Beer Ratings List

by John Lock

Ratings code -  ****  Excellent, obtain at any cost
                ***   Good, worth keeping stocked
                **    Not Bad, might try again
                *     Poor, not worth repeating
                -     No Way, choose water instead

AB Pripps Brygerrier          
               D. Carnegie & Co Porter      Porter              **

Abbey des Rocs                
               Abbey des Rocs Grand Cru     Belgian Ale         **

Abita Brewing                 
               Abita Turbodog               English Brown Ale   ***

Affligem                      
               Noel                         Seasonal            ****

Algonquin                     
               Amber Lager                  Vienna/'Fest/Marzen ***

Anchor Brewing                
               Anchor Christmas 1998        Seasonal            ****
               Anchor Porter                Porter              ****
               Anchor Christmas 1997        Seasonal            ***
               Anchor Christmas 1995        Seasonal            ***
               Anchor Christmas 1994        Seasonal            ***
               Anchor Liberty               India Pale Ale      ***
               Anchor Steam                 California Common   ***
               Anchor Christmas 1999        Seasonal            **
               Anchor Christmas 1996        Seasonal            **

Anderson Valley               
               Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout   Stout               ****
               Winter Solstice 1995         Seasonal            ****
               Belk's ESB                   Bitter              ***
               High Roller's Wheat          American Wheat      **

Anheuser-Busch                
               Michelob Dark                American Dark Lager *
               Michelob                     American Pale Lager -
               Busch                        American Pale Lager -
               Budweiser                    American Pale Lager -

Atlanta Beer Garten           
               Plantation Porter            Porter              ***
               Scarlet's Peach Wheat        Specialty           **
               Lunatic Lager                German Pale Lager   **
               Buffalo Skull Lager          German Dark Lager   **
               Buckhead Red                 American Pale Ale   **
               Alt                          Alt                 **

Atlanta Brewing               
               Red Brick Winter Brew        Seasonal            ***
               Red Brick Ale                American Pale Ale   ***
               Laughing Skull Lager         Pilsner             **
               Kelly's Light                Light Lager         **
               Red Brick Golden Lager       American Pale Lager **
               Red Brick Summer Brew        Seasonal            *
               Red Brick American Wheat     American Wheat      *

Augustiner                    
               Maximator                    Bock                ***

Ayinger                       
               Celebrator                   Bock                ****
               Jahrhundert Bier             German Pale Lager   ***
               Altbairisch Dunkel           German Dark Lager   ***
               Maibock                      Bock                ***
               Brau-Weisse                  Bavarian Wheat      **

Ballantine                    
               India Pale Ale               India Pale Ale      **
               Ballantine Lager             American Pale Lager -

Bass                          
               Worthington White Shield     English Pale Ale    ****
               Country Chase Ale            Seasonal            ***
               Bass Ale                     English Pale Ale    **

Bateman                       
               Bateman's XXXB               Bitter              ***

Bavick                        
               Petrus Triple                Belgian Ale         ***
               Petrus Oak Aged Dark Beer    Belgian Ale         **
               Petrus Double                Belgian Ale         **

Beck's                        
               Beck's Lager                 Pilsner             *
               Beck's Dark                  German Dark Lager   *

Belhaven                      
               Belhaven Scottish Ale        Scottish Ale        **
               St. Andrews Ale              English Pale Ale    **

Belle-Vue                     
               Framboise                    Lambic              ***

Blind Man                     
               Espresso Stout               Stout               ***
               Pale Ale                     American Pale Ale   **

Blind Pig Brewing             
               Blind Pig Golden Ale         American Pale Ale   ***
               Blind Pig Inaugural Ale      India Pale Ale      **

Blitz/Weinhard                
               Henry Weinhard Pvt. Reserve  American Pale Lager **

Blue Hen Beer Co.             
               Blue Hen Lager               American Pale Lager **

Blue Moon                     
               Blue Moon Nut Brown          English Brown Ale   **
               Blue Moon Belgian White      Belgian Ale         **

Boon                          
               Framboise                    Lambic              ****
               Boon Gueuze                  Lambic              **

Boon Rawd                     
               Singha Lager                 Pilsner             *

