Welcome to the Drink in the Sights Castle Eden Brewery Red beer review. I received this beer as part of a Flavourly beer selection a few weeks ago and now the suns out I've decided it's time to go outside and try it. Castle Eden are a 100 ish year old County Durham based brewery that spent a while under Whitbread PLC ownership but are now privately owned again. They are another one of those breweries who give their beers nice straightforward names like Blonde, Red or Black so if nothing else you should have a pretty good idea what you're getting from the bottle.
Castle Eden Red New World Ale comes in a nice enough 500ml bottle with a really cool label featuring a guy on a horse looking out to a castle on a hill at sunset. OK I know it doesn't sound cool but it looks very scenic and given that my website is called Drink in the Sights you should appreciate I like scenic things, and beer. Anyway the brewer describes the beer as 'a ruby red ale with a rich malty character from the combination of pale, light and dark crystal malts.... a full bodied beer with juice hop character from generous helpings of Willamette hops.' All of that sounds quite appealing to me.
I think it's fair to say The 4.4% alcohol content of Castle Eden Red is pretty standard, so nothing to write home about there, meanwhile the look is very much that of a standard red British bitter with a decent head. Where things start to get interesting is the aroma which is seriously malty with some lovely caramel and chocolate scents coming through. This may look like a standard British bitter but it smells of something much more promising. The scent really has got my attention far more than I expected.
Like the aroma the texture is extremely nice. It's thick, rich and creamy almost like a really good milk stout, and the taste is amazing. I love a malty beer, and this one is seriously malty with just the right amount of sweet caramel and hops to make it really interesting. As you can probably tell I really enjoyed this beer and would happily buy it again. I'm going to give Red from Castle Eden Brewery an exceptionally good 9.5 out of 10. This is a seriously good beer which you really should try if you get the chance.
Welcome to the Drink in the Sights Utopian British Lager Beer Review. Yea that's right this is my second lager review in 2 days but don't worry I'll be back to proper beers soon enough. I don't know much about the Utopian Brewery except that it's based in Devon and is very proud to be British. They have British Lager, British Pilsner, British unfiltered lager and British Dark Lager pouring from their taps so I guess Brexit wont affect their business model too much. I guess it is good to buy local products so maybe I should appreciate all the Britishness but it all sounds a little Nigel Farage to me and that can't be good.
Utopian British Lager comes in a 440ml light blue can with Britannia somewhat inevitably on the front, but only gently sketched on so you do struggle to make her out which is a little annoying, if you're entire marketing ploy is look how British we are surely she should be more prominent? The can points out that the beer is made from 100% British ingredients and contains 4.7% alcohol which isn't bad I guess. What I do enjoy though other than the rather optimistic 'discover perfection' tagline is that the beer is described as 'Bavarian Helles style' so just like the royal family this British institution is actually pretty German really.
The beer pours a very clear sun yellow with a white lacing head, so it looks like most lagers really. The aroma is actually really nice though with some floral notes and almost certainly some banana coming through. There's also a subtle maltyness to the smell which bodes quite well that this might have something to it. Utopian British lager has a very nice light refreshing texture too which makes it really drinkable on a warm day so things are certainly starting to look up.
The taste very much matches the aroma with a light smattering of hops with some banana undertones and a nice malty finish, as lagers go this is actually one of the better ones. Sure it's still a lager which means it's never going to be a 10 out of 10 beer but I'm going to give British Lager from Utopian Brewery a very respectable 7.5 out of 10 which is about as much as a lager can get in a beer review. If you're looking for a decent cheap lager that isn't one of the usual tasteless big brand offerings Utopian British Lager might just be the one for you.
Welcome to the Drink in the Sights Pilsner Lager from E1 Brew Co Beer Review. I know I don't usually review lagers but it was a nice warm day and I picked this beer up from Home Bargains for less than a pound so thought why not, plus the E1 Brew Co IPA was just about drinkable so maybe this one wont be too bad either. I know it's not exactly high praise. Just for the record E1 Brew Co are based in Shoreditch, London and are relatively new to the brewery scene and yes all their beers are as inventively named as Pilsner Lager but at least you know what you're getting.
Pilsner Lager from E1 Brew Co comes in the now familiar bland 440ml can and contains an equally bland 4% alcohol. The beer is described as 'well balanced and lightly hopped lager with a clean crisp, refreshing taste.' Which all makes it sound like just about every other lager on the market, but cheaper. Pilsner Lager has a clear straw yellow body and no head at all, this really is one of the least lively lagers I've ever seen, you barely have to even tilt the glass when pouring.
Pilsner Lager has the usual lager aroma with a bit of lemon and maybe a little lime thrown in for good measure. I think when I reviewed their IPA I said it should be called either generic or bland IPA and so far this is looking very much like a generic, bland lager, but then I could say that about nearly any lager except maybe Birra Moretti which I actually quite like. Fortunately the Pilsner Lager from E1 Brew Co is at least fairly crisp and refreshing as promised, so from that point of view it's not a bad alternative to the likes of Carlsberg.
What can I really say about Pilsner Lager from E1 Brew Co except that it meets all the criteria to be a pilsner but doesn't really do much else. It's not a beer that I particularly dislike and for a budget offering it'll get you through a sunny Sunday afternoon, but despite the slight dash of lemon in the taste you wont really notice anything different to the many, many generic lagers out there which I guess given the price of this one that could almost be seen as a compliment. I'm going to give Pilsner Lager from E1 Brew Co a decent 7 out of 10. It's exactly what it says it is nothing more and nothing less.