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April 19, 2013

Boddingtons Pub Ale Beer Review 4.19.2013

The pour on this beverage is magnificent to view.

The pour on this beverage is magnificent to view.

TBR Reports on Inbev’s Boddingtons Pub Ale
File Date:  4.19.2013

File Name: Good There Isn’t Good Here
The Beer: Boddingtons Pub Ale
Type: English Pale Ale
Serving: Can
Stats: 4.7% ABV
Brewer: Boddingtons (Inbev UK Limited)
Web Site: http://ab-inbev.co.uk/
State/Country of Origin: England
Brewer Info: Anheuser-Busch InBev is the largest brewer in the world and makes many of the UK’s best-loved drinks. Our size is matched by our ambitions. We have set ourselves the goal, through our people, our products and our work on responsible drinking, community and the environment, of becoming the Best Beer Company in a Better World. Our beers have been popular in the UK for many years and we now employ around 1,400 people at our UK breweries at Magor, Samlesbury and in Mortlake – as well as at our company headquarters in Luton. In the UK we manage and make a wide range of award-winning beers, ales, stouts and cider. They include global flagship brands such as Budweiser, Stella Artois and Beck’s as well as local favourites including Boddingtons and Bass. We have introduced new beers such as Budweiser Brew No.66, Stella Artois Black and Stella Artois Cidre and distribute iconic world beers including Hoegaarden and Leffe.

tbr-boddingtons-logo-insertBrewer Brand Hype: Boddingtons has been enjoyed by beer drinkers in England for more than 200 years, and is well known for its creamy head and smooth body. It is now sold in over 30 countries worldwide and can be drunk on tap in places as far afield as New Zealand and Hong Kong. Boddingtons is a refreshing, smooth beer renowned for its golden colour, full-bodied flavour and malty, moreish taste with smooth, tight creamy head.
Label: Since 1778 when it was first brewed at the Strangeways Brewery in Manchester, Boddingtons has been renowned as a unique, pale-gold ale. In English pubs, Boddingtons is served using the traditional hand pulled method which mixes air with the ale as it pours, producing a distinctive creamy head and smooth body, with little gassiness. Ordinary packaged ale cannot match this quality, but the new DRAUGHTFLOW SYSTEM does. By releasing millions of tiny bubbles when opened, DRAUGHTFLOW cans give creamy head and authentic fresh taste of Boddingtons Pub Ale. The DRAUGHTFLOW SYSTEM employs a small recyclable device which floats in the ale.

The Brewski Review: I think Boddingtons has the DRAUGHTFLOW SYSTEM down to a science. The pour was fantastic to watch: tiny little bubbles made the beer look almost effervescent. At first I thought it was a cloudy, mud color but the head rose up to the top and formed a nice, tight, creamy white head that stuck around to the bitter end. The beer itself was rather tasteless and unmentionable. It wasn’t bad by any means but on the first sip I was rather blown away by the lack of taste – almost watery. Yes it was smooth and creamy. It maintained a nice balance between the hops and malt which minimized the aftertaste. But, would I drink this here in the states? No. Would I drink it while sitting in a pub in England? Maybe. Will I ever travel to the UK to give it a try? Probably not. If I was going to venture overseas, I think Austria would be my first stop for beer. The history of England would be appealing to see, touch and learn, but it’s not tops on my list. Besides, I don’t think I could fathom taking my two young children with us on such a long journey. It’s challenging enough to make it couple miles up the street to the grocery store let along half way around the globe.

Drinkability: Probably not.
Appearance: Nice deep gold and creamy white head.
The Buds: Rather bland.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.5 out of 5 caps

Boddingtons beer girl No. 1. (Note the hyper-toned drinking appendage.)

Boddingtons beer girl No. 1. (Note the hyper-toned drinking appendage.)

Crazy strong Boddintons beer girl No. 2 w/ switchable drinking/arm wrestling muscled up right limb.

Crazy strong Boddintons beer girl No. 2 w/ switchable drinking/arm wrestling muscled up right limb.

