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Saturday
May162015

BOXER PREMIUM 

 

Boxer Premium. Close (or, let's face it, even cursory) followers of Beeriosity know the golden rule about the word "premium". It's just always bad news on a beer bottle. Even worse on a can. Even worse than that when it's used in a television commercial.

It just is. Go on, show us where we've been wrong.

We're not wrong here, either, but it's still a drinkable thing in a pinch, and if you're sitting in a bar in Geneva and you want to drink the local, well, you're options are fairly limited.

The Boxer Premium is brewed about 72 speed cameras away in Lausanne and it's not to be confused with the Godawful thing of the same name out of the USA.

First off, it gets points from us for the flip-top head. Love a flip-top head, especially in a throwdown 330ml bottle.

As you see, the Swiss like to pour it into a chalice, which makes you wonder at its Pale Lager origins. At 5.2% ABV, it's a bit stronger than your average pale lager, too.

It tips out into a bowl of pale yellow and the head is generous, bordering on be-bloody-careful-with-that-on-the-carpet.

It doesn't stay there for long, though, and that's probably because it's not a terribly complex beer. All you'll smell are malts (and lots of malts) and hops (far fewer than malts).

It's going to taste that way, too, with the caramel malts dominating the palate and then a sharp hit of metallic what-the-hell-was-that and then the hops arrive to finish it with some bitterness.

The trouble is, the deeper you go into the glass, the less you taste the hops and the more you taste the malts. It's like the hops just give up as it gets warmer.

It's not a bad beer, especially by Premium standards, but it tastes more like a so-so version of a German pilsner than it does a ripper lager, so it's a little bit in no man's land.

 

 

6/10

 

 

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