Friday, September 9, 2022

Grains of Wrath Brewing Frost Hammer Helles Lager

Beer Name: Frost Hammer
Brewery: Grains of Wrath Brewing (Camas, WA)
ABV: 4.6%

How sold: 16 oz tallboy cans; on draft
Where bought: Unknown
Price: Unknown, gift from a friend (but if getting on draft at Grains of Wrath, it will be $6 for a pint and $11 for a 32 oz crowler)

Date Canned: October 11, 2021
Date Drank: December 19, 2021
When brewed? Possibly a rotational beer. It used to be only available on draft until June 2020.

Commercial Description: "Classic Helles Lager with floral Noble hop character. Crisp, smooth and clean lager."

Awards: Gold Medal, 2021 Great American Beer Festival (Munich-Style Helles Category)

Where distributed: Grains of Wrath distributes to Oregon and Washington.

Appearance (5%): Poured clear golden into a pint glass. White head, lots of tiny bubbles, virtually no lacing. 4.25/5

Smell (25%): Floral hoppy with spice notes and standard pilsner malt. 4/5

Taste (40%): Clean lager, crisp and smooth floral that segues into a lovely pilsner malt. Bonus points for the pleasing hop citrus on the aftertaste. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Light-bodied; good carbonation. 4.25/5

Overall (20%): An awesome lager. Straightforward to my amateur palate, yet very worthy of that gold medal at the GABF. I don't drink too many lagers, but when your friend sends it to you with a stamp of approval, I had to try it for myself. Definitely proper science. 4/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.138/5

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