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Beer – #560 – Lakeman – Lahar

A Lahar of beer, a lyric of music, a counting of numbers and a storm of friends

Floral nose of passionfruit and Strawberry.

This is a 330ml bottle of beer, which is 5.6% ABV, making it 168 calories and 1.6 standard drink units.

Lahar is brewed by Lakeman Brewing Company styled as an  American Pale Ale and they are in Taupo, New Zealand

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Lakeman Lahar has blackcurrant and table grape aromatics.

A clean malt finishes like a force of nature with a rush of grapefruit.

A strange sounding combination I wonder what could go wrong?

There is a fruity aromatic on the opening.

The pour is of much darker and richer looking beer that I thought might have happened. Of head there was none.

There is something a little odd and unusual in the taste of this, for no reason I thought of straw. The bitterness is quite pervasive although it’s not puckeringly bitter, and then there is a gap where something else might be, before you get what I might best describe as an earthy mouthfeel.  Which then becomes a front of mouth bitter lingering.

LaharA bit peculiar.

I find this a bit peaky, the crash of bitterness is at odds and a bit too big to be pleasant, and then the odd missing middle, and the heavy pine resinous lingering after note, I don’t think that this is a beer for me.

I really don’t like having not to like a beer.

But you can’t like everything, and you have to kiss  lot of frogs to find the perfect one. I think that this could do with a bit of work in lessening the raw bitterness of the hops and adding more malt balance, the finish and linger would work better. But then I don’t brew beer and what do I know. I certainly wouldn’t want this to be like every other beer that is available.

Of the style though this does have the hight bitterness and is the darker copper. I don’t know that I’d be comfortable having this as an accompany to a BBQ though.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as a  6  of its things from the thing. I just really not into it. A beer of mixed reviews as you’d expect,  not ‘train wreck” nor “yum’ just somewhere nearer the lower end of the middle, in my opinion. Not a beer that I’d be rushing out of my way to find again.

I see where it was supposed go, and at least there was a vision. It appears to have got lost getting there.

The double dip review

  1. Am I enjoying it? Not really, it’s just too peaky and jittery.
  2. Would I have another? Not really, it didn’t work for me.
  3. Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? A beer that might start a fight rather than asset nine talking about one, it’s just not that good.

The Music-go-round stopped at Nicholas James Murphy, better known by his stage name Chet Faker, who is an Australian electronica musician.

I’m not too sure that it’s not music for a Cafe to be honest. But it wasn’t tragic.


American Pale Ales are light in color, ranging from golden to a light copper color. The style of this beer is defined by the American hops used. American hops typically have high bitterness and aroma.This is a perfect beer for big fare like grilled burgers or combination pizzas, as well as lighter fare like sushi and green salads


One comment on “Beer – #560 – Lakeman – Lahar

  1. seeate
    March 18, 2016

    This really is an odd APA – it’s kind of like a brown ale shaking hands with a red ale then staring at each other quizzically. Amazing? Not especially. Intriguing? Certainly.


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