New Belgium Brewing Mountain Time Lager

Happy Sunday Funday ya’ll! While most of the country is dealing with snow, ice, and generally terrible weather, I decided to go fish in shorts and flip flops as it’s 85 and sunny out today!

Yes, I did manage to sneak out for a bit of pond hopping today while the wife watched a few movies. Anyways, after sweating too much for mid-February and catching a few bass, I decided to call it a day and crack a cold one.

I had two options, a new Imperial IPA or a Lager billing itself as “cold and refreshing as snowmelt in the spring.” With it being abnormally hot, I chose the lighter option and hope this isn’t an expensive version of Busch Light.

Appearance: This pours a darker, clear yellow with a light and quickly dissolving head but a high amount of carbonation remaining throughout the pour.

Aroma: Well, this smells like beer at a baseball stadium. It is light, with biscuity malts and no semblance of hops to it.

Taste: While the aroma was setting me up to be disappointed, the taste came through fantastically.

With lagers you’re not going to get the complexity of other styles. However, what you do get is crisp bread and cracker-like malts without the wet grain/straw flavor some lagers give you. There is a hop bitterness to round out the light, flavorful, and refreshing taste.

Mouthfeel: This is close to a Budweiser or Miller High Life but not quite as heavy. It is lighter than most of the “craft” lagers I have had, but it isn’t watery at all.

Value: It came in a variety pack on sale, so $1.25 for the beer is 100% worth it.

Overall: I’m not sure if it’s a factor of “hitting the spot” after a few hours outside or it’s just that good, but this is back to back weeks of having an 8/10 beer.

As I said previously, this is based on the “Lager” style. It hits everything I want in that it’s light, flavorful, and not filling. There isn’t any complexity to it, but it is a straightforward, outstanding beer.

Until next time, tight lines and cheers!

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