As the first of my beer reviews here on If You Smell What Is Cooking, I thought I’d go for this beer by AND UNION, which caught my eye because the can is so unassuming and minimal, which is a complete contrast to so many other craft beers you see these days which are getting increasingly more and more elaborate. The can simply says “Unfiltered Lager” on the front and you’d be forgiven for thinking you may have stumbled onto a Tesco Value Lager until you pick up the can and feel the detail on it.
However, the quality of this lager is far and away from the standard lagers you’d find and I think if you put this in front of me without telling me what it is I probably wouldn’t get that it was a lager straight away just from taste. It has an appearance of a lager when you first pour it, but it’s a lot lighter than your standard lager and after you leave it for a couple of minutes; it loses it’s clarity (that you see in the photo above) and takes on a wonderfully golden, amber, cloudy hue, which is where it’s unfiltered moniker really shows through.
The aroma of the lager really hits you when you go to take your first sip, and it has a sweet, honeyed, slightly citrus-y aroma, but with a very, very slight hint of vanilla which reminds me of bourbon. Then when you taste it, those aromas follow through in the flavours with the honeys, lemons, and vanilla, but with a gentle hint of mixed spice and it’s very light, very smooth and extremely easy to drink which will definitely leave you wanting another.
After not really knowing what to expect with this beer, I was left very pleasantly surprised. At over £2 a can, it’s certainly more expensive than your normal lager, but it’s far and away one of the nicest lagers I’ve had for some time. If you do get a chance to give this a try, and then do so.
A wonderfully surprising, light, and flavourful lager. Perfect for a sunny day in the garden.