A package arrived from Great Northern Brewing Company last week and in it contained a bottle and can of their signature “Minott’s Black Star Double Hopped Golden Lager”. East coast beer drinkers may be scratching their heads but don’t let location fool you, there is something special going on in Montana. Yes, Montana!
I appreciated that a bottle and can were sent since there can be a considerable difference in flavor between the 2 choices and it held true on this round also.
From the http://blackstarbeer.com website
By hopping it in the kettle, and then again before finishing, Black Star opens with a distinctive hop aroma and a rich, full bodied flavor, yet closes remarkably crisp, light and refreshing.
A “double hopped” (dry hopped) unique American lager based on traditional European Pilsners with a crisp refreshing body and lots of taste. We add hops in the kettle and then again before finishing for aromatic quality.
Anytime the phrase “double hopped” is stressed on a beer there is a chill that runs down the spine of the craft beer fan. Miller Lite has done a disservice to the industry for stressing they triple hop their beers when most craft beer fans see through the smoke and mirrors.
Still not sure about “double hopped”? check out the tour Black Star posted on You Tube to answer your questions.
The description on the website nails down the experience. That is if you’re drinking the bottle. The bottle (pour pictured with the can and the bottle) was crisp, light, and refreshing. The hops were present on the aroma and at the end after a middle burst of malts. It’s a session beer that is a good representation of the style and holds true to the lager experience many of us in Pennsylvania associate with Yuengling.
The can was on the opposite end of the spectrum however. It had a slight metallic taste and lacked the character that I found in the bottle. The pour showed the same golden color as the bottle but the aroma lacked the hops of its counterpart. It was still enjoyable but in a head-to-head matchup the bottle is the way to go.
Overall I strongly suggest that if you’re in an area where this is served, jump on it.
STYLE: American Pilsner
MALTS: 2 row malted barley
HOPS: 80% Mittelfruh and 20% Czech Saaz