Pachanga is an International Pale Lager that’s brewed by Sun King Brewery, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the lager was served in a lager glass from a 12 oz. can.
Packaging art for the Pachanga by Sun King Brewery
What You Need to Know
The Pachanga represents an American take on Mexican-style pale lagers such as Corona and Modelo. And like those brews, this offering from Sun King is light, clean, and refreshing. So how was it? Let’s get to the review.
The lager pours a mostly clear pale golden hue and is topped by a thick cap of puffy off-white foam that shows fair retention. The head’s reduction doesn’t leave behind any lace or residue.
The aroma isn’t particularly strong but it does offer a scent of cereal grains, slightly sugary, and there’s just a hint of lime.
The palate is led by a generally neutral taste of corn and cracker malt before transitioning to a modest bite of floral and peppery hops. There’s a touch of lime juice as well and the tasting then mellows with more corn and a dollop of honey.
Label art for the Pachanga by Sun King Brewery
The feel has a rounded draw and is smooth through the middle with a relatively crisp, mostly dry finish. The body is medium-light with moderate carbonation. The bitterness is mild but it does linger.
The Pachanga presents about as well as can be expected of the style. It’s not as clear as most examples, but that’s neither here nor there. The aroma isn’t much to speak of but it’s within the style expectations. The palate is a little more interesting with its gentle burst of hops and subtle lime flavor. The feel doesn’t have as much as carbonation as one might expect but otherwise lends towards being a light, easy-drinking, and refreshing brew.
Overall, the Pachanga is a well-made brew that ought to appease most tastes. Easy to crush, this lager is best enjoyed on hot summery days.
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