A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale
American Pale Wheat Ale 7.5% Alcohol
Lagunitas Brewing Co Petaluma, CA
I like Lagunitas, they are a reasonably priced brand and I have never been disappointed in one of their beers. This beer is no exception. Smell is sweet, cirtrusy, and full of hops. Taste is a lot less sweet with a small amount of the citrus flavor coming through but you get a lot of the hop flavor with a great deal of pine bitter aftertaste. This is a great beer to sip and enjoy, not chug.
German Pilsener 5.3% Alcohol
Victory Brewing Co Pennsylvania
This has a score of 99 at Total Whine and was only $2 so I was very eager to try this. Floral, grassy smell, slightly sweet. Taste is similar to the smell, the grassy flavor comes up more, and has a strong bitter aftertaste. The beer is remarkably smooth though even with this bitter aftertaste. Good summer beer, and easy to drink but still flavorful and a good beer’s beer.
Sunday April 14th
Bavik Pils Lager
German Pilsener 5.0% Alcohol
Brouwerij Bavik Belgium
Malty, bread smell, with a slight twinge of alcohol. Taste is grainy, bready, and a slight sweet caramel. Very slick smooth mouth feel. A very solid bear, nothing too complex but tasty, simple, and clean.
Wednesday February 20th
Redbridge Gluten-Free Sorghum Beer
American Amber 4.0% Alcohol
Amheuser-Busch Inc. St. Louis, Missouri
Not sure if I’ve had a gluten free beer but saw this and grabbed it off the shelf on a whim. Smell is light with a hint of sweetness. First thing you notice when you take a sip is a strong tingle that the beer gives you. I’m not sure if is carbonation or what exactly but it’s something I am unfamiliar with and I did not enjoy it much. What makes it even worse is that with that strong sensation you can not get much taste. It more or less tastes like water after that point, that has a slight strange fake flavor, almost medical taste. I hope that not all gluten free beers are like this because this beer is not enjoyable.
Sunday February 17th
Henry Weinhard’s Private Reserve Northwest-Style Lager
American Pale Lager 4.8% Alcohol
Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Co. Milwaukee, WI
Malty, sweet, grainy smell. Taste is malty with some slight piney hops. Overall this beer is not complex but really smooth and easy to drink. At first sip I liked this beer quite a bit but then as I drank more I realized a lot of this smoothness came from the lack of flavor. It’s a really easy drink that I can’t say much bad about but it does not stand out enough to be a great beer. A good beer for those that don’t like too strong or overpowering flavor.
Thursday January 3rd
German Pilsner 6.4% Alcohol
Deschutes Brewery Bend, Oregon
A very well reviewed beer and nice and dark, just in time for winter. Faint roasted chocolate smell. A strong coffee bean taste right up front, with roasted chocolate flavor right behind, and then ends with a bitter flavor that wipes your mouth clean. It’s a good winter beer, dark, complex, and great for sipping after dinner, just make sure you enjoy bitter beers.
Bitburger Premium Pils
German Pilsner 4.8% Alcohol
Bitburger Brauerei Germany
Read that this is the most popular draft in Germany so I figured it’s worth a shot since Germany makes such great beers. Smell is faint— malty with a slightly sweet note. Taste is smooth, malty, with a slightly bitter grainy aftertaste, with some light carbonation. Drinkability is high on this beer, it goes down easy and would pair well with just about anything that you are eating. There is no real strong flavor though and it is not complex. I see it as the Bud Light of Germany due to it’s popularity and non-offending flavor but obviously it is a much better beer than Bud Light. Drink it, you won’t not like it.
Sunday December 23rd
American IPA 6.8% Alcohol
Nectar Ales Paso Robles, CA
It has been quite some time so I decided to step out of my comfort zone and try a type a beer I generally avoid, an IPA. Smell is piney and hoppy but also surprisingly sweet, although I guess it shouldn’t be that surprising when the company is called nectar ales which also led me to trying this beer. First sip you don’t really get that strong hoppy flavor but is quite smooth with a honey taste. Each additional sip after that though becomes more hoppy with a strong pine flavor, although the honey flavor does exist still as an aftertaste. Over for big IPA lovers this probably isn’t their favorite but for someone that isn’t a huge fan of the IPAs strong flavors I think it’s a pretty alright beer.
Wednesday November 28th
Josephs Brau Dunkelweizen
Dunkelweizen Ale 5.2% Alcohol
Josephs Brau Brewing Co. San Jose, CA
I’m a fan of Dunkelweizen so I was looking forward to trying this when I saw these for a nice price at Trader Joes. Smell has a lot of banana to it, wheat, and hops. Taste is smooth but also has banana flavor as well as bread, although that bread tastes kind of moldy. There is a little bit of light citrus after taste too. Overall I am kind of disappointed, it has some complex flavors but I just don’t like those flavors, they are not that tasty. Not a beer for me.
Tuesday September 18th
American Blonde Ale 5.2% Alcohol
New Belgium Brewing Fort Collins, CO
Sweet, malty, grainy smell. Taste is very smooth, malty. Lightly carbonated. Slight citrus hops taste. A perfect summer beer, not too light, not too heavy but still a good amount of taste. The highlight of the beer is the smoothness, extremely smooth and easy to drink. Eat it with some bbq and tan it up. Even better than flat tire and I love flat tire!