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Duvel Single Fermented

Duvel
Single Fermented

I guess that there are two ways to look at this. Firstly, if you take it for what it is, then it's not bad (even if I think it's a little too hop forward even for a Belgian Pale or Blonde). However, if you start comparing it to Duvel - which IMO is simultaneousoly inevitable AND unfair - then it's going to be a disappointment. Am I supposed to compare this to that? Of course not, they are different beers, but I'm sat here thinking, "Well. I wish this were a Duvel". Light, straw colored pour...

ALPS Brau

ALPS
Brau

12 oz can which has a defect of some sort on the tab, since all six of these "splashed/mini-exploded" quite badly when opened. No problem passed on to the contents, but something isn't right about the hardware here. The label says the following; "Bavarian Style Premium Beer", and "Cool", "Crisp" and "Clear". The pour is a hazed (so not "Clear") golden color that on pure appearance terms would pass for a Hefeweizen, Quite a lot of very fine, yeasty sediment flowed from the can on the final part...

28th Anniversary

28th
Anniversary

An anniversary beer, from an old school player from back in the day, allegedly in a style that I gravitate toward? Those things trump my aversity toward cans so I'm in - for a single at least. Doesn't get off to a great start. For me, the color is all wrong. Copper body is too dark for me and somewhat makes a mockery of the name of the beer, if not entirely the style. For the style, I need a golden hue. Head is about right for a 12% beer. Speaking of the ABV it's just too big. It falls over...

Oktoberfest Lager

Oktoberfest
Lager

Tavour has many faults - many, but it does have a few redeeming features. One of those redeeming qualities is access to a handful of breweries that I know from 20+ years ago, and Kuhnhenn is one such brewer. Couple that with a style that I generally enjoy, even at the ridiculous price a single can demands on Tavour I'll swing fro one of these without too much thought. Oddly the beer has been on in the beeradvocate database since 2003, but the reviews and ratings are mostly from the 2011-14 ...

Oktoberfest Festbier

Oktoberfest
Festbier

I love to come across a new Oktoberfest or Festbier or Märzen, and when there is the promise of some sensible Sierra Nevada old-school, no nonsense brewing associated with, it it all bodes well. The Sierra series of collaborations for these beers has generally been a good thing. However, I am confused a bit by the name. Is this going to be an American styled Octoberfest in the malty, caramel colored manner, or a more traditional, lighter colored (still malty) Festbier? Only one way to find...

Holsten Festbock

Holsten
Festbock

500 mL can, from the LCBO in Guelph, ON, Canada. Great color - a ruby reddish, orange Doppelbock/Märzen pour - but the head is poorly retained and offers little lace. It looks really good in terms of color, but the head is a bit disappointing to be honest. A shame given the hue. Is this a straight up Bock or a Festbier? Not sure, so hedging my bets. Requisite light caramel on the nose, some toffee. Tastes kick in as one would expect, with the caramel sweetness tempered by the light hop...

Holsten Maibock

Holsten
Maibock

If I'm honest I didn't know that this beer even existed. Pils? Yes. This? No (Also see this). 500mL can purchased at the LCBO in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Brought back to the USA. Judging by the reviews on beeradvocate this isn't available in the USA and is strictly a Canadian thing as far as North America goes. Standard golden clarity on the pour with initially a decent, highish, white head. Retention and lace aren't great. The nose offers a very straightforward, malty light skunk. Pretty...

Waypost Café con Leche

Waypost
Café con Leche

16oz can directly from the farm. Dark chestnut pour with a good mocha colored head. Retention and lace are both good. Nose and initial tastes offer a bitter, black coffee experience. That's absolutely fine if that's what you like, but there is not much white, milky element this particular 'cup of coffee'. Bitterness hits early and lingers. Light to medium body, The bitterness is tempered a bit as the beer warms and the palate adjusts but it's the feature here. Some acidity that is consistent...

Duchesse Petite

Duchesse
Petite

11.2 oz can, from Belgian Style Ales here in the US. Pour is as expected with the Coke like head that is gone in seconds. Zero retention, zero lace. As expected. Great garnet red color as the light hits it. Nose is indistinguishable from its bigger sister. Light, but obvious ethanoic acid. Tastes follow suit, with the typical apple acidity and light barrels notes that the Duchesse always brings. Light carbonation hangs on, and gives a decent, lively feel to the beer. I suppose that the alcohol...

