Spoetzl Brewery Heritage Edition Shiner Bock Beer

There is nothing different about Spoetzl Brewery Heritage Edition Shiner Bock Beer, 4.5% ABV. Its only difference is the label harkens back to points in the lifespan of Shiner Bock. Each beer in the six-pack has a different retro label. Before I get into the review, would I like to thank the KLG Public Relations firm for this beer. This beer pours deep brown/copper color. It has a half-finger white quick head. The aroma is slightly sweet and malty, with bread notes. The taste is very similar to the way it smells. The taste is slightly sweet and malty, it has a bread-like taste and the flavor is smooth. It finishes smooth with a nice bit of sweetness. Its aftertaste is a bit malty with some light sweet bread notes. This Shiner Bock is not strongly sweet. It is a tasty beer. I give Spoetzl Brewery Heritage Edition Shiner Bock Beer a B+. It has a slightly lager beer quality to it. It’s a good bock-style beer. It’s easy to drink. I could have four or so. If you have not had this widely distributed beer, then you should. Please be kind, be safe, and enjoy responsibly!

Estuary Beans & Barley 25 Island Wide Hazy IPA

This new beer is Estuary Beans & Barley 25 Island Wide Hazy IPA, 6.0% ABV. This particular brewing company brews beer as well as coffee. They are on James Island, South Carolina. This Hazy IPA pours a hazy yellow with a two-finger fluffy white head that slowly dissipates. The beer’s aroma is fruity with citrus, passionfruit, and pine notes. The taste is tropical and with passionfruit and melon. This hazy beer is piney, bitter with biscuit and wheat. It finishes with a light wheat/biscuit hoppy flavor. It has a bitter aftertaste that lingers then fades into a soft fruity bitterness. Estuary Beans & Barley 25 Island Wide Hazy IPA isn’t trying hard to be an IPA, and that’s good. It is easy to drink without being overpowering on the flavor profile. It has the right IPA flavor profile. I give it an A+. Something that I recommended having. It is going high on my list of good beers! Please be kind, be safe, and enjoy responsibly!

Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. & Snyders of Hanover Snyder Bier Pretzel Märzen

I was getting a lot of social media advertisements about this beer recently. It did sound like a great beer that I would like to try. So I was out at my local Winestore and spotted Captain Lawerence Brewing Co. & Snyder’s of Hanover Snyder Bier Pretzel Märzen, 5.0% ABV. This beer, a collaboration between Captain Lawerence Brewing Co. in Elmsford, New York, and Snyder’s of Hanover pretzel snack company, is owned by Lance here in Charlotte, North Carolina. This October-fest style beer pours a copper/light brown color with a two-and-a-half finger off-white head. The aroma is malty, bread, semi-sweet with a salty note. The taste is a malty, salt, bead, a richness like Snyder’s October fest dark pretzels. This beer then finishes with a malted medium salted. The aftertaste is very similar to the aftertaste of Snyder’s October fest pretzels. This beer is a very delicious beer and a great combination. I give Captain Lawerence Brewing Co. & Snyder’s of Hanover Snyder Bier Pretzel Märzen an A+. It’s like being at Octoberfest without actually being there. It’s Octoberfest in a can. I highly recommend it! It’s not a beer that overpowers your tastebuds. I could have an entire four-pack of sixteen ounces. I hope that this beer will be here every year. It’s that good! Please be kind, be safe, and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Southern Barrell Brewing Co. Beach Bully Pale Ale, 5.4% ABV, is made in Bluffton, South Carolina. I was gifted this beer along with a few others that by my good friends and neighbors. I will review the others later. Thank you to them. Beach Bully Pale Ale pours a yellow color and has a cloudiness to it, and it has a two and a half finger white sticky head. The aroma is fruity with citrus and mango. There are bitter hoppy notes as well. The taste is similar to the way it smells. There is mango and citrus among a nice bitter/hoppy flavor that does fade as it passes over your tongue. Beach Bully Pale Ale finishes with a light bitter fruit flavor. The aftertaste is bitter and with a slight fruit note. Southern Barrel Brewing Co, Beach Bully Pale Ale is refreshing and good. I give this a B+. It is slightly more IPA-like than Pale Ale. But it is not too much like an IPA that has an identity crisis. It’s more of a hoppy Pale Ale. I recommend Southern Barrel Brewing Co. Beach Bully Pale Ale. Please be kind, be safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Spoetzl Brewery Shiner 1909 Heritage Lager Beer

