Fort George Brewery + Public House — Astoria, OR
The tasting: Golden color, hazy, with a white head that dissipates slowly. Aroma of bread, light grass, citrus and spicy hops. The hop aromas were stronger than I expected for a lager, but still nice. Flavor similar to aroma, except the grapefruit hop bitterness was more pronounced in the middle than the grass and herbal spice. Light alcohol is present in aroma and flavor. There's a touch of malty sweetness in the middle, but the hop bitterness quickly kicks in to temper it. It's light bodied, has an effervescent mouth feel, and finishes very dry with a lingering grassy hop bitterness.
Rating: 3 star. Good. I would drink this again if someone gives it to me. If you're looking for a traditional lager, know that 1811 definitely veers towards the hoppy side. It's a great example of a NW lager. Hops providing the NW component, as you might expect.Have you tasted Fort George's 1811 Lager? What are your favorite Fort George beers?