Locally brewed here in Charlotte, North Carolina Triple C Brewing Co. Neon Signs American Lager, 5.7% ABV purchased from JJ’s Red Hots (a great hotdog/sausage restaurant). Neon Signs pours a nice golden yellow color with a two and a half slow fading white pillowy head. The aroma coming off this American Lager is semi-sweet with nice malted biscuit and light citrus notes. Neon signs have that great lager aroma that did make me thirsty for a sip. I took that sip, and I got some semi-sweet notes of citrus, malts, and bread/biscuits with a very faint bitter note that is almost like it’s not there. The mouthfeel is light, and Neon Signs finish with a refreshing light sweetness and carries that light sweetness into the aftertaste along with a bit of maltiness. Triple C Brewing Co. Neon Signs American Lager is a tasty Lager, an A. If you ever come across this Lager beer, you will not be disappointed. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Olde Mecklenburg Brewery Mecktoberfest Märzen Lager, 5.4% ABV is from one of the oldest brewers here in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is a Gold European Beer Star winner. Mecktoberfest pours a lighter copper orange color with one and a half white finger head with a steady fade to it. The aroma is semi sweet with a bit of malt and faint bread note. Now the flavor is wha t you’d expect from an Octoberfest beer with nice light sweet malt led notes with a nice lager flavor. Mecktoberfest finishes crisp with a hint of malt and some lager and it has a nice light sweet lager after taste all with a medium mouthfeel. This is only available during the end of September and all throughout October. It’s a good solid Octoberfest beer that I give an A. It is one that is really worth trying. It is not to heavy with any one flavor or heavy over all. I always in enjoy a good Olde Mecklenburg Brewery beer. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
I purchased Allagash Brewing Co. Moselle Farmhouse-Style Lager 6.0% ABV from The Butcher’s Market not far from me here in South Charlotte, NC. Moselle is brewed in Portland, Maine by Allagash Brewing Co. circa 1999 with Northern Brewer, Hallertau hops, Pilsner malt, Vienna Malt, Munich Malt, local oats, Lager and Saison yeast. Moselle pours golden with a two finger stead fading white head that leaves behind bare minimum of lacing behind. The aroma is complex for a lager with a slightly funky tropical aroma with a nice tropical taste with faint yeasty breaded notes some sweetness with a bit of Saison flavor to the beer with a nice medium mouthfeel that finish with a funky tropical sweetness and carries the tropical nature into the aftertaste. Allagash Brewing Co. Moselle Farmhouse-Style Lager is an excellent beer that is refreshing and crisp that gets an A+. I’m not surprised that Allagash Brewing Co. brewed such a great beer and one that I highly recommend. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
NoDa Brewing Company 1010 Pear Lager, 4.8% ABV brewed locally in Charlotte, North Carolina named after a street in Columbus, Ohio which has a popular market. 1010 Pear pours a copper color with an almost two finger white fizzy head giving off a somewhat malted beady aroma with a little sweetness to it. The taste pretty much follows the nose with nice crisp malt bready notes with some sweetness that slowly arrives on your tongue with a nice semi-medium mouthfeel that finishes with a bit of a light malt note and has a crisp aftertaste of some yeasty bread that doesn’t stick around very long. NoDa Brewing Company 1010 Pear Lager is good getting a B-. The malts almost clash with the breaded notes and I found that to be just a little off-putting but nothing terrible. I could drink a few of 1010 Pearl Lagers the flavor isn’t too overwhelming nor is it too high in ABV. I find those things good about this. I would recommend NoDa Brewing Company 1010 Pear Lager is was not bad. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Originally posted October 1st 2012
It has been a bit of a crazy, but fun week around my house, this past week with my brother’s family came into town for his birthday. But I am here now with yet another beer review. This is another North Carolina brew, from Kinston, North Carolina, and Mother Earth Brewing. This is their Munich-style Dunkel Lager, Dark Cloud 5.10% ABV. This is the second time having this. First was during a beer tasting I gave this past week. This is a dark German lager. Dark Cloud pours a dark brown color with a rocky whitish two finger head, and very very little light was come through, hazy in the glass. The aroma on this is very malty and sweet with nice bread notes, faint coffee scents too but more of a lighter roast coffee. There was a very very faint raisin smell there too but it’s almost not existent. This Dark Cloud has a nice aroma overall The taste on the Dark Cloud is malt forward, yeah lots of malts, but not overly malty and yes it’s a bit sweet to semi-sweet. this has a lot of mouthfeel on this, you really get that nice malt flavor all over the mouth. I did find a somewhat of a coffee taste here, but none too strong like a stout or porter. There is a very faint somewhat of bitterness to the very end but was okay. But that doesn’t take anything away from the