Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Over the past weekend, we were in a beach area restaurant where it was hotter inside than it was outside - and it was plenty hot outside. The Beer Rovette and I shared a Ninkasi Helles Lager (which I'm guessing was Ninkasi's Lux). It was served cold in a legitimate glass, and was the correct antidote for the sweltering weather. The beer had a classic pilsner/lager taste, a flavor that evokes "beer" in my memory. The thousands of Buds, Coors, and their pilsner derivatives that I drank in my twenties left a deep mark. The pale, straw-colored beer was refreshing and crisp, with minimal hop bitterness. Lux was light, a bit dry, and had a yeasty, bready flavor. After the initial memory jolt, I was bemused by the beer's overall sweetness, which made me wonder if the macro beers of my youth had a similar saccharine strain, not that I ever put much thought into their flavor profiles. A heat wave is not the time to over think the intricacies of a Helles lager other than to realize that on a hot night a well made Helles lager is a perfect beer.