March 26, 2012
Freedom Organic Lager costs around £1.40 for a 330ml bottle or you can find it on draft at selected pubs.
October 27, 2010
Samuel Smith’s range of drinks are brewed in Tadcaster, North Yorkshire since 1758, and there are Sam Smith’s pubs across England offering beer, ale, lager, cider and spirits all under its own brand.
And it has also branched out to selling its wares in selected shops. I’ve reviewed its organic cider before but this is actually the first time I’ve ever had the brewery’s larger – if I’m not going for the cider I’m having a Sovereign Best Bitter.
Brewed using lightly-kilned lager malt from UK barley and organic hops, it has a slightly ‘hoppier’ taste that a lot of lagers and gives a nice head when poured. It’s still quite crisp despited being full bodied and very refreshing.
After drinking cheap and popular lager when the need arises (if I’m particularly thirsty or the bitter selection is poor), this reminds me that there are good lagers out there that are worth drinking. I don’t think anyone drinking this could be disappointed, I certainly wasn’t.
Samuel Smith’s Organic Lager is available from good alcoholic retailers like BevMo! in the US (costing around $3.50) and supermarkets and even department stores such as House of Fraser in the UK (around £3). Or head to the pub, you can find a list of Sam Smith’s pubs here.
May 18, 2009
Riedenburger Organic Lager is one of a range of beers brewed in Bavaria since the 19th century, although the “brauhaus” has focused on organic beer since 1994.
Sent to me by Vintage Roots, the 4.7% lager promised to be fruity with a bite in the finish. And it is quite nice. Not as fruity as I thought it would be but it was crisp and sharp, with very little aftertaste, although I had it very well chilled.
While it’s quite strong, it didn’t taste like it and I enjoyed the fresh taste. Packaged in a simple brown bottle with a plain label, it’s not the most fancy lager you can buy but worth a punt for a change. And it made a great fizzing noise when I opened the bottle.
Riedenburger Organic Lager is £1.95 for a 500ml bottle from Vintage Roots.
May 14, 2009
This will probably be the shortest review we’ve ever had on Life Goggles, certainly the shortest I’ve written. And the reason for that is because I found this beer horrible.
It’s all a matter of personal opinion and there will probably be lots of people who like this drink so I’ll give you the facts anyway. Cannabia claims to be the world’s first hemp drink and has been brewed in Germany since 1996. The hops, hemp and malt are all organic and put together to produce this 4.8% lager.
The bottle is quite gaudy and there’s even a scratch and sniff hemp leaf on the label around the neck. And that’s what it tastes of, hemp. If you like the taste then this is for you but I couldn’t drink more than two gulps, and the second one was just to make sure I didn’t like it.
Available from Vintage Roots, Cannabia costs £1.65 a bottle.
May 7, 2009
The word ‘blonde’ when associated with beer always makes me uneasy. I think of the fruity, heavy German lagers that don’t agree with me, so it was with some trepidation that I took my first swig of this blonde lager.
Sent to me by Vintage Roots, Hepworth Blonde Organic Lager contains only water, barley malt, hops and yeast. The Hallertau hopes supposedly give the beer a ‘floral’ note but thankfully, for me anyway, my taste buds didn’t notice it.
What I did notice was that it tasted great. I honestly didn’t expect it to. It has a lovely fresh and crisp bit to it and is really flavoursome. It was an unexpected treat.
Hepworth Blonde Organic Lager is available from Vintage Roots for £1.40 a bottle and is 5%.
February 19, 2009
Online store Vintage Roots has been kindly sending me some beers, ales and lagers to test and the latest one is produced by Vintage Roots itself.
Vintage Roots Organic German Lager has the signature of master brewer Christoph Hald on the front label of the bottle. This pilsner-type lager is produced in a small brewery in Dunstelkingen, Germany using organic hops and is approved by the Vegetarian Society.
It has quite a fruity and tangy flavour which is very pleasant to taste and while not as refreshing as other lagers, it’s a good tipple.
The presentation, like other Vintage Roots own-labels drinks, is pretty simple but nice enough and as a pilsner it’s quite strong at 5%. A 500ml bottle costs £1.99 and can be ordered from the Vintage Roots website.