Saturday, May 23, 2009

Lager, Dark Mild, Best Bitter and Strong

Green Man Lager 4.8%

500 ml bottle poured into a glass mug

Pours a clear yellow-gold with very active carbonation and a one inch white head that dissolves to several centimeters. Smell is pretty straightforward, grain and faint hops. Taste is grainy malt with a gentle hop bitterness. Body is light and mouthfeel is crisp with abundant carbonation. Finish is clean and dry. Subdued smell and taste with light body and crisp mouthfeel. What a lager should be. Paired nicely with my grilled chicken sandwich.

Green Man Dark Mild 3.5%

500 ml bottle poured into a glass mug

Pours a dark brown, not quite opaque, with a one inch lasting tan head. Leaves a bit of lacing down the glass. Smell is caramel like sweetness from the malt, not much else going on. Taste is gentle sweetness and bitterness both from some darker malts and hops. Both aroma and taste are a bit underwhelming. Mouthfeel starts of creamy but finishes watery, very light carbonation. Mils as the title suggests, can't really hold it against the beer but this style is not really for me.

Green Man Best Bitter 4.5%

500 ml bottle poured into a glass mug

Pours a deep clear amber with one inch off-white head and active carbonation bubbling from the bottom of the glass. Leaves nice lacing down the glass. Smells of sweet and toasty malts as well as some spicy hops. Taste is hoppy bitterness which manifests itself as a bit spicy and fruity. Malt is there but flavor profile is not balanced. Not a problem, this is by design Medium body and medium carbonation with a lingering finish. Most hop aroma and bitterness of all the green man beers I've tried. As a hop head, I approve.

Green Man Strong (Whisky Barrel Aged) 6.5%

500 ml bottle poured into a glass mug

Pours a deep amber red with an off white head. Smell is sweet vanilla, oak, heat from the alcohol, and spicy hops. Taste starts with hop bitterness, oaky and malty sweetness in the middle and closes with heat from the alcohol. Body is medium with light carbonation and a lingering finish. Probably the most interesting beer in the Green Man line-up in terms of aroma and taste.

Only beers I have yet to try are the Pilsner (part of the regular line-up), the Whisky Bock and Enrico's Cure.

1 comment:

  1. I've heard that there was a lot of diacetyl in the Green Man lagers. Apparently they're resting them for longer now to get rid of it. Do you notice any in the recent bottles?