Archive for the ‘Pale Lager’ Category

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Day #296 – Beer 30 Light

October 24, 2011

Watchin the Rangers game tonight. They need a win badly, and I need a beer. I think watching a sports game is a good excuse to break out a pale lager.

Beer 30 Light

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Beer 30 Light. I mean even the name just sounds awful. Their slogan is “anytime is the right time.” This beer is brewed by City Brewing Company. This is the same company that has brought us such gems as Bootie Light, Jack Hammer High Gravity Lager and The Cat Malt Liquor. Obviously my expectations are very low. Pale Lager at 3.8%.

I chilled my Coors Light shaker in the freezer just for this occasion. Look how blue the mountains are!! This beer pours a very clear straw yellow color with a foamy white head.

This beer smells. Just smells. Light grain, metal, corn and some cardboard. Not the best smelling beer.

The flavor is metal, corn and bitterness. Not flavorful in the least. I wouldn’t recommend this. Apparently anytime is never the right time.

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Cheers!

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Day #252 – Chang Beer

September 10, 2011

Ok. I picked up today’s beer for one reason and one alone…..I have a glass to go with it. *wince* Yeah it’s a pretty sad story but one that bears repeating. I picked up a Chang glass at one of Ginger Man’s glass nights over a year ago. I am pretty sure I had tried the beer before then and even still jumped right in. The beer was not pleasant in any sense of the word but the glass ended up being quite unique and a favorite tasting glass. So, for the sake of the blog, I have made this sacrifice once again in the name of journalism!

Chang Beer

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Chang Beer is a pale lager brewed by Thai Beverages. Thai Beverages obviously is based out of Phra Nakhon Sri Ayutthaya Province, Thailand. (Obviously for the Thailand part, not all the rest of that.) It has an ABV of 5%, and apparently they are still quite proud of a medal this beer won in 1998 in Australia. Despite my past experience with this beer, I will try to remain neutral in my observations. Try.

I decided to have a beer outside today as it is finally tolerable weather here in Texas and isn’t blistering hot.  I actually turned off the AC for a bit today and opened the windows!

Check out the glass! How cool! Special note that it is too small to hold the entire contents of the bottle, but that’s alright. I doubt you will want it all anyway. This beer pours a very clear light yellow color that almost touches on straw. It has a fizzy white head that disappears quite readily.

The aroma is lots of corn and grainy notes, rice and slight metal notes. That’s about it.

Flavor offers exactly the same; grainy and corny, with rice sweetness and a bit of malt. No hop bitterness to speak of, and finishes like water. I suppose if you were thirsty and needed something to down real quick this would do the trick… 🙂

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Cheers!

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Day #190 – Old Milwaukee

July 10, 2011

Now hold on just a second before you go on giving me a hard time for reviewing this beer! I actually have a very good reason for selecting this. The first reason is that I was at the Rangers game this afternoon, and it was hot and the sun was brutal today! The only options in my fridge were this and an imperial stout. Haha sorry; there is a time for every beer and today is NOT the time for an impy! Also my second reason is that this beer was given to me by a friend for the sole purpose of reviewing it on my blog. That’s probably the most important reason as I don’t want to disappoint anyone who provides me beer at no cost! Anyways, here we go.

Old Milwaukee

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Old Milwaukee has a long history, dating back to 1890 when it was first brewed. Since then this beer has been passed around more than…..well just insert your own dirty comment there. The brand was sold to the Schlitz Brewing Company, which was then bought out by Stroh, which was THEN bought out by Pabst which was THEN BOUGHT OUT BY MILLERCOORS! Ugh, what a history and what a pain to type! 😦 Because of the change in ownership, this beer does not qualify as a craft beer, regardless of it’s prior status. However, as this brand is owned by MillerCoors now I will finally have a change to show off my Coors Light shaker. Let’s see if the mountains turn blue!!!

