Saturday, June 4, 2011

Beer Review #27

 Pale Ale
5% Alcohol/Volume
Okanagan Springs
American Pale Ale

Appearance: Hits the glass a rich copper color,with a thin lasting ring of head.  A nice clear beer. Smells like something sweet, but cant exactly identify what.
Score 3.5/5

Taste: The first taste is sweet but fleeting, works to a buttery and smooth beer. Overall it is a fairly plain beer.
Score 2.5/5

Mouthfeel: It is a nice soft, light beer. I like the fact that the beer doesn't finish super dry. I did find it a little bitter, but after the beer warms the bitterness leaves.
Score 2.5/5

Beer Type: American Pale Ales are meant to have malt and hops in balance, with fruity esters all the while being a clean beer. Okanagan Springs Pale Ale is a fair representation of an average American Pale Ale.
Score 3/5

Drinkability: I don think this one would be a permanent addition to my fridge. The flavor leaves too fast and the bitterness (while fading) was off putting.
Score 3/5

Score 14/25  I really don't know what to say about this beer other than i hope the next Okanagan Springs offering is a little better than the last two.

Beer Review # 26

Hopped
5.2% Alcohol/Volume
Okanagan Springs Brewery
American Pale Lager

Appearance: Pours into the glass a light tea color, brass perhaps? Has a nice ring of head and smells fruity and tangy with a hint of orange. This is of course due to the extra hops!
Score 3/5

Taste: The orange smell quickly turns to lemon on the tongue, and finishes a bit bready and yeasty.
Score 2.5/5

Mouthfeel: Very bitter! Strong bitterness. Did I mention it was bitter? Out side of the bitterness it is light with a nice amouont of carbonation. After a few more drinks of the beer the bitterness lowers to a more appropriate level, so dont give up after one drink.
Score 2/5

Beer Type: American Pale Lagers are described as being all malt, yellow and fizzy, with a complex bitterness.  Well this one sure got the bitterness! Id say this one specifically is all hop.
Score 2/5

Drinkability: The bitterness is really what ruins the beer for me. It reminds me of an ESB (extra special bitter) a type of beer meant to give you that over the top bitter taste. Also I think it wasn't crisp enough to be enjoyed on a hot day. Old style pilsner drinkers may enjoy this one however.
Score 2/5

Score 11/20 I have tried to say something good about this beer, but if you do not like a bitter beer it is not for you. If that's your thing you will certainly be in heaven with this brew!

Beer Review #25

Warthog
4.5% Alcohol/ Volume
Big Rock Brewery
Cream Ale

Appearance: Warthog pours to a nice rosy amber color.
                     I smell fruit and citrus, however the beer
                     itself cant seem to make any form of foam.
                     Score 2.5/5

Taste: The citrus and fruit smell is now present on the
          tongue. The flavors make me think of a much
          darker, richer beer, but they end up being a bit
          watered down.
          Score 2.5/5

Mouthfeel: I found the carbonation a little too strong, not strong like a bottle of Coca Cola, but still strong on the tongue. I think this takes away from the overall taste. That being said it still has a nice mellow lasting flavor that finishes with no hints of bitterness.                    
Score 2.5/5

Beer Type: Cream Ales are designed to be low in bitterness, have a high carbonation and a sweet aroma. Warthog does a nice job of representing this.
 Score 3.5/5

Drinkability:
Warthog come across to me as being a light beer trying to be a dark beer. It has all the flavor of a good dark beer muted by water, to bring down the heaviness dark beer tend to have.
 Score 3/5

Score: 14/25 Warthogs are generally pretty ugly creatures. This beer is not ugly, just misunderstood. If you would like to try a beer that could help you to appreciate darker richer beers Warthog would be a good stepping stone.
                     

Beer Review #24

Gopher
5% Alcohol/ Volume
Big Rock Brewery
American Pale Lager

Appearance: Gopher pours a nice golden yellow
                    color,much like its rodent namesake,
                    It has a strong bread like aroma, with
                    no retain-able head.
                    Score 2.5/5

Taste: On first taste I get a bit of citrus, with a slight
          sweetness. Has a lingering yeasty and bready
          quality. Overall it is fairly simple.
          Score 3/5
Mouthfeel: Gopher has a nice soft carbonation, and in taste it reminds me
                 of a pilsner. Finishes crisp and dry, very clean.
                 Score 3/5

Beer Type: American Pale Lagers are meant to be yellow, fizzy with a
                  complex bitterness. Gopher doesn't reinvent the wheel for
                  sure fits the main standards for this type but not the more
                  subtle and specific ones.
                  Score 2.5/5

Drinkability: I could see myself shooting back a few gophers. The beer is
                   mild enough to have more than one, and refreshing enough to
                   have after a hard day.
                   Score 4/5

Score: 15/25  There is nothing wrong with Gopher. It won't be a pest in
                   your fridge, that you will have to pawn off on friends. People
                   who like to try smaller micro brews, but don't want to try
                   something too different.
                     

