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04-04-2012, 17:30
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http://goodfoodgoodbeer.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/058-2.jpg?w=225&h=300 (http://goodfoodgoodbeer.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/058-2.jpg)…I was having a little chat with Sam Moss of Leeds Brewery (http://www.leedsbrewery.co.uk/) at the weekend, and in passing he mentioned that Leodis Lager had switched production from the test/pilot kit at The Brewery Tap, to the main site in Hunslet. Being a fan of Leodis (and Lager in general), there was only one thing to do -taste the new version.
Now, I’ll get something out there straight away; in the past, I’ve found the quality of*Leodis to vary massively gyle-on-gyle. Of course, when drinking it in The Brewery Tap, it’s coming straight from the tanks upstairs, and maybe this has resulted in a little variation. Always drinkable – and an excellent edition to Leeds’s roster – it hasn’t been the most reliable of pints.
2012 Leodis (Tried at The Midnight Bell) is massively improved. Much, much crisper, and a lot less sweet than previous incarnations, you can tell straight away that it’s a lighter lager; it’s super-pale, thumbtack-sharp and massively drinkable for a 4.6% beer. There’s a little creamy malt backbone, but the finish is clean and pleasantly citrus-edged. Perfect for the hotter weather that (surely!?!) must be on the way. That inherent malty sweetness that has maybe pushed Leodis away from ‘Lager’ in the past has now been banished, and the result is a real improvement.
Meanwhile, at The Brewery Tap, there’s two new variations on a theme going on. I only had time to taste the Wheat (4.7%), which had all the notes jumping out of the glass that you’d like to hear singing from a Wheat Beer; a little tinge of coriander seed, some Pithy citrus, and a Wild note that I still can’t quite describe after all these years – all wrapped up in a golden-orange package. There’s also a Dunkel version on offer, too.
Check them both out, anyway. I’m always intrigued to know what’s going on behind the scenes; recipes being tweaked, new hops being added, beers being messed around with. Sometimes for the worse; sometimes for the better. It just goes to show – the brewer’s job is never done.
(Adrian Tierney-Jones had an encounter with Leodis Dunkel/Dark Lager in 2010 – you can read about it here (http://maltworms.blogspot.co.uk/2010/02/lager-of-week-leeds-brewerys-leodis.html).)

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