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October 17, 2009

Spaten’s Oktoberfest Ur-Marzen Beer Review 10.17.09

Munich's Spaten Oktoberfest Ur-Marzen Seasonal Beer

Munich's Spaten Oktoberfest Ur-Marzen Seasonal Beer

The Brewski Report Reviews Spaten’s Oktoberfest Ur-Marzen
File Date: 10.17.2009

File Name: Oktoberfest Education
The Beer: Oktoberfest Ur-Marzen
Type: Marzen/Oktoberfest
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.9% ABV 
Brewer: Spaten-Franziskaner-Brau
Country of Origin: Munich, Germany
Brewer Info:  More than 600 years of brewing tradition in the heart of Munich. One of Germany’s most successful breweries, Spaten is deeply rooted in Munich’s venerable beer-brewing tradition, yet it remains modern and dynamic. Spaten has always been at the forefront of progress in brewing. It was at Spaten that Carl Linde developed his first refrigerator, and the Spaten ‘spade’ is one of the oldest trademarks in the world (1884), making the company a pioneer in the history of advertising.

spaten_logoBrewer Brand Hype:  Spaten Oktoberfest Beer, created in 1872, is the world’s first Oktoberfest beer, brewed for the greatest folk festival in the world. Every year, over and over again, countless Oktoberfest visitors share their enthusiasm about this beer.  Taste the Munich flavor.  Spaten Oktoberfest Beer is amber in color. This medium bodied beer has achieved its impeccable taste by balancing the roasted malt flavor with the perfect amount of hops. Having a rich textured palate with an underlying sweetness true to tradition.

The Brewski Review:  Six HUNDRED years of brewing!   For that fact, 600 years of being in business!  Started in 1397, Spaten has been around longer than the United States.  I wonder if they exported their beer to Spain?  If they did, maybe Christopher Columbus had some Spaten beer on board when he hit the Caribean beaches in 1492.  Or, maybe Juan Ponce de Leone stocked his cabin fridge with it when he went looking for a pub crawl on ‘La Florida’ in 1513.  Given the rich brewing history, I guess this would be THE quintissential Oktoberfest to be drinking if this was your favorite type of beer.  Anyway, Oktoberfest refers to certian beers made by brewers in Munich proper.  So, if you purchase an American craft beer named ‘Oktoberfest’ it’s not a true Oktoberfest beer.  I thought Spaten’s Oktoberfest was just, well, okay.    It wasn’t too bitter but it had too much aftertaste for me.  Maybe I’m just not a fan of this type.  I could see myself drinking it again but it’s definitely not on the top of the list.

Drinkability: Lots of roasted malt flavor.
Appearance: Dark Amber in color.  Large foamy head.
The Buds: Okay.  I haven’t been won over by this type of beer just yet.
TBR Cap Rating:  3.75 out of 5

October 14, 2009

Leinenkugel’s Sunset Wheat Draft Beer Review 10.14.09

Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat Draft (photo courtesy of Leinenkugel).

Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat Draft (photo courtesy of Leinenkugel).

The Brewski Report Reviews Leinenkugel’s Sunset Wheat Beer
File Date: 10.14.09

File Name:  Another Draft Wheat Beer For The Expense Report               The Beer: Sunset Wheat
Type: WitBier
Serving: Draft
Stats: 4.9%
Brewer: Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co.
Country of Origin: Wisconsin, USA
Brewer Info:  The Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, the seventh-oldest brewery in the United States, is the oldest business in Chippewa Falls and one of the oldest in the state.  Our commitment and tradition of brewing quality products is matched only by the wants of generations of genuine beer-loving customers.  The origin of the name Wisconsin is Ojibwan.  To the Ojibwa, Wisconsin means gathering of the waters.  It was the waters of the Chippewa River, Duncan Creek and the Big Eddy Springs where Jacob Leinenkugel Found a home for his brewery in 1867.  The Leinenkugel brewing legacy in the United States continues today, more than 140 years and five generations later.

Brewer Brand Hype:  If you’ve ever experienced a Northwoods sunset, you know it’s a moment unlike any other.  So, instead of putting it into words, we captured the Northwoods’ finest moment in every batch of our all-new Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat.  Brewed with select Wheat and Pale malt, Cluster hops and natural coriander, Leinenkugel’s Sunset Wheat has a soothing taste that will leave you speachless.  Silver medal winner of the 2006 Great American Beer Festival and bronze winner of the 2006 World Beer Cup in the Herb & Spice category is like your very own sunset in a bottle.

The Brewski Review:  This one was also on the company dime.  Traveling always makes me thirsty. Again I thought I’d try anther Wheat Beer so I ordered Leinenkugel’s Sunset Wheat.  I actually liked this one better than Blue Moon’s Wheat beer but only marginally.  They were very comparable and if you like one you’ll like the other.  But, extra points for Leinenkugels long history of brewing.

Drinkability:  Creamy texture.  Low bitterness.
Appearance:  Unfiltered.  Cloudy.  Straw to Pale Golden color.
The Buds:  Liked it.  Orange slice as a garnish added a little extra taste.
TBR Cap Rating:  4.25 out of 5 – slightly ahead of Blue Moon’s Belgian White Draft

October 13, 2009

Coors’ Blue Moon Belgian White Draft Beer Review 10.13.09

Blue Moon Belgian White Picture courtesy of Blue Moon

Blue Moon Belgian White Draft (picture courtesy of Blue Moon).

The Brewski Report Reviews Coors’ Blue Moon Belgian White Draft Beer.
File Date: 10.13.09

File Name:  A Draft Witbier On The Company Dime.
The Beer: Belgian White
Type: Witbier
Serving: Draft
Stats: 5.4% ABV
Brewer: Blue Moon Brewery/Coor Brewing Co.
Country of Origin: Colorado, USA
Brewer Info:  We started Blue Moon and began brewing our first beers back in 1995 at the Sandlot in Denver, Colorado.  The goal was to create uniquely-flavored, highly-drinkable, handcrafted beers.  (And, of course, have a little fun along the way.)  Well, it didn’t take long to strike gold.  One of our first creations, Belgian White, made an immediate splash at the World Beer Championships 3 years in a row.  More than a decade later, word has started getting around.  But otherwise, not much has changed.  Still just a bunch of friends having making great beer.  What’s not to love about that?

Brewer Brand Hype:  Unfiltered with more depth of flavor and a unique cloudy appearance.  Best when garnished with a slice of orange to bring out the natural spices and subtle fruit flavors.  Full flavor with a smooth finish.  Light, spicy citrus flavors go great with chicken, seafood and pork.

The Brewski Review:  While on the road for the company, I decided to have a beer with dinner.  There was quite a few selections but I was intrigued by sampling another wheat beer.  So I chose Blue Moon’s Belgian White.  It was served with a slice of orange, which added an extra little taste.  I have to compare it against Hoegaarden’s Witbier which was also excellent.  This was good, but not as good.  Of course, this was also an unfiltered beer – cloudy right out of the tap. 

Drinkability:  Creamy texture.  Low bitterness.
Appearance:  Unfiltered.  Cloudy.  Straw to Pale Golden color. 
The Buds:
  Liked it.  Orange slice as a garnish added a little extra taste.
TBR Cap Rating:  4.0 out of 5.

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