Cricketers Arms Lager

Total Score: 4.9/10 Barley1 Coriander1 CutGrass1 Stein1

I found the back of this intriguing; “brewed with the finest Amarillo hops”, sounds delish, let’s give it a run. Drunken ironically while watching the cricket. Australia lost btw :(.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip pint.

A: Clear and golden, everything a Lager should be. The head started out really excited (like a teenage boy getting a fake ID) but died down to a typical Aussie pub thin lacing… slight disappointment crept in. 6/10.

S: Smells typically like a grainy Lager, but what’s that? Spicy and floral hops! In a Lager? Get. Out. Of. Town. Go on, now! There was a genuine surprise that maybe the label on the back of a bottle (finest Amarillo hops) was not mere hyperbole… let’s find out! 7/10.

T: Hop promise not fulfilled. Yes there is a slight grassy hop presence, but it’s otherwise boring Lager grain flavours all the way here. Oh well, they tried didn’t they? Other than being an average Lager it has a Helles dry slant. There is a hint of something artificial in there as well, like the smell of burnt plastic it raises hairs on my neck that I can’t quite put my finger on, but I suspect it’s something macro-brewers love to use to save money (i.e. flavour enhancers and other crap). 4/10.

M: Crisp, dry and watery. Carbonation is a little less obvious than most Lagers. 6/10.

D: Drinkable like a glass of cold water in Antarctica… wait that’s probably what they drink there, anyway you get the picture. Although it is not as bad as the many Australian macro Lagers out there (VB, Toohey’s, Carlton Cold), I’m not exactly hard pressed to go out and buy another. 4/10. Total: 4.9/10.

Food match: Fast food, anything you can eat with your hands will do, it’s not exactly fine dining but neither is the brew.