overall flavors of this Dunkel. The aftertaste is still malty but a little less, still good and sweet yet bready. There is no bitterness, but the sweetness does get a bit stronger in the aftertaste. Nothing overly sweet, but good none the less. I find the aftertaste a half tick better than the first taste still great. This beer is not heavy or thick, but it is a drinkable, sessionable and a good beer to have more than once. Overall I give this a B, just for the fact that I found a very tiny bitterness within the great malted flavor. I like this one, it is well done, well brewed and I will be looking forward to having his again, maybe if I have them again and again I will maybe become a B+. I think it could become better with me over time may be a short time. The bitterness was just a half-point off for me, but nothing that made me gives this fine Dunkel any lower of a grade or pour it out. I like it very much and glad it’s an N.C. beer. Try this! Cheer! Please enjoy responsibly!
Coming from Mount Pleasant South Carolina Westbrook Brewing Company Beer To Drink When It’s Outside, 4.5% ABV is a Lager that is brewed with CTZ, Motueka hops, dry-hopped with Motueka, German Lager yeast, Flaked Corn, Pils malts, and Key-Lime puree. This beer has a long name and I am just going to refer to it as Beer To Drink from this point foward. Beer To Drink pours a nice yellow gold color with a one and a half finger white quick fizzy head with a lime aroma that has a sweetness to it with a light tart sour note. Taste is refreshing with a sweet citrus lime that is also tart with some light sourness to it that comes to a nice tart, sweet, sour lime finish that carries over to the aftertaste with a nice lager flavor going along with the lime that does linger for a bit all with a light refreshing mouthfeel. Now Westbrook Brewing Company Beer To Drink When It’s Outside is exactly for what the name says, it a good hot day beer. The Key-lime adds a nice refreshing touch to the beer and it’s easy to drink you could enjoy many without the beer’s flavor profile overpowering your tastebuds. It’s definitely an A+. I highly recommend Westbrook Brewing Company Beer To Drink When It’s Outside. Please stay safe and please enjoy responsibly!
I know I’ve probably said that Lager is a dirty word in the craft beer world before, and I may still be. But sometimes a craft beer drinker may just want a plain beer, Burial Beer Co. Innertube Lager Beer, 3.5% ABV. Innertube is brewed with Saphire hops. American Pils, corn, and rice. Now I know what you’re thinking a Lager with a 3.5% ABV how can that be any good! Innertube pours an old lager yellow with a one and a half finger creamy white head that doesn’t fade away too quick with sweet corn notes coming off with a nice light bready metallic biscuit note. Now the taste it easy on the taste buds with nice sweet corn/rice notes which are similar to the aroma with nice very light biscuit flavors and a twinge of a faint metallic note that comes to a nice light refreshing semi-sweet finish that carries over to a sweet corn aftertaste with a light refreshing mouthfeel. Burial Beer Co. Innertube Lager Beer is a plain beer that is well-deserving of an A+, and yes for on a 3.5% it does have a great flavor that is refreshing and easy to drink. Burial Beer Co. Innertube Lager Beer is one to always keep in the refrigerator, I highly recommend it! Please stay safe and please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Originally posted July 7th, 2013
When it comes to craft beer the word Lager is looked on as a bad or dirty word. That can be so done to BMC (Bud Miller Coors) for brewing such bad or weak tasting beers. But I don’t think that lager is such a foul word. I have had some great lagers and this Samuel Smith Pure Brewed Organic Lager, 5.0% ABV, is what a BMC/lager beer should taste like. Samuel Smith an English brewery has some of the best beers in the world. This lager is no different. Samuel Smith Lager pours a bright golden color with a pure white foamy head that says for a nice while and makes very nice lacing. There are tons of light streaming through the glass with tons of little carbonation bubbles. This is a beautiful look lager beer. The aroma on this English lager is bready from the malted barley used. I also found a cracker-like scent among the bready aroma. The taste is not far off from the nice aroma; I found it bready upfront and a little teeny sweetness toward the end. The flavors on this lager are crisp, sharp, light, and refreshing. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing and has a clean crisp bready like finish. The after taste is a tad bit sweeter than the start but fades out rather quick. I think this is Samuel Smith Pure Brewed Organic Lager is how a BMC should taste. Forget adding SO much water to the darn lager. This Samuel Smith beer is getting A+ from me. This is an excellently brewed lager and a great example of how lager is supposed to be. I have yet to have a bad Samuel Smith beer! All of the beers that they brew are just as excellent as the last. This Organic Lager is something I would have over and over again, and it’s good that it is 5.0% ABV. I highly recommend trying this lager, so go and see how great this beer is! Cheers Please enjoy responsibly!