Boston Beer                   
               Sam Adams Boston Ale         Alt                 ****
               Same Adams Golden Pilsner    Pilsner             ***
               Same Adams Summer Ale        Seasonal            **
               Sam Adams Old Fezziwig Ale   Seasonal            **
               Sam Adams Scotch Ale         Scottish Ale        **
               Sam Adams Honey Porter       Porter              **
               Sam Adams Boston Lager       Pilsner             **
               Sam Adams Cream Stout        Stout               *

Brakspear                     
               Henley Pale Ale              English Pale Ale    ***

Breckenridge                  
               Avalanche                    Seasonal            **

Brewery de Troch              
               Chapeau Framboise            Lambic              **

Brooklyn Brewing Co.          
               Brown Ale                    English Brown Ale   ***
               East India Pale Ale '95      India Pale Ale      **

Calendonian                   
               McAndrew's Scotch Ale        Scottish Ale        **

Carlton & United              
               Sheaf Stout                  Stout               ****
               Foster's Lager               Pilsner             *

Catamount Brewing             
               Catamount Porter             Porter              **

Celis                         
               Celis Grand Cru              Belgian Ale         ****
               Celis White                  Belgian Ale         ***
               Celis Pale Bock              Belgian Ale         **
               Celis Pale Ale               Belgian Ale         **

Cervejaria Cacador            
               Xingu Black Beer             German Dark Lager   ***

Cherokee Brewing Co.          
               Pale Face Ale                India Pale Ale      ***
               Chattooga Stout              Stout               **
               Buckhead Blonde              Pilsner             **
               Brasstown Brown              English Brown Ale   **
               Paces Ferry Berry            Specialty           *
               Cherokee Red                 American Pale Ale   *

Chesapeake Brewing            
               Wild Goose Porter            Porter              ***
               Wild Goose IPA               India Pale Ale      **
               Wild Goose Amber             American Pale Ale   **

Chicago Brewing Co.           
               Big Shoulders Porter         Porter              ***

Chimay                        
               Chimay Grande Reserve 1998   Trappist            ****
               Chimay Grande Reserve 1997   Trappist            ****
               Chimay Grande Reserve 1996   Trappist            ****
               Chimay Grande Reserve 1995   Trappist            ****
               Chimay Grande Reserve 1994   Trappist            ****
               Chimay Grande Reserve 1993   Trappist            ****
               Chimay Bleue                 Trappist            ****
               Chimay Premiere              Trappist            ***

Clipper City                  
               Classic Pale Ale             American Pale Ale   **

Cold Spring Brewing Co.       
               Red Ass Ale                  American Pale Ale   **

Coopers                       
               Coopers Extra Stout          Stout               ***
               Coopers Pale Ale             English Pale Ale    ***

Coors                         
               Coors Winterfest             Seasonal            *
               Killians Red                 American Dark Lager *
               Coors Lite                   Light Lager         -
               Coors                        American Pale Lager -

Corsendonk                    
               Monk's Brown Ale             Belgian Ale         **

Cottonwood Brewery            
               Low Down Brown               English Brown Ale   ***

Crested Butte Brewery         
               Red Lady Ale                 American Pale Ale   ***
               Rodeo Oatmeal Stout          Stout               **

De Gouden Boom                
               Blanche de Bruges            Belgian Ale         ***

Desnoes-Goeddes               
               Dragon Stout                 Stout               **

Dixie Brewing                 
               Blackened Voodoo             German Dark Lager   **

Dock Street Brewing           
               Dock Street Bohemian Pils    Pilsner             ***

Dogwood Brewing               
               Stout                        Stout               ***
               Dogwood Wheat                American Wheat      **
               Dogwood Pale Ale             American Pale Ale   **

Du Bocq                       
               Knight's Ale                 Belgian Ale         ***

EKU                           
               Kulminator 28                Bock                **

Eldridge Pope                 
               Royal Oak Pale Ale           English Pale Ale    ****
               Thomas Hardy Country Bitter  Bitter              ***
               Thomas Hardy's Ale 1994      Old/Strong Ale      **

F.X. Matt                     
               Saranac Amber                American Pale Lager *
               Utica Club Lager             American Pale Lager -

Felinfoel                     
               Welsh Bitter Ale             Bitter              ***
               Welsh Ale                    Bitter              ***
               Welsh Festive Ale            Seasonal            **

