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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.

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.

February 6, 2010

Jacob Leinenkugel’s Oktoberfest Beer Review 2.6.10

Jacob Leinenkugel Would Be Proud Of This one.

Jacob Leinenkugel Would Be Proud Of This one.

The Brewski Report Reviews Leinie’s Oktoberfest Beer and My Wife’s Pork Roast.
File Date: 2.6.2010

File Name: Excellent Cooking and Brewing Equals One Fine Meal.
The Beer: Oktoberfest
Type: Marzen/Oktoberfest 
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.1% ABV
Brewer: Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co.                                                 Website: http://www.leinie.com/av.html                                                           Country of Origin: Wisconsin, 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-oktoberfest-logo2Brewer Brand Hype: We brewed our first Oktoberfest in 2001 to celebrate the fall season in true German fashion. Available August through October each year, our traditional Marzen-style bier is brewed with Munich, Caramel, and a blend of Pale malts.  Hallertau, Tettnang, Perle and Cluster hops provide the aroma for this well-balanced, smooth, festive lager.
Label: A perfect beer to celebrate the fall season.  Featuring Munich, Pale & Caramel malts with four specialty hops.  Brewed with pride by the Leinenkugel family since 1867.

The Brewski Review: My wife made a pork roast tonight and it was fantastic. It’s not to say that the other pork roasts she’s cooked have been terrible.  Quite to the contrary.  They’ve all been good.  But this roast was exceptional.  I think it was pulled out of the oven at the most optimal time to be fully cooked but allowing it to remain as juicy as a ripe watermelon. It melted in my mouth.  And, I must say, Leinenkugel’s Oktoberfest beer rolled down my throat right behind it quite nicely. The beer was mild, smooth and added the perfect taste to the pork and mashed potatoes.  The head formed quick but didn’t stick around too long.  I would certainly drink this beverage again and I’d recommend it to everyone.  I raise my glass to my wife for cooking the perfect pork roast and to Leinenkugel for an exceptional Oktoberfest Beer. 

Drinkability:  Yum. Would most certainly drink again.
Appearance: Light amber in color.  Good initial head on pour.
The Buds: Mild and smooth.  Not bitter.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.5 caps out of 5

October 14, 2009

Leinenkugel’s Sunset Wheat Draft Beer Review 10.14.09

Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat Draft (photo courtesy of Leinenkugel).

Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat Draft (photo courtesy of Leinenkugel).

The Brewski Report Reviews Leinenkugel’s Sunset Wheat Beer
File Date: 10.14.09

File Name:  Another Draft Wheat Beer For The Expense Report               The Beer: Sunset Wheat
Type: WitBier
Serving: Draft
Stats: 4.9%
Brewer: Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co.
Country of Origin: Wisconsin, 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.

Brewer Brand Hype:  If you’ve ever experienced a Northwoods sunset, you know it’s a moment unlike any other.  So, instead of putting it into words, we captured the Northwoods’ finest moment in every batch of our all-new Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat.  Brewed with select Wheat and Pale malt, Cluster hops and natural coriander, Leinenkugel’s Sunset Wheat has a soothing taste that will leave you speachless.  Silver medal winner of the 2006 Great American Beer Festival and bronze winner of the 2006 World Beer Cup in the Herb & Spice category is like your very own sunset in a bottle.

The Brewski Review:  This one was also on the company dime.  Traveling always makes me thirsty. Again I thought I’d try anther Wheat Beer so I ordered Leinenkugel’s Sunset Wheat.  I actually liked this one better than Blue Moon’s Wheat beer but only marginally.  They were very comparable and if you like one you’ll like the other.  But, extra points for Leinenkugels long history of brewing.

Drinkability:  Creamy texture.  Low bitterness.
Appearance:  Unfiltered.  Cloudy.  Straw to Pale Golden color.
The Buds:  Liked it.  Orange slice as a garnish added a little extra taste.
TBR Cap Rating:  4.25 out of 5 – slightly ahead of Blue Moon’s Belgian White Draft

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