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.

April 19, 2013

Boddingtons Pub Ale Beer Review 4.19.2013

The pour on this beverage is magnificent to view.

The pour on this beverage is magnificent to view.

TBR Reports on Inbev’s Boddingtons Pub Ale
File Date:  4.19.2013

File Name: Good There Isn’t Good Here
The Beer: Boddingtons Pub Ale
Type: English Pale Ale
Serving: Can
Stats: 4.7% ABV
Brewer: Boddingtons (Inbev UK Limited)
Web Site:
State/Country of Origin: England
Brewer Info: Anheuser-Busch InBev is the largest brewer in the world and makes many of the UK’s best-loved drinks. Our size is matched by our ambitions. We have set ourselves the goal, through our people, our products and our work on responsible drinking, community and the environment, of becoming the Best Beer Company in a Better World. Our beers have been popular in the UK for many years and we now employ around 1,400 people at our UK breweries at Magor, Samlesbury and in Mortlake – as well as at our company headquarters in Luton. In the UK we manage and make a wide range of award-winning beers, ales, stouts and cider. They include global flagship brands such as Budweiser, Stella Artois and Beck’s as well as local favourites including Boddingtons and Bass. We have introduced new beers such as Budweiser Brew No.66, Stella Artois Black and Stella Artois Cidre and distribute iconic world beers including Hoegaarden and Leffe.

tbr-boddingtons-logo-insertBrewer Brand Hype: Boddingtons has been enjoyed by beer drinkers in England for more than 200 years, and is well known for its creamy head and smooth body. It is now sold in over 30 countries worldwide and can be drunk on tap in places as far afield as New Zealand and Hong Kong. Boddingtons is a refreshing, smooth beer renowned for its golden colour, full-bodied flavour and malty, moreish taste with smooth, tight creamy head.
Label: Since 1778 when it was first brewed at the Strangeways Brewery in Manchester, Boddingtons has been renowned as a unique, pale-gold ale. In English pubs, Boddingtons is served using the traditional hand pulled method which mixes air with the ale as it pours, producing a distinctive creamy head and smooth body, with little gassiness. Ordinary packaged ale cannot match this quality, but the new DRAUGHTFLOW SYSTEM does. By releasing millions of tiny bubbles when opened, DRAUGHTFLOW cans give creamy head and authentic fresh taste of Boddingtons Pub Ale. The DRAUGHTFLOW SYSTEM employs a small recyclable device which floats in the ale.

The Brewski Review: I think Boddingtons has the DRAUGHTFLOW SYSTEM down to a science. The pour was fantastic to watch: tiny little bubbles made the beer look almost effervescent. At first I thought it was a cloudy, mud color but the head rose up to the top and formed a nice, tight, creamy white head that stuck around to the bitter end. The beer itself was rather tasteless and unmentionable. It wasn’t bad by any means but on the first sip I was rather blown away by the lack of taste – almost watery. Yes it was smooth and creamy. It maintained a nice balance between the hops and malt which minimized the aftertaste. But, would I drink this here in the states? No. Would I drink it while sitting in a pub in England? Maybe. Will I ever travel to the UK to give it a try? Probably not. If I was going to venture overseas, I think Austria would be my first stop for beer. The history of England would be appealing to see, touch and learn, but it’s not tops on my list. Besides, I don’t think I could fathom taking my two young children with us on such a long journey. It’s challenging enough to make it couple miles up the street to the grocery store let along half way around the globe.

Drinkability: Probably not.
Appearance: Nice deep gold and creamy white head.
The Buds: Rather bland.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.5 out of 5 caps

Boddingtons beer girl No. 1. (Note the hyper-toned drinking appendage.)

Boddingtons beer girl No. 1. (Note the hyper-toned drinking appendage.)

Crazy strong Boddintons beer girl No. 2 w/ switchable drinking/arm wrestling muscled up right limb.

Crazy strong Boddintons beer girl No. 2 w/ switchable drinking/arm wrestling muscled up right limb.

