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January 10, 2015

Schofferhofer Grapefruit Hefeweizen 1.10.2015

Pink Grapefruit Lovers Rejoice!

Pink Grapefruit Lovers Rejoice!

TBR Reports on Schofferhofer Grapefruit Hefeweizen Mix
File Date: 1.10.15

File Name: Life Goes On Brick By Brick
The Beer: Schofferhofer Grapefruit Hefeweizen
Type: Hefeweizen Mix
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 2.5% ABV
Brewer: Radeberger Gruppe KG
Web Site:
State/Country of Origin: Germany
Brewer Info: The Radeberger Gruppe is a market leader in the German beer market. The group is part of the Dr. August Oetker KG family business in Bielefeld and a strategic business arm of the Oetker-Gruppe. The Radeberger Gruppe sees itself as a keeper of the German beer culture. With a clear commitment to regional heritage and to the values and traditions of its brands, the brewery group fosters the diversity of German beers and beverages and actively develops the German beer and beverage market with its innovative business model. The Radeberger Gruppe operates in many regions across Germany with 14 brewery locations as well as a mineral-water spring in Selters an der Lahn and its innovative brand Bionade in Ostheim vor der Rhön. With its unique brand portfolio, the Radeberger Gruppe clearly reflects this regional positioning: whether it’s crisp Radeberger Pilsner from Saxony, Frisian Jever from Friesland, Sion Kölsch from Cologne, Schlösser Alt from Düsseldorf, Berliner Kindl from the capital Berlin, Hessian Binding Römer Pils from Frankfurt, Tucher from Franconia, or Altenmünster Brauer Bier from Bavaria – this is German beer culture. This is the German beer market.

Schoff-TBR-2.2Brewer Brand Hype:
Schöfferhofer – sparklingly smooth! Schöfferhofer Weizen was the first wheat beer in Germany to be brewed outside Bavaria. For many years, it has proved to be one of the most successful German wheat beer brands, which include numerous award-winning and innovative variations in flavour. The most striking feature of Schöfferhofer Weizen is its fruity character with a slight citrus note. This, combined with a pleasant hint of clove, makes Schöfferhofer an enjoyable, sparklingly smooth beverage. Compared with the more filling wheat beers from the Bavarian region, Schöfferhofer is characterised by its ‘sleek’, elegant character and its resultant palatability. Schöfferhofer is known as “the champagne among wheat beers”.

Label: Schofferhofer Grapefruit is the unique combination of sparkling smooth
Schofferhofer Hefeweizen with grapefruit flavoring.A refreshing well-rounded taste with
tangy character and hints of sweetness is pleasing to the palate. Tastes best ice-cold and
right from the bottle. 50% of Schofferhofer unfiltered Hefeweizen blended with 50% grapefruit
drink. The natural ingredients may form a sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

The Brewski Review: This is one fantastic beer if your like grapefruit. The aroma and taste is to die for. The appearance is most definitely cloudy with a pale golden color. The head was minimal on the pour. It is a sweet beer so hop enthusiasts will want to beg off this one. I can imagine that the best time to drink one of these is probably not when it’s 3 degrees outside with a wind chill of 20 below. I purchased it on a nice warm spring day with every intent on cracking open the cap while chilling in my yet-to-be-built patio. Never happened. Life got in the way as it always does. Kids are getting older, I’m still working way too many hours for my personal preference (Positive 2015 will be the year I switch companies) and my project list is as long as it has ever been. I did knock off a couple big projects the last two months – installed a power vent water heater and tore down the chimney to the roof that serviced the old unit. With these project done, I can turn my attention to the interior of the house: tear down the chimney to the foundation and finish the master bedroom (the chimney brick was plastered over and was part of the wall in the room – thus, in order to finish the bedroom walls the chimney needed to go). I do plan on finishing the house sometime before doomsday – whenever that will be. This will make my wife and kids very happy.

Drinkability: Most definitely.
Appearance: Cloudy golden color.
The Buds: Excellent grapefruit flavor and aroma.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.75 caps out of 5.

The huge advertising conglomerates tell us that the chicks dig Grapefruit beer.

The huge advertising conglomerates tell us that the chicks dig grapefruit beer.

June 20, 2009

Negra Modelo Review 6.20.09

TBR Reviews Grupo Modelo's Munich Dunkel Lager AKA Negra Modelo.

TBR Reviews Grupo Modelo's Munich Dunkel Lager AKA Negra Modelo.

The Brewski Report Calls Out Negra Modelo and the Frustration with Crack.
File Date: June 20, 2009

File Name: Repairing the Walls of Shame
The Beer: Negra Modelo
Type: Munich Dunkel Lager
Serving: Short, dark bottle
Stats: 5.4% abv, 0 grams of fat, 170 calories per 12-oz bottle
Brewer: Grupo Modelo
Brewer Specs:  First brewed in Mexico by Austrian immigrants. It was first sold on draft in 1926, but was first produced in 1925. Negra Modelo comes in an unusually shaped, wide brown bottle with a trademark Gold Label. Grupo Modelo has marketshare of 56% in Mexico. Until the 60’s Grupo Modelo used red poppy flowers in its advertising, where almost any image it used had poppy flowers somewhere in the image.

Chocolaty Goodness? You be the judge.

Chocolaty Goodness? You be the judge.

