Saturday, May 16, 2009

Mendocino Bock Beer

A nice warm spring afternoon calls for a complimentary beer. Today I chose the spring seasonal from Mendocino Brewing Comany, Bock Beer. Starting with the pour, you know this is going to be an excellent beer due to the golden color of the lager. The beer starts out in your mouth as smooth and sweet, with a clean and crisp hops aftertaste that is just right. The alcohol content is 7.0% ABV. This beer leaves you wanting another glass to compliment the beautiful day and perfect season.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Lancaster Brewing Company

My boy Chris wanted to go to Lancaster Brewing Company for his birthday to have a few quality beers for his birthday. Loving quality beer, I could not complain. Here are five of the beers I took pictures of that I tried. Some of the beers I have had before, but felt the need to post them.

Strawberry Wheat

The Strawberry Wheat is one of my favorite LBC beers, and one cannot go wrong ordering this. There is a great flavor of strawberry in this beer, and it is not too overpowering. The beer runs at 4.7% ABV. All in all, the beer is very refreshing and does a nice job of quenching your thirst.

Rare Rooster Rye Ale

This was my first time trying the Rare Rooster Rye Ale, but I was fairly impressed. The beer is very dry and leaves a peppery aftertaste, but the beer does have a nice flavor. The beer is very light in color and runs at 4.8% ABV. This isn't a beer to drink in quantity, but having one or two is the perfect dose of the rooster.

Milk Stout

As far as stouts go, the Milk Stout is fairly run of the mill. It runs at 5.3% ABV and has an excellent dark color. The taste is pretty fresh and has slight hints of chocolate and coffee. It is a decent beer, but not my favorite stout of all time.

Gold Star Pilsner

I was most impressed with the Gold Star Pilsner. I had not previously tasted the Pilsner, but the flavor was excellent. The malts overpower the hops to bring a nice smooth taste. The beer runs at 5.1% ABV and I highly recommend trying the Pilsner. I will definitely order it everytime I go back.

Fest Beer Amber Lager

The Fest Beer Amber Lager had an excellent taste and had a good balance of hops added to the beer. The lager has a nice amber color and runs at 5.6% ABV. The Fest Beer Amber Lager is a little creamy, especially in the head, but very smooth. The lager is not my favorite beer, but definitely enjoyable.

I highly recommend going to Lancaster Brewing Company. Most of the beers will not "wow" you, but they are high quality decent beers. I now recommend the Gold Star Pilsner in addition to the Strawberry Wheat.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Bell's Two Hearted Ale

While watching hockey, I cracked open a bottle of Bell's Two Hearted Ale. This beer is one of the few IPAs that I can stand, because it it more in line with the traditional English IPA and not the overpowering American IPA. Pouring the beer into the glass releases a great deal of aroma, which smells like a spring morning. The beer itself is very crisp and fresh tasting, with a very refreshing aftertaste. The hops are delicately balanced and not overpowering. The aftertaste is a little bitter, but let the flavor change in your mouth. I understand where the "Two Hearted Ale" comes from, as there are two levels of taste. It starts out a little bitter, but smooths itself out. The alcohol runs at 7.0% ABV which is normal for an IPA. Give it a try.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Corsendonk Abbey Brown Ale

It was a lovely spring day, so I decided to crack open the bottle of Corsendonk Abbey Brown Ale I had in my refrigerator. The pour was very frothy, almost marshmallow-like. It has a beautiful dark amber/brown color to it. The taste is very smooth, as you would expect after seeing the head on the beer. There is a slight hint of bananas in the beer, which rounds out the flavor nicely. The alcohol runs at 7.5% ABV, so a 750mL bottle will do a nice job of relaxing you on a warm spring day. I first tried this beer on draught at a bar, but I think I like drinking it from the bottle better. Usually I feel the opposite way, but this beer does well aged in the bottle.

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