We all know That I really like Sierra Nevada.  As far as I’m concerned they can do no harm.  Their Wheat Beer is no exception.  Wheat beers are top fermented beers with a large portion of wheat in addition to the barley.  In Germany the wheat beers are called “Weizen” which means wheat.  There are two main types with different prefixes, Hefe (for yeast), and Kristall (for crystal which is the same beer filtered).  The naming of Bavarian, Belgian, Dutch, etc countries wheat beers is a lengthly discussion.  The important thing to know is Hefeweizen is the same as a “Wheat Beer”.  About Sierra Nevada, their Wheat Beer is very good.  There is nothing to set it over the top, but it is very good.  I think what I’m trying to get out is this particular brew is just basically good.  It is well balanced, and drinks very well.  Again, I love Sierra Nevada and their Wheat Beer doesn’t disappoint.

Boddingtons “Pub Ale”

Posted: June 22, 2012 in Ale

I remember the first time I had this beer.  I was at my friend Eric Horne”s house in Portland.  I was still new to the good beer scene.  This beer was unlike anything I have ever had.  It is an Ale, but doesn’t taste like an ale.  It taste like cream (not like from milk cream, it is just really creamy).  I discovered that night that there are beers other than Guinness, that use nitrogen, not carbon dioxide to add the fizz to their beers.  I like this beer, it’s different.  I still haven’t found another nitrogen ale.  I’ve had a few stouts, and even a Irish red with nitrogen, but no other ales.  Funny thing about the word pub, (as in Boddingtons “Pub” Ale), Pub is just a shortening of the title “Public House” which is what bars used to be called back in the day, no, not not Wednesday, a really long time ago.  I thought that tid bit was cool.  Back to the beer, it’s from England which is nice.  Not everything is good just because it isn’t from this continent but in this case it is.  Just the experience of the creaminess from the nitrogen in this beer is worth trying.  What is being into beer if it’s not the willingness to try new things.  Whenever I drink Boddingtons I keep trying to figure it out, I never do, but I keep trying, and that is the fun part.  And besides it comes in Tall Boys, what could be better?

Paulaner “Hefe-Weizen”

Posted: April 28, 2012 in Wheat

My favorite place in the entire world is Munich Germany.  There is just something about being in the capitol of Bavaria that is magical.  The people are just good, the food is amazing, and the beer is fantastic.  Most of the year you can get Helles (German for “bright”) their golden lager style being brewed since the 1890’s, Dunkel (German for “dark”) the maltier roasted variety.  Those beers are served in 1 liter steins which if you are not used to those glasses they are not for boys.  Some parts of society think drinking 40’s is manly, I say F that, real men use steins.  Also they have Weisbier, which is what our Hefeweizen is.  In the more touristy places it is fine to get it but some local places they make fun of you because that beer is for women.  I don’t really care it is one of the greatest things I have ever had.  German Weisbier is more carbonated than most American styles so I can’t drink a lot of them, but a couple is worth it.  Paulaner is 8th among Germany’s best selling breweries and has been such an integral part of the city of Munich for so long their symbol is on the city’s maypole.  This Hefeweizen is so good there aren’t really words to describe.  It is a little expensive to get it here but you can get cases in a lot of stores and it is so very worth it.  Every person that is serious about beer needs to have this as a point to compare every other Hefeweizen to.

Harpoon “Octoberfest”

Posted: March 24, 2012 in Marzen

Harpoon is great.  The owners started the brewery in 1986 after touring Europe and wanting to bring some of that to New England.  Their care for making a good product shows.  The Octoberfest is a ver good Marzen style.  Harpoon is the first beer to be brewed commercially in Boston since 1964.  All of the beers I have had from Harpoon has been very, very good.  This one is no different.  The flavor is very classic Marzen, malty with a slight bitter taste.  All the flavors balance, and it is easy to session.  It’s easy to find (at least on the east coast), and not expensive.  When the leaves are starting to change and you want one for the season try the Harpoon you won’t be disapointed.

Dos Equis “Amber”

Posted: February 4, 2012 in Cervesa

They call it an Amber, but it tastes like a Cervesa to me.  Granted it is a very good Mexican Beer but still a Mexican Beer.  Dos Equis has a special place in my heart.  When we lived at our house in Port Orchard Washington there was this Mexican place we would go almost every Tuesday for all you can eat tacos.  They had huge Dos Equis Amber for the drink special that day.  It was a marvelous combination, and one I miss very much.  As far as Ambers go it doesn’t really taste like one.  As far as Mexican Beer it is fantastic.  I like it quite a bit.

Pyramid “Haywire Hefeweizen”

Posted: February 2, 2012 in Wheat

Pyramid is great.  If you are ever in Seattle and go to a Mariners game the Pyramid brewery is right across the street from the stadium.  They do this parking lot party for each game that is awesome.  Its a good way to try their beers without selling your kidney to buy them at the stadium.  Their restaurant is good too.  The Hefeweizen is Pyramids flagship beer.  It is very good.  It is exact ally how a Hefeweizen should be.  One thing they did in recent years is to give names to all of their beers.  It used to be Hefeweizen, now it’s Haywire Hefeweizen.  Thats cool I guess but why change what you have always been just because everybody else has a name for each of their styles.  Just a gripe from me I guess.  Anyway, their Hefeweizen is good, you should try it if you haven’t already.

Yuengling “Porter”

Posted: February 2, 2012 in Porter

As far as Porters go this one is alright.  As far as a beer for people that don’t really like thick, dark beer this beer is fantastic.  Yuengling did a good job with this Porter, it is slightly smoky, malty but very smooth.  It isn’t thick like a lot of dark beers are which is great for people that don’t normally drink things like Oatmeal Stout.  Their Porter isn’t very hoppy, or Malty, or any one flavor.  Everything just melts together very well.  This one is a bit more than their Lager, but worth it if you ask me.  All in all it is a good beer, but not like real thick Porters, so go into this one expecting a lighter dark beer (if that even makes sense).