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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.

March 17, 2012

Leinenkugel’s Chalks Up Another Win With Honey Weiss 3.17.2012

Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss beer straight out of the great state of WI.

Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss beer straight out of the great state of WI.

TBR Reports on Leinenkugel’s Honey Weiss
File Date: 3.17.2012

File Name: I’m No Captain of Industry.
The Beer: Honey Weiss
Type: Kristalweizen
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.9% ABV
Brewer: Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing
Web Site: www.leinie.com
State/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-hw-insertBrewer Brand Hype: Since its introduction in 1995, Honey Weiss has created quite a buzz. Brewed with Red Valley Wheat, Yakima Valley Cluster hops and a touch of real Wisconsin honey. Leinie’s Honey Weiss has a crisp, clean perfectly balanced flavor. Top your Honey Weiss off with a lemon wedge, sit back and enjoy.
Label: Wheat Beer Brewed With Real Wisconsin Honey.

The Brewski Review: Cold, crisp and a hint of sweetness. The color is a pale golden that poured with a nice tight, fast dissolving head. Excellent beer for a warm day outside. Not so much for a cool winter day in the month of March. Of course, I’m a big Leinie fan and this beer doesn’t fail me. I’d recommend you try several of the Leinenkugel brands and see for yourself. They have a slick web site that’s nice to visit as well. The only downside? I’d buy one of their Tee’s, Hoodies or a noggin caps but the prices are a little on the North side of my limits. I’m no captain of industry or a fancy Wall Street type. I’m just a regular Joe trying to make it like everyone else in this world.

Drinkability: Big Leinie fan.
Appearance: Pale golden color
The Buds: Crisp with a hint of sweetness
TBR Cap Rating: 4.25 caps out of 5.

January 1, 2012

Leinie’s Euro Style Dark Lager Beer Review 1.2.12

Yummy creamy goodness in every swig.

Yummy creamy goodness in every swig.

TBR Reports on Leinie’s Creamy Euro Dark Lager
File Date: 1.2.2012

File Name: Could Leinie Be My New Fav Brewer?
The Beer: Creamy Dark
Type: Euro Dark Lager
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.9% ABV
Brewer: Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co. (MillerCoors)
Web Site: www.leinie.com
State/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.

leinie-neonBrewer Brand Hype: Deliciously dark and surprisingly smooth, Creamy Dark is brewed with a rich blend of seven malts for a nutty, crisp flavor. We then age it slowly for its deep, dark color and creamy, easy-drinking taste.
Label: Lager With a Unique Blend of Four Barley Malts, Cluster, Cascade and Mount Hood Hops. Brewed with pride by the
Leinenkugel Family Since 1867. Carefully Brewed by the Leinenkugal Family for Five Generations.

The Brewski Review: Nice malty taste. I anticipated a bit more creamy taste but it didn’t detract from the overall enjoyment of the beer. It poured a dark amber or almost black color with a nice chocolate foam head that didn’t want to stop (I had to sip it down before I could snap a picture – least we not waste nary a drop) and dissapated rather quickly. Nice foamy lace clung to the sides of the glass as it worked it’s way down to the bottom. Overall a good beverage. I’ve yet to not care about any brand that Leinenkugal throws up on the shelf. I’ve enjoyed them all and dare I say it…they may be my most favorite brewer. Good thing my wife surprised me with a 12 pack of Leinenkugel’s Winter Sampler to keep me busy on these unusually mild winter days (which I’m loving by the way). I’ve already reviewed the Fireside Nut Brown (another Euro Dark Lager style) so you’ll just have to pitty me while I drink them down without having to profile poetically to my many readers.

Drinkability: Yes. Would drink again.
Appearance: Dark Amber – almost black.
The Buds: Excellent malty flavor sans the creaminess.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.0 out of 5 caps.

I'm thinking this is my new favorite Brewer. I have yet to taste a beer I didn't like.

I'm thinking this is my new favorite Brewer. I have yet to taste a beer I didn't like.