Ooooo blue mountains baby! We are in business tonight! This beer pours a very clear light golden to straw color. There is a pretty hefty white head that appears, fizzes up and then disappears just as quickly. Whoa, check out the can. This is “America’s Best Tasting Beer”. I suppose this will be my last post on this blog then because after drinking the best tasting beer….what’s the point of pressing on? :/

The aroma is grainy, corny and metallic. It is very light on the nose; crisp and plain.

The flavor is just as disappointing. Sweet grain, bitter flavors, corn, some metallic notes all come together to make this. The upfront taste actually isn’t too awful but man, the bitter aftertaste is just BLECH! I tried this beer one time when I was still very new to beer and my comments back then still make me laugh. I said “Decent until you are slammed with the after taste and then your world comes to an end.” Haha…..genius.

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Cheers!

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Day #140 – Lucky Buddha Beer

May 21, 2011

I know I’ve said it before that sometimes you buy a beer solely on what the bottle or label looks like.  Well this is definitely one of those times.  After seeing what the bottle looked like on this next beer, I couldn’t resist but to get it.

Lucky Buddha Beer

This beer is somewhat of a mystery to me.  The box says it was brewed by Lucky Drink Company, but when I check out their website and it doesn’t exist.  It also says on the packaging that it is imported from China.  Some further research reveals that it is brewed by Hangzhou Qiandaohu Beer Co., Ltd. which is actually based in China, while the Lucky Drink Company is out of Australia.  Haha, kind of takes away from the authenticity I think.  It’s also a pale lager at 4.8% ABV but the bottle rocks.

This beer pours a very clear golden color with a fizzy head that disappears quickly.

Aroma of corn and sweet grains. Some metal but absolutely no skunk. I’m shocked. Doesn’t smell too bad.

Has a sweet grain taste with a mix of lightly bitter malts, corn and slight copper. This actually is kinda smooth. I hate to say it but pale lagers come in 2 categories, awful and above awful and this one is above awful. (meaning it’s rather tasty.)

Cheers!

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Day #125 – Dos Equis XX Special Lager

May 6, 2011

Happy Seis de Mayo! I realize I’m a little behind but oh well. It’s all good in spirit! This beer has been one of my standby’s for a long time. Anytime I’m at a bar and they don’t have a good craft choice then I aim for this one!

Dos Equis XX Special Lager

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Dos Equis is brewed by FEMSA out of Monterrey/Veracruz-Llave, Mexico. Is this a Mexican lager? Yes. Is it craft beer? Uh…..probably not. FEMSA is a very large Mexican producer and exporter. They own most of the Mexican beer you see in our area today, and this company is in fact owned by Heineken International…..which I think has connections with AB InBev. It’s classified as a pale lager at 4.45%.

As an interesting aside, my best friend spent his honeymoon at a resort in Mexico and he said anytime he asked for a beer they always responded, “Light or dark?” Apparently most places only serve the Dos Equis Lager and their Amber. Pretty interesting thought. I have also tried a few bottles of this beer that was purchased in Mexico and for some reason it was sooo much better! I don’t know why but i didn’t complain.

Anyways, on to the beer…

This beer pours a clear golden color with a fizzy white head that disappears pretty quickly. Lots of carbonation and bubbles remain.

The aroma is fairly corny and grain, with a bit of lime. Still smells fairly refreshing.

Flavor is grainy and crisp, light corn and water with a bitter finish. This is refreshing to me, and is especially so when it is a hot Texas summer.

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I know this isn’t the best beer, but for some reason I like this a lot. It was one of the first beers I ever tried and liked and I think I am holding on to some sentimental feelings. Everyone has their guilty pleasures; this one’s mine.

Cheers!

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Day #81 – Stella Artois

March 23, 2011

If you recall, last week I reviewed what is arguably the world’s most recognizable stout, Guinness Draught.  Well today I am planning on reviewing what is arguably the world’s most recognizable craft BEER!  I’m excluding the macro breweries for the purposes of this blog because, well they aren’t craft beer.  However, technically as this company was purchased by InBev Belgium then they no longer qualify as a craft brewery anyway.  Oh well screw it.

