Another Swedish drink in this episode of BGX – and yet another pale lager. There’s a bit of a glut of this class of drinks, but from episode 12 onwards we should see a much greater mix of drinks.
Hello, this is DrinksAhoy and this… is Beverage Guide Express.
In this episode, we’re covering Crocodile.
Crocodile is a Swedish Pale Lager, an unsurprising but drinkable style that is universally popular.
Like many mass-produced lagers, it contains added cereals as an adjunct – in this case, corn.
It weighs in at 5.2% Alcohol by Volume, typical for this style.
The drink is produced by the Kronleins Bryggeri, based in Halmstad, Sweden – founded in 1836.
Crocodile itself first dates to 1990, when the then-newly introduced beer won first prize in The Brewing Industry International Awards, for which the bottle still bears the gold medal.
The Brewery also make the classic Export beer, Three Hearts – in addition to Borg Viking Beer, and Kaltenberg.
Crocodile pours a typical amber hue, with a half-inch head that fades during consumption.
It has a slightly wheaten aroma, with a strong hint of the corn additives.
Taste is surprisingly keen for an adjunct, with an initially bold malty body offset with a distinct hoppy bitterness – but ultimately falls flat without complexity or much in the way of character.
While it might be a former gold-medal winner: this particular Crocodile – has lost its bite.
Thanks for watching, and join me next time when I’ll be covering a French drink that masquerades as something a little more Western…