Posted by: girlvsbeer | June 5, 2010

Lone Star

Lone Star.

The Lone Star Brewery was founded in 1884 by Adolphus Busch, of Anheuser-Busch and a group of San Antonio business men. However it wasn’t until 1940 that the Lone Star we know today was created.

Lone Star beer is an American Adjunct Lager. I don’t know what color Lone Star pours because I’ve never poured it out of it’s can. I also have never stopped to smell Lone Star so no real info there either…and…I’ve never really spent time savoring the flavors of Lone Star, in fact, love it as I do, I have no earthly idea what it looks, smells or taste like.

There is a reason for this. Lone Star is my token dive bar beer and also saved for that special Thanksgiving tradition ‘The Lone Star Challenge’ (24 beers, 12 hours) which is becoming less challenging and more about drinking together and giving thanks for…well…beer. I never drink Lone Star unless I am in a position to quickly forget the taste.

As I drank one Lone Star after another last night at PJ’s Karaoke, one of the few places I’ll ever order a Lone Star, I got to thinking about the beauty of a place like that. Where dogs are welcome people, where you aren’t sure the chairs are steady let alone the entire upstairs, where the KJ is your best friend and back up singer for 4 minutes, and it’s as easy to meet the owner as any number of the colorful regulars.

Lone Star has found it’s place in my heart. In the same place labeled dive bar.

1 Very Proud little Sparkle!
-price
-love ❤

http://www.lonestarbeer.com/age_verification.aspx
http://www.pjssportsbar.com/

4.72% ABV
Illinois….seriously?

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Posted by: girlvsbeer | May 29, 2010

Cherry Wheat

Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat.

Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat follows the centuries old American tradition of brewing beer with native ingredients, in this case Michigan cherries. The sweet, fruitiness of the cherries is balanced against the crisp, cereal note from the malted wheat and the subtle citrus flavor from the Noble hops.  A touch of honey is also added for sweetness.  Cherry Wheat is a part of the Samuel Adams Brew-master’s Collection.

Cherry Wheat is obviously a wheat beer but can also be categorized as a Fruit Beer. It pours a hazy reddish golden amber color with a small white head that dissipates very quickly but leaves a very nice lacing. It smells very strongly of cherries, you can almost smell the wheat but the cherry is too over-powering.

This is another beer that was just too sweet for me. Granted it was 1,000 times better than Shiner Black Lager. I think it might go well with a very salty meal. Maybe potato chips even but it’s not very good as a stand alone. It does have a good flavor to it, it’s not the actual flavor I have issue with, it’s the over-whelming sweetness.

It’s pretty smooth and has a strong taste of cherries. There is a bit of wheat undertones but the cherry is overwhelming. I probably would have loved this beer a great deal more when I first started drinking. I wasn’t so crazy about beer at that point and only wanted the drinks that were sickly sweet.

5.4% ABV
Massachusetts

2 Sparkles!
for:
-smell
-flavor

http://www.samueladams.com/index.aspx

Posted by: girlvsbeer | May 27, 2010

Shock Top Belgian White

Shock Top Belgian White.

Shock Top Belgian White started out as a spring offering from Anheuser-Busch’s seasonal beer program. Due to its immense popularity it’s now brewed year round. The name Shock Top was chosen because it’s a catchy bar call and maintains the fun and irreverent feel of the brand. A shock is a bundle of wheat and is represented on packaging and tap handle imagery by the orange with the wheat head, or “shock top.”
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Shock Top is an unfiltered witbier or a wheat beer that pours a cloudy golden orange color, with a foamy white head that hold it’s retention for a decent amount of time and leaves very little to no lacing. It smells light, orange, lemon and yeast.
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It’s a pretty simple beer but very flavorful. So perfect for summer. It of course has a citrus taste, light and perfect. It’s not for the person looking for something complex, deep or rich. It’s not for the beer snobs. This beer is for the people who want something fun and light to drink.
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It’s a highly drinkable beer. Perfect with an orange wedge. I had 2 pints at the awesome (slightly yuppie) Firkin and Phoenix (pictured above) the first while waiting for my friend to arrive, which can I tell you is an awesome thing if you are alone and taking a picture and writing notes, the waitress kept trying to find out if I was a critic. It was fun messing with her since she would only hint and never ask directly. There is something really fantastic about beer from the tap in a glass at a pub. It really does make a difference to the whole experience.
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I was surprised to learn that it was an Anheuser-Busch beer but I suppose I shouldn’t have been so surprised since it is simple, cheap and generally pleasing.
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5.2% ABV
Missouri
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4 Sparkles!
for:
– taste
– drink-ability
– smell
– social factor
– price

http://www.anheuser-busch.com/brandPages/micShockTop.html

http://www.firkinandphoenix.com/v1/

Posted by: girlvsbeer | May 25, 2010

Miller High Life

Miller High Life.