ETNYC Proudly Presents The Real Mexican Cake

ETNYC Proudly Presents
The Real Mexican Cake

In general terms and under most circumstances, I have zero interest in anything that Evil Twin does (this is the first beer I have ever reviewed from them). Silly, hyped, canned beer, in 'styles' that usually hold no interest for me, they are not a brewery that I have any affinity for. However, these are not normal circumstances. Here's a beer that is referencing Westbrook's Mexican Cake, and has that bottle and label displayed prominently on the label of this beer. I have no knowledge of the...

Low and Slow Doppelbock

Low and Slow
Doppelbock

One of my favorite styles from a brewery that I have a checkered history with (some things I absolutely LOVE, some I hate, and I absolutely feel that they have lost their way of late). Anyway, happy to report that this is a lovely experience. Excellent pour with all the attributes I am looking for; deep, chestnut/red brown pour with a great head, some (not great) lace and decent retention. Nose has lots of lightly cheesy malt, and a slightly acidic "tang". On warmer that nose gets BIG - all...

Great Lakes  Lemon Hefeweizen

Great Lakes
Lemon Hefeweizen

12oz can. Well I wasn't expecting much, and expectations were mostly met. Decent looking pour with a high, white head. The head is one of those very wispy ones that is relatively soon gone, but does leave some decent, sticky lace even if it is somewhat thin. Smell is a honey-lemon, a bit like a cough syrup that you might have. Not all that unpleasant. Tastes are obviously artificial lemon, but sharper and cleaner than the nose. There's basically nothing else there other than a mid-sharp lemon,...

Extra Stormbreaker

Extra
Stormbreaker

Nice color, I can do without the haze. Head is good and high, decent retention and some nice sticky lace. Nose is aromatic, and quite citrusy that might well be a function of the Sterling hops. The beer is really quite flavorful, with a few different, competing factors. There is a spicy, herbal feel about it, plus almost a lime-based citrus feel. Relatively low bitterness, rather the spice and herbal notes provide the bite. Medium mouthfeel. Pretty complex, with a decent biscuit backbone....

Weihenstephaner Helles

Weihenstephaner
Helles

Canned version, sold with the stein (pictured) in a gift pack in 2022. $10.99 for the combo. Right now I am somewhat unconvinced that this is a different beer to this one, but the ABVs are different (this at 4.8%, the Original at 5.1%) and they must be different since the German version of the website lists both beers! (Thanks @robsterowski for the heads up on that). However, when I look at my notes on the Original, all of the same attributes apply, especially in the appearance and the nose....

Oktoberface American-Style Märzen

Oktoberface
American-Style Märzen

Purchased on a whim. 4 pack, Belmont Beverage, Decatur, IN. $10.99 for the 16 oz servings. To be fair, I was ready to hate this before I had tried it. In the end, I was not horrified! I do hate the term, "American-Style Märzen Lager", and a few reviews that I had read prior to opening suggested that this was a "hoppy märzen". Quite correctly, that oxymoron brought horror to many, but in the end this beer really wasn't anywhere that descriptor at all. It's a pretty beer (as most well-made...

Isabella Hefeweizen

Isabella
Hefeweizen

All prerequisites fulfilled in the style, so perfect in that regard. Light, butterscotch, orangey gold colored body with a big pillow-like head. Looks resplendent in the Tücher half-liter glass. Nose offers everything that you'd want and expect. Light floral banana mostly. Tastes give high levels of bubblegum and mixed phenols, BUT it's not as sweet as some Hefeweizen's. A little less sugary, and more clove spice than might be found in some. That's to my liking, and (slightly) sets it apart...

Belgo

Belgo

Golden, butterscotch, hazed body with a decent head and some minimal lace. White film settles across the surface of the beer. Nose offers some deep, ready hop notes, but very balanced. Tastes begin with a bitterness upfront that is also well-balanced. Nothing harsh here, with the Belgian Pale influence pushing back on the noble hops. It feels stylistically very correct, and that always please me, but it's pretty light compared to some of the early version of the Belgian IPA style. As such, it...

