BeerCritic


Lezajsk 1525 Jasne Pelne
09/10/2008, 5:20 AM
Filed under: Uncategorized

Brewer and Brand: Lezajsk 1525 Jasne Pelne

ABV: 5.5%
Calories: estimated 200
Stored in: 16.9 fl oz
Served in: tulip
Purchased at: Sherwood Liquors, Ewing, NJ
Price: $2.50
Price per fl oz $2.50/ 16.9 fl oz = $.14 per fl oz.
Consumed at: home

Aroma and Flavor: 6

Malts – Grain Hay Straw and light with Caramel and vanilla overtones. Not complex, but above average compared to american pils.
Hops – Flowery, Grassy. Tarry Pine, Resinous.
Yeast – Moldy, a bit dusty.
Miscellaneous – Plum Charcoal Honey and Brown sugar Vegetable (corn) not very sticky.

Appearance : 3

Head – Pours to a rocky creamy white head. Lacy with a wispy short lived head.
Body – Clarity sparkling and very clear yellow. slight gold tinge.

Flavor : 7

Initial flavor is nice, sweet, with a bit of hops at the end, but not bitter. Won’t stand up to anything, food wise, but a very nice beer.
Finish – sweet middling finish – not bad at all.

Palate : 3

Body – Light.
Texture – Watery Syrupy
Carbonation – Soft but visible
Finish – light to moderate
Alcohol – very little

Overall Score: 16
Comments: A surprisingly good beer – not my favorite type, but very enjoyable. Not deep or complex, but warming, and tasty.
I liked: The after taste, the slight hoppiness, and the sweetness. The aroma is nice, if tame.
I did not like: the slight watery theme, the lackluster color, and the lack of head.



Leinenkugel’s Sunset Wheat
09/10/2008, 5:19 AM
Filed under: wheat ale (shaker, weizen)

ABV: 4.9%
Calories: estimated at 150 C
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: flat footed 8 oz shaker
Purchased at: West Trenton Fine Wines and Liquors, Explorer
Price per fl oz: $13 / 144 fl oz = $0.09 per fl oz
Consumed at: Home

sensory first impression: Lime aroma fills the area. A sweet and heady scent. Thick visuals and a nice body. Pears, apricots, and apples. Candy flavors. A tasty and very pretty beer.

Aroma/Olfactory: 7 out of 10
Malt flavor is: sweet, fruit basket, mellow
Hop flavor is: floral, citrus, lime specifically, and lemon.
Yeast flavor is: grit, sand, salt, dirt, flint
Other flavors include: bubblegum, root beer, artificial cherry flavor, vanilla, fleshy fruits, watermelon

Visuals/Appearance: 4 out of 5
Color is: pale, golden, amber, thick
Liquid is: hazy, cloudy
Head and lace are: minimal with some white lace

Taste/Flavor: 7 out of 10
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: heavy
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: none
Sour level is: light

Palate/Tactile: 3 out of 5
Body or Mouthfeel is: medium
Texture is: washy, tidal, wet
Carbonation is: soft, flat
Finish is: middling and sweet

Overall experience: 12 out of 20. I liked the aroma, flavor and visuals in the body. I did not like the slightly watery feel, the soda like tendency of Linenkugels in general, and the softness of it.



Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy
09/10/2008, 5:17 AM
Filed under: Uncategorized

ABV: 4.2%
Calories: estimated at 150 C
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: flat footed 8 oz shaker
Purchased at: West Trenton Fine Wines and Liquors, Explorer
Price per fl oz: $13 / 144 fl oz = $0.09 per fl oz
Consumed at: Home

sensory first impression: It’s a lemonade based beer – it’s funny and cute, but not entirely inspiring or great.

Aroma/Olfactory: 6 out of 10
Malt flavor is: sugary, lemony, tea
Hop flavor is: floral, herbal tea
Yeast flavor is: leafy
Other flavors include: mint, tea, lemon, sugar, water

Visuals/Appearance: 3 out of 5
Color is: pale, cloudy yellow
Liquid is: cloudy
Head and lace are: minimal, white, disperses to nothing

Taste/Flavor: 5 out of 10
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: heavy
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: none
Sour level is: light, acidic

Palate/Tactile: 2 out of 5
Body or Mouthfeel is: light
Texture is: thin, sticky
Carbonation is: flat
Finish is: middling and overly sweet

Overall experience: 11 out of 20. I liked the novelty of it. I did not like the overt branding of lemonade as beer – I wanted beer, rather than lemonade.



