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Site: http://www.deesidebrewery.co.uk/

Lager, 4.1%

A sweet and malty lager, with a full mouth feel and limited bitterness. Little head and retention. For a lager, this is quite a big tasting beer. Hop flavours are detectable, and the beer is somewhat bitter, but there’s not a lot of floral aroma. Instead, you get a sweet and malty beer, with honey-like flavours dominating. The aftertaste is where the bitterness comes out, and while not particularly crisp, it ends on a dry enough note to keep you wanting more. Some peculiar fermentation aromas are detectable, but the main flavour is strong enough to cover them up. Judging this as a lager, it just all seems a bit too heavy, without the sharpness that you expect from a good Pilsner. On the other hand, I could happily drink a pint of this during a lazy afternoon.

Overall score: 6.0/10

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Site: http://www.freedombrewery.com/our-craft-beers/pioneer

Pilsner, 4.6%
Served at The Royal Oak, Oxford.

A rich lager, with a low level of fine head and little retention. This is a very odd beer. The website describes it as an English take on an American style pilsner, and that seems to be true, insofar as it is somewhere between the style of a pilsner and an English ale. For a lager, this has a surprisingly heavy and malty flavour, with a big and lingering mouth feel coming from the malt. Very little citrus flavours, but I could taste a slight hint of honey type flavours coming through the malt. Fairly high levels of bittering hop, with little aroma, but moderately well balanced. This beer still seems a bit unsure of what style it’s going for – as a lager, it’s far to rich, without the crispness or clean bitterness that you would expect for that style. At the same time, it’s not as full bodied as a classic British ale, so I’m not sure what to make of it. While I generally like odd beers, I don’t think I’ll be looking out for it in the future.

Overall score: 5.5/10

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Site: http://www.kingdombreweries.com/our-clouded-leopard-pilsener/

Lager, 5.0%

Comments: A sweet and slighty fruity lager, clearly based on the German style pilsener. Clear and golden straw coloured, fine white head but little retention. Initial flavours are quite sweet, with an almost honey like flavour coming in and only a very slightly metallic twist. Very little bitterness, but the finish is still quite clear. A surprising pilsener without any clear faults, but not groundbreaking in any way.

Overall score: 6.0/10

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Site: http://www.staustellbrewery.co.uk/beers/bottled-beers.html

Cornish Lager, 4.8%

Comments: A reasonably well executed lager, without anything particularly memorable. Moderately sweet, and not a particularly sharp or sour flavour. Hops only really come in at the end, with a touch of bittering and the vaguest hint of aroma hop present. Aftertaste is not particularly dry, but is quite clean. Pale yellow in colour, fine white head but no retention. This is in no way a bad beer, but I won’t remember it in a week or two.

Overall score: 6.0/10

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Site: http://www.cotswoldlager.com/lager.html

Lager, 5%

Comments: An English take on a German style pilsner. A slightly sharp flavour, quite sweet but appropriate for the style. As is common with German style lagers, there’s not a lot of hop to be found here, perhaps a touch of bittering hop, but overall very light flavoured and easy drinking. A clear straw colour, coarse head and low retention. Overall pleasant, but not remarkable.

Overall score: 6/10

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Site: http://starymelnik.ru/titul.php

Lager, 5.2% (perhaps – it’s embedded in the text and the label is in Russian!)

Comments: An easy drinking Russian lager. A surprising amount of aroma for the style, but mainly fermentation characteristics, with little noticeable hop. Initial flavour is quite sweet, with little sourness, but a fairly crisp mouth feel. Aftertaste is very bland, with no bitterness or hop characteristics noticeable. I suppose this is not unpleasant, but it’s not memorable. A fairly clean but unremarkable lager.

Overall score: 5.5/10

 

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Site: http://baltika.co.uk/ourbeer.php

Lager, 5.5%

Comments: A Russian mass market lager. Golden straw colour, fine white head but little retention. Aroma is mainly alcohol driven, with little discernable malt or hop. Flavour is somewhat sweet initially, with some slightly odd alcohol characteristics vaguely detectable in the aftertaste. Relatively little hop overall, but enough bittering to give a clean mouth feel. Overall quite a balanced and light flavour, with nothing particularly remarkable  to note. Perfectly reasonable if you don’t want anything at all challenging flavourwise, but I’m unlikely to remember it.

Overall score: 5.5/10

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