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EKU Pils

May 31st, 2009

EKU Pils

Since my last review was a total loss I decided to make this week a two-for.  EKU Pils is a German beer from the same brewery that makes the  EKU 28 I’ve reviewed in the past.  EKU 28 got a good rating so I’m hoping this beer will follow the trend.

Pils is bright yellow with very little head when poured, and a subdued hoppy, malted aroma.  There is a tinge of sweetness to go with it’s dry flavor and a little bitterness to round it all out.  It’s very clean and doesn’t linger in your mouth and none of the flavors really over power the other.  It’s very balanced and neutral.  You could almost say it’s a refreshing beer, but it’s a little too heavy.  The alcohol content isn’t listed, but I’m sure it’s 5.5 – 6%.

EKU Pils is billed as everyday drinking beer, and I can see that.  It has depth to the taste, but is not so heavy that you need a nap after-wards.  It’s hard for a beer to be complex and easy drinking at the same time, but this seems to fit the bill fairly well.  The bitterness is the drawback for me here.  While it is a good beer, I can’t really bring myself to say I “like” it.  Yes, it’s fine, but probably not something I’d buy again.  For EKU beers, I’ll stick with the 28.

Rating: 3

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Teton Ale

May 31st, 2009

Teton Ale

Teton Ale is brewed by the Grand Teton Brewing Company in Idaho.  Yes, I know the Grand Tetons are in Wyoming but the location of this brewery is basically within walking distance from Wyoming and the Grand Tetons, so all is forgiven.

You may have noticed the picture is just a glass full of head.  While I’d like to say this is because of some sort of jarring to the bottle, that is not the case.  I literally poured only the neck of the beer into the glass and got what you see.  After 15 minutes the head finally subsided but the beer was totally flat, so I decided to drink straight from the bottle.  This should have been an easy task but the exact same thing happens when you pour it into your mouth.  I had to spit out the first drink cause I almost exploded beer foam all over my desk.  I can’t really review this beer since I can’t swallow any of it.  But what I had in my mouth was just total bitter.  Basically like a nice big foaming gulp of sea water.  Who cares about the alcohol content.  You can’t drink it.

This is by far the worst beer I’ve ever had.  It’s so bad I think it might be a joke beer just to fuck with your friends.  If you could finish one, and believe me you wouldn’t be able to, I think it would make you sick.  This beer is so bad I can’t even give it a one star rating.  It is far and away a new level of shittiness.

Rating: No rating this week, cause I don’t really know if this is beer.

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Pietra

May 26th, 2009

Pietra

Pietra is my second beer from France.  Pietra is brewed by Brasserie Pietra in Corsica France.  So far my impressions of French beer haven’t been that great but you can’t judge an entire nation’s offerings from just one brew.

Pietra has a nice fluffy cloud on top when poured and tends to stay throughout and a beautiful, very active, golden color.  There is a great mix of floral hops and nuts to the scent.  The overall presentation in sight and smell are very good.  Unfortunately the taste is overly bitter.  You can’t really taste the chestnuts that were used in the brewing process due to the over bitterness.  The taste is smooth, even and dry, but it’s just too masked by the bitterness.  The bitterness just lingers on and on.  The alcohol content is 6%, so just about right for an amber beer.

The bitterness seems to be the great downfall of a lot of potentially good beers and this one falls under that catagory.  I can tell there is a great beer under all the bitter, but I just can’t find it.  It’s a shame really,  the initial presentation is great and really makes you want to enjoy this beer, but the taste just takes it all away.  Strike two for the French.

Rating: 2

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Czechvar (Budweiser Budvar)

May 17th, 2009

Czechvar

My father was telling me about this beer due to its conflict with the Anheuser-Busch name Budweiser.  See the BBNP Brewery brews and sells Budweiser Budvar in Europe, but due to some trademark issues it is sold as Czechvar in the US.  Anheuser-Busch does marketing in the US for Czechvar, but other than that there is no ties between the two breweries or their beers.

Czechvar is a bright golden lager and very active, somewhat like champagne.  It has a very smooth, clean, feeling and is actually quite refreshing.  It’s easy drinking with it’s 5% alcohol and there is little to no bitterness.  But for all the good things it has going for it, taste is the one thing missing.  There just really isn’t anything to play on your tongue.  I mean it’s not water but it’s damn close.  Oh and don’t let it get warm.

I was able to find Czechvar at my local HEB so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding some at your local grocery store either.  I could definitely see this being a good beer to enjoy after doing any summer activity, but at over nine dollars a six pack you’d be better off just buying plain ol’, standard, everyday, ordinary, run of the mill, (oh god I’m actually going to say it) Budweiser.

Rating: 3

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Harpoon Hibernian

May 11th, 2009

Harpoon Hibernian

Harpoon Hibernian is an Irish style red ale brewed by the Harpoon Brewery in Massachusetts.  I’m not sure what’s been up with all the nautical beers lately but I assure you it’s not on purpose.

Right off the bat you can see this isn’t a very red beer as the bottle would suggest.  It has a tint of red but is mostly leaning to the brown side of the amber gamut.  There is a nice frothy head that forms when poured and has, what I can only describe as, a hop explosion of floral fragrance.  This heavy hoppyness is probably what gives the beer it’s heavy thick texture and overall bitterness.  Hibernian is sweet and spicy with woody tones typically seen more in darker beers.  There is, however, a lingering aftertaste of bitterness that seems to stay on the palette long after you’ve put the beer down.  Alcohol content is 5.4% which is pretty standard.

I have to say this beer fails to excite me in any way.  Yes there is a complex flavor but it’s overpowered by the bitterness.  It’s not a face contorting bitterness but still too much.  Don’t get me wrong there needs to be bitterness to this beer.  The multitude of flavors needs that slight bitterness to balance it all out.  The emphasis on that sentence being “slight.”

Rating: 2

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Negra Modelo

May 5th, 2009

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Seeing as this is the 5th of May I thought I’d review my favorite Mexican beer.  Negra Modelo is a quite common beer and you can find it in just about any store that sells beer.  It is brewed by Grupo Modelo in Mexico and is one of the oldest breweries in Mexico.

Negra Modelo is a dark beer with a medium brown, not amber, color.  It has a light hoppy smell with no earthy tones that you typically find in darker beers.  There is a clean even taste and texture to this beer.  It’s like the cream soda of beers.  Smooth and consistent taste are the best way to describe it, with a clean finish.  There is a hint of bitterness but it’s hardly noticeable and doesn’t interfere.  Negra is crisp and mild with an ever so slight smokiness.  The alcohol content is 6% so it makes this a fairly easy drinking beer to be enjoyed during any season.

I typically enjoy my Negra Modelo with a generous wedge of lime but it’s just as good without.  If you haven’t tried Negra Modelo you have no excuse not to.  It’s easy to obtain, and somewhat inexpensive at a little over a dollar per bottle.

Rating: 5

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