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Beer Review #23

Grasshopper
5% Alcohol/ Volume
Big Rock Brewery
American Pale Wheat Ale


Appearance: In the glass this beer is a nice gold color,
                    maybe a shade closer to orange than just
                    gold. Smells clean with sweet and fruity
                    notes, also a subtle hint of grass
                    Score 3.5/5

Taste: On the tounge it is a nice beer, soft, slightly sweet
          with a pleasant grassy body. There is a slight
          lingering yeast flavor present, but it does not
          take away from the beer. Try a slice of lemon or
          lime to cut the yeast if that is not your thing.
                                               Score: 3/5

Mouthfeel: Grasshopper is well balanced, crisp and light. The sweet up
                 front taste is nicely chased with a mild bitterness.
                 Score 4/5

Beer Type:  American Pale wheat ales are meant to be pale in color, light on
                   carbonation, low to mild bitterness and light on the tounge.
                   Grasshopper meets most of these requirements fairly well, but
                   strays a bit on color and carbonation
                   Score 3/5

Drinkability: It is a nice beer, very drinkable, in the summer on a hot day or
                   with some friends in minus 40 wishing it was summer. Nice and
                   light, wont way you down, or overload the taste buds.
                   Score 4/5

Score: 17.5/25  I have found Big Rock to make good beer that are tasty,
                         refreshing and affordable. If you like to try something a
                         little different a choice from Big Rock is a safe bet.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Beer Review #22

Noble Pilsner
4.9% Alcohol/ Volume
Sam Adam's
Czech Pilsner


Appearance: Pours a nice clear gold
                    color. Has a fine short
                    lasting head. My wife
                    says she can smell peach.
                    Score 4/5

Taste: Starts with a  little sweet hint of flavor that leaves fast to a nice clean
          beer flavor.
          Score: 4/5

Mouthfeel: This beer is nice soft and crisp. It finishes semi-dry with a hint of
                 yeast, and isn't bitter.
                 Score4/5

Beer Type: This one hits it right on the head. Czech Pilsner are meant to be
                  what this beer is, Gold, clear, smooth, crisp and yeasty. This
                  truly is a Noble Pilsner.
                  Score 5/5

Drinkability: This is my first experience with Sam Adam's beer and if this is
                   how all the others are I am excited to try some more! You can
                   drink quiet a bit of these fine brews and come back for more.
                   Score 5/5

Score: 22/25 Sam Adam's will always be welcome in my fridge, and this one
                     is definitely one would recommend trying.

Beer Review #21

Pilsner
4.6% Alcohol/Volume
Raastred Bryghus
Czech Pilsner


Appearance: Pours to a nice yellow gold color with a
                    slightly frothy head. Oddly cloudy with a
                    light citrus smell.
                    Score 2/5

Taste: On first taste I found it light with a citrus taste.
          Nothing much else to report other than a nice
          mild beer.
          Score 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Nice soft bubbles, very light with a crisp semi
                                            dry finish that was just a little bitter.
                                            Score 4/5

 Beer Type: Czech Pilsner are traditionally smooth, crisp, and clean on the
                   pallet. They are also meant to be crystal clear, which this beer is not.
                   Score3/5

Drinkability: Raasted Pilsner is pleasant, refreshing and light. It is simple and
                   ordinary which makes it easy to drink. Also for the price of
                   shipping it from Denmark where it is made it is still reasonable.
                   Score: 5/5

Scoring: 17.5/25 Nice small European import that can bridge the gap from
                          big name domestic beer to high end Micro-brews.