April 6, 2013

Shiner Bohemian Black Lager Beer Review 4.6.2013

Shiner goodness in every drop of Bohemian Black Lager.

Shiner goodness in every drop of Bohemian Black Lager.

TBR Reports On Spoetzl’s Bohemian Black Lager
File Date: 4.6.2013

File Name: Fishing For Memories
The Beer: Shiner Bohemian Black Lager
Type: Schwarzbier
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.9% ABV
Brewer: Spoetzl Brewery
Web Site: www.shiner.com
State/Country of Origin: TX, USA
Brewer Info: From its earliest time under the Shiner Brewing Association in 1909, to that fateful day in 1914 when Kosmos Spoetzl saw an opportunity to bring classic Bavarian Brewing traditions to his fellow immigrants, through the “Great Experiment” of Prohibition and and Great Depression, the “Little Brewery” has stuck to what they know best – handcrafting the finest beer.

shiner-black-insertBrewer Brand Hype: Bohemian Black Lager, crafted according to exacting old-world standards with imported Czech Saaz, Styrians Hops and selected roasted malts, is the darkest beer we brew. Initially added to the Shiner family as our 97 Anniversary Brew, the unique and complex flavor of this rare brew found such a following among our customers that we brought it back for good!
Label: This rare and deliscious style beer is referred to in Germany as a ‘Schwarzbier’, or black beer. This handcrafted Bohemian black beauty is brewed with select roasted malts and imported hops. ‘Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark’. Here in Shiner Texas (pop.2,070) we’ve been handcrafting beer since 1909. The passion of our original brewmaster, Kosmos Spoetzl, continues to inspire our efforts today. First brewed to commemorate our 97th anniversary, this Bohemian Black Lager remains true to the old-world heritage of the German and Czech immigrants who settled Shiner. Imported Czech Saaz and Styrian hops, and select roasted malts make this ‘Schwarzbier’ our darkest brew yet. PROSIT!

The Brewski Review: The sky wasn’t as sunny as they predicted. I wanted to give my two kids a nice fishing experience this afternoon but the wind was blowing and the air still had a chill. So much for a nice memorable first time fishing experience. It lasted about 15 minutes tops before the chorus of ‘I want to go home.’ sounded. We were only at my parents house 1/2 mile down the street so thankfully we didn’t have a long trip invested. I didn’t see many other fishermen on the river so figured it was just too unseasonably cold. The sun needs to warm the water a bit more before the fish get more active. Maybe we’ll try again next weekend. I want to expose my kids to as many things as possible. When it warms, we’ll camp in my parents back yard, have a fire, fish and read stories. I’ve got a couple years to plant some memories before they bail for a life of their own. I remember fishing with my grandfather years ago and that still sticks with me. I haven’t fished since then. Life got in the way. When I came home I popped open this Shiner Bohemian Black Lager. It was tasty. Nice chocolate colored, tight laced head and a strong malty aroma filled my nose. It was exceptionally tasty with the roasted malts and a rather sweet flavor. I would suggest you try this one.

Drinkability: Definitely.
Appearance: Almost black with a light muddy colored head.
The Buds: Beautiful roasted malt taste.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Lady fisherman No.1 fellas. Soak it up.

Lady fisherman No.1 fellas.

Lady fisherman No. 2 knocking out the trophy pose.

Lady fisherman No. 2 knocking out the trophy pose.

Lady fisherman No. 3 working those thigh highs.

Lady fisherman No. 3 working those thigh highs.

February 12, 2013

Vintage Beer Girls of Yesterday 2.12.2013

2.12.2013

Yes. They used beer girls to sell beer way back when. The same sales approached that worked then still works now – albeit with skimpier clothes. Take a look at a few of these old vintage promotional pieces. There was bold colors to catch the eye but the beer itself wasn’t a prominent fixture in the ad. I like vintage classic Elvgren pin ups myself.

