Philter Lager is the third beer in the line up from the inner west gypsy brewers.
This lager from Philter Brewing pours a solid yellow gold, somewhere close to a traditional helles style in appearance. However, this is a classic Aussie lager at a sessionable 4.4% ABV.
There’s a cap of white foam and lively carbonation that still fizzes on the tongue even towards the end of a can (or schooner/tulip glass).
It’s A Lager
With beers like this there’s only so much you can say. People know what to expect when it comes to a lager. Sure there’ll be craft beer enthusiasts that moan about a beer like this and question why a small independent brewery would brew a lager. What it is though is a solid, straight down the line, classic beer. It’s a beer that “tastes like beer”, the type of which brewers so frequently say they enjoy.
A beer like this isn’t made for the pointy end of the craft beer market. It’s made for people who want something accessible, easy to drink and familiar but flavourful. A lager like this certainly ticks all those boxes.
Increasingly I find myself craving this type of beer to slake my thirst. There’s a brief hop note sitting somewhere between herbal and spicy. It has a snappy bitterness right at the end which refreshes and cleanses the palate. The finish ties together a lightly malty mid-palate and then cuts it off decisively.
Clean, Balanced, Satisfying
Philter Lager is a clean, crisp and satisfying beer. It fits squarely in the craft lager category (if such a thing exists). There’s plenty of flavour packed into a relatively small beer. Hops and malts remain balanced but clearly present. It’s a contrast to more boring lagers that have been the norm around the world for too long.
Philter’s XPA is destined to be an ongoing favourite during the Sydney summer and this Lager should be right alongside it, enjoyed in sunny beer gardens or at barbecues and picnics.
It’ll wash down a simple ham and cheese baguette or go perfectly with homemade burgers, heavy on the onion and tomato sauce.
From: Marrickville, NSW
Beer style: Lager
Pair with: Home made burgers with lots of onion and condiments
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