Beer Review #20

 Premium Verum
 4.8% Alcohol/Volume
 Warsteiner
 German Pilsner


Appearance: Pours with a small foamy head, that goes
                    down to a thin white ring. It is a nice pale
                    gold color. It has the usual beer smell with
                    a nice hint of citrus.
                    Score 3/5

 Taste: This was a unique one. The first sip I tasted the
           citrus and then was smashed in the face with
           bitterness, and then the bitterness faded and
           the citrus returned. The next sip however the
           bitterness wasn't there. Overal it was a sweet
                                          beer with mild flavor.
                                          Score 3/5

Mouthfeel: It had a sharp but soft carbonation. The beer then showed a flash
                 of good flavor that fizzled to a crisp and dry finish.
                 Score 3/5

Beer Type: German Pilsners are one of the oldest beer on the planet. The beer
                  itself is meant to be straw to gold in color, have a dense rich head,
                  with a spicy/floral aroma and flavor. German Pilsners are also meant
                  to be a bit course on the pallet with a flash of citrus and be very
                  bitter.  Verum covers the flash of citrus, the color and the head,
                  but lacks the spicy floral or the bitterness. I do however like the
                  lack of bitterness.
                  Score 4/5

Drinkability: I find this one a lot like big name domestic beer there is nothing
                   special about it. I did find it was better part way through the beer.
                   Its price is reasonable to let you drink 1 or many.
                   Score 4/5

Scoring:  17/25 It is an alright beer. Nothing super special,but not too out there for
               less adventurous type.

Beer Reveiw #19

Tyskie Gronie
5.5% Alcohol/Volume
Tyskie Browary
Euro Pale Ale

Appearance: Poured into a glass it forms a nice head and
                    that dissipates down to a thin ring. The beer
                    itself is a brilliant gold and very clear. I smell
                    bread and yeast, however my wife smells citrus
                    and grass.
                    Score: 4/5

Taste: At first I taste the citrus that my wife smelled, like the
          beer was sprayed with a lemon wedge.  The citrus
          gives way to a  bready beer that reminds me of
          sourdough bread.
          Score: 2.5

Mouthfeel: It is a very active bubbles that are soft and mild. The beer is nice on
                 the tongue and finishes a little dry. As it finishes the beer is just a little
                 bitter, but it isn't overpowering.
                 Score:3/5

Beer Type:  Euro Pale Ale are meant to be about 4-6% alc/vol, have moderate
                   bitterness, be sweet and have hop flavor. Tyskie is moderatly bitter
                   sweet, and falls in the alcohol range.
                   Score 3.5/5

Drinkability:  First off this is a Polish beer, and is decently priced for an import.
                    I don't find it overly refreshing, or interesting. However it does cross
                    another country off the list, its just not a beer to write home about.
                    Score 3/5


Scoring 16/25 Slightly better than average. It would be one I would recommend
                       to give a try to see if it is something you would enjoy.
                   

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Beer Review #18

Molson M
4.9% Alcohol/Volume
Molson Breweries
American Adjunct Lager

Appearance: Clear and straw yellow in color.
                     I guess the tiny bubbles are what
                     makes it micro-carbonated. They
                     are very active and very small.
                     Score 3/5

Taste: Thin on the flavor for sure. It wasn't bitter and has a pleasant aftertaste.
          Despite all the bubbles in the glass I would say it was flat.
          Score 3/5

Mouthfeel: It is a very light beer. I could drink more than a few and not feel
                 weighed down or bloated.  The bubbles are soft and small so it
                 makes the beer feel like it is flat. In spite of the flat feeling the beer
                 is very crisp and smooth. All I can say about it is that it feels flat,
                 but in a good way.
                 Score: 4/5

Beer Type: Again this is the most popular style of beer so it is meant to be
                 pretty boring. Thin on taste and fizzy. Molson M does a good
                 job of this, even if it feels flat.
                 Score 4/5

Drinkability: This one is good because it wont weigh you down. The worst thing
                   about most beer is you feel bloated after more than one. This beer
                   was designed to remedy this. It has a smooth mild taste which
                   makes it good for any occasion or beer drinker.
                   Score 5/5


Scoring 19/25 This beer will be on the market in Alberta this week (Feb 25)
                       I suggest everyone give it a try. Its one of the most unique 
                       mainstream beer Ive tried.

