Summer Teeth Lager

Summer Teeth is another winner from one of the most consistently good regional breweries, that being Columbus Brewing Company, Columbus, OH.  (BTW Jim and Andrew, why was Columbus named Columbus?)  Summer Teeth (named after the best Wilco album, I assume) is a kellerbier, an unfiltered lager style that originated in the Franconia region of Bavaria, and is nicely rendered for the American audience.  For an unfiltered beer, it pours amazingly clear and golden, with moderate carbonation and a fine bead, white head.  The bouquet off the head is grainy, doughy and has just a bit of sulphury hops, but it is still quite appetizing.  When the head dissipates to a single filmy layer, the bouquet favors the sweet side, still with plenty of grain.  The taste is crisp and again grainy with a lightly sweet finish and just enough bitterness, however fleeting, to let you know that the hops can pull their own weight.  Summer Teeth is a really good, refreshing summertime beer, a lager with personality.



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