Good lager?

Is there a good UK lager style beer that anyone would recommend (i.e. not
merely mass produced chemical fizz)? Preferably something that is
readily/easily available and something with a 4 to 5% alcohol content.
Gareth.
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Gareth
If you want to drink a lager style beer you would be better off drinking something imported such as Budweiser Budvar or various German brews.
For something brewed in the UK, try the Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Oktoberfest Beer:
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Cain's of Liverpool have recently introduced a cask lager but you'll probably only find that in specialist beer pubs.
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PeterE
Harviestoun Schiehallion is worth looking out for. In addition try some of the golden ales that are popular at the moment.
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Brett...
Agreed - I have had a few pints of Moorhouse's Blonde Witch recently and when served nice and cool on a warm summer's evening it is a fabulous light refreshing pint.
-- JohnB
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JohnB
In message , JohnB writes
I tried the Cain's lager on the first day of gbbf, it seemed vinegary, i cant see most lager drinkers trusting anything from a hand pump.
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martyn dawe
On Tue, 16 Aug 2005 19:39:52 +0100, "Gareth" wrote:
Many micros brew a cask conditioned lager and at a local beer festival the organiser bought 5 firkins of one to give to those who said "I'm normally a lager drinker.What have you got that I'd like?"
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valeofbelvoirdrinker
martyn dawe a écrit :
I tried it on the second day and it smelled and tasted lik green olives (!), I tried it again the next day from someone else's glass, and it was quite sulphury... I guess they'll get it right eventually, I heard very good reports from the cask served at the BGBW's reception on the Monday before, but I suspect the product and its production process weren't really completely under control yet at the time of the GBBF launch.
Which is a shame, because to any other respects, the evolution at Cains looks really positive since the Dusanjes did take over : excellent strategy of consolidating their local Merseyside home market, great job on the packaging design, bottled and canned beers that are miles ahead of that awful, overpasteurised Cains FA in litre cans from Denmark, and a solid commitment to cask ale to boot !
Cheers !
Laurent
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The Submarine Captain
That's a shame. I've tried it a number of times in the last 6 months and can that it's a great beer. Not sure if your average lager drinker would like it though.
Cheers johnnysaint
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johnnysaint
johnnysaint a écrit :
6 months ? Erm... we're referring here to the cask-conditioned version, that was launched at GBBF on 2 August. [granted, the keg version is decent enough indeed to UK "lager" standards.]
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The Submarine Captain
No, I'm referring to the cask version which was launched at the Liverpool CAMRA Beer Festival in February of this year. In fact it was "one of the brothers" who pulled the pint for me.
See:
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Since then it's been available in cask form in a limited way throughout the North West. I've not tried it in keg form.
Cheers johnnysaint
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johnnysaint
Cain's had a stall at the Southport Flower Show today, operated by one of the "Brothers", giving away what appeared to be free samples of Bitter and the Lager- sadly the keg versions. No, I did not.
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Anthony Morgan
I tried the keg version in DrDuncan's, a good while back & it wasn't too bad, then the cask version at the same Liverpool beerfest as Johnny & it was delicious.
I finally went on the Cain's tour last night(*) & the guide enthused so much about the cask lager that my mate & I each ordered a pint - which sadly was totally undrinkable, vinegary, apple-cidery, tart, etc. v unpleasant & this is in the brewery tap! Poor show.
The keg version seemed the same as before, i.e. a pleasant enough decent-ish lager, but not v bitter and no real hoppiness, unlike the cask version previously.
The citrusfruit special (the guide said brewed with oranges, the pumpclip asys lemons), Sundowner wasn't great IMO either, but bitter, mild & FA were all delicious.
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)imperfect but still highly recommended - £3.75 for tour, 2pints + buffet! cheers MikeMcG
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MikeMcG
On 23 Aug 2005 04:56:06 -0700, "MikeMcG" wrote:
There have been far too many similar stories IMHO. Cains need to sort their quality control out or this beer will die a death, and tarnish the reputation of cask beer amongst lager drinkers while doing it.
Best regards, Paul -- Paul Sherwin Consulting
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Paul Sherwin
On Tue, 16 Aug 2005 19:39:52 +0100, "Gareth" wrote:
*All* the British brewed mass market lagers are pretty grim. Your best bet if you like keg pilsner lager is to look out for the draught imports which are reasonably widely available - Warsteiner and Bitburger from Germany, or Budveiser Budvar or Staropramen from the Czech Republic..
British microbrewery 'lagers' ase cask conditioned beers and generally won't appeal to the typical draught lager drinker (but please try them and decide for yourself).
HTH, Paul -- Paul Sherwin Consulting
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Paul Sherwin
I tried the cask version in Dr Duncan's last Saturday and couldn't decide if it was really meant to taste like it did or if it was slightly off. I'm disinclined to give it another try, although it would be nice to know just what it is meant to taste like.
David
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David Thornhill
Thanks for all the replies.
I've just tried Green King's special release "Beer To Dine For" (with a redemption money back offer). It's very nice beer indeed - the style of a lager but with the finish and depth of a crafted real ale. The label claims that the taste has a melon like quality and indeed it does. I will certainly buy some more and with a "try it for free offer" (although only 1 claim per household) there may well be such a thing as free beer ;-)
Gareth.
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Gareth
don't let GK's headbrewer hear you :~) it may be brewed with lager malt & lager hops (tettnang) but on a recent BBC food prog he nearly lynched the presenter who suggested it was like a decent lager. cheers MikeMcG
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MikeMcG

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