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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.

July 24, 2011

The Thing About Nude Beach…. 7.24.2011

Nude Beach the beer - not the venue.

Nude Beach the beer - not the venue.

The Brewski Report Reviews Nude Beach Summer Wheat Ale and Adds His Two Cents on Nude Beaches.
File Date: 7.24.2011

File Name: The Thing About Nude Beach…
The Beer: Nude Beach
Type: American Pale Wheat Ale
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.2% ABV
Brewer: Stevens Point Brewery
Web Site: www.pointbeer.com
State/Country of Origin: WI, USA
Brewer Info: Steven’s Point Brewery HistoryThe Stevens Point Brewery is steeped in a history that has transcended the trials of the Civil War, the Great Depression and Prohibition. More than 150 years later, the Stevens Point Brewery continues to successfully brew quality beer, just as the brewery’s founders, Frank Wahle and George Ruder, did in 1857. This undeniable endurance is a testament of why the Stevens Point Brewery, in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is the 5th oldest continuously operating brewery remaining in the United States. Today, the Stevens Point Brewery is proud to be Wisconsin-owned and independently operated. We take great pride in our history. And, we continue to work hard, as our founders did, to continue to provide our customers today with quality award-winning beer.

tbr-nb-labelBrewer Brand Hype: Point Nude Beach is the perfect summer pleasure.  Available only during the warm months of summer, this lively and unfiltered wheat ale is well balanced using “au naturel” raw and red wheat, then delicately finished with Yakima hops.  With a refreshing light flavor, Point Nude Beach is perfect while enjoying summer activities or just hanging out with friends.  Clothing optional.
Label: Hand Crafted

The Brewski Review: Nice, creamy summer brew. Cloudy, citrusy and cold. Just the way to drink it. I wanted to add a slice of orange but drank it down before I could pull myself off the chair to slice one up as garnishment. Don’t blame me, it’s the intense summer heat that pulling the energy out of me. And if the beer’s name makes you think about a day of clothing optional leisure at the beach, just be sure to google ‘nude beach images’ before you go. I have a tendency to believe that the Europeans are much more tolerent of public nudity and unsensored and unabashed sex than the puritan values of Americans. I think this is a good thing. There are way too many people out there that I don’t want to see in the buff. And, I’m sure there are those that don’t want to see me. But, if you think your missing out on something….have at it. Just be sure to take a cooler of Nude Beach. It may be the ice breaker you need.

Drinkability: Good summer brew.
Appearance: Cloudy medium gold color.
The Buds: Citrusy and creamy.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.75 out of 5.

Your ugly nudity isn't a problem, but the dog is.

Your nudity isn't a problem, but the dog is.

May 1, 2011

TBR Reviews Stevens Point Cascade Pale Ale 5.1.2011

Stevens Point Cascade Pale Ale

Stevens Point Cascade Pale Ale

The Brewski Report Reviews Stevens Point Cascade Pale Ale
File Date: 5.1.2011

 File Name: My wife love me. She bought home a six pack.
The Beer: Cascade Pale Ale
Type: American Pale Ale
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.4% ABV
Brewer: Stevens Point Brewery
Web Site: www.pointbeer.com
State/Country of Origin: WI, USA
Brewer Info: Steven’s Point Brewery HistoryThe Stevens Point Brewery is steeped in a history that has transcended the trials of the Civil War, the Great Depression and Prohibition. More than 150 years later, the Stevens Point Brewery continues to successfully brew quality beer, just as the brewery’s founders, Frank Wahle and George Ruder, did in 1857. This undeniable endurance is a testament of why the Stevens Point Brewery, in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is the 5th oldest continuously operating brewery remaining in the United States. Today, the Stevens Point Brewery is proud to be Wisconsin-owned and independently operated. We take great pride in our history. And, we continue to work hard, as our founders did, to continue to provide our customers today with quality award-winning beer

tbr-stevensptlogoBrewer Brand Hype: Point Cascade Pale Ale is handcrafted combining special top-fermenting yeast and a dry hopping process to create this truly classic American Pale Ale. The intriguing character is derived from generous quantities of the choicest Yakima Valley Cascade hops and the finest crystal, 2-row pale, and Munich malts. The result is a delicious American Pale Ale with a signature fragrant hop bouquet and soft malt palate.
Label: Hand Crafted. Point Well Made.

The Brewski Review: Did I tell mention that my wife picked up a six pack of IPA for me a few weeks ago. She hunted and pecked until she thought she found the perfect set. Little did she know she stuffed an American Pale Ale in with the IPA’s. Stevens Point Cascade Pale Ale is that APA. I can say that I liked it a little better than the IPA’s I’ve been downing lately. This one has the hoppy bitterness but not as much as there seems to be with an IPA. For that reason, I could drink a six pack of this brand. It was cold and crisp and went down fast. Try some Stevens Point APA yourself and let me know what you think.

Drinkability: Yes. Would drink again.
Appearance: Light golden color. Quick dissolving head.
The Buds: Good. Hoppy but not as bitter as an IPA.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.75 caps out of 5.

Vintage Stevens Point beer advertisement.

Vintage Stevens Point beer advertisement.

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.

