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

Alt                           
               ****   Boston Beer              Sam Adams Boston Ale
               ****   Zum Uerige               Zum Uerige Alt
               ***    St. Stan's Brewing       St. Stan's Amber Alt
               **     Atlanta Beer Garten      Alt
               **     Hannen                   Hannen Alt
               **     Pinkus Muller            Munster Alt
               **     St. Stan's Brewing       St. Stan's Dark Alt

American Brown Ale            
               ****   Sierra Nevada            Brown Ale
               ***    Rock Bottom Brewery      Big Horn Nut Brown
               **     Pete's Brewing           Pete's Wicked Ale
               **     Phoenix Brewing Co.      Nut Brown Ale
               *      John Harvard's           Georgia Nut Brown Ale

American Dark Lager           
               *      Anheuser-Busch           Michelob Dark
               *      Coors                    Killians Red
               -      Miller                   Lowenbrau Dark

American Pale Ale             
               ****   Hale's                   Moss Bay Amber
               ****   Sierra Nevada            Pale Ale
               ****   St. Stan's Brewing       St. Stan's Red Sky Ale
               ***    Atlanta Brewing          Red Brick Ale
               ***    Blind Pig Brewing        Blind Pig Golden Ale
               ***    Crested Butte Brewery    Red Lady Ale
               ***    Kennebunkport Brewing    Shipyard Export Ale
               ***    La Jolla                 Red Roost Ale
               ***    Marthasville             Martha's Pale Ale
               ***    North Coast Brewing      Wolaver's Pale Ale
               ***    Old Marlborough Brewing  Post Road Pale Ale
               ***    Phoenix Brewing Co.      Lionheart Pale Ale
               ***    Pike Place               Pike Place Pale Ale
               ***    Rock Bottom Brewery      North Star Premium
               ***    Snake River Brewing      Snake River Pale Ale
               ***    Summit                   Summit Extra Pale Ale
               ***    Sweetwater               Sweetwater Ale
               **     Atlanta Beer Garten      Buckhead Red
               **     Blind Man                Pale Ale
               **     Chesapeake Brewing       Wild Goose Amber
               **     Clipper City             Classic Pale Ale
               **     Cold Spring Brewing Co.  Red Ass Ale
               **     Dogwood Brewing          Dogwood Pale Ale
               **     Genesee                  12 Horse Ale
               **     John Harvard's           Old Ivy Pale Ale
               **     Leinenkugel              Auburn Ale
               **     Mendocino Brewing        Blue Heron Pale Ale
               **     Miller                   Miller Reserve Amber Ale
               **     Palmetto Brewing Co.     Palmetto Pale Ale
               **     Pete's Brewing           Pete's Pale Ale
               **     Pyramid(Hart)            Pyramid Pale Ale
               **     Rock Bottom Brewery      Gopher Gold
               **     Rogue                    Rogue Dead Guy Ale
               **     SLO Brewing Co.          Brickhouse Pale Ale
               **     St. Stan's Brewing       St. Stan's Whistle Stop Ale
               **     Sweetwater               420 Ale
               **     The Mill (Atlanta)       Amber Wave Ale
               **     Upper Canada             Upper Canada Pale Ale
               **     Widmer                   Amberbier
               *      Cherokee Brewing Co.     Cherokee Red
               *      Lion Brewery             Brewery Hill Honey Amber
               *      Marthasville             Atlanta Gold
               *      Marthasville             Southern Ale
               *      Rock Bottom Brewery      Erik the Red
               *      Wilmington Brewing Co.   Dergy's Classic Ale

American Pale Lager           
               **     Atlanta Brewing          Red Brick Golden Lager
               **     Blitz/Weinhard           Henry Weinhard Pvt. Reserve
               **     Blue Hen Beer Co.        Blue Hen Lager
               *      F.X. Matt                Saranac Amber
               *      Miller                   Miller Genuine Draft
               *      Miller                   Miller Reserve Lager
               *      Telluride                Telluride Lager
               -      Anheuser-Busch           Budweiser
               -      Anheuser-Busch           Busch
               -      Anheuser-Busch           Michelob
               -      Ballantine               Ballantine Lager
               -      Coors                    Coors
               -      F.X. Matt                Utica Club Lager
               -      Genesee                  Genesee Lager
               -      Latrobe                  Rolling Rock
               -      Miller                   Lowenbrau Lager
               -      Pabst                    Hamm's Lager
               -      Pabst                    Pabst Blue Ribbon
               -      Rheingold                Rheingold Lager
               -      Schmidt                  Schmidt's Lager
               -      Stroh                    Old Milwaukee Lager
               -      Stroh                    Piels Lager
               -      Stroh                    Schaefer Lager
               -      Stroh                    Schlitz Lager
               -      Stroh                    Stroh's Lager

