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July 31, 2015

Brew Kettle’s Summer Soulstice (Rays) 7.31.2015

Summer Soulstice (Newly renamed Summer Rays)

Summer Soulstice (Newly renamed Summer Rays)

TBR Reports out on Brew Kettle’s Summer Soulstice (Summer Rays)
File Date: 7.31.2015

File Name: Office Cubes are Killing Me
The Beer: Summer Soulstice
Type: Belgian Style Wit Bier
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.3% ABV
Brewer: The Brew Kettle Production Co.
Web Site: www.thebrewkettle.com
State/Country of Origin: Strongsville, OH, USA
Brewer Info: TBK Production Works, The Brew Kettle Taproom &Smokehouse’s production side of the business, began it’s operations in 1995 as Ringneck Brewing Co. with a small 3 barrel brewhouse.From that humble beginning, we have been committed to producing ales and lagers of superb quality and character. The brewery has expanded twice since then increasing to a 12 barrels system in 2003 and most recently to a 20 barrel system in the spring of 2008.With this increase in production, Look for our hand crafted beers on draft and in retail establishments throughout Ohio and Kentucky.

Summer-Rays-6-packBrewer Brand Hype: Our take on a Belgian style unfiltered wheat ale brewed with raw wheat and flaked oats and spiced with coriander and orange & lemon peel.

Label: Summer Soulstice. Ale brewed with spices. Belgian Style Wit. Out take on a Belgian classic. This unfiltered wheat ale is brewed with flaked wheat & flaked oats and spiced with coriander, orange peel and lemon peel.

The Brewski Review: I’ve had this in my fridge for so long I think the brewer changed the name from Summer Soulstice to Summer Rays.Nonetheless, it was worth pulling out just the same and giving it a try. It was tastey and would definitely drink it again. The color was a very pale golden yellow, poured with minimal head and contained hints of spice. It was chilled nicely when I cracked it open on a hot summer day – probably the best time to drink a Wit Bier. (Then again, is there really a bad time to drink any kind of beer?) You haven’t seem many posts from me this year. I was finally able to upgrade my career and leave the nutcracker of a job behind me and pick up a suitable position with a large company that’s only about 7 minutes down the road. Needless to say, I’ve been busy getting acclimated to my new surroundings. The facility is a nice, quick little drive through a metropark along a river. How many people can say they see Egrets, deer, Blue Heron and other assorted wildlife within view or crossing the road on their way to work? Probably not many. Early indications are that the new job was going to be great until my boss was demoted about 3 months into my stint. He was one of the primary reasons I accepted the position but, apparently, he wasn’t righting the ship fast enough for the corporate folks. A new fella has yet to be found so we’ll see how this progresses. I’ll keep you informed.

Drinkability: Would drink again.
Appearance: Very pale golden color. Minimal head.
The Buds: Nice flavor with just a hint of spice.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.0 out of 5.

May 1, 2014

Circus Boy American Pale Wheat Ale Beer Review 5.1.2014

Why the name Circus Boy?

Why the name Circus Boy?

TBR Reports on Magic Hat’s Circus Boy Hefeweizen
File Date: 5.1.2014

File Name: Seasonal Misfire
The Beer: Circus Boy
Type: American Pale Wheat Ale
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.5% ABV
Brewer: Magic Hat Brewing/North American Breweries
Web Site: www.magichat.net/
State/Country of Origin: VT, USA
Brewer Info: North American Breweries, one of the largest and fastest growing American-owned beer companies in the United States, owns and operates four U.S. breweries and six retail locations in New York, Vermont, California, Oregon and Washington.  The company was formed in 2009 and is headquartered in Rochester, NY – which is also home to the Genesee Brewery. Since 1878, the Genesee Brewery has brewed and sold the historic line of Genesee beers. Today that brewery also makes Dundee Ales and Lagers, the Original Honey Brown Lager, Seagram’s Escapes and many other beers under contract from other companies. We brew one of the company’s most popular craft beer brands – Magic Hat – from our Vermont brewery.  Our west coast brewing teams handcraft the ward-winning Pyramid and MacTarnahan’s craft beers.  NAB also owns and markets strong import brands including its flagship beer Labatt Blue and Labatt Blue Light, which maintain strong market share among the Great Lakes region and beyond.