Leinenkugel Honey Weiss
09/10/2008, 5:16 AM
Filed under: Uncategorized

ABV: 4.7%
Calories: estimated at 150 C
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: 4 fl oz flute
Purchased at: West Trenton Fine Wine and Liquor, Explorer Pack
Price per fl oz: $13 / 144 fl oz = $0.09 per fl oz
Consumed at: Home

sensory first impression: Beautiful bright yellow sunny color – very clear, bubble trails, nicely carbonated. Clean crisp lager like taste. Honey is obvious but not overly cloying. No head or lacing at all.

Aroma/Olfactory: 4 out of 10
Malt flavor is: sweet, syrupy, meadow
Hop flavor is: floral, grass
Yeast flavor is: dust, pollen, moist
Other flavors include: clove, corn, vanilla

Visuals/Appearance: 4 out of 5
Color is: bright, light golden, amber, yellow, shining
Liquid is: clear, sparkling
Head and lace are: initially thin and white, then nothing.

Taste/Flavor: 6 out of 10
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: light,
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: none
Sour level is: none

Palate/Tactile: 3 out of 5
Body or Mouthfeel is: light
Texture is: sticky, sugary
Carbonation is: lively
Finish is: abrupt, sweet

Overall experience: 11 out of 20. I liked the flavor, the color, and the aroma. I did not like that each of these was a bit on the shy side, and that there was no head. Much like the berry weiss, this is very soda like, which is fine, but I was looking for a beer.



Leinenkugel Berry Weiss
09/10/2008, 5:16 AM
Filed under: Uncategorized

ABV: 4.7%
Calories: estimated at 150 C
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: 4 oz stem goblet
Purchased at: West Trenton Wine & Liquors Explorer Pack
Price per fl oz: $13 / 144 fl oz = $0.09 per fl oz
Consumed at: Home

sensory first impression: Heavy berry scent, very sweet, like a lightly carbonated fruit juice. Not bad, but not very mindful of beer in my opinion. Reminds me personally of a wine cooler. Color is beautiful. Scent and taste are good, and there is some depth to the flavor.

Aroma/Olfactory: 8 out of 10
Malt flavor is: syrupy, honey
Hop flavor is: floral, herbs
Yeast flavor is: dust, dry, small particles
Other flavors include: cherry, orange, kiwi, watermelon

Visuals/Appearance: 4 out of 5
Color is: bright, red, sunset, fiery, light ruby tinges
Liquid is: clear, immaculate
Head and lace are: translucent white, short lived, fleeting. Like pop.

Taste/Flavor: 7 out of 10
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: heavy
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: none
Sour level is: medium

Palate/Tactile: 2 out of 5
Body or Mouthfeel is: light
Texture is: thin, sticky, like soda. Not watery at all.
Carbonation is: average
Finish is: abrupt, sweet.

Overall experience: 11 out of 20. I liked the aroma and color. I did not like the similarity to a fruit soda, though it might have its place paired with something heavy.



Lech Premium Beer
09/10/2008, 5:15 AM
Filed under: Uncategorized

ABV: 5.5%
Calories: estimated at 200C
Volume: 16.9 fl oz
Glass: tulip
Purchased at: Sherwood Liquors Tour of Poland
Price per fl oz: $2.50 / 16.9 fl oz = $0.14 per fl oz
Consumed at: Home

sensory first impression: Scent is less than appealing. Slightly pukish. Color is bright gold, with a bright white head. Flavor is typical, polish lager/ale. Hops come through, but only at the price of distinction. Flavor, color, taste, and depth are all very average.

Aroma/Olfactory:
Malt flavor is: caramel, syrupy, cereal, toasted
Hop flavor is: herbs
Yeast flavor is: dusty, dirty, earthy.
Other flavors include: bubblegum, butterscotch, ginger, raisin, vanilla
Visuals/Appearance:
Color is: pale, yellow golden,
Liquid is: clear, slightly carbonated, bubble trail.
Head and lace are: minimal, white, quiet.

Taste/Flavor:
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: medium
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: light
Sour level is: none

Palate/Tactile:
Body or Mouthfeel is: light
Texture is: thin, sticky, slick, filmy
Carbonation is: soft
Finish is: middling, average

Overall experience: A nice beer, but not above average. I liked the flavor, scent, and presence. I did not like the head, color, or depth.



Kazimierz Pulaski Warka
09/10/2008, 5:14 AM
Filed under: Uncategorized

Brewer and Brand: Kazimierz Pulaski Warka

ABV: 7.0
Calories: 200
Stored in: 16.9 oz bomber
Served in: Shaker
Purchased at: Capitol Plaza
Price: 1.50
Price per fl oz $1.50 / 16.9 fl oz = $0.08 per fl oz.
Date: March 19th, 2008

Aroma : 2

Straw Cereal very light and not very impressive.

