Beer Review: Cheetah (Lager)



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Reviews are done by Jim Matt, our Chief Science Officer, who is also a veteran FoBAB judge, GABF judge, and BJCP Master judge.

Cheetah (4.8% | 6 IBU) made its debut in early 2018, a draft-only Lager that quickly struck a chord with sessionable beer seekers. Bright, light and agile, with a tinge of malt and citrus character, this brew is crazily crushable. Cheetah is now available year-round in 12-pack cans and on draft.

Malts: 2-row, rice

Hops: Saphir

Cheetah is a lager! Talk about the history of this bottom-fermented beer style.

Back “in the day,” there was no temperature control, so beer would often be allowed to ferment in cool cellars/caves. The beer yeast adapted to this, hence the evolution of the lager strain of yeast, also known as Saccharomyces pastorianus.

Cheetah is joining our year-round can lineup. What does this brew bring to the 365-days-a-year squad?

This is a beer that one can easily downshift to after having had a couple of hoppy IPAs or some heavy Imperial Stouts!

What are the notable characteristics of this beer?

Light, crisp, clean and refreshing, everything you want in a great craft lager and nothing that you don’t want.

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What makes you want to drink this beer?

It is well balanced, dry, not too hoppy, enough so that it is easy to plow through a six pack on a Saturday afternoon, or anytime really (drink responsibly!).

What are some other lagers that you dig?

Sun King Pachanga, 21st Amendment El Sully, and Melvin Heyzeus.


Appearance: Yellow in color, fairly clear. Frothy white head with average retention. Medium carbonation.

Aroma: Light sulfury aroma quickly dissipates to a moderately-low grainy/cereal aroma. No esters, very low hop aroma.

Taste: Medium-low malt flavor, light cereal, grain and crackery notes. Low hop bitterness, dry finish. No esters.

Mouthfeel: Light body, medium carbonation, low astringency, no alcohol warmth.

Overall: A clean, crisp, yet flavorful craft lager that falls squarely in the Rhinegeist wheelhouse.

What foods would pair well with Cheetah?

Pizza and wings.

Ideal glassware for Cheetah?

Standard pint glass.

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