Three’s a Trend: Lighter Ales that Drink Like Crisp Lagers

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Unsung Brewing Company
Buzzman
Appropriately labeled as a “mutant ale,” Buzzman is a lower-alcohol cream ale fermented at lager temperatures. The result is a silky, lightly fruity, easy-drinking beer. Anaheim, 714-406-3098

Stereo Brewing Company
Kraftwerk
This German-Style Kölsch is a great example of a lager-like ale. Made with German ingredients and matured in similar fashion to a lager, it’s a refreshingly dry beer with an appetizing bitterness. Placentia, 714-993-3390

Docent Brewing
Canteen
Toggling between American and German lager with some ale influence, Canteen refuses to be confined to one category. Crisp and refreshing, it’s branded as a “bright ale” made with German malt, floral Czech hops, and rice. San Juan Capistrano, 949-767-8170

Editor’s note: Charlie Perez is an Advanced Cicerone® who covers the Orange County beer scene for Orange Coast magazine.

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