Beer Review #17

Chimay Blue Cap (Grand Reserve)
9% Alcohol/Volume
Bieres de Chimay (Abbay Notre Dame de Scourmont)
Belgian Strong Ale 


Appearance: A large amount of rich creamy foam
                    floats on top of a dark opaque beer.
                   The color reminds me of new oil. Looks
                   much thicker than it is. Smells a little of 
                   fruit.
                  Score 4/5


Taste: Holy booze Batman! I guess the 9% is very prominent in the 
          taste. Its followed by a little sweetness. I tasted caramel and
          sweet molasses, my wife on the other hand said it had no 
          flavor, but more on that later.
          Scoring: 4.5/5


Mouthfeel: Soft but heavy like a brick. This one would weigh you 
                 down fast. There is a little more of a yeast flavor and  
                 a mild bitter finish.
                 Scoring: 3.5/5

Beer Type: One of the main qualities of a Belgian Strong ale is 
                  it is meant to be complex. So when I tasted molases
                  and my wife tasted nothing, I feel this is just the 
                  complexity of the beer. They are also supposed to 
                  either taste of fruit, caramel, or spice, and be very
                  heavy on the booze content.
                  Score 4/5

Drinkability: This one is definitely a beer that is a treat for me.
                   Its boozy and very heavy, so it would only be maybe
                   one or two beer, before I would be done. A bit pricey
                   but its uniqueness and specialty make it one to at 
                   least try once. 
                   Score 3.5/5

Scoring  19.5/25  Drink beer for flavor? This one would be one
                            for everyone who likes something new and 
                            different.
 

Beer Review # 16

Pale Ale
5.2% Alcohol/Volume
Little Creatures Brewing
American Pale Ale


Appearance: Soft red/orange in color. Tangerine
                    if I had to give it a name. Decent
                    amount of bubble action, and smells
                    of mandarin oranges.
                    Score 4/5

Taste: Ive never had an Australian beer before, so i was excited for a unique
          flavor. Sweet, a little fruity flavor with a nice dry, but not a bitter finish.
         One of the best first drinks of beer Ive ever had.
         Scoring 5/5

Mouthfeel:  I was happy this beer was so soft and smooth. The carbonation
                  was nice and balanced much like the flavors. The bitterness of
                  this beer I found came in the middle and then finished nice
                  and dry.
                  Scoring 4/5

Beer Type: The British versions of this beer are meant to be buttery and malty,
                  while the American Versions are mean to be crisp and clean.
                  Since this one is from Australia I think the balance between the
                  two is a perfect match
                  Score 5/5

Drinkability: Smooth, light and great taste. Would be a staple in my fridge
                   if it wasn't INSANELY expensive. At $20 a 6 pack price is
                   this beer's only flaw.
                   Score 3.5/5


Scoring: 21.5/25 This beer is worth the cost for the flavor and balance.
                          One I would recommend but not one to share.

Beer Review# 15

Lion's Winter Ale
5.5% Alcohol/Volume
Granville Island Breweries
Winter Warmer


Appearance: Dark red and clear, like strong tea.
                    Smells sweet, but cant identify exactly,
                    perhaps maple?Ginger?
                    Scoring 4/5


Taste: Sweet, like flat root beer, lots of vanilla, some cinnamon,and
          spices. Super low on bitterness. Makes me think of chirstmas
          or a cold winter's day.
          Scoring 4/5

Mouthfeel: So subtlety soft carbonation,still tastes of vanilla, and not
                 bitter at all. Very mellow, with good weight.
                 Scoring 4/5

Beer Type: Winter warmers are meant to be sweet, not bitter, well balanced
                  and can be very boozy. This one fits the bill very well but i think
                  they could of added a little more to alcohol level to really warm
                  up the beer.
                  Scoring 4/5

Drinkability: Strong flavor, and slight weight of this beer will limit it quantities of
                   this one I could drink at one time, but for the intended style I think
                   it is really great.
                  Scoring 4/5

Scoring: 20/25 These beer are worth the cost.(in this case its not much on the
                        expensive side). Good to share and drink for flavor.

Beer Review #14

Rickard's Red
5.2% Alcohol/Volume
Molson Breweries
American Red/Amber


Appearance: Of course this beer pours a hearty rust Red,
                    with a good amount of foamy head. The tiny
                    active bubbles make it quite attractive beer.
                    Score 4/5

Taste: A nice balanced flavor of spice, semi sweet yet mild caramel. Pleasant
          to the tongue and seems soft and light.
          Score 4/5

Mouthfeel: Starts to get a little heavy after a drink or two. It has a nice mild
                 carbonation with bit of a bite at the end. The dry finish makes it
                 rather refreshing.
                 Scoring 3/5

Beer Type: American amber/Red Ales are a balanced beer, with toasted malt
                 characters and a light fruitiness. Rickard's Red has the toast, and is
                 very balanced, but lacks anything to push it from the middle of the
                 pack.
                Scoring 3/5

Drinkability: It first tried this beer in a pub, and I think that is its home. Its a
                   great pub brew, with some wings or salt. Nice to take one home
                   but not one id take to the lake.
                   Scoring 4/5

Scoring 18/25 Slightly beer than average. It would be one I would try in larger
                       quantities with some friends at a pub.

