51. Patowmack Ale
I did not like this beer at all, and I would have given it only 1.5 beers, but I liked the flavor of it when I belched it out, so I gave it an extra .5 beers.
52. Lone Star
The label says this is "The National Beer of Texas." I sure hope most Texans don't drink this. This was a pretty crappy beer. Real cheap stuff. After adding this one, I got mail from a resident of Texas, and he advised me that this ain't the national beer of Texas. Thank God.
Update 4/8/96 - I have heard from a few native Texans about this beer. They all agree that it's more like "The National Joke of Texas" and hate it. Most have suggested Shiner Bock as the true beer of Texas, so I have to give it a try.
53. Elephant Red (5.6%)
This is an import by Anheuser-Busch, produced by Labatt's Brewery. AB must be trying to get more of the people who don't drink the "big" beers to still drink their products. I liked this one. I reminded me of the Elk Mountain Red and the Killian's Irish Red, with the taste of caramel to it.
54. Pete's Wicked Honey Wheat
This is the third Pete's Wicked beer I have had, and I liked this one the best. I was surprised I did like it, since the other wheat beer I tried I hated. I tasted a little bit of honey, more than the Samuel Adams Honey Porter.
55. Jack Daniel's Amber Lager
I thought that a beer by JD would be better than this one. It tasted like many of the other ice beers I have had, with very little distinctive taste. It may be worth trying, just because it's from Jack Daniels, but otherwise it's not that great.
56. Pete's Wicked Winter Brew
I felt like trying another Pete's brew. They are probably my favorite bigger name microbrewer. This was a seasonal brew, nothing too strong or too weak, and nothing real memorable.
57. Michelob Amber Bock
My taste in beers is changing, in that I like more and more of the ones I try. This looks like Michelob is trying to get on the microbrew train and come out with a special beer. I really enjoyed it. Kind of a strong taste, but nothing too strong for my developing tastes.
58. Marthasville Southern Ale
I finally got around to trying another Marthasville brew. This one tasted fruity to me, more than any other beer I have tried. I have to wait until beer 108 to try this one again, and I very much want to. It was real enjoyable.
59. Brewski Bar Room
I thought with a name like "Brewski" this would be a crappy beer. However, it is described as a Brown Ale, and the taste reminded me of Marthasville Sweet Georgia Brown, but the caramel taste was not present in this one. I still enjoyed it, and I was surprised it tasted as good as it did.
60. Leinenkugel's Red Lager
I grabbed this one, not knowing anything about the beer, but wanted to try a new type. This one was pretty good. I am a fan of red beers, and it was no surprise that I liked this one. I will try some other brews from this company, if I can find them.
61. St. Stan's Red Ale
Another average beer. It did not taste like many of the other red's I have had. It's a little stronger than others, but I still enjoyed. I'll be looking out for other St. Stan brews.
62. Weihenstephan Original
I spent $3 on this beer, so I was pretty sure I was going to finish it, no matter what the taste. Weihenstephan say they are the oldest brewery in the world, since 1040. I guess if you have been brewing that long, you probably will be pretty good. It was OK, nothing too spectacular.
63. Spanish Peaks Black Dog Sweetwater Wheat Ale
After the Market Street Wheat beer, I was a little leery of trying this one. I was happy with it though, and have put hope in other wheat beers. Otherwise, it tasted like many other beers.
64. Dixie New Orleans Slow Brewed Beer
As I write this review the day after consuming it, I can't begin to describe it. Not because it was so great, but it was kind of plain. It seems to me that many of the microbrew beers who claim to be different and better than the megabrewers taste more and more like each other, with a few exceptions. This one was like many other beers, and I can't really give it a special description even only a day after having it.
65. Celis Golden Hill Country Beer
Like I said above, some beers are like most others. Celis Golden was so average, that when I added a few beers to this list, I forgot to add it! This is a Texas beer, and compared to Lone Star, it's leagues above it. It did, however, not really impress me.
66. New Amsterdam Black & Tan
I was nervous about trying this one, since it is a combination Stout (Black) and Amber (Tan). I am not a big fan of stout beers, having hated Cream Stout and Guinness. However, after taking a few sips, I actually enjoyed it. I think that the amber part of the beer was good enough to tame down the taste of the stout. If I find other Black & Tans, I will probably give them a shot as well.
