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Ayinger Brau-Weisse

July 7th, 2009

Ayinger Brau-Weisse

Ayinger Brau-Weisse is brewed in Germany by Brauerei Aying.  I’ve been focusing on beers that are more suited to the summer months since it’s been so damn hot and dry lately, so this wheat beer fits the bill perfectly.

Brau-Weisse has a washed out golden color and a cloudiness that is a result of the lack of final filtration.  This beer is very active  and there is way too much head when pouring it into a glass.  You can see in the picture that the head is down to a normal amount but there was at least four inches of head at first.  I suggest drinking this one out of the bottle.  There is a sweet smell of flowers with citrus fruits.  The taste is fruity and very sweet with no hint of bitterness or bad aftertaste.  There is a smooth texture and clean finish, but it’s not as refreshing as a wheat beer should be.  The alcohol content is probably around the 5 – 5.5% mark.

This is a good wheat beer but it’s just not the right balance of sweet, refreshing, and clean.  The major problem with this beer is the overly sweet flavor of it.  If you like a sweet, wheat beer then this is the brew for you.  I bet a wedge of lemon would subdue the sweetness of this beer and really balance out the flavors.  I really think I’m going to have to update my rating system to incorporate .5 ratings just for cases like this.  I can’t really say I’m a huge fan of this beer but it’s much better than an average beer.

Rating: 3

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Julius Echter Hefe-Weiss-Dunkel

June 23rd, 2009

Julius Echter Hefe-Weiss-Dunkel

Julius Echter Hefe-Weiss-Dunkel (from here on known as JE) is a German brew from the Wurzburger Hofbrau brewery.  I selected this beer due to the unusual Hefeweiss/Dunkel mix.

JE is a large beer weighing in at one pint 9 ounces.  When poured JE reveales a nice even color and activity level with a thick, fluffy, white cloud sitting atop.  The darker color is unlike most Hefeweiss beers, but the wheat brew cloudiness is still in tact.  There is the familiar smell of most wheat beers with it’s light floral aroma.  For the level of activity and large amount of head, it’s surprising that this beer has so little tingle on your tongue.  It’s more characteristic of the Dunkel in that aspect, but the flavor is a blend of both.  It’s sweet and refreshing like a Hefeweiss but robust in flavor like a Dunkel.  There is little to no bitterness and a light aftertaste to let you know what you’ve been drinking.  I couldn’t find the alcohol content but it’s probably a mid range 5.5 – 6%.

I have a hard time believing that this beer was all brewed at the same time.  It’s such a mix I’d almost say Wurzburger Hofbrau brewed a Dunkel and a Hefeweiss then just poured half of each one into this bottle.  Usually your wheat beers are lighter in color and more suited to the summer months, with their bright floral notes and clean refreshing taste, and your Dunkels more to the winter months, with their heavy smokey flavors and generally higher alcohol content.  This, however, is both.  It fits the bill of both a Dunkel and a Hefeweiss to the letter.  I’m sure some people will really love this beer, and I encourage you to try it, but it has too much of an identity crisis for me.

Rating: 3

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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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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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Colomba

April 26th, 2009

Colomba

Colomba is brewed by Brasserie Pietra in France.  This is the first French beer I’ve ever had so I’m not sure what to expect, but the angry, hooded chick on the bottle seems a little out of place.

Colomba is a wheat beer and has a very faint, cloudy, yellow color.  The head it makes when poured is amazing.  It’s very fluffy and substantial.  Being a wheat beer there is a distinct floral aroma.  At first taste I immediately think this beer would benefit from a slice of lemon.  It’s just too bland.  There is no real substance to the flavor.  Nothing to play on your palette.  It is rather light and easy drinking, at 5% alcohol content, but that hardly makes up for the lack of flavor.  There is a little bit or bitterness in the finish but I guess that’s just to remind you that you do in fact have a beer in your hand.

