Friday, December 10, 2010

Dec. 10th - National Lager Day!

As I'm sure most of you are aware, today is National Lager Day!  It's a momentous holiday almost on par with Christmas, the 4th Of July, and National Macaroni Day.  As most of you probably don't know, a lager is a type of beer fermented at much cooler temperatures and for much longer than the ale counterparts.  Lagers originated in Germany and many of the best German beers are lagers even though they aren't your typical American-style lager.  

Over here, and throughout the world, lagers are the best selling beers.  Typically brews such as Budweiser, Miller, Sam Adams Boston Lager, etc... come to mind but lagers are far more diverse that that.  Great German beers like Ayinger Celebrator or the classic Oktoberfest beers are all different styles of lagers!  A few days ago I broke out a Weihenstephaner Korbinian doppelbock to give it a try, so it'll be my official lager of the 2010 National Lager Day!  (Yeah, it's German... get over it!)

This one was part of my most recent beer run to Calandro's... and only $3.49 for a half-liter bottle, which isn't a bad price at all.  The smell is all malt... hints of roasted caramel and chocolate. Delicious.

The taste is more of the same... the roasted notes come through first and then pop up again on the end of the sip. The caramel notes come through in the middle for a nice sweet balance to the slightly bitter roasted note. A very very easy to drink malt-bomb that I'm going to have to add to the regular rotation at this nice price.

So... go out today and find a lager beer that you really like!  Could be American, could be German... could even be something crazy like South African, but enjoy!

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