1. Ed's Original Cave Creek Chili Beer
I thought this beer was disgusting. I love hot sauce and jalapeno peppers, but drinking this was like drinking Tabasco sauce and bad beer. Two swallows, then I poured it out. I had this beer on the day I turned 21. Not a good one to start with!
2.Foster's Lager (5.3%)
A strong beer, "developed for the harsh, warm climate of Australia," it had an aftertaste I was not too particularly thrilled with. I probably won't have another.
Update 11/3/96 - Someone had sent me e-mail informing me Foster's is really from Canada. I check one of the oil cans of Foster's, and sure enough, it says "Made in Canada Union Made." In the US, since the beer is from Canada, it's still defined as an "import" and they advertising can continue calling it an import. My brother had gone to Australia, and ordered a Foster's. The bartender KNEW he was from Australia, because Australians don't drink Foster's.
3. Red Wolf (5.5%)
I purchased this one and the Red Dog together. I wanted to compare the two most advertised Red beers. Of the two, I like the Red Wolf the best. It was smoother than the Foster's.
9/29/95 - I had another one of these, and decided to upgrade it's rating. I'll probably buy Red Wolf often because I like it so much.
4. Red Dog (5.0%)
Red Dog to me tasted like Budweiser, which is surprising, as the Red Wolf is the one brewed by Anheuser-Busch. It was not as smooth as Red Wolf.
5. Lite Ice (5.5%)
Strong aftertaste, nothing distinct about it. Tasted like beer.
6. Beck's Dark
I now know I am not a dark beer drinker. To me, the Beck's Dark was disgusting. I won't try another dark beer for awhile.
7. Budweiser (4.8%)
I had not yet tried a blue collar beer until Bud, and so I decided to give Bud the first shot. After hearing so many bad things about Bud, I was surprised that I could drink it. It had an aftertaste, but not one I could not live with. But, since Budweiser is brewed in so many places, I may have just gotten a beer from a good batch.
8. Coor's Artic Ice ( 5.5 %)
Artic Ice had a big aftertaste, something I don't particularly like in beers. I didn't find it very good, and will try to avoid it.
9. Bud Light (3.6%)
Another average beer. I had one at a baseball game, and it tasted like a typical blue collar beer. Nothing in it was light to me, except maybe taste.
10. Miller Genuine Draft (5.0%)
Another blue collar beer. Nothing to write home about, just a fairly average, fairly pleasant beer.
11. Icehouse (5.5%)
With a lot of advertising, I figured it was time to give Icehouse a shot. It was an OK beer, better than the other Ice beer I have tried, the Artic Ice.
12. Samuel Adams Cream Stout
This and the Guinness were purchased at the same time at the recommendation of a friend. After first drinking the Sam Adams, then the Guinness, I will no longer turn to him for advise. I know now that chocolate was only made for candies and for cold winter nights, not for beers.
13. Guinness Extra Stout (4.3%)
For the same reasons I did not like Samuel Adams Cream Stout, I don't like Guinness. I would not have tried both of them on the same night if I had known they tasted so similar. Both tasted "different," and I will probably stay away from them.
3/13/96 - I tried another Guinness, at the request of many who wrote to me, as well as friends. I upgraded it's score to 2 beers, from 1.5, because I still think it's kind of strong.
5/17/96 - I have been thinking about this. Everyone says that if I would only try Guinness a lot more, I'd learn to like it. However, you can drink piss enough and eventually learn to drink it. That doesn't mean it's good...
14. Moosehead Canadian Lager (5.1%)
One thing my plan of drinking different beers is to try to find a good dry beer. Moosehead was a good dry beer. It has a pleasant beer taste, then goes down smooth and dry.
15. Asahi (5.2%)
Asahi is labeled as "Super 'Dry'," and it is. After taking a swallow, I tasted the beer the next thing I tasted is water in my mouth. There is almost no aftertaste to it, and for this reason it gets the 4 beer mark. It is also a good beer.
16. Red Stripe Lager (5.0%)
This is a Jamaican beer, and I thought it would taste different. It tasted like almost any other blue collar beers.
17. Rolling Rock (4.5%)
A friend bought a six pack and gave me one. It is a good tasting beer, with a dry taste, so it got another .5 beers on my scale because of that. Not anything spectacular, though.
18. Pete's Wicked Summer Brew
It says the beer contains "a hint of natural lemon flavor." Maybe my taste buds were kind of out of whack the day I tried it, but I missed the lemon flavor. I was some what disappointed that I could not find it.
19. Busch (5.0%)
Another blue collar beer. Not impressed.
20. Elk Mountain Red
I thought this was another good "red" beer. There is a non beer aftertaste that I could not place, but want to find. If you know, let me know.
21. Marthasville Sweet Georgia Brown Ale
I picked this one up, because I wanted to try something from a local brewery to Atlanta. This one was real good. There is a chocolate taste after going down, and I liked it much better than the Samuel Adams Cream Stout and Guinness.
22. Corona Extra (4.8%)
One of several Mexican beers fairly easily available in the US, I was not very impressed, even though friends said it was good. I did not try it with a lime, as I was told I should.
23. Samuel Adams Honey Porter
My second Sam Adams beer, and I still don't see what is great about Samuel Adams. I was waiting for a honey taste, but could not find it in the beer. What taste there was, was not refreshing.
24. Lowenbrau Special (5.1%)
I hope all German imports do not taste like this one. I want to know what was "special" about it, because it sure was not the taste. It's a Miller import, so I think that explains it.
