Container: 12 Oz. Can
Brewer: Arches Brewing, Hapeville, GA
Ratebeer: 3.3 of 5
Beer Advocate: 4.2 of 5
Untapped: 3.6 of 5
- Bitterness Level: Low
- Would I purchase again? Yes
- Would I stock it? Yes
- Comments: Well balanced, crisp & refreshing
(Editors Note: Since the original posting of this review, Arches Brewing has rebranded Unseasonal Lager as Southside Lager)
Lagers are making a strong comeback. Craft brewers are wisely trying to broaden the appeal of beers across a wider spectrum of potential consumers. With offerings like Arches Brewing Southside Lager, they are going to continue to make strong progress. This is a beer you have to ignore some of the ratings on sites like Rate Beer, because most of the reviews are fans of big Ales. It is a Lager the way Lagers are supposed to be.
Southside Lager comes in a 12 oz. can. I admit to not being a big fan of beer in the can. I prefer bottles, not because it tastes better, but because the bottles stay colder longer. That being said, I poured this beer into a Lager glass. It pours clear amber with a big, frothy white head. Lots of carbonation. It has a nice light caramel malts and grassy hops nose with a surprising hint of spice. Then comes the pleasant surprise. It has a terrific balance between light sweet malts and mild hops.
It’s interesting, when I read the reviews of Lagers, especially European style, on many beer blogs, the reviewer comments include complaints of a lack of “kick”. I really don’t think these reviewers understand what certain Lagers are supposed to taste like. Many old world Lagers are supposed to be balanced, even have a more malts lean. They are not supposed to taste like an IPA or other hopped up Ales. Some craft brewers are adding more bittering hops to their Lagers; however, just because a beer doesn’t knock the top off the IBU scale does not make it a bad beer. There are some outstanding Lagers out there and Arches Brewing got it right with Southside Lager. For someone looking for a smooth, crisp non-Ale with subtle complexities, I highly recommend Arches Southside Lager. Give it a try, you’ll like it.