Moylan’s White Christmas Spiced Winter Lager

Reviewed by on December 24, 2013 in Holiday Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Moylan's Brewery

  • Origin: Novato, CA, USA

  • Rated On: December 19, 2013

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 6.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Winter Warmer

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

The winter holiday seasonal from Moylan’s, which purports to be a dark lager, well-dosed with a litany of spices, including, interestingly, mace, as well as a sort of witbier twist.  Always a bit weird to see a Christmas offering from the Golden State, but since they have a stellar record of making good beer, I’m happy to see what this one proffers.

This 22oz bottle pours a rather beguiling dark bronzed amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and eventually creamy pale beige head, which leaves a few broad streaks of awkwardly webbed lace around the glass as things slowly sink southwards. One heady amber lager, this.

It smells of bready pale malt, ginger, metallic cinnamon, zesty white pepper, weak dried orange peel, very subtle coriander/clove spice, and the suggestion, rather than the presence, of warming alcohol. The taste is more bready, lightly crackery pale and caramel malt (this is a lager, really?), muddled holiday spices – steely cinnamon, subtle pepper, musty clove – stale citrus rind, and somewhat edgy yeast. The carbonation is light, and mostly just playfully frothy, the body a decent medium weight, and mostly smooth, a certain airiness informing any additional creamy notes. It finishes off-dry, the grainy, crackery malt offset by the lingering staid citrus and blended spice elements.

A nice, gingerbread-adjacent winter spiced lager, the lightness of the lager yeast choice becoming increasingly evident. Perhaps that is its weakness, as well, my predilection for beer offerings this time of year leaning towards the heavier and hearty ale sort, but that’s just me – perhaps this will help draw in fans of mainstream beers all the same.

Brady White

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