Tapping into the rising interest in the craft lager category, Suffolk-based Adnams brewery has unveiled a new ‘English lager’, dubbed Kobold
The beer is entirely brewed with English ingredients, from the malted barley (sourced from Suffolk and Norfolk), to the hops, which are of the Goldings variety.
To ferment the wort, Adnams uses its own house ale yeast. The fermentation temperature is kept at around 15°C, thus resembling the process for Kölsch production. The beer is then lagered for about 16 days.
‘Using local ingredients was really important to us for making a truly English lager,’ commented Fergus Fitzgerald, head brewer at Adnams. ‘We have some of the best malted barley in the world on our doorstep so it would be crazy not to use it. It’s unusual to use an ale yeast in a lager, but we wanted Kobold to be a true Adnams lager and using our house yeast was fundamental to making it part of the Adnams family.’
Kobold is malt-forward, light-bodied pale lager, with aromas of bread, honey, pear and a hint of chamomile flowers. The palate is delicately sweet, lightly carbonated, showing a refreshing spiciness of cardamom and pink and green peppercorn, and a touch of grassiness in the finish.
The beer’s name derives from a spirit that folk traditions believe to be protecting sailors in the North Sea. In line with its name, and with Adnams’ sustainability ethos, sales of Kobold will contribute to marine conservation projects including the Blue Marine Foundation, a charity ‘dedicated to restoring the ocean to health’.
4.7% abv, £1.59/440ml can (also available in 500ml bottles), Adnams, adnams.co.uk
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