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June 29, 2014

Brewski’s Review of Stiegl’s Grapefruit Radler 6.29.2014

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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: www.stiegl.at
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.

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?

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: 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-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.

September 29, 2012

Atlantic Brewing’s Blueberry Ale Beer Review 9.29.2012

Atlantic Brewing's Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale

Atlantic Brewing's Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale

TBR Reports On Atlantic Brewing’s Blueberry Ale
File Date: 9.29.2012

File Name: The Green Raccoon Strikes Again.
The Beer: Blueberry Ale
Type: Fruit/Vegetable
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.2% ABV
Brewer: Atlantic Brewing Co. LLC
Web Site: www.atlanticbrewing.com
State/Country of Origin: ME, USA
Brewer Info: The Atlantic Brewing Company began brewing in 1991, on the eve of the microbrewing revolution. We have steadily grown over the years by having a strong commitment to tradition, quality and service. As a result, we have become the number one beer of the Bar Harbor region. Our new facility was built on the site of an old farm a few miles from downtown Bar Harbor. It was designed to create a more visitor-friendly environment similar to country wineries and breweries found throughout Europe. Our beers are now available in select areas throughout the eastern US.

tbr-bh-blubryale-insertBrewer Brand Hype: A light fruit ale, made with Maine wild blueberries. As opposed to many of the sweeter fruit beers on the market, our addition of fresh Maine wild blueberries in this light ale yields a subtle blueberry aroma, without the sweet aftertaste. A mixture of the following Mutton malts, pale, crystal, and Munich, are combined with wheat to give this ale its lighter body, and we only use minimal amounts of Target and Willamette hops.
Label: Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale. Atlantic Brewing Co. LLC., America’s Original Blueberry Ale. Brewed & Bottled in Maine.

The Brewski Review: I’m a picky individual. I’m at the lumber yard today sorting through the entire bin of boards looking for the cheapest, least bowed, warped, checked, split, cupped and knotty pieces to complete a garage project – an interior barn door to close off my tool area. My kids are getting a little older and I fret that I’ll one day my mower will find a rusty wrench in the springtime left behind from a summer day play period. This project reminds me of a time when I was a kid. My older brother and me had gotten into my dad’s tool crib in the basement of our house one day and wondered what would happen if we drove a nail into a can of green spray paint. Of course, I wanted to find out and since I wasn’t the one holding the hammer or the nail, I was all for it. When he punctured the can, a rush of green paint blasted him in the face. Good thing he wore glasses. When he took them off he looked like a green raccoon. It was hilarious. I couldn’t stop laughing. Ah, good times. Anyway, Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale is a decent beer but I really wouldn’t classify it as a blueberry ale. I noticed a twinge of sweetness, but far from a blueberry taste. It was mild and well balanced but overall it’s not a beer I’d purchase again if I wanted to taste blueberry. Aside from that, it’s a beer worth tasting.

Drinkability: Sure.
Appearance: Light amber in color. Minimal head.
The Buds: Mild taste but not much blueberry flavor.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.75 out of 5 caps.

February 11, 2012

Chang Beer Review 2.11.2012

Thailand's Chang Beer

Thailand's Chang Beer

The Brewski Report Files One for Chang Beer
File Date: 2.11.12

The Beer: Chang Beer
Type: American Adjunct Lager
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 6.4% ABV
Brewer: Cosmos Brewing Co. Ltd
Web Site: www.changbeer.com/
State/Country of Origin: Thailand
Brewer Info: Chang translates as elephant, an animal renowned for its superior strength and mental capacity. Elephants played a major role in Thailand’s history, taking warriors into battle against invaders as well as being used in royal or religious ceremonies. In particular a white elephant was a venerable creature worthy of use by royalty and all those of noble birth. The two white elephants on the Chang beer logo symbolise happiness, harmony and prosperity and the name Chang itself means elephant in Thai. Chang beer is a combination of Thailand’s plentiful resources creating an authentic Thai beer with international quality and a clear uniqueness. Great care and attention was given to creating the right blend of ingredients that would complement an array of spicy foods. Quick to become one of the leading South-East Asian brands, Chang uses deep well-water to achieve its perfect composition. The deep well water used to brew Chang beer is so pure it is bottled and sold in Thailand as mineral water.

tbr-chang-insertBrewer Brand Hype: Revive exotic passions and rediscover Thai True Balance in your life with Chang Thai Beer. Our genuinely imported, premium Thai beer is synonymous with Thai culture and pride. Chang beer has a sparkling gold appearance and a smooth, crisp taste and is made from the finest quality malt, hops and deep well-water.
Label: Premium Quality.