Brewer Brand Hype: A unique and refreshing American-style Hefeweizen brewed with lemongrass.
Label: Circus Boy. The Hefeweizen. 3/4 Pint of beer brewed with lemongrass. Performance in every bottle.
The ancient ritual of brewing a distinctly rich and flavorful beer is a performance to behold. Our
mysterious melange of time-honored ingredients harmonize with chaotic chemistry, humble patience
and blind faith to create this unique beer to share in the rousing company of kindred spirits. Cheers!

The Brewski Review: It’s a cold spring day and it’s just the way I like it. It’s seems that as I get older the spring and fall seasons fade away and we’re left with only winter and summer. It seems it’s either 30 degrees or 90. It’s my perception but it sure does fee like it.  This beer probably would have went down so much better had it been warm and sunny but that didn’t detract from it’s overall taste. It’s definitely a American-ish Hefeweizen with just the right amount of bitterness. I really couldn’t discern the ‘lemongrass’ flavor but it adds to the panache of the brand (the yellow label is an eye grabber…). Overall, it’s a tolorable brew that I’d drink again. I doubt I’d purchase a six pack though.

Drinkability: Sure.
Appearance: Nice pale golden color.
The Buds: Right amount of bitterness.
TBR Cap Rating: 4 caps out of 5.

In our effort to be educational, I've attached this nifty rundown for uses of Lemongrass. Who would have known?

In our effort to be educational, I’ve attached this nifty rundown for uses of Lemongrass. Who would have known?

July 6, 2013

Spoetzl Brewery’s Shiner Blonde Pale Lager Beer Review 7.6.2013

Shiner Blonde from Spoetzl Brewery.

Shiner Blonde from Spoetzl Brewery.

TBR Reports on Spoetzl’s Shiner Blonde Pale Lager Beer
File Date: 7.6.2013

File Name: Drink For Yourself
The Beer: Shiner Blonde
Type: American Pale Lager
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.4% 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.

Brewer Brand Hype: A true golden lager with a golden heritage of natural brewing.
Label: Shiner’s Own Classic Style Golden Lager. The local favorite. For over a century, we’ve been brewing this Bohemian-style golden lager at our small brewery right here in Shiner, TX (pop. 2,070). And for just as long, it’s been a local favorite. Folks around here have always loved the blend of European and American hops that makes this blonde slightly sweet and full of flavor. We hope you enjoy it as much as our locals do. PROSIT!

The Brewski Review: Another fourth has come and gone. The fireworks were good and the margaritas were cold. I drank three and felt like falling asleep on blanket waiting for the festivities to start. We were lucky with the weather as well. It feels as though it’s been raining non-stop for about the last month. It must be global warming. If it’s too cold it’s global warming. Too hot? Again, global warming. Too much snow or rain. Global warming. I like the ‘scientific’ analysis of the weather conditions the Greenies like to tout – ALL weather related anomalies are attributed to global warming. They cover all the bases so no one can refute the ‘facts’. Then, it’s really sad when everything else is politicized as being caused by global warming such as Hurricane Sandy, the Oklahoma City tornado, forest fires in Colorado and the list goes on. I fear for the world my kids will inherit – like the movie Idiocracy – where everyone is dumbed down due to years of believing what the news media, movie stars, sports figures and politicians tell them. AND, that’s why you shouldn’t believe everything I say or any of the large industrial brewers with their multi-billion dollar ad campaigns – go out and buy some of these beers yourself and give ’em a try. Educate yourself so you can make informed decisions and exercise your freedom of choice. I think the first place to start is a Spoetzl sampler 12 pack. You can’t go wrong with this one including the Shiner Blonde I cracked open today. This mild pale lager is slightly on the sweet side and pours a pale golden color. The head was minimal and what did form didn’t stick around all but a couple minutes. It’s definitely worth a try especially on a nice warm day where it would go down very nicely. Not the downpour I’m witnessing outside my window as I type this.

