Brassneck Brewery- No Brainer Lager


Brassneck Brewery- No Brainer Lager Review

The use of corn or corn sugar (dextrose) has a long history in brewing. Most likely first used as an adjunct in barley scarce North America, the use of corn would probably have been somewhat common in pre-prohibition brewing. Decades after prohibition ended, the large mass-market brewers rediscovered corn and corn sugar as a god-send to help make beer more light tasting and more cheap to produce. Suffice to say that in the early days of craft brewing the use of corn was seen as anathema. But attitudes toward brewing with corn or dextrose have softened lately. It is, after all, just another tool in the brewer’s arsenal. Also helping change attitudes towards corn is its use in some very good beers, even IPAs.

One such beer is No Brainer, a “pre-prohibition style corn lager”, from well-liked Vancouver brewery Brassneck. No Brainer pours pale straw in colour with bright clarity and a moderate white head. The aroma is soft bread and corn with a touch of floral hops. It is light-bodied with medium carbonation. The long lagering time is noticeable in the palate which is very dry, clean and crisp with a mild bitterness.

There is no perceived off flavours often found in mass-market corn based lagers. There is however a mild grainy maltiness and a round corn-like sweetness. No Brainer finishes medium-long with soft bitterness.

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About This Beverage

  • Colour: Straw
  • Head Size & Retention: Normal head + retention
  • Carbonation: Mild Carbonation
  • Clarity: Clear
  • Balance: Balanced Malt/Hop
  • Drinkability: Extremely Crushable
  • Enjoyment: I would recommend this beer to a friend
  • Malt Characteristics: Light, Biscuity/Bready
  • Hop Characteristics: Floral
  • Other Flavours/Aroma: Corn
  • Palate: Crisp/Dry/Clean


Beating the macro producers at their own game, No Brainer by Brassneck Brewing tastes how a lager using corn should.

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