May 11, 2011

TBR Reviews Stiegl’s Premium Goldbrau 5.11.2011

Take the red steps to flavor: Stigl Goldbrau

Take the red steps to flavor: Stigl Goldbrau

The Brewski Report Reviews Stiegl’s Premium Goldbrau Lager
File Date: 5.11.2011

File Name: Think Mr. Schwarzenegger drinks Austrian beer?
The Beer: Goldbrau Premium Lager
Type: German Pilsener
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.9% ABV
Brewer: Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH
Web Site: www.stiegl.at
State/Country of Origin: Austria
Brewer Info: The path to success leads up ‘The Red Staircase’.The private Salzburg brewery combines tradition and innovation, forming a concept for success that makes Stiegl the strongest beer brand in Austria. The “beer with the red staircase” is an unmistakable symbol in Austria for “the art of brewing at the highest level.” Since 1998, Austria’s leading private brewery has consistently borne the conspicuous and unique brand logo. This means that the symbol of the Stiegl brewery can now be found everywhere, in circulars, TV ads, promotions, on glasses, advertising materials, and even on the furnishings in our house restaurants and shops. Stiegl is the largest private brewery in Austria, and is counted among the most successful companies in the country. The secret of this success: Top quality raw materials and production process, Europe’s most modern brewing technologies, innovative variety of products, motivated employees, commitment to tradition, economic sustainability, down to earth quality and the flexible decision-making structures of a family business.

tbr-red-step-labelBrewer Brand Hype: An elegant, refined beer with a pleasant hop bitterness. Lighter kiln-dried malt gives Stiegl Pilsner a light golden colour. With a marvellous bouquet of the finest Saaz hops, a characteristic bitterness and liveliness, it’s a favourite of beer connoisseurs who love a delicate hop note and fine, aromatic flavour.
Label: Since 1492. Imported Goldbrau Premium Lager Beer. Brewed and bottled by the Stiegl Brewery Salzburg, Austria. Brewed from malts, hops, yeast, mountain spring water according to the “Purity Laws of 1516”.

The Brewski Review: This ranks as one of my favorite beers. The taste was clean, crisp and enjoyable with just the perfect balance with the malt and hops. Not bitter but full of delicious flavor. I highly recommend you give this one a try. I’ll be buying a six pack in the not too distant near future. I’m inclined to say that when my kids are older, and I’m still alive, I’ll be dragging my wife to Austria to travel the country and find all the breweries including Stiegl. So far, Austria brewed beers are winning my battle to find the best tasting beers. I envy all those Austrians…hey, wasn’t Arnold Schwarzenegger from Austria? I wonder what he considers his favorite Austrian beer?

Drinkability: Most definitely.
Appearance: Clear, pale golden yellow.
The Buds: Gotta love the purity law.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.75 caps out of 5.

I like the ad - green against the rich red.

I like the ad - green against the rich red.

Stiegl beer girls servin' it up. Can you handle it?

Stiegl beer girls servin' it up. Can you handle it?

I'm just a chick drinking beer in a field. Paaaartaaay!

I'm just a chick drinking beer in a field. Paaaartaaay!

November 4, 2010

Leinie’s Fireside Nut Brown Beer Review 11.4.10

Leinenkugel's Fireside Nut Brown

Leinenkugel's Fireside Nut Brown

The Brewski Report Reviews Leinenkugel’s Fireside Nut Brown File Date: 11.4.10

File Name: 2010 Election Results
The Beer: Fireside Nut Brown
Type: Euro Dark lager
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.9% ABV
Brewer: Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co.
Web Site: www.leinie.com
Country/State 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-jl-fnb-logoBrewer Brand Hype: The holidays are a time of warmth and good cheer. A time to celebrate traditions old and new. They’re also the perfect time for the comforting roasted malt taste and aroma of Leinie’s Fireside Nut Brown.
Label: The Pride of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin since 1867.

The Brewski Review: I’m sure many of my ‘readers’ are exhausted of all the political discourse of late but I still have something to blather on about. So, I’ll keep it brief. I’m glad the GOP has taken over the House but I don’t think the election was teh proverbial ‘trouncing’ that the media professes it to be. Taking control of the Senate, in addition to the House, would have been better. And, hoisting a few of these notable Democratic incumbants from their perches would have been the piece-de-resistance. It’s difficult to believe that there was still a majority of the constituents in these states/districts that believe these individuals are improving their lives. If you check out the Washington Post Election 2010 results you can check the stats by House/Senete races. I find it a very informative tool. One stat I notice is that the quite a few Democratic winners tend to follow those areas that are party line voters. The Democratic presidential voting in the same districts seem to be large margin victors. What does this tell us? With a broad brush stroke I could say that it will be difficult to change these voters. A large urban area with quite a few job losses over the years will still have residents that vote the same way – each and every time. Maybe they grew up voting Democrate because that’s the way their parents voted? I understand that some people vote by name recognition so that’s good for a liberal incumbent. Many urban areas vote Democratic and yet many of these areas are blighted. It’s easy to see that people don’t like change, but when the status quo is in the toilet, why not choose another option? At the very least, I’ve always said that you must pay taxes, or have paid taxes, to vote. Only those that contribute to the pot should be able to decide how it’s distributed. Otherwise, they system will always be on the verge of meeting the tipping point. Speaking of tipping, any person would know good flavor when they taste it. Take Leinie beer as an example. The natural hazelnut taste is almost overbearing at first. But, as you settle into it the flavor kicks back a bit. I thought it was a nice tasty beverage. The ABV isn’t as high as other seasonal brews, but I think it would go over nicely sitting outside around a fire on a nice chilly evening.

