In a world of infinite number of ales, I really enjoy a nice lager and the pale lager Czechvar from the Czech Republic is a very nice lager.
When starting this blog, I wasn't sure how to describe this beer. After looking at my notes for a few minutes, I kept coming back to my first two descriptions. After my first taste, I noted that Czechvar had a classic lager taste. After my second swallow, I wrote "Yep that's a lager". Perhaps those two statements says it all about this tasty Czech beer - classic lager flavour.
It has a beautiful amber color and no head when poured. Additionally, it has a nice clean flavour with little aftertaste. Sometimes I get sick of a lager if I have a few of them back to back, but I could drink Czechvar all night long.
Brewed by local brewer BBNP since 1895, the origins of Czechvar beer goes back much further in time. Variations of this beer have been brewed in the town of České Budějovice since 1265.
I give Czechvar lager 3 burps, but it was close to four. When I'm in the mood for a lager, this one would definitely be on my "go to" list. Next time you want a lager, I suggest you give it a try.
After drinking my first 7 lager, I now understand why Russia is famous for its vodka and not its beer. To say I was disappointed would not be an understatement. Especially when I was looking so forward to having my first ever Russian beer.
When I poured the beer no head formed despite it looking very carbonated. Its colour immediately struck me as being remarkably similar to Canada Dry ginger ale. and it had a light floral smell. I gamely took my first swallow and immediately noticed a fizzy bite in the back of my throat during the finish. It had the typical lager taste but there wasn't anything that stands out with this beer. In fact, I had trouble finishing it.
The best thing about Baltika Breweries No. 7 was the pull tab cap. It removed the plastic cap very easily and it is a much better then twist caps. I also liked the stamped logo on the bottle. Pretty sad, when the best thing about this beer is its container.
After reading the brewer's product page, it became clear to me why I didn't like 7. I don't think I'm the target market for this premium beer. Baltika says that ""Seven" consumers are open to communication; they value everything that is aimed at development and know that they are capable of achieving more in life. And the Baltika #7 enables them to feel progressive, striving for the best and for new achievements."
Despite this marketing hype I only give Baltika Breweries 7 two burps. I'm sticking to Russian vodka in the future.
When I started this beer blog, my post college roommate sent me a message that he thought German beer was the best. I certainly didn't disagree with him. I have always loved German beers, and Ayinger Brauweisse has kept my love strong.
Ayinger Brauweisse is an authentic Hefe Weizen which means it's an unfiltered wheat beer. When pouring a the beer, I immediately noticed that it was nice an cloudy the way a wheat beer should be. It also formed a nice frothy head that stayed for the beer's duration.
As soon as I sampled the beer, I immediately sensed smoke. It had a great smoky taste which I have only experienced a couple of times. After I got used to the smoke, I could taste fruits (maybe lemon). This beer totally kicks the shit out of the US wheat beer Blue Moon.
Bruerei Aying has been making beer since 1878 and follows the Reinheitsgebot Purity Laws of 1516. It regularly wins medals at the European Beer Star awards. In fact Ayinger Brauweisse won the silver medal for 2015.
Brauweisse is the best wheat beer that I've had to date. Minutes after I finished it, I kept repeating that it was a really good beer. Would I recommend it? Hell yeah!! I give this bad boy 5 Big Burps.
If you like wheat beer, you have to try this one.
The first time I tried Cutthroat Ale, I drank six of them in two days and went out and bought six more.
I'm not entirely sure why I like this beer be so much. It's just yummy. When poured, a nice head formed that lasted the length of the glass. While it's true that I like good long head, I also enjoyed the bit of a bite that Cutthroat provided along with its nice bitter finish. The brewer describes it as a "Full Flavoured West Coast Ale" and I would agree.
The Tree Brewing Co. has been in business since 1996. Based in Kelowna British Columbia Canada, brew in small batches using only water, malt, hops and yeast to produce the highest quality, award winning beer. Cuthroat was the Gold medalist in the 2007 Canadian Brewers Awards.
I give this beer 4 out of 5 burps and I highly recommend it. You won't be disappointed if you try it.
Let me know what you think.
I gotta come clean. I have liked every pumpkin ale that I've ever had. Having said that, Alley Kat Brewing Company's Pumpkin Pie Spiced Ale is outstanding!
If you have never had a pumpkin ale, I strongly suggest that you do. At least, if you like pumpkin pie. To me, every pumpkin ale I've ever had reminds me of this delicious holiday dessert, and this beer didn't disappoint in that department.
The Pumpkin Pie did more then taste like its namesake, it smelled like it too. In fact, my first comment was that it smelled like Grandma's kitchen at Thanksgiving.
Alley Kat Brewing Company is a small, scrappy brewery from Edmonton, Alberta Canada. It's the fourth oldest brewery in Alberta, and damn proud of it!
Would I recommend Pumpkin Pie? Oh yeah!!!! The only reason why it didn't get 5 stars is because I thought it could have had a stronger spice finish like the pumpkin ale at Puerto Vallarta brewer Los Muertos Brewing.
