Sierra Nevada Porter

This beer comes in a short stock brown bottle with a sky blue label which seems so inviting I had to try one. They are brewed in Chico, CA and is moderately carbonated.  It has a pleasant subtle smell to it of malt and barley.  The flavor is where I get slightly short changed. I suppose not every brewer out there wants to make a nice rich tasting stout porter but this porter is a little more mild than my taste buds care for.  It leaves you wanting more flavor and the aftertaste is just too dry for me.   The bottle says it uses the highest quality ingredients and uses old world traditions. I am not clear exactly what that entails but I don’t think they used much brown malt.

Over all I would give it 3 out of 5 burps.

Shiner Bohemian Black Lager

So I am reviewing this beer after having had 3 other beers tonight. Surprisingly they were all good and I am just now getting around to typing up a review. I like to do the review while it is fresh. Unfortunately my typing and eloquence start suffering after 3 beers. Shiner Black Lager is a very good beer. It is not overly carbonated and the taste is not too heavy. It is a moderate lager and doesn’t try to hit you hard with too much flavor. The malts are well balanced and proportional. It has a nice head on it and comes in a dark bottle with a black Jack Daniel’s looking label. Definitely a beer I would recommend if you want a smoother beer to drink with a milder malt flavor than some lagers.

3.5 out of 5 burps.

Cooper’s Lager Beer

I ate at Outback Steakhouse last night ( an Australian? Steakhouse chain) and decided to have a couple of Cooper’s Lager Beers. I actually thought it was a pretty decent beer. It had mild carbonization and nice amber color. The flavor was a little on the lighter site than I prefer, but it had a nice fruity flavor and went down easily. No discernible aftertaste, over all a pleasant lager if you don’t want a heavier beer.

3 out of 5 burps

Miller Chill

I usually avoid reviewing larger American beer companies beers because I don’t think much of their products. They tend to be watered down and bland. John Cleese said it best, “American beer is like having sex in a canoe, it is the next closest thing to water”.

Miller Chill is no exception, it is an odd lemon/lime flavored beverage masquerading as a beer. If Sprite made beer this would be it. It reminds me of B&J wine coolers I drank in the 80’s, very light, fruity and very little aftertaste. It is heavily carbonated, so much so that just sitting it back on the table causes a wall of foam to build inside the bottle. It has a zing of lemon/lime , a shot of salt, and not much else.

If you like Sprite and hate beer then this is your beer.

2 out of 5 burps.

Saint Arnold Lawnmower

Saint Arnold Microbrewery is out of Houston, Tx, which, since I am a Texan, makes me proud. Unfortunately this particular beer doesn’t have a Texas sized taste to it. It has a lot of carbonization and a decent malty flavor to it but it lacks a real punch in the flavor area. The brew master seems to have held back on this beer in the flavor department. I am not saying it is a bad beer, it has a pleasant smell, but it is just too bland and unidimensional. Overall I would rate it 2.5 burps out of 5.

Hofbrau Dunkel

If you haven’t made to Munich, Germany and had the opportunity to visit the Hofbrauhaus
I highly recommend it. I went 20 years ago and still remember the pleasant intoxicating experience. It was a large tavern style building and the beer was flowing, flowing, flowing. hofbrau apparently means “beer of the court”, which is to say something along the lines of beer made by the government of Germany. This beer has a storied history going back some 500 years. Not very many beers can say that, but then again the Germans take beer seriously.

Hofbrau Dunkel is a dark bottom fermented beer which is brewed according to the German purity law( so you know its good). The beer itself has a pleasant flavor with lots of malty flavor and mild carbonization. Its has a good head on it that is not too big. The smell is quite pleasant, without a hint of bitterness. What I like about this beer is that it is not too heavy. It has a tad bit of a bitter aftertaste that hits your tongue just right and a good amount of malty flavoring with a splash of caramel for good measure. I absolutely recommend this beer to anyone who is looking to step up a notch or two above a Sam Adams type beer. It will definitely leave you wanting more.

4.5 out of 5 burps.

Hornsby’s Hard Cider Amber Draft

Hornby’s Hard Cider is not quite beer but I does go through a similar process.     It is a pale amber color and light on carbonization with not much of a head.   It is a really easy cider to drink , if you’re into that sort of thing.     Its has a mildy sweet flavor of apples to it and an easy aftertaste.   I would recommend this to anyone who is not much of a bitter beer fan and likes sweeter fair such as white wines.

Over all 3 out of 5 burps.

Fat Tire Amber Ale

Fat Tire Amber Ale is brewed by New Belgium Brewing out of Colorado. It is a light clear amber in color and has a mildly sweet smell to it. It has a decent head but not too much.   The real suprise is the flavor. It is a well balanced blend of malt and hops. You aren’t left with a bitter aftertaste or a feeling that the beer is too heavy.   This is my first foray with this beer and I am quite pleasantly impressed with the overall richness and flavor. I definitely would recommend this to anyone looking for a new flavor to try.

4 out of 5 burps.

Foster’s Lager Beer from Australia

Foster’s Lager is a a nice full bodied beer from Australia ( though it is brewed by the Canadians, ehh!). It has a nice mid sized head and a decent flavor with a bit of a bitter aftertaste.   It is nothing to write home about, especially if you are Australian. Apparently Foster’s may be Australian for beer, unless you actually live in Australia. In which case there are half a dozen other beers that are more popular. Foster’s is having quite a bit of trouble keeping market share down under. But they do quite well here in the U.S and Europe where we compare it to the sad likes of Coors and Budweiser. All in all I would rank it 3 out of 5 burps.

Newcastle Brown Ale

Newcastle brown ale is imported from England. And as most things that are from England and are edible it is bland bland bland. For a brown ale this beer is a one show pony. It reminds me of a hot Summer day when I am drinking a cola and it is almost gone, and the ice has melted and watered down the taste   and you can even taste the styrofoam, yuck!

The appearance of the beer even looks watered down. It is a translucent brown   and does not have much of a head.

I would rank it 1 out of 5 burps. Blah.