Monday, August 30, 2010

Beer Review: Detroit Brewing Co. Detroit Lager

I purchased a bottle of Detroit Brewing Co. Detroit Lager at my local Oade's liquor store. Oade's is a small franchise of liquor stores in the greater Lansing, MI area, specializing in craft beers and hard-to-find drinks ($250 whiskey anyone?). This particular beer was about $2 for a 12 oz. bottle, purchased singly as part of a mixed 6-pack. [Expect more reviews soon!]

This is the description from the Detroit Beer Co. website: Brewed in the Bohemian Tradition, this deep golden lager exhibits a bold yet balanced hop profile due to the use of premium Czech Saaz hops. We us the finest Moravian two row barley to give Detroit Lager its signature crisp, yet surprisingly full body. Our deliberate fermentation process and rigorous quality control ensure the freshest, most authentic pilsner style lager possible.

In typical lager fashion, this beer is full-flavored and well-balanced. Like their description notes, it is rather authentic.

While pouring the Detroit Lager, the head was high and frothy, taking up about 2 1/2 inches of the mug, and nicely doming over the top. It makes for a rather picturesque beer, light golden yellow, but not watery.

The initial reaction to the flavor I had was to the hops. The hops adds a pleasant bitterness to an otherwise sweet beer. This is really just a two-note flavor, but pleasant through and through.
The aroma is faint, but unfortunately a rather generic-beer smell. No need for a special pilsner mug, there isn't much there to enhance.

I will definitely buy this beer again, it's pretty solid, yet light. I'd like to try this one with some fruit or something salty.

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