Try it, and let me know what you think.
You would think that a beer named Grumpy Bear would have a bold, aggressive taste, but it certainly doesn't live up to it's name.
Before I get into the review, I have to admit that I'm not the biggest fan of honey beers. In fact, the only reason I had this one is that it was purchased for me. Having said that, it would have been a long time before I purchased this Alberta beer if I was left to my own devices.
When I poured the Bear, I noticed that it had a nice gold color, but I was very disappointed by the lack of head. There was NO head. I even poured another one straight into the glass - still no head. I like a head on my beer, but I guess, that's not Grumpy Bear's style. It tasted light and sweet and it wasn't offensive.
Grumpy Bear is brewed by The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company in Canmore, Alberta since 1996. It is a brewpub located on Canmore’s Main Street, in the Canadian Rockies and it's owned by an Australian.
Grumpy Bear is made from Alberta malt, wheat and honey. It greets you with a floral nose and a well rounded body, sweet palate and smooth finish.
Would I recommend Grumpy Bear? If you like honey wheat beers, you'll like this one. Personally it isn't for me, but Carolyn liked it. That's why it got 3 burps instead of two.
Try it and let me know what you think.
I bought Old Speckled Hen purely on it's name. As soon as I saw this English beer at the beer store, I had to have it. With a name like that it had to be good.
I really liked the creamy head that came with this beer. It wasn't creamy like a Guiness, but it was still pretty damn good! I also enjoyed the nice malty bite. I would love to try this beer on tap, and when I get to the UK, I'll search it out.
What really surprised me about Old Speckled Hen was how much Carolyn liked it. Normally, she is leery about drinking any beer that is darker in colour. Her attitude is usually "too much flavour for me". I'm confident that if she was at a pub in England, she would be able to get through a pint or two.
Morland Brewing has been making beer since 1711, so they know what they're doing. The brewer describes Old Speckled Hen as having a full, smooth flavour and is very easy to drink. Its rich amber colour and superb fruity aromas are complemented by a delicious blend of malty tastes. Toffee and malt combine with bitterness on the back of the tongue to give a balanced sweetness.
If you're looking to try an English beer, I highly recommend Old Speckled Hen. It's not too strong, and it's reflective of the English style.
Let me know what you think.
I've never heard of Bavaria Beer before I found it on sale at my local beer store. Three things attracted me to it. It was on sale, it was big and it was in a green bottle. I've come to realize that I'm a sucker for beers in green bottles and this marketing ploy always works on me.
The first thing I noticed when pouring the Bavaria was its beautiful gold colour. It really stood out as I poured it into the glass. I also like the nice head that formed when poured and stayed as I drank it down. Like it's countryman Heineken, Bavaria beer has a slightly bitter after taste that sticks with you.
The brewer Bavaria International is Holland's largest independent brewer. It has been brewing beer since the 1680's and has been owned by one family for its entire history. The brewery uses it's own source of naturally pure water, and it even has it's own malt house to malt the barley. It's one of the few breweries left in the world to malt its own barley.
I would definitely get Bavaria again. I give it 4 out of 5 burps. Even Carolyn liked it, and she doesn't like many beers. Perhaps this will be a great beer for non-beer lovers. let me know what you think.
I gotta admit, I purchased this can of Hockley Dark because it looked like a tasty English beer. The can was brown like Guinness and the cream logo also looks very English. So, I was shocked when I looked at the can to get information for the blog that I learned this tasty beer was from a brewery in Ontario Canada.
Hockley Valley Brewing Company won gold medals at the Ontario Brewer Awards in 2007 and 2008. After enjoying this traditional English ale, I'm not surprised. As soon as I swallowed some, I immediately tasted caramel and molasses. As my taste buds got used to these flavours, I noticed a bit of a coffee finish. Often, I only need one or two dark beers, but I could easily drink 5 or 6 of these bad boys.
The company describes Hockley Dark as an ingenius hybrid of a Northern Brown Ale and a Midlands Mild, with a body tweaked to give it a lighter, more North American appeal. That's exactly what I was thinking (yeah right).
So, if you ever come across Hockley Dark, I highly recommend it.
According to the back of the bottle Maple Shack Cream Ale is a malty smooth cream ale wit ha hint of maple syrup with a mild hop bitterness. Supposedly it's a tribute to the maple shacks of the french Canadian province of Quebec.
It's made by Grandville Island Brewing Company in Kelowna British Columbia Canada and is part of their Under the Bridge Series. The brewery opened in 1984 and claims to be Canada's first micro brewery. GIB offers 26 different beers and a total of four in the Under the Bridge Series. I look forward to trying them all!
I definitely agree with the hoppy bitterness in the finish, but as a cream ale, I have had better. I certainly didn't taste any hint of maple. It was a good non offensive beer with a nice head of medium thickness. Would I drink it again? Sure, but it won't be my first choice.
Try it an let me know what you think.
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