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Coors Light Beer Review

Coors Light Beer ReviewBack in the early 70s – the 1870’s – Adolph Coors, founder of Coors Brewing Co., infamously stated, “Water makes the beer!”  Finding refuge in the small town of Golden, CO, Coors built his empire at the base of the Rockies; tapping the mountain range for its clear, crisp water.  Fast-forward a century into Generation ‘Me’ where, as writer Tom Wolfe so eloquently describes them, “whining bitches” and “lazy, pot-bellied trust-fund kids” run rampant.  In response to the demanding requests for healthier options, Coors gives the people what they want: off-color, carbonated water!  Err, I meant light beer!

Upon its introduction into the United States market in 1978, residents of Colorado praised the brewery for the “crisp, clean taste” of Coors Light.  Manhattan resident, Hugh Wallace said, “It’s like drinking beer, but without all of the calories.”  However, while some were showering the new brew with praise, others were more skeptical.  Chicago Tribune columnist, Dan Monaghan asked, “Is Coors Light beer?” and Sacramento resident, Richard Chase said, “…nice pH level, but [it] needs more plasma and fatty acids.”  While a division emerged early on, Coors’ light brew stood the test of time; as it is currently one of America’s most-consumed beers.  Here’s what we have to say about it in the beer review!

It poured nicely – smooth, like water running from my tap.  I was taken aback by the beautiful, golden, almost piss-like color of the beer.  Compared with some of the other brews we’ve reviewed, this one is quite carbonated, and impressed us with its generous fingernail of head, which quickly dissipated.  I would liken the smell of Coors Light with that of the cold, Rocky air – clean.  In all fairness, there was hardly any smell to speak of; even with your nose practically submerged in it.  While the lack of “smell” in the air is nice, I do prefer beers with pleasant aromatics.  A beer without some sort of hoppy, grainy, yeasty…[et cetera] aroma is a sign of a weak beer, weak ingredients, or both.

Unfortunately, the taste is sort of like the smell – non-existent.  It tasted somewhat flat, despite the abundance of carbonation.  Sure, there were some minor notes of grain, but nothing distinguishable or noteworthy.  The drinkability of this beer is decent, but why shouldn’t it be?  What’s the drinkability of water?

Alright, so we’ve been knockin’ on this beer pretty hard, but there are some good things about it: you’ll fit right in with all the other douchebags at the party.  Joking aside, Coors Light is amongst the cheapest beers available, and is often featured in drink specials at local restaurants and bars.  If you want to drink, but have been impacted by the recent economic downturn, perhaps you should give this a try.  I’d recommend pairing this beer with some salty, fried food to counterbalance the low-calorie, lightness of the beer – you know, sort of like coffee and cigarettes.  For those of you in decent economic standing, I’d prepare yourself with another brew for when you inevitably run out of Coors Light.  It’s safe to say that while Coors Light might be the “Coldest Tasting Beer In The World,” it certainly isn’t the best!

Prominent Coors Light enthusiasts include: James Van Der Beek, Sir Edmund Hillary, and Douglas Gardner.  So, if you’re stuck in the 90s, stuck on a mountain, or stuck at a red light, this beer is for you.  [Note: We do not encourage drinking and driving.  Keep it legal!]

I know what you’re thinking: this review is hogwash!  Alright, you got me, anonymous Internet user and/or beer enthusiasts.  So everything stated in this review might not be true; guilty!  But, can you blame me?  I’m pretty buzzed – I’m on my 11th Coors Light.


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Crooked Tree IPA

Dark Horse Brewing Company’s Crooked Tree IPA beer review by Beer Blog Buzz

Crooked Tree IPADark Horse Brewing Co. is a microbrewery in Marshall, Michigan. There’s not very much information out there about this place other than it has a sort of taproom and a small brewery operation. Unfortunately, I’ve never been, but after drinking this beer I’d like to visit! An interesting fact about the brewery, apparently there was a mysterious fire recently that destroyed some of their taproom. Hopefully they manage to keep brewing this great beer!

Michigan tends to export a lot of great craft brews, in my opinion. Crooked Tree IPA is no exception, it’s a pretty good brew! Definitely in line with what I want in an IPA.

This is another example of a beer I’m willing to try just because of the label. How else do you try new beers from the store anyways, right? After pouring a pint and taking it in, all I have to say is that I wish I knew where I could get a six pack. The smell was of fruity and/or sweet hops. Also a hint of some woodsy pine hops. It was very enticing. To be honest, I thought it had everything you come to expect with a rich IPA smell, a sweet tartness, and  I thought this would turn out to be just another ordinary beer review. After drinking the beer, my mind was changed because the taste was even better.

I could definitely taste the fruity hops, tasted like grapefruit and maybe some orange. Mostly pineapple, but only at the end. The prominent taste, for me, was the pine hops. There’s a noticeable sweetness, which has to be the malt they used. I also noticed that the beer was hazy. There was sediment Crooked Tree IPA Headin the bottle, I shook it to disperse everything. Glad I did, it tasted great! As you can see, the head on the beer was pretty frothy and thick, it left a lot of lacing on the glass. As mentioned before, everything you would expect from an IPA beer.

This is a beer you would drink with a nice steak, or red meat at least. Something rich because this beer is a good counterpart, it’s a different kind of rich; a sweet richness. It would be something to drink before eating your main course, to fill you up; so you eat your main course slowly. By doing this you appreciate both, appreciate the subtle and complex flavors of both. All in all, I add this to my favorite IPA’s list. As I mentioned, Michigan tends to export some good craft brews, one of which is my favorite, but after having Crooked Tree IPA, I think I have a new favorite!

