A brief assortment:
From War Flag Ales & Lagers, Brooklyn NY, this pours crystal clear straw with a medium but brief white head. It gives a very dry crisp pilsner nose with crackery yeast and a bit of spicy hops. Malty flavor follows with mild fruitiness and a hint of sugary sweetness. The finish continues very dry and crisp as that sweetness disappears. War Flag appears to be a gypsy operation at this time, and “Mercury” is the name of the contract brewery, in Massachusetts. 5.0% ABV
Straw colored with a bright white head, the aroma is of lots of malt, cracker and biscuit, as part of a complex nose. There’s a cool spiciness amid the layers of malt. It has a crisp, malty flavor with a hint of fruit. That initial malt builds to a brief surge by hops, then it fades fairly quickly. A little thin for my taste, but that might be a plus on a hot day. Good, not excellent. 4.8% ABV
This is the Harpoon version of a Kölsch, straw-colored with a brief white head. The nose is of crackery malt and light spicy hops. There is not much flavor but there’s a hint of citrus and mild malt. The finish is brief with bitter neutral hops. This would be fine as a lawnmower beer. 4.8% ABV, 26 IBU This could have been sourced from Vermont or from Boston, but I didn’t check the fine print.
From Kansas City, MO, this is amber with a moderate but persistent yellowish head. The aroma is of malt malt malt with a touch of yeast, then caramel and stone fruit. The first sip is a shot of molasses restrained by earthy hops and continuing stone fruit. Later sips reinforce that with a brief wave of molasses resolving into bready malt and dried fruit. The finish is long and sweet with plenty of hops to keep it honest. At 10.5% ABV, this could knock you off your lawnmower, so it’s better for sipping and savoring.