Review: 541 Lager, Hop Valley Brewing

541 Lager
Hop Valley Brewing Co. — Springfield, OR

  • Style: Pre-Prohibition lager
  • Bitterness: 13 IBU
  • ABV: 4.8%
  • Malts: Two-row, pilsner, and flaked corn
  • Hops: Liberty
  • Sampled: 12 oz. can

Description:  A crisp and refreshing American Lager — Hop Valley Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:  This is the first beer I tasted from Hop Valley Brewing, located in Springfield, OR (home of The Simpsons). In case you're wondering, 541 is the Springfield area code. I'm drinking this as part of my series on lagers.

The tasting: Light golden in color and slightly hazy. It has a white head that dissipates fairly slowly, leaving lacing on the glass. Aroma of bread and corn, along with light spicy and herbal notes. Taste is very similar to aroma. It has a light malt sweetness in the front, which is quite nice. Alcohol is not noticeable in aroma or taste. Overall hop bitterness is low and most of the hop flavors come through in aroma. 541 is light bodied. It's crisp and refreshing and finishes with bready malt and spicy hops.

Rating: 4 star. Really Good! I want this again!  Thumbs up for my first Hop Valley Beer! If you want a lager with plenty of hop flavor, but not the bitterness, give 541 a try. I think I'll need to look for some of Hop Valley's other beers.

Have you tasted 541 or any other Hop Valley beers? 

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