BeerCritic


Leinenkugel Oktoberfest
09/21/2008, 6:05 AM
Filed under: Leinenkugel, Specialty Grain (shaker) | Tags:

5 clear golden color

7 aroma of corn and hay

5 not worth opening



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?



Yuengling Original Black and Tan
07/29/2008, 10:05 PM
Filed under: Porter (English pint, stem glass), Yuengling | Tags: , , ,

Not nearly as abysmal as their other offerings, but not great either – I think that the taste here leads to the idea that their porter would probably be rather nice, considering the price, but this mix of lager and porter only hints at what that might taste like. Rather like a weak brown ale, this is just okay.

Aroma is okay, taste is about average, palate is poor, visuals are average. Overall, it makes me want something else.



EB Premium Beer
06/08/2008, 4:14 AM
Filed under: EB, lager (lager glass) | Tags: , , , , , ,

ABV: 5.5% (12.5 CPO)
Calories: estimated at 211C
Volume: 16.9
Glass: Pilsner
Purchased at: Sherwood Liquors
Price per fl oz: $2.50 / 16.9 fl oz = $0.14 per fl oz
Consumed at: home.

sensory first impression: A bad smell, a poor visual appearance, and no head. Smells of sausage left out in the sun. Tastes a bit better than it smells, but not much. Rather tame taste.

Aroma/Olfactory: 1 out of 10
Malt flavor is: weak coffee, bad tap water.
Hop flavor is: gym socks.
Yeast flavor is: doughy, mold, plastic.
Other flavors include: medicine, sulfur, skunk, smoke

Visuals/Appearance: 1 out of 5
Color is: pale, yellow.
Liquid is: clear.
Head and lace are: none.

Taste/Flavor: 3 out of 10
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: light
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: none
Sour level is: medium

Palate/Tactile: 2 out of 5
Body or Mouthfeel is: light
Texture is: thin, oily, oceanic
Carbonation is: flat
Finish is: abrupt and unmemorable.

Overall experience: 2 out of 20. I liked very little about this. The smell gives me a headache. I did not like the aroma, flavor, or color.



Red Hook ESB
05/23/2008, 3:58 AM
Filed under: Premium Bitter [ESB] (English pint), Red Hook | Tags: , , ,
Red Hook Extra Special Bitter Ale
ABV: 5.8 %

first impression: mindful of candles, not especially bitter. a bit watery, in fact. Not a bite to be had.

Color: Amber
Aroma: faint, but delicious
Hoppiness: Not hoppy in the least.
Maltiness: Not very malty.
Weight: a bit heavy.
Mouthfeel: just slightly oily.

second impression: Not an especially impressive beer. Very little head or bubbles. No belgian lace to speak of. nice color, but otherwise, forgettable.



Harpoon UFO Hefeweizen
05/13/2008, 3:25 AM
Filed under: Harpoon, wheat ale (shaker, weizen) | Tags: , , , , , ,

Glass: weizen
Purchased at: Gift from Sean P.
Price: Thanks, Sean!
Size: 12 fl oz
ABV: 5%
IBU:
Estimated Calories: 150 C
RateBeer Rating: 25

Aroma 2 out of 10
Intensity: very Faint
Balance: sweeter
Impression: neutral

Malt Flavor: Grain wheat
Hops Flavor:
Citrus
Other:
Corn
Notes: Really nothing coming out in terms of aroma. Very still.

Appearance 1 out of 5
Color: Straw
Clarity: Dull
Head Retention: Good
Notes: head persistence and lacing seem chemically induced.

Flavor 3 out of 10
Intensity: Faint
Balance: neutral to sweet
Impression: neutral
Malt Flavor:
Grain Bread
Hops Flavor: Herbal Spice Citrus
Other: Corn Chemical
Notes: Really very light, weak, and a bit watery.

Palate 2 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: Drying
Body: very Light
Carbonation: Faint
Finish

Length: Short
Intensity: Faint
Balance: just a tiny bit of sweetness
Notes: It might as well be flat seltzer.

General Impression: 3 out of 20
Craftmanship: Boring
Freshness: seems a bit Stale
Personal Taste: Disliked very much.
Notes: There’s no ‘there’ there. It’s the first unfiltered beer that had no haze. It’s the first wheat beer that had no wheaty body. Poorly crafted, badly balanced, and just downright watery. Very much like a light beer, but I’m still consuming the extra 50 calories.



Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale
05/13/2008, 1:18 AM
Filed under: brown ale [bruin] (mug), Samuel Smith | Tags: , , , , , ,

ABV: 5%
RateBeer rating: 84
Calories: estimated at 220 C
Volume: 18.7
Glass: Dimpled Mug
Purchased at: West Trenton Wine and Liquor
Price: $3.25
Consumed at: home

First Impression: Not a fantastic beer – rather light, not watery, but simple. Aroma is leather, earth, and serious hay — like a day at the farm. Visuals are a nice clear ruby brown with a sustained off white head. Taste is maybe the weakest feature, and a shame at that. Thin, muted, and a bit shallow. No discernible complexities of flavor, like ones you might expect in a brown ale, as from roasted or chocolate malts. Palate is crisp, dry, with a soda mouthfeel. Taste does not linger for long after, and doesn’t do much during a taste. Second Impression – it’s very sad that the same brewer that makes the Oatmeal stout does such a poor job of this. Thin, weak, sad.

Aroma: 4 out of 10

Visuals: 3 out of 5

Taste: 4 out of 10

Palate: 2 out of 5

Overall: 12 out of 20