Drinkability: Sure.
Appearance: Pale golden color.
The Buds: Slightly on the sweet side.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.0 Caps out of 5.

I must visit this town one day. Spoetzl has put out quite a few beers I've come to like.

I must visit this town one day. Spoetzl has put out quite a few beers I’ve come to like.

May 6, 2013

Spoetzl’s Ruby Redbird Summer Seasonal Beer Review 5.6.2013

TX Grapefruit. TX Brewed. TX Proud.

TX Grapefruit. TX Brewed. TX Proud.

TBR Reports on Spoetzel’s Ruby Redbird Summer Seasonal
File Date: 5.6.2013

File Name: Drink the beer first. Then mow the lawn.
The Beer: Ruby Redbird
Type: Fruit/Vegetable
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.2%
Brewer: Spoetzel 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.

tbr-ruby-redbird-insertBrewer Brand Hype: Shiner Ruby Redbird is brewed with genuine Texas Ruby Red Grapefruit, the signature sweet citrus of the Rio Grande Valley, and ginger. This lager beer features grapefruit tartness and finishes with a ‘lil kick of ginger. With Texas Ruby Red Grapefruit and ginger, Shiner Ruby Redbird is sure to be a crisp and refreshing summer beer. Shiner Ruby Redbird is now available in cans, too.
Label: Summer Seasonal. Beer brewed with Texas red ruby grapefruit juice and with ginger and natural flavor added. Grapefruit – Sweet citrus of teh Rio Grande Valley. Ginger – all natural tropical spice. Serve Ice Cold on Hot Days. This crisp, refreshing summer seasonal is brewed with Texas Ruby Red grapefruit juice, the signature citrus of the Rio Grande Valley. Tartness from the grapefruit juice and a delightful kick from ginger combine for a taste that’s perfect for hot summer days. It’s deep gold color and full body come from pure Munich malt and Mt. Hood, Citra and Cascade hops balance the flavor well.

The Brewski Review: I love Rube Red Grapefruit. It’s one of my favorite fruits. So, it was no surprise that when I saw Spoetzel Brewery’s version I grabbed a couple off the shelf. Up to this point, I don’t recall being disappointed by any beer brewed in this Texas hotspot and this is no exception. Although it wasn’t as grapefruit tasting as I’d like it was still exceptional. Slightly on the sweet side, a dark golden color and a nice, tight creamy white foamy head to top it off makes it a good choice for a hot day. Technically not summer, I came home from work today realizing we’d be having Cinco de Mayo leftovers so I made a point of reaching into the fridge to pull this beverage out. If I couldn’t get it out before dinner I doubt I would have pulled it out at all. There seems to be limited opportunities to get things done. Take, for example, my hard work outside yesterday: it was a georgous day and while I was working I thought how great it would be to drink a beer. I also realize that if I stopped doing what I was doing to go inside the house for a beer (I haven’t stocked the garage fridge yet), that much less would get done. So I keep working and think about having one afterward. Well, that didn’t happen. Even though I have a beer blog I probably drink a heck of alot less than you may think. As I stated in my Mission Statement (or, the  ‘About’ page for those not in the know) I’m only doing this to find the beers I enjoy drinking; not to enrich myself with huge brewery endorsements (none yet, but open to offers) and to set the world on fire with my alcoholic pontifications.

Drinkability: Sure. Would drink this again.
Appearance: Dark golden color.
The Buds: No overpowering grapefruit flavor.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.0 out of 5.

Love this promotional piece. Reminds me of a vintage ad.

Love this promotional piece. Reminds me of a vintage ad.

