UPDATE 11/06/2012: nearly a year later we gave Korev another go and found it much improved. It seemed lighter in colour and much more bitter. It’s not earth-shatteringly brilliant, but reminded us of something clean and crisp like Bitburger.
A Cornish brewed lager is a great idea and a lot of care and expense seems to have gone into St Austell’s Korev. Hersbrucker, Perle and Saaz hops are listed as ingredients, along with Cornish lager malt. And yet, sadly, it sits firmly on the nasty end of the lager spectrum.
We’ve tried it from both keg and bottle and, in both cases, it had the same harsh chemical flavour coupled with something like the taste of boiled sweets. Is that from corn? It’s certainly not clean or crisp as they claim.
Perhaps this will get better as they tinker with the recipe. We are still looking forward to trying their new Bock.