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July 14, 2013

William Bass’ English Stout Beer Review 7.14.2013

Bass Stout

Bass Stout

TBR Reports on Bass’ English Style Stout
File Date: 7.14.2013

File Name: The San Diego Black & Tan Connection
The Beer: Bass Stout
Type: English Stout
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.2% ABV
Brewer: William Bass & Co’s. (Inbev)
Web Site: www.bass.com
State/Country of Origin: United Kingdom (England)
Brewer Info: The Bass Brewery was founded in 1777 by William Bass in Burton upon Trent, England. The main brand was Bass Pale Ale, once the best selling beer in the UK. Bass became one of the top breweries in the UK, its pale ale was exported throughout the British Empire, the company’s distinctive red triangle becoming the UK’s first registered trademark.

Brewer Brand Hype: The legendary status of Bass is symbolized by its iconic red triangle, recognized as the first registered trademark in the United Kingdom. Bass is the most famous English ale in the world, and has been brewed in Burton, England since 1777. It is a full-flavored ale that is still brewed to an original recipe, using only the finest ingredients and the experience of generations. It is brewed with two strains of yeast to produce a complex, nutty, malty taste with subtle hop undertones, and which has widespread appeal to repertoire drinkers and beer lovers around the world. The brand has had an incredible pedigree for centuries. It has been painted by Manet, fought over by Napoleon, and served on the Titanic. Throughout history, it has inspired greatness. It challenges consumers today to reach for more, to reach for greatness with Bass.
Label: English Style Stout. Brewed by William Bass & Co’s., Baldwinsville, NY. Since 1889 the distinctive
caramel malt of Bass Pale Ale has been at the heart of the pub staple known as the Black & Tan. And now
there’s a perfect stout to top it: introducing Bass Stout. A beer with the robust flavor of roasted barley and black and chocolate malts, and the earthy aroma of England’s legendary Fuggle hops, together they make the worlds most authentic Black & Tan. A precise combination that’s as beautiful to watch as it is to flavor.

The Brewski Review: Bass Stout is one of the main ingredients in a wonderful beverage capull one together but just couldn’t do it this afternoon. Not that this short story has any bearing on this beer, but I do remember my first Black & Tan when I was working in San Diego. Some of the work compadres and myself loosened our ties and went out to a bar after work (which, I couldn’t name now if someone was waving a Woodrow Wilson in my face) where our boss introduced us to this wonderful liquid concoction. I would have to admit that I was surprisingly blown away. Needless to say, it was my new go-to beer when I was out and about. Now-a-days, I don’t drink them very often but when the opportunity presents itself I’m sure to take advantage. I think this Bass, as well as the Pale Ale, has been sitting in my fridge since St. Patrick’s day when I had every intention on pouring one up. It didn’t work out at that time but I’ll get around to it one of these days. And, I’m sure I’ll enjoy every last drop of it. This Bass Stout in itself was pretty darn good. It has a nice roasted malt taste, without being too heavy, and poured with a quickly dissipating head that lingered just long enough to leave a little lace on the sides of the glass. I would definitely drink this again even if it’sot sitting on top of the Pale Ale in the same glass.

Drinkability: Would and will drink again.
Appearance: Black w/ mud colored head.
The Buds: Nice malty taste.
TBR Cap Rating: 4 caps out of 5.

Vintage Bass Promotional Advertisement

Vintage Bass Promotional Advertisement

The Great Bass Beer Pyramids of England.

The Great Bass Beer Pyramids of England.

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.

June 9, 2012

Cave Creek Chili Beer 6.9.2012

Looking for something different. Here it is. Caveat Emptor

Looking for something different. Here it is. Caveat Emptor.