February 10, 2013

Frankenmuth’s Winter Bock Beer Review 2.10.2013

Frankenmuth's Winter Bock Lager

Frankenmuth's Winter Bock Lager

TBR Reports on Frankenmuth’s Winter Bock Lager
File Date: 2.10.2013

File Name:F The Day of Zombies
The Beer: Winter Bock Lager
Type: Bock
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 7.0% ABV
Brewer: Frankenmuth Brewery
Web Site: www.frankenmuthbrewery.com
State/Country of Origin: MI, USA
Brewer Info: Frankenmuth’s founding fathers brought the tradition of brewing to the mid-Michigan forests in 1845. John Matthias Falliers founded Frankenmuth’ first brewery in 1857. Cousins William Knaust and Martin Heubisch opened the Cass River Brewery just north of the Fallier property in 1862, where the Frankenmuth Brewery continues to stand today. The Cass River Brewery was purchases by Johann Geyer in 1874 and renamed Geyer’s Brothers Brewing Co. For the next 112 years, the facility operated under many names including the Frankenmuth Brewing Co.

tbr-winter-bock-insertBrewer Brand Hype: Winter Bock Lager- A Deep mahogany colored lager beer complete with a tan head. Very rich in character demonstrated in a sweet, malty flavor, a full body, and chocolate and caramel notes. Winter is the perfect time to snuggle up with this warm, smooth beer.
Label: Frankenmuth Winter Bock is rich in character with a deep mahogany color complete with a tan head. This traditional German Style lager is malty sweet, full bodied with notes of chocolate and caramel to warm you up from the crisp winter air.

The Brewski Review: When is not a better time to be indoors, than in the winter drinking a nice bock beer and watching zombie shows. The Walking Dead was playing reruns all day long today. AND, the wife took the kids to her sisters house. Why not take advantage of this? The Dead marathon was a precursor to the season premire tonight at 9pm. Can’t wait. The reason I like the thought of a world overrun by zombies is that it levels the playing field. That high flying, ego driven CEO would be down in the trenches with the guy who actually dug the trench. No amount of money would serve you well at this point because money would have no value. It’s those that prepare for such adversities that would come out on top. Of course, I’m no where near being prepared for anything. We have enough food and water to last about a week. I’ve been meaning to get around to purchasing more foodstuffs but it always takes a back seat to every other bill that shows up in the mail. But in reality, it wouldn’t be zombies. It’ll be a major power outage, severe winter storm, financial collapse, solar flare or any other Doomsday Prepper reason for stockpiling goods. I don’t think these people are kooks. I think everyone should have enough to get them by at least a couple weeks should some life threatening adversity befall them. The government can’t be there for everyone all at once.

Drinkability: Excellent. Would drink again
Appearance: Deep mahogany color
The Buds: Nice malty taste
TBR Cap Rating: 4.0 out of 5 caps

Frankenmuth's fleet of delivery trucks in years past.

Frankenmuth's fleet of delivery trucks in years past. 'A Dog Gone Good Beer'

Vintage Frankenmuth Bock Beer can for all the can collectors (are there any left?).

Vintage Frankenmuth Bock Beer can for all the can collectors (are there any left?).

October 14, 2012

Rivertown’s Pumpkin Ale Beer Review 10.14.2012

Rivertown's Pumpkin Ale Beer with Maximum Head

Rivertown's Pumpkin Ale Beer with Maximum Head

TBR Reports on Rivertown’s Pumpkin Ale
File Date: 10.14.2012

File Name: A Fall Barn Door Folly
The Beer: Pumpkin Ale
Type: Pumpkin Ale
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.0% ABV
Brewer: Rivertown Brewing Co.
Web Site: rivertownbrewery.com
State/Country of Origin: OH, USA
Brewer Info: Welcome to the Rivertown Brewing Company. We specialize in brewing traditional Handcrafted Lagers and Ales, using only the finest and freshest ingredients available. Be sure to visit us at the brewery in our all new Tap Room! (Wasn’t much info in the way of brewery origin.)

tbr-rt-pumpkin-insertBrewer Brand Hype: Our Pumpkin Ale is a spice infused ale, using dark sugars, real pumpkin, and fresh ground spices. This is how we do pumpkin pie! Best served at 55ºF in a wide pub glass.
Label: Rivertown Brewing Co. Ale brewed with pumpkin, molasses and cinnamon with spices added. Hand crafted in small batches.