Beer Review #13

Rickard's Dark
4.8% Alcohol/Volume
Molson Breweries
English Porter


Appearance: The beer pours into the glass a
                    reddish dark caramel color, that is
                    clear with a lasting foamy head.
                    Score 4/5

Taste: Semi Sweet taste with a toasted and smoke smell and taste.
          The sweetness comes from a very mild maple hint.
          Score 4/5

Mouthfeel: It has a soft feel and surprisingly light for a dark beer.
                 The carbonation is a little harsh and finishes slightly
                 bitter.
                 Score 4/5

Beer Type: English Porter's are a unique style of beer. They are meant
                  to be dark in color, malty with a roasted flavor, and be slighlty
                  bitter. For a mass produced beer it fits fairly well.
                  Scoring 3/5

 Drinkability: Slight weight of the beer as well as the bitterness works
                    against its drinkability.  It would work well with food.
                    Its a nice beer to use in a recipe that calls for a dark beer.
                    Scoring 4/5

 Scoring 19/25 Slightly beer than average. It would be one i would try in larger
                       quantities with some friends at a pub.

Beer Review #12

Tsingtao lager
4.8% Alcohol/Volume
Tsingtao Breweries
American Adjunct Lager

Appearance: Pours to a crystal clear apple juice color.
                    Has no head at all and smells tangy and
                    has a strong beer scent.
                    Scoring 2/5


Taste: It is soft and has a slightly stinging burn of bubbles, and a mild
          aftertaste, that followed a rather bland beer flavor.
          Scoring 3/5

Mouthfeel: Had a rather strong beer taste, with no unique flavor.
                  The beer finishes dry with a little bit of a harsh aftertaste.
                  The beer itself wasn't bitter and had a decent amount of
                  carbonation despite the lack of head.
                  Scoring 3/5

Beer Type: The beer was not bitter, had a decent amount of carbonation
                  and not much for flavor. Basically it fits the description pretty
                  well.
                  Scoring 4/5

Drinkability: Its not the greatest beer, but on a hot day it would be O.K.
                   Since the beer is from china, it would be a good fit for some
                   Chinese food or on a theme night.
                   Scoring 4/5

Scoring 16/25 Slightly beer than average. It would be one i would try in larger
                      quantities, like at the lake or a sporting event.
    

Beer Review #11

Old Milwaukee
5% Alcohol/Volume
Sleeman Breweries
American Adjunct Lager

Appearance: Pours with a decent head
                    that lasts. Nice clear straw
                    yellow color that is very
                    clear and has many active
                    bubbles.
                    Score 3/5

Taste: I was leery of this particular beer because of its "old time beer" attitude.
          A can that has girls on the side must mean the beer is terrible. However
          I was very surprised.  Old Milwaukee has a mild taste that is very clean
          Scoring 3/5

Mouthfeel: The second try of the beer was much the same as the first. It was
                 not bitter, the carbonation was light and the bubbles did not sting
                 the tongue and no aftertaste was to be found.
                 Scoring 3/5

Beer type: I really feel that this is the beer that all other American adjunct
                lagers will be measured up to. The style of beer is not meant to
                be one you'd drink for flavor or for class. Its one you drink to
                enjoy a refreshing beer, and then have six more.
                Scoring 5/5

Drinkability: Easy drinking, mild and light. Exactly what a good drinking beer
                   should be. Good for watching the game, beer pong, or out at the
                   lake. The lower price helps too!
                   Score 4/5

Scoring: 18/25  Slightly beer than average. It would be one I would try in larger
                        quantities, like at the lake or a sporting event.