American Wheat                
               ***    Wild Boar                Wild Wheat
               **     Anderson Valley          High Roller's Wheat
               **     Dogwood Brewing          Dogwood Wheat
               **     Pyramid(Hart)            Pyramid Hefe-weizen
               **     Widmer Brewing           Widmer Hefeweizen
               *      Atlanta Brewing          Red Brick American Wheat
               -      Red Mountain             Red Mtn. Wheat

Barleywine                    
               ****   Sierra Nevada            Bigfoot
               ***    Young's                  Young's Old Nick

Bavarian Wheat                
               ****   Paulaner                 Paulaner Hefe-weizen
               ****   Spaten                   Franziskaner Hefe-weissbier
               ***    Matilda Bay              Redback Wheat
               ***    Paulaner                 Hefe-Weizen Dunkel
               ***    Weihenstephan            Hefe-weizen
               ***    Wurzburger Hofbrau       Julius Echter Hefe-weissbier
               **     Ayinger                  Brau-Weisse
               **     Maisel                   Hefe-weiss
               **     Sailer                   Oberdorfer Dunkel
               **     Sailer                   Oberdorfer Weiss (krystal)
               **     Weihenstephan            Hefe-weizen Dunkel

Belgian                       
               **     Ommegang                 Hennepin

Belgian Ale                   
               ****   Celis                    Celis Grand Cru
               ****   Moortgat                 Duvel
               ****   Unibroue                 Eau Benite
               ****   Unibroue                 La Maudite
               ****   Unibroue                 Tois Pistoles
               ***    Bavick                   Petrus Triple
               ***    Celis                    Celis White
               ***    De Gouden Boom           Blanche de Bruges
               ***    Du Bocq                  Knight's Ale
               ***    Ommegang                 Ommegang
               ***    Rodenbach                Rodenbach Grand Cru
               ***    St. Bernardus            St. Sixtus
               ***    Sterkens                 Dubbel
               ***    Unibroue                 Fin du Monde
               **     Abbey des Rocs           Abbey des Rocs Grand Cru
               **     Bavick                   Petrus Double
               **     Bavick                   Petrus Oak Aged Dark Beer
               **     Blue Moon                Blue Moon Belgian White
               **     Celis                    Celis Pale Ale
               **     Celis                    Celis Pale Bock
               **     Corsendonk               Monk's Brown Ale
               **     Haacht                   Malonne
               **     Rodenbach                Alexander Rodenbach
               **     Rodenbach                Rodenbach Red Ale
               **     Rogue                    Rogue Mo Ale
               **     Schoune                  La Belge
               **     Spring St. Brewing       Wit!
               **     Unibroue                 Blanche de Chambly
               **     Unibroue                 Raftman
               *      Spring St. Brewing       Wit! Black

Belian Ale                    
               **     Leffe                    Leffe Blond

Bitter                        
               ****   Fuller's                 Fuller's ESB
               ****   Shepherd Neame           Spitfire
               ***    Anderson Valley          Belk's ESB
               ***    Bateman                  Bateman's XXXB
               ***    Eldridge Pope            Thomas Hardy Country Bitter
               ***    Felinfoel                Welsh Ale
               ***    Felinfoel                Welsh Bitter Ale
               ***    Fuller's                 1845 Ale
               ***    Old Harbor               Pilgrim ESB
               ***    Redhook                  Redhook ESB
               ***    Rogue                    Younger's Special Bitter
               ***    Shepherd Neame           Percy Neame Premium Export
               ***    Young's                  Young's Ramrod
               **     Greene King              Abbot Ale
               **     Shepherd Neame           Bishop's Finger
               **     Shepherd Neame           Master Brew
               **     Strangeway               Boddington's
               **     Wellington County        Arkell Best Bitter

Bock                          
               ****   Ayinger                  Celebrator
               ****   Niagara Falls Brewing    Eisbock
               ***    Augustiner               Maximator
               ***    Ayinger                  Maibock
               ***    Grolsch                  Bok Bier
               ***    Paulaner                 Salvator
               **     EKU                      Kulminator 28
               **     Rock Bottom Brewery      Eightball Bock
               **     Spaten                   Optimator
               *      Signature Brewing Co.    Goat's Breath Pale Bock