The Brewski Review: It was a strange fall day….warm and humid with isolated rain showers. I was working out in the garage after the wife took the kids to her sister’s house. It’s hard to believe but I was sweating out there trying to hang a barn door track inside my garage for the tool room. The door is approx. 11 feet long and just a smidge over 7′. It was a bear to get it together by myself. To install the 22′ of barn door track, I pulled out a new laser level I purchased 3 years ago and never had the opportunity to use. (That’s a pretty slick tool once you get it set up.) Finally, I just had to call it quits. Time to go inside and pay bills. (First, I had to watch  the last couple episodes of Breaking Bad on my DVR. (Loved it!) Then, I pulled out a nice fall pumpkin beer. This go ’round was Rivertown’s Pumpkin Ale. It had a nice aroma at the pour and a nice full head. The taste was rather spicy with a hint of molasses. It was a nice flavor but it didn’t remind me of a pumpkin pie. Overall though, it was tasty and worthy of a nice fall afternoon fire outside.

Drinkability: Would drink it again.
Appearance: Nice amber color.
The Buds: Spicy flavors abound.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.0 out of 5 caps.

September 2, 2012

Blue Dawg’s Wild Blue Blueberry Beer 9.2.2012

Check out the color on this brew. Looks like grape juice.

Check out the color on this brew. Looks like grape juice.

TBR Reports on Wild Blue Right Off The Vine
File Date: 9.2.2012

File Name: My ESP Hones In On The Blueberry
The Beer: Wild Blue
Type: Fruit/Vegetable
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 8.0% ABV
Brewer: Blue Dawg Brewing/Anheuser-Busch, Inc.
Web Site: www.wildbluelager.com
State/Country of Origin: NY, USA
Brewer Info: Anheuser-Busch traces its origins back to the Bavarian brewery, which was established in 1852. Eberhard Anheuser acquired the Bavarian brewery in 1860 and renamed it E. Anheuser & Co. In 1864, his son-in-law, Adolphus Busch, joined the company that would later become Anheuser-Busch. While the company’s early years were demanding, Adolphus Busch proved up to the challenge. His keen vision, bold initiative, marketing savvy and passionate commitment to quality were his legacy to those who followed, and the high standards he established have been adhered to by each succeeding generation. Today, Anheuser-Busch produces the two best-selling beers in the world, Budweiser and Bud Light, and operates 12 breweries in the United States.

tbr-wild-blue-insertBrewer Brand Hype: Wild Blue is a blueberry lager that fuses the juice of nature’s perfect fruit – blueberries – with premium American and German hops, two row and six-row barley malt and cereal grains. Wild Blue has a full taste with a pleasant blueberry aroma and flavor, and contains 8 percent alcohol by volume (ABV). Its fun, irreverent spirit is conveyed in every aspect of the beer, from the bottle label that features a bulldog kicking a blueberry to its full-bodied taste. Wild Blue is the perfect drink for adults who are thirsting for something new and will be available in sleek 12-ounce amber glass bottles. Please remember to always enjoy responsibly.
Label: Wild Blue. Premium Blueberry Lager. Premium Lager With Natural Flavors And Color From Juice.

The Brewski Review: I must have ESP. Before I poured this beer I was thinking it should be blue. Although not blue, there is definitely COLOR. A deep grape juice color would be the best way for me to describe it. The quick foamy head was also highly tinted and quite unique. It almost makes me think I’m drinking one of my wife’s Seagram’s Raspberry Lemonade coolers. The taste at first was blueberry then it settled in as a blueberry pancake aftertaste. Again, if your gonna go fruit, have the beer TASTE like the fruit your marketing. This one doesn’t dissapoint. It went down nice and smooth on this muggy Labor Day Weekend. Since it’s my first blueberry beer, I’m hesitant to say this one was a home run. There may be others out there that are even better! Oh, and back to that ESP thingy….this could really work to my favor. I could sense the best tasting beers on the shelf before I picked them. Then, I could work my way down from the perfect beers to the mediocre (I’d skip the below average beers) starting with all the 5 Cap beers. You know….cut to the chase so to speak.

