Hop Federation ‘Lager’ | Pale Lager | 5.0% abv | 330ml Bottle
Hot off the back of being crowned Champion Lager at the New World Beer & Cider Awards, and the only lager out of some 50 entries, to be awarded a gold medal, our latest review coming at you is for Hop Federation’s ‘Lager’.
Hop Federation are a small Craft Brewery located at the top of the South Island nestled in amongst the hop growing region of Riwaka. The region also happens to be a stones throw from another hop growing region Motueka – Hop Heads will also know these towns as popular Hop Varietals from their favourite NZ Craft Beers.
Hop Federation began operations towards the end of 2013 and hit the market with four core beers under their range. Along with their Lager, they started off with a Pale Ale, American Brown Ale and Red IPA.
Hop Federation’s ‘Lager’ along with all of their Beers, wears an eye catching, clean, yet distinct Branding, which makes their Beers stand out on a shelf, without overwhelming the eye with too much detail.
‘Lager’ Pours a light yellow in my glass, and is very clear and bright with a small fluffy white Head.
I get a light bready malt aroma, followed with some honey sweetness. This is not an in your face Hoppy Aroma, yet, there is some nice hop grassiness amongst the clean malt background.
My first impression upon my first sip, was “Wow, what a clean, crisp and tasty Lager”. Now, for someone who will openly admit to rarely purchasing a Lager, normally opting for a hoppy Pale Ale or IPA, I was pleasantly surprised by Hop Federations ‘Lager’. This beer has some flavour.
Again, there is some light Honey malt sweetness along with some grassy and citrus hop flavour. The bitterness is low, but it is very clean, making this beer very refreshing. Whilst being crisp and refreshing, the Beer has a nice mouthfeel to it, with some body that compliments the Beer nicely as you sup away at it.
Now this is what Lager should taste like. I would classify this more as a ‘New-World’ style lager, that would appeal to Lager, Pilsner and Pale Ale drinkers alike. Definitely something that would go down bloody well at a BBQ over Summer.
Well done Hop Federation on the awards you have received for this Beer. Hop Federation Lager definitely stands up against and on top of the Lager scene in New Zealand and a Beer that I will be recommending to friends who would normally reach for a green bottle of Euro-Lager.
Final Review: 4/5