Maine Lager Redux — Local Beers Are Worth Coming Back For

 

I'm a bad beer writer, loyal reader. Last week, I promised “No more lager.” I intended to keep my promise too! I thought I had enough lager for the summer and craved new flavors. That was before I chanced into a local establishment with a wide variety of Maine lagers that either slipped my mind, or recently entered the market. In seconds, I was drooling, my mind spinning, and my liver throbbing. I knew what I needed to do: taste some Maine lager and share my experiences with my loyal readership. Next week I promise we'll move on to something else, but this week, I'm tasting several delicious Maine lagers!

 

Peak Organic Fresh Cut

Format Sampled: 12 oz. can

ABV: 4.6%

Available: Purchased at Colucci's Hilltop Superette

Tasting Notes: Pours a fuzzy greenish-gold with a thin head of pure white foam. Aroma pops with citrus, dried hay, wet asphalt and dank, sticky herbs. Perhaps the hoppiest lager I've enjoyed this season? The initial flavor explodes with juicy hops. It's as if some grapefruit juice was dusted with citrus zest, and sprinkled with fresh lemon juice. Zing! The citrus has a nice, piquant bitterness underneath that ties it together and offsets any perceived sweetness. The bitterness fades, sliding effortlessly into a slinky smooth malt flavor. The Fresh Cut effortlessly melds the hoppy front end of a pale ale, with the mellow, refreshing simplicity of a pilsner. Delish!

 

Geary's OG Lager
Format Sampled: 16 oz. can

ABV: 4.75%

Available: Purchased at Colucci's Hilltop Superette

Tasting Notes: Pours an absolutely transparent yellow, with an ephemeral white head. Aroma has butterscotch, vinegar and honey — a peculiar blend of sweet and sour. The initial flavor is sweet and buttery, with the faintest suggestion of some European hop flavor to balance the sweetness. The body is quite thick, almost syrupy. As the beer warms, some hop bitterness tentatively pokes its head out and retreats under the sweet, concentrated malt character. This is a heavy lager, suited to those that like plenty of substance without the hoppy bitterness that typically characterizes more substantive beers. The OG would mix well with a hearty meal like baked beans, roast chicken, or a meat-heavy barbecue.

 

Sunday River Brewing Company Long Haul Lager
Format Sampled: 32 oz. can*

ABV: 4.0%

Available: Purchased at Colucci's Hilltop Superette

Tasting Notes: Pours a crystal clear yellow with a thin white head. Aroma is sweet, clean and piercing. The initial flavor has the sweet, grainy flavor of corn mash on the griddle. It's not at all cloying, and the accompanying subtle bitterness provides a nice offset. The flavor doesn't develop much, and that's just fine with me. It's a simple, uncomplicated American-style lager in a can big enough to boil a hog in. This is a beer to lie on the beach with, to drink in quantity during yard work, and to bathe in if necessary!

 

*Yes. You read correctly. This can is the size of my head.

Last modified onTuesday, 08 August 2017 20:01