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:
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.

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:
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 8, 2012

Great Divide’s Nomad Pilsener 2.8.2012

It's the beer with the camel on it.

It's the beer with the camel on it.

TBR Reports: Great Divide’s Nomad Pilsner
File Date: 2.8.2012

The Beer: Nomad Pilsner
Type: Czech Pilsener
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.4% ABV
Brewer: Great Divide Brewing Co.
Web Site:
State/Country of Origin: CO, USA
Brewer Info: In 1994, Colorado’s craft beer scene scarcely existed, but Brian Dunn recognized Denver’s potential to be a great beer city. Combining his business background with his passion for beer, which was developed through his international travels and his experience as a homebrewer, he decided to start a brewery. He set up shop in an abandoned dairy-processing plant at the edge of downtown Denver and began brewing the beers that would eventually carry Great Divide Brewing Company to its status as one of America’s most decorated microbreweries and would help transform Denver into an international destination for beer lovers.

tbr-nomad-insertBrewer Brand Hype: Nomad is our spin on the classic Bohemian Pilsner style. The journey starts with German malts and Saaz hops that offer a lively floral nose and crispness, while a full 5 weeks of lagering time ensures that Nomad is eminently balanced. This Nomad may wander, but it’s got some serious roots.
Label: Same as ‘Brewer Brand Hype’ noted above with: Suggested Food Pairings – pan seared trout, grilled pork tenderloin with rosemary, Avalanche Cheese Co. Robiolo (Colorado), crispy Brussels sprouts, salted caramel ice cream.

The Brewski Review: As with other pilsners, this one is golden yellow, clear and crisp. It has a light feel to it in your mouth and it’s noted as well balanced but, to me, it’s seems more hoppy than ’eminently balanced’. It poured with minimal head that dissipated rather quickly. I like the label also. The red, yellow and black really pop to your attention. Also, my son loves animals so seeing the camel reminds me of him.

Drinkability: Sure, on a nice hot day.
Appearance: Clear, golden yellow.
The Buds: On the hoppy side of balanced.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.0 out of 5.

September 3, 2011

Sam’s Cherry Wheat On Summer Vacation 9.6.2011

The draft was excellent. Now I'll have to try it the bottle.

The draft was excellent. Now I'll have to try it the bottle.

The Brewski Report Reviews Sam’s Cherry Wheat and Our Vacation Dinner
File Date: 9.6.2011

File Name: Dinner With A Cherry On Top
The Beer: Cherry Wheat
Type: Fruit/Vegetable Beer
Serving: Draft
Stats: 5.3% ABV
Brewer: Boston Beer Co. (Sam Adams)
Web Site:
State/Country of Origin: MA, USA
Brewer Info: Jim Koch founded The Boston Beer Company in 1984 because he believed that Americans deserved better beer. Today, we’re a team of about 350 people, and we all share a common passion for bringing great Samuel Adams® beers to beer lovers everywhere. We’ve worked hard for the many successes we’ve enjoyed over the years. The Boston Beer Company has been cited as one of the best companies to work for by Boston Magazine, one of the Best Entry-Level Jobs by The Princeton Review, and our beers have won more awards than any beer in history.

tbr-cherry-wheat-insertBrewer Brand Hype: Ale brewed with cherries. Crisp and fruity with a hint of honey. Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat® follows the centuries old American tradition of brewing beer with native ingredients, in this case Michigan cherries. The sweet, fruitiness of the cherries is balanced against the crisp, cereal note from the malted wheat and the subtle citrus flavor from the Noble hops.  A touch of honey is also added for sweetness.  The end result is a sweet, refreshing beer that is light on the palate but long on complexity.
Label: Draft – No label to review.