Stella Artois

Stella Artois is a pale lager that originates from Leuven, Belgium.  While Stella itself has only been brewed since 1926, the brewery it came from dates back all the way to 1366!  If you look closely you will notice this is reflected in the label for this beer, “Anno 1366”.  From my research I found that tax records date back this far and that is how we know the brewery existed back then.  Even hundreds of years ago beer was still taxed.  Crazy.

Stella Artois is also known for it’s iconic glassware, with a thick stem and base that melds into a large sloping bowl topped with a gold rim.   I usually have more than one of these laying around my house but as I am checking now, it looks like I only have 1!  (It was fairly dusty when I pulled it out, so excuse the freshly washed appearance in my picture). I must have traded the others away.  Oh well, I’ll just have to find another time to hold a free glass contest.

On to the beer…

This beer pours a very clear light golden color with a fizzy white head.  There is quite a bit of carbonation apparent in this one.

Aroma is of pilsener malts and grains, slight metal, and some other sweet notes.  Almost a candied sweetness.  I don’t think it’s skunked but I can’t say for certain that there isn’t just a hint of light striking.

As an aside, I was watching a beer special on the cooking channel earlier this week and it centered around this beer, Stella Artois and how it gets from the grain to the glass.  At one point they were inside the brewery and viewing the bottling line.  It was at this point that it was mentioned that all Stella that is bottled in brown bottles is reserved for the Belgians themselves and the green bottles are used for export.  The gentleman who was working there mentioned that this is due to the green bottles having a special treatment to protect them from the light.  This was absolute CRAP!  No amount of special treatment would improve green glass over brown.  I don’t know the real deal here, but if I were to guess it would be that green glass is cheaper to come by and American consumers don’t know the difference between good beer and bad beer so that’s why they use them.  Granted that’s merely speculative on my part.  If it were me, I would want the beer that has the furthest distance to travel to carry the most amount of protection.  But that’s just me.

The flavor mirrors the aroma.  Bitter grains and malts with some metallic flavorings and a bittersweet finish.  No skunk flavor at cold temperatures.  Drink it fast though because this style certainly does not improve as it warms.

And the glass goes back on the shelf…

Cheers!

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Day #74 – Kirin Ichiban

March 16, 2011

I’m sure by now you have all been aware of the massive earthquake that hit Japan last week.  Tokyo was also affected by the quake and the subsequent tsunami wave that caused great destruction in it’s path.  While this area is prone to earthquakes and their buildings and structures have been reinforced to handle this, an earthquake of this magnitude was just too much for several structures.  Unfortunately the beer community was affected by this as well.  Kirin Brewing Company is based in Tokyo and has a nation wide distribution area.  They released a statement a few days ago describing the damage to their facility.  Here is a photo:  you can see the massive fermentation tanks that were knocked over like bowling pins.  Unreal.

Keep in mind these tanks are several stories tall and they have suffered damage.  Hopefully Kirin will be back on it’s feet and brewing again soon!  In honor of them, I have chosen my beer 74 to be from this brewery.

Kirin Ichiban

The Ichiban is their flagship beer and unfortunately is a pale lager.  Not my favorite style but somehow I keep running into these things.  In honor of the brewery however I will come at this with an open mind.  Here’s hoping for the best!

I decided to pour this beer into a glass from another brewery in Tokyo, Sapporo.

This beer pours a clear golden yellow color with a very fizzy white head.  Looks fairly standard and straightforward.

Right off the bat the aroma is very corny and metallic.  Lots of grain and cornbread.  I could smell it before I even got close to the glass.

The flavor is bitter grain, soured bread and metallic notes.  Distasteful finish which is very bitter indeed.  Not good.

I wish the Kirin family all the best and hope for a speedy recovery, but I will not be purchasing this again.

Cheers!