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Sunday
Nov292009

Budweiser- Golden Wheat: Budweiser Tries to Hop Aboard the Microbrew Bandwagon (again).

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Anyone who follows the business side of beer knows that Budweiser has been getting hammered in the profitability department by the surging popularity of microbrews. So in a (half-hearted) effort to combat this, Budweiser has been rolling out its line of microbrew “style” beers, much like last years “American Ale.” Everyone knows that “style” really means a lame attempt at copying the real thing, kind of like how Creed makes rock and roll “style” music.

So after producing an undrinkable “Ale Style Beer,” they have decided to roll out an undrinkable “Wheat Style Beer.” Hence, Bud Light Golden Wheat was born. This swill tastes like Bud Light mixed with Bell’s Oberon, And I mean this in the worst way possible (no disrespect to Oberon). This is not Oberon light. This shit tastes like pouring half a glass of Oberon and then filling it full of ice. Now let the ice melt, pour in a splash of orange juice, (from concentrate naturally) and serve to your worst enemy. Some breweries write clever little sayings under their caps. Budweiser should write apologies.   

I am an avid wheat beer drinker, so I hoped that just maybe Budweiser was going to roll out something I would not be embarrassed to drink. No such luck. The fact that Budweiser remains America’s biggest brewery is an embarrassment. Stick to a real wheat beer, like any hefeweizen. The only excuse you have to buy this is if you get a new shotgun for Christmas and you want to test it out.

ABV: 4.1%

Consumed: Bottle

Verdict: SKIP IT!!!!

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Friday
Nov272009

Blue Moon Brewing Company- Full Moon Winter Ale

This evenings tasting continues my trend of the Winter Seasonal reviews, stepping up to the plate is the Full Moon Winter Ale from one of the MillerCoors Craft Beer children, Blue Moon Brewing Company.  Touted as a “Full-Bodied Ale," it is described on the label as an “Abbey Ale brewed with a hint of dark Belgian sugar.”  I typically like Belgian Abbey Ales but Full Moon is not quite like the others, which I have to attribute to their “hint of dark Belgian sugar.”  The beer is rather sweet in taste but I don’t necessarily think that it is a bad thing…just not my cup of tea.  It is successful in achieving a Winter Brew flavor but cannot hold a candle to some of the others that I have tried this season.  Overall, I’d say that Blue Moon left me with the Winter Brew blue balls…

ABV: 5.6%

Consumed: Imperial Pint Glass

Verdict: Bum One From A Friend

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Friday
Nov272009

Scottland Proves Excess Is NOT Exclusive to America!


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 Scottish brewer BrewDog has just released a craft project called "Tactical Nuclear Penguin" which boasts a world record 32% ABV. To put this into perspective, that equals a six pack in a bottle. This imperial stout is cask aged for 16 months and has already reached backorder status, which is pretty damn shocking at 35 euros PER BOTTLE, you better be prepared to get off your wallet if you want to taste history. That translates to $52.50 per bottle before shipping. I guess I will have to ask Santa for a bottle this Christmas. Personally I cannot imagine that it tastes like something anyone would want to drink more than a bottle of anyways...

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