Miller Brewing Company began when Frederick J. Miller who immigrated from Germany,  settled in Milwaukee, where in 1855 he bought the Plank Road Brewery and brewed his first  beer, using yeast that he had carried with him all the way from Europe. Miller merged with Coors in 2008 and created MillerCoors Co.  Both companies have obtained multiple smaller companies and accounts for an amazing 29.5% of the market.

Miller High Life is an American Adjunct Lager, which apparently has something to do with cutting it with cereal grains for mass production at the cost of flavor. It pours a golden straw color with a billowing white head that leaves a very decent lacing. It has a corn and grain smell, after reading what an American Adjunct Lager is I thought I could smell the cereal grains but maybe it’s just the power of suggestion.

Miller High Life is very drinkable. It has a light corn and hops flavor, and a sweet malt taste. The carbonation is nice and of course it is the champagne of beers so the carbonation is key. I think for taste, drink-ability and price this is a perfect beer pong, flip cup or any other drinking game you prefer. It’s also a great beer for parties or anything where you’ll have alot of people raiding your beer stash.

And yeah…like you’ll hear from most people, the clear bottle is great. There is something nice about seeing what you’re drinking. Worst part is I can never find it on tap otherwise I’d easily choose it over Bud.

5%ABV
Wisconsin

3 Sparkles!
for:
-taste
-drink-ability
-smell

Also for your enjoyment:

http://www.millerhighlife.com/

Posted by: girlvsbeer | May 21, 2010

Guinness Anniversary Stout 250

Guinness Anniversary Stout 250.

Guinness 250 commemorates the date on which Arthur Guinness signed the lease on St. James’ Gate in Dublin: December 31, 1759, Leased for 9,000 years by Arthur Guinness at £45 per year, St. James’s Gate has been the home of Guinness ever since.

Guinness 250 is a dry Irish Stout. It pours dark, slightly darker then regular Guinness, almost a motor oil brown black color with a brown tannish colored head that leaves great lacing.

Personally I like 250 better than regular Guinness, at least in bottle form. Guinness from the tap is better than the bottle form of 250.  However after 3 six packs my obsession with 250 was over. I’d love to have it as an option for the future because I’m sure I’ll want to pick it back up again but since it’s a limited edition I suppose I won’t be able to.

It has an initial malt flavor that is fantastic, richer and deeper, even smoother I’d say, than regular Guinness. There is a great deal less carbonation so that may attribute to the smoothness. From what I understand of this particular stout the malts are roasted which bring out a particularly great flavor in them. I’m not sure this will make sense but even though it is smooth it isn’t particularly creamy like regular Guinness. It has hints that are barely detectable(to me) of coffee, slight fruitiness, dark chocolate and maybe even a nutty taste. It certainly is a bit more complex than I expected it to be, though I suppose it makes sense to make a complex beer for a shorter time.

The finish has a great bitterness to it, not to biting leaving hints of the flavors behind. It’s a refreshing beer, definitely drinkable.

5%ABV
Ireland.

4 Sparkles!
for:
-taste
-drink-ability
-smell
-complexity

http://www.guinness.com/en-us/thebeer-250.html

Posted by: girlvsbeer | May 13, 2010

Shiner Light

Shiner Light.

Spoetzl was founded in 1909 by brewer Kosmas Spoetzl who trained at a brewmaster school in Germany before immigrating to Canada and later to San Antonio where he co-leased a building with Oswald Petzold and started the K. Spoetzel Brewery. After fighting through prohibition and surviving the addition of several large beer-plants in Texas, such as Anheuser-Busch, Spoetzl was Bought by The Gambrinus Company in 1989 and incorporated as Shiner Brewing Company. Jimmy Mauric is now head Brew-master.

Shiner Light is a light Lager it has a golden yellow color and pours with a white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing. There is also a light malt and hop taste and smell.

It’s not bad light lager but I’ve had better light beers, if I’m going to drink light beer I think I’d rather buy a cheaper beer like Bud Light, but why sacrifice flavor for money? After all isn’t the point of light beer that you can drink more?  I’m a beer drinker yes, but only a few a week, if my goal was to drink more alcohol at a lower calorie count I’d just have hard liquor. Besides with an ABV of 4% I’m left wondering…what’s the point?

4% ABV
Texas.

3 Sparkles
for:
-smell
-taste
-heaviness

http://www.shiner.com/main.php

Posted by: girlvsbeer | May 12, 2010

Shiner Bock

Shiner Bock.

Spoetzl was founded in 1909 by brewer Kosmas Spoetzl who trained at a brewmaster school in Germany before immigrating to Canada and later to San Antonio where he co-leased a building with Oswald Petzold and started the K. Spoetzel Brewery. After fighting through prohibition and surviving the addition of several large beer-plants in Texas, such as Anheuser-Busch, Spoetzl was Bought by The Gambrinus Company in 1989 and incorporated as Shiner Brewing Company. Jimmy Mauric is now head Brew-master.

