Budweiser

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

Molson Ice

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

Dos Equis Special Lager

This was my second beer of the night. When I was younger, I remember enjoying Dos Equis Amber. I don’t think I’ve actually even had the lager. I really haven’t even had a lot of Mexican beers, other than Corona in my early twenties. Let’s see how this one fares (again, sorry about the lighting of the picture, it was pretty dark in the restaurant).

ABV: 5%

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Dos Equis is a lager that was originally brewed by the German-born Mexican brewer Wilhelm Hasse in 1897. The brand was named ‘Siglo XX’ (’20th century’) to commemorate the arrival of the new century, and the bottles were marked with the Roman numerals ‘XX,’ or ‘Dos Equis.’ The main brand Dos Equis XX Special Lager is a 4.45% abv pale lager sold in green bottles. Dos Equis XX Amber is a 4.7% Vienna-style amber lager sold in brown bottles, and was first exported to the United States in 1973. ‘The Most Interesting Man in the World’ advertising campaign for Dos Equis features actors and Jonathan Goldsmith as the spokesman, with Frontline narrator Will Lyman conducting voiceovers.”

Random: St. Valentine was born on April 16th…interesting that we celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 14th.

Another beer out of a green glass bottle. This does not look promising. This brew poured with no head and left no lacing on the pint glass. The body was a straw yellow with lots of active carbonation. The nose had a lot of sweetness to it, which isn’t all that unexpected, given that it was a lager. It almost had a bit of apple juice sweetness to it. But, on a whole, it had a relatively light nose. The taste also had a bit of malt sweetness to it with some cereal grains. The body was light with heavy carbonation. There just really wasn’t a lot of flavor to it. The finish lasted awhile with some malt. This was such a boring beer. Other than the fact that it was fizzy and wet, there were no redeeming qualities to it. I wouldn’t have this one again, it was pretty bad.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

Rolling Rock Extra Pale

So, for one of the first times, I went out to a bar that supposedly had a decent beer list and had reviewed every craft beer that they had. Well, that was the start of a bad experience at this place. First of all, this place advertises themselves as a sports bar. I went to watch the Phillies game on Saturday. Now, it was the 4:15 game, so it was on Fox. Every bar gets Fox. I had to ask them 5 times to put the game on. But, I could watch all the tennis and horse racing that I wanted. Seriously? Second of all, their beer list hadn’t been updated since the spring, so every beer I ordered was no longer available. Then, I had this beer…which just capped off the reasons I won’t be back to this place. I ended up at Chickie’s and Petes to watch the rest of the game…and crab fries make everything better. So, onto the beer. And yes, my buddy is giving the beer “evil” bunny ears.

ABV: 4.6%

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Trivia: Arnold Palmer was born in Latrobe, PA, where Rolling Rock is from.

Random: My father used to drink this beer and would tell me every time he had it that Palmer was born there.

This brew poured with a barely there white head on a clear, straw yellow body. The head dissipated almost instantly and left no lacing on the glass. There was also moderate visible carbonation on the brew. I got almost nothing on the nose. Maybe some grass and a little bit of hops? The taste was even worse. It was just over carbonated and blah. I got a little grass and some unpleasant sweetness at the end. The finish was quick and unremarkable. It was almost a struggle to finish this. I would take a Bud Light over this any day. Avoid…

Untappd Rating: 1.0/5.0

Pabst Blue Ribbon

This weekend was absolutely horrible. I really don’t want to go into details, but due to a family emergency, I couldn’t go to Philly for the beer festival. I’m obviously not upset about that, since family comes first. But, it was just an emotionally rough weekend. I did get a few beer reviews in, although nothing spectacular. Here’s the first one…

ABV: 4.74%

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Trivia: According to wikipedia, “The company has historically claimed its flagship beer was renamed Pabst Blue Ribbon following its win as ‘America’s Best’ at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. Whether the brand actually won an award in 1893 is unclear. Some contemporaneous accounts indicate that many vendors were frustrated by the fair’s refusal to award such prizes. One account says that the only prizes awarded by the executive committee were bronze medals, in recognition of ‘some independent and essential excellence in the article displayed,’ rather ‘than merely to indicate the relative merits of competing exhibits.'”

Random: The Phillies finally broke their losing streak. I was seriously getting annoyed at how pathetic they’ve been looking.

