Recently on a trip back to his home land, my South African colleague Rory was kind enough to bring me back a bottle of some local craft lager.
The beer in question is Old Harbour Beer, a 4.5% ABV lager by South African based Hermanus Brewery.
Here's what the brewery have to say about it:
"Brewed in Hermanus with Overberg barley and southern hops. Its golden colour, balanced depth of flavour and smooth finish, make Old Harbour Beer a delicious celebration of our proud Hermanus heritage."
Served in 440ml bottles, when opened this beer gives off a light, hoppy, honey like aroma. It pours a light golden amber colour, leaving a small foamy white head.
The resulting taste is a clean, hoppy lager that is full of flavour. A malty, break like profile is combined with a slight citrusy sweetness to give a nice finish with little to no bitterness.
Overall, a pretty solid, yet unspectacular lager - certainly more flavourful than most of the big commercial lagers out there.
3 out of 5 hops from me