TBR Reviews Cave Creek Chile Beer
File Date: 6.9.2012

File Name: HooHa All You Chili Pepper Fans!
The Beer: Cave Creek Chili Beer
Type: Chili Beer
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.2% ABV
Brewer: Cerveceria Mexicana, S. de R.L. de C.V.
Web Site: None
State/Country of Origin: Mexico
Brewer Info: Scattered F-16 parts, and lizards the size of beagles. All baked to a crisp 130 degrees.The Arizona desert home to 20 million rattlesnakes, It’s the kind of wide open desolation that makes people think twice before shutting off the car. And a place where a cold beer is pretty damned important. For Crazy Ed Chilleen, of Cave Creek, Arizona, (Pop.1328 including coyotes and cattle) beer was much too important to be trusted to outsiders. So, in 1989, he started brewing his own beer. The town was suspicious. And became even more so when an entire brewery arrived in crates at the foot of Black Mountain, along with a German named Arnold. But after the first batch the people began to come around. The beer was good, damn good, So good in fact, the yuppies started driving in from all over The U.S.A.  Something had to be done, So , whenever one of them whined for a “wedge of lime” Ed started putting a hot Serrano chili pepper into the beer instead. Amazingly, about 2 out of ten actually liked the stuff. Surely, thought Ed, the Eighties had come to close. Today the Brewery in Cave Creek is closed but Chili Beer Lives on and is being made in Tecate, Mexico and being distributed worldwide.

(This beer used to be brewed at Black Mountain Brewing Co. in Cave Creek, AZ, but ceased operation in 2008. The beer is now being brewed by Cerveceria Mexicali, S. A. de C.V.)

Brewer Brand Hype: (This beer is not supported very well by the new brewer. It was difficult to find any brand marketing referencing this beer label.)
Label: Premium Lager Beer with a Chili Pepper added.

The Brewski Review: HooHa! I’m not one partial to chile peppers but I thought I’d give this one a try. Definitely not something I could drink more than one bottle. If you have a passion for chili peppers, this one might be for you. I was incredibly surprised as to the extent of the chili flavor. I was expecting some weak, hardly noticable taste and was shocked at how intense the flavor was. Of course, I’m only referring to the CHILI flavor. To me, the beer wasn’t really stellar and the chili overpowered any other flavors you’d expect in a beer. I actually thought this would be a good ingredient for those who like to add both beer and chili peppers to their chili. Kill two birds so to speak. It poured with a large foamy head and was a murky dark golden color.

Drinkability: No so much.
Appearance: Murky dark gold color.
The Buds: Chili-rama.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.5 caps.

Thar she blows..

Thar she blows..

June 6, 2011

EAB’s Tusker Finest Quality Lager 6.6.11

The Tusker label is the highlight of the beer.

The Tusker label is the highlight of the beer.

The Brewski Report Reviews Tusker Finest Quality Lager
File Date: 6.6.2011

File Name: A majestic animal for a unmajestic taste sensation.
The Beer: Tusker Finest Quality Lager
Type: American Adjunct Lager
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.2% ABV
Brewer: East African Breweries Limited
Web Site: http://www.eabl.com/
State/Country of Origin: Kenya
Brewer Info: East African Breweries Ltd is East Africa’s leading branded alcohol beverage business and has an outstanding collection of beer and spirits brands. With breweries, distilleries, support industries and a distribution network across the region, the group’s diversity is an important factor in delivering the highest quality brands to East African consumers and long-term value to East African investors. EABL has an annual turnover of Kshs 35 Billion and it has the largest share of the beer industry in the region. The group employs more than 1,000 people across East Africa. EABL has been awarded the accolade of the “Most Respected Company in East Africa”, five years in a row (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 & 2004) and more recently as 2nd runners up in a survey conducted by Pricewaterhouse Coopers and the Nation Media Group.

tbr-tusker-logoBrewer Brand Hype: George Hurst, a co-founder of Kenya Breweries Ltd, was killed by an elephant during a hunting expedition in 1923. In memory of his tragic death, this famous lager beer that he had helped create was renamed ‘Tusker’. Tusker is brewed from 100% African ingredients that are all locally sourced. The barley is from the Savannah and the Maasai Mara. The spring water is from the Aberdare Mountains. All the yeast is developed locally. The cornstarch is sourced from a local kenyan company. Every grain of sugar is delivered from West Kenya. This means that you feel closely connected to the origins and roots of Tusker. The taste of African spirit can inspire you going forwards, by re-connecting you with your roots. As the old proverb goes, ‘to know where you are going, you must first know where you have come from’. Tusker drinkers see the traditions, beliefs and cultures of their roots as the springboard for inspiration. They are full of optimism; focused on looking forwards, not backwards. Today’s triumphs are born of and inspired by where we have come from – Tusker. Refresh Your Roots.
Label: Tusker Lager has been brewed in East Africa since 1922. Named after the elephant that killed George Hurst, one of the breweries founders. Tusker claims that special heritage of being one of the first beers in East Africa. Over the years, this unique lager has become a part of East Africa’s rich tradition. Tusker is brewed with high quality malt, made from equitorial barley grown at the base of Mt. Kenya, choicest hops and water that spings from the renowned Aberdare mountain ranges. Tusker’s famous crisp, refreshing taste and finest quality has continuously earned Gold Medals in the prestigious International Monde Selection Awards.

