Green’s Enterprise Dry-Hopped Lager

Reviewed by on May 22, 2014 in Gluten-Free Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Green's Gluten Free Beers

  • Origin: England

  • Rated On: May 19, 2014

  • Best Before: September 2, 2015

  • ABV: 4.1%

  • Ideal Temperature: between cold and cellar temperature

  • Style: Euro Pale Lager

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

The first new offering in a very long time from this English contract brewery that brews its beers in Belgium – a dry-hopped lager, made with millet, rice, buckwheat, and sorghum.

This 500ml bottle pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with two fingers of weakly puffy, rather loosely foamy, and mostly fizzy dirty white head, which leaves very little beyond a few specks of mitochondrial lace around the glass as it seems quick to subside.

It smells of ethereally biscuity, and strangely bready, er, ‘malt’, and strong, yet indistinct citrus, floral, and grassy hops. The taste is generic non-malt graininess – the sort of semi-sweet otherness that is sorghum and millet, and inoffensive as it gets here, I suppose, a bit of lager yeast, and more perky leafy, weedy, citrusy, and grassy hops. The carbonation is nice and peppy, with a strong edgy frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, even with the swirling hop goodness betrothed to this offering. It finishes fairly dry, the surprisingly and pleasingly innocuous sweetness still handing over the reins to the heady hop interlopers.

I will admit outright, that I have not been a huge fan of Green’s previous output – the alternagrains just don’t have the oomph to make a tasty beer under their stewardship. That all seems to change here – I am mostly reminded of all those flavour of the month hoppy session ‘IPAs’ out there, which is high praise indeed for any gluten-free product, I’d say. Overall, good stuff, a very hoppy, celiac-friendly lager, one even the rest of us can actually say we enjoy.

Brady White

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