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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April 20th, 2009

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Calling all beer enthusiasts! I’m looking to add one or two more reviewers to 98Bottles. I am ideally looking for someone who can write at least one review per month of 200 – 500 words. This is not a paid position and you must provide your own beer to review.  You can review any beer you like.  It doesn’t have to be exotic or hard to find. You may be asking yourself, “What’s in it for me?” Well you get to share your love of beer with the world and you get a really cool custom 98Bottles.net e-mail address. Really, that’s it. If you are interested in writing for 98Bottles please submit a sample review of a beer.

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Anglers Pale Ale

April 19th, 2009

Anglers Pale Ale

My brew for this week comes from the Uinta Brewing Company in Utah. There is a large fish on the front and it is billed as a brew for the outdoor enthusiast, and by outdoor enthusiast I’m guessing they mean fisherman.

Anglers Pale ale is quite dark for a pale ale with a mild, amber, orange color. You can pick up on the hops, in the aroma, but they are way overshadowed by the very bright citrus smell. It kinda reminds me of lemon scented Joy dish detergent, and that’s not a good thing. There is a very heavy lemon taste to this beer as well, oh and that smell of lemon scented Joy is back but this time you’re drinking it. Still, not a good thing. The only other flavor I can get other than lemon scented Joy is bitter. It’s not overly bitter but it just doesn’t go well with Joy dish detergent, not that I can think of anything that would go well with it. It is 5.8% alcohol, so it’s not too heavy and easy to drink.

I don’t know, maybe I’m just not outdoorsie enough for this beer. Maybe if I sat on a boat all day and drank this it would appeal to me. There are just too many things wrong with this beer. I have no problem with citrus beers. In fact during the summer months I actually prefer them. But the bland beer taste that is masked by dish soap just doesn’t do it. I’m not saying you can’t drink it. I just wouldn’t

Rating: 2

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EKU 28

April 13th, 2009

EKU 28

EKU 28 is a German brew, and that’s about all I can tell you about it’s origin. Everything on the bottle is in German. I could not be lazy and look it up but, eh. What is in English however is quite disturbing. It was given a 4 star rating and called a “World Classic” by Michael Jackson. I can only hope that it isn’t the Michael Jackson I’m thinking of.

Right off you notice this is a very thick beer with an unusual orange tinge to it that forms a mild head when poured. It has a very dense heavy smell of fruits and hops. The first drink almost took my breath away. The alcohol content is so high this beer is more akin to wine than beer. It is definitely more of a sipping beer. It has a heavy, thick, sweet taste almost like a sherry or port wine. With all that alcohol content there is a slight bit of bitterness but it’s very mild and goes quite well to balance out the overall flavor. You get a warming sensation through your body when drinking it which is obviously due to the 11% alcohol content. This is by far the most alcoholic beer I’ve ever had.

I was anxious to try this beer just due to the alcohol content. It is not a beer you’d have two of in the same sitting and is aimed as a dessert beer to be enjoyed after a meal or in the winter evenings. You could easily sub this beer for a glass of wine, or hell, split it with a friend, it’s that potent. It’s a little too sweet for my taste but I can see what they were going for and they have succeeded. This is a very unique beer and I’m sure I will not run across another like it for a very long time. On a side note, I hope this isn’t the beer Michael Jackson was using to get little boys drunk. Wait, did I say that?

Rating: 4

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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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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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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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3 Star, Beer Reviews