Drinkability: Definitely
Appearance: Grape juice color
The Buds: Great if you like blueberry.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.0 out of 5 caps.

February 8, 2012

Great Divide’s Nomad Pilsener 2.8.2012

It's the beer with the camel on it.

It's the beer with the camel on it.

TBR Reports: Great Divide’s Nomad Pilsner
File Date: 2.8.2012

The Beer: Nomad Pilsner
Type: Czech Pilsener
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.4% ABV
Brewer: Great Divide Brewing Co.
Web Site: www.greatdivide.com
State/Country of Origin: CO, USA
Brewer Info: In 1994, Colorado’s craft beer scene scarcely existed, but Brian Dunn recognized Denver’s potential to be a great beer city. Combining his business background with his passion for beer, which was developed through his international travels and his experience as a homebrewer, he decided to start a brewery. He set up shop in an abandoned dairy-processing plant at the edge of downtown Denver and began brewing the beers that would eventually carry Great Divide Brewing Company to its status as one of America’s most decorated microbreweries and would help transform Denver into an international destination for beer lovers.

tbr-nomad-insertBrewer Brand Hype: Nomad is our spin on the classic Bohemian Pilsner style. The journey starts with German malts and Saaz hops that offer a lively floral nose and crispness, while a full 5 weeks of lagering time ensures that Nomad is eminently balanced. This Nomad may wander, but it’s got some serious roots.
Label: Same as ‘Brewer Brand Hype’ noted above with: Suggested Food Pairings – pan seared trout, grilled pork tenderloin with rosemary, Avalanche Cheese Co. Robiolo (Colorado), crispy Brussels sprouts, salted caramel ice cream.

The Brewski Review: As with other pilsners, this one is golden yellow, clear and crisp. It has a light feel to it in your mouth and it’s noted as well balanced but, to me, it’s seems more hoppy than ’eminently balanced’. It poured with minimal head that dissipated rather quickly. I like the label also. The red, yellow and black really pop to your attention. Also, my son loves animals so seeing the camel reminds me of him.

Drinkability: Sure, on a nice hot day.
Appearance: Clear, golden yellow.
The Buds: On the hoppy side of balanced.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.0 out of 5.

November 20, 2011

Leffe Blonde Beer Review 11.20.11

Golden delight of Leffe Blonde

Golden delight of Leffe Blonde

TBR Reviews: Leffe Blonde Belgian Style Pale Ale
File Date: 11.20.2011

The Beer: Leffe Blonde
Type: Belgian Pale Ale
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 6.6% ABV
Brewer: Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
Web Site: www.leffe.com/en
State/Country of Origin: Belgium
Brewer Info: The Leffe Brewery is located on the right bank of the Meuse River, about 1 kilometer south of the town of Dinant. In 1152, the Premonstratensian Fathers founded the Notre-Dame Abbey where the Leffe and Meuse rivers meet. The abbey’s name was changed to Leffe Abbey in 1200. The monks brewed ale made of natural ingredients and based on a recipe that had been passed down from generation to generation. The first reference to the brewery in historical records dates back to 1240.  The brewery was being rehabilitated when a new danger appeared: French Republican troops, who arrived with the outbreak of the French Revolution in 1794. For centuries under the old regime, the church had been the country’s largest landowner. The new regime refused to recognize the church’s special status and all of its property was confiscated. In 1796, the Abbey was officially abolished and declared to be the property of the state.  The Abbey had not brewed beer since the French Revolution – when Father Abbot Nys met Albert Lootvoet, a brewer at Overijse, in 1952. The two men decided to revive Leffe Abbey’s illustrious brewing tradition by again brewing beer based on the traditional recipe and processes. The Abbey began to brew Leffe Dark beer in 1952 – and it was an instant success.

