#31 Blue Moon Belgian Table Pils

Blue Moon Belgian Table Pils

#31 Blue Moon Belgian Table Pils

Type: Pilsner
Container: Bottle
ABV: 4.2%
Sticker Price: $12.99/12-pack of bottles

While I like Belgians, I can’t stand Blue Moon’s Belgian White (review forthcoming). However, I’m a sucker for seasonal brews and I wanted to give this a chance before it’s gone. FOMO. It’s less cloying than the white but is so tame it’s forgettable.

  • Rating (5=best): 2
  • Nose: Canned vegetables, stale malt, wet cardboard, grass.
  • Flavor: Malt syrup, slightly citrusy, sweet with tiniest bit of sourness. Very bready.
  • Finish: Corn syrup, bit of the orange peel, fades fast.
  • Notes: Not bad, not great. Surprisingly heavy-bodied for what should be light and crisp. More bitterness would make it more enjoyable, especially as a summer beer.
  • Shilpi: “Tastes like PBR but a bit more sour.”

#30 Kona Brewing Company Big Wave Golden Ale

Kona Big Wave

#30 Kona Brewing Company Big Wave Golden Ale

Type: Blonde Ale
Container: Bottle
ABV: 4.4%
Sticker Price: $8.99/6-pack of bottles

Probably knowing this is brewed by a Hawaiian company colors the tasting notes on this very mellow and refreshing ale. Regardless, this beer does go great with the summer heat and sun.

  • Rating (5=best): 3.5
  • Nose: Mango, passion fruit. Tiny bit of wheaty nuttiness.
  • Flavor: Fruity and crisp with just a hint of hop bitterness. Grapefruit, apricot.
  • Finish: Clean and thirst quenching. Very refreshing.
  • Notes: While not very distinct on its own, this is an easy drinking beer perfect for relaxing or with food. I’ll definitely keep it in my summer cooler.
  • Shilpi: “I find it refreshing and tropical.”

#29 Shock Top Belgian White

Shock Top Belgian White

#29 Shock Top Belgian White

Type: Witbier
Container: Bottle
ABV: 5.2%
Sticker Price: $6.99/6-pack of bottles

Belgians are among my (and Shilpi’s) favorite beers. I should have known from the marketing that this is the dressed-up-yet-empty-at-the-core version. I wouldn’t even pound it just to get a buzz as the cloying flavors made me nauseous halfway through one bottle.

  • Rating (5=best): 1
  • Nose: Bread dough, bit of coriander.
  • Flavor: Fruity sweetness, grapefruit, citrus rind, white pepper. Alcohol flavor comes through.
  • Finish: Quite dry, tiny bit of orange zest. Slight corn syrupy feel that reminds me of Fruit Loops residue.
  • Notes: I like Belgians but this is like the artificial candy version. No thanks.
  • Shilpi: “It’s bitter but enjoyable.”

#28 Montejo Cerveza Clara

montejo

#28 Montejo Cerveza Clara

Type: Light Lager
Container: Bottle
ABV: 4.5%
Sticker Price: $5.99/6-pack of bottles

There are so many Mexican beers at the supermarkets here in LA and this is just another one.

  • Rating (5=best): 2
  • Nose: Funky corn.
  • Flavor: Sweet corn syrup, bit of grass. Similar to PBR but without any bitterness.
  • Finish: Disappears quickly, slight cloying sweetness that seems chemically and metallic.
  • Notes: This might be better in al pastor but I won’t be buying this one again.
  • Shilpi: “Is this beer or water?”

#27 New Belgium Abbey

abbey

#27 New Belgium Abbey

Type: Dubbel
Container: Bottle
ABV: 7%
Sticker Price: $8.99/6-pack of bottles

We are big Belgian fans in this house. This one delivers everything we like and expect from this style without some of the cloying sweet flavors that hang a round too long. The Abbey is very interesting and yet refreshing at the same time.

  • Rating (5=best): 4.5
  • Nose: Rye grains, medicinal, yeast. Definitely Belgian.
  • Flavor: Sweet roasty malt, toffee, overripe banana, raisins, cinnamon, cloves, bubblegum.
  • Finish: Flavors darken, more roasted grain with a slightest bitterness on very end.
  • Notes: While the sweetness in the flavor might get cloying, it’s clean finish with a hint of bitterness wipes that away and keeps me coming back for more.
  • Shilpi: “It dark and rich but not heavy, which is a nice surprise.”

#26 New Belgium Ranger IPA

ranger

#26 New Belgium Ranger IPA

Type: India Pale Ale
Container: Bottle
ABV: 6.5%
Sticker Price: $8.99/6-pack of bottles

We are not big IPA fans in this house. However, I occasionally want something bitter and this does not disappoint. Delivering a train car of hops with a touch of sweetness makes this a refreshing kick in the caboose.

  • Rating (5=best): 4
  • Nose: Huge on citrusy hops. Pine, lemon and corriander notes. Over time, damp pine wood with a tiny bit of dank litterbox…
  • Flavor: Nice clean bitterness that isn’t too strong. Menthol-like tingle with subtle lemony sweetness. Burnt orange.
  • Finish: Bitterness lingers with grapefruit rind flavors. Quite dry.
  • Notes: While the nose got a bit funky over time, the flavor persisted and the finish lasts a while. Great example of an IPA.
  • Shilpi: “It smells good. It tastes bitter. I don’t like the IPAs!”

#25 Modelo Especial

Modelo Especial

#25 Modelo Especial

Type: Pale Lager
Container: Bottle
ABV: 4.4%
Sticker Price: $6.99/6-pack of bottles

I love Mexican food. I don’t like most Mexican beer but I find it up and down the beer aisle here in southern California. With some homemade tortillas, grilled corn (Mexican-style with crema, cheese and lime) and some steak in adobo this paired beautifully. However, it isn’t so “especial” on its own.

  • Rating (5=best): 2.5
  • Nose: Corn, grain, clean grassy notes. Bread.
  • Flavor: Not overly sweet corn. Quite bubbly in an over-carbonated way: the bubbles almost burn the mouth. Slightest bit of malt, nearly no bitterness at all. Quite clean and washes out the mouth well.
  • Finish: Pleasantly dry but leaving a bit of wet cardboard flavor behind.
  • Notes: Very average. Simple to the point of boring. Great mouth-cleansing counterpoint with food but can’t stand on its own.
  • Shilpi: “Mildly lightly pleasing.”
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.