It’s time again for the Into the Pint Glass link-up with Mariah and Katie. This week we’re talking about Dark Lagers. Our two hosts write beautiful histories of the beers; be sure to check them out for more information about this week’s selection!
I had very little experience with dark lagers prior to trying them for this week’s post. I was unable to find any local California breweries that produce dark lagers; instead I turned to a few brands whose other beers I’ve enjoyed: New Belgium & Hofbräu München.
New Belgium 1554
I was familiar with New Belgium’s Fat Tire Ale for many years, yet hadn’t tried any of their other flavors. When I discovered the 1554 Black Lager (5.6% ABV), it seemed like the perfect time to expand my New Belgium horizons. Despite it’s deep brown hue, I was surprised to find the taste somewhat bitter and the body lighter than I anticipated. It does have a bite – the aftertaste has a lingering acidity that I did not expect from a dark beer. Regardless, I found it easy to drink and quite enjoyable.
Hofbräu Hefe Weizen is one of our long-time favorites, so the decision to try this brand’s dark lager was a no-brainer. The Hofbräu Dunkel (5.5% ABV) was similar in taste to the 1554, but without quite as much of the edge. While it did have a lemony, acidic aftertaste, I found it a little less powerful than its New Belgium kin. The overall body seemed a touch richer, making this my preference of the two lagers. Honestly, they’re both good, and I would highly recommend either.
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