Bayou City Beer Club

Beer Review: Platypus Olé Chit

Let's get those Mexican lagers and adjuncts out into the open.

By Timothy Malcolm January 16, 2019

In late 2016, I started hearing from my brewer friends and contacts that lagers were going to be the next big thing. I kept my eye on that, then within six months realized I was drinking a new pilsner each week. Then, sometime after fall 2017, I wasn't drinking pilsners, or any lager. It was back to juice bombs and session IPAs.

But, apparently, we're coming back into lager-town. Brewers across the country are now challenging themselves to improve the American adjunct category, which is home to all the macros derided by much of the craft community. Sierra Nevada has Sierraveza, 21st Amendment has El Sully, Carton has Carton Canyon, and 3 Floyds has Fantasmo. Essentially, the best beers this group steer toward Mexican lager, which have roots in German Vienna lagers but are made with ingredients like corn and Mexican yeast strains. 

That brings me to Olé Chit (pronounced ... well ... you get it) Mexican Lager from Platypus Brewing. There's just one hop here, Saaz, which is typical in Czech pilsners. And Platypus also puts corn in the wort, which adds a sweetness to the heavily pilsner malt texture.

So what I get is a refreshing, golden beer with a small bite and ... what's that ... lime? There's a twinge of citrus up front, not even counting the wedge the bartender places on the glass rim. I have to say, I have a soft spot for Mexican lagers, and this isn't a bad try at it. I adore the lime character and light breadiness. I could drink two or three of these, though with the 6 percent ABV maybe two is enough.

Olé Chit makes me wonder what other adjunct lagers are out there in Houston. While it's still cooler outside, I don't mind sipping some light, golden love. Who else has a good one?

Rating: 7.0/10

Explanation of ratings: 9.5-10: as good as the best beer in America; 9-9.4: the best beer in Houston; 8-8.9: among the better beers in Houston; 7-7.9: really good beer; 6-6.9: try this beer at least once; 5-5.9: if you’re stuck, this won’t hurt; 3-4.9: among the lowest-quality beers in Houston; 0-2.9: as bad as the worst beer in America

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