So here's the list of shit on tap lagers so we can them out of the way:
The above are clearly pub staples and there are probably a few more awful ones I've forgotten.
Here's a list of preferable lagers - they have no taste but no taste is better than a taste like you've just licked a yak.
- Beck's Vier
- Peroni (though the price for this is unbelievable.)
Here's a list of lagers that are in some way good:
- Kronie Blanc (okay these are both probably wheat beers but they're marketed as lagers)
- Peeterman Artois
- Budvar / Budvar Dark
The thing is the above seem to have a habit of entering pubs, sticking about for a bit at a stupidly high price and then being removed again. What's the point of getting in a nice new tap for a beer like that and then removing it two months down the line? It seems to happen in loads of pubs and I'm guessing it's 'lack of demand' but then maybe if they didn't overprice them it wouldn't be an issue?
I don't get why the brewers insist these beers need to be so much more expensive when a look at somewhere like Belgium shows how cheap they should be.
Peeterman is extra annoying. I had had hoped the power of Artois would keep it there. It's only 4% but unlike Stella it tastes really nice. Yet now they're replacing it with this new 4% Stella that I daren't risk paying good money for in case it's utter gash like regular wife beater.
Can't pubs just take the time to have one really nice lager on tap for those of us who haven't destroyed their tastebuds smoking and eating vindaloos?