Friends Brewing               
               Helenboch Oktoberfest        Vienna/'Fest/Marzen ***
               Georgia Peach Wheat          Specialty           **
               Georgia Mountian Maple       Specialty           **

Fuller's                      
               Old Winter Ale               Seasonal            ****
               India Pale Ale               India Pale Ale      ****
               Fuller's ESB                 Bitter              ****
               London Pride                 English Pale Ale    ***
               1845 Ale                     Bitter              ***
               Summer Ale                   Seasonal            **

Genesee                       
               12 Horse Ale                 American Pale Ale   **
               Genesee Lager                American Pale Lager -

Gordon Biersch                
               Maerzen                      Vienna/'Fest/Marzen ***

Greene King                   
               Abbot Ale                    Bitter              **

Grizzly                       
               Grizzly Beer                 Pilsner             *

Grolsch                       
               Bok Bier                     Bock                ***
               Grolsch Lager                Pilsner             *

Guinness                      
               Guinness Draught Stout       Stout               ****
               Guinness Extra Stout         Stout               ***

H.C. Berger                   
               Mountain Kolsch              Kolsch              **

Haacht                        
               Malonne                      Belgian Ale         **

Hair of the Dog               
               Adambier                     Old/Strong Ale      ****

Hale's                        
               Moss Bay Amber               American Pale Ale   ****

Hannen                        
               Hannen Alt                   Alt                 **

Hart                          
               Espresso Stout               Stout               ****

Heineken                      
               Heineken Lager               Pilsner             *

Highland Brewing              
               Gaelic Ale                   Scottish Ale        **

Hubertus                      
               Hubertus Brau                German Pale Lager   *

Hurlimann                     
               Samichlaus                   Seasonal            ***

Ind Coope                     
               Double Diamond Ale           English Pale Ale    ***

John Harvard's                
               Export Stout                 Stout               ***
               Twelve Oaks Porter           Porter              ***
               Old Willy IPA                India Pale Ale      ***
               Old Ivy Pale Ale             American Pale Ale   **
               Georgia Nut Brown Ale        American Brown Ale  *

Kennebunkport Brewing         
               Old Thumper                  Old/Strong Ale      ***
               Shipyard Export Ale          American Pale Ale   ***

King & Barnes                 
               Festive Ale                  Seasonal            ***
               Old Porter                   Porter              ***

Kirin                         
               Kirin Lager                  Pilsner             *

Konig                         
               Pilsener                     Pilsner             ***

La Jolla                      
               Red Roost Ale                American Pale Ale   ***

Labatt Breweries              
               Labatt's Lager               Pilsner             -

Latrobe                       
               Rolling Rock                 American Pale Lager -

Le Cheval Blanc               
               Loch Ness                    Scottish Ale        **

Leffe                         
               Leffe Blond                  Belian Ale          **

Leinenkugel                   
               Red Lager                    Vienna/'Fest/Marzen **
               Honey Weiss                  Specialty           **
               Auburn Ale                   American Pale Ale   **

Lindeman                      
               Peche Lambic                 Lambic              **
               Kriek Lambic                 Lambic              **
               Framboise Lambic             Lambic              **

Lion Brewery                  
               Brewery Hill Honey Amber     American Pale Ale   *

Lowell Brewing Co.            
               Mill City Oatmeal Stout      Stout               **

Maisel                        
               Hefe-weiss                   Bavarian Wheat      **

Marston                       
               India Export                 India Pale Ale      ***

Marthasville                  
               Martha's Pale Ale            American Pale Ale   ***
               Sweet Georgia Brown          Specialty           **
               Classic  Ale                 English Brown Ale   **
               Southern Ale                 American Pale Ale   *
               Atlanta Gold                 American Pale Ale   *

Matilda Bay                   
               Redback Wheat                Bavarian Wheat      ***

McAuslan Brewing Co.          
               St. Ambroise Pale Ale        English Pale Ale    ***

Mendocino Brewing             
               Blue Heron Pale Ale          American Pale Ale   **

Middle Ages Brewing           
               Wizard's Winter Ale          Seasonal            ***

Middlesex Brewing Co.         
               Brown Ale                    English Brown Ale   **
               Oatmeal Stout                Stout               *