California Common             
               ***    Anchor Brewing           Anchor Steam

English Brown Ale             
               ****   Rogue                    Rogue Nut Brown Nectar
               ****   Samuel Smith             Sam Smith's Nut Brown Ale
               ***    Abita Brewing            Abita Turbodog
               ***    Brooklyn Brewing Co.     Brown Ale
               ***    Cottonwood Brewery       Low Down Brown
               ***    Newcastle                Newcastle Brown Ale
               **     Blue Moon                Blue Moon Nut Brown
               **     Cherokee Brewing Co.     Brasstown Brown
               **     Marthasville             Classic  Ale
               **     Middlesex Brewing Co.    Brown Ale
               **     Oregon Ale & Beer        Oregon Nut Brown Ale
               **     The Mill (Atlanta)       Smoky Nut Brown Ale

English Mild                  
               ***    New Knoxville            Mild Ale
               **     Yakima Brewing           Grant's Celtic Ale

English Pale Ale              
               ****   Bass                     Worthington White Shield
               ****   Eldridge Pope            Royal Oak Pale Ale
               ***    Brakspear                Henley Pale Ale
               ***    Coopers                  Coopers Pale Ale
               ***    Fuller's                 London Pride
               ***    Ind Coope                Double Diamond Ale
               ***    McAuslan Brewing Co.     St. Ambroise Pale Ale
               ***    Nethergate               Old Growler Pale Ale
               ***    Riverside Brewing Co.    Pullman Pale Ale
               ***    Samuel Smith             Sam Smith's Pale Ale
               ***    Underground              Underground Premium Ale
               ***    Wellington County        Special Pale Ale
               **     Bass                     Bass Ale
               **     Belhaven                 St. Andrews Ale
               **     Old World Brewing        New York Style Harbor Ale
               **     Stag                     Watney's Red Barrel
               **     Whitbread                Whitbread Pale Ale

German Dark Lager             
               ***    Ayinger                  Altbairisch Dunkel
               ***    Cervejaria Cacador       Xingu Black Beer
               **     Atlanta Beer Garten      Buffalo Skull Lager
               **     Dixie Brewing            Blackened Voodoo
               **     Thomas Kemper            Bohemian Dunkel
               *      Beck's                   Beck's Dark

German Pale Lager             
               ****   Phoenix Brewing Co.      Seven Sisters Muenchner
               ***    Ayinger                  Jahrhundert Bier
               ***    Sailer                   AltenMuenster (brown bottle)
               ***    Upper Canada             Rebellion
               **     Atlanta Beer Garten      Lunatic Lager
               **     Mohan Meakin             Golden Eagle Lager
               **     Moretti                  Moretti La Rossa
               **     Spaten                   Spaten Lager
               **     St. Christoffel          Christoffel Robertus
               **     Warsteiner               Warsteiner Premium Lager
               *      Hubertus                 Hubertus Brau

India Pale Ale                
               ****   Fuller's                 India Pale Ale
               ****   Old Dominion             Tuppers' Hop Pocket
               ****   Samuel Smith             Sam Smith's India Ale
               ****   Yakima Brewing           Grant's IPA
               ****   Young's                  Young's Special London Ale
               ***    Anchor Brewing           Anchor Liberty
               ***    Cherokee Brewing Co.     Pale Face Ale
               ***    John Harvard's           Old Willy IPA
               ***    Marston                  India Export
               ***    Morrells                 Oxford Castle Ale
               ***    New Glarus Brewing Co.   Hearty Hop Ale
               ***    Rogue                    Rogue Brutal Bitter
               ***    Scottish & Newcastle     McEwan's Export IPA
               ***    Shepherd Neame           India Pale Ale
               ***    Sweetwater               IPA
               **     Ballantine               India Pale Ale
               **     Blind Pig Brewing        Blind Pig Inaugural Ale
               **     Brooklyn Brewing Co.     East India Pale Ale '95
               **     Chesapeake Brewing       Wild Goose IPA
               **     The Mill (Atlanta)       India Pale Ale

Kolsch                        
               **     H.C. Berger              Mountain Kolsch

Lambic                        
               ****   Boon                     Framboise
               ***    Belle-Vue                Framboise
               **     Boon                     Boon Gueuze
               **     Brewery de Troch         Chapeau Framboise
               **     Lindeman                 Framboise Lambic
               **     Lindeman                 Kriek Lambic
               **     Lindeman                 Peche Lambic

Light Lager                   
               **     Atlanta Brewing          Kelly's Light
               -      Coors                    Coors Lite
               -      Miller                   Miller Lite

