I turned 21 on April 2, 1995, and since then, I have not had the same beer twice. I drank almost never before turning 21, so I am new to beer drinking. I don't drink too much, only about two beers a night, and only on weekends. Here, I am providing a list of the beers I have had, as well as my opinions. I hope to add taste tests later, with the help of others. If you can recommend a beer, or have any comments, please mail me.
Update 8/19/96 - I haven't really changed this page much, and I felt it was time I make a few comments, outside of my letters section. I apologize first for not replying to the letters I have been sent so far, and feel I should at least acknowledge those that have written me. So, for those I still have e-mail addresses, expect a letter! Also, I have had many comments with regards to my drinking of only a few beers at a time. Well, one reason is that I don't plan on getting drunk any time soon, and therefore won't drink too much.
Update 10/18/96 - Man, it's been exactly FIVE months since I have had a new beer to add to the page. Since we last met, I had been forced to move for the summer, to a place that was not beer friendly. I decided not to rock the boat, so I have waited until I have moved back into the dorms at my school to start drinking beer again. Here goes!
Update 6/30/98 - And I thought that five month gap was long. It's been a YEAR since I've tried a new beer. Why? Well, ever since I graduated from college, it became harder to find liquor stores that sell beers in singles. I don't want to buy a six pack of something new, and find out after one that it's crap. Plus, I've been drinking more and more distilled beverages, instead of beer. But the feeling of holding a bottle in your hand is so much better than a rocks glass. So, I'm going to try to pick up the pace again, and get one or two beers a week on here.
Update 9/5/98 - I've added several beers since the last update. Some have reports, so don't. For those that don't, it's because I'd drink the beer, and then only remember several days latter that I had it. So, instead of writing a three or four day old opinion, I'm going to leave them blank, until I try them again, if at all. A few I will, because I do remember enjoying them. I've also moved beers 51 through 100 to the Second 50 page, because this one was getting full again. Check it out.
Update 8/10/1999 - It's been almost a year since my last update. Why so long? Because essentially in the between the times I last updated, I started dating someone, and eventually married her! So I’ve kind of neglected the beer page. I want to start it up again, but I need to find some local package stores that sell singles. I may just have to go back to the store I used to go to when I was in college, because they always had a good variety of singles. But we’ll see!
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Beer last consumed on September 5, 1998.
Thanks to Andrew Altschuler, Frank Balchunas, Joseph Becker, Aatosh Chauhan, Philippe Corbat, Jason Day, J. DeGiulio, Levent Dogutuer, Evan S. Engle, Markus Erfert, Lewis Gardner, Christian Genske, Keyan Ghazi-Zahedi, Timo Gundlachm, Thomas Hebel, Jan Henke, Christian Herzig, Thorsten Hesse, Ulf Heyder, Lawrence M Hereford, Christoph Hochste, Jost Huebner, Randy Jensen, Mark Kinkead, Dustin James Klopp, John Kramer, Marcus Krieg, Mark Koelpin, Christian Kolarsch, Roalk Krumpolt, Thomas Krupenevich, Thomas Krobb, Andi Kuhn, Dan Langevin, T Lorenz, Mike Losa, Mike Luttrell, Barrett Majer, Joel Matz, Christine Mayall and her friend Heather, Marc Menschel, Mikael Nilsson, Christy & Leo Obrst, Brendan O'Mahony, Leo Orlandini, Anne Pierce, Brian Postalwaite, Greata Powell, Neal Quinn, Tobias Ratzlaff, Cornelius Roeder, Craig Sanger, Gary Schabo, Michael Schmitt, Peter Schober, Jens Schumacher, John Snith, Nickey Sprenger, Bryan Sturm, Kris Treagus, Rutger van Rossem, Jason Wallock, Eric Widmer, Frank Willems,Chris Wright, Dracos from New Zealand, Karin from Germany, Randy from Germany, and Bernard and Damien from France for their recommendations. If I forgot you, let me know.
Read some of the letters here that I have received.
If available, the alcohol content by volume is included. Also is my rating scale, with 1 for a beer I did not finish and poured out, to 4 which I give to beers I highly enjoyed and recommend.
I have consumed 50 beers, and now have fifty bottles. Since I have not had the same beer yet, I decided that after drinking 50 beers, I can go back and drink a beer again. Thus, #51 can be the chili beer, #52 a Foster's, #53 a Red Wolf, etc. I will then reevaluate my rating.
101. Tye Dye Premium Lager
I'll admit, I bought this one because of the name and the cool looking label. I would have thought they would have done something special with the bottle, but it's a standard brown bottle. I don't know what a lot of beer manufacturers go around throwing out the "Premium" name. I can't really tell the difference between regular lagers and the so called premium ones. This one was good, so you may want to try it.
