Smells old. Like beer my dad drank in the 70s. The flavors are pretty close too. I can even get a touch of corn in there.
It’s the smell that’s the worst, to be frank. Sure, the beer is light, sweet, very crisp. But that smell makes me think of cheap beer and this is decidedly not a cheap beer.
Now I realize my complaint is not an entirely valid one: Lagers are meant to bring some of the flavors I have here. This is the style.
On the other hand, I also feel like this is a “brand” expense. Yeah, I can buy your cheap lager…but with this fancy Deschutes label on it, the markup is an extra $3.
On the other other hand, this beer is familiar. People who buy macrobrew stuff, this is their flavor profile. It’s hard for me to begrudge Deschutes expanding their market, which might bring other people to try their other offerings. If this beer is mysteriously cheaper than the rest then that looks pretty weird, doesn’t it? As though they are trying to sell you something cheap.
I nonetheless find the nose to be flawed and can’t recommend the beer based on that.