The Brewski Review: Aside from the fact that I love cherries, I couldn’t think of a better combination. And, Sam Adams brewed this beer up right. There is plenty of cherry flavor for those that love this delectable fruit. If this tells you anything, I was the kid that drank the maraschino cherry juice from the jar (My dad was not pleased) so you know I’m hard core. Anyway, when my family and I stopped into a local eatery while out of town on vacation I immediately scanned the beverage menu. One that stood out was this Sam Adams brew – which, by the way, you would think is seasonal due to the harvesting period but is, in fact, brewed year ’round. I requested a bottle but they only had it on tap. Oh well. If the only way to go native was to drink draft, so be it. My wife, who says she loves cherries, didn’t want to taste it. Good. More for me. I paired it up with a nice dinner salad, onion rings and boneless chicken chunks with accompanying dipping sauces. About the only thing detracting from a fabulous meal was my rowdy kids. This usually forces us to drink and eat faster than we’d wish. If we didn’t, we’d be chasing our kids around the restaurant and would be forced to take our food home in a doggie bag (which, would sit in the fridge until it was no longer edible – one day max in our family). Of course, I had to finish the beer. Full of cherry flavor and slightly hoppy – but not too overbearing.  Nicely balanced flavors.  Cold and crisp of course. If you like cherries, you ought to put this one on your list.

Drinkability: Yes. Love the cherry.
Appearance: Cloudy, deep golden color.
The Buds: Tasty cherry flavor.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.25 caps out of 5.

Yum. Michigan Cherries. Is there any better?

Yum. Michigan Cherries. Is there any better?

December 10, 2010

Rinkuskiu’s Missing Elf Double Bock Beer Review 12.10.10

Santa Would Be Completely Useless If He Pounded A Couple Of His Missing Elf.

Santa Would Be Completely Useless If He Pounded A Couple Of His Missing Elf.

The Brewski Report Reviews Missing Elf Doppelbock Beer
File Date: 12.10.10

File Name: Getting Old Has It’s Price
The Beer: Missing Elf 
Type: Doppelbock
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 9.5% ABV
Brewer: Rinkuskiu Alaus Darykla
Web Site:
State/Country of Origin: Lithuania
Brewer Info: Brewery Rinkuskiai. Birzai region has been known as the capital of Lithuanian brewers. Beer has been produced here for many centuries. There are 4 large breweries and many small breweries in Birzai region that produce more than 15 mln liters of beer per year for just 35 thousand population of Birzai! Birzai people have deep beer drinking traditions and one person drinks as much as 160 litres of beer per year! No festival or family parties start and end without dark and rich beer with a slight sweet taste that usually deceives guests thinking that the beer is very light. Unfortunately, they find themselves ending the party too early… If you have never visited Lithuania it is worth to come here and see kind and merry people of Birzai region and drink a nice glass of good traditional beer. Cheers! Brewery Rinkuskiai was established in the year 1991 in Birzai region known as Beer Country in Lithuania. The brewery stands No 5 in the market right after four largest breweries in Lithuania. Rinkuskiai beer is natural. Only pure high quality water, original yeast, hops and traditional light malt is used for production. For some brands caramel malt is used. No pees, rice and other non-malt products are used for Rinkuskiai beer production. Rinkuskiai beer quality is the result of old traditions of Beer Country, experience of the past generations, and innovations of the modern days. That makes Rinkuskiai beer one of the most exclusive in Lithuania.

tbr-missingelf-labelBrewer Brand Hype: Naturally fermented.
Label: Brewery Rinkuskiai was established in the year 1991in Birzai region known as Beer Country in Lithuania.  Rinkuskiai beer quality is a result of old traditions of Beer Country, experience of the past generations, and innovations of the modern days.  That makes Rinkuskiai beer one of the most exclusive in Lithuania.  Beer Missing Elf is naturally fermented, the most heating and famous beer of Beer Country!

The Brewski Review: This appears to have a Christmas / Seasonal flavor to it so I pulled it out of the fridge and poured a glass.  I would have to say it was very buttery tasting.  It was rather mild and not very bitter.  Not much of an aftertaste.  It was a decent beverage.  I would have to say I guess I’m beginning to be a lightweight in my older age.  This beer about put me to sleep.  I was doing some work around the house when I drank this and after finishing, I was all but useless.  I layed on the family room floor and wanted to sleep but my kids made sure that wasn’t going to happen.

