Natural Ice

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

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Coors

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

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