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Once in a while, you’ll run into a beer enthusiast who will tell you, “I don’t like lagers.” That’s probably because they’re failing to realize that lagers are more than those fizzy pale beers chugged in sports bars. “Lager” is a huge category that encompasses dozens of styles, including the classic German dunkel. New Jersey’s River Horse happens to brew a fine one well worth seeking out. A deep brown color, their Brewer’s Reserve Dunkel Lager gives off aromas of chocolate and toasted nuts, along with slight hints of plum and raisin. The taste is much the same, with cocoa and a hint of coffee in the mix as well. All the while, it retains the easy smoothness of a lager. This isn’t an overly sweet beer, though; mild hopping balances things out. You don’t like lagers? That’s probably because you didn’t realize beers like this are lagers. Try it at McGillans.
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