The Whitewater beers are something that I stayed away from for a long time because they were most famous for Belfast Black stout, that I don't like. Which is kind of a silly reason because 1) they make more than Belfast Black; 2) the only stout that I've ever liked has been Guinness so I shouldn't be tainting an entire brewery based on a type of beer that I don't even drink.
So I decided to pick up a range of the Whitewater beers to give them a go, and since it was a warm night decided to start with a nice, crisp lager. And I do have to confess that having now tasted into the range I was being unfair to the brewery.
Belfast Lager is definitely on the better end of the craft lagers available, a bright golden colour, a rich nose and a nice, full flavour. There is none of the 'soapy' texture that you sometimes get in lagers (Tennents leaps to mind there), it was crisp and refreshing on the tongue.
If trying to find something comparable in the mass-market range I would say that it is more akin to your Continental European lagers, Denmark and Germany in particular, rather than the weaker British lagers, and nothing at all like American lagers (I'm only talking mass-market here, the Yanks are producing some fantastic craft beer).
I probably had it chilled lower than they would recommend but on such a warm evening I had no complaints, it paired well with a tubby bloke slowly cooking on his sofa.
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