You probably thought the first "American Macro" review was going to be something from one of the megabrewers—not so! I’m reviewing any beer of the "American Macro" genre (i.e., pale lager optionally brewed with adjuncts), and D.B. Hobbs Golden Lager, brewed by City Brewing of La Crosse, Wisconsin, is exactly that.
I rather like the retro look of the can; kind of a throwback to the ’50s and ’60s. The beer inside is 4.81% alcohol by volume. Overall it’s reasonably priced—in the neighborhood of $7 for a 12-pack, similar to PBR (here in Oregon, at any rate).
Appearance: Light golden yellow, straw-colored. Fizzy, pure white head.
Smell: Corn, hard water, fairly typical of the American Macro Lager style.
Taste: Corn-sweet on the tongue, with a fairly clean profile. Some light grassy notes and maybe a faint metallic taste. Otherwise, not much else going on.
Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, but not watery, fairly crisp and a bit effervescent.
Overall: Decent for an American Macro; thirst-quenching on a hot day.