A Note on This Beer
Oliphant Brewing is a place to let your freak flag fly!
Their quirky, Wisconsin taproom boasts vibrant geometric designs and tons of 90s memorabilia (complete with VHS tapes and posters of Steven Segal). Best of all, the taps always flow with an off-the-beaten-path selection of beers.
And today, Oliphant is letting their flag fly high with a seriously tasty Smoked Lager!
They crafted their crushable, yet intricately flavorful, Chargoth (the M’Lubrian) Lager in the Vienna style, meaning it’s medium-bodied and delightfully malty. In a surprising twist, the brewers smoked the malts on beechwood, infusing the whole beer with whispers of smoky complexity.
This might sound odd, but hear us out! Beechwood is one of the best woods for smoking a Vienna Lager — it doesn’t overpower the caramelly-sweetness of the malts, nor does it outshine those zings of lemon-lime citrus and cut grass from the hops.
In Chargoth, every sip is a balance of woodfire smoke and fresh-baked biscuits. There’s a ribbon of toasted caramel spread throughout, with pops of citrus zest, and a mild, earthy bitterness on the dry, quenching finish. It’s not your average Lager, and that’s exactly why we love it.