67. Oregon India Pale Ale
This beer is one of the stronger beers that I actually liked. I let a friend of mine try it, and he hated it. I guess if I ever need to buy a beer that I don't want others to drink, this will probably be the brand I choose. I hope the other Oregon beers are as good as this one was.
68. Weihenstephan Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel
I finally found a dark beer I could drink! Partially due to the fact that this beer was so expensive, I knew I was going to finish it. However, it has a different aftertaste from the Beck's Dark and the Hannen Alt. I could not place it, but I continued to drink the beer, trying to figure out what the taste was. I don't know if I will ever try this beer again, because of price, but I will probably try more dark beers again.
69. Wild Boar Wild Wheat
Another experience with a wheat beer. I was not to impressed with this wheat beer, but this one was consumable. If I can find other Wild Boar beers, I will try them as well. This wheat was not as good as the Spanish Peaks wheat, but a lot better than the Market Street wheat.
70. Red Ridge Ale
The beer bottle this beer came in was red, and I hoped that more than the bottle would be good. I tried it and enjoyed it. I was not too surprised that I did like it, as I am a fan of red beers. It had a kind of tangy taste to it, hard to place. After beer #120, I want to try this one again.
71. Helenboch Oktoberfest
I am not a big fan of Oktoberfest beers, because I am not a big stout drinker. This one, however, was either not too stout or I am becoming used to drinking stouts. It was not anything too special in terms of taste, but I was able to drink it fairly quickly. Most stouts I have to milk.
72. Marthasville Classic Ale (6.0%)
This is the first Marthasville brew that I did not particularly like. It's a dark beer, so I was not surprised. I had hoped however, that as a fan of Marthasville's other brews, that I would like it. However, this was not the case.
73. Weihenstephan Weizenbier Kristall
I'm not to sure what this beer was supposed to be. I was not a big fan of it, either. I still have one Weihenstephan brew to go to finish the original four I had bought. Not one of them has been particularly refreshing to me.
74. Spring Street Wit Beer
This one says on the bottle that it is a wit beer with "special grains and rare spices." It did have a strange taste to it that I was unable to place, as was a friend of mine who tried it. I want to taste other wit beers to see if they are real different.
75. Samuel Adams Cranberry Lambic
Finally, a Samuel Adams beer I like! I was a little leery when I saw it was flavored by cranberries, but I figured I'd give it a try. I am not a big fan of cranberry sauce, but since this looked like a special that I would not have much chance getting, I tried it. It does taste like cranberries, and it's not as strong as other Sam Adams beers, I think because it's a wheat beer. I think it's worth trying just because of the novelty of it.
76. Weihenstephan Hefe-Weissbier
Well, I got to the last of the four beers from this company. I opened it, tasted it, and poured it out. I just could not drink it.
77. Anchor Brewing Company Liberty
This one was a real strong ale, and I almost had trouble finishing it. It got better towards the end of it, however. I'll look for more brews from this San Francisco microbrewery.
78. McAuslan St. Ambroise Pale Ale
I can drink pale ales, and I really enjoyed this one because it was not as hoppy as many other pale ales I have had. This is a Canadian brew, so it may be hard to find in your neck of the woods.
79. Penn Brewery Oktoberfest Lager
As I said before, I am not a big fan of the Oktoberfest beers. This one did not change my attitude toward these seasonal brews. I will still try a few of them every fall, but I won't lose any sleep waiting until next years crop of Oktoberfests.
80. McAuslan Griffon Brown Ale
I don't really like brown ales, although I did like the Sweet Georgia Brown from Marthasville. I was going to originally try this one after #78, but I knew I would not like the brown ale as much as I did after waiting.
81. Penn Brewery St. Nikolaus Bock Bier
This one was not nearly as good as the Michelob Amber Bock I had previously. My guess is this is a seasonal brew, for Christmas. I was not very impressed by this one from the Penn Brewery.
82. Penn Brewery Helles Gold
This one from the Penn Brewery I found much more enjoyable than the St. Nikolaus Bier. I am a fan of golden and amber lagers, so it was not surprising that I liked this one. It was not too strong, and had a pleasant but light aftertaste.
83. Penn Brewery Penn Dark
My tastes may be changing, for I am able to drink more and more of the dark beers I have picked. Or, the dark beers I have chosen are not nearly as strong as the previous ones. I am more apt to go with my first thoughts. After having four beers from the Penn Brewery, I found their beers refreshing, but not outstanding.
