Archive | December 2013

#14 Budweiser


#14 Budweiser

Type: Pale Lager
Container: Bottle
ABV: 5%
Sticker Price: $5.99/6-pack of bottles

Despite being a Miller state, this was the beer we cooked our bratwurst in back home in Oshkosh, WI. It served that purpose very well. It doesn’t impress me as a drinking beer but I saw it in the aisle and had to grab a few.

  • Rating (5=best): 1.5
  • Nose: Barely there: canned vegetables, corn, straw.
  • Flavor: Very light and carbonated. Not much aside from crispness. Tiny bit of malt.
  • Finish: Short and refreshing with a slight grainy note on the very end. Hardly any bitterness at all. I think the crispness comes mostly from the carbonation.
  • Notes: If you want something this bland and refreshing, just drink some water. I won’t be getting this one again.
  • Shilpi: “It’s beer. I don’t know.”

#13 Sapporo Premium Beer

Sapporo Premium


#13 Sapporo Premium Beer

Type: Japanese Rice Lager
Container: Bottle
ABV: 4.9%
Sticker Price: $8.99/6-pack of bottles

It was a six pack of Japanese beer and some Thai curry at dinner with a British friend  that sent me down this road years ago. I’ve been to Japan and tried a lot of their beers. While generally inoffensive, few have stood out as ‘good.’ This isn’t one of them. The six pack has been left unfinished in the fridge for over two weeks: it’s rare for beer to survive that long in this refrigerator.

  • Rating (5=best): 2
  • Nose: Yeasty malt, boiled sweet corn. Cabbage or bok choy?
  • Flavor: Very light and carbonated. More of a palate cleanser. Slight bitterness but mostly sweet malt.
  • Finish: Short and dry but refreshing
  • Notes: Pretty plain and boring but refreshing. On a hot day or with some curry it might be good. Not bad but by itself this beer isn’t worth the calories or the price of an import. I won’t be getting this one again.
  • Shilpi: “It’s feisty like the Japanese. (one sip) That’s all I want. But I’ll take the kitty!”

#12 Rogue Dead Guy Ale

Rogue Dead Guy Ale


#12 Rogue Dead Guy Ale

Type: German Maibock
Container: Bottle
ABV: 6.5%
Sticker Price: $9.99/6-pack of bottles

I was introduced to this by a friend while shooting a movie in Celebration, Florida. Nearly every night we ended up at the bar and this was my brew of choice. I still like it when I’m looking to spend a little more on some beer. This is what I’m looking for in a beer: lots of complex malts with just the right amount of hops to cleans the palate on the finish.

  • Rating (5=best): 4.5
  • Nose: Rye bread, corriander, sweet floral hops, sweet corn and malt, cloves?
  • Flavor: Nice and heavy caramel malts, lemony citrus. Hints of darker roasted flavors balanced by smooth hop and lemon rind bitterness. Heavy body for a lager.
  • Finish: Lots of alcohol on the finish. Not too bitter, just enough grapefruit to round out the malt sweetness. Papaya?
  • Notes: Don’t drink this too cold or too warm. Too cold and you miss out on the subtleties in the malts. Too warm and the alcohol overpowers everything. There’s a perfect temperature somewhere in between that allows the flavors to bloom but the alcohol takes a back seat.
  • Shilpi: “It’s too bitter.”