Is it just me, or is German beer always awesome? I have never had a bad German beer and Munich Gold lager continues this trend.
I guess, I shouldn't be surprised by this lager. The brewer Hacker-Pschorr has been brewing beer in the traditional Bavarian manner since 1417. That's 99 years before the German Purity Laws came into existence. These fellas have a little bit of experience brewing beer.
The first thing I noticed when I opened the bottle's pop top was the loud pop from the carbonation. It certainly sounded fresh!
I found Munich Gold to be a smooth easy drinking lager that was nice and refreshing with a light aftertaste. I finished half the glass in about 5 seconds. It was that good! Carolyn on the other hand didn't like the aftertaste and consequently wasn't much of a fan. This surprised me, because I thought this lager would have been right in her wheel house.
It was easy to give Munich Gold four burps. If I drank it for a week or two, I might give it five burps. But it wasn't instant love, and for that reason, it only got four.
When I picked the bottle of Steinlager Classic off the beer store's shelf, I figured it was from Germany. It had a German name and the font was definitely Gothic. I was shocked when I opened it a week later to find out that this German looking beer was actually from New Zealand.
After reading a bit about the beer's history it became obvious why this beer emulates a German product. Steinlager Classic was developed in 1958 in response to New Zealand's "Black Budget". The Black Budget effectively banned imported beer from entering the country. As a result, Steinlager Classic was born. No wonder it looks German, it was designed to replace German product.
Unfortunately, the contents of this Kiwi lager didn't match the German flavour it was trying to imitate. To me, it tasted like the Canadian beer Labatt Blue. It had a medium gold colour and a nice frothy head formed when poured.
Steinlager had a nice crisp classic lager flavour. If you like lagers, you'll like Steinlager Classic. It's not the best lager I've had, but it's good. I give this beer 3 burps!
I first noticed Lazy Mutt Alberta Brown Ale at the liquor store. It had a tough looking cartoon bulldog on it, that said try me. Well, that's the last time I listen to a cartoon bulldog.
I was looking forward to my first taste of an Alberta Brown Ale. I had no clue what an Alberta Ale tasted like, so I was ready to go. Upon my first taste, I thought I tasted molasses but I knew that was wrong. By the third swallow, I tasted burnt caramel. The taste of caramel with a bitter finish. It left my mouth with a strong malty taste.
During the initial pour not much of a head formed, but what did form, stayed consistent as I drank it down. When I topped up the glass, a thick foamy head formed.
Initially, I thought Lazy Mutt was a three burp beer, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that the average three burper was much more enjoyable than this Minhas Micro Brewery product. By the end, I didn't even want to finish the glass. I gave the rest to my German Shepherd, but he didn't want it either.
In the end, I give Lazy Mutt Alberta Brown Ale two burps.
Drinking the world.
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