Archive for the ‘American Adjunct Lager’ Category

For one of my last dinners, I went to a Mexican restaurant and they had a happy hour special on Corona. Since I never formally reviewed the beer, I thought I’d give it a shot.

coronaextra

ABV: 4.6%

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Corona Extra is a pale lager produced by Cervecería Modelo in Mexico for domestic distribution and export to all other countries besides the United States, and by Constellation Brands in Mexico for export to the United States. The split ownership is a result of an anti-trust settlement permitting the merger of Grupo Modelo with AB InBev. The Corona brand is one of the top-selling beers worldwide. Outside Mexico, Corona is commonly served with a wedge of lime or lemon in the neck of the bottle to add tartness and flavor. In the United States, Corona Extra is the top selling imported beer.”

Random: My sister and parents still drink Corona.

I drank this beer out of the bottle for two reasons. The first one being that there really isn’t a point of putting this in a glass. The second was that I couldn’t find a bartender to give me a glass even if I wanted one. Since the bottle was clear glass, I could see that the body was straw-yellow with no visible carbonation, since it wasn’t poured. It was clear. The nose was skunky and had corn. The taste was old grain, skunk and some lime juice from the lime that was put into it. I can see why people need the lime to get this down. It had a decent sweetness from the grain. It had a watery body with moderate carbonation. The finish was quick with skunk and corn. I remember why I never got into this beer, even in my early twenties. It’s all sorts of terrible, but you probably knew that already. I would avoid this, even at a party.

Untappd Rating: 1.5/5.0

I find it interesting that breweries are getting into styles that are typically panned by the craft beer crowd. I’m not a huge fan of the style, but let’s see how it was.

elsully

ABV: 4.8%

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Con el sol en los ojos, no veíamos bien, pero tú estas más cerca de él en este momento que la mayoría de la gente tendrá la suerte de estar. Wait, sorry about that. The sun was in our eyes and we did not get a good look, but you are closer to him right now than most will ever have the good fortune to be. Who is El Sully? Grab a can of this Mexican-Style lager, head to the nearest beach, even if it’s imagined, and perhaps he’ll come to you. El Sully (the beer) is available this Fall inside our new 12-can variety pack. El Sully (the legend) is a little harder to find.”

Random: Val and I haven’t watched a bunch of things on the DVR, so now that we’re watching them, they have old political ads.

The beer poured with a two finger, pure white head. It went away quickly, but still left some lacing on the glass. The body was clear and straw yellow with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had grain with some tin along with a small amount of hop spice. The flavor was light with the same grain that was in the nose. It had a touch of metal and the same earthy hop spice that was in the nose. The body was very light with lots of carbonation. It had a quick, grainy finish. This can was $1.67, which came to $.14 per ounce. This beer was simple, but I believe that was the intent. I would have this over a Corona any day.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

This was the beer I ordered at brunch. Their draft list was alright, but I had pretty much reviewed every single thing on this. I ordered this one and then asked for a glass and it took 15 minutes to get one. This was already the start of a wonderful meal. Let’s see how I liked this one.

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ABV: 4.6%

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “This beer was put on the market in 1903 and is Miller Brewing’s oldest brand. High Life is grouped under the pilsner category of beers and is 4.6% ABV. The prevailing slogan on current packaging is ‘The Champagne of Beers,’ an adaptation of its long standing slogan ‘The Champagne of Bottle Beers.’ Accordingly, this beer is noted for its high level of carbonation, making it a very bubble-filled beverage, like champagne. It was originally available in miniature champagne bottles and was one of the premier high-end beers in the country for many years. Except for a brief period in the 1990s, High Life bottles have always been quite distinctive, as they have a bright gold label and are made of a clear glass that has a tapered neck like a champagne bottle. High Life has brought back its ‘Girl in the Moon’ logo, which features a modestly dressed young lady that, by legend, is company founder Frederick Miller’s granddaughter. The ‘Girl in the Moon’ logo was originally painted in the early 1900s by an unknown artist and has since been re-painted by Nebraskan artist Mike Hagel, who added his own unique touch to it. High Life beat out 17 other contestants to take home the gold medal in ‘American-style Lagers’ category at the 2002 World Beer Cup. High Life has enjoyed a resurgence recently, using its humorous ‘Take Back the High Life’ campaign—which features a common sense-wielding deliveryman (portrayed by Windell Middlebrooks) removing beer from ‘non-High Life locations’ (such as restaurants serving $11.50 hamburgers) to position the brand as ‘a good honest beer at a tasty price.'”

Random: I’ve never had this beer before, even during my macro-drinking days.

This brew poured with a two finger, white head that dissipated slowly. It left some lacing on the pint glass. The body was a clear golden-yellow color with high carbonation visible. The nose was bland with light corn, but nothing offensive. The taste was slightly better with grain and corn and slight malt to it. The body was light with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with corn. Despite the fact that this brew was really bland, it wasn’t that bad. Out of all the macros I’ve had, this was the most pleasant. I wouldn’t rush to have it again, but if this was the only option available, I’d have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Funny story, I’ve never, every had this beer, nor any other beers in its family. I know that most people have had one of these at some sort of kegger or party, but I have never had the pleasure of tasting this one. I saw a single can in the cooler at the beer store and decided that it was time to review it and see how bad it truly is.

