I know my descriptions of pale lagers are nearly all the same, but I’m pretty sure this was noticeably more boring than the rest.
My tastebuds barely registered anything other than a slight change in temperature when I drank this. To say there was a weak aroma of hay, grass, or grain would have been generous, to call it bland an understatement.
Why is this so popular? Is it because it’s from Europe and therefore seems posh? Actually, if we’re drinking it NZ it doesn’t come from Copenhagen at all – but rather Independent Liquor which is based in Papakura (or when they’re calling themselves Boundary Rd – “nestled in the foothills of the Hunua Ranges”.)
Sorry if I sound a little grumpy. I haven’t had my morning coffee and a crick neck kept me awake all night. But rather than go off on a big rant about why we need to have a gazillion choices of lagers in NZ that all taste the same, I have a more productive – a shit beer showdown.
What I mean is, I want to have a blind tasting of commercial pale lagers to determine which is the best, with a few craft lagers thrown in to see if I can actually tell the difference (I have this nagging fear that I couldn’t.) If anyone else is interested in partaking in (and by partaking in I do mean organising, hosting etc) the SBS, get in touch!