The Brewski Review: There was a nice balance to Chang. Not too hoppy or malty. It was cold and crisp at the pour and didn’t produce much head. What head did form dissipated rather quickly. I was taken aback at first because the beverage was not clear as I expected but somewhat cloudy in appearance. Nonetheless, it rolled back off my tongue pretty easily. The flavor was sort of shy of tasty – i.e. there wasn’t much. It wasn’t bad, just a little on the bland side. I could see this going down really quickly on a hot summer day. I happened to have been eating sushi when I drank this and the combination was a nice match.

Drinkability: Perhaps.
Appearance: A cloudy light golden color.
The Buds: Cold, crisp and a little bland.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.5 Caps out of 5.

Rather modest attire for 'beer girls' marketing the brand.

Rather modest attire for 'beer girls' marketing the brand.

September 11, 2011

A Non-Greenie Review of an Organic Beer 9.11.2011

'Certified Organic' so says the brewer.

'Certified Organic' so says the brewer.

TBR Reviews Eel River’s Organic Amber Ale any My Recycling Habits
File Date: 09.11.2011

File Name: A Greenie’s Beer Delight
The Beer: Organic Amber Ale
Type: American Amber/Red Ale
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.8% ABV
Brewer: Eel River Brewing Co.
Web Site: www.eelriverbrewing.com/index.html
State/Country of Origin: CA, USA
Brewer Info: “When you’re cookin’ up 5 gallons of beer at home and screw it up, oh well. But when you’re brewing 50 gallons at a time you better know exactly what you’re doing.” That was Eel River Brewing Company co-owner Ted Vivatson back in 1996 explaining why they hired a top notch professional brew-master when they first opened. As avid home-brewers, Ted and partner Margaret Frigon had a vision of excellent hand crafted beer and great food in historic surroundings.  The vision came to fruition in 1995 and the beer begin to flow at the former site of the Clay Brown Redwood lumber mill in Fortuna, California. Remnants of the old mill can still be seen in Eel River Brewing Company’s Beer Garden, one of the best places in the world to enjoy some of the best beer in the world on a sunny day. Inside the Taproom you’ll see historic photographs of the mill and various other Humboldt County scenes from days gone by.

tbr-organic-aa-insrtBrewer Brand Hype: Eel River Brewing Company, brewers of California’s first Certified Organic Ale, proudly brings you our Organic Amber Ale. Unique in flavor and purity, this medium bodied beer has a hoppy bouquet and a distinctive rich taste with a caramel-like sweetness that is balanced with a liberal dose of certified organic Pacific Gems and Hallertau hops, imported from New Zealand. Pure taste, pure ingredients, pure good.
Label: Certified Organic. Product of Northern California. Eel River Brewing Co., Scotia, CA

The Brewski Review: The brewers web site notes this as a rich copper color. I liken it more to a dark amber than a copper. Maybe you would call that close enough. But ‘Certified Organic’? I’m not much of a greenie other than doing my fair share of recycling, but this is good beer. I like it’s mild taste. The hoppy bitterness is present but it’s not in your face. Just the way I like it. I endorse the owners efforts to go green by using biomass to power the plant, but I don’t think that adds to the taste. To me, it’s more of a marketing gimmick and personal choice than a method to turn out an excellent tasting beverage. But, I’ll cut them some slack if they keep turning out good tasting beers such as their Certified Organic Amber Ale. And, just because I feel like doin’ some good, I’ll recycle this container for others to enjoy – minus the beer of course.

Drinkability: Would drink again.
Appearance: Dark amber color.
The Buds: Nice mild tasting amber ale.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.0 caps out of 5.

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!

April 8, 2011

Brau Union’s Gosser Pale Lager Review 4.8.2011

Brau Union's Gosser Euro Pale Lager

Brau Union's Gosser Euro Pale Lager

The Brewski Report Reviews Gosser Pale Lager
File Date: 4.8.2011

File Name: Another high ranker by type.
The Beer: Gosser
Type: Euro Pale Lager
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.2% ABV
Brewer: Brauerei Goss (Brau Union)
Web Site: www.goesser.com
State/Country of Origin: Austria
Brewer Info: Around the year 1000, Countess Adula donated a convent on a piece of farmland on both banks on the, in which – according to ancient tradition – the nuns brewed beer. In 1459 a Pierbrewer by the name of Lenhartt Newmaister appears in a document. The Göss convent was the cultural and economic centre of the area until its abolition in 1782. In 1860 the tradition of brewing beer in the buildings of the convent was revived when beer brewer and entrepreneur Max Kober purchased parts of the convent and reactivated the convents brewery. This is a significant year for Gösser and it still appears in the label today. With the founding of a public limited company in 1893 Max Kober laid the foundation for the development of one Austrias most important breweries. With the developement of the pasteurising process and the use of crown corks in the 1920’s, Gösser also began its conquest of markets outside Austria. While the two world wars meant a fall in production and setbacks for Gösser Brewery the reconstruction of the brewery was a clear sign of the power of Gösser. During the gala dinner for the signing of the Austrian treaty in 1955 Gösser Spezial was served. Reinforced by this impressive symbol, Gössers journey of success has continued until today. The Göss Brewery, the birthplace of Austria’s best beer, is today one of the most modern breweries in the country.

