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June 29, 2014

Brewski’s Review of Stiegl’s Grapefruit Radler 6.29.2014


TBR Reports on Stiegl Grapefruit Radler
File Date: June 29, 2014

File Name: Steamy Sunday Afternoon
The Beer: Stiegl Grapefruit Radler
Type: Fruit/Vegetable
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 2.5% ABV
Brewer: Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH
Web Site:
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!

Brewer Brand Hype: The grapefruit juice gives this cyclist a natural haze and herbduftige note. This leads to a juicy, fruity taste with a refreshing finish.
Label: Grapefruit Salzburger Stiegl Radler. Beer with fruit soda. Malt beverage speciality. 40% Stiegl-Goldbrau and 60% fruit soda from purely natural ingredients for an outstanding malt beverage speciality. Cloudy appearance.

The Brewski Review: Unfortunately, my mental and bodily dispostion to avoid the steamy 86 degree weather prompts me to be indoors to drink beer and write this review. And, I’ll say that this is the perfect beer to have on a sultry day even if you chose to kick back in the air conditioned luxury of the abode. The kids are screaming in the family room, my wife is cooking dinner and the dog is laying next to me stinking like she needs a bath and it’s still a good day to be inside even though this beer would make an equally snappy choice while grilling outside or having fun by the pool. The beverage pours a cloudy pale yellow and wiffs of a strong grapefruit aroma. At first taste, it’ll have you unless you some sort of hoppy IPA purist. It’s carbonated, light, crisp and all the flavor of a breakfast bowl of grapefruit. This grapefruit radler, with it’s tasty sister companion lemon radler, make me want to try the strawberry verion soon. If you would like to try something different stop by the beer aisle on your next trip to the store and pick up a few. I  think you’ll be very satisfied.

Drinkability: Will buy again.
Appearance: Cloudy pale yellow.
The Buds: Sweet grapefruit with carbonated zest.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.75 out of 5.

The health benefits of grapefruit.

The health benefits of grapefruit. So, this mean drinking grapefruit radler is actually good for you.

January 6, 2013

Spoetzl’s Prickly Pear Beer Review 1.6.2013

Who knew a Prickly Pear would hit the spot. Simply Delicious!

Who knew a Prickly Pear would hit the spot. Simply Delicious!

TBR Reports on Shiner’s Prickly Pear
File Date: 1.6.2013

File Name: The India Fig Opuntia Like You Never Knew
The Beer: Prickly Pear
Type: Fruit/Vegetable
Serving: Bottle
Stats: N/A
Brewer: Spoetzl Brewery
Web Site:
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-prickly-pear-insertBrewer Brand Hype: (This is a limited run craft beer from Spoetzl Brewery. There is no mention of it on their web site.)
Label: Drink one down. End your drought. Beer brewed  with Prickly Pear fruit and with natural flavor added.  Brewer’s Pride Craft Brew No. 3. A little something special from the little brewery in Shiner. This small batch brew is the third in our Limited Edition Brewer’s Pride Craft Brew Series. A combination of Citra and U.S. Golding hops gives this refreshing lager its citrus flavor and floral aroma. The brew’s signature tartness comes from the fruit of the prickly pear, a cactus native to our brewery’s landscape that’s a hearty, rugged and unmistakably unique ~ qualities we surely appreciate. Prosit.

The Brewski Review: Beautiful light, citrus tasting lager from Shiner. It pours with a nice, deep copper color and with ample head that dissipates rather quickly. It has a wonderful citrus, almost sweet flavor to it with minimal hoppy bitterness. I told my wife to try it and she takes about 5 rather large gulps. ‘I’d drink that one.’ she says. Since I only recieved two of these in a Shiner/Spoetzl sampler 12 pack I better take the other bottle out and hide it in the garage. I’ll have to try and track down a few more of these before they are extinct. Excellent taste. And, if you don’t know what a Prickly Pear is, here is a quick educational rundown: Born of the Opuntia cacti or, Indian Fig Opuntia (O. ficus-indica) to be precise, and most often used in culinary applications. There are others but this is the primary genus. Prickly pears typically grow with flat, rounded cladodes that are armed with two kinds of spines; large, smooth, fixed spines and small, hairlike prickles called glochids, that easily penetrate skin and detach from the plant. Many types of prickly pears grow into dense, tangled structures. Dangerous to pick, so stick to drinking the beer.

