Style(s): Mexican lager, light session beer
Alcohol by Volume: 4.5%
Very few things scream summer as much as tailgating at a baseball game. The beer does not need to be anything crazy or special. More times than not, fancier beers distort the idea of a tailgate. The ability to sit back and session away a few beers is key. Bud, Miller, and Coors – among others – tend to dominate the tailgating scene. But if you’re looking for a craft alternative, Los Gigantes – a Mexican style lager from Anchor Brewing, is a great option.
Appearance is as expected. Los Gigantes pours a clear straw gold with a HUGE fluffy white head. Small aggressive bubbles stream up the glass. The beer looks almost cartoonish in that it looks just like a beer in a Macrobrew advertisement!
The nose was faint, which is to be expected with a lighter lager. Subtle wispy wheat/grain qualities were most dominant. It does not have the most pleasant or aggressive aroma, but it’s not off-putting. It is simply standard.
Los Gigantes delivers a crisp punch on the tongue. This is a highly carbonated beer which goes down smoothly. It also has a spritz-y vibe that makes it super refreshing.
On the palate the beer followed the nose almost exactly. There is a strong wheat backbone with very subtle citrus notes. Though most of the qualities of the beer remind me of macro lagers like Bud, Miller and Coors, there is a little more depth to Los Gigantes. I am not one to add fruit to my beer, but a small slice of lime would take this beer miles farther.
Compared to all other craft beers, this is not what would be considered to be a hot commodity. It’s not eccentric or clever enough, but that’s OK; it doesn’t have to be. At the end of the day simplicity is key, especially when it comes to lower alcohol beers. Though I may not be well versed in Mexican lagers, I feel fully confident saying this is a great brew to crush before, during or after a ball game.
Los Gigantes (The Giants) is a joint product of Anchor Brewing and the San Francisco Giants baseball team.
Ryan Moyer is a graduate of Indiana University. His mission is to make the Midwest a safe haven of quality beers.