Miller                        
               Miller Reserve Amber Ale     American Pale Ale   **
               Miller Reserve Lager         American Pale Lager *
               Miller Genuine Draft         American Pale Lager *
               Miller Lite                  Light Lager         -
               Lowenbrau Lager              American Pale Lager -
               Lowenbrau Dark               American Dark Lager -

Modelo                        
               Negra Modelo                 Vienna/'Fest/Marzen ***

Mohan Meakin                  
               Golden Eagle Lager           German Pale Lager   **

Molson                        
               Red Wolf                     Pilsner             *
               Molson Lager                 Pilsner             -
               Molson Golden                Pilsner             -

Montezuma                     
               Dos Equis                    Vienna/'Fest/Marzen **

Moortgat                      
               Duvel                        Belgian Ale         ****

Moosehead                     
               Moosehead Lager              Pilsner             *

Moretti                       
               Moretti La Rossa             German Pale Lager   **
               Moretti Pilsner              Pilsner             *

Morrells                      
               Oxford Castle Ale            India Pale Ale      ***

Nethergate                    
               Old Growler Porter           Porter              ***
               Old Growler Pale Ale         English Pale Ale    ***

New Glarus Brewing Co.        
               Hearty Hop Ale               India Pale Ale      ***

New Knoxville                 
               Mild Ale                     English Mild        ***

Newcastle                     
               Newcastle Brown Ale          English Brown Ale   ***

Niagara Falls Brewing         
               Eisbock                      Bock                ****
               Maple Wheat                  Specialty           **

North Coast Brewing           
               Old No. 38 Stout             Stout               ****
               Wolaver's Pale Ale           American Pale Ale   ***

Old Dominion                  
               Tuppers' Hop Pocket          India Pale Ale      ****

Old Harbor                    
               Pilgrim ESB                  Bitter              ***

Old Marlborough Brewing       
               Post Road Pale Ale           American Pale Ale   ***

Old World Brewing             
               New York Style Harbor Ale    English Pale Ale    **

Ommegang                      
               Ommegang                     Belgian Ale         ***
               Hennepin                     Belgian             **

Oregon Ale & Beer             
               Oregon Nut Brown Ale         English Brown Ale   **

Orval                         
               Orval                        Trappist            ***

Pabst                         
               Pabst Blue Ribbon            American Pale Lager -
               Hamm's Lager                 American Pale Lager -

Palmetto Brewing Co.          
               Palmetto Porter              Porter              **
               Palmetto Pale Ale            American Pale Ale   **

Paulaner                      
               Bavarian Alpine Extreme      Seasonal            ****
               Paulaner Hefe-weizen         Bavarian Wheat      ****
               Paulaner Oktoberfest         Vienna/'Fest/Marzen ***
               Salvator                     Bock                ***
               Hefe-Weizen Dunkel           Bavarian Wheat      ***

Peroni                        
               Peroni Pilsner               Pilsner             *

Pete's Brewing                
               Pete's Multi-Grain           Specialty           ***
               Pete's Winter Ale            Seasonal            **
               Pete's Bohemian Pilsner      Pilsner             **
               Pete's Pale Ale              American Pale Ale   **
               Pete's Wicked Ale            American Brown Ale  **

Phoenix Brewing Co.           
               Seven Sisters Muenchner      German Pale Lager   ****
               St. Sandra's Oatmeal Stout   Stout               ***
               Phoenix Pils                 Pilsner             ***
               Lionheart Pale Ale           American Pale Ale   ***
               Nut Brown Ale                American Brown Ale  **

Pike Place                    
               Pike Place Pale Ale          American Pale Ale   ***

Pilsner Urquell               
               Pilsner Urquell              Pilsner             ***

Pinkus Muller                 
               Munster Alt                  Alt                 **

Pyramid(Hart)                 
               Pyramid Porter               Porter              **
               Pyramid Hefe-weizen          American Wheat      **
               Pyramid Pale Ale             American Pale Ale   **
               Pyramid Apricot Wheat        Specialty           *

Red Mountain                  
               Red Mtn. Wheat               American Wheat      -

Red Stripe                    
               Red Stripe Lager             Pilsner             *

Redhook                       
               Double Black Stout           Stout               ****
               Redhook ESB                  Bitter              ***
               Redhook Rye                  Specialty           **
               WinterHook                   Seasonal            **

