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Beer Review: Great Northern Brewing’s Minott’s Black Star Lager

November 11, 2010

Editorial note: the scoring has been modified for this beer.  After recently trying this beer again, I was struck by how different I perceived it as compared to last time.  I still think it’s better than Bud, Miller, etc.

Today’s beer review comes to you courtesy of the Great Northern Brewing Company.  One of their brand ambassadors for Black Star Lager contacted me and wanted to send me a press kit and samples to review.  Well, I recently finally got around to trying this golden lager, and thought more highly of it than I expected to, because I generally find lagers to be boring and lack disctinctive flavors.  They often just taste like beer to me, instead of displaying interesting distinct flavors.  This one turned out to be just the opposite.  Anyway, here it goes… More: Beer Review: Great Northern Brewing’s Minott’s Black Star Lager

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Beer Review: Trumer Pils

August 27, 2010

Trumer PilsI was lucky enough to score a six pack of Trumer Pils lately, thanks to Debbie Rizzo of DrinkPR!

According to Wikipedia:

Trumer Pils is an Austrian pilsner previously sold almost exclusively in the Austrian federal state of Salzburg. It is characterized by hoppy bitterness, high carbonation, and a light body.

In 2004, Trumer Brauerei opened a brewery in Berkeley, California, to reproduce for the American market the Trumer Pils it has brewed for 400 years in Austria.

The Pour
This pours to a pale straw color.  A one finger thick bubbly white head floats atop this very effervescent brew.  A very vigorous pour resulted in an almost three finger thick head.  It sure made for one beautiful beer in the pilsner glass.

The Nose
The nose contains some citrus and a slight sweetness, with a toastiness also making an appearance.

The Taste
This light bodied beer is very effervescent on the palate.  Crisp and light, this beer shows lightly grassy hoppy flavors after an initial faint sweetness.  The bitter hop flavor becomes more noticeable on the finish.  This beer almost has a slight crispy cracker flavor and character to it as well.

Overall
A pilsner is essentially a pale lager, and I am not much of a lager fan.  But there is something I like about this beer regardless.  Whatever my personal opinion about lagers and pilsners, this pilsner is a good example of the style, and has a good hop flavor.  This beer really reminds me of beers I’ve had on trips to Europe.

Recommended
If you’re a pilsner or lager fan, this is a good one to enjoy, with a good hop profile.

Price: Unknown, review samples

ABV: 4.9%

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Beer Review: Port Royal Gold Grand Reserve

April 17, 2010

Port Royal Gold  Grand ReserveThis is not a beer I had ever heard of, until my father-in-law, Charlie Brewer, Jr., brought some back from Honduras.  He’s a member of The Rotary Club of Lawrenceburg and they head down to Honduras every so often to help out.  My father-in-law is an electrical engineer by trade, so he usually goes down there and helps wire the houses for electricity. More: Beer Review: Port Royal Gold Grand Reserve

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Beer Review: Brooklyn Brewery’s Brooklyn Lager

January 16, 2010

I’ve only recently experienced Brooklyn Brewery‘s beers firsthand, though I’ve heard nothing but good things about them for some time.  I first tried this Brooklyn Lager after trying their Brooklyn Brown Ale, but just recently found the tasting notes, so I thought I’d post it.

About The Brewer
Brooklyn Brewery was started in 1997 by, oddly enough, a former Associated Press Middle East correspondent (Steve Hindy) and a banker (Tom Potter).  The brewery is involved in many different charitable causes and even takes advantage of wind power. In 2003, Brooklyn Brewery became the first New York City company to switch to 100% wind-generated electricity. Incidentally, Linus Hall of Yazoo Brewing here in Nashville, interned with Brooklyn Brewery.

About The Beer
This beer is an American Amber Lager, brewed with American Two-Row Malts and Hallertauer Mittelfrueh, Vanguard and Cascade hops.

According to the bottle:

Amber gold, with a malty body and a floral hop character, Brooklyn Lager is a revival of Brooklyn’s pre-Prohibition all malt lagers.

The Pour
This pours to a nice, thick two-finger pillowy head that consists of a very light tan color and tiny bubbles. The beer is a great, clear amber color. The head settles a good bit quite quickly.

The Nose
What is that? This smells of malt and hops but something else is in there, hiding. I can slowly coax out good floral hoppy notes and hints of yeast, with very intriguing butterscotch or caramel notes reluctantly being drawn out of the glass.

The Taste
This beer lays down the standard lager foundation, but modifies it with a slightly sweet maltiness and slightly bitter hoppiness vying for attention on the palate.  The yeast almost gives it a breadiness as well. Medium bodied, this beer is very smooth and eminently drinkable. With repeated samplings, the slight hints of butterscotch or caramel found in the nose make teasing appearances on the palate. As it warms, a slightly spicy sourness develops on the finish.

Overall
If you’ve read some of my other reviews, you know I’m not a fan of lagers. I usually find them lacking in character and depth, and without a unique personality. This is a definite exception. I find this one intriguing and tasty. The hidden depths of flavors give you plenty to explore.

Recommended: Definitely.  This is a really good beer….as a lager, it is exceptional!

