Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Merry? Mungo In Fridge.


I'm partial to the odd Pure Brewed Lager from Samuel Smith - but as I'm still doing a one-man boycott, the Tadcaster bullies' beers are off limits. Apart from that, I've never really got on with British lager, even the 'craft' stuff. I don't even get on with Meantime Helles. If I want something golden and fizzy to go with a Thai meal i'll grab a few Zywiec from the shop next door.

Hang on though, what's this? West St Mungo in our local Waitrose. Oh yes. I've read about these. Glaswegian, but run by folk from Buttenheim in dear old Bayern. They brew to the Rheinheitsgebot, which as I know from my German days may be a good indicator of purity but not of flavour (Paulaner - i'm looking at you).

So what's it like? Gassy, woody nose and very nearly the colour of another Scot; Irn Bru. The head fades away in seconds. Taste is clean and bready with a bitter finish that clings. The natural carbonation is a bit sharp for me, and there's a flavour that I can't quite place which doesn't quite appeal. By bedtime I still had a quarter glass undrunk and warm. Never a good sign. Decent stuff, but not my Great British Lager. That I actually prefer a Heineken-owned Polish macrobrew to this probably says a lot about my tasting 'skills'. Zywiec is six for a fiver from our local offy. Cooking Lager would be proud.

6 comments:

scott murray said...

Sounds like a fine summer beer, but still a little cold for crisp lager types if you ask me.

TIW said...

One to watch out for on draught, I reckon.

Affer said...

There's enough lager in the world without some bizarre Scottish variety springing up.......

paul garrard said...

Zywiec is tasty stuff in my humble opinion. But i'd suggest banana bread beer with chinese style food or german wheat beer with curry. Thai tends to be one of those cross-over foods that can fit into either camp.

ally. said...

there's an e11 waitrose? good grief. That's how marylebone high streetstarted

TIW said...

It's actually in Woodford, Ally. We're getting a gastropub soon though!