Saison

Saison

Pale gold colored body, close to complete clarity (tiny amount of haze), with a moderate head; little to no lace. Nose has clean Belgian yeasts and not much else. It's good, but fairly simple. The beer opens with a decent splash of bitterness, followed by more of those yeasts that were apparent in the nose. There's not much funk here, and the description that sits on the can of a peppery-dry finish is a perfect one. The bitterness that opens in the beer and finishes in exactly the way...

Low and Slow Maibock

Low and Slow Maibock

I love me a Maibock, and I love some Westbrook beers, so there's a lot of hope here. 16 oz can from Blue Ridge Beer Hub in Waynesville, NC. While I like the presentation, I'd like it better in a bottle. Humbug. Pour is a surprisingly, light=orange hazed body. Maibocks can take on all sorts of hues, but this one seems especially orange. Large, fluffy white head, some decent lace. Nose is a little hopper than I was anticipating. There's also a little more hop bite up front than I was hoping for....

Extra Special Bitter

Extra Special Bitter

Waypost tends to specialize in Farmhouse/Saison and other Belgian influenced styles, so a sojourn into the ESB area is not necessarily going to showcase their strengths. However, because their beer is generally very good, I'm encouraged to try one of my own favorite styles. The pour is a light golden orange, and for me a little too light. Head isn't great, but the lace is fantastically sticky, bone white, and the best part of the appearance. Nose offers mostly neutral breads (I'd like a little...

Helles Bock

Helles Bock

Light, but golden pour, slightly above average head, and some nice, sticky lace. For me, the lacing is crucial to a good Helles. Clean nose with some sweet bread and yeast. Tastes start with (more) clean, sweet, malt edges, that are followed by the requisite, Noble-hop like bitterness. I have no idea which specific hops are used in this beer, but the can does reference a “Noble hop spice’ which is accurate and utterly satisfying. The bitterness comes hard and breaks quickly - perfect. Short...

My Preferred Apocalypse

My Preferred Apocalypse

Very good looker. I'm always seeking that correct, mid to deep, copper clarity in an Alt, and that is found here. The head (and especially the lace) are really very good. Sticky, white and persistent, the lace is a particular feature of the pour. Nose has a ton of bready malts - good. This seems just a tad too bitter. It's really, really close, but I want just a little more malt to support the bitterness in the style. Altbiers are hard - very hard! At least good Altbiers are hard, specifically...

Spencer Monks’ IPA

Spencer Monks’ IPA

16 oz can from Belgian-Style Ales online. Wanted to grab this before it goes away forever. Obviously this is not a NEIPA (or maybe it IS!), but it certainly looks (and drinks) a little like one. Bright orange body, with some chill-haze that gives a slight impression of haziness. Nice rocky head. The combination of hops (mosaic, citra, amarillo and simcoe) give a real juicy effect, and frankly not one that I care for much. It's very soft in the mouth, lacking bitterness (30 IBUs says the can)...

Past Is Prologue

Past Is Prologue

16 oz can courtesy of Todd - thanks man! Beautiful, simple, amber pour with a little chill haze. Head is perfect. Some minor lace. The head fades quite quickly. Drinks like a classy, full-flavored, beautifully sweet and balanced Vienna Lager. I’m biased, I love a great Vienna, and no matter how this is formally catergorialzed, that’s exactly what it drinks like. Lightly nutty, soft biscuit malts, mild caramel, rounded and delicious. American Ambers or Reds are going to have drier finishes, and...

Haná Valley Pale Lager

Haná Valley Pale Lager

Light haze on the lemon colored body. Chunky white head, great lace. Sticky. Nose offers light hops, some bread notes. There’s a TON of flavor packed into this beer. I don’t know if you want to call this a Czech Pilsner or not, but there are a massive number of clean, Noble hops as the base of the beer. It doesn’t have to be crisp to be clean. The bread malts balance the very strong, assertive hops. It’s a minor miracle that beers like this aren’t made more in the USA because they would surely...