Beer rating: 5/5

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Zywiec Brewery’s Zywiec Beer Review

First and foremost, Happy Paczki Day! Have you got your paczki yet? I hope so, here’s a picture of the paczki I had this morning, and throughout the day. Delicious! Paczki Day Chicago Now on to the beer review!

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Żywiec Brewery was founded in 1852, and they currently brew beer in the town of Żywiec in Southern Poland. Apparently it’s one of the oldest breweries in Poland, brewing for over 150 years! Apparently the brewery was acquired by Heineken a few years back and transformed into one of the most modern breweries in the world.

Zywiec is one of Poland’s most exported beers. I picked a pack up as today is a Polish celebration. The beer’s appearance was pretty clear, actually. It looked similar to a Coors Light or something like that.

Zywiec BeerWhat always grabs my attention right off the bat is the can. It’s friggin’ sweet. They are always pints and always cold. You have to love it! They come in a plastic wrapper so there is never any dirt or grime on the mouthpiece. It also has a pretty unique logo, I Zywiec Beer Logothink. It depicts two Polish highlanders in traditional garb dancing. Call it what you want but I think it’s pretty cool. Not to mention the indents on the can; they outline pretty much everything, the pictures and writing. Something you don’t see on most cans of beer.

Sadly, it’s not the best beer I’ve ever had. It’s actually quite mediocre. I love my Polish beer, don’t get me wrong. It’s just, that, compared to most beers that are considered good by the craft brew standards, Zywiec would be considered just another mass-brewed beer.  While it might seem this way, it is quite different from most mass-brews I’ve tried.  Zywiec typically gets reputation as having a funky smell and flavor; and therefore, does not appeal to beer aficionados.  Okay, so it does have a funky smell.  Smell-wise, it’s pungent with grassy or hay aromas.  Another contributing ‘funk’ factor is the skunky smell, which is more common in beers in green bottles; beer that have gone stale. I can assure you this beer is not stale, it was in a can.

The taste is much better than the smell. I actually like it a lot and I drink it all the time. At first, it tastes sweet or like hay or some type of long grass. A bit of bitter hops shows its presence then dissipates back into sweetness.Zywiec Beer Head It’s definitely drinkable to me, almost like a fermented or yeast/wheat taste. Not overbearing, I’ve heard it described as wrong-tasting; not true. The mouth feel is more carbonated, much more bubbly than the last beer review we did. This beer goes great with paczki, obviously, but also kielbasa, gołąbki,hot dogs, anything fried; pretty much anything you eat while drinking a beer, this is the beer for you!

I’m biased in this review, but I don’t care.

Happy Paczki Day – Na Zdrowie!

Beer Rating: 4/5
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Hofbräuhaus Hofbrau Hefeweizen Beer Review

Hofbrau HeffeweizenHofbräu Hefeweizen gets it’s name from the state government in Munich, Germany, which has owned the brewery since the late 16th century.  Hof (court) and bräu (brew) comes from the brewery’s history as a royal brewery in the Kingdom of Bavaria.  For as long as Hofbräuhaus has been operating, it has been brewing in accordance with Reinheitsgebot (i.e. German Beer Purity Law).  The law states that the only ingredients that can be used in the production of beer are water, barley, and hops.  It is worth mentioning that yeast, which is a common ingredient in most beers, was not included as an ingredient in the original Purity Law because the impact of yeast on the brewing process had not yet been discovered when the law was first written.  While the law has been repealed since it’s conception in the late 15th century, many German breweries today claim to abide by the German Beer Purity Law for marketing purposes. On to the beer review!

Hofbräu Hefeweizen does not go out of it’s way to attract you with trendy packaging or unique ingredients.  From a marketing standpoint, nothing about this beer is appealing.  Unlike American “standard” beers – available for purchase at any bar in the United States – this German beer does not try to reinvigorate itself through market research (or, perhaps it does but fails miserably).  Instead, Hofbräuhaus relies on their reputation as being a premier brewery in Germany for the past 500 years.

Visually, Hofbräu’s hefeweizen looks like most hefeweizens – hazy and golden.  The haziness is a result of being Hofbrau Heffeweizen Headunfiltered.  Virginia’s indie-pop outfit, Wild Nothing, are clearly inspired by this brew judging by the EP they released last year – Golden Haze.  It poured nicely; leaving about four fingers of fluffy white foam on top.  The head deflated fairly quickly, but left a nice lacing around the walls of the glass.  Typically, hefeweizens are served with a wedge of lemon, but I opted to try this without lemon; and I’m glad I did.

This beer is quite drinkable.  While it is not amongst the best hefeweizens I’ve tasted, it certainly is the most approachable (i.e. I think a typical beer drinker would find this beer a pleasant alternative to the “standard” domestics).  Again, this beer doesn’t go out of it’s way by trying to lure you in with unique flavors and ingredients; instead, it tastes like what I would expect in a hefeweizen – floral with very little bitterness from the hops.  Additionally, you can taste hints of banana and citrus, which is common for a hefeweizen.  I drank this without any food accompaniments; but, if I were so inclined to eat, I would drink it with mild-flavored foods such as artisan breads, creamy cheeses (e.g. brie), fruits and smoked meats such as salmon or haddock.

Alright, so perhaps this is not the best hefeweizen; but, for the price, it’s an acceptable alternative to similar beers.  For those of you who have not tasted a wheat beer before, Hofbräu is a good starting point.  If I intended on spending an afternoon drinking a fair amount of beer, this is a brew I would be happy to have in my hand.

Rating: 3.5/5
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