Acme Beer California IPA

Acme Beer California IPA

Acme Beer Advertisement

Acme Beer Advertisement

Senate Beer Promotional Piece

Senate Beer Promotional Piece

Rheingold Girl modestly attired

Rheingold Girl modestly attired

Classic Gil Elvgren general beer promotional piece. He had to pay the bills somehow.

Classic Gil Elvgren general beer promotional piece. He had to pay the bills somehow.

Another Gil Elvgren promotional piece. This one for A-1 Pilsner beer.

Another Gil Elvgren promotional piece. This one for A-1 Pilsner beer.

Typical Gil Elvgren painting. These probably didn't pay the bills at the time as much as his work for Napa, Coka Cola and others.

Typical Gil Elvgren painting. These probably didn't pay the bills at the time as much as his work for Napa, Coka Cola and others.

October 27, 2012

Salzburger Stiegl Radler Review 10.27.2012

Lemon flavored summertime splendor.

Lemon flavored summertime splendor.

TBR Reports on Salzburger Stiegl Radler
File Date: 10.27.2012

File Name: Carving Pumpkins with a Summertime Shandy
The Beer: Stiegl Radler (Lemon Shandy)
Type: Fruit/Vegetable
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 2.5% ABV
Brewer: Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH
Web Site: www.stiegl.at
State/Country of Origin: Austria
Brewer Info: We have been brewing beer here at our own brewery in Salzburg since 1492, always using the best spring water from the local Untersberg mountain. As the largest privately owned brewery in Austria, we have succeeded as an independent and self-sufficient family business. We wish to continue to produce Austria’s favourite beer, which is why we are dedicated to consistent quality and in turn to the art of brewing at the highest level!

tbr-lemon-insertBrewer Brand Hype: A popular shandy beer in three wonderfully refreshing flavours. Stiegl Radler is half Stiegl Goldbräu and half high quality soda with all-natural flavours. Low in calories and with a low alcohol content they make ideal thirst quenchers.
Label: Salzburger Stiegl Radler. Beer with Lemon Soda Malt Beverage Specialty. Austria’s Largest Private Brewing Company.

The Brewski Review: I think my wife and I may have found out new summer beverage. Right when I opened this one up the aroma of lemons came over me and I knew it would be good. And when I took my first sip….it was love at first gulp. I just had to tell my wife about it and she agreed. ‘I could drink this.’ she said (meaning, as a regular summertime beverage). So, its a real winner in our household. It’s nice and light, very well balanced with just the right amount of lemon. The soda adds a little bubbly to it and makes it taste like a lemon wine cooler. I’m sure beer purists would gasp at that thought but there’s room in this IPA world for a nice, light beverage in everyone’s fridge. And, as I get older, I want to drink what tastes good; not what OTHERS think is a good beer. Now, it’s only 54 degrees outside today and I just came in from carving a couple pumpkins with my kids. This beer was good today and I’ll bet it would be fantastic on a warm spring day or hotter than bille-blue-balls summertime afternoon. Try it today. I think you’ll like what you taste. Oh yeah, they also make raspberry and grapefruit flavor. Neither of which were at the store but it’ll be my mission to track these down next summer.

Drinkability: Oh yeah! Will be buying this again.
Appearance: Pale golden color.
The Buds: Excellent. Nice and light with a little lemon zing.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.75 out of 5 caps

Raspberry, Lemon and Grapefruit Radler Girls.

Raspberry, Lemon and Grapefruit Radler Girls.

July 6, 2012

Mexico’s SOL Cerveza 7.6.2012

The BIG SOL bottle. Enough for you and your wife if she's a willing partner.

The BIG SOL bottle. Enough for you and your wife if she's a willing partner.

