Tasting Notes: Coastline Lager from Due South Brewing Co.

DueSouthCoastlinePour600For this week’s Tasting Notes, we seek out a quiet, relaxing patch of sand so that we can properly enjoy some Coastline Lager from Due South Brewing Co. (Boynton Beach, Florida).

Back in March of this year, veteran owned and operated Due South Brewing Co. announced that it would transition all of its packaged beer to 16 oz. cans.  This move includes all Year-Round offerings that were previously sold in 12 oz. packaging and is being appropriately spearheaded by the emergence of Coastline Lager.  Descriptions are brief when it comes to this new Year-Round offering as the brewery quickly sums Coastline (4% ABV) up as a “crisp and delicious [American-style lager], expertly brewed for wherever your adventure takes you.”  Coastline Lager is available now in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-focused establishments located throughout Due South’s distribution footprint in Western Florida.

Now that we have those pertinent details out of the way, I do believe it is time to crack these cans, put our toes in the sand and get into some Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for Coastline Lager from Due South Brewing Co.

Appearance: Coastline fills the glass with a pale, straw yellow-colored brew that is capped with a little over a finger of airy white foam.  Held to direct light, the yellows take on a slightly golden hue, but those straw tones hold most of their ground.  The beer is pristine in clarity and shows a fervid carbonation presence streaming upward in countless uniform lines.  Despite the zealous nature of those bubbles, the head quickly falls to a bubbly ring that occasionally leaves thin threads of lace behind on the glass.

Aroma:  As is the case with most lagers of this kind, the aromatics are light and unobtrusive but still have the ability to make an impact.  A clean grain presence leads the way here with earthy and lightly sweet notes.  The yeast contributes just a touch of fruitiness, and the hops close out the profile with some faint grassy and citrusy tones.

Taste:  Just like in the nose, the first thing to surface is a lightly sweet, reserved grain presence.  The hops are a bit more confident here, pushing forward to balance this thing beautifully with floral and grassy tones that are held up by a light but refreshing lemon and lime presence.  These notes are all distinguishable but remain light enough to quickly cancel each other out in anticipation of the next sip.

Mouthfeel: Light in body with a bright carbonation, this lager is crisp and refreshing.  It is wonderfully balanced on the palate and cleans up nice and quickly.  The 4% ABV is completely hidden, keeping things smooth and easy-drinking.  Aftertaste is a light grain sweetness with a twist of lime.

Final Thoughts:  All in all, this glass holds a clean, crisp lager that wants nothing more than to be just that . . . a lager.  Make no mistake, that statement is not at all calling this beer boring. It is wonderfully executed, but it is a beer that you do not have to think about in those moments when all you want is something cold, refreshing and flavorful.  Coastline Lager is that go-to brew that you can crush on the daily after work, the gym, yard work, a hike, while on the beach . . .  and the list goes on.  Not only that, but it also has gateway potential for those occasions when you have to entertain non-craft drinkers.  It allows you to appease the masses without funding the big boys that mass-produce American Lagers.  Coastline Lager is 16 ounces of easy-drinking, thirst-quenching canned convenience.  When you boil it all down, that is typically what most of us are after when we reach for a lager anyway.  Its simplicity is its allure, and we dig that.  Be sure to give it a shot the next time you get that itch for a lager.  Prost!