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Beer – #568 – Harrington’s – The East Indies Lager

Lager, Larger, Largest, Large!

A clean refreshing lager, moderately hopped.

The 500ml bottle of beer, that is 5% ABV, 150 calories a serve size, making this about 1.97 standard drink units.

Brewed by Harringtons Breweries (Christchurch), this one in the style that is good old Pale Lager and they do that in Christchurch, New Zealand

Lager Lout!

Lager Lout!

Brewed using only the finest natural ingredients. The result is a smooth Indian lager that is the perfect beer to enjoy with spicy foods.

East Indies is batched brewed to the authentic style of an East Indian beer. Amber in colour, full in flavour light on the palate with a hop edge to compliment a dry finish. We love it, and know you will too.

What could possibly go wrong?

Nothing exciting on opening, aroma is standard lager type aroma, slightly green slightly sour.

Harrington's East Indies LagerExtremely pale pour, with a lovely head, well carbonated. Aroma moves to something more peppery.

Not as much ‘bite’ as you get with some lager offerings.

It is then for all intents and purpose a stock standard beer, of which I can’t think of anything to say, good or bad.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as  6  of its things from the thing. It’s just un-inspiring and a bit bland.

It’s missing the soft fully full mouthfeel, it’s missing the hop bite, it’s missing that grassy under-note.

The double dip review

  1. Am I enjoying it? Yes, despite it being a bit run-of-the-mill
  2. Would I have another? Possibly, it’s a bulk over substance beer.
  3. Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? Beer for beer, dollar for dollar, nom you’d embarrass me with something you had in your fridge, similar but a bit different.

Note: I was provided this beer by the brewer to try and review, without catches,  this is 1 of 12 should wonder about the sudden love of a brewer out of the blue. 

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The colour of pale lager ranges from light bronze to nearly transparent and the alcohol anywhere from 4-6%. Adjunct usage may be quite high, though in some cases the beer is all-malt. Carbonation is typically forced, though not always. One thing that doesnt vary is that neither the malt nor the hops make much of an impression on the palate. These beers are brewed for minimum character, though faint traces of hop or malt may show through. More likely though is that adjuncts like corn will show through, or you’ll find notes of higher alcohols (fuel notes) due to the use of high-gravity brewing. The body will be thin and watery, and the finish is typically non-existent.


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