. I was most impressed with Czechvar while in same location. Hard to go wrong with those two.

    Locally, I have really taken a liking to Mother's Step Dude.
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  31. Peach63

    Peach63 Devotee (445) Jul 17, 2019 New York

    Labatt Blue Citra. Quaffing one right now. I just love the grapefruit flavor of Citra hops. :yum:
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  32. spelingchampeon

    spelingchampeon Meyvn (1,070) Feb 21, 2016 Delaware
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    Union - Blackwing

    I didn't feel like someone hit me in the head with a sledgehammer later (and I drank a few of them).
  33. Foyle

    Foyle Savant (979) Sep 29, 2007 North Carolina

    Orion Premium Draft.

    Would happily drink it everyday if it were not so difficult to find in my area.
  34. Coronaeus

    Coronaeus Meyvn (1,133) Apr 21, 2014 Canada

    I was surprised how decent this was.
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  35. WillemHC

    WillemHC Initiate (142) Jun 21, 2013 Utah

    Three Fates pils from Holy Mountain. I crave that beer.
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  36. Beers-es

    Beers-es Champion (890) Oct 30, 2015 Virginia

    Stone's Enter Night.
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  37. PNW

    PNW Initiate (156) Dec 23, 2019 Washington
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    Chuckanut Vienna Lager. Basically any Lager from Chuckanut.
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  38. jaydoc

    jaydoc Poo-Bah (4,232) Nov 12, 2008 Kansas
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  39. Stignacious

    Stignacious Defender (676) Aug 24, 2011 New York

    Over the past year:

    Von Trapp Keller
    Ayinger Oktoberfest
    Paulaner Zwickel
    Jack's Abby Red Tape + Post Shift
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  40. afrokaze

    afrokaze Zealot (568) Jun 12, 2009 Oregon

    Thanks for the kind words! It was great to meet you at the fest and we all had a fun time.
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