BREWER: Small Beer Brew Co., South-East London, England
VESSEL: 350ml brown bottle
DATE OF POST: 26th June 2022
A 2.1% Lager you say?
Errr, ok then…
Lid lifted and I have to say a smile was put on my face instantly. The aroma of old skool French stubbies hoofed it up me hooter before the beer had even left the rather quirky 350ml bottle. This immediately took me back to my early teenaged years when one first starts to get into beer, apparently.
What a positive start to a beer that I have to admit I was not holding out much hope for.
Once poured the nose was still there and kicking and the brew looked pretty decent in the glass.
First sip was a large one as I wanted to give this beer a chance and I have to say my eyes lit up once more. A note in CAPITALS went into my tasting book…
THIS COULD EASILY BE 4%
And it could be. Hats off to the Small Brewing Company for pulling off not only what they intended but also what I did not think was possible! A decent tasting lager at a very low ABV.
I then had to calm myself down a little as needed to score this sucker.
Whether a beer is 2% or 12% you have to score it as you taste it and even though this offering today is FANTASTIC for a 2.1% Lager it only makes it into the good bracket over all. However, that is no mean feat with such a low percentage so once again a huge hats off to this brewery for daring to be different, finding a brewery USP and nailing it.
Jymi’s Rating: 61%
The concept: beers brewed with a very low ABV. This one from the Small Beer Company is a lager and its alcohol percentage is 2.1%. I know, it’s only 2.1%.
The question has to be asked: how much beeriness is compromised (if any at all) in their quest to fulfil their mission of low alcohol beers?
Well, first up, it smells like a lager, which is a good start. And then the first sip is promising; that well known lager flavour washes over the tongue bringing hope of greatness. But then it all fades away into watery nothingingness.
The thing is this isn’t a bad beer. It’s good. It achieves what it sets out to do. And I would definitely be reaching for more of these in the right situation. It absolutely delivers on its USP. It’s just when you rate it on its beer credibility, it will come out lower that it’s counterparts because there is not enough alcohol to carry those notes.
Still, I recommend giving one of Small Beer’s offerings a go. They’ll be a talking point that’s for sure.
Sammy’s Rating: 61%
MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 61%
MOB review next weekend: VOLTAGE by FIFTYTWO NORTH
Sammy & Jymi – Musing on Booze weekly since 2017