Brewer Hype:  Negra Modelo redefines the way consumers think of a dark beer because in taste and color it is a very drinkable beer. Negra Modelo appeals to import beer drinkers who are looking for something new and different. Consumers who drink craft beers also love Negra Modelo as it offers more flavor, more complexity and a little “mystery.” To achieve its unique taste, Negra Modelo uses a greater quantity of malt, the finest hops, a special yeast and the purest water. It is a delicious, creamy, full-flavored dark brew with a pleasant malt aroma and dry hop flavor that has a smooth mellow taste.

The Brewski Review: In a quest to rejuvenate my house I find myself torn between doing the best job I can and the time I have to commit. Take the den for instance. It’s currently the room de jour for my efforts. The plaster walls have cracks, some larger than others. The larger cracks were addressed by cleaning out the crevice, filling with plaster and top coating with a light joint compound for easy sanding. The smaller hairline cracks and other surface imperfections are numerous, distracting and annoying. I could paint over the hairline cracks but the plaster surface, as a whole, is riddled with imperfections. This is where I’m torn – spend time to skim coat the entire wall for a reasonably attractive surface or let it go ‘as-is’ and chalk it up as ‘original’ to the house. What I’d ultimately like to do is tear it all down and hang rock but that won’t happen given my finances and available time. Your right, it’s not life or death. But it’s a mentally perplexing dilemma that frustrates me to no end. My advice to you? Tear it all out and do it right – before you move into the house. You want some more of this mind blowing wisdom? Never eat a handful of M&M’s before you review a beer. I did that the other day. I usually need a quick snack when I get home from work and it was handy. Did it subjectively slant my taste? I don’t think so. This beer had enough chocolate taste to hold it’s own. It poured with a tight, nicely formed head but it didn’t linger very long.  It wasn’t very bitter and it went down smooth. Overall it’s a good beer but I think I’d be inclined to try another Munich Dunkel Lager before cracking open a Negra Modelo.

Drinkability: Yes.
Appearance: Nice, tight head on top of a dark beer.
The Buds: As far as my limited exposure to Munich Dunkels go, I thought it was a decent beverage.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

May 17, 2009

Cerveza Mexicali Review 5.17.09

A worthy beverage: A Brewski 4.0 Rating.

Cerveza Mexicali Pilsener Beer

The Brewski Report’s Cerveza Mexicali Review.
File Date: May 17, 2009

File Name:  ‘The Two Year Room’
The Beer: Mexicali Cerveza
Type: Pilsener (American Adjunct Lager)
Serving: Clear, long neck bottle
Stats: 4.6% ABV 
Brewer: Cerveceria Mexicali, S. A. de C.V.
Web Site:
Brewer Specs: Cerveceria Mexicali, S. A. de C.V., was founded in 1923 by Mr Miguel Gonzalez and Mr Heraclio Ochoa.  Shortly after a German beer maker and chemist was employed to develop a brew which would make Mexicali famous.  A formula for Cerveza Mexicali was created, basing its production on the highest levels of quality control.  The experience of the brewers allowed its products to be distinguished by their flavour and precise alcohol concentration.  The Mexicali plant was the first industrial brewery in Baja California.  Production grew from 7000 barrels in its first year to over 72,000 in 1960. During that time Cerveza Mexicali was the largest selling beer brand in ALL of Baja California. Sadly after the death of founder Don Miguel the factory was closed and Mexicali faded from the market place.  Until in 2000 when the brand was revived and production recommenced.  The beer is the original formula that beat out Corona and Pacifico as “The” Great Mexican beer.
Brewer Brand Hype: Our original Formula.  This brew is bright, deep golden yellow in color.  The aroma is of sweet malt, lightly floral and hoppy.  The flavor reflects it’s hops bitterness, slightly sweet and just a perfect balance of two row barley malt, Chinook, Mt. Hood and Peerless hops that culminate to a very clean and semi-dry finish.

The Brewski Review:  About two years ago I taped off the den in my 4-square house in the hops of completing an expedient remodel on the room.  Six foot of plaster and lathe were pulled down so I could run low volt wiring (speakers, security, computer and phone) and finish off the room with board and batten.  The inspiration was an ‘Arts and Crafts’ – Mission style look.  Of course, along the way, I needed to insulate the walls, install new windows, reroute HVAC ducts, refinish the floors, prime, paint, blah, blah, blah.  Well, two years later, I can officially say that I haven’t made very good headway.  The job has been at a standstill since my run-in with the local city ‘Architectural Review Board’, which oversees exterior structural and landscape appearance changes for the historical section of our town.  The city and myself were at odds over a detached storage structure on my property – an old barn that was converted to a garage years prior.  Basically, I needed to tear down the old structure and replace it quickly to conform to their timeline.  So, I did what I needed to do which, in this project, inhaled more time and finances than I had anticipated.  Needless to say, the interior projects fell by the wayside.  But, there is light at the end of the tunnel.  The exterior projects are winding down so I should be able to concentrate on getting the room reassembled.  The first order of business was to get a ceiling medallion installed and get the crown molding preped for installation.  It may not be much but it’s a large step in the right direction..  Mexicali Cerveza proved to be a decent beverage for me to re-ignite this project.  I’ve read where one reviewer griped about Mexicali Cerveza using ‘fillers’.  I guess he’s a purist of some sort or, just maybe, (whispering) a beer snob. Frankly, who cares if it’s brewed with a little corn or rice?  If it tastes good drink it.  All I can say is that I enjoyed the beer and I’ll drink it again when I have the opportunity.

Drinkability:   Yes.  I thought it was a worthy beverage.
Appearance: Light, golden yellow color. 
The Buds: Mild beer with minimal aftertaste
TBR Cap Rating: 4.0 out of 5

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