Beer Review: Dry Hopped Lager – Calvors Brewery

Continuing with the lagers today, considering the weather is holding up nicely for us at the moment! I picked this up from the range that’s still available in Lidl right now. Although the last time I was there shopping it looked like their stocks of craft beer are diminishing so get your hand on the good stuff as soon as possible. This beer is from Calvors Brewery, a new brewery to me who are based in Suffolk. They specialise in producing lagers but also brew a couple of ales too. This one sounded interesting as it has been dry-hopped, something I’ve not seen done to a lager before. It comes in at 4.3% ABV.

The beer pours a lovely classic, clear amber colour with a great head initially. However, that dissipated quickly as for me there was very little carbonation to the beer. Smelled a little worty or raw on the nose. The dry hopping comes through very well, actually giving it a crisper touch. However for my taste their wasn’t much flavour there to back up the dry hopping.

A quick note on the can art: A good clean design. Straight to the point with what it is and I think the half white half yellow can works well.

Sadly I’m a little disappointed with this one. I was hoping to have knocked this back instantly in the sun but unfortunately the lack of carbonation let it down. I’m not sure if it’s brewed to be that flat or it was just an off can but I can only talk about the liquid I poured out. I personally like my lagers nice and fizzy to really help push those flavours around. If this beer had had that, I think it would have really balanced out the dryness from the dry-hopping and made for a really solid and refreshing craft lager. That said, I’m willing to give them another go and try Calvors other lagers!

Score: 4.5/10

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Additional Information:

  • Hops: Comet, Centennial
  • Malt: Not Available
  • IBU: Not Available
  • ABV: 4.3%
  • Gluten Free: No
  • Vegan: Yes!
  • Purchase Location: Lidl
  • Purchase Price: £1.79

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