Rheingold                     
               Rheingold Lager              American Pale Lager -

Riverside Brewing Co.         
               Victoria Ave. Amber Ale      Scottish Ale        ****
               7th Street Stout             Stout               ***
               Pullman Pale Ale             English Pale Ale    ***

Rock Bottom Brewery           
               Stillwater Stout             Stout               ***
               North Star Premium           American Pale Ale   ***
               Big Horn Nut Brown           American Brown Ale  ***
               Eightball Bock               Bock                **
               Gopher Gold                  American Pale Ale   **
               Erik the Red                 American Pale Ale   *

Rodenbach                     
               Rodenbach Grand Cru          Belgian Ale         ***
               Rodenbach Red Ale            Belgian Ale         **
               Alexander Rodenbach          Belgian Ale         **

Rogue                         
               Rogue Nut Brown Nectar       English Brown Ale   ****
               Rogue Shakespeare Stout      Stout               ***
               Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar  Specialty           ***
               Santa's Private Reserve      Seasonal            ***
               Rogue New Porter             Porter              ***
               Rogue Brutal Bitter          India Pale Ale      ***
               Younger's Special Bitter     Bitter              ***
               Rogue Mo Ale                 Belgian Ale         **
               Rogue Dead Guy Ale           American Pale Ale   **

SLO Brewing Co.               
               Brickhouse Pale Ale          American Pale Ale   **

Sailer                        
               AltenMuenster (brown bottle) German Pale Lager   ***
               Oberdorfer Weiss (krystal)   Bavarian Wheat      **
               Oberdorfer Dunkel            Bavarian Wheat      **

Samuel Smith                  
               Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout    Stout               ****
               Sam Smith's India Ale        India Pale Ale      ****
               Sam Smith's Nut Brown Ale    English Brown Ale   ****
               Sam Smith's Imperial Stout   Stout               ***
               Sam Smith's Winter Welcome   Seasonal            ***
               Sam Smith's Taddy Porter     Porter              ***
               Sam Smith's Pale Ale         English Pale Ale    ***

Scaldis                       
               Noel                         Seasonal            ***

Schaapskooi                   
               La Trappe Dubbel             Trappist            ***
               La Trappe Enkel              Trappist            **

Schmidt                       
               Schmidt's Lager              American Pale Lager -

Schoune                       
               La Belge                     Belgian Ale         **

Scottish & Newcastle          
               McEwan's Scotch Ale          Scottish Ale        ***
               McEwan's Export IPA          India Pale Ale      ***

Shepherd Neame                
               Original Porter              Porter              ****
               Spitfire                     Bitter              ****
               India Pale Ale               India Pale Ale      ***
               Percy Neame Premium Export   Bitter              ***
               Master Brew                  Bitter              **
               Bishop's Finger              Bitter              **

Sherlock's Home               
               Stags' Head Stout            Stout               ****
               Palace Porter                Porter              ***

Sierra Nevada                 
               Stout                        Stout               ****
               Celebration 96               Seasonal            ****
               Bigfoot                      Barleywine          ****
               Pale Ale                     American Pale Ale   ****
               Brown Ale                    American Brown Ale  ****
               Celebration 95               Seasonal            ***
               Porter                       Porter              ***

Signature Brewing Co.         
               Goat's Breath Pale Bock      Bock                *

Simpatico                     
               Simpatico Lager              Pilsner             -

Smokey Mountain               
               Smokey Mtn. Stout            Stout               **

Snake River Brewing           
               Zonker Stout                 Stout               ***
               Snake River Pale Ale         American Pale Ale   ***

Spaten                        
               Franziskaner Hefe-weissbier  Bavarian Wheat      ****
               Spaten Oktoberfest           Vienna/'Fest/Marzen **
               Spaten Lager                 German Pale Lager   **
               Optimator                    Bock                **

Spring St. Brewing            
               Wit!                         Belgian Ale         **
               Wit! Black                   Belgian Ale         *

St. Bernardus                 
               St. Sixtus                   Belgian Ale         ***

St. Christoffel               
               Christoffel Blond            Pilsner             ****
               Christoffel Robertus         German Pale Lager   **

St. Pauli Girl                
               St. Pauli Girl Lager         Pilsner             *