TBR Reports On Mexico’s Sol Cerveza
File Date: 7.6.2012

File Name: Sol Stakes A Claim On A New Line Of Perfume
The Beer: Sol
Type: American Adjunct Lager
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.5% ABV
Brewer: Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V (Heineken)
Web Site: www.cuamoc.com/es/content/bienvenido-al-sitio-de-cuauhtemoc-moctezuma
State/Country of Origin: Monterrey (Nuevo Leon), Mexico
Brewer Info: It started in 1944 when Alberto Aldrete took over an old brick building that had been producing vegetable oil since it was built in 1929. Aldrete was operating a small malt factory in Tecate and had been brewing a beer as a sideline for over a year. He named his new brew after the town and it became the first maquiladora in Baja California.  In 1954 the brewery was sold to Cerveceria Cuauhtemoc Moctezuma, a major brewer in Monterrey, Mexico that had been producing Bohemia and Carta Blanca beers. Today, the Cuauhtemoc brewery also produces Superior, Sol and Dos Equis along with the others in several different locations.  Today only Tecate and Carta Blanca are produced in the Tecate Brewery. Carta Blanca is a lighter pilsner beer, and most Baja beerdrinkers feel it doesn’t have the full rich flavor of Tecate.  The Tecate Beer that is exported is of a slightly lesser alcohol content, but that doesn’t make it any less popular north of the border. Tecate has the highest canned beverage sales of any import to the U.S.  The custom of squeezing a lime into Mexican beer began with Tecate beer.  The original brewmaster was of Scottish descent (last name Lorimer), who brought the idea from Great Britain where sailors would be given limes with their daily ration of grog to stave off scurvy (this is where the expression “limey” came from).

sol-logoBrewer Brand Hype: ‘El Salto del Agua’ (The Water Spring) near Mexico City, when a ray of bright sunlight shone through his brew. This event fired his imagination, leading him to name his new beer ‘El Sol’ and the very first ‘Mexican sunshine beer’ was born. In 1912 Cerveceria Moctezuma acquired ‘El Salto del Agua’ and in 1924 the brand name changed from ‘El Sol’ to simple ‘Sol’.

Today the original sunshine and ray designs remain virtually untouched and the proud brewing tradition behind this great brand continues. Sol “The original mexican Sunshine Beer” is a blond Mexican, light, festive and refreshing golden coloured pilsner style beer with a fresh malty, fruity-lemony flavour and a soft, quenching dry finish, serve chilled and drunk in the long neck bottle garnished with a fresh wedge of lime in the neck to accentuate the floral citrusy aroma of the beer. Great with lemony dishes like salads, fish and chicken satay or spicy food like nachos, tacos or Thai dishes or summer barbecues.

The Brewski Review: Large quart container. Great if your sitting on the front porch seat you just pulled out of your beat up pickup truck. As an American Adjunct Lager, it goes down ice cold and rather tasteless. It’s refreshing but not very flavorful. Mine was a little skunked…quoting my wife, ‘That beer does not smell good on you….’ With a clear glass container, I’m sure there were many opportunities to catch a little light inside the bottle and degrade the contents. Even thought I was on vacation and it was a sweltering day – upper 90’s – I didn’t drink it all. Some of that drink went down the drain since my wife had no interest in partaking. Nothing like having your wife say you stink after drinking a beer. Yeah, that’ll make me want to run out and purchase  more of this perfume.

Drinkability: No. Will pass on this one.
Appearance: Light golden yellow in clear container.
The Buds: Cold and a tasteless refreshing.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.0 out of 5.

Sol may not be as tasty as I like my beer.....but they make up for it in brand marketing. Here are a bevy of SOL beer girls for you enjoyment.

Sol may not be as tasty as I like my beer.....but they make up for it in brand marketing. Here are a bevy of SOL beer girls for you enjoyment.

And another SOL beer girl striking a pose on the beach.

And another SOL beer girl striking a pose on the beach.

Yes. These are beer girls too. Excellent brand placement.

Yes. These are beer girls too. Excellent brand placement.

This one seems rather surreal and heavenly.

This one seems rather surreal and heavenly.