25. Anheuser Light
It's light on calories, with only 75, but it's not light on bad taste. It was no where near as good as Budweiser, and a friend said it tastes like Coors beers. Stay away from this one.
26. Harp Lager Beer (4.6%)
After drinking several not so good beers, I found one that was more tolerable. The Harp tasted like the Guinness without the chocolate malted flavor. They are both Irish beers, so this may explain it.
27. Dos Equis Amber Lager (4.9%)
The Dos Equis Amber was another step up from the other beers I had. I really enjoyed it, especially after the previous beers I did not like. I am waiting to try the Special Lager.
28. Moosehead Canadian Ice (5.8%)
I really liked the regular Moosehead. This is my fourth ice beer, and this one was just as bad as two others. There are a few other ice beers to try; maybe they will be better.
30. Pilsner Urquell (4.3%)
Maybe something is wrong with my taste buds, because I have tried many of the good beers, and very few of them have been that good to me. Pilsner Urquell was not very good, in my opinion. It was too strong.
31. Dos Equis Special Lager (5.0%)
I guess some of the beers people say are good, are. I like this Dos Equis more than the Amber Lager, and after two not so good beers, it again was a good break.
32. Heineken Lager (5.4%)
This beer renewed my faith in import beers. I thought Heineken was a good tasting, smooth beer. I hope to try some other Dutch beers to see if they are good as well.
33. Samuel Adams Boston Ale (4.8%)
I still can't find the attraction to Samuel Adams beers. It's a real strong beer with a powerful taste. A friend says I can not have another Samuel Adams because I can not appreciate them. Oh well.
34. Miller Lite (4.6%)
I found Lite to be pretty easy to drink. It was a lot better than Anheuser Light. Pleasant tasting, not too strong, nothing exciting. Just a little better than average.
35. Bud Ice (5.5%)
Ah, a good ice beer. I did not think I would ever find one, but since I liked the Bud Ice, I thought I would like the Bud Ice. It was smooth and easy to drink. I know that sounds like a cliche, but it's true.
36. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (4.8%)
I think I have begun to get used to the taste of true beers. This one was good, and some of my harshest critics rejoiced that I had learned to drink a real beer. I hope to eventually try a few of the other Sierra Nevada beers.
37. Hannen Alt
I tried this one and almost poured it out. It's a German import, and tasted like a dark beer. I don't like dark beers, and almost gave this beer a one. I did finish it though, so I could give it a 1.5. If you like dark beer, you will probably like this one.
38. Amstel Light (3.7%)
This was purchased at the recommendation of someone on the Internet. I was surprised I liked this import Light, but it's from Heineken, and I liked the regular Heineken. It's a good light beer, not to expensive, either.
39. George Killian's Irish Red (5.8%)
After drinking this one and reading the label, I know now what the particular flavor of Elk Mountain Red is - caramel. This was a real good beer, with a caramel aftertaste. I got this one on a friend's recommendation, and it's one of the few recommendations I truly liked.
40. Grolsch Premium (5.1%)
After drinking this one, I think I realized that I like pilsner beers best. This was a good smooth beer that I was surprised I liked. I did not like the Pilsner Urquell, but it was a strong pilsner.
41. Market Street Wheat Beer
This one was terrible. Someone suggested I try wheat beers, because I might like them. Not this one. It had a lot of head, and when it finally died down, and I drank it, I almost puked it back up.
42. Michelob (5.0%)
Another domestic I was surprised I liked. I have liked most of the other beers from Anheuser Busch, so it was not really a surprise I did like this one. It is a fairly plain blue collar beer, but I liked the taste of it.
43. Red Brick Golden Lager
Another local brewery for me, Red Brick is from the Atlanta Brewing Company. This one reminds me of the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but it is not as strong as it was, so I did not like it as much as the Pale Ale.
44. Coors Light (4.4%)
Coors Light I am told is the best beer Coors makes. It was pretty good, with a mild beer taste because it is a light beer. I did enjoy it.
45. Molson Ice (5.6%)
Another Ice beer, but I don't know if it's a true ice. The label says it's "super chilled until ice crystals form; then filtered and blended with pure Canadian water." Doesn't that defeat the purpose of making an ice beer? Oh well, I still thought it was good.
46. Molson Golden (5.2%)
I had this one after having the Molson Ice, and thought the Molson Golden was not too much different from the Ice brew. I do like "golden" brews best, and this was an OK one.
47. Pete's Wicked Red
This one reminded me of the Marthasville Sweet Georgia Brown, without the chocolate malt taste. It was OK, but I like the Sweet Georgia Brown because of the chocolate taste, and it was not here.
48. Weinhard Ice Ale
I went with a friend to the package store, and he was going to buy a six pack of Bud Ice Light. One of the workers there suggested this one, because it was supposed to be better than the Bud Ice. It was pretty good, but only as good as the Bud Ice to me.
49. Rappahannock Red Ale
I went home for my quarter break from school to Virginia, and decided to look for some local brews. I found one company from Chantilly, VA, called Potomac River Brewing Company, so I picked up two of theirs. The Red Ale was pretty good, but at first, I did not think I would be able to finish it. I spread the drinking of it out over an hour, and it got better the more I drank of it.
50. Elk Mountain Amber Ale
Beer #50 I thought would be a better than this one. I really enjoyed the Elk Mountain Red, and thought I would also enjoy this Elk Mountain brew as well. I did not. It was real bitter, and I could barely keep down the tastes I had made.
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