Archive for Lager

68 – King Cool Light

I know what you’re thinking. Spoon, a gimmick beer? wtf!  I couldn’t resist. If I want to have a justified opinion I need to taste it for myself otherwise I’m just as lame as those cowboy Bud/Coors/Busch drinkers. Yeeehaw!

Think you may know who Donnie Iris is but not 100% sure? Watch this for your flashback.

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Yes, THAT Donnie Iris made his own beer.

King Cool Light
brewery:
Lion Brewing – lionbrewery.com
beer website: kingcool.com
style: Lite American Lager
abv: N/A
serving size: 12oz
glass used: pint
price: $2.75

Overview
King Cool Light – A Light American Lager made with the finest two- and six-row barley and a perfect blend of American and European hops. A touch of caramel malt gives it its brilliant amber color and rare flavor.

Brewed in the finest rock ‘n roll tradition of uncompromising quality, this is my signature beer and I hope you enjoy it. Cheers!  ~Donnie Iris

What I think
Here’s your only warning, its a twist cap.

Shocked at the quality of head on the pour. Thumbs up for visual appeal. There is virtually no aroma on this beer but I was able to pick up a faint grain. Now for the real test, the taste.  “It’s Donnie Iris for christ’s sake, it can’t be THAT good. It’s a damn gimmick beer” I’m thinking along with “I’m gonna have to chug this.”

STOP THE PRESSES! This actually isn’t THAT bad for its style.  The beer claims to be an American Lite Lager and while I think it had too much malt for that classification it was light, crisp and refreshing. The malt was seriously dominant and reminded me of a light bodied dopplebock. For awhile there I thought I was getting some banana.

I think this beer will have a mass appeal and the low alcohol level (for a Lite American Lager it can’t be over 4.2% ABV) is also going to make this a popular lawnmower/tailgating beer.

At the end of the day I would take this over Yuengling on most occasions and I give it a higher than “C” rating because I really enjoyed it. *sigh* Donnie what have you done to me!

Spoon’s rating: B –


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60 – Erie Fallenbock

This is the end of the fall beers before we get into the pumpkins next week. I love this time of season because I’m finding out that I’m more of a malty fan than a hop bomb when the leaves start to change. Ironic since I’m not a fan of things that are sweet.

Erie Brewing Fallenbock
brewery:
Erie Brewing Company – www.eriebrewingco.com
style: Doppelbock
abv: 7.8%
serving size: 12oz
glass used: pint
price: $3.75

Overview
History states that the first Oktoberfest was on October 12, 1810: For the commemoration of the marriage between Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. Keeping up with Erie Brewing’s German brewing influence, our brewer creates Fallenbock, a classic Oktoberfest lager that is a harmonious marriage of classic malts and hops that has a wonderful clean and crisp flavor to celebrate Autumn and Oktoberfest.

What I think
My favorite Doppelbock of all time has been Troegenator and I never thought that I would ever meet a beer that could make a run for the crown. That was until I had my first Erie Fallenbock. The pour was a dark amber with a light to moderate head. I was hoping for something a bit creamier but was pleased to see it stick around for a bit.

The aroma was sweet with a hint of chocolate. The taste was mouthful of malt but was balanced with light hops as to not make overpowering. The body was moderate and finished with a velvety smooth sweet chocolate. There isn’t much I would change on this beer except that I wish more was available.

Spoon’s rating: A-

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37 – Ground Hog Brew

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I know that Groundhog Day was 16 days ago but the shipment of this traditional lager was delayed getting to my area. The first time I had this was in roughly 2001 and was hands down the worst beer I ever drank. 8 years later it’s time for a revisit.

Ground Hog Brew
brewery:
Straub Brewing – straubbeer.com
style:
Lite American Lager
abv:
3.16%
serving size:
12oz
glass used:
pint
price: $2.75

Overview
Distributed once a year in honor of Punxsutawney Phil, beloved groundhog of Pennsylvania, and Groundhog Day. Straub Brewery is a short 60 minute drive north east-ish of Punxy.

What I think
I admit, I went into this expecting the worse and came out pleasantly surprised. I say this because the last time I drank one of these it tasted like… OK grab a handful of old pennies.Not shiny ones but the pennies you find in your junk drawer and turning green. Now shove them in your mouth.  That is what the original Ground Hog Brew tasted like.

