Dark lager

18 Feb
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Last month I had a chance to read a post from Jeff Alworth over at Beervana that helped me do something that blog posts don’t always do: It helped me learn something.  Even better was that when given some time, the comment section filled up with even more useful information.  I really like Jeff’s work over at Beervana and it’s a daily stop-by for me to see what kind of knowledge he’s dropping.  Give it a look-see sometime if you want to learn something.

The focus of that particular post was Czech Lagers and how Full Sail is making an attempt to brew the styles on a regular basis.  I certainly didn’t know that their Sessions series was their take on the traditional Czech half-dark and dark lagers.  In hindsight, there was always something about the mouthfeel in those beers that I found interesting.   A smooth, malty viscousness that finished them off.  Now I come to find out that that creaminess is a major component these types of Czech-style lagers.  It comes from the floor-malted grains that the Czechs use (which are less modified) and the fact that they have abandoned the process of decoction.  I had no idea what decoction was, but it’s a really interesting thing to learn about.  In Germany, decoction is the method that gets them the maltiness they want, but creates some of the sharpness the Czech styles lack.

Also in that post Jeff wrote a bit about the Full Sail LTD 06, their attempt at a Black Lager.  I was intrigued.  Picked up a sixer last week and have had a few since.  It’s a deep black color with chocolate aromas coming through in the nose.  There is a nice bitterness to the beer, but it doesn’t seem to be coming from the roasted malts.  There are coffee flavors, a pure maltiness that just pops, and a slight hint of dark fruits, like cherries, as the beer warms.  But most important is the creaminess!  It just makes for a really soft finish.  I’ve had plenty of stouts and porters that finish smooth, but it’s especially interesting when you consider you are drinking a lager.  They typically finish a bit more bitter and sharp.  But apparently Full Sail knows that Czech lagers do finish creamy, and they are brewing up some good ones.  This is the second dark lager I have had recently that was really well made.  Time to start drinking more of them, I guess.


2 Responses to “Dark lager”

  1. grotusque February 22, 2013 at 11:42 AM #

    Damn. Sound like it IS time to start drinking more of those.


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