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Here at Beer Hawk we are all about the journey through this vast, beery world. Sometimes it can get a bit overwhelming, so come along with us and let us help you discover your next favourite beer. Great beer is this way!
Say the word lager to someone and more than likely it'll conjure up images of a crystal clear, refreshing beverage. And maybe back to the first beer you tried out of a boot of a car when you were 16. Yet there's so much more to the lovely lager than its reputation holds. Lagers are fantastically clean, sometimes sweet, sometimes bitter but never overwhelming (unless you're enjoying a Rauchbier). Subtletly and freshness are the name of the lager game. If you're a lager-lover and want to discover more, here are our favourite lagers in the world:
We love a Munich Helles because it's an accessible, easy-drinking style. While hops play an important, but restrained, part, the Helles (or you may have seen it written as Hell or Hells) is actually a malt-forward lager. Crisp, clean and fresh, we think Mittenwalder's version is one of the best. And the brewery is in one of the cutest Bavarian towns you'll ever see.
Coming from one of the world's oldest breweries, the Löwenbräu Original is about as traditional a Munich Helles as one could get. As you'd expect in a Helles, the Löwenbräu is crisp, refreshing and classically German. Delicate malts take centre stage in this one but are nicely balanced by distinctive German hops. Best part is--you can get it in six-litre kegs for the Perfect Draft!
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We like pretty much everything that these exciting Danish brewers produce so when we got this lager into our mouths we were not surprised that we were blown away by it. This beer has the clean, refreshing character that lager-lovers, well, love but with the addition of Simcoe, Citra, Nelson Sauvin and Centennial hops it's chocked full of big, fruity flavours that push the boundaries of a lager just that little bit further.
Since the word dunkel means dark in German, it's unsurprising that this style is usually deep brown or chocolate in colour. Don't let the colour fool you, however. The Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel has a satisfying and clean roasted malt profile. While not nearly as crisp as your classic Pilsener or Helles, this Dunkel at once complex while still being easy-drinking and balanced.
Ready to try something new than your usual? Not sure where to start? Give these styles and beers a go--we know you'll love them!
This style finishes dry and slightly crisp with a lingering bitterness. A subtle fruitiness may be present but the California Common (or you may have seen it called a Steam Beer) is generally clean.
Must try: Anchor Steam
Hailing from the beautiful German city of Cologne--in fact, it can only be called a Kölsch if it's from there--the Kölsch is a crisp, clean and slightly fruity lager/ale hybrid. This style is brewed with a clean ale yeast but then goes through a lagering period so that the end result is a simple, easy-drinking beer ready to drink in large quantities.
Must try: Früh Kölsch
Another subtle and highly-drinkable beer from a great German city, the Altbier finds its roots from the city of Düsseldorf. This style is well-balanced and clean with a slightly bitter edge to it (some more than others). Similar to its Kölsch cousin, the Altbier uses an ale yeast and undergoes a lagering period which gives us this smooth, sessionable beer.
Must try: Schlösser Alt
While this style has that distinctive spicy-yet-fruit Belgian yeast character its dry finish and effervescent carbonation will surely appeal to those who are looking for something crisp and refreshing to drink. The Belgian Blond does have a certain lager-like character and is more subtle than most other Belgian styles.
Must try: La Trappe Blond
We hope you are as excited about your beer journey as we are and hopefully you find yourself inspired to try something new (or just drink more of what you love!) Whenever you're in stuck for an idea, just follow us. Great beer is this way!
This week we launch the range of Salt Beer Factory beers on the site and what better way to introduce a new brewery to our beer hunters than to have a good 'ole fashioned interview with Nadir Zairi, Director of the Yorkshire based brewery in Saltaire.
It's that special time of year when the men don their Lederhosen and the ladies their Dirndl, Oktoberfest is upon us! If it's your first year attending the German beer festival you'll probably be wondering what it's all about. We've listed our top 10 essential things you need to know about Oktoberfest, whether you're booking a flight to Germany or planning your own Oktoberfest party at home, this will help you get into the Oktoberfest spirit!