Green's Gluten Free Beers
Green's Enterprise Dry-Hopped Lager
I picked up my bottle Green's Gluten Free Beers Green's Enterprise Dry-Hopped Lager (4.1% alcohol by volume) off the gluten-free section of the singles' shelf at South Lyndale Liquor. It passed its best by date nearly two years ago, which is way too old for a lager. This is a lager brewed with millet, buckwheat, rice and sorghum and these grains show up in the aroma along with along with light fruit, pear, a hint of bread crust and a trace of oxidation. The hops aromas are muted due to age. It pours hazy amber gold with rapidly rising bubbles under a 1" frothy off-white foam collar with poor retention. The flavors are lightly sweet fruit, a hint of apple, pear, and grape leading to a sweet-tart finish with some oxidation. At nearly two years past its best by date the dry hopping is pretty much gone. There is a bitter hop accent at the finish that is not harsh or sharp and a mild sweetness throughout balances the bitterness. The millet and buckwheat tone down the sharpness of the sorghum and the rice thins out the body. Even considerably past its prime, this beer is drinkable. The body is medium light and the carbonation is medium high. Fresh I would drink this regardless of its gluten status. The lighter body and fruit flavors evoke cider a little bit but some of this is from age. It lacks some of the sharpness found in some other gluten-free beer. The bottle notes that this beer does not contain wheat, barley, crustaceans, eggs, fish, peanuts, soy beans, milk lactose, nuts, celery, mustard, sulfur dioxide, sesame seeds and sulfite. I rate it 84.
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