The pour is not as carbonated as I would like, my C02 system leaks a bit and tends to siphon off some of the fizz. I kegged this whole batch and now think I should have bottled some. The carbonation is better when bottling.
The beer pours clear and the nose is very malty, almost no perceptible hop smells. The first taste gives the lager yeast away, it’s very clean but somewhat heavy mouthfeel. There is very little taste of the 1.4oz of Hallertauer hops that were added at 15 minutes left in the boil. Likewise, the 0.6oz of hops that were used to dryhop havent added much taste or smell either. The main bittering hop was 3.4oz of Tettnag hops and it imparts a nice bitterness on the back of the tongue.
All in all, a very pleasant beer to drink. It is without a lot of hop essence, but Sam Adams Boston Lager is similar. This was a good beer to brew in the winter, although next time I brew it, I doubt I’ll spend the time doing a decoction mash.
Specs: 11.4 SRM, 5.1% ABV, 26 IBU’s