Quidi Vidi Brewing Company Fogtown Lager – American Pale Lager at 5% ABV

Quidi Vidi Brewing Company Fogtown Lager American Pale Lager at 5% ABV (C$3.65 at NLC Stavanger, 473 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 9-Aug-2018, reviewed 9-Aug-2018)

Appearance: clear straw with one finger of fluffy white head diminishing gradually to a thin smirk and ring, spotty lacing. (3/5) Aroma: bready yeast, apples, grass, band-aid, faint diacetyl, hint of peat. (6/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-low bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium body, moderate-high carbonation, short clean finish. (4/5)

I can’t say I had a lot in the way of expectations here – I mean, it’s a Lager. And bearing none of the qualifiers that might pique my interest, like “Hoppy” or “Dry-Hopped”. No, I bought this more out of a sense of obligation to try everything locally produced that I possibly can, combined with curiosity whether the new “craftier” brewery management would result in this being more than just a plain old Lager. Long story short: it doesn’t. In fact, I was less than impressed to detect both a phenolic band-aid note and a faint buttery diacetyl. Neither are excessive, but they certainly serve to keep this thing from being a breakthrough success in my opinion. On the up side, there’s decent robustness to the flavour, and it finishes well. Very much a “it’s cold and wet” situation – drink it quick and move on. (13/20)

6.5/10 #ryansbooze

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