Truth is, this is Straub Light with a special label and honestly it’s not THAT bad. Straub gets a lot of slack around my area for being “your dad’s beer”. Light body, tasteless and fizzy. Kinda like Miller Lite and Bud but without the hookers in bikinis. Sometimes in life you need that. I actually enjoyed this beer knowing the style. Granted the head dissipated within 15 seconds and the aroma could be classified as stale beer but the taste had improved.

Everyone has a “go to” beer that takes them back to their roots. If a beer snob denies this, they’re lying. There’s always one and for me it’s Beast Ice. Locally it’s Iron City or IC Light. You need that beer as a reminder of where you came from. You could go out and buy a Straub Light but honestly,  this is for the novelty. I would like to get a collection of each year but would I ever drink them? Oh hell no. Try opening a can of any macro that’s been sitting for more than 120 days.  Bottle does look cool though 🙂

Spoon’s rating: C-

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31 – Victory St. Victorious


There was a special at Mad Mex tonight where if you buy a pint of Victory you received a free pint glass (pictured above). What better reason to review a beer than for a free glass!

Victory St. Victorious
brewery:
Victory Brewing – www.victorybeer.com
beer website: St Victorious
style:
Doppelbock
abv:
7.6%
serving size:
16oz
glass used:
pint
price: $2.50

Overview
From the tradition started by the monks of St. Francis of Paula in 1634 comes this warming beer of rich heritage. A dark, rich lager of sublime complexity and character, St. Victorious is created from multiple German malts. Laborious decoction mashing yields the choicest elements of the malt. Long, cold aging mellows the strong temperament of this subtle beer. Celebrate the end of winter with a warming draft of St. Victorious Doppelbock!

What I think
I would go on record as saying that the best dopplebock/double bock I have ever had is the Troegenator from Troegs Brewing. That is until tonight. I didn’t pour this so I can’t fairly judge the head but coming from the tap in front of me it poured like heaven. Mad Mex is a dimly lit Mexican restaurant (with a kickass beer menu) so I can’t say how the body looked but I can tell you how it tasted. Sweet Jesus malt but not overly sweet. Sweetness did hang around slightly for an aftertaste but didn’t leave me smacking my lips and trying to get a film off my tongue. For the alcohol in this it’s balanced perfectly and in fact, after 3 I was feeling good and wanted more. I may have found a replacement for the Troegenator. Once again a beer from Pennsylvania that rocks my palate!

Spoon’s rating: A

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25 – Southern Tier Krampus

When this arrived at 3 Sons Dogs & Suds I swear that every regular that I talk to told/emailed me that this was a must buy. Gotta love communication like that! I love most Southern Tier products so I was really excited to see something new on the shelf. Wait till you read the story behind the name!

Southern Tier Krampus
brewery:
Southern Tier – southerntierbrewing.com
style: Munich Helles Lager
abv:
9%
serving size:
22oz
glass used:
sniffer

Overview
Here’s the story from the Southern Tier website
St. Nicholas, aka Santa Claus, is a magical figure, the bringer of gifts and an icon of holiday spirit. Forgotten by most is his evil side kick and enforcer of ‘the list’. European tradition says while St. Nick is busy delivering presents to good little boys and girls, Krampus hands out punishments to the bad. A fanged, goat-horned bully, the Christmas Devil uses sticks and chains to beat the naughty children.

That has to be one of the best stories ever for inspiring a craft beer. Just wait till I have kids and share this one!

What I think
Before I dove into craft beers I never thought much about glassware. Using a sniffer is key in this one because the nose you’ll get will make a hop head moan. After the initial pour there was an ivory white head resting on top of an amazing copper body. This is pure beer porn and the first drink was just as amazing. The hops are settling on my palate like a mild blanket meanwhile the malts coat the roof of my mouth making me crave for more. If you’re a lacing junkie make sure you take your time to savor the beer before geeking out at the drapes of goodness.

This is a great way to bring in the holiday season on a cold snowy tonight kinda like what I have right now. I’m feeling all warm inside.

Spoon’s rating: A-

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