Shiner Bock is, well a Bock obviously, it has a dark brownish caramel color and pours with a light beige head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing. It has a bit of a metallicy taste but not an unpleasent one. There is also a sweet malty caramel type taste and smell and also a light nutty taste.

I’m a shiner fan and as far as I’ve seen you either are or aren’t. It’s smooth and drinkable and a good beer for general hanging out.

I also found this awesome link:
http://sweetteaintexas.wordpress.com/2008/10/29/shiner-bock-beer-cheese-soup/

At some point I need to make the short hour 1/2  journey to Shiner, Texas and take a tour. It will be well worth it.

http://www.shiner.com/main.php

4.4% ABV
Texas.

4 Sparkles!
for:
-taste
-price
-drink-ability
-smell

Posted by: girlvsbeer | May 11, 2010

The Art of Beer-volume 1.

Beer Art.

I’ve been slowly accumulating beer bottles as I’ve started this whole process of reviewing and I had seen some random photos here and there but I decided to go look. Here are some of the more original and fun things people have done with all those left over bottles…

Beer Bottle Coasters.

Baby Beer Bottles.

Christmas Beer Tree.

Beer Bottle Chair.

Beer Bottle Chandelier.

Beer Clock.

Beer Bottle Doors.

Beer Goggles.

Beer Bottle Humor Art.

Beer Bottle Monastery 1.

Beer Bottle Monastery 2.

Beer Bottle Monastery 3.

Beer Bottle Monastery 4.

Beer Bottle Monastery 5.

Beer Bottle Monastery 6.

Beer Cup.

Beer Bottle Coffee Table.

Beer Bottle Cap Coffee Table.

Posted by: girlvsbeer | May 10, 2010

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel.

Franziskaner’s roots can be traced back to 1363. It was in this year that the brewer Seidel Vaterstetter is first mentioned as the owner of the ‘brewery next to the Franciscans’ in the Munich Residenzstrasse. The name ‘Franziskaner’ derives from the Franciscan monastery diagonally across the street. They remained there until their move to Munich in 1841.

I had trouble with this beer. I went into Spec’s with my brother and confidently asked for suggestions. I was so sure I was ready to move on to deeper, richer more full-bodied beers, after all I’ve been drinking Guinness for awhile now and it wasn’t at all what I expected due to the color. I just knew I was ready. I so wasn’t. I think I’ll have to put disclaimers on certain reviews. Here it goes *Due to my misplaced over-confidence in my ability to handle this beer I will re-review at a later date*

Franziskaner Dunkel is a Hefeweizen that pours hazy medium brown with an off-white almost tan-ish head that dissipates slowly and leaves a light lacing that disappears after a short time. Right away the yeast taste hit me hard, it followed with a sweet banana taste, some clove and some other spices I couldn’t pick out. Though the yeast was strong and I had trouble with the taste of it the beer itself had a mild bitterness and almost a roasted or maybe smoky type flavor.

All in all it just wasn’t for me. I couldn’t handle the tang of the yeast flavor and really I’ve never been crazy about bananas so we’ll see if any of that changes as I become more acclimated to darker beers.

5% ABV
Germany

3 Sparkles
for:
-complexity
-smell

http://www.franziskaner.com/0_start/index.htm

Posted by: girlvsbeer | May 9, 2010

Longboard Island Lager

Longboard Island Lager.

Kona Brewing Company was started by a father and son team. The pair had a dream to create fresh, local island brews made with spirit, passion and quality. Their love of Hawaii brought them to the Big Island to fulfill their vision.

Longboard is a pale Lager that has a golden-yellow hue, it pours with a white head that goes down pretty quickly and leaves no lacing. This beer actually smells good. Not like the common beer smell, if you have trouble drinking beer due to the smell I suggest starting with this. Not that the smell is gone completely but it’s not as strong as other beers.

It is super drinkable, I can drink this much faster than other beers. I usually can’t take so much taste at once which of course leads me to the classic girl problem (depending on the girl I suppose) of “nursing” my beer. A term I’ve never been particularly fond of. The only sad thing is I haven’t seen it in a can anywhere, not that I love cans, I think everyone prefers bottles but it usually lessens the cost a bit and increases the number you can buy at one time without looking like a drunk or like you’re throwing the saddest little tiki party on earth.

It taste a little sweet compared to some beers, the malt was sweeter for sure. I think I finally get what a crisp finish is, and if I’m right this is it. It’s extremely smooth. I couldn’t really taste the hops at first but they became more apparent as I finished the bottle.

This is for those of you who like myself at one time were on the beer fence. It’ll help push you over. Boys, buy this for your girls and stick it in your fridge, I swear they’ll love you for it. Drinkable, Not to heavy, tasty…yeah…I think this is my new summer drink.

4.6% ABV
Hawaii

An easy 5 Sparkles! Well, it might be 4 1/2 but since the packaging is so cute I’m pushing it to 5! ha!
for:
-taste
-drink-ability
-heaviness
-smell
-social factor

http://www.konabrewingco.com/

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