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.
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.
I used to be a big fan of Rickard's White. So when I visited a Molson Brewhouse while waiting for a plane, I decided to jump at the opportunity to enjoy this Belgian style wheat beer. I hadn't been to Canada for couple of years, so it had been at least that long since I last enjoyed a Rickards.
The beer looked great when it arrived. A pale gold color, it was beautifully cloudy. I was stoked to try it! After squeezing the orange slice, I took my first gulp. As the golden liquid hit my taste buds my brain was ready for a yummy taste of a wheat beer. Instead, all I got was bitter disappointment. My memories of Rickard's White was pure deliciousness. However, I have since had many different wheat beers from Germany and American and Mexican craft brewers, and Rickard's White just doesn't hold up.
The beer was kind of flavorless. Even on my third swallow, all I could taste was the orange I squeezed into it. In my opinion, orange should enhance the beer's flavour. Not be the beers flavour! It certainly doesn't hold a candle to the German Beer Ayinger which is brewed in the same style.
I give Molson Coors Rickard's White two small burps. I'm kinda ashamed that I used to like it more. If you want an unfiltered wheat beer, I suggest you look somewhere else.
Let me know what you think.
Where was this beer when I was in university? An inexpensive import beer with a high alcohol content that would have let me look sophisticated, while getting drunk quickly on a reasonable budget. That's win, win, win! Having said that, I'm no longer in university and the idea of drinking beer with a 10% alcohol content doesn't have the appeal it once did.
Faxe 10% looked promising when poured. It was slightly cloudy with a light brown colour and it strong sweet malty smell. It had a small fine head that clung to the sides of the glass.
I didn't like it at first, but it grew on me the more I drank it. Maybe it was the fact that it was hitting me on an empty stomach, or that it went well with the hot wings I had to fill my empty belly. Had I had a couple more, I would have been well on my way to getting drunk. This beer packs a punch!
Brewed by Royal Unibrew A/S since 1901, I was surprised that glucose syrup and corn were part of the ingredients list. Perhaps the extra sugar is needed to pump up the alcohol percentage.
Taken into context of other strong beers, Faxe 10% is good. Comparing it to other strong beers, I give it three burps. However, to stay true to my burp rating guidelines, I have to give this Danish bad boy two burps.
If you want to get drunk, drink a few of these!
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.
Drinking the world.
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