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White

March 25th, 2009

White

White beer is a Belgian style, unfiltered wheat beer brewed by the Lakefront Brewery in Wisconsin. The label is adorned with a jester dressed in red and yellow holding a beer. I’m hoping it’s like a mascot or something cause it looks a little ridiculous, and makes it hard to take this beer seriously.

The beer forms a great, fluffy, snow-like head that subsides rather quickly when poured. It is bright yellow, and cloudy due to the yeast not being filtered out, with a slight greenish tint. White’s smell is a fragrant blend of hops and citrus fruits. Overall the taste is bland. It could definitely benefit from slice of orange or lemon to compliment the citrus tones. The hops are the most prominent taste with no bitterness and a clean finish. I couldn’t find the alcohol content of this beer on the bottle or online but I’m guessing it’s rather low, probably in the 4% – 5% range which does give it easy drinkability.

Being a fan of wheat beers I was anxious to see how this one stacked up but the bland flavor just didn’t have the substance I crave. Maybe a slice of orange or lemon could have perked this up a bit, but I won’t add any extra items to beers I review. I will, however, have another with a lemon just to see the difference and I’ll update this post with my thoughts.

Rating: 3

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Once again I have two more of these beers I’d be willing to part with for the modest sum of $4 each.

3 Star, Beer Reviews

Vanilla Java Porter

March 20th, 2009

Vanilla Java Porter

My wife recently signed me up for a beer of the month club and this is the first beer I’m reviewing out of that shipment. I wasn’t too excited about this beer just from the name alone. Don’t get me wrong I like coffee and vanilla, but to add them to beer seems like a taste mash-up made in hell. But to my surprise this beer is brewed in Detroit, Michigan at the Atwater Block Brewery instead of hell.

This is a thick beer, I would compare it to natural maple syrup consistency. The color is pitch black. Probably the darkest beer I’ve had. With most black beers you can hold a small portion up to the light to get little hint of color but not with this beer. When I first opened the bottle and took a whiff the scent was delightfully hoppy but once I poured it into the glass the hoppiness was accompanied by roasted coffee beans and vanilla. My first sip was very smooth, balanced and mild, with no sign of bitterness and a nice hint of smokey, roasted coffee bean taste. The lingering aftertaste gives you a little bitterness but its nothing horrible and actually goes well with the coffee beans. The alcohol content is lower than I expected at 6%.

This is a prime example of don’t judge a book (or beer) by it’s cover. I immediately dismissed this beer as a gimmick when I saw the label. This is an excellent beer and if you can get a hold of one you’d be a fool not to try it. While it is probably suited best for the winter months, it would go well as an after dinner drink.

Rating: 4

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If anyone is interested I have 2 more of these wonderful beers I may be willing to part with for the bargain sum of $4 each.

And yes, I do know I’m still behind on reviews by a week but I promise I’ll catchup and get back on track.

4 Star, Beer Reviews

Flensburger Gold

March 5th, 2009

Flensburger Weizen

I recently reviewed the Flensburger Weizen and I was so impressed with that beer I decided to try some of the other beers from that same brewery. So my next beer for review is the Flensburger Gold.

I noticed right away that this beer was also somewhat cloudy like the Weizen was. There is little to no head when poured, and has a golden brown color. The smell is very fragrant and hoppy with an almost sweet quality. At first I noticed the heavy hop flavor coupled with a nutty taste. There isn’t a hint of bitterness in this beer and the taste is very consistent throughout. My only complaint, and this is a big one, is that it’s flat. Maybe it’s due to the odd cap to this beer, or from the long transport from Germany, maybe it’s supposed to be that way. I don’t know.

The one thing I do know is that the flatness totally ruins this beer. I believe with a little sparkle this would be a fantastic beer. It’s entirely possible I just got a bad one. Hopefully someone out there can set me straight on this because it’s quite disappointing. This beer unfortunately does not live up to the Weizen I had before. This beer gets it’s rating only because I have to rate the beer I have. I can’t give it a rating on the possibility of a bad beer.

Rating: 3

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3 Star, Beer Reviews