Blatz Beer

12 oz can, many thanks to Kevin for the chance to try this. The pour produces an almost transparent lemon yellow color, a highly carbonated but a typically poorly retained head and not much lace. Frankly it screams American adjunct lager which I suppose could be viewed as a good thing! Light, grainy and neutral nose. Tastes are watery and only give a sweet, light vegetal and light grainy effect. Pretty much devoid of any character or taste but to be honest not offensive in any way. Still,...

McSorley’s Irish Pale Ale

12 oz single from Total Wine, Atlanta, GA, USA. Pour is a darkish amber (copper) which slightly contradicts the "Pale Ale" moniker on the label. Head forms quickly, but disappers quickly too. Minimal lace. Nose and tastes are surprisingly sweet, and with the color of the beer I begin to wonder what kind of grain bill we have in this beer. Bready sugar too. This doesn't do well as an Irish Red, and it's not really got much Pale Ale character at all. My bet is that the words "Pale Ale" have been...

McSorley’s Irish Black Lager

12 oz single, Total Wine, Atlanta, GA, USA. Much like its brother, this beer owes more to the marketers than it does the brewers. I liked this about the same as the "Pale" Ale, but again it seemed very mediocre and a beer that is searching for a style home. Pour gives a balck body with some dull, red highlights. Head is short-live, lace is minimal. Nose gives away some sweet malts and a touch of roastiness but to be honest it's pretty light. Bidy seems a touch on the light side too. A touch of...

Stroh’s Light

12 oz can from Arbor Place Beverage, Douglasville, GA, USA. $0.75 in the bargain cart - can't go wrong (I assume) - we'll see! Pour is, as expected, very, very light yellow with a high head on the initial pour that fades to almost nothing within 60 seconds. Scant lace. Nose and tastes reveal the standard macro "nothingness", and frankly this drinks largely like carbonated water. On the plus side, it's in a can (handy) and is non-offensive (meaning no nasty, "off" tastes or skunky aftertaste)....

Stroh’s

Can from Arbor Place Beverage's bargain cart - 75 cents for the privelege! Took my own regular advice and paired this with a decent curry from The Viceroy. Despte some pretentious suggestions about IPA's and the like being paired with curry, after years and years of drinking beer with curry, I fail to find a better combo of the cheap, macro adjunct lager and a great Ruby. Appearance is as expected with a golden clarity, well carbonated body and the usual short-lived, wispy head that fades to...

Lone Star Beer

12 oz single, Mac's downtown, Atlanta, GA, USA. Well, what do you expect? Uttterly bland with virtually no taste at all. In its favor there was a decent head that lingered much longer than I expected. Some scant lace and an ultra clear, very, very light colored body. Peppery astringent nose. Nasty stuff, but I knew that before I opened it.

Colt 45 Malt Liquor

The 22 oz "Double Duece" bottle, purchased where else, but a Gas Station!? This beer is almost certainly not as unpleasant as most people think, and I was quite content with my sampling. First, we know what we're getting, a cheap 6.1% ABV brew that is not supposed to be an adventure into the beer hall of fame. If you take it for what it is, you probably won't be disappointed. What I look for in cheap beer is a refeshing experience, a lack of skunk and a smoothness that makes it drinkable. A...

Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR)

$7.99, 12 pack, Kroger Supermarket, Thornton Road, Atlanta, GA. $4.99 for the 6 pack at Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. PBR - a legend? Well, its reputation clearly goes before it, and helps it get reviewed in a generally far more favorable light than it really should. This is a fairly nasty swill that I don't think deserves a lot of the praise it gets. It seems to benefit from the idea that if lots of people used to drink it, it must be a classic. I see no more than classic, North American...