This beer has recently gained a lot of popularity, especially with my contemporaries, and I’m not exactly sure why. Maybe because it’s not only a throwback, but it’s cheap? I had this years ago (I’m thinking in my early twenties) and nothing about it was exactly memorable. Let’s see if anything changed. It poured a clear straw yellow color with a one finger head that dissipated quickly. There was lots of visible carbonation on the brew. It looked like any other beer of the style, which wasn’t surprising. I got some grain on the nose with a hint of sweetness. On first sip, I got a hint of metal. There really was not much to this beer, a lot of carbonation and a bit of grain. For me, this beer was very light but crisp. But, as I expected, this was just not a brew I really enjoyed. There was really no flavor on it and it was pretty boring. It was drinkable, but I wouldn’t rush back to have again.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

Narragansett Lager

The night of drinking wasn’t over yet. My sister and I ended up at a local bar a few miles down from the hotel. I figured that I had to try Narragansett while I was up there. I pretty much figured that it was like a local brew to compete with macros, so I wasn’t expecting anything crazy from them. But, I did want to try it.

ABV: 5.1%

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The Lager is old reliable. It was the first beer brewed by ‘The Original Six’ back in 1890, the bestselling beer in New England from the 1930s to the 1970s, and the official beer of the Boston Red Sox from 1944-1975.”

Random: While I was out antiquing, I did find a lot of old Narragansett stuff. Had it been in better condition, I would have considered purchasing it.

This brew poured a straw yellow color with a one finger head that dissipated quickly. It didn’t leave any lacing on the glass, but some carbonation was visible in the body. It basically looked like a normal macro brew. The nose had a very, very slight hint of grass and sweetness. At least it smells slightly better than a macro. The taste was very crisp with a little sweetness, but nothing remarkable. The body was very thin, which again, I expected and also presented with a crisp finish. Although this was a very simple beer, it went down really easily. This would be a better option than a macro, but not something that I would grab for if I had other options.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

Taj Mahal Premium Lager

Finally, the Phils are playing like the team they are. Simple things like this make me happy. I almost feel bad for Boston fans right now…haven’t won any games yet and the Indians swept them. I mean, a three game series with a stacked line up and you lose to Cleveland??? Come on…anyways, I keep looking as baseball scores because I’m almost putting off trying this beer. As I’ve mentioned before, my Dad always picks me up beer whenever he sees interesting labels. He also knows nothing about beer. Needless to say, this was one of his choices. I really don’t like American Adjunct Lagers and this is a 22 ounce. This is going to be fun…or a drain pour.

ABV: 4.5%

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Trivia: According to wikipedia, “United Breweries Group or UB Group, based in Bangalore, is a conglomerate of different companies with a major focus on the brewery (beer) and alcoholic beverages industry. The company markets beer under the Kingfisher brand and has also launched Kingfisher Airlines, an airline service in India, with international flights operating recently. United Breweries is India’s largest producer of beer with a market share of around 48% by volume. It’s owned by Vijay Mallya who is also a member of the Indian Parliament. United Breweries now has greater than a 40% share of the Indian brewing market with 79 distilleries and bottling units across the world. Recently UB financed a takeover of the spirits business of the rival Shaw-Wallace company giving it a majority share of India’s spirits business. The group owns the Mendocino Brewing Company in the United States.”

Random: I wonder if this beer is going to be worse than Red Stripe

I poured this beer really aggressively to try to get a head. Although it was present for the picture, by the time I got this to the table it was gone. This brew was really light. Almost like beer water. But, there was lots of carbonation on the brew. This actually looks worse than a normal macro. I think I’m in for a treat (please, note the sarcasm). On the nose, there wasn’t much. I got a hint of grass and metal, although I think I’m fishing. On the taste, I’m surprised at how bad this is. To me, this is like the Pinot Grigio of beers, it’s like the hops were dipped in and out really quick and what was left was an imitation beer flavor. I would prefer a macro over this. I read some other reviews and they said that it tasted like vegetable oil and that’s exactly the horrid taste that I can’t place. I’m trying so hard not to use profanity in this post, but this beer is horrible. The finish is quick (the only saving grace) and unremarkable. This is definitely a drain pour. Avoid…grab a Bud Light over this swill.

Untappd Rating: 1.0/5.0

Red Stripe

Yet another crazy day. Although, I really can’t complain because when I’m really busy the day goes by pretty quickly. I went to the gym after work and was pretty sore from the day before. My shorts don’t fit me any more and nearly fell down in the middle of a set. I seriously think it’s time to buy new shorts. So, onto the selection for tonight. One of the guys that I work with told me that this is his favorite beer. For some reason, I just can’t get excited about having this brew tonight, especially with lots of hoppy brews awaiting me in the fridge. This is probably because I’m just not a fan of the style, but I guess I have to go drag myself to the beer fridge and grab it.

