Side Launch Mountain Lager

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Side Launch Mountain Lager

Postby G.M. Gillman » Mon Aug 03, 2015 7:21 am

I've had this a few times now, on draft (Volo) and in the attractive blue can at the Pilot. It is extremely good with rich malt and a gathering bitterness/dryness from high quality Noble hops. It makes its mark by being different to the other Munich-style helles beers available in Ontario. I would say it's less yeasty than those, which personally I prefer as I think, except for keller and similar forms of lager, the malt and hops should sing out fully in the helles tradition.

The canned is very similar to the draft but more fizzy, which I think is a plus.

It's a good contrast with a number of pils styles available in Ontario, either made here or imports. The hops in Mountain Lager make their presence known in a different way and the beer expresses the full malty roundness that was at the origin of Bavarian lager.

An immediate classic in the brewing scene, IMO.

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Re: Side Launch Mountain Lager

Postby Belgian » Sun Aug 09, 2015 7:37 pm

Name makes me feel like I'm buying an update for my Apple OSX.

Really good product line approach, on a good day the Wheat is the best thing around and the Pale and Dunkel are both impressive. Side Launch knows who they are.

They seem to be following the solid footsteps of Creemore with the Mountain Lager! That's not a bad decision either. I like the German classics, and the slightly more rare iterations of older styles… for example who will make an Ontario equivalent of HOTD ADAM?
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Re: Side Launch Mountain Lager

Postby saints_gambit » Wed Aug 19, 2015 1:26 pm

It's better than creemore. It's superb.
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Re: Side Launch Mountain Lager

Postby midlife crisis » Sat Nov 21, 2015 2:21 pm

This is on at the growler fill station at Summerhill right now, if anyone is interested. It is a simple but excellent session lager, especially drinking it this fresh.
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Re: Side Launch Mountain Lager

Postby matt7215 » Sun Dec 20, 2015 1:56 pm

had this on tap last night @ sociable in brantford and thought it was fantastic!

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