On any visit to Bad Shepherd's brewpub in Cheltenham, you won't be short of beers to pick from with their offerings are likely to cover hops, fruit, something dark and something high in alcohol. But if you want a simple lager, whether at the brewpub or at home, Bad Shepherd have you covered with, well, Lager.
Originally named Reserve Road Draught after the main arterial running by the brewery, today Lager has a simple name and crisp base but still provides a complex mix of flavours if you go looking. Those include soft, spicy, nettle like hop aromas, maybe a touch of lemon too, gentle cracker and biscuit malts and a well judged bitterness. It may be aiming for a broader audience, but there's little common ground with industrial lagers here.