(draught at Ryries in Edinburgh)
I don’t like pilsner and lager that much, but it’s not every day that you come across a Glaswegian beer brewed to the German Reinheitsgebot of 1516. That’s right: West, a brewery from Glasgow, brews their beers according to the Reinheitsgebot of 1516, a ultra-conservative set of rules safeguarding the purity of beer.
Kudos to West for waving the flag for unadulterated beer!
Nose: I don’t know if it’s the water or the malt, but the nose on this is almost surgically clean and chiseled. Crisp and slightly fruity. Very much a summer’s day beer.
Mouth: The first thing that strikes me about this is that it’s very foamy, and it retains a lot of carbonation over time. It has a lot of that crispness you get with German beers like Warsteiner, and the slightly hoppy / fruity-notes you get with Stella or Heineken. Very well balanced. Smooth and bittersweet. Very, very drinkable.
Finish: it’s a lager, so it’s quite short but very refreshingly.
I’m not a big fan of lager, but this stuff is really worth a try. Very clean and drinkable and more engaging than a Heineken. Crafted to the German style, but distinctly different in character. If you like lagers like Warsteiner you will really appreciate this.