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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.) 4/5

SNPA competes with Widmer’s Hefeweizen and New Belgium’s Fat Tire for the title of Most Popular Beer in Portland. Yet, popularity is not always an indicator of quality. The aforementioned hefeweizien doesn’t taste like a hefeweizen at all (ironic, given … Continue reading

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Mighty Arrow Pale Ale (New Belgium Brewing) 4/5

The aroma straight after I popped off the cap was a lush, citrus smell, like freshly cut tangerines. Color’s somewhere between a pilsner and an amber; not quite yellow, not quite orange. Just a little bit of head. Extremely crisp … Continue reading

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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen (Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.) 4/5

I have a special treat tonight. This beer is ranked #7 in the world among hefeweizens on beeradvocate.com. I’d been looking for it for well over a year. Even stores with normally great beer selection like Whole Foods haven’t carried … Continue reading

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Drifter Pale Ale (Widmer Brothers Brewing Company) 4/5

Sweet, tangerine hop aroma smells delicious. Taste is likewise fruity. Color a dark orange. Aftertaste is considerably clean — no lingering hop bitterness, only a touch of pine — making it highly drinkable. I find it hard to detect the … Continue reading

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Pilsner Urquell (Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.) 4/5

Aroma is grassy and fresh, slightly metallic. Pours a deep straw color with hardly any head retention. Strong carbonation and well-hopped taste with a clean mouthfeel. Very little malts present, perhaps a slight woody taste on the finish. Quite possibly … Continue reading

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Black Star Double Hopped Golden Lager (Great Northern Brewing Co.) 2/5

It’s “double hopped”. Really? I couldn’t tell. There’s almost no head and — surprise! — almost no aroma. A faint graininess. Gosh, I don’t have much to say about this beer. It’s a pale lager that goes down easy. You’d … Continue reading

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Beck’s (Brauerei Beck & Co.) 1/5

Skunky, slightly grassy aroma and a head that disappears quickly. Piss-colored. Flavor is bread, but mostly sour, with a chemical aftertaste. Why do they bother importing this beer? This beer has no purpose in life. If you want a low … Continue reading

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Dead Guy Ale (Rogue Brewery) 4/5

Generous carbonation and an orange color prepare you for a solid beer. The dominant taste is nutty malts, with just the right amount of lemon hops to finish off cleanly. This is like a lighter version of a doppelbock, in … Continue reading

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Blonde Bombshell Ale (Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.) 2/5

The best thing about this beer is the name. The sour, bready aroma, minimal head, and extremely pale color serve as a warning: you can skip this beer, as any micro pale lager could substitute. High carbonation prickles the tongue, … Continue reading

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Edelstoff (Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG) 4/5

A delicious Helles Lager. I wish it came in six packs. It’s a perfect summer beer, but likely enjoyable at any time of year when a light taste and easy drinkability are desired. Reminds me of Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium … Continue reading

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