Craft breweries releasing a lager is still seen as a bold move. It shouldn’t be when they’re like this.
Seabass from Yulli’s Brews is a straightforward, bang on lager. And that’s fantastic.
It pours near enough crystal clear. A pale, shimmering gold. Pouring it into the glass, a white head blooms.
And while you’ll get the full effect of this beer when pouring it into a glass, it’s also one that you could smash out of the can. I don’t fish but if I did this is a beer I’d take on a fishing trip.
More Than A Standard Lager
Seabass Mediterranean Lager is, however, more than your typical lager. The character in this beer is thanks to New Zealand Motueka hops which provide strong lime and subtle stone fruit flavours. It makes it far more interesting than a standard pale lager.
The aroma from this beer is subdued and doesn’t give a full indication as to the fruity flavours to come. There’s the tiniest touch of sulphur on the nose but this soon dissipates. The complexity of the Motueka comes through more on the palate.
That said, Seabass is by no means a hoppy lager. It’s a beer in the style of a traditional lager, except the old world hops have been swapped out for the exciting Motueka.
Motueka is related to Saaz, a hop famed for it’s use in classic European lagers.
A Touch Of Wheat
While perhaps Seabass doesn’t have the crispest finish of all lagers, it does round out nicely with some of the wheat malt coming through for a soft end point.
The addition of wheat is a nice one and provides another understated point of difference to more mainstream lagers.
Seabass Mediterranean Lager is a great beer to convert the macro lager drinker to craft. It has many of the familiar characteristics of a pale lager but with more interesting flavours.
This beer also won a silver medal at the 2016 Craft Beer Awards. Its credentials have been confirmed and it’s right up there with the best lagers being produced in Sydney at the moment.
Yulli’s also make an approachable pale ale, named Norman.
From: Surry Hills, NSW
Beer style: Lager
Malts: Pilsner, Wheat
Pair with: Grilled octopus and Greek salad
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