Typical Anne

Typical Anne

Not my first time drinking a Parlor City Brewing Company beer, but my first review of one. Thanks to the brewer and owner Chris for this complimentary 16 oz. Belgian Blonde Ale. Well, if you look at the BJCP style guidelines (25A) for this beer, you’ll find … this beer! I bring attention to this for a couple of reasons. Firstly, one of may age-old pet peeves is when the beer fails to meet its description - that problem is totally avoided here, and secondly, its just not that common a style in...

Sweetwater 420 Imperial IPA

Sweetwater 420 Imperial IPA

So, I wonder if this is some re-incarnation of an earlier Dank Tank or some other special release. It feels like it may be. I know there’s this, but internally I wonder … 60 IBUs screams the can. 12oz, part of a six-pack. Pour is a clouded, burnt-orange body with the type of head, sticky lace and half-decent retention that one would associate with the style. In short, the appearance is stylistically sound. Nose is strong. It travels a good distance from the pour even when relatively cold....

Angel’s Paw

Angel’s Paw

Thank God for Hop River Brewing Co. in Fort Wayne! Now, before you get ahead of yourself and you think that I think that Hop River makes the best beer in the universe, let me dispel that thought immediately. I certainly do not like absolutely everything that Hop River brews, but in the context of the contemporary US beer scene, I do tend to gravitate toward both their beer and their philosophy over there on Harrison Street. What is that philosophy? Well, I’m not necessarily 100% sure, mostly...

Deth’s Tar

Deth’s Tar

12 oz can, $7.48 as a single from Belmont Beverage, Lima Road, Fort Wayne, IN. I would NEVER have bought this beer before I moved to the Midwest. Now that I’m so much closer to Chicago, I read more and more about this beer, so I saw it as a single, held my nose, and pulled the trigger. Pour is black as expected. Tan head is decent with an aggressive pour. However, this dies to a thin film almost instantaneously. Fair enough, I’m not about to ding a 14.8% beer for that!. Smell is surprisingly...

Ogden Double IPA

Ogden Double IPA

The last 12 oz can from a six pack bought in Wyoming. This feels like a throwback beer.  Very reminiscent of on older style, west coast DIPA with plenty of fruit notes finishing out a clean, big ‘ole DIPA. It’s refreshing in that sense. Lovely orange body sits underneath a sticky, white head. Lace has that tacky feel to it. Nice. Nose brings all of the tropical elements and a touch of dank character. Incredibly drinkable and light for the style, and for the ABV. In short, it’s well made. This...

Yellowstone Road Block

Yellowstone Road Block

16 oz can, actually purchased as a single inside of Yellowstone. As such, I assumed this was a novelty product, and I had very low expectations. As it is, it’s a lot better than those low expectations, and is really quite good. Slightly hazed, golden pour with nice, white rocky head with some decent retention. Lace is nice. The haze I can do without, but outside of that, it’s OK Nose and tastes offer a really delicious, light hoppy touch. It definitely has an American feel - a floral, largish,...

whose Bock?

whose Bock?

2023 version which is (I suppose) release number 3 if my notes below are to be believed. Interesting changes here. New ABV at 7.8%, now in a can, and evened out a bit from two years ago. The lower ABV makes this beer better in every respect. Who didn't know that? Maybe they read my notes from July 2021. Less slick than in 2021 and a better mouthfeel as a result. Still alcohol up front, but it feels som much more appropriate for the style now. Good malts, complemented by the alcohol. Finish...

Death By Coconut

Death By Coconut

12 oz can. This has been on shelves for around $20 a for pack, and I'm not remotely interested at that price, but a single can, even at $3.25 pulls me in - I blame you, Norm! Quite what an 'Irish Porter' is I don't know, but I'll ignore that for now. Pretty beer. Jet black, nice lace and a mid-level tan head that becomes a thin film. Nose is nice too, that has a somewhat subtle coconut element. The tastes are similar with light subtlety the order of the day. Nice bitter sweet chocolate holds...

