Mixed Beer Styles II
Commercial Beers -- Blind Tasting Comments...
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A wonderful wheat beer with the right amount of phenols, esters, wine-like, and clove-like flavors and aromas. There is also a hint of banana ester from the yeast and a really nice mouthfeel. Smooth, refreshing beer!
O'Hara's Celtic Stout
A very dark, roasty, deliciously bitter beer that is still smooth and creamy. This great beer has more flavor and body than most famous Dry Stouts. It is very black and coffee-like with roast everywhere -- impressive.
This lager beer is malty, caramel-like, and has low hops. It has a very good light/medium body and is true to Vienna Lager style. Soft and toasty with malt that is not too sweet.
Rogue Chocolate Stout
This specialty ale features added chocolate. Wow -- there is dark chocolate here. This is a wonderful dessert beer with a rich character. There might be a bit too much chocolate flavor to be in balance with the malt and other ingredients. A superb beer in regard to the depth of chocolate character.
Budweiser Budvar (Czechvar)
A nice bohemian pilsner with a pleasant, soft bitterness and malt richness. Crisp, complex (a bit buttery?), and acceptable levels of floral, noble hops.
This cider has a light body and nice, sweetish apple character. Mildly carbonated with a bit of a tart apple hint to balance the sweet character. This cider is clear and brilliant in color. Very refreshing and fruity.
Boston, MA, USA
Beautiful copper color with a malty, fruity, flavor that has hint of butter. Citrusy, American hops are apparent in flavor. Diacetyl (butterscotch) is moderate. A good example of an American Pale Ale.
This is an ale with diacetyl and caramel aromas and flavors. There is a bit of butter undertone behind the malt and hops. Crystal (caramelized) malt is evident and the color is copper. Mouthfeel is medium (good). This is a pleasant, drinkable beer for persons who favor ales.
This version of a California Common Beer is made at the brewpub that hosted this tasting. It has a strong hop character that is resin-like and reminiscent of NW Cascade hops. There is also a wood-like character to the hops, and the malt is light with a slight toasted flavor. Quite a flavorful brew, but quite different from Anchor Steam.
A floral aroma that is very pleasant is generated by this ale. It has good levels of malt and lots of NW hops (like a good American IPA should). Rich and bold in its hop aroma, flavor, and bitterness, this is a beer that any hop-head would enjoy.
A complex version of a Belgian White Ale, this beer offers a depth of character that includes spice, fruit, coriander, citrus, and a hint of butterscotch. A pleasant, complex beer that is still refreshing.
A fruity Porter that may be a bit old. There are hints of sherry and cardboard that do not belong. The beer is dark and lovely in appearance with a bit of chocolate in the flavor. Finding an old bottle is always a risk when buying English ales in America. We must try this one again..
This version of an American Brown Ale is made at the brewpub that hosted this tasting. It has a pleasant flavor of roasted nuts and a hint of chocolate. The hop aroma is mild and nice. Malt is good. This is a very tasty brew.
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