The Brewski Review: I had to pull this beer off the shelf. I was shopping with my two year old son and he loves elephants (and dinosaurs – alot) so I wanted to show him the label. That was the end of it. He wouldn’t put the bottle down so I had to buy it. Of course, I was hesitant to let him continue holding it or I’d have to do a taste review by licking the beer off the grocery store floor. When I pulled it out of the fridge, and if you were in my immediate presence, you would have noticed my undeniable taste reaction to this beverage. It was utterly and remarkably blah. True, it was an American Adjunct Lager, but still…..  You could even say that…..gasp….Coors Light is a decent tasting beer compared to this. Again….I was blown away but how untasteful (made that one up) this beer was.

Drinkability: No.
Appearance: Ultra pale golden color.
The Buds: Rather bland.
TBR Cap Rating: 2.75 out of 5 caps.

Interesting Print Ad. I'm sure the Birthers are saying - 'Yup. He sure is.'

Interesting Print Ad. I'm sure the Birthers are saying - 'Yup. He sure is.'

Don't like the beer but like the marketing. Nice, simple eye catching sign.

Don't like the beer but like the marketing. Nice, simple eye catching sign.

Another print ad for Tusker. Clean and Simple.

Another print ad for Tusker. Clean and Simple.

Somebody has some free time on their hands.

Somebody has some free time on their hands.

August 21, 2010

Coors Light Beer Review 8.21.10

The condensation on the bottle looks more flavorful than the contents.

The condensation on the bottle looks more flavorful than the contents.

The Brewski Report Reviews Coors Brewing’s Light Lager.
File Date: 8.21.10

File Name: Wife Discriminates: Makes Husband Do The Heavy Lifting.
The Beer: Coors Light
Type: Light Lager
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.2% ABV
Brewer: Coors Brewing Co. / MillerCoors
Web Site: www.coorslight.com
Country of Origin: CO, USA
Brewer Info: Adolph Coors Company was founded in 1873. Our principal subsidiary is Coors Brewing Company, the nation’s third-largest brewer. Throughout our history, Coors has provided consumers with high-quality malt-beverage products using the finest ingredients available. Coors Light is the the largest selling beer in the country. Coors maintains a long-standing commitment to equal opportunity in employment, promotion and purchasing. The company’s policy is to “recruit, hire, train and promote into all job levels employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, covered-veterans status, sexual orientation or national origin.”  The Coors Golden brewery is the world’s larges on a single site. Free brewery tours are offered daily, except Sundays and holidays.

Inside this room, all of my dreams become realities, and some of my realities become dreams. - Willy Wonka

Inside this room, all of my dreams become realities, and some of my realities become dreams. - Willy Wonka (I'm sure for some that is.)

Brewer Brand Hype: Coors Light, the World’s Most Refreshing Beer, is the fourth best-selling beer in the U.S. Introduced in 1978, Coors Light has been a favorite in delivering the ultimate in cold refreshment for more than 25 years. Coors Light’s unique frost-brewing process locks in a taste as cold as the Rockies. The simple, silver-toned can caught people’s attention and the brew was nicknamed the “Silver Bullet” as sales climbed. Recent Coors Light innovations include the Cold Activated Bottle, Super Cold Draft, the Vented Wide Mouth Can with Frost Brew Liner and a Cold Activated Can.
Label: Nothing worth noting.

The Brewski Review: I was moving junk from my basement to the garage attic today in an effort to make more room in the basement for more junk.  Circular isn’t it? We’re not big consumers which is a good thing. My wife and I don’t think we have much stuff but we tend not to throw much away. While performing this mundane task several times from our air conditioned house to a garage attic that was well over 100 degrees, I thought it was high time I pull open the fridge and treat myself to a cold beverage. Juice boxes. No. Water. No. Coors Light. Okay, I’ll try one. And, might I say, what a dissapointment it was. There wasn’t much ‘beer’ flavor but if you wanted to drink a lot of beer, this choice may rank up at the top. Very watery. Very blah. I can only think that Coors Brewery has been distracted lately and their attention has been turned away from brewing beer. Take a look at the ‘Brewer Info’ above: why would a company integrate their equal opportunity employment policy into their marketing strategy? PR issues? Do they have a discrimination lawsuits on the docket or what? Hopefully this was just a poor pick of venues to eagerly promote their HR policy. My feeling is that Coors should remove the wording. I wouldn’t think this is advancing Coors Light’s marketshare. But, I could be all wrong on this one. Perhaps Coors drinkers are very litigious individuals. 

