Friday, 28 March 2014

1516 Bavarian Lager

Vernon, British Columbia is home to the Okanogan Spring Brewey, makers of 1516 Bavarian Lager. 1516 is brewed according to the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516, the famed Reinheitsgebot. It contains 5% alcohol and comes in 341mL bottles. It's a clear and amply carbonated brew. It has a bright golden hue and comes topped with a short-lived white head.

1516's malty, cereal aroma is quite crisp. A refreshing lager, it has a mouthfeel that is thin and fizzy. On the front end, grass and grain rule the day. It has a nice, slightly spicy hop finish. I'd like a bit more flavour from a craft lager--something to set it apart in the saturated pale lager market.

Crisp and refreshing, like a pale lager should be. Though the flavour isn't much to write home about, it's better than serviceable. You know what you're getting when you crack open a 1516.

Rating: 7.0 out of 10.

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