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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.

June 30, 2013

Spoetzl’s Shiner Kosmos Reserve American Pale Lager 6.30.2013


TBR Reports on Shiner Kosmos Reserve Beer
File Date: 6.30.2013

File Name: Maybe my Son is onto something….
The Beer: Shiner Kosmos
Type: American Pale Lager
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.0% ABV
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-Kosmos-InsertBrewer Brand Hype: Named after founder Kosmos Spoetzl, this all-malt lager is hopjacked for additional aroma and flavor. Robust with a clean finish, it’s a beer that’s as every bit unique as the man himself.
Label: Every drop of Shiner is brewed in Shiner. This Aromatic dry hopped lager is specially brewed to celebrate the man who started it all. The original brewmaster of Shiner. Kosmos Spoetzl knew how to brew great beer. Born in Bavaria, Kosmos’ mastery of German brewing carried him as far as Egypt before he found his way to the small Texas town of Shiner. Our proud brewery still carries his name and commitment to excellence in brewing. This full-flavored, hop-jacked lager is every bit as unique as the man himself and our way of saluting the brewmaster who started it all. PROSIT!

The Brewski Review: I’m watching my son this afternoon as I review this beer. My daughter had a birthday party to attend and my wife was the designated chauffeur – as usual. Unfortunately, this arrangement usually doesn’t bode well for me digging deep into house projects so I’m usually just tinkering around keeping an eye on my son. Today he was playing out in the sandbox and decided it would be fun to fill his shorts with wet sand. Then he filled his pockets. Then his underwear. Then his shirt. I had to laugh, it was hilarious. I grabbed my compact and snapped one off for your enjoyment. He probably wouldn’t have done it if he knew I was watching through the window. Anyway, I guess a pant load full of sand is a great thing when your a little dude. The beer? Kosmos was enjoyable to drink. It had a hoppy flavor but the bitterness was subdued and didn’t linger in the aftertaste. The head was minimal at the pour and dissipated quickly leaving no lingering residue on the glass. I don’t know if this is a limited edition beer since it wasn’t profiled on the brewer’s web site. I purchased it in a Shiner sampler 12 pack so if you want to try one you better get looking. Enjoying this beer is no surprise to me since Spoetzl has yet to dissapoint.

Drinkability: Certainly.
Appearance: Deep golden color.
The Buds: Excellent lager with minimal aftertaste.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.5 caps out of 5.

My son adding wet sand to his shorts - with the dog's approval of course.

My son adding wet sand to his shorts – with the dog’s approval of course.

December 31, 2012

O’Fallon’s Pumpkin Ale Beer Review 12.31.2012

A pumpkin beer worthy of a try.

A pumpkin beer worthy of a try.

TBR Reports on O’Fallon’s Pumpkin Beer
File Date: 12.31.2012

File Name: Santa Brings a Puppy!
The Beer: Pumpkin Beer
Type: Pumpkin Ale
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.6% ABV
Brewer: O’Fallon Brewery
Web Site:
State/Country of Origin: MO, USA
Brewer Info: The O’Fallon Brewery was founded by Fran and Tony Caradonna, in 2000. In January they ordered their brewing equipment and sold their first keg on May 6, 2000. The Caradonnas did all the brewing and selling for the first two years, brewing only one style (O’Fallon Gold), selling only kegs and delivering only in St. Charles County. Over the next several years they continued to grow their brands and distribution area. In May 2011 they sold the brewery to Jim Gorczyca, but Fran continues to play a part of day to day operations as the Brewery’s General Manager. The couple has two sons and currently reside in O’Fallon, Missouri.

tbr-ofallon-insertBrewer Brand Hype: Like pumpkin pie in a bottle…we add 136 pounds of real pumpkin to the three-barley mash and then season
the finished beer with cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Available September 1.
Label: Ale brewed with pumpkin and spices.

The Brewski Review: Fall has come and gone but I found this tucked away in the back of the fridge. I’m still on my quest for the best pumpkin pie flavored beer I can get and after drinking this, I’ll still be looking. It was a good beverage with nice, spicy overtones but it just wasn’t the full-on pumpkin pie flavor I’m in search of. The color was a wonderful copper hue and it poured with minimal head. Overall it was a decent beer worth drinking again but to me this wasn’t the holy grail. It would still hold up to any occasion sitting around a fall fire. Which, by the way, I didn’t get a chance to do much this past season. I love an outdoor fire but my schedule and the weather wouldn’t permit. Santa delivered a puppy to our kids over the holiday (thanks Papa!) so I’m sure I’ll have plenty of time to stoke a fire in the spring when I’m in the back yard picking up all the doogie doo. See the sad eye little golden retriever below.  Take care and have a wonderful New Year. I could only imagine that your expectation for 2013 are as high as I’ve set for myself.

Drinkability: Would drink again.
Appearance: Nice copper color.
The Buds: Nice spicy flavor.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.25 out of 5 Caps

Isabella is the name....but Chewy would have been more appropriate.

Isabella is the name....but Chewy would have been more appropriate.

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:
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.

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