Mexican lagers are starting to become quite popular. Characterized by a light body with a very sharp punch, much of the flavor comes more from flaked corn than from a barley malt.
They are not my favorite. While the body is crisp and clean, I’ve always gotten a weird, harsh alcohol note I do not find agreeable.
The Tank apparently followed me on this, since they were recently interested in getting a Mexican lager on tap in their taproom. Somewhere along the line they relented and decided less tang and more malt sweetness was the key. It wasn’t necessarily a Mexican lager anymore, so what to name it?
A Cuban-American lager, of course. And they called it Padron (Lager, 4.5% ABV), named for Carlos Padron, the owner and visionary behind The Tank Brewing. He’s an excellent friend of the podcast and has appeared more than a few times on the show. And if you want to know how warm and welcoming the man is, just try the beer with his name on it.
Padron is everything I enjoy in a lager. It starts with a medium golden color and caries an aroma that is mellow and malty, slightly sweet and incredbly unassuming.
The flavor feels like a lighter version of a classic Vienna Lager. There are touches of caramel and bread, but those are dialed down a touch. It doesn’t feel watered down, just less intense and perfectly nuanced for the heat of a South Florida summer.
Is a Cuban-American lager a thing? If they’re all like this, I can totally get behind it. If not, the team at the team at The Tank created a great beer to honor their leader.
Both are perfectly fine by me.
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