Tag Archives: low ABV

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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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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Ellie’s Brown Ale (Avery Brewing Company) 3/5

Sweet, slightly roasty aroma with a hint of chocolate. Color’s a pleasing dark red brown. Mouthfeel is well-carbonated. Taste is roasty. Aftertaste is surprisingly bitter and crisp for the style, but not unwelcome, and has a faint wood smoke to … Continue reading

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Velvet Merlin (Firestone Walker Brewing Co.) 4/5

Aroma is a little smoke and a lot of coffee. The head’s not especially thick, but microbubbles do persist. Presents an almost impentetrable, dark red color. Mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth and creamy, from the added oats. Low bitterness, a malty … 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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Full Sail Amber (Full Sail Brewing Company) 3/5

It’s unremarkable, but inoffensive and highly drinkable. Pours with no head and a perfect amber color. Smell is earthy and metallic. The hops are more assertive than I expected, with a clean, piney finish. Let it warm up a little … 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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Young’s Double Chocolate Stout (Wells & Young’s Ltd) 3/5

This beer greets you with a sweet, earthy, chocolate aroma. There’s exceptional lacing and an almost impenetrable dark brown color. The taste is strongly smoky, with a tangy bitter aftertaste. From the name, I expected this to be a big, … 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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