Now that my computer is once again alive and well, I’m proud to present you all with another edition of Six-Pack Saturday. This round I’ll be reviewing Tap Room No. 21’s Copper Lager. I love lagers and I love honey, so what can go wrong?
The Tap Room Brewing Company is based out of Novato, California. They have 8 regular beers, including an IPA, Amber Ale, Copper Lager, and a wheat beer.
Like many lagers, the Copper Lager has a yeasty taste. It’s not as strong as some lagers, but slightly muted. This is followed by a hint of bitterness, thanks to the Simcoe hops. Finally, there it is: the honey.
The sweetness of the honey is almost surprising at first, but adds a delightful flavor to the beer. It works especially well with the yeast, giving the Copper Lager an almost desert-beer flavor. The honey also gives this brew a wonderful aftertaste that isn’t coppery or unpleasant in the least.
Again, like many lagers, this is a very easy drinking beer. The hops give the beer very little bitterness but leave no bite whatsoever. The sweetness of the honey may be a bit much for some, but I found it gave the beer character. As far as drinkability goes, I have no complaints with this beer.
From the notes of yeast to the smoothness of the brew to the sweetness of the honey, this is one damn good beer. I found it similar to Dundee Brewing Company’s Honey Brown, with a stronger honey flavor. While a bit pricier than Honey Brown, this beer is definitely worth it. I wouldn’t recommend this beer to those who are gun shy of sweetness, but could see this one being a hit at the next family gathering. This definitely will not be the last beer I try from Tap Room No. 21.