Drinkability: One pint of seriously high ABV.
Appearance: Light golden color
The Buds: Buttery tasting.  Quick head dissipates fast.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.75 out of 5

December 4, 2010

Thirsty Dog’s 12 Dogs of Christmas Beer Review 12.4.2010

12 Thirsty Dogs Would Be Panting Quite A Bit.

12 Thirsty Dogs Would Be Panting Quite A Bit.

The Brewski Report Files One For Thirsty Dog’s 12 Dogs of Christmas
File Date: 12.4.10

File Name: Woodworking Is Theraputic
The Beer: 12 Dogs Of Christmas
Type: Winter Warmer
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 8.3% ABV
Brewer: Thirsty Dog Brewing Co.
Web Site:
State/Country of Origin: OH, USA
Brewer Info: Here at the Thirsty Dog Brewing Company, full flavor, delicate balance, texture and aroma combine to make beer an infinitely complex and thoroughly enjoyable experience. Each of our beers is meticulously hand crafted in small batches using the finest ingredients. High quality malted barley is the source of the beer’s sweetness and body. Select American and European hops are used to balance the malt sweetness, and at times to add special flavors and aromas to the beer. Our carefully selected ingredients, along with our specially designed recipes and brewing processes, give Thirsty Dog beers unique flavor profiles that are hard to find in today’s mass-market “one size fits all” society. Our craft brewed beers are far more diverse in range and character than the small spectrum of mass-market beers offered to the American public by the large national breweries. Enjoy the diversity and unleash the flavor today. Welcome to Thirsty Dog Brewing Company, and welcome to great beer!

tbr-thirsty-dog-logoBrewer Brand Hype: Spiced for the holidays with honey, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and Santa’s secret recipe.
Label: This beer’s name sums up the idea of bringing the best together to celebrate.  It is filled with seasonal flavors from generous amounts of toasted and caramel malts, mixed with equally generous amounts of honey, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.  We feel it’s the perfect libation, filled with flavors of the season.

The Brewski Review:  The pace of the work around my house has slowed considerably. When I concoct a project in my I do myself no favors by limiting my time. What I need to do is take my planned timeline and multiply it by five so I’ll be closer to a realistic completion date. Case in point: my wife and I went shopping for the kids at the verable toy institution Toys-r-Us a few days ago. I noticed a wooden train set assembled on a little wooden table. What a great idea. A simple little table. I figured it would take longer to map out the cuts on a 1/2 pc of plywood than to assemble the table. Wrong. The project took me about a month to complete. Between work and the family, I don’t have the time to complete these project so I don’t know why I sign up for them. Yet, I still get pulled by my wife about not spending enough time with the family or considering them before my projects. She says I do things I ‘want’ to do like work on the house, cars or our rental property while she does things she ‘has’ to do like take care of the kids and cook. I drop my head in defeat. I always hope I win the lottery because I see no way out of this quandry. Until then, I keep plugging along…..all without the help of a therapist. Remarkable isn’t it? Maybe I should drink more often. This beer would be a good place to start. Says Ale brewed with honey and spices.  It didn’t appear to add much to the taste because I didn’t think it was all that fantastic.  Maybe if I were to have drank it outside in the bittery cold it would warm me up and taste better?  Perhaps, but why would I want to do that? Oh yeah, the table? See pics of how it turned out. Finished it on New Years Eve Day. (Obviously, this article is back-dated.)

Drinkability: Average winter warmer.  Wouldn’t drink it again.
Appearance: Generous head at pour.  Dissipates quickly.
The Buds: Honey & Spice flavor didn’t stand out.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

The completed project. The whole set up on top of the table was destroyed about 5 minutes after my son came in the room and had seen that it was set up. He likes to walk through and detroy anything your doing or setting up.

