Southbound Light Lager Beer


Southbound Light Lager

Beer Stats

  • Packaging: 12 Oz. Can
  • BJCP Style: American Light Lager
  • ABV: 4.2%
  • Hops Variety:  Typically Noble or Pacific Northwest Hops
  • Malts Variety: Typically 2 Row Pale or Pilsner Malt
  • Brewery:  Southbound Brewing Co., Savannah, GA http://southboundbrewingco.com/
  • Beer Connoisseur Rating: None

LUDB Tasting Notes

  • Bitterness Level:  None*
  • Drinkability:
    • Would I buy it again? Yes
    • Would I stock it? No
  • Appearance:  Slightly hazy, pale straw color. White fluffy head with moderate retention.
  • Aroma:  Floral and grainy aromas.
  • Flavor & Aftertaste: Low sweetness. Subtle grainy flavor with no bitterness.
  • Palate:  Soft and sweet on the palate; short finish with no bitterness.
  • Balance & Drinkability: Leans sweet, dry short finish

Commentary

Southbound Brewing Company is located just off the Savannah, GA historic district. They began brewing in 2013 and touch on a number of styles from Pilsner, IPA, Witbier to Imperial Stouts. Mountain Jam, a dry hopped southern lager, is one of their more popular beers. Southbound Light Lager is their entry into the American light lager beer style category.

This light Pilsner style lager pours a slightly hazy, pale straw color. Fast rising bubbles mushroom into a fluffy white head with moderate retention. The nose has very subtle aromas; but floral hops are detectable within the grainy aromas. Leans to the sweet side, with no bitterness I could detect. Finish is dry, crisp and short with no bitterness in the aftertaste.

Making no bones about it, Southbound describes this beer as an everyday drinking beer and they deliver. With these styles of beers, you consume them with the correct expectations in mind- a light, crisp easy drinking beer with a relatively low ABV (4.2%). If you expect highly hopped, full bodied beers with a noticeable alcohol character, you are going to be disappointed. If you are looking for something easy drinking with better quality than your traditional Big Beer offerings for a day by the beach or pool or a cookout, this is one to grab. I am glad to see craft brewers tackling these American style lagers, because there is certainly a place for them. More often than not, they are doing them better than the big breweries and you have an opportunity to support a local small business. That’s a win-win in my book.

Thanks for reading and until next time…Let Us Drink Beer!

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