Premium British Lager (4.7%)
This is one hell of a good Lager.
Certainly the best Lager I’ve had in a long time.
It’s smooth and creamy, yet crisp and clear, pouring a pale straw gold with a foamy little head, the smell is strawberries and apricots.
The malting provides a sticky caramel sweetness, brioche and shortcake, and there’s a snap of saltiness from the yeast.
Over this the hops, all British varieties though the label doesn’t tell me which, bring you pithy hedgerow greenery, chopped herbs, nettle tea and a subtle hint of liquorice root.
And then, in the finish you find a stab of lemon sherbet that adds a brightness to the long dry finish.
I thought that the Premium Lager was good, but this is stunning.
A Maibock brewed with all British ingredients, Rainbock takes Utopian’s British Lager and amps it up, giving the aroma some extra meadow flowers to go with the apricots, while the beer looks thicker and slicker as it pours into my glass.
This time the malting starts with honey waffles and some brown sugar syrup, giving a thick and sticky sweetness, while the yeast brings a great big smack of freshly baked bread alongside their saltiness.
The hopping is still packed with greenery, all woodland walks and garden herbs, but the warmth of the booze makes them and everything else feel rounder and more satisfying, while in the finish the beer’s crispness is underpinned by a chest warming white rum heat.
This is an absolute delight.