Old/Strong Ale                
               ****   Hair of the Dog          Adambier
               ***    Kennebunkport Brewing    Old Thumper
               ***    Theakston                Old Peculier
               ***    Traquair House           Traquair House Ale
               ***    Usher's                  1824 Particular Ale
               ***    Young's                  Dirty Dick's Ale
               **     Eldridge Pope            Thomas Hardy's Ale 1994

Pilsner                       
               ****   St. Christoffel          Christoffel Blond
               ***    Boston Beer              Same Adams Golden Pilsner
               ***    Dock Street Brewing      Dock Street Bohemian Pils
               ***    Konig                    Pilsener
               ***    Phoenix Brewing Co.      Phoenix Pils
               ***    Pilsner Urquell          Pilsner Urquell
               **     Atlanta Brewing          Laughing Skull Lager
               **     Boston Beer              Sam Adams Boston Lager
               **     Cherokee Brewing Co.     Buckhead Blonde
               **     Pete's Brewing           Pete's Bohemian Pilsner
               *      Beck's                   Beck's Lager
               *      Boon Rawd                Singha Lager
               *      Carlton & United         Foster's Lager
               *      Grizzly                  Grizzly Beer
               *      Grolsch                  Grolsch Lager
               *      Heineken                 Heineken Lager
               *      Kirin                    Kirin Lager
               *      Molson                   Red Wolf
               *      Moosehead                Moosehead Lager
               *      Moretti                  Moretti Pilsner
               *      Peroni                   Peroni Pilsner
               *      Red Stripe               Red Stripe Lager
               *      St. Pauli Girl           St. Pauli Girl Lager
               *      TsingTao                 TsingTao Lager
               -      Labatt Breweries         Labatt's Lager
               -      Molson                   Molson Golden
               -      Molson                   Molson Lager
               -      Simpatico                Simpatico Lager

Porter                        
               ****   Anchor Brewing           Anchor Porter
               ****   Shepherd Neame           Original Porter
               ***    Atlanta Beer Garten      Plantation Porter
               ***    Chesapeake Brewing       Wild Goose Porter
               ***    Chicago Brewing Co.      Big Shoulders Porter
               ***    John Harvard's           Twelve Oaks Porter
               ***    King & Barnes            Old Porter
               ***    Nethergate               Old Growler Porter
               ***    Rogue                    Rogue New Porter
               ***    Samuel Smith             Sam Smith's Taddy Porter
               ***    Sherlock's Home          Palace Porter
               ***    Sierra Nevada            Porter
               ***    Summit                   Summit Great Northern Porter
               ***    The Mill (Atlanta)       Piedmont Porter
               **     AB Pripps Brygerrier     D. Carnegie & Co Porter
               **     Boston Beer              Sam Adams Honey Porter
               **     Catamount Brewing        Catamount Porter
               **     Palmetto Brewing Co.     Palmetto Porter
               **     Pyramid(Hart)            Pyramid Porter
               **     Sweetwater               Exodus Porter
               **     Woodstock Brewing        Big Indian Porter
               **     Yakima Brewing           Grant's Perfect Porter

Scottish Ale                  
               ****   Riverside Brewing Co.    Victoria Ave. Amber Ale
               ***    Scottish & Newcastle     McEwan's Scotch Ale
               **     Belhaven                 Belhaven Scottish Ale
               **     Boston Beer              Sam Adams Scotch Ale
               **     Calendonian              McAndrew's Scotch Ale
               **     Highland Brewing         Gaelic Ale
               **     Le Cheval Blanc          Loch Ness

Seasonal                      
               ****   Affligem                 Noel
               ****   Anchor Brewing           Anchor Christmas 1998
               ****   Anderson Valley          Winter Solstice 1995
               ****   Fuller's                 Old Winter Ale
               ****   Paulaner                 Bavarian Alpine Extreme
               ****   Sierra Nevada            Celebration 96
               ****   Unibroue                 Quelque Chose
               ***    Anchor Brewing           Anchor Christmas 1994
               ***    Anchor Brewing           Anchor Christmas 1995
               ***    Anchor Brewing           Anchor Christmas 1997
               ***    Atlanta Brewing          Red Brick Winter Brew
               ***    Bass                     Country Chase Ale
               ***    Hurlimann                Samichlaus
               ***    King & Barnes            Festive Ale
               ***    Middle Ages Brewing      Wizard's Winter Ale
               ***    Rogue                    Santa's Private Reserve
               ***    Samuel Smith             Sam Smith's Winter Welcome
               ***    Scaldis                  Noel
               ***    Sierra Nevada            Celebration 95
               ***    Sweetwater               Festive Ale 1997
               ***    Sweetwater               Festive Ale 1998
               **     Anchor Brewing           Anchor Christmas 1996
               **     Anchor Brewing           Anchor Christmas 1999
               **     Boston Beer              Sam Adams Old Fezziwig Ale
               **     Boston Beer              Same Adams Summer Ale
               **     Breckenridge             Avalanche
               **     Felinfoel                Welsh Festive Ale
               **     Fuller's                 Summer Ale
               **     Pete's Brewing           Pete's Winter Ale
               **     Redhook                  WinterHook
               **     St. Sylvester's          Flanders Winter Ale
               **     Sweetwater               Festive Ale 1999
               *      Atlanta Brewing          Red Brick Summer Brew
               *      Coors                    Coors Winterfest