Drinkability: A guest left some at my house. It was free. Wouldn’t buy any myself.
Appearance: Pale golden color.
The Buds: Minimal taste. Watery. Session beer.
TBR Cap Rating: 2.5 caps out of 5.

Perhaps Atticus Finch is on the case.....

Perhaps Atticus Finch is on the case.....

July 3, 2010

Abita Brewing’s Raspberry Flavored Purple Haze 7.3.10

No Jimi Hendrix or Cannabis Here. Just a Nice Raspberry Beer.

No Jimi Hendrix or Cannabis Here. Just a Nice Raspberry Beer.

The Brewski Report Reviews Abita Brewing’s Purple Haze Raspberry Beer
File Date: 7.3.10

File Name: A Family Fireworks Extravanza Explosion
The Beer: Purple Haze
Type: Fruit/Vegetable Beer
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.2% ABV
Brewer: Abita Brewing Co.
Web Site: www.abita.com
Country of Origin: LA, USA
Brewer Info: Founded in 1986, the Abita Brewing Company is nestled in the piney woods 30 miles north of New Orleans. Our lagers and ales are brewed in small batches, hand-crafted by a team of dedicated workers with only the highest ideals of quality. This pride, along with our brewing process, is what creates our great brews. Abita uses only the finest ingredients – British and North American malted barley, German and American yeast strains, Pacific Northwest hops and the pure artesian water of Abita Springs. In Abita, we are blessed with the purest of water. Drawn from our deep wells, our pristine water is not altered in any way. Abita Beer has no preservatives, additives or stabilizers and is cold filtered. The result is beer that is the finest and freshest tasting as proven by our loyal customers and great chefs of the south who use Abita Beer in their recipes. We’re proud of our brewery and the beers we make. Try Abita Beer today and taste a bit of the South!

purple-haze-label1Brewer Brand Hype: Purple Haze is a crisp, American style wheat beer with a fresh raspberry puree added after filtration. The result leaves a fruity raspberry presentation  in the beer. The premium raspberries provide the lager with a subtle purple coloration and haze, a fruity aroma, acidity and a tartly sweet taste. Each batch is handcrafted using the prisine artesian waters of Abita Springs, Louisiana, resulting in a crisp, refreshing brew. Guided by our principle of “quality before quantity,” Purple Haze is cold filteres and brewed in small batches using no additives or preservatives. Like all of our beers, Purple Haze is prepared with the attention to detail upon which we have built our reputation as one of the countries finest breweries.
Label: Malt beverage with raspberries added. Raspberry Wheat Brew.

The Brewski Review: Unlike the experience I had with the Strawberry Harvest from Abita, Purple Haze was much appreciated improvement in taste. The Raspberry aroma and taste is very noticable and very tasty to my buds. It’s a light summer beer that is crisp and light. The tartly sweet taste may be present but I didn’t detect it when I slugged down my drink. I normally don’t pound my beverages but this time around I was stressed. Our town was putting on a fireworks show and my wife invited two of her sisters and their kids over to watch the extravaganza from our back yard. Along with these ‘adults’ came about a dozen uninvited individuals. Not a big deal right? I can roll with the punches. But what was really disturbing was that no one thought to bring anything other than beer. No chairs, bug spray, beverages (other than beer), etc. Mind you, within this group there were 9 children ranging from 1 1/2 yrs old to approx. 13 years. And, since we weren’t expecting all these individuals to show up, we weren’t prepared to entertain or hydrate them. And don’t get me started on their kids…..Arggg!  No discipline and no respect (Do ya think parental upbringing?). Anyone have experiences like this? Guess I’m old school when it comes to manners. The sad thing out of this whole ordeal is that the underlying comment was that it would be a great location to watch the fireworks next year – implying that they’ll be back. It’s bad enough to come uninvited once. But to grease the tracks for a another uninvited showing really shows some moxie. Maybe next year we’ll go out of town (which, I’m sure, won’t stop them from coming over to our house and trashing it.)

