Since my university days, I've enjoyed drinking blonde ales in the summer. They tend to be light and crisp and go great in hot weather. Canada's Knotty Blonde Ale certainly fits this bill.
It's a light tasting beer with a slight fruity flavour. I know what you're thinking - light tasting beers taste like water and usually suck. Well, that's not the case with this Knotty Blonde. It's crisp tasting with a subtle maltiness, and it isn't hoppy at all.
I drank this 650 ml bottle quickly. A bunch of these would go down very easy sitting out on the back deck. Even Carolyn really enjoyed it.
Not much of a head formed on my initial pour even though I thought I poured it aggressively. When I topped up the glass at the halfway point, I nice thick frothy head formed which was nice.
Brewed by Old Yale Brewing Company in the Chilliwack River Valley, the brewers claim to use Canada's best drinking water. I don't know about that claim, but Knotty Blonde Ale tastes pretty damn good.
It's easy to give this beer four burps. If you're looking for a fresh and crisp tasting beer to enjoy during hot patio weather, this is it.
Let me know if you like it.
For millions of people, when a beer is compared to Coors Light it's seen as a positive endorsement. I am not one of those people. I think Coors Light tastes like bland piss and that pretty much sums up Hollandia lager.
When I poured this Dutch lager, I was looking forward to a good tasting beer. I have generally had good experience with Dutch beers, and I figured this would be another one. A nice foamy head developed when poured and the colour was a typical pale lager gold. So far, so good.
The taste was very mild and unassuming. It was almost too mild. I thought, maybe it was just me. I had just finished a nice malty German beer about 30 minutes before I had this one, so I thought it was just a clash of tastes in my mouth between the two beers.
I decided to have Carolyn try it, and her response describes this beer perfectly. "It tastes like Coor's Light. I like it", she exclaimed. No wonder I thought this beer's taste was too mild. It's because it is!
After thinking about what Carolyn said, she was right. It does taste like Coor's Light. Maybe that's a positive review for you, but for me, that's a kiss of death. If you love Coor's Light, I strongly suggest you get a few Hollandia. You'll love them. However, if you like a little flavour with your beer, steer clear of it. This beer only deserves two burps, and that's all it gets.
Brauerei Aying's lager Jahrhundert Bier drinks much easier than it's spelt. I was done half the glass before I knew it. I guess I shouldn't have been surprised. The only other beer I've had from this brewery was an easy 5 burp beer, and I expected this one to be of similar quality.
I certainly wasn't disappointed with Jahrhundert Bier. It's pale gold colour was typical of many lagers but it was slightly cloudy which added another dimension. It had light carbonation that created little head, but that didn't affect the fresh malty taste.
It was a very easy drinking beer. It went down quickly, and I said to myself as I finished the glass that I could easily drink a bunch of these. With it's crisp taste, this medium bodied lager had a malty finish that wasn't overpowering.
Jahrhundert Bier was created in 1978 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the brewery, and has proven itself to become a regular brand for Brauerei Aying.
I waffled between giving this lager four or five burps. At the end of the day, I realized that I really liked this beer but I didn't love it. Therefore I give Jahrhundert Bier 4 big burps. If you like lagers, you have to try this one.
I'd been saving my bottle of Black Butte Porter for just the right time. I have to be in the mood for a porter to truly enjoy one, and this one came in such a large portion size, I didn't want to open it unless I had a hankering.
Last Saturday, that hankering came. I didn't know what I wanted for lunch, so I decided I would just drink this big bottle of porter. At 1 pint 6 ounces, I knew this beer would satisfy my empty belly.
I knew I was going to enjoy this beer as soon as I poured it. It had a deep black colour, and a nice thick, fine bubbled head. It wasn't as creamy as a Guinness but it's close. Upon drinking, I immediately noticed a strong coffee taste, and later on, I could taste a hint of chocolate in the finish.
Many people may think this is a thick, strong tasting beer from looking at it, but it isn't. It was quite smooth tasting without a bitter aftertaste. Carolyn quite liked it. She said it was almost sweet.
I knew after the first couple of swallows that this was a 4 burp beer. By the time I got to the bottom of the glass, my opinion hadn't changed. I give Deschutes Brewery's Black Butte Porter four solid burps!
I've been drinking several dark beers as of late. I've had them, from Ireland, England and Canada, but I've never had a German dark beer, so when the opportunity to drink a Weissbier Dunkel presented itself, I jumped at the chance.
When I poured the Dunkel, I took note of its dark brown color which is typical of the many dark beers, I've had before. The head formed very easily. Almost to easily. It foamed over the top of the glass both times I poured it. It was a good thick head. Not creamy like a Guiness, but foamy and thick. Eventually, it reduced to a fine foam layer that clung to the side of the glass.
What really surprised me about this beer was the subtle flavour. It had a mild malty taste with a hint of coffee at the beginning. It was very clean and smooth with very little aftertaste. It was so mellow, Carolyn actually said it was the first dark beer she really liked.
I was also shocked to learn that this yummy dark beer was a wheat beer. I didn't know wheat beers could be brewed in a dark style. Maybe that's why it was so smooth.
Brewed by Erdinger since 1886, Weissbier Dunkel claims to be "the world's most popular wheat beer". I don't know about that, but it's a pretty damn good beer. After the first couple of swallows, I thought it would get three burps, but by the time I finished the glass, this dark wheat beer easily obtained 4 burps.
Let me know what you think.
