Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Mid-Week Special Beer Review: Yankee Doodle from Wentworth

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Happy Hump Day hop heads! Wednesday is Mid-Week Special Day! The day I re-review a beer I've had before that was really good and get to try again or was BEER. OF THE. WEEK, or something a bit quirky or maybe I didn't like but is news worthy. 

And today we have a quirky that I did like very much. It's an American Style Lager from Wentworth.I think I have only had a Wentworth beer once before so they are not particularly familiar to me.

Now if you are like me and moved to Europe before you were old enough to drink in the United States then you might not be familiar with American Style lager. Not American lager. American Style.

For the bitter drinking Brits (or British real ale fans not drunk, angry disillusioned English people) think of a carbonated light brown malty bitter served ice cold. I know that sounds terrible but is sooooo isn't.

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I was introduced to this style of beer during a recent visit to the States. I was resigned to drinking light yellow sweet fizzy beer for two weeks until I was introduced to Sam Adams Lager at LAX. And it was basically a carbonated light brown malty bitter served ice cold.

It's the ice cold thing I could not get used to. All the beer is the States seems to be served frikking ice cold. And even though I enjoyed my American beer experience, especially as I found loads of really great craft ales there, what I really wanted at the end of two weeks what a good old cellar temperature porter! 

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Wentworth's interpretation of this beer style, as far as I can tell from the several American Style lagers I have had, is a typical example: it is light caramel in colour, it is predominantly malty, hops at about the level of a strong IPA, and sweeter rather than bitter.

How it was not typical of what I know about American Style lagers is that it was distinctly uncarbonated. Which could be to do with how pubs are set up in the UK. Guest beers are usually ales and that means they get pumped and are not poured from a tap like a European lager. Which is where the carbonation comes from. Few pubs are geared up with taps for guests.

It was also not ice cold. Probably for the same reason. And this brought out the flavours of malt and hops since my tastebuds were not numbed by cold and bubbles.

So if you are looking to try something a little bit different that doesn't mean going over to the Dark Side then definitely try an American Style lager. And this one out from Wentworth is a very good intro indeed.

If you are an American Style lager aficionado then I would love to know what you think of an English interpretation. Give me a tweet @even_star