February 11, 2012

Chang Beer Review 2.11.2012

Thailand's Chang Beer

Thailand's Chang Beer

The Brewski Report Files One for Chang Beer
File Date: 2.11.12

The Beer: Chang Beer
Type: American Adjunct Lager
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 6.4% ABV
Brewer: Cosmos Brewing Co. Ltd
Web Site: www.changbeer.com/
State/Country of Origin: Thailand
Brewer Info: Chang translates as elephant, an animal renowned for its superior strength and mental capacity. Elephants played a major role in Thailand’s history, taking warriors into battle against invaders as well as being used in royal or religious ceremonies. In particular a white elephant was a venerable creature worthy of use by royalty and all those of noble birth. The two white elephants on the Chang beer logo symbolise happiness, harmony and prosperity and the name Chang itself means elephant in Thai. Chang beer is a combination of Thailand’s plentiful resources creating an authentic Thai beer with international quality and a clear uniqueness. Great care and attention was given to creating the right blend of ingredients that would complement an array of spicy foods. Quick to become one of the leading South-East Asian brands, Chang uses deep well-water to achieve its perfect composition. The deep well water used to brew Chang beer is so pure it is bottled and sold in Thailand as mineral water.

tbr-chang-insertBrewer Brand Hype: Revive exotic passions and rediscover Thai True Balance in your life with Chang Thai Beer. Our genuinely imported, premium Thai beer is synonymous with Thai culture and pride. Chang beer has a sparkling gold appearance and a smooth, crisp taste and is made from the finest quality malt, hops and deep well-water.
Label: Premium Quality.

The Brewski Review: There was a nice balance to Chang. Not too hoppy or malty. It was cold and crisp at the pour and didn’t produce much head. What head did form dissipated rather quickly. I was taken aback at first because the beverage was not clear as I expected but somewhat cloudy in appearance. Nonetheless, it rolled back off my tongue pretty easily. The flavor was sort of shy of tasty – i.e. there wasn’t much. It wasn’t bad, just a little on the bland side. I could see this going down really quickly on a hot summer day. I happened to have been eating sushi when I drank this and the combination was a nice match.

Drinkability: Perhaps.
Appearance: A cloudy light golden color.
The Buds: Cold, crisp and a little bland.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.5 Caps out of 5.

Rather modest attire for 'beer girls' marketing the brand.

Rather modest attire for 'beer girls' marketing the brand.

September 10, 2011

Siren Amber Ale or Devil Girl Beer 9.10.2011

Siren Amber Ale for the devil in all of us.

Siren Amber Ale for the devil in all of us.

TBR Reviews North Peak’s Siren Amber Ale (or, Devil Girl Beer)
File Date: 9.10.2011

File Name: Sirens and Devil Girls Go Head To Head.
The Beer: Siren Amber Ale
Type: American Amber/Red Ale
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.0% ABV
Brewer: North Peak Brewing Co.
Web Site: www.northpeakbeer.com/
State/Country of Origin: MI, USA
Brewer Info: Legends of the north woods all start with a simple story at a single point in time. Our yarn began when the entrepreneurial Carlson, Lobdell and Czaplicka families signed the deed to a deserted candy factory in downtown Traverse City, MI. Within its cavernous brick walls the North Peak Brewing Company was established in 1997, where brews and food of uncommon quality were the focus. As the days passed into years, their passion for brewing grew and led them down paths travelled by other like-minded individuals. The result of this rendezvous of North Peak Brewing Company’s Jon Carlson and Greg Lobdell, and Ron Jeffries of Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales was the spawning of Northern United Brewing Company in 2008. Headquartered in their secret forest hideaway on Old Mission Peninsula, these brewing elders recruited the final full-time member of their clandestine council in August 2009 — brewmaster Mike Hall (who had consulted on numerous other endeavors). Their mission was simple: take the well-respected name of North Peak and build upon it with craft beers of the finest, hand-made quality using ingredients borne of the northern Michigan landscape. This is why North Peak brews whenever possible with Michigan malted-grain, hops and water. Over the next three months, Mike and Ron collaborated on recipes that drew from their nearly 50 years of combined brewing experience. In late 2009, at their new, secluded state-of-the art brewing facility on Old Mission Peninsula, the first bottles of Siren Amber Ale, Diabolical IPA and Majestic American Wheat rolled off the bottling line.
 