Hops are Perfumey Grassy Pine lemony and not great.

Yeast a sugary Dough and salty, wet Broth

Miscellaneous flavors include Raisin Apple Charcoal Butter too much Honey Maple syrup Pepper Soured milk and Vinegar

Appearance : 1

Head – none
Head – Off-white and kind of sad.
Head – Lacing – none.
Head – Longevity is none.
Body – Clear sparkling
Density – thin
Bottle conditioned – no.
Body – medium Amber Orange

Flavor : 6

Initial flavor – not a bad flavor, and it grows on you. Once you get over the alcohol and sweet cloy, you can settle into an above average beer.
Sweet and a bit Sour while very Salty
Finish – Flavor Sweet and a bit Acetic.
Finish – Duration is long.

Palate : 2

Body – Light to medium
Texture – Oily and finishes Creamy.
Carbonation – Lively
Finish – Feel is Chalky
Alcoholic – moderate to heavy

Overall Score: 11
Comments: Not a bad beer, but a bit too smooth for me. A long aftertaste, and darkens in flavor over time, which is redeeming, but not by much.
I liked: The overall flavor. The color was nice. The aftertaste is very enjoyable.
I did not like: The cloying sweetness, the complete lack of head, and the simplicity of the components.



JW Dundee’s India Pale Ale
09/10/2008, 5:13 AM
Filed under: IPA (shaker, tulip), Jim Dundee

ABV: 6.3%
IBU: ?
Calories: 160
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: tulip
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s – JWD Sampler
Price per fl oz: $10 / 144 fl oz = $.07 per fl oz
Consumed on/at: home on March 18th, 2008

sensory first impression: Nice color – sunset again, from JWD. 1/4 inch head, bumpy. lightly sweet nice aroma. Nice flavor, though not typically hoppy, like other great IPAs. A bit weak, but not bad in flavor. Very nice, but not a contender against Victory.

Aroma/Olfactory:
Malt flavor is: dark bread, cereal, coffee, roasty
Hop flavor is: resinous, floral, and citrusy. A bit of nice bite.
Yeast flavor is: sharp cheesy, wet, thick with dough.
Other flavors include: star anise, clove, peas, licorice, soy sauce

Visuals/Appearance:
Color is: bright, beautiful, red, fiery, deep sunset
Liquid is: clear, sparkling
Head and lace are: bumpy, light, white

Taste/Flavor:
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: medium
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is:medium
Sour level is: light

Palate/Tactile:
Body or Mouthfeel is: medium
Texture is: creamy, thick, papery, fuzzy
Carbonation is: lively
Finish is: sweet and long, with some bitterness.

Overall experience: A surprisingly good beer from JWD – I attribute this to my love for IPAs, but it has some hops, some citrus, and some long lasting, creamy texture. Good stuff. Not great but very preferable to the nonsense big brewers.



JW Dundee’s Honey Brown
09/10/2008, 5:11 AM
Filed under: brown ale [bruin] (mug), Jim Dundee | Tags:

JW Dundees Honey Brown Lager
ABV: 4.5%
IBU: ?
Calories: 140
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: tulip
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s as part of a sampler.
Price per fl oz: $11 / 144 fl oz = $0.07 per fl oz
Consumed on/at: home on March 19th, 2008

sensory first impression: Beautiful orange color. Simple aroma. Feel is papery, creamy, and shallow, like most JWD brews.

Aroma/Olfactory:
Malt flavor is: simple, thin, and creamy.
Hop flavor is: floral and herbaceous
Yeast flavor is: doughy and dry.
Other flavors include: corn, ginger, raisin, vanilla

Visuals/Appearance:
Color is: bright, orange, brown.
Liquid is: clear, clean
Head and lace are: minimal, off white.

Taste/Flavor:
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: heavy
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: light
Sour level is: none

Palate/Tactile:
Body or Mouthfeel is: light, creamy
Texture is: creamy, papery
Carbonation is: flat
Finish is: medium, enjoyable

Overall experience: Not a bad beer, but not great in the least. Have a few and you’ll enjoy it more. Good color. No head or lasce. Watery. Shallow, but not horrible. Good transitional brew.



Hofbrau Oktoberfest
09/10/2008, 5:06 AM
Filed under: Oktoberfest [marzen] (lager glass) | Tags: , ,

Bottle, part of a six pre fix from Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ, bright golden color, brilliant, hefty head, wheaty aroma, plain, lager, taste is as plain as possible. about the norm for marzen, but that said, fairly lame. Sad and dreary, that’s oktoberfest, AFAICT. Someone correct me — what’s the point to oktoberfest-marzen styles?