04 November 2008

Beer Review, Magic Hat Participation Lager

Magic Hat Participation Ale

What other beer should I drink for election day?

Appearance: Clear, orange-yellow body, ever-so-slightly hazy, with a thin white head. Head dissipates quickly, leaves no lacing. 3.5/5

Smell: Very sweet, malty. Strong "American Lager" corn aroma. Not complex, but decent. 3.0/5

Taste: Malty beginning, sweet middle, dry, somewhat bitter aftertaste. Slight notes of hops. It's mostly clean but a bit cloying. 3.0/5

Mouthfeel: Thicker than expected, but still goes down smooth. Low (but not nonexistent) carbonation. 4.0/5

Drinkability: A decent American Macro, but like all American Macros, it suffers from a lack of complexity and just a general "sameness" inherent to the style. Drinkable, but I'd go for a good Brooklyn Lager over this one every time. (Of course, I can't currently get those in Kalamazoo, so....) 3.0/5

Overall: 3.2/5

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