June 5, 2010

TBR’s Miller Chill Beer Review 6.5.2010

tbr-miller-chill-bottleThe Brewski Report Reviews Miller Brewing’s Miller Chill
File Date: 6.5.2010

File Name: Chill: A Graduation to Mediocrity
The Beer: Miller Chill
Type: American Adjunct Lager
Serving: Bottle (clear)
Stats: 4.1% ABV
Brewer: Miller Brewing Company (MillerCoors/SAB Miller)
Web Site: http://www.millercoors.com
Country of Origin: WI, USA
Brewer Info: MillerCoors grew from the dreams of two German entrepreneurs who came to America in the mid-19th century. Miller Brewing Company began when a determined young brewer, Frederick J. Miller, brought his passion for beer to the United States. Miller settled in Milwaukee, where in 1855 he bought the Plank Road Brewery and made his first delicious beer, using yeast that he had carried with him all the way from Europe. Coors Brewing Company tapped its first barrel in 1873, when Adolph Coors opened The Golden Brewery in Colorado. Coors was born in Prussia and apprenticed at a brewery in his teens. With characteristic spirit, he stowed away on a ship to get to America and bring his brewing dream to life. Both companies had the good luck to be formed from the visions of remarkable businessmen who also happened to be remarkable human beings. Both had the good fortune to have family members carry on the work and legacy of founders. Both enterprises survived Prohibition and two world wars, when brewing materials were scarce and hundreds of other brewers failed to survive. Our founding companies built their success barrel by barrel. At MillerCoors, we now begin our own history. We have two wonderful traditions. And now, our talents, energies and ingenuity come together to form one promising company. 

chill-logoBrewer Brand Hype: Launched in 2007, Miller Chill is a refreshing light beer brewed with a hint of lime and a pinch of salt inspired by a classic Mexican recipe, the chelada. With Miller Chill, we are giving American beer drinkers a unique twist on refreshment that can be enjoyed with friends and family during many different occasions throughout the year. Miller Chill was so well received by consumers that it alone accounted for more volume than the next 14 biggest new beer brands of 2007 combined.
Label: 100 Calories. Light Beer with Natural Flavors.

The Brewski Review: High school graduation season is upon us.  Time for parties with free food and booze.  Well, not free in the complete sense of the word.  There is the seemingly mandatory obligation for a ‘cash’ donation to the party’s guest of honor.  I put up a weak effort in a conversation with my wife by saying that a gift wasn’t necessary. It probably wasn’t, but we gave a card with a few bills stuffed inside anyhow.  In the current social paradigm it seems like an obligatory requirement to give cash at about every social gathering we’re invited too.  Funny thing…I don’t recall getting cash gifts from relatives once I passed the age of five – my wonderful parents and grandparents aside. At the party we ate Italian sausage and pepper sandwiches, fried chicken, fruit and pasta salads and an assortment of veggies and dips all for a few bucks. And, of course, there was beer. When I first arrived at the party I noticed the cooler stocked with Miller Chill.  I’ve been wanting to taste this since I tried the Bud Lime a couple weeks back.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t as good as I thought it would be.  There was difinitely a citrus taste, but it was minimal. I could barely taste the lime.  To me, it was just another American Adjunct Lager in a clear bottle (I think the green Miller Chill bottles looked better). Bud Lime wins out on this taste comparison.  All in all, it was a pleasant afternoon. Although, not free, the food and drinks were about on par with taking the family out to dinner.

Drinkability: Not a fan. Needs more lime flavor.
Appearance: Straw colored in the bottle.
The Buds: Light and crisp. Minimal lime flavor.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.25 out of 5.

Everyone's Friend.

Everyone's Friend.

May 5, 2010

Jacob Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy Beer Review 5.5.10

Shandygaff - Beer Flavored With Ginger or Citrus

Shandygaff - Beer Flavored With Ginger or Citrus

The Brewski Report Reviews Leinie’s Summer Shandy
File Date: 5.5.10

 File Name: America Sends Democrats To Greece To ‘Show ’em How It’s Done’.
The Beer: Summer Shandy
Type: Fruit/Vegetable Beer
Serving: Draft
Stats: 4.2% ABV
Brewer: Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Web Site: www.leinie.com
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-shandy-canBrewer Brand Hype: Get a taste of the freshest flavor under the sun – Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy. A Shandy is lemonade flavored beer, a European favorite during the warmer months. And the light, crisp flavor makes it a great summer refresher. Each batch is carefully brewed using the finest wheat, malted barley and just a hint of real Wisconsin honey. Then, our brewmasters mix in fresh lemonade and citrus flavors to create an adventurous taste that’s perfect for those lazy days of summer.
Label: Pulled from the tap.

The Brewski Review: I like the flavor of lemon. Lemon bars, lemon cake, lemonade, etc. You get the picture. So, it’s no surprise that I enjoyed this beer immensely. Leinenkugel put minimal effort into naming this beer. It makes for a perfect warm weather beverage. I think it was 83 degrees the day I strolled into the local Buffalo Wild Wings when I drank this fruity beer. I was, of course, traveling on the road. There isn’t much around my hotel so B-Dub’s it was. There was ‘conditioned air’ inside the building (I loathe hot weather) but nonetheless, I beleive this beverage would satisfy anyone, whether hot or not, if they enjoy the taste of lemon. Give it a try. I can imagine that it would be a great beer watch the Greek economy take a header into the toilet while simultaniously pulling your hard earned tax dollars with it through the IMF. As a nation, we’re so priviledged to have such a wonderful collection of elected officials that could really care less what their consitituents want. Just make sure you show them how thankful you are in the next election. And, if you were ignorant enough to vote these crooks into office, there’s no hope for you. So just don’t vote. Move to Greece or some other country that detests America. And, take our elected officials with you – including the big man himself. I’m sure his top boot lickers like Pelosi, Reid & company can ‘show ’em how it’s done’ when spending your way to socialistic prosperity.

Drinkability: Excellent. I love lemon flavor so I enjoyed this beer.
Appearance: Cloudy, pale yellow in color. Minimal head when served.
The Buds: Zesty lemon flavor. A crisp, warm weather refreshment.
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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