Hop Drop ‘n Roll

Hop Drop ‘n Roll

16 oz can. $2.99 from Brawley's in Charlotte, NC. Having been to the brewery the day before and NOT drinking this, I thought it wise to pick up a can for me to try at home. The first thing that strikes me is the cost. This is an expensive four pack, even considering the the fact that singles are elevated. MUCH more intense is hop nose - WOW! The nose comes through like a truck load of hop pellets. Not a fresh, leafy nose, but a vicious tirade of solid pellets that give a reckless assault on...

Cains Finest Bitter

Cains Finest Bitter

Having had this from the can several months ago but I wanted to refrain from reviewing it until I could at least get the kegged version (given that I was pretty sure that I'm never likely to see the cask presentation here in the US). Patience, and up this pops at Hop City, Atlanta, GA for a very pleasing $3.99 for the 32 oz growler. Sensible price, sensible volume, and sensible ABV; quite the novelty combination here in the USA. Pour is a little on the uncarbonated side but it does give a very...

Ommegang Gnomegang/Gnommegang

Ommegang Gnomegang/Gnommegang

Additional notes 03/17/23 (pictured) Almost 12 years ago since I last made notes on this. Note the new spelling. This is such a hard, hard beer to review in 2023 given what has happen to it in the 12 years since my initial notes. It’s not really because that much has changed, if indeed anything at all, but this is now brewed by a brewery that has long since lots its way in terms of the beer that it puts out generally, and now, God forbid, it’s in a can. Like most of the canned beer produced...

Supper Club Lager

Supper Club Lager

12 oz metallic looking can. Thanks go out to Kevin for the chance to have a crack at this one. Any wispy head that was there on the initial pour dies really quickly above a fizzy looking, golden colored body. Pretty poor looking. No apparent nose, even on warming. Tastes are the usual combo of vegetal sweetness, high carbonation and a malty blandness that is distinctive only in relation to its non-descript nature. Not really much here that is too offensive, however it really only says macro...

Supper Club Lager

Leinenkugel’s Original

12 oz can, many thanks to Kevin for the chance to try this American classic. Pour gives lots of typical, American Adjunct Lager classic traits, but the body is a quite strange glassy affair with alarming clarity. As is son often the case the beer produces an initially very good head, but it fades very quickly and leaves no lace. Poor retention. Nose is slightly vegetal but with no really offensive notes. Tastes are much the same as the nose in terms of their neutrality and non-offensiveness...

Supper Club Lager

Bitter American

OK, let's be clear, at 4.4% this is NOT a session beer. Right, now we've got that out of the way, back to the beer itself. 12oz can, many thanks go out to BA Beejay for the chance to try this one. Pour is a deep gold color with a pretty spectacular head (if somewhat light), but the lace is very good. Nice retention. The carbonation seems a touch on the high side. VERY strong hoppy aroma which is frankly a bit surprising. The hops threaten a bit at the start of the beer but never really amount...

Supper Club Lager

Monk’s Blood

12 oz single can from Mac's, Midtown, Atlanta, GA, USA as part of their new "Pick/Mix a Four pack" as opposed to the pick/mix a 6 pack. The beer pours a hazed, reddish-copper color with some cream colored head that does not linger. Not much lace. Nose gives up a little maltiness but to be honest it really is nothing to crow about. Some sweetness and a dash of alcohol but not much else, even on warming. Tastes are pretty sweet which is OK for the style, but follows up with some significant...

Supper Club Lager

Mountain Creek Classic Lager

12 oz can thanks go out to Kevin for the chance to try this one. The latest in a huge parade of Minhas mediocrity. This time the pour gives a pretty serious initially head, but it collapses to give nothing in terms of lace or retention. Body is a golden color with a disappointing lack of carbonation - weak to be honest. Pretty offensive, sweet, grainy corn hits the nose and palate and never gives anything more than that. Vegetal notes and a more than average sweetness drives home the adjunct...

Supper Club Lager

Huber Premium Beer

12 oz can, many thanks go out to Kevin for the chance to try this. Retro style can which is attractive - good times. Slightly hazed with a macro colored pour, the beer appears similar to a macro adjunct with perhaps a notch above in terms of color and head. lace and retention are still huge issues though. Nose and tastes deliver a macro adjunct experience as well, but it is less sweet and offensive than many in a similar group. Fairly neutral in the final analysis, but not really offensive or...