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ABV: 5.9%

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Trivia: According to the brewery website (and yes, I’m leaving it in all caps), “NATTY ICE IS MADE USING OUR EXCLUSIVE ICE-BREWING PROCESS, MAKING IT QUITE POSSIBLY THE COOLEST BEER EVER.”

Random: I felt like I should shotgun this beer or something to that effect. I’ve only tried doing that once and it pathetically failed, by the way.

This brew poured with a half a finger of pure white head. I was surprised that it took awhile to dissipated, although it really didn’t leave any lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow color with insanely high carbonation. The nose was simple with corn and some sweetness grainy malts. There was not much complexity to the taste, to say the least. All I got was really fizzy and slightly sweet corn water. As quick as the flavor came, it went. I kept sipping this trying to find some other flavor to it, but there was none. The body was very watery and the carbonation was very intense. The finish was non-existent with some fizz and corn. I can’t see any reason to drink this other than to get buzzed, because this is as close to flavorless as I think I’ve ever found in a beer. I definitely will not be having this one again.

Untappd Rating: 0.5/5.0

A few weeks ago, my sister and I went out to brunch. Our brunch was awful. I got this chicken sandwich that had more bones in than a piece of fish. It was seriously gross and I couldn’t even eat. We ended up in the bar next door to watch a baseball game afterwards. Although they advertised having some craft beer, they were ones that I had already reviewed, so I sat down with this classic brew to give a try.
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ABV: 5%

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Trivia: Right now, Coors has four different heritage cans. You can see them here.

Random: Even the label on this one looks like an antique. I don’t think I’ve had one of these brews since I was in my early twenties.

I had the option to try this one in a “frosty glass.” I shockingly declined. This one poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, dark yellow color with light carbonation visible throughout. The nose gave off whiffs of corn…and that was it, although it wasn’t surprising. The taste was heavy with corn and then some honey sweetness right behind it. It had a slight hint of skunk at the end of the sip. The body had moderate carbonation and was relatively heavy for the style. The finish was way too long with corn. This beer had very few redeeming qualities. It didn’t have much flavor and it was one of those beers that was wet and that’s the most that you can expect. I wouldn’t have this again.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

You know what’s great about a hurricane? I finally get a chance to update the blog. Although I haven’t been tasting as many as I would have liked, I have a few that are backlogged. I’m really enjoying my new job. It’s much less stress and I’m learning a lot of new things. Plus, I have more responsibility than my old job, which is nice too. So, Katie bought this for a recipe and had a can left over. I’m really not sure why I’m reviewing it, but why not?

ABV: 5%

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Budweiser is an American-style lager produced by Anheuser–Busch InBev. Introduced in 1876 by Adolphus Busch and one of the highest selling beers in the United States, it is made with up to 30% rice in addition to hops and barley malt. Budweiser is produced in various breweries located around the world. It is a filtered beer available in draught and packaged forms.”

Random: I love that they brought Merle back in The Walking Dead. I think he’s going to be holding a serious grudge.

Oh, the king of beers. How you got this name exactly, I’ll never know. But, since I’ve never reviewed it before, I guess I’ll go for it. This one poured with a half a finger of white head that had semi-decent retention to it, but left no lacing on the glass. The body was a golden-yellow color with heavy carbonation and a clear body. The nose was grain and corn. I didn’t get all that much to it. The taste was sweet corn and a tinge of metal. It was really not that satisfying. I was trying to find more flavor to it, but it was a struggle. The body was on the thicker side of macro with high carbonation. The finish was quick and unremarkable. This was better than some of its lighter counterparts, but that isn’t saying much. I wouldn’t have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

So, about a week ago, I was down the shore with Katie and Liz for a few days. Anyone who knows me is aware that I hate heat, sand, ocean water and pretty much anything beach related. But, I was a good sport and took Liz to the beach and such. One of the days that we were down there presented with exceptionally craptastic weather. So, it was off to the movies and a late lunch at The Crabs Claw Inn with the child…

ABV: 5.6%

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Molson Ice is an award-winning brew, slowly fermented with Molson’s prize lager yeast and is then ice-filtered just before being bottled.”

Random:  I normally crop my pictures more, but Kate’s expression on this one is classic. Even she’s shocked that I’m going to drink this…

Why do I hate my life and order a beer I know I’m going to dislike? Well, because I haven’t tried it, that’s why. This one poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, golden-yellow with moderate carbonation. The nose was sweet corn and generally gross. The taste was just as atrocious. It was disgustingly sweet with some skunk on the end. The body was thin with heavy carbonation, just like a macro. The booze was light and hidden. The finish was long with some skunk. Yet another brew that I would not have again.

Untappd Rating: 1.0/5.0