The completed project. The whole set up on top of the table was destroyed about 5 minutes after my son came in the room. He likes to walk through and detroy anything your doing or working on. As a parent your supposed to nurture your child's strong points. Aside from encouraging him to be a demolitions expert, I'm at a loss.

November 20, 2010

Sam Adams’ Winter Lager Beer Review 11.20.2010

Not a Winter Warmer Like You'd Thing But a Bock Beer

Not a Winter Warmer Like You'd Think, But a Bock Beer

The Brewski Report Highlights Sam Adams’ Winter Lager
File Date: 11.20.2010

File Name: Retail Employees Don’t Get Paid Enough
The Beer: Winter Lager 
Type: Bock
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.8% ABV
Brewer: Boston Beer Co. (Sam Adams)
Web Site:
Country/State of Origin: MA, USA
Brewer Info: Jim Koch founded The Boston Beer Company in 1984 because he believed that Americans deserved better beer. Today, we’re a team of about 350 people, and we all share a common passion for bringing great Samuel Adams® beers to beer lovers everywhere. We’ve worked hard for the many successes we’ve enjoyed over the years. The Boston Beer Company has been cited as one of the best companies to work for by Boston Magazine, one of the Best Entry-Level Jobs by The Princeton Review, and our beers have won more awards than any beer in history.

tbr-sa_winter_lager-adBrewer Brand Hype: Bold and rich, with a touch of holiday spice. The first thing one notices about a Samuel Adams® Winter Lager is the deep ruby color. Then comes the magical aroma which promises something special on the tongue. The cinnamon, ginger, and hint of citrus from the orange peel blend with the roasty sweetness of the malts to deliver a warming, spicy flavor. On the palate Samuel Adams Winter Lager is rich and full bodied, robust and warming, a wonderful way to enjoy the cold evenings that come with the season. Winter beers are still produced the way they were in medieval Europe: using more malt per liter to push up the potency of the beer, and to warm a beer drinker’s heart on long winter nights. Samuel Adams Winter Lager is a dark wheat bock.  Bock beers are traditionally strong dark lagers originating in the town of Einbeck Germany.
Label: For centuries, brewers have crafted special beers to celebrate winter. In this tradition, we brew our Samuel Adams to share with friends. This rich and hearty dark lager is one of the finer pleasures of a winter evening. Cheers! Seasonal Brew. A dark wheat lager brewed with winter spices. Ale in TX.

The Brewski Review: My wife told me a hilarious story the other day. She took our two kids to get new shoes at the local Stride Rite store. As she was focused on my daughter getting fitted our son was at the other end of the store pulling all the shoes off the shelves. (Many of the polite daycare employees have told us, quite diplomatically, that our two year old is ‘all boy’.) When my wife caught him in the act he throws his arms up and says ‘Uh no’ which is code for ‘what happened here?’. As he’s being approached, he smiles and runs. Of course, that isn’t the end of the story. In his mind if he’s going down, he’s going down BIG. As he’s running from the law (mom) he holds out both arms open wide to create as much collateral damage as possible. He pulls the slippers off the shelves and most of the socks. I’m sure it was the hardest pair of shoes the clerk had to sell all month. Oh yeah, the beer?  Tasty. A very mild bock beer with minimal aftertaste. The spices weren’t overwhelming by any mean – very subtle. It didn’t warm me up as other winter beers have done but it was good nonetheless. I believe this is a very worthy winter beer to add to you list.  Happy Holidays!

Drinkability: Will be drinking this one again.
Appearance: Dark, amber brown in color.
The Buds: A mild beer. No big aftertaste.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.25 out of 5.

Jim hard at work sniffing out the good stuff.

Jim hard at work sniffing out the good stuff.

August 25, 2010

Birra Moretti Premium Lager Review 8.25.10

The Morettie Man - Sounds like a sinister hit man movie title.

The Morettie Man - Sounds like a sinister hit man movie title.

