Crystal Weiss

Picked up as a single as part of Mac's, mixed 12oz single for $7.99, Atlanta, GA, USA. Poured into the Tucher Weizen 0.5 L weizen glass. Honey yellow/golden pour, I would describe this is a bit darker than usual. Great clarity, a decent head and "better than I was expecting" lace. Looks half-decent, but it is helped by the glass. Some freshly cut grass, as well as some sweet, alcohol, skunky Euro Lager notes in the initial taste. A tiny, tiny hint of Saaz in the finish but it is minimal....

Winter Cheer Ale

A 12oz single as part of the $7.99 mixed pack at Mac's Midtown, Atlanta, GA, USA. Pour is an encouraging, crystal clear, deep brown color. Nice head and lace. Very malty nose and initial tastes, but these give way to a bitter hop finish. The initial character was a little spice, with some sweet malts, but as the beer warms and toward the finish the beer took on much more of the advertised, Amber/Red character. I had fairly low expectations here but in the end I was very happy with the beer....

Black Dog Ale

$4.00 for a 16oz pour at Taco Mac on the East-West Connector, Austell, GA, USA. Advertised there as an English Amber - whatever the hell that is! Do these people have a CLUE? Anyway - sent one in a frozen glass back, and it's still served too cold. When it warms, this was much better than I was expecting. A simple pour with good clarity, a bronze body and some half decent lace. Biscuit malts dominate with a nicely balanced finish. Some hops in the ending. This reminded me a lot of a simple...

Summer White (Seasonal)

12 oz bottle as part of a $6.99 mixed single at Mac's, Atlanta, GA, USA. A very standard American Wit that is more refreshing than most. Lots of sediment (as expected) but also some odd, white chalk like particles the like of which I have not seen before. Standard cloudy yellow body with a nice (if somewhat short-lived) head and lace. The usual spiced aromas are there, with a little clove etc. Tastes are standard American Wit ones, but where this beer does shine is in its refreshing qualities....