Beer Review #10

Corona Extra
4.6% Alcohol/Volume
Grupo Modelo
American Adjunct Lager

Appearance: Pour to a flat clear pale yellow color.
                    Just that right color were it was very 
                    unappealing to the eye.
                    Score: 2/5


Taste: The traditional malt taste of  beer was about its only defining thing about
          this beer. Must be why they add lime to it. It was very flat and had a
          mild bitter finish
          Score 2/5

Mouthfeel: Light Mild carbonation with a minimal aftertaste. Lacks flavor.
                 Score 2/5

Beer Type: Was surprised at the malt taste. Most American adjunct lagers
                  are low malt. Maybe this is Mexico's take on it. Lacked
                  good carbonation as well.
                  Score 2/5

Drinkability: I will say this about corona, on a hot day you could fly through
                   the case. Goes down nicer than water and with a wedge of lime
                   it would be very drinkable. Easy drinking and lack of strong
                   flavor makes it a good drinking beer.
                   Score 4/5

Scoring 12/25 Not the best beer in the world but not the worst for sure.
                        You could do a lot worse!

Beer Review #9

Samuel Smiths Nut Brown Ale
5% Alcohol/volume
Samuel Smith Old Brewery
English Brown Ale

Appearance: A pour of a nice hearty red brown, almost
                    maple in color. It was nice and clear even
                    with the dark color. It was the perfect color
                    to make me wanna have a sip.
                    Score 4/5

Taste: First taste was smooth at the start with a mild bitterness at the
          finish. I found it quiet pleasant and the bitterness was not over
          powering.
          Score 4/5

Mouthfeel: The second drink revealed much more about the beer.
                 Roasted Almonds and nuts flavored this semi  sweet beer.
                 The strong flavor and soft bubbles made way for the
                 slightly more than average bitter finish.
                 Score 4/5

Beer type: An English brown ale is meant to be maliter, sweeter, with a
                full body, with fruit or nut flavor. Id say this one fits the bill
                very well
                Score: 4/5

Drinkability: Due to the rich flavor and weight of the beer I couldnt see
                   myself drinking these all night. Maybe in England but not here
                   A couple for the flavor and taste but not many more than that.
                   That being said I think that is what this beer is meant for, other
                   than for drinkers in England.
                   Score 4/5

Scoring: 20/25  These beer are worth the cost.(probably because they are
                        expensive. Good to share and drink for flavor.

Beer Review #8

Rickard's White
5.4% Alcohol/volume
Molson Breweries
Style: Belgian white Beer (Witbier)


Appearance: When the beer was poured into the glass it
                    created a good foamy two inches of head.
                    The beer itself remained fairly cloudy and the
                    color of apple cider, with lots of active bubbles.
                    Score: 3/5



Taste: Rickard's white smelled of peach and seemed very fruity in aroma.
          The first taste defineltly had a taste of citrus, but was flat in the mouth
          with not much action from the carbonation.
          Score 3/5

Mouthfeel: Upon closer examination the beer was very light and dry. Had a slight
                 hint of an trailing aftertaste. It didnt have a bitter bite to it and the
                 bubbles were soft on the tongue.
                 Score 3/5

Beer Type: Witbier are meant to be Cloudy, pale, taste of orange and spice
                  flavors, with decent carbonation. I feel the carbonation was a little
                  lacking and didnt taste much of  spice and lacked some clear
                  orange flavor.
                  Score 3/5

Drinkability: The Dry finish of this beer makes it a good one for a pub. Something
                   to have to help add to the flavor of something spicy or salty. It isn't
                   the best for this style of beer, but its a good starter for the category.
                   Score 3/5

Scoring 15/25 Not the best beer in the world but not the worst for sure.
                       You could do a lot worse!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Beer Review # 7

Blanche De Chambly
5% Alcohol/volume
Unibroue Breweries
Style: Belgian white Beer (Witbier)


Appearance: Cloudy orange gold when poured into a
                    glass. Good amount of head and lots of
                    carbonation. Looks very tasty.
                    Score: 4/5

 Taste: This beer was a surprise to me. I have had white beers before and they
           weren't all that good. This one was off the charts. Semi sweet taste,
           with hints of citrus, mostly orange.
           Score 4/5

Mouthfeel: Champagne like bubbles make this beer super light. A small amount of
                 bitterness, smooth and has a very mellow taste.
                 Score 4/5
 
Beer Type: Witbier are meant to be exactly what this beer is. Cloudy, pale,
                  orange and spice flavors, with decent carbonation.
                  Score 4/5

Drinkability: For the large amount of flavor this beer is very drinkable. Easy to
                   drink enjoyable and refreshing. I found the 750ml bottle I
                   sampled was gone too fast.
                  Score 5/5

Scoring 21/25 This beer is worth the cost.Good to beer share and savor for
                       flavor.

