We have been given a stay of execution on the summer swelter and humidity, and Virginia looks like it will actually have a bit of Spring this year. What I miss about this season is all the beer styles that flourish in the April-June time frame. One of those that has cropped up in The Commonwealth over the past couple years has been the Mexican Lager. Whether this started out as a dare or just a quest to ‘craft’ a better beer is a mystery, but what we do know is that there are plenty of offerings this year. Thankfully, we ran across one over the weekend and it hit the spot on a Saturday afternoon.
Sir Vesa, Smartmouth Brewing Company (Norfolk, VA)
Mexican Lager, 5.0% ABV
Presentation: Tall boy into glass for tasting, straight from the can right after. This is a lager, not a Tripel.
Appearance: Golden rod to dark gold, whitish head that doesnt sit long, clear.
Aroma: Light bready/lager with a decent amount of sweetness through the bitter.
Taste: Clean and lightly grainy on the front with slight bitterness, resolving quickly into sweet/sweetbread middle and finish. Some mineral/earthiness, but clean malts throughout.
ABV/IBU Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, clean, with a slight sweetness to it. Mouth reset is neutral, and the weight is light to medium-light. ABV is slightly noticeable as 5% in a light-ish beer sticks out some. IBU balancing is normal.
Overall: While is was released for Cinco de Mayo, it is all around the Hampton Roads and Richmond market to grab some in 4-packs. Might have to hunt for it in bottle shops, but a good find if it is there. Start the beer season cycle off right with a clean, lightly malted, semi sweet beer, to balance out all of those DIPAs you are getting into.