Pacific Northwest – Previously we informed you of a pending arrival from the little brewery in Maui, Hawaii. While we have always strived to review beers that are available in the Northwest (Idaho, Oregon, Washington, & BC) this is one of those times were our anticipation is getting the better of us. In our second review we introduce you to the Blond Lager.
By style definition, Blond Lager is closer to an Munich Hells, which generally come off tasting close to a German Pilsner. Historically this beer can been around for over a hundred years, with its roots at the Spaten Brewery (yes, that one), from the capable hands of Gabriel Sedlmayr. The beer was mostly created as an alternative to the Pilsner-style beers of the era. Today, the beer is best personified in familiar German lagers like, Weihenstephaner Original, Hacker-Pschorr Münchner Gold, Bürgerbräu Wolznacher Hell Naturtrüb, Mahr's Hell, Paulaner Premium Lager, and Spaten Premium Lager. With a brief understanding of the style we proceed to take this canned beauty for a spin.
Pouring from the can, Bikini Blonde pours golden and clear into our glass, with a strong off-white foamy heading accumulating on the surface, before receding little lace behind.
Sipping on the beer we pick up honey sweet malts up front gives way to some lemon zest before being smoothed out by a biscuit breadiness. Overall this beer has a medium weight to it and would go well with some seafood, or a pork tenderloin.
Our filtered Munich Helles Lager brewed with floral hops and Pilsner and Munich Malts. This is the closest thing to an American lager from Maui Brewing Co. but not skimpy of flavor. Bold, smooth and refreshing.
With a tentative arrival of Mid-July in Washington and Idaho, this will beer will fill a void, for those who detest the taste of a canned, light, lager.
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About the photos’ author
Paul “Fruit Trees” Orchard, is an amateur craft beer enthusiast and amateur photographer. Throughout the many years in craft beer he is always carrying a camera (smartphone, digital, traditional) and is invites you to see that beer can also be exciting even if you can’t drink the photo.
In accordance with new FTC regulations regarding bloggers and endorsements, the aforementioned company has provided me a free sample that was used for research prior to writing this review.