Price: $8.39/6-pack at Midtown Wine and Spirits

ABV: 5.2%

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Beer Review: Samuel Adams Winter Lager

January 30, 2009

samadamswinterlagerI purchased this beer to celebrate my passing an important test, allowing me to take upper level engineering courses. I have had Samuel Adams beers before, and generally like them fine, but I had never had their Winter Lager, so I thought I’d give it a shot.

According to the 6-pack packaging…

This rich and hearty lager is brewed with flavorful spices such as cinnamon, orange zest and fresh ginger. The character and complexity of Winter Lager add warmth to a winter evening, and is a welcome complement to any holiday table.

I didn’t notice until after I had finished at least my first bottle that the bottle refers to this as a “dark wheat lager brewed with winter spices”. Here goes the review.

The Pour
This pours to an orange-tinted maple syrup color. A very light tan head appears, about 1 1/2 fingers high, and leaves good lacing as it dissipates. This is a  very clear brew and looks to be at least somewhat crisp.

The Nose
This smells tasty. The nose doesn’t come right out with any strong aromas to me, which makes me feel better about purchasing this beer. That probably means it won’t be overspiced. I can pick up hints of cinnamon and possibly the ginger. There is some maltiness and an ever so slight roasted scent.

The Taste
The first thing I noticed in the taste was the ginger. Not that it’s overpowering because it’s not at all. This has a medium-full body with an interesting mouthfeel. It seems to be creamy and round but it crisps a bit on the edges. I can taste hints of the cinnamon and orange mentioned on the packaging. There is almost a maple syrupy hint in the nose and taste that becomes noticeable as it warms, and it gets a little stronger by the end of the bottle.

Overall
This is a very smooth and rich brew. It’s creamy and carries a sweetness but is not at all cloying or overly sweet. The flavor profile is complex and interesting. I was a bit surprised to see it’s a wheat lager. I think this is a very tasty and enjoyable winter beer!

Recommended: Yes, without hesitation. It’s very well suited to the winter season without being heavy.

Price: $8.79 per six-pack

ABV: Beer Advocate says 5.8%

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Beer Review: Buckbean Brewing Co. Black Noddy Lager

July 24, 2008

As I mentioned in my review of their Orange Blossom Ale, Buckbean Brewing Company was founded in 2007 in Reno, NV. They can their beer instead of bottling it for environmental reasons. According to their press release package, microbreweries only bottled their beers initially because the aluminum canning lines were not designed for smaller production, so glass bottles were their only option. So people began to equate glass bottles with good beer.

Along with sending me free samples of their Orange Blossom Ale, Buckbean was kind enough to send me samples of their Black Noddy Lager. As I am a fan of dark full-bodied beers, I was looking forward to this.

The Pour
This poured with a beige tight, thick and fluffy one-finger head. It is not completely opaque but pretty close. This looks like my kind of beer….looks like motor oil in a glass.

The Nose
There are nice coffee and roasted malts notes mingling in the nose. There is definitely chocolate in there vying for attention as well. This smells thick and chewy, and also has hints of dark plummy fruit.

The Taste
This has medium carbonation and is an oily medium-full bodied beer. Coffee, chocolate and malt flavors are well balanced, although coffee notes take the forefront. This is a smooth brew with a strong, almost bitter roasted finish. The plummy notes are present as well, but the bitterness stands out on the finish.

Overall
This is a very dark tasting brew. Lots of different flavors going on at once, which is nice, but I do wish it had a bit less of the slightly burnt tasting bitterness on the finish.

Recommended: Maybe…if you’d really like something full flavored and very roasty, this is your brew.

Price: Unknown

ABV: 5.2%

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Beer Review: Margaritaville Brewing Co. Landshark Lager

October 19, 2007

ls-copy2.jpgI am a Parrothead. I’m an introverted Parrothead who prefers to enjoy Jimmy Buffett’s music in solitude, and who’s only been to one Buffett concert so far, but a Parrothead nonetheless. So when I heard Bubba was coming out with a beer, I was thrilled! But then I tried Landshark Lager, and realized Bubba had made a big mistaica.

To be fair, it is actually made by Anheuser-Busch, who have specialized in making beer for the taste-deprived for a long time. But Jimmy, did you try the beer before you put your name on it?

The Pour
This pours with a decent, loose head. It is a typical Anheuser-Busch beer color, a dirty straw color, resembling watered-down apple juice. The beer looks very thin and extremely light bodied.

The Nose
This smells like a standard American lager. It’s very light with vague and subtle floral hop notes. Like the color and the taste, the nose is barely there.

The Taste
Imagine drinking a good lager down to the last swallow, then filling the rest of the bottle with water. Then drinking it. You’ve just had a Landshark Lager. There is barely a hop note that appears mid-finish, but for the most part it’s like drinking sparkling water. Depth of flavor: absolutely none. So light bodied it could be anorexic.

Overall
Do not buy this beer. Sure, if you’re a Parrothead, you may want to help put more money in Bubba’s pockets in return for the years of music and fun. Do it some other way. Bubba, I’d love to buy you a couple of beers. First, a Landshark Lager, so you can see what is being sold in your name. Second, a good lager, so you can see what is possible.

Recommended: No. As Robb Zerr over at The United Nations of Beer says, “it bites!”

Price: $7.49 for a 6-pack

ABV: 4.7%

Visit the Landshark Lager Web site

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