Drinkability: Yes. Would drink this one again.
Appearance: Deep gold color. Slightly cloudy.
The Buds: Good. Raspberry flavor right out of the bottle.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.75 out of 5.

I'm Sure Hendrix Wasn't Singing About Purple Haze Beer.

I'm Sure Hendrix Wasn't Singing About Purple Haze Beer.

May 23, 2010

Abita’s Strawberry Harvest Lager Beer Review 5.23.10

Abita's Berry Patch Needs To Grow Some Flavor.

Abita's Berry Patch Needs To Grow Some Flavor.

The Brewski Report on Abita’s Strawberry Harvest Beer After A Hard Day Around The Yard
File Date: 5.23.10

File Name: Where’s the Berry?
The Beer: Strawberry Harvest
Type: Fruit/Vegetable Beer
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.2% ABV
Brewer: Abita Brewing
Web Site: www.abita.com
Country of Origin: LA, USA
Brewer Info: Founded in 1986, the Abita Brewing Company is nestled in the piney woods 30 miles north of New Orleans. Our lagers and ales are brewed in small batches, hand-crafted by a team of dedicated workers with only the highest ideals of quality. This pride, along with our brewing process, is what creates our great brews. Abita uses only the finest ingredients – British and North American malted barley, German and American yeast strains, Pacific Northwest hops and the pure artesian water of Abita Springs. In Abita, we are blessed with the purest of water. Drawn from our deep wells, our pristine water is not altered in any way. Abita Beer has no preservatives, additives or stabilizers and is cold filtered. The result is beer that is the finest and freshest tasting as proven by our loyal customers and great chefs of the south who use Abita Beer in their recipes. We’re proud of our brewery and the beers we make. Try Abita Beer today and taste a bit of the South!
 
tbr-abita-insertBrewer Brand Hype: Strawberry Harvest Lager is a wheat beer made with real Louisiana strawberries, picked late in the season when they’re at their sweetest. This brew has earned quite a reputation in a short time, causing the brewery to up their production year after year. When this brew is found, emails and phone calls fly to friends informing them of the store’s location. Strawberry Harvest is a crisp, light lager with just a hint of strawberry sweetness.
Label: Ripe, red Louisiana strawberries are harvested at the peak of the season in the early morning chill.  The secret of the juicy red Ponchatoula berries fills the air as they’re picked and pressed for Abita Strawberry Harvest Lager. The end result is a light, crisp lager with just a hint of strawberry sweetness.

The Brewski Review: Frankly, I was dissapointed with this one.  I had just finished shoveling a ton and a half of river rock out of a pickup and mowing the lawn on a sunny 83 degree day.  All I wanted was to taste a nice beer and relax for a few minutes before embarking on another small project of removing the deer netting I installed on some trees last fall.  The beer was cold and crisp so I guess in this respect it was good (thanks, in part, to my fridge) but I was looking for a nice strawberry taste.  Aside from not tasting strawberry, I couldn’t even smell it.  Now, I did burn the tip of my tongue last weekend in a freak pizza incident (I was hungry and the pizza was, unknowingly, right out of the oven.) so there is a small chance that it dulled my taste buds.  But, hey, I didn’t burn my nose.  I drank another Bud Lime the other night (I was on the road traveling for business again and it sounded good) and I had no problems with my taste or scent capabilities then.  Many people rave about this brew but I think Abita needs to refine this recipe a little and make it more like the beer they market it to be.   

Drinkability: Drinkable.  But not as a ‘Strawberry’ flavored beer.
Appearance: Large, quick foamy head over top of a light golden color.
The Buds: An the good side, cold and crisp.  No strawberry taste.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.0 out of 5 just because it isn’t the beer Abita markets it to be.

Maybe The Bottles Are Placed In The Berry Patch Hoping To Absorb The Taste.

Maybe The Bottles Are Placed In The Berry Patch Hoping To Absorb The Taste.

May 11, 2010

Anheuser-Busch’s Bud Lime Lager Beer Review 5.11.2010

Bud Lime on the Bar Patio

Bud Lime on the Bar Patio

The Brewski Report Reviews Anheuser-Busch’s Bud Light Lime Lager
File Date: 5.11.10

 File Name: Big Brewer Cuts Out Small Produce Middleman 
The Beer: Bud Light Lime
Type: Light Lager
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.2% ABV
Brewer: Anheuser-Busch, Inc.
Web Site: www.anheuser-busch.com
Country of Origin: MO, 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-bud_light_lime-insertBrewer Brand Hype: American-style light lager that combines the superior drinkability of Bud Light with a splash of 100 percent natural lime flavor. Light-bodied brew with a delicate malt sweetness; clean, crisp finish, and the taste of a fresh-squeezed lime for ultimate refreshment. Perfect for summer refreshment, Bud Light Lime offers adults the citrus taste, expected from a fresh squeezed lime, without a trip to the produce aisle.
Label: Premium Light Beer With 100% Natural Lime Flavor.