Supper Club Lager

Fireside Chat

$1.65 for the 12 oz can from Green's on Buford Highway, Atlanta, GA, USA. A reddish, thin looking body with some brown highlights at the extremities. The head is richer than the body and leaves some nice, dense lace. The beer has very little hint of being a Winter Warmer and frankly no winter spice element that I can detect. It drinks like a thin, acidic, slightly off brown ale that may be on the brink of developing a large infection. Some slight lacto elements, the beer is pretty poor under...

Supper Club Lager

Triangle Belgian Golden Ale

Same beer as this review; http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/16186/38572/?ba=Ding but this time from the 12 oz can. Purchased at The Beer Dispensary in Apex, NC, USA. Very much the same feel as before with the sweetness coming through as the main asset. This beer is sweet enough to be firmly in the Tripel category for me. You've GOT to enjoy some phenolic esters and a LOT of sweetness to get your head around this. The color does seem lighter, clearer and more golden compared to the last...

Supper Club Lager

Modus Hoperandi

12 oz can from the Beer Dispensary, Apex, NC, USA. I've had this beer a few times before, but this is the first review. There is absolutely no doubt that the nose that the beer generates is absolutely unique and extraordinary. A big, fat, green, fresh hop presence that lingers and is the highlight of the beer for me. The copper colored, clear body gives a tremendously impressive head and a lot of sticky lace. Good signs. Some metallic notes and plenty of bitterness that lingers and drives the...

Supper Club Lager

Tokyo Black

12 oz can from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA, a little while ago. Genuine import since the adhesive sticker that yields the Government warning obscures the original Japanese text that is printed on the can. Black pour with a few red highlights, largely in keeping with the style. Head is not great, but sticky lace does suggest some quality. Also in keeping with the style it lacks refinements and delivers an aggressive, watery feel without depth or creaminess. Bitter character comes through quite a...

Supper Club Lager

Shiner Blonde

12 oz can courtesy of Kevin - many thanks. Well, it is what is. No more, no less. Typical, light straw colored pour with perfect clarity, low carbonation and, virtually no head and zero retention and lace. Could be one of a million different macros of the same ilk, but the color is getting close to completely non-existent. Pale as plae can be. Nose gives a touch of grainy alcohol. Tastes are a largely neutral sweetness and almost nothing else. Character is firmly at zero, but no skunk and...

Supper Club Lager

Hamm’s

12 oz can, many thanks go out to Kevin for the chance to try this one. Can and the brand make this look like a real retro beer - America in the 50's and 60's is the feel I get from it. Pour is a very pale golden hue with a large, frothy head. The head has some decent retention and lace, and doesn't look bad a tall. To be honest, I did pour it in a very aggressive manner. Nose and tastes are largely devoid of any character with a slight, sweet grain note and perhaps a little crisp citrus. To be...

Supper Club Lager

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,...

Supper Club Lager

Red Racer IPA

Thanks go out to BA finewinemike for this beer as part of my Secret Santa package for 2010. A Canadian born IPA in can, quite the novelty! The pour produces a slightly hazed, orange body with lots of white head and some super, sticky lace - always a good sign. Nose and tastes deliver some very fresh, clean light grapefruit notes, but it's never really aggressive. Finish IS on the dry side of things, but again lacks the puckering aggression that can sometimes come with the style. Clean, lightly...

Supper Club Lager

Burger Classic

12 oz can courtesy of Kevin - thanks again! Orangey, yellow pour with some pretty fierce carbonation. The head that forms initially is very high, fluffy and white. It fades quickly though to give nothing more than a tiny film on the surface of the beer and one or two wisps of lace. Little to report here other than a pretty sweet, thin beer that to be honest I don't mind too much. It has a lemony aroma but not much of that is transferred to the taste. Some acidity and fairly drinkable given the...

Supper Club Lager

BrewFarm Select

12 oz can, many thanks to Kevin for the opportunity to try this one. Golden, clear, macro-like pour with a decent, fluffy head. Some retention and some attractive lace but otherwise largely unremarkable. Grainy, buttered toast on the nose with some slight grassy hop aroma - not much at all, even on warming. Tastes offer an organic-like experience with a clean bill of malts making up the majority of the tastes. Some more light hay and grass but it never really adds up to much. Not much depth...