St. Stan's Brewing            
               St. Stan's Red Sky Ale       American Pale Ale   ****
               St. Stan's Amber Alt         Alt                 ***
               St. Stan's Whistle Stop Ale  American Pale Ale   **
               St. Stan's Dark Alt          Alt                 **

St. Sylvester's               
               Flanders Winter Ale          Seasonal            **

Stag                          
               Watney's Red Barrel          English Pale Ale    **

Star                          
               Imperial Stout               Stout               ***

Sterkens                      
               Dubbel                       Belgian Ale         ***

Strangeway                    
               Boddington's                 Bitter              **

Stroh                         
               Stroh's Lager                American Pale Lager -
               Schlitz Lager                American Pale Lager -
               Schaefer Lager               American Pale Lager -
               Piels Lager                  American Pale Lager -
               Old Milwaukee Lager          American Pale Lager -

Summit                        
               Summit Great Northern Porter Porter              ***
               Summit Extra Pale Ale        American Pale Ale   ***

Sweetwater                    
               Festive Ale 1998             Seasonal            ***
               Festive Ale 1997             Seasonal            ***
               IPA                          India Pale Ale      ***
               Sweetwater Ale               American Pale Ale   ***
               Sweetwater Blue              Specialty           **
               Festive Ale 1999             Seasonal            **
               Exodus Porter                Porter              **
               420 Ale                      American Pale Ale   **

Telluride                     
               Telluride Lager              American Pale Lager *

The Mill (Atlanta)            
               Piedmont Porter              Porter              ***
               India Pale Ale               India Pale Ale      **
               Smoky Nut Brown Ale          English Brown Ale   **
               Amber Wave Ale               American Pale Ale   **
               Honey Wheat Light Ale        Specialty           *

Theakston                     
               Old Peculier                 Old/Strong Ale      ***

Thomas Kemper                 
               Bohemian Dunkel              German Dark Lager   **

Traquair House                
               Traquair House Ale           Old/Strong Ale      ***

TsingTao                      
               TsingTao Lager               Pilsner             *

Underground                   
               Underground Premium Ale      English Pale Ale    ***

Unibroue                      
               Quelque Chose                Seasonal            ****
               Tois Pistoles                Belgian Ale         ****
               La Maudite                   Belgian Ale         ****
               Eau Benite                   Belgian Ale         ****
               Fin du Monde                 Belgian Ale         ***
               La Gaillarde                 Specialty           **
               Raftman                      Belgian Ale         **
               Blanche de Chambly           Belgian Ale         **

Upper Canada                  
               Rebellion                    German Pale Lager   ***
               Upper Canada Pale Ale        American Pale Ale   **

Usher's                       
               1824 Particular Ale          Old/Strong Ale      ***

Warsteiner                    
               Warsteiner Premium Lager     German Pale Lager   **

Weihenstephan                 
               Hefe-weizen                  Bavarian Wheat      ***
               Hefe-weizen Dunkel           Bavarian Wheat      **

Wellington County             
               Special Pale Ale             English Pale Ale    ***
               Arkell Best Bitter           Bitter              **

Whitbread                     
               Whitbread Pale Ale           English Pale Ale    **

Widmer                        
               Amberbier                    American Pale Ale   **

Widmer Brewing                
               Widmer Hefeweizen            American Wheat      **

Wild Boar                     
               Wild Wheat                   American Wheat      ***
               Wild Boar Amber              Vienna/'Fest/Marzen **

Wilmington Brewing Co.        
               Dergy's Classic Ale          American Pale Ale   *

Woodstock Brewing             
               Big Indian Porter            Porter              **

Wurzburger Hofbrau            
               Julius Echter Hefe-weissbier Bavarian Wheat      ***

Yakima Brewing                
               Grant's Imperial Stout       Stout               ****
               Grant's IPA                  India Pale Ale      ****
               Grant's Perfect Porter       Porter              **
               Grant's Celtic Ale           English Mild        **

Young's                       
               Young's Special London Ale   India Pale Ale      ****
               Young's Oatmeal Stout        Stout               ***
               Dirty Dick's Ale             Old/Strong Ale      ***
               Young's Ramrod               Bitter              ***
               Young's Old Nick             Barleywine          ***

Zum Uerige                    
               Zum Uerige Alt               Alt                 ****


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