102. Bad Frog Beer
This one I bought because of the name. I didn't notice the bottle until later, but the frog on the front is giving the finger. Granted, he only has a total of 4, so it could be argued it's not his middle, but I think that's what the brewers wanted. Oh, and the beer was good, too! I was not expecting it to be as good as it was.
103. Dunks Beer
This one has to win for best bottle - it's blue when empty, but green when the beer is in it! However the taste was nothing that spectacular. It supposed to be "Florida's finest local beer." If anyone from Florida can comment on this, please do. It tasted like every other mega-brewery beer I have tasted.
104. Oregon Raspberry Wheat
According to may Oregonians, this ain't a real Oregon beer, and is fact made by the Samuel Adams company. I also read an article in the Wall Street Journal, and they confirmed this. Anyway, I really liked this beer. Some people may argue that it is not a real beer because of the raspberry, but so what? I really enjoyed the raspberry flavor, and the light beer flavor that follows the initial raspberry taste.
105. Whitbread Traditional Pale Ale
This one was pretty "traditional," in the sense that it tasted like most of the other pale ales that I have had. I think I am beginning to notice how a lot of different bears are now more and more alike. I am also finding it harder and harder to find different brews, and I hope that this sameness wears off.
106. Miller Beer
Mega-brewer beer, mega-brewer taste. I want to know what was so different about this one. Tasted like all the other Miller beers I have had. Oh well.
107. Beck's Beer
I hope people don't find this to be one of the great import beers. It tastes like Budweiser and a lot of other mega breweries. Damn, two bad ones in a row. Hopefully, the next one will be a hell of a lot better.
Update 6/5/96 - I was told by a German that Beck's and St. Pauli girl are the SAME beer, and I have given a different ranking for St. Pauli Girl and Beck's. I think it's because I didn't really like Beck's Dark, and perhaps the beers I had may have sat around too long, making the Beck's worse.
108. Sterling Beer
This beer has a bottle similar to Red Stripe - it looks like a small barrel. The bottle was cute, but the bear was not very good. I was not impressed.
109. Michelob Centennial Special Brew
People may hate me for liking this beer, but I think it's good. I also liked regular Michelob, but not the Christmas brew. Since I can't drink another of this until 159, I don't think I'll get a chance to try this one again.
110. Blue Moon Honey Blonde
This was perhaps the first honey brew that I have had that I could taste the honey. It was pretty good, with that hint of honey to flavor the beer. I may try Sam Adam's Honey Wheat again, to see if it really is good.
111. Shiner Bock
I finally got around to trying this beer. Several Texans who say it’s the “real” national beer of Texas have recommended it. Well, it's A LOT better than Lone Star. It's got a distinctive taste, and I can't wait to try it again!
112. Devil Mountain Black Honey Ale
I almost didn't get this one. A friend noticed the name, and so I grabbed it. The bottle is kind of plain, but the beer sure is not. It says on the bottle the beer is "brewed with chocolate and black malts. Its robust taste is mellowed with a touch of exotic African black honey." I could taste all of these, and really enjoyed the beer. It was not too strong for a black/brown ale, but enough to give it that chocolate flavor.
113. Aegean Lager Beer
As the name says, this beer is imported from Greece. I don't know if this is true or not, but if it is, I had no idea that the Greeks exported Budweiser! That's what it tasted like to me. Maybe that's what most lagers taste like, but I am getting upset that most of the lagers I have had DO taste like Budweiser. Oh well, at least it didn't have a born on date…
114. Marthasville Atlanta Gold
This is the most recent beer from Marthasville. I had heard the one of the company founders talk about this beer, and said it was made to compete with those beer drinkers who like the megabrews, i.e. Budweiser, Miller, Coors, etc. And not surprisingly, it tasted like them. I was kind of disappointed that Marthasville would sell something like this, but the founder's rational was that if they could get people to try it, they might then try other Marthasville brews and switch to real beer. Sounds good to me, and I hope it works.
115. Apollo Space-crafted Ale
I bought this one, and the Apollo Lager because of the cool blue bottles. This beer, however, did not tickle my fancy. It tasted like a real strong India Pale Ale. I said before I liked IPAs, but not this one.
116. Thomas Kemper Lagers White
I only picked this one because I had not tried it. I didn't read the bottle until after buying it, and it sounded interesting. It says "a wheat beer brewed with spices." It tasted good, and I could only determine a few of the spices. There is a picture of what looks like an orange on the label, so that's one of them, I think.