tbr-siren-insertBrewer Brand Hype: Its call is intoxicating. An aroma that beckons you to pull up a stool and linger over it’s toasted malt character. Next, a deep kiss of liquid lust that will caress you tongue, thanks to an array of toasty Pale, Crystal (30 and 75) wheat, Carapils and roasted barley malts balanced by the subtle bite of Willamette and Fuggle hops. It’s a brew that will seduce your heart, mind and palette.
Label: Brewed Up North. Traverse City, Michigan, USA

The Brewski Review: Pleasantly suprised by the mild taste. Most of the amber ales that I’ve tried have been higher on the bitterness scale. This is more subdued and for me that means it more appealing to my taste buds. So, it’s well balanced between the malt and hops. Good for those that don’t care for the bitter aftertaste of some brews. On the marketing side, I have to add that I like the label: simple and eye catching with the red and white. The name stems from Greek mythology, the Sirens (Greek singular: Seiren; Greek plural: Seirenes) were three dangerous bird-women, portrayed as seductresses who lured nearby sailors with their enchanting music and voices to shipwreck on the rocky coast of their island. But, for me, the little logo represents more of a little devil girl. Perhaps the beverage should have been named Devil Girl. And, they should have hooked up with the artist COOP (at coopstuff.com) who draws some mighty awsome designs – many of which involve devil girls. If I was still in my single dude-man bachelor days, my house would be decorated in Coop designs. I’m not paid to plug his work, but if you like simple retro looking graphics about girls, cars, robots, etc., check out his Coopstuff website. 

Drinkability: Most definitely.
Appearance: Deep amber color.
The Buds: Refreshingly mild.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.0 caps out of 5.

One of Coop's Devil Girl poster designs.

One of Coop's Devil Girl poster designs.

September 2, 2011

Bitburger Premium and Becoming My Parents 9.2.2011

The Bit in Bitburger stand for Bitter.

The Bit in Bitburger stand for Bitter.

TBR Reviews Bitburger Premium Beer and Turning Into My Parents
File Date: 9.2.2011

 File Name: You Don’t Know What Your Missing
The Beer: Bitburger Premium Beer
Type: German Pilsener
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.8% ABV
Brewer: Bitburger Brauerei
Web Site: www.bitburger.com
State/Country of Origin: Germany
Brewer Info: In 1817 Johann Peter Wallenborn set up a brewery in Bitburg to make top-fermented beer. In 1839 his widow, Anna Katharina, took over the business before her daughter, Elisabeth, married Ludwig Bertrand Simon in 1842 and Simon continued to run the company. In 1871 their 24-year-old son Theobald Simon succeeded his father, investing in the expansion and modernization of the brewery. This included an ice-cooled artificial cellar designed to keep temperatures at the same low level, all the year round, making it possible to brew new bottom-fermented beers. In 1883 Bitburger brewed its first Pils beer. The first Bitburger Export led to activities in nearby Luxembourg, where a representative office was set up in Echternach in 1886.

tbr-bitburger-insertBrewer Brand Hype: Bitburger guarantees premium quality and enjoyment. Drawing on almost 200 years of expertise, the full-bodied, light Bitburger Premium Beer is of course brewed according to the German Purity Law. Its popular, dry-finished, hoppy taste has secured Bitburger Premium Beer its position as Germany’s no. 1 draught beer.
Label: Premium Beer Product of Germany.

The Brewski Review: The BIT in Bitburger may stand for the hefty bitterness  of this hoppy brew in my humble opinion. This one was cold and crisp and ultimately refreshing. Although, it leaves more of an aftertaste than I prefer. Call me a sissy if you will. I’m just not one to seek out really hoppy beverages. Would I drink this one again? Yes. If it was handed to me. Doubt I’d spend money to purchase a six-pack. I tend to favor more balanced flavors. My mother always used to say ‘You don’t know what your missing.’ whenever I turned down a dish at the table (primarily squash – yuck). Yes. I do know what I’m missing. That’s why I don’t eat it. Has anyone else had a mother or father say that? I think it’s ingrained as a parent because now I find myself saying it to my daughter with any food other than chicken dipped in ranch dressing. Drat! I have become my parents. 

