BeerCritic


Budweiser American Ale

Style and Glass: Amber Ale; shaker
ABV, Volume & Calories: 5.3% in 12 fl oz. estimated at 150 C
Purchased at: Super Saver Pennington, NJ for $1.08

Aroma: quiet, faint, caramel. 5 out of 10.

Visuals: well designed label, beautiful, copper, brilliant, little head, some lace. 4 out of 5.

Taste: weak, some malt, little hops, low strength, low craft. 3 out of 10.

Palate: lower quality, smooth texture, quick finish. 2 out of 5.

Overall: About what you’d expect, but not nearly as bad as American Lager. Will likely repeat, as it is quite affordable and not bad at all, not a favorite, high value, low craft. 13 out of 20.



Weyerbacher 12

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 44, Barleywine, Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 10.2 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $11.00

Aroma: weak, light, uninviting, lagerish, hay, grass. 4 out of 10.

Visuals: label design poor, presentation is okay, orange body, brilliant, long staying white head, nice lace. 4 out of 5.

Taste: sweet, artificial, chemical, nice hops, notable strength, medium craft, little balance. 8 out of 10.

Palate: lower quality, rough texture, chemical, acetic finish. 3 out of 5.

Overall: Not especially good, considering the price. I won’t have it again. Not a favorite. Not of high value.  Okay craft. 13 out of 20.



Buffalo Bill Pumpkin Ale

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 38, vegetable beer, lager, tumbler
ABV, Volume & Calories: 5 % in 12 fl oz. estimated at 150 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $1.33

Aroma: light, some spices. 3 out of 10.

Visuals: poor label, bad presentation, simple, clear color, copper, no head, no lace. 2 out of 5.

Taste: sweet, flat, weak, little craft. 4 out of 10.

Palate: low quality, flat texture, no finish. 1 out of 5.

Overall: Watery. A waste. A hated beer. Of very low value. Not well crafted. 5 out of 20.



Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 78, Oktoberfest-Marzen, Lager glass.
ABV, Volume & Calories: 5.8 % in 12 fl oz. estimated at 160 C
Purchased at:Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $1.33 as part of an oktoberfest sampler pre fix six

Aroma: dull, flowery. 7 out of 10.

Visuals: copper, brilliant, white head, fully dissipates, thin light lace. 3 out of 5.

Taste: wheaty, no hops, weak, badly crafted. 4 out of 10.

Palate: low quality, scratchy, quick finish. 2 out of 5.

Overall: Not very good. I will not have it again.  Shameful. 12 out of 20.



Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout

ABV: 6 %
RateBeer rating: 99
Calories: estimated at 160 C
Volume: 12 fl oz.
Glass: pint

Purchased at: Issac Newton’s, Newtown, PA
Price: $4.50
Consumed at: home

First Impression: A very impressive presence – a nice aroma, good head and rich flavor. Aroma is bitter, coffee, and roasty. Visuals are an inky black body topped with a tan head that is persistent and lacy. Taste is thick with espresso notes, licorice, and pepper. Palate is perhaps its downfall – a bit weak, with a medium finish. Second Impression – not anything close to a Yeti or a Shakespeare, but not a bad stout – far surpasses a Guinness. But for $4.50 a 12 oz bottle, I’d much rather have the Yeti.

Aroma: 8 out of 10

Visuals: 5 out of 5

Taste: 10 out of 10

Palate: 3 out of 5

Overall: 16 out of 20



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