Review: ZigZag River Lager, Portland Brewing

ZigZag River Lager
Portland Brewing Co. — Portland, OR

  • Style:  Lager
  • Bitterness:  25 IBU
  • ABV:  5.1%
  • Malts:  2-Row Pale, Wheat, and Munich
  • Hops:  Nugget and Tettnang
  • Sampled:  12 oz. bottle

Description:  ZigZag River Lager is an old favorite from the Portland Brewing archives. It’s a clean, easy-drinking golden lager brewed with Nugget and Tettnang hops and a touch of malted wheat to give it a crispness perfect for Portland summers. — Portland Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:  Back in February, Portland Brewing Co. was re-launched (after using the MacTarnahan's name for a decade). As part of the re-branding, they've dusted off some old beers from the archive. ZigZig is a beer from yesteryear that's getting a new lease on life. I'm drinking it as part of my series on summer seasonals.

The tasting:  Golden orange in color, slightly hazy, with an off-white head that dissipates slowly. Aroma of toasted malt and bread. Taste of caramel, biscuit, and spicy hops. The malts provide a mild level of sweetness in the middle. Alcohol is not noticeable in aroma or flavor and hop bitterness is moderate. ZigZag is light bodied, has an effervescent mouth feel, and finishes with caramel and spicy hops.

Rating:  3 star. Good. I would drink this again if someone gives it to me.  ZigZag is different from most summer lagers, in my opinion, because it features caramel malt flavors. Overall, it's a nice change of pace and worth a try.
Have you tasted ZigZag River Lager?  Are you glad it's back from they great beer beyond?

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