Lao Wang Lager, Caution Brewing Co., Denver and Lakewood

Style: Lager

Serving Type: 16-ounce can

ABV: 5.1 percent

Hop Meter (1–10): 4

Malt Meter (1–10): 5

Reviewed: July 2015

If you’re anything like me, you can’t go a week without a hearty noodle bowl. Pho. Ramen. Udon. And so on. Lately, I’ve been obsessed with crafting the perfect bowl at home. I’ve got kombu for dashi, star anise to drop into a bubbling bowl of broth, and bonito flakes to add that extra something. And, of course, lots and lots of sriracha. I even bought cheap plastic bowls at Pacific Mercantile Company. But try as I might, I just couldn’t replicate the experiencing of sitting at the counter at a noodle shop.

That is until inspiration hit me in the shape of a can of Caution Brewing Co.’s Lao Wang Lager. This lager is brewed with a mixture of spices perfected at South Federal Boulevard’s Lao Wang Noodle Shop (a restaurant developed by the parents of one of Caution’s owners). And while this easy-to-drink brew stands on its own, it excels when paired with food.

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While the spice notes—is that cinnamon, or anise, or allspice?—take center stage, they aren’t so overpowering that you feel like you’ve popped your head into a spice store. Nor do the flavors mask the delicate crispness that should come with a lager. The pour reveals a pale yellow color with a light, but robust head (read: nice lacing). All of which meant that after pouring a glass of this brew and setting it next to my spicy noodle bowl, I had finally perfected my at-home spicy salmon noodle bowl. Thanks Caution!

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Natasha Gardner is a Denver-based writer and the former Articles Editor for 5280.