Feb 26, 2015

South Street Brewery Virginia Lager

After cracking open the decent Satan’s Pony, I was looking forward to what South Street’s Virginia Lager has in store for me. Well, to put it bluntly, I didn’t like what it had to offer.

Virginia Lager starts off well enough, with a decent aroma and solid malt backbone on the palate. The problem is the strong minerally/metallic presence that just overwhelms the tastebuds. I’m not sure if this was an off bottle or if that’s just the way the beer comes across. I do know that it’s not a good thing.


The beer certainly looks good with a rich amber color and a dense cap of creamy, light khaki foam.

South Street Brewery Virginia Lager photo


The nose on the beer is even solid with plenty of bready malt, caramel, distant stone fruit and light grain notes.


Hell, the flavors starts off well enough, as well, but the bready malt is quickly overtaken by a strong mineral/metallic character that lasts throughout the swallow. It’s pretty off-putting at first, but I guess I became used to it… not really, though.


I don’t like deriding a beer. I know a lot of work goes into crafting these things, but either this one needs some work or I got an off bottle. There’s potential there as noted by the aroma, but once that mineral character hits the tongue, it’s game over for this one.

Rating: 2/5

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