Beer Review #6

Innis & Gunn Original
6.6% Alcohol/volume
Style: English Pale Ale


Appearance:Browned Honey in color. Clear and
                   forms a nice head when poured into
                   a glass. Seems very inviting and
                   mouthwatering.
                   Score 4/5

Taste:  Tastes sweet, slight caramel taste as well of hints of oak and spice.
           Reminds me of a honey brown beer.
           Score 4/5

Mouthfeel: Spicy, Cinnamon and nutmeg. The beer is lightly sweet with a
                 noticeably light higher alcohol taste. The higher alcohol is
                 hidden really well and maintains its nice smoothness. The beer
                 has a little extra weight to it with an almost buttery thickness.
                 Score 4/5

Beer Type:  This type of beer uses hard water which helps with the clarity as
                   well as enhancing the hop bitterness. This ale can be from golden
                   to reddish amber in color. A mix of fruity, hoppy, earthy, buttery
                   and malty aromas and flavors can be found. Innis and Gunn did
                   an amazing job with this beer. Improving on the style enough to
                   hide the expected extra bitterness.
                   Scoring 5/5

Drinkability: This is about the only part of the whole review that i have anything
                   bad to say. Due to its high flavor, and price (mid-high) Innis & Gunn
                   Original is not overly drinkable. 3-4 beer maximum.
                    Score 3/5

Scoring 20/25 This beer is worth the cost.Good to beer share and drink for flavor.
             

Beer Review #5

Bud Light
4% Alcohol/Volume
Anheuser-Busch
Style: Light Lager




Appearance: Bright Neon straw yellow in color.
                    Crystal Clear. Did not find the beer
                    super attractive in color.
                                                   Score 2/5

Taste: Mild beer taste, which is nothing unique or interesting middle
          of the road.
          Score 3/5

Mouthfeel: Mild beer taste, mild aftertaste. Nothing unique or
                 standoffish. Has a slight bitter sting with the aftertaste.
                 Score 3/5

Beer Style: Light Lagers are meant to have low flavor, be light clean 
                  and bubbly. That being said it fits the description very well.
                  Score 4/5

Drinkability: Ice cold 6 Pack with some BBQ on a hot day is definitely
                   what this beer was designed for. I guess thats why so many
                   of their commercials portray it as such. Its drank for easy
                   drinking not flavor
                   Score 4/5

Score: 16/25 Not the best beer in the world but not the worst for sure.
                  You could do a lot worse!

Beer Review #4

Alexander Keith India Pale Ale
 5%  Alcohol/ Volume
Labatt Breweries
Style: English India Pale Ale


Appearance: India Pale Ale indeed. Pale gold in color.
                    Clear yet plain, not overly pleasant but
                    not overly off putting either.
                    Score 3/5

Taste: Comes off pleasant, not bitter and takes a wait for a mild aftertaste.
          Has a slight oak taste.
          Score 3/5

Mouthfeel: Strong carbonation but not overpowering. Has mild bitterness a slight
                 aftertaste that is very acceptable
                 Score 4/5

Beer Style: This style of beer was brewed in england and sent to the troops in
                  India, hence India pale ale. Traditionally it was brewed to about
                  9% and then watered down to give to the troops. Generally
                  tasted of malt and hops. Alexander Keith IPA does a decent
                  job of it.
                  Score 3/5

Drinkability: Average beer  that could be enjoyed all year round. Winter or
                   summer. I think it would be a 5 Point beer if it was either
                   brewed to a stronger alcohol content or maybe slightly
                   watered down, like the soldiers got.
                  Score 4/5

Scoring 17/25 Slightly beer than average. It would be one i would try in larger
                      quantities, like at the lake or a sporting event.

Beer Review #3

Molson Canadian
5% Alcohol/Volume
Molson Breweries
Style: American Adjunct Lager


Appearance: When poured into a glass it had a good
                    amount of bubbling. It almost appears as
                    a brass color. Very clear. Oddly reminds
                    me of apple juice in look.
                   Score 3/5

Taste: The beer itself has very much the expected "beer" taste. The flavor wasn't
          very strong, but it did come with a bit of an unpleasant after taste.
          Score 2/5

Mouthfeel: Man is this one carbonated. Makes the beer super fizzy, almost like a
                 bottle of Coca-Cola.  The fizz almost burns the tongue. Really masks
                 the little flavor there was and brings out the bitterness.
                 Score 2/5


Beer Style: Plain as plain can be. The extra carbonation brings it down a couple
                  points.
                  Score 3/5

Drinkability: I find the bitterness and the super overdone carbonation makes
                   This a tough sell to me. Shot gun or on a hot day perhaps.
                   Score 2/5

Scoring:  12/25  Not the best beer in the world but not the worst for sure.
                        You could do a lot worse!