Drinkability: Very good. Would drink again.
Appearance: Medium to dark brown.
The Buds: Nutty flavor. Yum.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.25 out of 5.

That's me, next to the tree on the right. Just kidding. Although I do love a good outdoor fire.

That's me, next to the tree on the right. Just kidding. Although I do love a good outdoor fire.

July 29, 2010

George Killian’s Irish Red Beer Review 7.29.10

The Big Red One.

The Big Red One.

The Brewski Report Reviews Killians Irish Red
File Date: 7.29.2010

File Name: Sports Mans Bar Is The Ticket
The Beer: Killians Irish Red
Type: American Amber/Red Lager
Serving: Draft
Stats: 4.9% ABV
Brewer: Coors Brewery/MillerCoors
Web Site: www.georgekillians.com
Country of Origin: CO, USA
Brewer Info: [Lett’s Brewery] was a Franciscan abbey, and then an iron works – which is where it got the Mill Park name. Then my great-grandfather took it over and established the Lett family brewery in 1864. “Let’s Drink Lett’s” was a well-known advertising slogan of its day. When Mill Park Brewery finally closed in 1956, it was the last remaining independent brewery in Ireland. Why the horse on the George Killian’s label? My family has always raised horses. Before automobiles, my family used horse and dray to deliver beer. My grandfather would drive his team around the county to slake the thirst of the stout men who worked the famed barley fields of Wexford. He said horses were better than cars, because a horse could always find it’s way back from the pubs to the brewery even if its driver no longer could. George Killian’s Irish Red is very much like the popular Ruby Ale originally brewed by my great-grandfather. Unlike Ruby Ale, George Killian’s Irish Red is brewed with lager yeast, which gives it a more crisp, clean finish. (Lett’s Brewery closed in 1956 and the name George Killian was purchased by the Pelforth Brewery in France. In 1989, Coors purchased the rights to the name ‘Killians Irish Red’ from the French brewery.)

tbr-killians-neonBrewer Brand Hype: There’s an art to roasting barley: the darker the roast, the darker the beer. George Killian’s Irish Red owes it’s rich red color and flavor to the extra time and expertise it takes to make perfectly slow-roasted carmalized malt. Unlike some, we use nothing artificial to color our beer. Its exquisite ruby red hue is the true color of the malt. Surprisingly smooth. Distinctively malty. Clean. A little creamy. Flavorful, but not at all heavy. This is how drinkers characterize George Killians Irish Red.
Label: Got nothin’.tbr-killians-banner

The Brewski Review: I was drinking this draft the other night in a ‘sports’ bar. If I’ve never mentioned it before I’ll tell you that I’ve always wanted to own my own bar. But mine would be different. I’m not a sports fanatic so I started to think that it would be great to open a ‘sportsmans’ or outdoorsmans bar. I’m talking about fly and ice fishing, black powder, bow and long rifle hunting, boating, trapping, big game, guided hunts, camping, hiking, traveling to exotic locations and the people who tamed them. I picture a low light atmosphere, old b&w photos on the walls, an exotic game menu, a bartender with a tie and jacket behind the bar and a few hottie waitresses who know what a .308 is and how to field dress a deer. I’d make the bar look like it’s been part of that location for 125 years. That would be different, cool and classy.  Anyway, that’s what’ I would do. Like the idea? If you do it send me picture of your joint and I’ll post them. I could see serving a tasty beer like Killians in my place.  I was actually expecting something a little heavier but it was surprised. Since Coors only purchased the rights to use the name Killians, I wonder how different Coors version is to the original Lett family recipe?

Drinkability: Surprisinly good.
Appearance: Reddish amber color.
The Buds: Not as heavy as I expected.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.0 caps out of 5.

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