This beer Coming out of Shiner, Texas, from the Spoetzl Brewery, is Shiner 1909 Heritage Lager Beer, 4.5% ABV. This lager beer was sent by KLG Public Relations, and I would like to thank them for this beer. This Shiner Lager beer is named for the founding year of the Spoetzl Brewery, 1909 by Czech immigrants to Texas. This lager is made with 2-row barley and noble hops, which are hops grown in Europe particularly Germany. 1909 Heritage Lager Beer pours a gold color with one finger quickly fading head. The aroma is typical lager, faint bread notes with a bit of raw barley. The taste is smooth with light bread notes. The mouth is full, and this beer really coats the mouth. This lager finishes with a slight beaded malt flavor. The aftertaste is semi-sweet and really sticks around and lingers. This is a beer that starts off okay and then it really grows on you. Spoetzl Brewery is Shiner 1909 Heritage Lager Beer is B-. This is not one of the top lagers buts it is good. I think its a B-. I think they are going for a wider appeal with this lager, and not just trying to please the taste buds of the craft beer enthusiast. But I think it will not make a craft beer enthusiast pour this out. I found it not to be so bad, kind of good actually. I will even recommend it. So try it sometime. Please be kind, be safe and enjoy responsibly! 

New Holland Brewing Company Dragon’s Milk Bourbon Barrel-Aged Stout

Thank you to Outsider Public Relations and New Holland Brewing Company. Here we have New Holland Brewing Company Dragon’s Milk Barrel-Aged Stout, 11% ABV. This stout, made in Holland, Michigan. This stout pours a deep dark black color with a three-and-a-half thick tan/khaki head. It’s very sticky and slow. The aroma is roast with sweet notes of boozy coffee and bitter notes. The taste is sweet, roasted with a boozy bourbon coffee taste that grows as you pass over your tongue. The is a slight milk flavor that is faint at best. Dragon’s Milk Stout finishes with a semi-sweet roasted milk flavor. The aftertaste is strong, boozy and a little be toasty. This stout is a big beer with lots of big flavors to it. It’s good, A- good. Not something you’d have more than one of or something you start off a drinking session with, it would be the last. But it is a solid barrel-aged stout. Are there better ones out there? Yes, but not many. I would put this in the top 10 stouts. Please be kind, be safe, and enjoy responsibly! Cheers! 

New Holland Brewing Company Ichabod Pumpkin Ale

I’d like to thank the folks at Outsider Public Relations for sending me New Holland Brewing Company Ichabod Pumpkin Ale, 4.5% ABV. This beer is from Holland, Michigan. This beer has real pumpkin, nutmeg, and Allspice in it. I am not the biggest fan of the whole pumpkin beer, or anything pumpkin flavored/scented other than pumpkin pie. But I thought I’d give this particular pumpkin ale a fair review. It pours a deep orange color with a two-finger steady white head. The aroma is cinnamon, nutmeg, sweet, and a little pumpkin. This pumpkin beer has a big cinnamon flavor at first sip. Then it flows into sweetness with nutmeg and pumpkin. It’s spicy toward the end. It does finish with a spicy pumpkin cinnamon note. The aftertaste is sweet with pumpkin and cinnamon. New Holland Brewing Company Ichabod Pumpkin Ale is not terrible. But I also don’t care for many cinnamon-flavored things, which is better than pumpkin-flavored stuff. It has a lighter flavor to it, so it’s more approachable and easier to drink. I give New Holland Ichabod Pumpkin Ale a D+, a high D+. This particular is one of the more popular pumpkin ale on the market, the most popular is Southern Tier Brewing Company Pumpking, which I’ve had. That one isn’t as easy to drink like this one. That has bolder sweet and candy-like pumpkin flavors too. Ichabod is more of a sessionable pumpkin beer. The flavors don’t overpower your tastebuds. I have found that some pumpkin beers to wallop your tastebuds with pumpkin or pumpkin pie flavor. I think they do that to let you know it’s a pumpkin ale. Like you can’t read the label. This New Holland Brewing Company Ichabod Pumpkin Ale would be a good starting point for someone who wants to try pumpkin ales. Please be kind, be safe, and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Town Brewing Co. Rathaus Festbier Lager