Beer Review #2

Lucky Lager
4% Alcohol/Volume
Brewed By Labatt Canada
Style : American Adjunct Lager



 Appearance: Burnt Yellow almost soft Golden color. Oddly
                     small amount of bubbles in the glass.
                                           Score 2/5

                       Taste: Slight flavor, almost seems slightly watered down.
                                 Had no after taste and was not bitter at all.
                                 Score 2/5

                        Mouthfeel :  All in all it is a very mild beer, with little to no
                                           Flavor at all. Soft and very light.
                                           Score 3/5

                        Beer Style: American Adjunct Lagers are meant to be light
                                          bodied, low on bitterness and small on flavor.
                                          Lucky Lager is pretty plain Jane. However
                                         the extra low carbonation cost it some points.
                                         Score 2/5

                         Drinkability: Watered down, goes down smooth and painless
                                           this beer could easily be a light beer. Personal
                                           opinion is it is meant to be drank for enjoyment
                                           not flavor. Cost helps drinkability as it is a low
                                           cost lager.
                                           Score 4/5


                       Scoring 13/25 Not the best beer in the world but not the worst
                                             for sure. You could do a lot worse!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Beer Review # 1

 Labatt Lite
4.0% Alc/Volume
Brewed by Labatt in Canada
Style: Lite Lager


Appearance - After pouring the beer into a glass beer mug I noticed it was a pale
                     straw yellow color. It had  decent head which slowly worked down
                     to no remaining foam. The beer itself did not look very inviting.
                      Score 2/5

Taste-  The initial taste of Labatt Lite is very clean. It didn't have a strong beer
            taste or much of anything really.
           Score 2/5

Mouthfeel- The beer is very light. ( must be a pun on the name?) The carbonation
                  is strong and adds to the lightness. No aftertaste or beer bitterness.
                  Nothing unique about the flavor, might even seem a little watered
                 down.
                 Score 3/5

Beer Type- Light Lagers are meant to have low flavor, be light clean and bubbly.
                  With those characteristics in mind it does fit the characterizations of
                   a lite lager.
                  Score 4/5
 

Drinkability- Sitting in the hot sun or after a long day of work these brews would
                   go down easy and be very refreshing.  The cost is middle of the road
                   and reasonable. I myself would not care to drink these beer for their
                  flavor but for the fact that they are very easy to drink.
                 Score 4/5


Scoring       15/25 Not the best beer in the world but not the worst for sure.
                  You could do a lot worse!

Beer Review Guide

First off I will explain the process of the beer review.
Each beer will be reviewed with five things in mind

1. Appearance - When poured into a glass what does the beer look like? Its
                          color, head and its general drinking appeal. There will be an
                          extra point rewarded for uniqueness of label or bottle.
                          Scored out of 5 Points

2. Taste - This is basically the first sip of beer. It includes initial reaction and
                smell. Is the beer's taste pleasant or overpowering?
                Scored out of 5 Points

3. Mouth feel - The second and larger drink of beer. the beer is aloud to spend
                       some time on the tongue. It takes in all aspects of the beer.
                       Bitterness, flavor, aftertaste,weight and carbonation.
                       Scored out of 5 Points

4.Beer Type - This is the true quality of the beer. Does it match the guidelines for
                       its type of beer. Does it vary from its type in a way that is good
                       or bad?
                       Scored out of 5 Points.

5. Drink-ability - Is the beer easy to drink? When would be best to enjoy the
                          beer? How does the beer's cost factor into the beer. Does the
                          flavor increase the beers drink-ability? Most importantly, would
                          you drink the beer again?
                         Scored out of 5 Points.


Scoring  0-10  This one is one you should avoid at all cost no matter the price.
             11-15 Not the best beer in the world but not the worst for sure.
                       You could do a lot worse!
             16-19 Slightly better beer than average. It would be one i would try in larger
                        quantities, like at the lake or a sporting event.
             20-24 These beer are worth the cost.(probably because they are
                        expensive. Good to share and drink for flavor.
                   25 If this beer exists I would recommend not sharing, and having
                        a small stash stowed away for the next time you really need
                        to celebrate.