My first impression of French beer is not that great.  This is just a let down of a wheat beer.  What started out well with a great head and wonderful smell basically ended there.  This is not a bad beer.  It doesn’t make you cringe when you drink it or grimace at every swallow, and some may actually like it a lot.  I can see this as a beer for people who like milder, less flavorful beers and know there are people like that out there.  Somebody is buying all that Miller Lite.

Rating: 3

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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.

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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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Samuel Adams Irish Red

February 28th, 2009

Samuel Adams Irish Red

Samuel Adams is a well known US brewery, that has a wide variety of offerings from the super expensive Utopias, all the way down to the standard Boston Lager. I’m a fan of Samuel Adams beers and I had never tried the Irish Red so I thought I’d give it a review.

This being an Irish Red, it’s safe to assume that it will be red in color, so no surprise it has a deep red amber color. This beer has a hoppy, slightly alcoholic smell to it. Samuel Adams Irish Red has a little sweetness at first taste with a bitter sting that lasts throughout. You can pickup on the earthy tones which go quite well to balance out the sweet and bitterness. Now it’s not an overly bitter taste, but you will definitely notice it’s there. It’s a very easy drinking beer due to the 5.5% alcohol content.

This beer was a gold medal winner in 2006 but I’m not sure what it was up against so take that with a grain of salt. This is not my favorite Samuel Adams beer. For that I look to the standard Boston Lager. Not to say it’s a bad beer but it seems to me that all their other beers just don’t hold up to the standard Boston Lager. Give it a try see what you think but it’s not a beer I’ll be buying again. Oh and by the way, if anyone wants to buy me one of those Utopias I won’t bitch.

Rating: 3

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Fuller’s ESB

February 18th, 2009

Fuller's ESB

Fuller’s ESB is brewed by the Griffon Brewery in Great Britan. If you are unfamilar with ESB beers it means extra special / strong bitter and even though the name suggests a bitter beer this is not always the case.

Fuller’s isn’t a particurly thick beer but it does form a nice head, that subsides rather quickly (as you can see in my photo), when poured. It has a mild amber color with a slight reddish tint to it. It has a nice malted hop and light fruity smell. You can pickup on the malted hops right away. The taste is a little bland but not too bitter and I wanted a little more substance to it. This ESB is fairly easy drinking with a heavy finish that gives you a taste of the bitter that is expressed in the name. The 5.9% alcohol volume makes this a good beer to enjoy by itself in the evening.

This ESB isn’t bad by any standards and some may actually find it quite good, but it lacks a little in the flavor for me. I expected a little more robustness to the malted hops and this just didn’t deliver. This being only the second ESB I’ve ever had it’s hard to compare it to something else or suggest an alternative. The closer to room temperature this beer is the more the flavor comes out but I’m not the type to drink warm beer so I’m not going to let it get that far.

Rating: 3

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Stone Smoked Porter

January 28th, 2009

Stone Smoked Porter

Stone Smoked Porter is brewed in California by the Stone brewing company. I’ve had Stone’s Arrogant Bastard Ale, and it was terrible so I wasn’t expecting this to be any better but I’ve heard that there are good things that come out of this brewery so I figured I’d give them another chance.

Stone Smoked Porter has very dark amber color and is quite thick when poured, with a slight head that stays until the last sip. It has a mild, earthy, smoky aroma and the smell of a darker, black beer. At first the taste is sharp and quite offensive, but after a few sips you can really appreciate the smooth, mild flavor. Even though this is a dark amber beer it is more akin to the flavor of a black beer, with it’s smoky taste and slight bitterness. The taste is very close to the Xingu I reviewed a while back, but is creamier. The alcohol content is 5.9% so it’s not too high, but the large size makes up for the lack in alcohol.

If I were to judge this beer based on just the first taste it would probably be a two. Once you get over the initial shock you can really appreciate the creamy, mild flavor. I would recommend this to people who don’t normally like black beers. It has the flavor of a black beer but is much milder and would go well with some semi sweet chocolate. While this is good it’s almost too mild and lacks complexity. Maybe I’m being too critical. Taste it for yourself and let me know what you think.

Rating: 3

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