I was excited to try Samuel Smith's India Ale when I pulled it out of my fridge. I really enjoy English beer and I figured this would be the case with Mr. Smiths IPA. I certanily wasn't disappointed with this beer, but it didn't grab me by the collar and make shout "outstanding".
My personal highlight of this beer was its refreshing bitterness. I really noticed it at the beginning of each mouthful but it quickly dissipates as you rest between swallows. India Ale also had the strong hop finish which is typical of IPA.
Other highlights of this beer was it's beautiful pale copper colour. and the consistent frothy film that clung to the side of the glass as I drunk it down. I like that. It helps the beer look and taste like it was poured from a tap.
Samuel Smith's Old Brewery in North Yorkshire, England has been brewing beer since the 1780's. The original well was sunk in 1785 and its water is still be used to make beer today. Kinda impressive.
I only gave this beer 3 burps. It's good, but I expected more from it. Maybe the problem is with me and not the beer. I wish I could have given it more burps, but it just didn't stand up to the English 4 burp beers I've rated.
Let me know what you think.
Usually, I'm not a fan of strong beer. I have a preconceived notion that it doesn't taste good. When I think "strong beer", I think of cheap American beer. However, if I keep drinking beers like Tap 5 Hopfenweisse, my opinion about strong beers will change.
Tap 5 is made by Germany's oldest wheat beer brewery Schneider & Sohn. This is the same brewer that makes Tap 4 which I recently gave 5 burps. So I was excited to see what Tap 5 would offer. Being a Doppelbock I expected it to be stronger and darker than Tap 4 and I wasn't disappointed.
It was darker than its cousin and definitely cloudier. I could actually see particles moving around in the glass from the strong and long lasting carbonation. The initial head was substantial, and the bubbles kept forming as I drank this bad boy down.
I noticed that once I got used to the sweet taste, Tap 5 started to go down easy. Maybe it was because I was sitting in the sun on my deck, or maybe it's just good. I think it was a bit of both.
Do I recommend Tap 5. Yep! It's a decent beer, and for an 8.2% beer, it's pretty good. It was easy to give it 3 burps. Although to be honest, I'll stick to Tap 4 when given the choice between the two.
When I developed the headline for this fantastic German beer, it occurred to me, that I could have used several different ways to present Tap 4. Yes, it's organic, but it's also a wheat beer and a strong beer. It's full name is Tap 4 Mein Grünes, but that's hard to write. At the end of the day, it's just an awesome beer.
One of the things I liked the most about this wheat beer was the excellent carbonation. I could feel a fizzy tingling on my tongue with every mouthful. It kind of reminded me of Pop Rocks but not nearly as intense. It was a pretty unique experience. Unlike any of the beers I've had to date.
Tap 4 is an unfiltered beer that has a beautiful apricot color and a slight fruity flavour. It has a nice foamy head that settles into a consistent foamy layer that stayed to the bottom of the glass. At 6.2% alcohol, I was shocked to learn that it's a strong beer. Most strong beers have a sickly sweet taste, but this one was just yummy.
Carolyn encouraged me to drink this beer on a Sunday morning with an empty stomach. It was delicious and it made my head spin. I guess that's what happens at 8:30 AM.
Brewed by Germany's oldest wheat beer brewery Schneider & Sohn, Tap 4 was brewed from 1966 - 1944 for Oktoberfest only. In 1999, it was brought back and bottled for the broader market, and I'm sure glad they did!
I give this Wiesen Edel-Weisse 5 burps. I really loved this beer. In fact, as soon as I finished it I wanted another. When you see it, get it.
Nowadays, many brands describe themselves in glowing terms like "premium". That's why I was skeptical when I read "Outstanding Premium Ale" on Fuller's London Pride. I've heard it all before. However, these chaps from Chiswick, London have definitely put their money where their mouth is. I really liked this beer!
The first indicator that this was going to be a good beer was the nice foamy head that formed when poured. The head dissipated into a thin layer that remained for the length of the glass. I really found that the head kept the beer fresh tasting, like it was poured from a tap.
London Pride is a beautiful golden brown colour with a mild fruity aroma and a slight fruity taste. The finish was mild. You could barely taste the hops. It was a very smooth beer. Carolyn actually said that she liked it because it wasn't bitter.
Family owned Griffen Brewery has been making beer in London, England since the 1860's. London pride has been produced since the 1950's and is considered London's beer (at least according to the brewer).
This Outstanding Premium Ale easily got 4 big burps. It almost got five. I highly recommend you search this out and try it. You won't regret it.
I've never been a huge drinker of dark beers. One or two and I'm good. I can't drink dark beer all night long. However, I might be able to drink a whole bunch of Mill Street Brewery's Vanilla Porter.
Imagine enjoying the dark malty flavour of a dark beer combined with the unique flavour of vanilla. Don't think this is like the vanilla flavour you get in Vanilla Coke. You're not going to get any artificial vanilla flavorings here. The fellas at Mill St. use real vanilla extract, and you can tell the difference once you taste this delicious porter.
You can definitely taste the vanilla. It wasn't overpowering, but you could taste it in the background. It went very nice with the traditional coffee and malty flavours of porters. It's head was thick and creamy like you would expect, and the colour was deep brown.
Porters are similar to Stouts but they differ in the type of malt used during brewing. Porters use malted barley while stouts primarily use unmalted roasted barley. Porters also tend to be a little lighter than stouts but the two are similar. If you like one, you'll like the other.
I give Mill Street Brewery's Vanilla Porter 4 big burps.
Let me know what you think.
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