#69a. American Amber/Red Lager: A sort of catch-all category, these lagers boast a bit more malt backbone and overall character than their lighter sister styles. Bitterness is generally low.
Entry: Dundee’s Honey Brown (4.5%ABV, New York)
In order to save time, this tastes an awful lot like a Newcastle, but being a lager, it’s more watery. Or, I suppose, you can think of this like an adjunct lager that they poured some Newcastle into. It has the same malty sweetness (buoyed here, obviously, by the addition of honey). Being so closely akin to an adjunct, you can assume the same watery, bitterness-free fizziness, but with these it feels like they’ve honestly made an attempt to add some measure of flavor. The addition of malts is welcome. But, since it’s still thin, the honey, with the addition of so much rice adjunct, makes for a flavor that’s almost….cheerios-like. Which, you know….isn’t bad. This is definitely nothing special. Just an innocuous little session beer.