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Ninkasi Lux 
Posted: 14 August 2015  Beer Republic 5.5 
Ninkasi Lux from USA Ninkasi Lux is a traditional German-style lager.  Ninkasi uses Noble German hops and lightly toasted malt.  And like all of Ninkasi's beers, it's made from water from the nearby McKenzie River.  Ninkasi's take is like substituting an unusual cheese for ricotta in an otherwise first-class lasagna, a creative gamble which backfires.        
Avg price/liter: USD 5.32   ABV %: 5.0  Type: Lager   
       


Time for a beer education.  Did you know Ninkasi was the ancient Sumarian patron goddess of beer?  Ninkasi Brewery Company out of Eugene, Oregon did when they were founded in 2006.  Amazingly, just 8 years later, Ninkasi was the four-largest craft brewer in Oregon and the 30th largest in the USA. Ninkasi teamed up with Oregon state agency Business Oregon to finance three deals which helped it rapidly expand. 

Ninkasi Lux is their traditional German-style lager.  Ninkasi uses Noble German hops and lightly toasted malt.  And like all of Ninkasi's beers, it's made from water from the nearby McKenzie River.     

So shouldn't this wind up as one of the best tasting lagers in the Continental USA and beyond?      

Drinking Ninkasi Lux is like dining at a restaurant which sources all the best vegetables and meats, but when it's all cooked, the recipes are lacking in something so critical that you think you would have had a better tasting meal at the diner down the street.         

Lager is tough nut to crack. It's been done to death. Ninkasi's take is like substituting an unusual cheese for ricotta in an otherwise first-class lasagna, a creative gamble which backfires.         

Ninkasi Lux won't cause you to retch.  It's not bad.  But it doesn't set the world on fire like you'd think it would from the copy you'll read on it.        

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