Style: Lager
ABV: 4.0
5.5 Stars

Staring at my options at the beer store, I wanted to try something a bit lighter than the heavy stouts and IPAs I’ve reviewed in the past.  I didn’t want to sacrifice flavor, but definitely something for a Sunday in front of the TV to relax with.  I settled on Short’s Speedcult Black Lager, which reminds me of a German Schwarzbier.  Schwarzbier is also German for “Black Beer” for those who studied Spanish in high school.

The beer has a light tan head with a moderate amount of lacing.  It has a translucent dark brown color with a thin mouth-feel.  There is almost no aroma to the beer.  Perhaps just a hint of roasted malt, but it is very faint.  There is a nuttiness to the flavor instead of the bold roasted flavors of stouts, but it’s quite pleasant.  It finished very dry without much lingering flavor on the tongue.

I tend to always gravitate towards big, bold, flavors and so I was not that impressed with what Speedcult had to offer.  It’s a fine session beer, and perfect for when you don’t want to get too befuddled on your Sunday.  I’d crack one open while I eat a bowl of hearty beef stew.

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