Spoetzl Brewery Shiner Ruby Redbird, 4.0% ABV is a brew that I’ve decided to rereview, I originally reviewed this back almost eight years ago on June 6th, 2012. Back then Shiner Ruby Redbird was only a summer seasonal beer, now it’s a year-round beer do to its popularity. Ruby Redbird is brewed with ripe Texas ruby red grapefruit from the Rio Grande Valley and fresh ginger. Ruby Redbird is only 95 calories, 31 grams of carbs, and 0 grams of fat, which the embellish on the can. Redbird pours a golden color with a one and half finger thin white quickly fleeting head without leaving a trace of itself behind. You get nice big ginger aromas wafting into your nose with faint grapefruit and then comes a taste of big ginger flavor hitting your tongue washing over your tastebuds with little bits of red grapefruit notes that are low on the acidic scale, and not too bitter but you get a nice tartness from the marriage of grapefruit and ginger. Ruby Redbird finish with a nice tart ginger flavor that has a slightly spicy ginger tingle with low but semi-sweet red grapefruit notes that then make for a ginger beer like aftertaste that does linger for a minute with a light mouthfeel. I see how this Spoetzl Brewery Shiner Ruby Redbird has grown in popularity to become a year-round beer. I still enjoy it and it is a B-. After a while, the ginger flavor starts to become a bit too much but I like ginger and ginger flavored things, but this a good sessionable beer and one that is worth trying. Please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Originally posted on December 12th, 2013. Exactly six years ago today!
German beers brewers are pretty straightforward about the styles of beer that they brew. They tend not to stray far from the true version of a particular style of beer. This one Lammsbräu Organic Winter Spezial Premium Bavarian Lager, 5.1% ABV, is true to that statement. The style is known as a winter lager. Winter lagers are slightly more malty and rich than are normal lagers would be. Lammsbräu Organic Winter Spezial Premium Bavarian Lager pours an amber color with a three-finger white head that slowly dissipates into nice wispy lacing around the glass. I saw nice amounts of light coming through and nice carbonation bubbles as well. The aroma is a bit sweeter than a regular lager would tend to be, and there is a faint earthy tone as well. You do get a faint biscuit/breaded scent. The taste is a bit malty, but not overly malty and you do get a little sweetness that isn’t there too long, but just long enough to enjoy. The sweetness is reminiscent of light semi-sweet chocolate. The taste is also earthy with a grassy like the taste, but not in the way an IPA would be. It is more of a lager grain type of flavor than an earthy flavor. The mouthfeel is medium and the finish is nice smooth with a touch of malty sweetness. The aftertaste is slightly sweet with hints of earthy, grainy biscuit flavor. This Lammsbräu Organic Winter Spezial Premium Bavarian Lager goes well for a winter day like yesterday or today, not such an easy drinker, but close. Lammsbräu Organic Winter Spezial Premium Bavarian Lager is good, so it gets an A. German beers are always high up on my list, and even ones that I have not had before. Germans are masters and brewing beer and consistently brew great beer and this one was no exception, it was a good winter beer. So go out and pick up Lammsbräu Organic Winter Spezial Premium Bavarian Lager, and see what you think of it. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!