‘na Biretta Chiara

What a day. I was exhausted at work today, which is especially not good on a Tuesday since it’s technically my first day back after the weekend. I finally got a second wind around 4 this afternoon, which was desperately needed. Tomorrow is going to be a rough one too. I already have 5 conference calls scheduled. Anyways, I had this brew a few weeks ago. Let’s see how it went.

ABV: 4.9%

Style: German Pilsener

Trivia: According to halftimebeverage.com, “Chiara is a lager beer of a straw yellow color, clearly inspired by Czech-German Pils beer. It’s produced with the best raw ingredients, giving it a good bitter content and a marked sent of hop. This alcohol, body, and aroma is blended perfectly, giving life to a clean and dry taste”

Random: The Steelers looked like crap last night. I thought they’d at least be playing better than this.

I popped this one open and the first thing that happened was it exploded all over me. Not a good start. It poured with a three finger head that was pure white and dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a slightly cloudy amber color with very light carbonation visible throughout. It didn’t look like the typical pilsener. The nose was very grassy with hints of metal and skunk. The taste was reminiscent of licking a penny. It was incredibly metallic. After the first sip, some grass came through, but the metallic note just dominated. The body was heavier than normal for the style with generous carbonation. The finish was long and metallic. This beer just didn’t do much for me. I wouldn’t rush back to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

‘na Biretta Rossa

Have you ever responded to a text or email and think you’re responding to another one someone else sent you and you say something completely and totally inappropriate? I did that recently. Really, really not funny and I looked like an idiot. I guess if you aren’t me, it was pretty funny. Anyways, I’m back. Work has been crazy, so updating has not been an option. I had this beer a couple of weeks ago and am now trying to get through my never-ending backlog of reviews.

ABV: 6.3%

Style: Bock

Trivia: Apparently this beer pairs well with kangaroo skewers. Where exactly am I going to find those?

Random: All I have been listening to for the past two or three days is 90s music.

The first thing that I noticed about this beer was that it exploded. So, I lost about a sixth of it to the explosion. Wonderful. Once I actually got to pour it, the brew was about two fingers high and cream-colored. It was slow to dissipate and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy mahogany color with high carbonation visible throughout. The nose had some bready malt and caramel as well. For the style, it was a relatively muted nose for the style. The taste wasn’t bad. I got some nutty caramel malts with some marked sweetness. The end of the sip was a miss for me. It was medicinal and just off-putting. The body was light for the style with heavy carbonation. The finish was long with the same medicinal taste. This beer just didn’t thrill me, although it does come in a cool bottle.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0