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Yuengling “Amber Lager”

Posted: December 18, 2011 in Lager

Yuengling is Americas oldest operating brewery.  They were established in 1892 by German immigrant David Gottlob Jungling.  Yuengling is the second largest American owned brewery (The Boston Beer Company is first).  The company is still family owned which is really cool.  About their lager, it’s alright.  It is an Amber Lager which is interesting, but a little off.  It has more flavor than a Lager, but not as much as an Amber.  It is light, easy to drink, and cheap.  When I drink some beers I get to the end and just pour it out.  Sometimes that last little bit just isn’t very good.  Yuengling Lager is like this.  It is good at first but turns not so good by the end of the bottle.  After a few which do go down pretty fast, it is better.  If you want a cheap beer this is the best one I have ever had.  There is so much more going on than Budweiser, Miller, Coors, PBR, ext.  I know people go crazy over this beer which I respect, I just don’t love it.  There are far better beers out there but having a Yuengling is having a part of American History.  I also love the fact that they didn’t sell to a foreign company like Budweiser did.  All in all Yuengling is alright and I will support the brewery when I can.

Michelob “Lager”

Posted: December 18, 2011 in Lager

What is a lager?  There are really only 2 types of beer; Ale, and Lager.  Ale is the first type of beer due to the yeast fermenting at a higher temperature than Lager.  Ales include IPA, Pale Ale, Porter, Stout, ESB, ext.  Lagers have only been produce since the early 1800’s.  The Lager yeast ferments on the bottom, not the top and at a colder temperature than the ale yeast.  There Germans started doing this in caves where they could control the temperature with ice from nearby lakes.  Lagers include Pilsners, Bocks, Marzen, Malt Liquor, ext.  Michelob does a fine job with their Lager.  It is brewed in the traditional european style and they allow it to mature cold.  It is a nice golden color with a good head.  If you like Lagers this one isn’t fancy, but isn’t bad.

Hofbräuhau “Origional”

Posted: November 23, 2011 in Lager

The Hofbräuhaus is called “The Worlds Most Famous Beer Hall” and rightly so.  It is probably the #1 tourist attraction in Munich.  The brewery was founded in 1589 as the brewery to the old Royal Residence.  Adolf Hitler used the upper level of the beer hall to stage the famous “Beer Hall Putsch”.  When you go to the hall you can order 3 beers, a lager, a dark lager, and a wheat beer (that one is served in 1/2 liter instead of 1 liter and the Germans will tell you it’s for women).  The original is a lager.  It is very good as it follows the same 400+ year recipe.  German beer is fantastic in general and Hofbrau is proof of that.

Kona “Longboard Lager”

Posted: June 19, 2011 in Lager

Longboard Lager is the flagship beer from the brewery but was introduced third behind the Golden Ale, and Pale Ale.  Kona was started by a father and son team in the mid 90’s.  A fun thing with the Kona beers is the island style they add to every beer.  I usually don’t really like extra flavors added to a beer but they pull it off well for every one I have had so far.  Longboard is just a normal Lager perfect for the islands.  The fact that they brew several places throughout the country is awesome.  When I was in Connecticut I had Longboard all the time.  I think it is pretty easy to make a Lager, but hard to make a good one.  The Kona Lager is good.  You do get a sense of the islands when you have one.