It’s that time of year again. Time for Festbiers! You’ll be seeing a lot of this style between now and November. This particular festbier is Town Brewing Co. Rathaus Festbier Lager, 5.8% ABV. This beer is from right here in Charlotte. I’m not the biggest fan of this style, but I do like FestBiers. This beer pours an amber color with a one-and-a-half-finger white head. The aroma is sweet and malted with a kind of bead-like smell. The taste of this beer is sweet at first. Then you get some malty flavors, that subdues the sweetness. But then you get that bread-like flavor, and then the sweetness slowly comes back to the forefront. The mouthfeel is on the higher side of the medium mouthfeel. This festbier finishes with a sweet malt flavor. That same flavor carries over to the aftertaste with a slight addition of a breaded note. Overall this was just above average for me. So I would give Town Brewing Co. Rathaus Festbier Lager a B-. It has its good moments, but overall it’s just an average festbier. So after about three pints, I felt like the flavors we got to be too much. I don’t see having more than that would be enjoyable. But that is not so bad. I would recommend Town Brewing Co. Rathaus Festbier Lager. Please be kind, be safe, and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Sugar Crewing Brewing Company Culture Pils Lager

This beer, Culture Pils Lager, 4.8% ABV, is a relatively new beer from Sugar Creek Brewing Company. It is brewed right here in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is a seasonal beer. Culture Pils won U.S. Beer Open 2020 gold medal. It pours a yellow color with a clean white two-finger head. The aroma of this beer is semi-sweet with a biscuity note. The flavor is a bit sweet as well. It also has a corn-like flavor with some biscuit notes. The mouthfeel is light. It then finishes clean and crisp. The aftertaste is semi-sweet and a little bread-like. Pilsners are quickly becoming my favorite beer style, and with a beer like Sugar Creek Brewing company Culture Pils Lager I can see why. This beer deserves an A-. It has good flavor and, it could be a little better. But I enjoy this beer and would have this again and again. I think you should too. Please be kind, be safe, and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Boulevard Brewing Co. Early Riser Puerto Rican Style Coffee Porter

I haven’t reviewed and dark-style beer in a while. So I saw Boulevard Brewing Co. Early Riser Puerto Rican Style Coffee Porter, 6.2% ABV with 40 International Bittering Units or IBUs. This particular coffee porter uses coffee from Gusto Coffee Company in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This porter pours the deepest, darkest brown with a four-finger thick creamy beige head. It’s slowly fading. I still saw a good it down to the bottom of the glass. The aroma roasted like a strong espresso with a little burnt note. The taste is similar to the way it smells. There is a strong espresso roasted note with an acidic flavor. The mouthfeel is a little fuller. This porter finished much like a good strong cup of coffee would. It ends roasted with full coffee bean flavors. The aftertaste is pretty much a roast coffee affair. This beer is just like a good strong cup of coffee in beer. I like that in that in a coffee porter. I give Boulevard Brewing Co. Early Riser Puerto Rican Style Coffee Porter an A. It was not heavy in any way, and I could have another. But if it were a pint, I wouldn’t say I’d go for another. 12 ounces in just right for this beer. It is a good coffee porter. Please be kind, be safe, and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!