Drinkability: Definitely.
Appearance: Golden yellow w/ minimal head.
The Buds: Refreshing but a little on the bitter side.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.75 out of 5 caps.

Using the anonymous girls to sell the brand.

Using the girls to sell the brand.

July 22, 2011

Hacker-Pschorr Hefe Weisse and the Sediment Swirl 7.22.2011

Hacker-Pschorr Weisse is worthy of the swirl.

Hacker-Pschorr Weisse is worthy of the swirl.

The Brewski Report Reviews Hacker-Pschorr Weisse Wheat Beer and the Sediment Swirl.
File Date: 7.22.2011

 File Name: Train your wrist for the sediment swirl.
The Beer: Hacker-Pschorr Hefe Weisse
Type: Hefeweizen
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.5% ABV
Brewer: Hacker-Pschorr Brau Gmbh
Web Site: http://www.hacker-pschorr.de/
State/Country of Origin: Germany
Brewer Info: Hacker-Pschorr – In the tradition of new ideas and old virtues. “On our centuries-old beer tradition we are proud. For us it is a piece of home, a precious commodity that must nurture and preserve it.” One of the great traditional Munich breweries is the Hacker-Pschorr brewery. Since the 15th Century the name “hacker” for pure enjoyment of beer, for the original, the living and lovable in Bavaria. 1417 is already a “Preustatt at Hagkagasse” in Munich is mentioned exactly where you ausschenkt still in the “Old House Hacker” Hacker-Pschorr beers. Almost a hundred years later, on 23 April 1516 Duke Wilhelm adopts IV the Bavarian purity law, and until now the Hacker-Pschorr beers are brewed in strict accordance with this bid. Centuries-old brewing tradition, a great family – Joseph Pschorr the only brewer whose bust in the Hall of Fame is available – to earth and reliability, but is Hacker-Pschorr. “The sky of Bavaria,” promises the loop above the logo. What is it for a true Bavarian heaven? The incomparable landscape, cherished traditions, even in modern times have on hand, the belief in the genuine love of life and of course a honest brewed fresh beer. The beer is of course at a brewery in the foreground, but confidence means for the home and involvement. As a regional brand in southern Bavaria presents itself Hacker-Pschorr, Munich and Upper Bavaria in the country, as the local partner associations – whether sporting or cultural. Here is also the home of typical and unspoilt inns, where you can enjoy a hearty snack Hacker-Pschorr beers. Whether full-bodied and spicy or tangy – fresh and tasty – the Hacker-Pschorr beers have to offer something for every taste exquisite qualities. Each beer has its own “character” and we are proud that it was the traditional brand Hacker-Pschorr Munich brewery as their first specialty in the swing top bottle offers. (Ever use Dictionary.com’s translator? The chopped up version you just read it about as good as it gets.)

tbr-hp-labelBrewer Brand Hype: Genuine old Bavarian wheat beer unfiltered, from 2 / 3 wheat and 1 / 3 barley malt, tangy, refreshing taste typical of top-fermented. When the first taste of beer? True – in the late morning accompanied by a Hacker-Pschorr Weisse unfiltered yeast lees with the typical taste excellent white sausages with sweet mustard and crispy pretzel. Fruity, fine bubbles and refreshing, it can be a well-kept white but also occasionally finds difficult to resist. Serving suggestion: For hearty Bavarian specialties a treat, but also to light dishes such as chicken or fish.
Label: Traditional Wheat

The Brewski Review: Very tastey wheat beer. I think I found a wheat beer that’s a tad bit better than the Hoegaarden Weisse. The flavors pop so much better in your mouth. It super creamy and ultra cloudy like a good wheat beer. As with all wheat beers, remember the swirl the last remaining few ounces of beer in the bottle to loosen the setiment at the bottom. I’m sure you’ll want to drink up as much of this savory liquid that I did.

Drinkability: Excellent. Would definitely drink again.
Appearance: Light amber w/ mucho head.
The Buds: Flavor pop.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.75 out of 5 caps.