Drinkability: Definitely
Appearance: Deep coppercolor with ample head
The Buds: Light, sweet taste
TBR Cap Rating: 4.75 out of 5

Indian Fig Opuntia with golades

Indian Fig Opuntia cacti cladodes or better known at prickly pear fruit.

Next time your in Texas stop by here for your next field trip.

Next time your in Texas stop by here for your next field trip.

June 5, 2010

TBR’s Miller Chill Beer Review 6.5.2010

tbr-miller-chill-bottleThe Brewski Report Reviews Miller Brewing’s Miller Chill
File Date: 6.5.2010

File Name: Chill: A Graduation to Mediocrity
The Beer: Miller Chill
Type: American Adjunct Lager
Serving: Bottle (clear)
Stats: 4.1% ABV
Brewer: Miller Brewing Company (MillerCoors/SAB Miller)
Web Site:
Country of Origin: WI, USA
Brewer Info: MillerCoors grew from the dreams of two German entrepreneurs who came to America in the mid-19th century. Miller Brewing Company began when a determined young brewer, Frederick J. Miller, brought his passion for beer to the United States. Miller settled in Milwaukee, where in 1855 he bought the Plank Road Brewery and made his first delicious beer, using yeast that he had carried with him all the way from Europe. Coors Brewing Company tapped its first barrel in 1873, when Adolph Coors opened The Golden Brewery in Colorado. Coors was born in Prussia and apprenticed at a brewery in his teens. With characteristic spirit, he stowed away on a ship to get to America and bring his brewing dream to life. Both companies had the good luck to be formed from the visions of remarkable businessmen who also happened to be remarkable human beings. Both had the good fortune to have family members carry on the work and legacy of founders. Both enterprises survived Prohibition and two world wars, when brewing materials were scarce and hundreds of other brewers failed to survive. Our founding companies built their success barrel by barrel. At MillerCoors, we now begin our own history. We have two wonderful traditions. And now, our talents, energies and ingenuity come together to form one promising company. 

chill-logoBrewer Brand Hype: Launched in 2007, Miller Chill is a refreshing light beer brewed with a hint of lime and a pinch of salt inspired by a classic Mexican recipe, the chelada. With Miller Chill, we are giving American beer drinkers a unique twist on refreshment that can be enjoyed with friends and family during many different occasions throughout the year. Miller Chill was so well received by consumers that it alone accounted for more volume than the next 14 biggest new beer brands of 2007 combined.
Label: 100 Calories. Light Beer with Natural Flavors.

The Brewski Review: High school graduation season is upon us.  Time for parties with free food and booze.  Well, not free in the complete sense of the word.  There is the seemingly mandatory obligation for a ‘cash’ donation to the party’s guest of honor.  I put up a weak effort in a conversation with my wife by saying that a gift wasn’t necessary. It probably wasn’t, but we gave a card with a few bills stuffed inside anyhow.  In the current social paradigm it seems like an obligatory requirement to give cash at about every social gathering we’re invited too.  Funny thing…I don’t recall getting cash gifts from relatives once I passed the age of five – my wonderful parents and grandparents aside. At the party we ate Italian sausage and pepper sandwiches, fried chicken, fruit and pasta salads and an assortment of veggies and dips all for a few bucks. And, of course, there was beer. When I first arrived at the party I noticed the cooler stocked with Miller Chill.  I’ve been wanting to taste this since I tried the Bud Lime a couple weeks back.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t as good as I thought it would be.  There was difinitely a citrus taste, but it was minimal. I could barely taste the lime.  To me, it was just another American Adjunct Lager in a clear bottle (I think the green Miller Chill bottles looked better). Bud Lime wins out on this taste comparison.  All in all, it was a pleasant afternoon. Although, not free, the food and drinks were about on par with taking the family out to dinner.

Drinkability: Not a fan. Needs more lime flavor.
Appearance: Straw colored in the bottle.
The Buds: Light and crisp. Minimal lime flavor.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.25 out of 5.

Everyone's Friend.

Everyone's Friend.

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:
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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