Supper Club Lager

Atlantic Amber

Retired? OK. Very recent purchase from Grassroots, Jacksonville, FL, USA. 12 oz can. Pour is a somewhat drab drown with lots of chill haze. head is quite dense and rich and leaves a lot of sticky lace. the aroma is pretty neutral even after warming, but there are a few malt whiffs from the glass. Caramel and light toffee notes make up the majority of the flavor profile and the beer is rather sweet. A little damp cardboard too. Not very impressive beer and the retired factor in the BA db has me...

Supper Club Lager

Elm City Lager

12 oz can from Grassroots in Jacksonville, GA, USA. The beer has a somewhat disturbingly, pale color and in terms of the hue looks a bit weak. Paradoxically, the head is resplendent - high, fluffy and full of sticky lace, it looks really good. Admittedly it is not really a classic looking Pilsner, nor is the head typical of the style but it looks OK. Carbonation is quite high too. This is a very, very sweet beer that I actually like. It does NOT deliver a classic, Noble or Saaz bite (which I...

Supper Club Lager

König Pilsener

500 mL can thanks to Kevin. Cheers mate. A crazy colored pour which is pale, but distinctly yellow. Not golden like some macros, but really noticeably yellow. A very sticky but quite a light and fluffy head. Very clean malts in the nose and tastes but it comes without much Saaz like bite in the finish. The lack of distinct bitterness means it's a little off base for me. Extremely clean and crisp and this is really n extension of those pale, pilsner malt bills. Again the finish lacks any...

Supper Club Lager

Moo Thunder Stout

Delighted and impressed by another one of the offerings from Butternuts. 12 oz single can from Hop City, Atlanta, GA. Pours a decent black color with a smallish head that fades quickly. This is a simple milk stout that delivers a decent amount of acidity in the tastes. Light roast that is pretty delicate, competes with some sweet notes that play off one another nicely. Carbonation is low but perfect for the style, delivering a light beer that does NOT feel thin at all. The light acidity is...

Supper Club Lager

Phoenix Pale Ale

12 oz can from a recent trip to NY. Purchased at Finger lakes Beverage in Ithaca, NY, USA. Nice pour with a good, solid copper colored body. Head is decent and leaves some pleasing, broken lace. Carbonation is mild but in proportion. Nose offers good malts but also a lightly assertive bitterness - it has strength, but in no way do the hops overwhelm the beer or make it feel bitter. Tastes offer a similar balance to the nose, and the beer works nicely. It's definitely "American" in the manner...

Supper Club Lager

Golden Frau Honey Wheat

12 oz can thanks to Kevin for a chance to try this beer. Astonished to see that this is a Braggot - to say that style is fairly rare is a significant understatement. Alarmingly thin looking macro pour. The beer is VERY pale and lacks any depth in the color - not what I was expecting at ALL. Disappointing head and very watery. Nose and tastes (somewhat unfortunately), follow suit and the lacks much presence at all. Some extra sweetness that one would expect, but after that the beer just seems...

Supper Club Lager

Poleeko Gold Pale Ale

12oz can. $2.10 from Ned's in Lynchburg, VA, USA. Attractive simplicity to the can design with a slightly retro feel. I like it. Nice pour, with a golden body and a fluffy, light, non-dense head. An interesting beer to me since the upfront tastes seems to suggest some English influence (with some biscuit-like malts and some sweetness), but finishes with a decent amount of aggressive bitterness. Somewhat contradictory. Some decent oily bitterness in the finish that manifests itself in an...

Supper Club Lager

Whale’s Tale Pale Ale

12 oz can from CBX, Charleston, SC, USA. $1.99. Beautiful light copper pour with superb clarity and a nice head and decent carbonation. Despite the glass being impeccably clean, the head is not retained well and there is no lace. Clean malts and a light alcohol touch in the nose. Tastes continue the clean feel with sharp malts giving way to some middle sweetness and then a dash of hops in the ending. The aftertaste gives a pleasing and satisfying biscuit malt feel that is reminiscent of an...