Weisse Squad....Vice Squad....get it? I believe the 'cops' should have been in more skimpy attire. This isn't selling the brand to me.

Weisse Squad....Vice Squad....get it? I believe the 'cops' should have been in more skimpy attire. This isn't selling the brand to me.

There is a heaven, and it's located in Germany.

There is a heaven, and it's located in Germany.

June 5, 2011

Baltika No.7 Export Lager Review 6.5.2011

Not sure why the photo turned all funky light yellow like the color of the beer.

Not sure why the photo turned all funky light yellow like the color of the beer.

The Brewski Report Reviews Russia’s Baltika 7 Export Lager
File Date: 6.5.2011

File Name: Tommy mulls his unwise decision to blog.
The Beer: Baltika №7 Export Lager
Type: Dortmunder/Export Lager
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.4%
Brewer: Pivzavod Baltika/Baltic Beverage Holdings (Carlsberg Group)
Web Site: http://eng.baltika.ru/
State/Country of Origin: Russia
Brewer Info: The Baltika factory in St Petersburg was constructed in accordance with a design prepared by the Gipropishcheprom-2 Institute. It was planned as one of the breweries within Lenpivo, the Leningrad Association of the Beer Brewing and Nonalcoholic Beverages Industry. Construction of the new factory began in 1978. The state enterprise Baltika Brewery was formed in 1990 right after completion of the construction work. The first shipment of just 27,000 litres of beer was brought to market in November, 1990. The Baltika brand did not yet exist. Instead the plant produced beer under the widespread trademarks of the time: Zhigulevskoye, Rizhskoye, Admiralteiskoye and Prazdnichnoye. In1992 the enterprise embarked on privatisation. During this process the Company was reorganised into an Open Joint-Stock Company. The shareholders of Baltika at the time were 28 legal entities and more than 2,000 private individuals. At about this time, the idea arose to create a proprietary “Baltika” brand. From the very beginning, Baltika beer was exclusively conceived as a beer of the very highest European quality brewed according to classical technology. In order to fulfill this task, the factory management developed its first investment programme for the reconstruction and development of the enterprise.

Check out the pull top cap.

Check out the pull top cap.

Brewer Brand Hype:
The launch of the Baltika №7 Export brand was timed to the Goodwill Games in St. Petersburg in 1994. Since then the Baltika №7 has steadily been the market leader at the top of the premium segment. The Baltika №7 beer is made from selective malt and rare hops and is distinguished for its special softness and fullness. The “Seven” consumers are open to communication; they value everything that is aimed at development and know that they are capable of achieving more in life. And the Baltika №7 enables them to feel progressive, striving for the best and for new achievements.
Label: Brewed in Russia

The Brewski Review: I pulled this beer off the shelf and didn’t even know it was Russian. Not that it would have made me change my mind about purchasing it; I’m an equal opportunity beer drinker. Give me a beer and I’ll try it at least once. I’m always eager to try a different beer in the hopes that I’ll eventually find a good, solid, core group of favorites. I grew up on ‘Bud Light’ but have learned that it’s worth trying something new. I think my wife appreciates my experimentation. I’ve turned her on to some new flavors. Is it worth it to write a post about each one? I could just as easily develope an Excel spreadsheet to track them all. So, I’m still mulling that one over in my head. With limited time and resources it’s definitely not a wise choice. But, at the very least, if I can turn someone one to a new type or brand (without being a total beer snob in the process) I’ve made someone happy. Take this beer here? It was pretty good. It was rather mild, favorful and wasn’t too bitter. It went down more like an American Adjunct Lager but with more substance and taste. Give one a try. It could be a winner for you.

Drinkability: Very much so. Could drink a six.
Appearance: Good. Light
The Buds: Tasty. Good flavor.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.25 caps out of 5.

Is it me, or is the Baltika beer girl ...um..... not so easy on the eye?

Beauty really is in the eye of the beholder.

The new Baltika beer girl in training.

The new Baltika beer girl in training.

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