Specialty                     
               ***    Pete's Brewing           Pete's Multi-Grain
               ***    Rogue                    Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar
               **     Atlanta Beer Garten      Scarlet's Peach Wheat
               **     Friends Brewing          Georgia Mountian Maple
               **     Friends Brewing          Georgia Peach Wheat
               **     Leinenkugel              Honey Weiss
               **     Marthasville             Sweet Georgia Brown
               **     Niagara Falls Brewing    Maple Wheat
               **     Redhook                  Redhook Rye
               **     Sweetwater               Sweetwater Blue
               **     Unibroue                 La Gaillarde
               *      Cherokee Brewing Co.     Paces Ferry Berry
               *      Pyramid(Hart)            Pyramid Apricot Wheat
               *      The Mill (Atlanta)       Honey Wheat Light Ale

Stout                         
               ****   Anderson Valley          Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout
               ****   Carlton & United         Sheaf Stout
               ****   Guinness                 Guinness Draught Stout
               ****   Hart                     Espresso Stout
               ****   North Coast Brewing      Old No. 38 Stout
               ****   Redhook                  Double Black Stout
               ****   Samuel Smith             Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout
               ****   Sherlock's Home          Stags' Head Stout
               ****   Sierra Nevada            Stout
               ****   Yakima Brewing           Grant's Imperial Stout
               ***    Blind Man                Espresso Stout
               ***    Coopers                  Coopers Extra Stout
               ***    Dogwood Brewing          Stout
               ***    Guinness                 Guinness Extra Stout
               ***    John Harvard's           Export Stout
               ***    Phoenix Brewing Co.      St. Sandra's Oatmeal Stout
               ***    Riverside Brewing Co.    7th Street Stout
               ***    Rock Bottom Brewery      Stillwater Stout
               ***    Rogue                    Rogue Shakespeare Stout
               ***    Samuel Smith             Sam Smith's Imperial Stout
               ***    Snake River Brewing      Zonker Stout
               ***    Star                     Imperial Stout
               ***    Young's                  Young's Oatmeal Stout
               **     Cherokee Brewing Co.     Chattooga Stout
               **     Crested Butte Brewery    Rodeo Oatmeal Stout
               **     Desnoes-Goeddes          Dragon Stout
               **     Lowell Brewing Co.       Mill City Oatmeal Stout
               **     Smokey Mountain          Smokey Mtn. Stout
               *      Boston Beer              Sam Adams Cream Stout
               *      Middlesex Brewing Co.    Oatmeal Stout

Trappist                      
               ****   Chimay                   Chimay Bleue
               ****   Chimay                   Chimay Grande Reserve 1993
               ****   Chimay                   Chimay Grande Reserve 1994
               ****   Chimay                   Chimay Grande Reserve 1995
               ****   Chimay                   Chimay Grande Reserve 1996
               ****   Chimay                   Chimay Grande Reserve 1997
               ****   Chimay                   Chimay Grande Reserve 1998
               ***    Chimay                   Chimay Premiere
               ***    Orval                    Orval
               ***    Schaapskooi              La Trappe Dubbel
               **     Schaapskooi              La Trappe Enkel

Vienna/'Fest/Marzen           
               ***    Algonquin                Amber Lager
               ***    Friends Brewing          Helenboch Oktoberfest
               ***    Gordon Biersch           Maerzen
               ***    Modelo                   Negra Modelo
               ***    Paulaner                 Paulaner Oktoberfest
               **     Leinenkugel              Red Lager
               **     Montezuma                Dos Equis
               **     Spaten                   Spaten Oktoberfest
               **     Wild Boar                Wild Boar Amber


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