ABV: 4.7%

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Trivia: According to wikipedia, “Desnoes and Geddes Limited (D&G) is a Jamaican brewer and beverage producer. D&G was formed in 1918 by Eugene Peter Desnoes and Thomas Hargreaves Geddes, who combined their two shops into one business. It produces one of Jamaica’s best-known exports, Red Stripe beer and also Old Jamaica Ginger Beer. It also brews other malt beverages for the local market under the Red Stripe Light, Dragon Stout, Malta (nonalcoholic), Smirnoff Ice, Guinness, and Heineken brand names. Only a small portion of D&G’s shares are publicly traded. British beverage group Diageo PLC is the ultimate parent company. It has a 58 percent holding in D&G through Udiam Holdings AB of Sweden. D&G also made soft drinks, including the popular Ting, but sold that division to PepsiCo in 1999.”

Random: Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day and I will NOT be drinking Irish beer. I think I’m going to crack open another lambic.

The beer poured with a one finger white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear straw yellow with moderate carbonation. This does not look like my type of beer. The nose had a hint of metal, a little bit of malt and corn. But, the nose was really, really muted. On the taste, the first thing that came out is how bland this brew is. I got a lot of carbonation and then a hint of malt and a bit of sweetness at the end. Although it’s definitely a crisp beer, it’s just boring. I also wasn’t a fan of the hint of skunkiness that I got with a hint of metal. The finish came across with the same metallic taste. I wouldn’t have this beer again. I would rather have a Bud Light.

Untappd Rating: 1.0/5.0

Labatt Blue

Today was relatively uneventful at work. It’s almost Friday, which is always a great thing. I also made a beer run, which should keep me going for at least the rest of the month. I picked up a lot of great stuff, thanks to Matt at Cranbury Buy Rite. That place makes me so happy, you have no idea. I’m curious to see which ones Chris wants to drink with me. I’m betting on the Black Ops and the Brewdog. Here’s what I picked up…

Now, I’m going to try to take this brew for what it is (as I’m not a big fan of macros).

ABV: 5%

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Trivia: According to wikipedia, “In 1951, Labatt launched its Pilsener Lager; when it was introduced in Manitoba, the beer was nicknamed “Blue” for the colour of its label and the company’s support of Winnipeg’s Canadian Football League (CFL) franchise, the Blue Bombers. The nickname stuck and in 1979 Labatt Blue claimed top spot in the Canadian beer market. It lost this status in the late eighties to Molson Canadian, but over the next decade, periodically regained top spot as consumer preferences fluctuated. In 2004, Budweiser took the top spot, pushing Blue to third for the first time in twenty-five years. However, since Labatt has brewed Budweiser (and other Anheuser-Busch products) in Canada under licence since the 1980s, Labatt likely did not suffer from this shift. Moreover, Labatt Blue remains the best selling Canadian beer in the world based upon worldwide sales.”

Random: I received this brew as a Christmas gift. Thanks Stu!

This brew poured with a half a finger of white head that almost instantly dissipated leaving no lacing on the glass. The body of the brew is a clear straw yellow with lots of carbonation. There’s not much on the nose except for some grain and corn. The taste is a lot of carbonation with a bit of sweetness. It’s a very crisp tasting brew. The brew itself is very light and is a little better than Bud Light, but as to be expected it’s not my favorite brew. I could definitely throw these down quick without a problem. I’d choose this over a domestic macro any day.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

Modelo Especial

I had this at a friend’s house for a bbq. I’ve heard of Negra Modelo, but never Modelo Especial. I figured it was worth a shot.

ABV: 4.4%

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Trivia: This beer was introduced into the market in 1966.

Random: I tend to not like Mexican beers, so take this review with a grain of salt.

I went to a BBQ tonight expecting something along the lines of Bud Light or Coors Light. I was happy to see that I would be having a beer that I never had before, Modelo Especial. After talking to my friend, she told me that she had it in Mexico. The brew poured (from a can) with a one finger head that dissipated quickly with no lacing. The beer was a golden yellow color with moderate carbonation present. I expected a little more carbonation than I got. I get some sweetness on the nose, but not much. I also got some sweetness on the taste. There wasn’t really a great deal of complexity to this brew, nor did I expect any. I wouldn’t go out and buy this myself, but, it went down easy and was more tasty than a Coors Light or other light macro beer.

Untappd Rating: 1.0/5.0