Innis & Gunn Lager Beer: Straight Oat of Scotland

This helles style lager from Innis & Gunn in Edinburgh, Scotland is a clear, light golden tone that pours with a small and loose white head that is retained as a thin film and collar and yields a steady stream of carbonation from the bottom of your glass. Innis & Gunn Lager Beer smells mainly of honey-sweetened oatmeal and light grains, with a strawberry-like fruit note and a soft floral accent.

Innis & Gunn Lager Beer
This is Much Better Than a Typical European Lager

The taste of Innis & Gunn Lager Beer is balanced between sweet, jamlike fruity flavours and a subtle but effective bitterness that comes through in the finish along with a soft citrus note. The lager has a pleasant grainy character throughout and though relatively thin in body feels smooth and creamy in the mouth thanks to the inclusion of hulless or “naked” golden oats.

Innis & Gunn Lager Beer comes in a forest green and tan coloured can with a design similar to pub-style advertising in the early 20th century, including the abstract image of a buck in the centre. A suggested serving temperature is found on the side and a packaging date is stamped on the bottom.

Pronounced floral and citrus characteristics make Innis & Gunn Lager Beer feel more like a pilsner than anything resembling a domestic lager and it carries a lot of flavour for such a manageable ABV. Anything you’d tend to put on a barbecue would be a good match for this one and it’d be a nice accompaniment to a day on the links, a dock or a diamond.

You can find Innis & Gunn Lager Beer at many LCBO stores in Ontario and the brewery’s products are distributed to other parts of Canada, the USA and select European countries.

Type: Helles Lager
Country: Scotland
Region: Edinburgh
Brewery: Innis & Gunn
Format Purchased: 500 ml
Price: $2.65
Alcohol Content: 4.6%

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