The Brewski Review: Another road review.  I told the waitress to seat us (a coworker and myself) outside on the restaurant patio. It was a particularly nice day, blue skies and sunny with only a few passing clouds.  The first order of business was to review the beer list straight away.  I ordered a Gumballhead (Three Floyds Brewing Co.) but the waiter came back empty handed and said they were out.  Not too many other choices other than the large, institutional brews with the large media budgets.  So, I selected the lime flavored Bud beer.  How original I thought…..forget about putting the lime in the bottle, just add the lime flavor.  Surprisingly though, I think they actually pull it off quite well with this combination.  The lime citrus flavor was abundant.  Typical with most American Lagers, this was light, crisp and and a quick drinker. I would think the stuffy beer snobs would give this one a thumbs down when it really doesn’t deserve the bad wrap.  AB brewed this to fit a market and I think they were successful in achieving their goal. If you like lime and plan on spending a nice warm day drinking beer and relaxing, this just may be the beer for you.  Have several and it probably won’t fill you up if your eating a platefull of spicy wings, snoozing in the hammock, working in the yard or playing a game of volleyball.

Drinkability: Tasty lime flavor.
Appearance: Golden yellow. Large head dissipates quickly.
The Buds: Crisp and Refreshing for a hot, beer drinking summer day.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.25 out of 5

May 5, 2010

Jacob Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy Beer Review 5.5.10

Shandygaff - Beer Flavored With Ginger or Citrus

Shandygaff - Beer Flavored With Ginger or Citrus

The Brewski Report Reviews Leinie’s Summer Shandy
File Date: 5.5.10

 File Name: America Sends Democrats To Greece To ‘Show ’em How It’s Done’.
The Beer: Summer Shandy
Type: Fruit/Vegetable Beer
Serving: Draft
Stats: 4.2% ABV
Brewer: Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Web Site: www.leinie.com
Country of Origin: WI, 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.

tbr-shandy-canBrewer Brand Hype: Get a taste of the freshest flavor under the sun – Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy. A Shandy is lemonade flavored beer, a European favorite during the warmer months. And the light, crisp flavor makes it a great summer refresher. Each batch is carefully brewed using the finest wheat, malted barley and just a hint of real Wisconsin honey. Then, our brewmasters mix in fresh lemonade and citrus flavors to create an adventurous taste that’s perfect for those lazy days of summer.
Label: Pulled from the tap.

The Brewski Review: I like the flavor of lemon. Lemon bars, lemon cake, lemonade, etc. You get the picture. So, it’s no surprise that I enjoyed this beer immensely. Leinenkugel put minimal effort into naming this beer. It makes for a perfect warm weather beverage. I think it was 83 degrees the day I strolled into the local Buffalo Wild Wings when I drank this fruity beer. I was, of course, traveling on the road. There isn’t much around my hotel so B-Dub’s it was. There was ‘conditioned air’ inside the building (I loathe hot weather) but nonetheless, I beleive this beverage would satisfy anyone, whether hot or not, if they enjoy the taste of lemon. Give it a try. I can imagine that it would be a great beer watch the Greek economy take a header into the toilet while simultaniously pulling your hard earned tax dollars with it through the IMF. As a nation, we’re so priviledged to have such a wonderful collection of elected officials that could really care less what their consitituents want. Just make sure you show them how thankful you are in the next election. And, if you were ignorant enough to vote these crooks into office, there’s no hope for you. So just don’t vote. Move to Greece or some other country that detests America. And, take our elected officials with you – including the big man himself. I’m sure his top boot lickers like Pelosi, Reid & company can ‘show ’em how it’s done’ when spending your way to socialistic prosperity.

Drinkability: Excellent. I love lemon flavor so I enjoyed this beer.
Appearance: Cloudy, pale yellow in color. Minimal head when served.
The Buds: Zesty lemon flavor. A crisp, warm weather refreshment.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.5 caps out of 5.

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