117. Apollo Lager
I picked this one up when I got the Apollo Ale. Some friends of mine had tried it, and told me that it was terrible. I told them I was a big fan of lager, and I figured I would like it. I did. It complements the Apollo Ale well.
118. Jack Daniel's American Ale
I had two beers left when I chose this one. I was not really in an ale mood, and I was afraid I would not like it. However, I really enjoyed it. It was not nearly as strong as an India Pale Ale, and perhaps this is why it's simply an American ale. But it was still good.
119.Devil Mountain Five Malt Ale
This is the second Devil Mountain brew I have tried. I was really impressed with it, and thought I wasn't in an "Ale" mood when I had it, but I was. I was not too strong an ale, like an IPA, but still a good beer.
I had received one of these several months ago, but I gave it to a friend. Well, I got another one, and held onto and tried it. I was not as impressed with it as maybe I thought I would be. It did not really that distinct, tasting like many other pilsners of the world. I thing the only thing really going for it is that it is a Chinese beer. Other than that, it's not spectacular.
121. Samuel Adams Triple Bock [N/A?] (17%)
I'm not going to rate this one for two reasons. One, I never finished the 8.45 oz. bottle it came in, and two, I don't know if you can really classify it as a beer. It has almost three times the normal largest amount of alcohol in beers. It has a cork, and the little attachment to the bottle talked about keeping it like you keep wine, on it's side so the cork won't dry out. It was one of the weirdest tasting "beers" I've ever had.
122-125. Assorted Michelobs
I got lazy, and didn't really think about a review for these. Why? I don't know. Part of it was because it became harder and harder for me to find liquor stores that sold beers in singles. I'm writing this a year after I had them, but I'll try to remember what they were. I think it included a honey lager, hefewiezen, golden pilsner, and one other that escapes me now. They were all really good, though.
126. Laughing Skull Bohemian Style Pilsner
Cool bottle, with of course a skull on it. After I bought it, I noticed it was brewed in the city I live in, Atlanta,. So automatically it has to be good. But besides the free points for the local brew, it was a good beer. Not your typical mega brew pilsner. It had that little extra bite that made you realize it wasn't a mega beer.
127. Abita Beer Turbo Dog
A really good ale. Kind of "stouty," but not too much like Guiness. Read my Guiness review and see how I feel about it. After that pilsner above, it was a good change. Heck, after my long absence from the malted beverages, almost anything would be good!
128. J.W. Dundee's Honey Brown Lager
I enjoyed this fine malt beverage before going to a professional wrestling match. Yeah, that's right, I admit it. I like wrestling. I could go off on a really big tangent about that, but I won't. Anyway, I had thought I had this beer before, but I didn't and enjoyed it. Thanks to Keith and Scott for bringing it!
129. SweetWater Ale [no rank]
Don't remember, too drunk?
130. SweetWater 420 Extra Pale Ale [no rank]
131. Snake Dog Ale India Pale Ale
I've said it before, the ales that I like are the India Pale Ales. This one was not nearly as strong as other IPAs, and was really easy to drink. Not much else to say; the label was pretty cool.
132. Dogwood Brewing Co. Wheat Beer
Despite the fact I usually give bonus points for local brews, I couldn't do it on this one. I've had other wheat beers that I really liked, but this was NOT one of them. It was a different taste compared to others. The label said there was a touch of banana. I don't know what it was a touch of, I just don't want to be touched by it again.
133. Kentucky Hemp Beer
Automatic 2 beers because it's brewed with hemp seeds! It was a golden lager, which I haven't had in a while. Lagers are my favorite beers, and I really enjoyed this one. Stronger than the watered down megabrews, but that's not a surprises.
134. Road Dog Ale Scottish Ale
Not much carbonization. It wasn't as strong as Guinness, but you may already know how I feel about it. Yes, Guinness is Irish, but the tastes are similar. I'm not a big Scottish Ale fan, so I'm even amazed I finished it. I guess my taste buds are shot or I just wanted to get buzzed. Or, I was thirsty. Yeah, that's it.
This one says it’s “The Star of Prague.” I don’t know if that’s true, but I did enjoy it. I didn't like it at first, and didn't think I would finish it. I did finish it, and enjoyed it towards the end. A real pilsner.
136. Flying Dog Classic Pale Ale
Blah. Gave me the willies after taking a swig. I usually enjoy a good Pale Ale now and then, so it surprised me that I didn't like this one. This was the last of the “Dog” beers I had. I had hoped they would be better than they were.
Well, it only took me over four years to finally try this beer. It will always be a favorite of mine, since I first tried it on my first date with the woman who would be my wife! But, as much as Germans may hate to hear this, I didn’t find it much different that Budweiser. Maybe it was a little stronger than Bud, but other wise, they were the same beer to me.
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