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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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Kosmos Reserve

April 7th, 2009

Kosmos Reserve

Kosmos Reserve is a limited offering from the little brewery in Shiner, Texas. You can only find this beer in the Shiner Family Reunion six packs and there is only one per pack so if you want a few of these you’ll either have to buy multiple six packs or be a total bastard, swap a few around and screw over your fellow beer drinkers. (I do not recommend this!)

Kosmos Reserve has a lightly malted hop scent. It has an amber color that leans more to red than brown. First taste is very smooth with some floral tones to complement the malted hops. There is a slight bit of bitterness in the aftertaste and overall the beer is somewhat dry. I can’t help but think this beer was the starting point for the Shiner 99 I previously reviewed. At first I thought it was the exact same beer but there are subtle qualities that break them apart. The alcohol content is is probably somewhere around 5 – 5.5%, but I couldn’t find a definite on that.

Kosmos Reserve is a re-released brew from nearly 100 years ago and I honestly can’t think of any reason why they stopped making it in the first place. Kosmos Spotzel was a master at his craft and this beer is a true example of that. It’s a shame that Shiner doles out it’s best beers in limited runs. It would be a shame to see this beer not get brought back as a permanent addition to Shiner’s other great offerings.

Rating: 5

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Shiner 99

February 2nd, 2009

Shiner 99

This is not my first time to have Shiner 99. I bought a couple six packs when it first came out and still have one unopened as a collectors item. I’m revisiting this beer due to the overwhelming praise my co-workers give it. Shiner 99 is a Munich style helles lager brewed to celebrate the 99 years the little brewery in Shiner has been open. It was brewed in limited quantity for 2008 only. So if you’re reading this and haven’t already tried Shiner 99 you probably don’t have much more time to find a six pack unless Shiner decides to make this a permanent brew like they did with the Shiner 97.

Shiner 99 is a beautiful bright golden beer, with little to no head when poured. The malted hops give it a subtle yet pleasing aroma. There is no hint of bitterness with this beer. The only flavor is the great malted hop taste. There is a slight thickness to it but it’s hardly noticeable when drinking. A clean finish and a mild aftertaste make this a very easy drinking beer. I couldn’t find the exact alcohol content of this beer but it seems quite low. I’m guessing hovering around the 5% alcohol mark. This is surprising due to the thickness.

Overall this is probably the finest beer Shiner has ever made and it would be a shame to not make this a permanent addition to the brewery’s already stellar offerings. The only thing I can ask is that there be a little more hoppiness to give it a more robust flavor, and this is really just nit picking. If you like Shiner 99 or missed it and are looking for something similar, I hate to disappoint you but, there isn’t much in the same league. If you found Shiner 99 a little too mild, I suggest you try Sapporo. It has the same malted hop flavor but is much more bold, alcoholic, and unfortunately, much more bitter.

Rating: 5

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