If Doc can write a Newcastle tasting note, I can take on SABL…
NOTES: Draft @ Every Restaurant/Bar Ever
STYLE: Vienna Lager
APPEARANCE: Deep amber with good clarity
HEAD: Off-white, frothy, and long-lasting
LACING: Nothing special
NOSE: Subtle, pleasant…and it floods the brain with memories (at least if you’re an ex-pat Masshole like me). A mellow, sweet caramel nose with nice undertones of spicy, herbal hops. Hoppier than most lagers, but not aggressively so.
TASTE: Umm…it tastes like Sam Adams? Is that good enough? No? OK…like the nose implies, the flavor is mostly well-rounded malt sweetness up front followed by a wash of mildly bitter hops and a very crisp, very clean finish.
MOUTHFEEL: Medium body with high carbonation. There’s something uniquely smooth about the SABL’s mouthfeel. Maybe it’s just because I’ve had it 1,000 times…
DRINKABILITY: About as high as it gets. A well-crafted lager with just enough hop profile to separate it from the pack. It’s not an amazing beer by any stretch of the imagination. But it drinks well in hot weather or cold. It drinks well in good times or bad. It’s the beer that jump-started the American craft beer movement. And it tastes like home.
RATING: 3 Hops