We survived our first heat wave and the longest day on the year is coming up soon, it now feels like summer is in full swing. My beer fridge definitely reflects this, fewer dark and heavy beers, much more focus on easy drinking and refreshing beers that will help to beat the heat. While I drink pale lagers all year long, my enjoyment of the style definitely spikes with the warm weather. It is crazy how these styles have taken off in recent years, it wasn’t that long ago that most breweries would scoff at producing a low-ABV pale lager that wasn’t loaded with hops, now pilsners, Helles lagers, and even American lager styles are a staple on the menus of most breweries. I love these styles, when they are done well they can still be incredibly flavorful without sacrificing drinkability. One local version that is quickly earning acclaim is Bent Water Premium Lager, a pre-prohibition lager brewed with a mixture of malted barley and corn along with Pearle and Select hops. Bent Water Premium Lager is available year round on draft and in 16 oz cans.
Bent Water Premium Lager pours pale yellow with a solid white head. The aroma features some fruity and herbal hops. These hops also lead the flavor, notes of pine, cut grass, and berry along with a mild bitter bite. A solid malt backbone balances the flavor, hints of cereal and bread crust. Premium Lager is light and easy-drinking, sessionable at 4.7% ABV. The finish is crisp and clean with minimal aftertaste. This is a very well–made lager, plenty of flavor, well balanced, crushable and refreshing. I will absolutely enjoy a few more of these this summer! Hoppy Boston score: 4.5/5.
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