Lager gets a bad rep, especially when there's a football tournament on. But it's bad reputation isn't justified, and Shindigger's lager is an example of why.
The most popular beer style in the world, lager is a cornerstone of the brewing world. Despite macro-breweries getting involved to cut costs at the expense of quality, craft breweries like Shindigger have continued to create lagers that champion the style rather than strangle it for cash.
Shindigger have made Lager a pilsner, which provides a little more depth than other styles of lager along with a little more sweetness, typical of beers that traditionally come from central Europe.
There's a freshness to the aroma of the beer on can-pop which is typical of any lager, with a malty and slightly sweet scent emanating from the can. It pours a light and clear yellow with a white, fluffy head that forms nicely atop the beer.
It's carbonation quite tightly which makes it very smooth but also gives it an almost sherbet-type feel in the mouth. The main flavour is malty with a little hoppy bitterness, with that subtle sweetness there to give it some balance and an extra dimension.
As you'd expect from a lager, it's very crisp and light with a very definite edge to the finish that also has a little dryness to keep enticing you back.
The can for 'Lager' is fairly sedate compared with some of Shindigger's other can designs - like their Pale Ale can which verges on psychedelic and their Lush IPA which is overgrown and hectic.
For Lager the bright yellow background works well to make it stand out but also ties into the summery vibe associated with the lager style. A bright floating circle - which is either an early morning sun or a planet - surrounded by round block rectangles in various shades of pink and purple.
The back of the can has a lot of the necessary information without overdoing it, and the simple capital lettering of 'Lager' puts across the fact that the can does what it says on the tin.
If you want to get back into proper lager then this is a great place to start, and it can be yours for just £2.50 for Honest Brew members.
Non-members will have to pay £2.99 which is considerably less than a pint of the 'lager' produced by the big macros.