The Brewski Report Reviews Italy’s Birra Moretti Premium Lager
File Date: 8.25.10

File Name: 5S Methodology Around The House
The Beer: Birra Moretti
Type: Euro Pale Lager
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.6% ABV
Brewer: Birra Moretti / Heineken
Web Site:
Country of Origin: Italy
Brewer Info: Luigi Moretti’s “Beer and ice factory” was founded more than a century ago in Udine, in the Friuli region. At that time, Udine was a sleepy little town, surrounded by stone walls that had been built by the local community as far back as 1350. It was at an important time during the unification of Italy. At that time, the whole of the Friuli region was still annexed to the Austro-Hungarian Empire and patriotic uprisings in the city were frequent. It is no coincidence that an Austrian garrison was stationed in the castle that dominates Udine, and that cannons were placed in the main square. It was during this very climate of unrest that the then 37-year-old Luigi Moretti – in the same year as the famous battles of San Martino and Solferino – looking to the future with conviction and confidence, decided to build his brewery. Born into a family of wealthy merchants, Luigi Moretti was at that time already familiar with wholesale trading in cereals, wine, spirits, foodstuffs and – naturally – even beer, which his family purchased from nearby Austria. At the time his small factory was inaugurated, its founder certainly could not have imagined how it would grow in the future. The first bottle of Birra Moretti was sold in the summer of 1860. The machinery used then was extremely advanced for its time, just as that used today is also at the cutting edge. From the 1990s on, Birra Moretti went from being a Friuli-based beer to a nationally-distributed beer, constantly growing and conquering new fans and admirers.

The Birthplace of Birra Moretti

The Birthplace of Birra Moretti

tbr-bierra-moretti-glassBrewer Brand Hype: Birra Moretti is a quality beer made in the traditional way. It is the result of a production process that has remained almost unchanged since 1859. The best raw materials are used to make Birra Moretti, as well as a special blend of high quality hops that gives it a unique taste and fragrance, enhancing its perfectly balanced bitter taste. It is a bottom fermented beer with a golden colour. This colouring is a result of the type of malt used in brewing. Its alcohol content is 4.6% alcohol by volume, a percentage that makes it ideal for any time of day. In fact, it is not a strong beer and is therefore perfect for drinking at lunch, at dinner or for evenings out with friends.
Label: Qualita E Tradizione. The Beer In Italy. Dal 1859. Premium Lager.

The Brewski Review: I’ve been a little behind on my reviews. I actually back date them so that the posting date is the date that I reviewed the beer. If I actually had the time to write a review the day I drank a beer, It would be an amazing feat. My guess is that my wife and kids would be out of the house all day which is a stretch. But, even more remarkable is that I wouldn’t have any projects around the house to complete. I’ve noted that my den is finished and I’m moving on to two more rooms to remodel. But, to do this, I need to clean them out. I actually spend a full 12 hour day packing up my wife’s scrap booking material. A WHOLE day!  Now you can understand why I don’t get much done. I’ve got 6 solid days into cleaning out these rooms and I’m still not done (Contrary to what you may be thinking, we are not ‘Hoarders: Buried Alive’ as you might see on TLC). Of course, I’ve been doing some 5S work in the process (Japanese version: seiri, seiton, seiso, seiketsu and shitsuke; Translated to English: sorting, straightening, sweeping, standardizing and sustaining.) My version of sorting – two piles: one pile for keeping and one pile for some future pending garage sale. My assesment of this whole timeline would be dramatically reduced if I just started dumping things into boxes. But why box it up, store it and unpack it later? And, my wife needs to be present for some of this sorting: all she needs to do is stand there and answer my very basic question: Do you want it or not. Of course, it’s never as simple to her as it seems like it should be. But I’m just as guilty. I opened a four tubes of old posters I’ve kept for some time. Many of them were beer posters (collected before I was of legal drinking age) and the usual kid stuff: dirtbikes, cars, etc. Did I toss any of these out?  No.tbr-dirtbike-air3

Drinkability: Nah. I’d try something else first.
Appearance: Medium golden color. Not much head.
The Buds: Good but a little bitter on the backside.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.75 out of 5 caps or ‘crowns’.

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