tbr-gosser2Brewer Brand Hype: Gösser. Good. Better. Gösser. Austria’s finest beer. Purest water from our own carefully protected Alpine springs, the finest ingredients and a beer brewing culture refined over many centuries have made Gösser the best beer in Austria. With every sip of Gösser you are enjoying the finest quality, the purest that nature can offer plus a superb and living beer tradition – altogether a unique taste experience!
Label: Austria’s Finest Beer

The Brewski Review: Good beer. That’s about sums it up. For a Euro pale lager it had minimal hop bitterness and was refreshingly mild tasting. It tasted more like an American Adjunct lager but with richer flavor. This would rank as one of my favorite Euro Pale Lagers to date. Nevertheless, I’ll press on to try others to see if this one holds the torch in the end. Caps off, bottoms up!

Drinkability: Would definitely drink again.
Appearance: Minimal head. Light golden color.
The Buds: Minimal hop bitterness. Smooth.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.25 Caps out of 5.

Gosser Print Ad

Gosser Print Ad

Quite a few fanatics follow the Gosser BMW car that races in a European circuit.

Quite a few fanatics follow the Gosser BMW car that races in a European circuit.

January 17, 2011

Paulaner Beer Girls Servin’ it up.

The Brewski Report
File Date: 1.17.11
Pualaner Beer Girls:
The next best part of drinking a beer is having it served to you.

Drink too many of these at the game you may not make it home.

I'm not sure which is more eye appealing: the long, tall curvy figures or the Paulaner Beer Girls.

Order up! Pualaner Beer Girls in da haus!

Order up! Pualaner Beer Girls in da haus!

No Lightweights need apply.

No Lightweights need apply. Paulaner Beer Girls exercise all year 'round to serve multiple uber mugs at a time.

December 18, 2010

Breckenridge’s Christmas Ale Beer Review 12.18.10

What A Great, Dark Rich Color.

What A Great, Dark Rich Color.

The Brewski Report Reviews Breckenridge’s Christmas Ale
File Date: 12.18.10

File Name: Great shelf appeal. 
The Beer: Christmas Ale
Type: Winter Warmer
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 7.4% ABV
Brewer: Breckenridge BBQ & Brew
Web Site: www.breckbrew.com
Country of Origin: CO, USA
Brewer Info: Back in the 1980s our founder, Richard Squire, had a dream – to ski all day and drink great beer every night. Since he lived in the snow-kissed Rocky Mountains, fulfilling the skiing portion of his dream was easy. But the great beer part – at a time when a “microbrew” was a rarity – that was another story. So Richard started brewing his own, more flavorful beers for himself and his thrill-seeking ski pals. His homebrewed creations were a hit, and soon Richard was spending more time brewing than skiing. So he chased after another dream – making exceptional beer for a living. In February, 1990 that dream became reality when Richard opened the original Breckenridge Brewery & Pub in the town of Breckenridge, Colorado. Richard’s ski bum days were over, and so were the days of bland beer for the folks in Colorado’s ski country.

tbr-retro-labelBrewer Brand Hype: The chill of a Colorado high-country winter calls for a beer with extra flavor and warming characteristics. Here it is. Breck Brew’s Christmas Ale. At over 7% alcohol, with a sturdy texture and rich flavors of caramel and chocolate, our holiday seasonal is the fermented equivalent of a good fire. The ultimate winter warmer.
Label: Plenty of good cheer.  Good friends ever near.

The Brewski Review: As for the beer, I wouldn’t recommend this one.  It looked good in the glass: Brown to ruby brown in  with a nice foamy, muddy colored head.  The head dissipated quickly.  The taste though, wasn’t very pleasant to me.  It had a very strong aftertaste.  I drank about 3/4 of the bottle and had to pour the rest down the drain.  I didn’t get sick, but it was not an enjoyable beverage for me to drink. I really wanted it to taste good just because I loved the retro holiday label which looked so cool. Can’t judge a book by it’s cover.

Drinkability:  Most likely not.
Appearance: Brown to ruby brown in color
The Buds: Big aftertaste. Malty and Bitter.
TBR Cap Rating: 2.75 out of 5.

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