tbr-leffe-insertBrewer Brand Hype: Leffe Blond is the flagship of Leffe. The unique recipe is the fruit of centuries of experience in the art of brewing, which brings a broad palette of aromas into balance. It is elegant, smooth and fruity, and it has a spicy aftertaste with with a hint of bitter orange. It’s light, sunny colour is due to the use of pale malt. Leffe Blond contains 6.6% alcohol and fits excellently with a wide variety of dishes. It is best at temperature of 5 to 6 degrees [C]. A thirst – quenching aperitif, for those relaxing moments with friends and family.
Label: Deliciously soft and subtle. Award winning Leffe Blonde is a full-bodied deep golden ale that is surprisingly subtle and delicate. Belgium’s classic abbey ale is best served in its own chalice-shaped glass accumulating the ale’s aroma and creating the perfect head.

The Brewski Review: Nice spicy aftertaste as noted by the brewer. Excellent golden color and pours with a nice foamy head. Rather mild with a little bit of bitterness. Very good brew. It reminds me of a pumpkin flavored beer – with the spices and hint of bitter orange. I liked it. Give one a try.

Drinkability: Yes. Would purchase again.
Appearance: Nice golden color.
The Buds: Nice spicy aftertaste.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.0 out of 5.

The gold foil lends a certain elegant touch doesn't it?

The gold foil lends a certain elegant touch doesn't it?

October 5, 2011

Feel Like A Hipster Drinking Brazil’s Palma Louca Pilsener 10.5.11

Drink in the hipster vibes by downing this brew.

Drink in the hipster vibes by downing this brew.

TBR Reviews Brazil’s Hipster Palma Louca Pilsener
File Date: 10.5.2011

File Name: The Hip Beer for Young and Talented Brazilians.
The Beer: Palma Louca
Type: German Pilsener
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.5% ABV
Brewer: Cervejaria Kaiser (Heineken)
Web Site: http:www.kaiser.com.br/maioridade
State/Country of Origin: Brazil
Brewer Info: Minimal brewer history.

tbr-palma-insertBrewer Brand Hype: Palma Louca is a very refreshing and light beer, brewed by Heineken Brazil with the finest imported malts and hops. It is a beer for the Brazilian style of fun, to be enjoyed by friends on the beach, or at hot nightclubs and lively restaurants.
Palma Louca wants to tell the world about Brazil’s fascinating culture and the love for life and pleasure that Brazilians share. Its website, written by young and talented journalists, shows you the good stuff Brazil has to offer. A high quality brew, produced in the typical Brazilian style of refreshing lagers with full flavor and character. Bottled by Heineken, one of the world’s largest brewing groups, that produces other famous brands such as Heineken, Amstel, Sol, Dos XX, Xingu Black Beer and others.
Label: Escape to Palma Louca. Wild Palm. Cerveja – Pilsen – Beer

The Brewski Review: Palma Louca positions itself as the hipster in the crowd; i.e. ‘written by young and talented journalists’ that play up the culture and life in Brazil. I certainly don’t knock the pride they exhibit for their native land but I think they do their best to use the beer as a means to market ply their journalistic endeavors and showcase the young, urban lifestyle. It’s difficult to find anything worth reading about the beer. The Palma Louca website sheds little light on the brewer itself. Cervejaria Kaiser’s web site doesn’t even mention any information regarding the brewer’s history or Palma Louca beer iteself, but does reference it’s parent company Heineken. Not that all this matters. If you like the beer and want to be a hipster like the image Palma Louce mirrors, then by all means drink up. It’s actually an average beer: a decent summertime thirst quencher that’ll go down cold on a nice hot Brazilian day. I just prefer to learn a little more about the history of the brewery and the beer itself rather than an image an advertising company is pushing.

Drinkability: Would drink again.
Appearance: Straw golden color.
The Buds: Nicely balanced pilsener taste.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.0 out of 5.

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