84. Old Dominion Brewing Dominion Lager
Back in Virginia for the holidays, I wanted to find some local brews again. This lager was not very impressive, with only a light aftertaste giving me any feeling. Hopefully, other Old Dominion beers will have more feeling.
85. Steamship Brewing Captain's Lager
This brewery in Norfolk, VA is closest to my home town of Virginia Beach. I hoped that it would be as good as some of the local brews here in Atlanta, but I guess I have to keep on hoping. It was not a good amber lager like many of the others I have had.
86. Redneck Premium Beer
If you have never had this beer, you have to, to taste how bad it is. The subtitle of the beer is "The Taste of America." Any American who has this will laugh hysterically. My dad said it "tastes like cold water," and I agree. It tasted like a light beer to me.
87. Anheuser Busch Christmas Brew 1995
This is called a limited edition brew, but I don't know how limited it is, or if the same recipe would be used again in 1996. This one tasted like Anheuser Busch was trying to make a pale ale, but it was a light pale. I didn't like it because it tasted so strange.
88. Three Horses Holland Lager Beer
This has been the first Holland lager I did not like. I really like Heineken and Grolsch, so I figured this would be another I would like. It had a much different taste from Heineken and Grolsch, so it was not really what I expected.
89. McEwans' Export India Pale Ale
I have slowly begun to enjoy India pale ales as I drink more and more of them. This one, however, may be a set back. My previous India pale ales were not nearly as strong as this one, so I think that's one of the main reasons I did not like this. I may try it again, however, after trying other India pale ales.
90. Weeping Radish Brewery Fest Beer
I had a 20 ounce version of this beer about 4 months ago. It's an amber lager, and at first taste, I did not like it. As I drank more of it however, I began to enjoy it. I look forward to trying it again.
91. Tecate Cerveza
Before having this one, I had not had a beer in almost 3 weeks. I popped this one open, and to a big swig of it. I was surprised I did it, let alone enjoyed it. It was very refreshing to have a good beer after the previous ones were not working for me. I want to try another one of these, but I'll have to wait until after #141. It's an easy drinking beer, and goes down real smooth.
92. Carib Lager |
This beer is from a brewery in Trinidad, in the West Indies. The other beer from the Caribbean that I have had was not impressive - Red Stripe. Neither was this one. Nothing really spectacular about it, however I did like it. Reminded me of many of the megabreweries here in the United States.
93. Brewery Hill Raspberry Red
When I first tried this, I didn't like it. But, as I drank more and more of it, I began to enjoy the raspberry taste. I thought it would make the beer taste terrible, but since it worked with the Sam Adam's Cranberry Lambic, I guess it worked here. I may look into other beers brewed with fruits.
94. Lion Brewery 1857 Premium Lager Beer
I can see why this one won got the 1994-95 Gold Medal in the American Premium Lager category at the Great American Beer Festival. I don't know how many others feel about this festival, but I think they made a good choice. It was real smooth tasting, with a pleasant aftertaste.
95. Leibotschaner Cream Ale
This must be a string of good beers, because I have not found one I didn't like since #89. The Lion Brewery also makes some good brews. This one won the 1994-95 Gold Medal in the American Lager/Cream Ale category at the Great American Beer Festival. I have been wanting to try a cream ale, and this is the first one I have found. It was great. Not as strong as the 1857 Lager, but still good.
96. Stegmaier Porter Dark Beer
Another good dark beer. I was leery once again with this beer, as I am with all the dark beers I try. However, I really enjoyed this one. It's from the brewery located in the same town as the Lion Brewery, so it may be another from them. I guess because the Germans settled in Pennsylvania, they brought their beer brewing knowledge with them. Hope to try this one when I go visit my sister in PA.
97. St. Pauli Girl Beer
Four beers in a row that I really liked. Hopefully the streak will continue! I can't wait to hear the responses from my German readers, where or not this is a real German beer or not! Hopefully they will like this one as well, since it follows the German Purity Law. Another good pilsner.
Update 4/8/96 - After hearing from several Germans, I was informed this ain't German, for what it's worth. See also #107, Beck's.
98. Brewery Hill Black & Tan
Well, as I said before, I really like Black & Tans. This was no different from before. It had spent a few months in my fridge before I got a chance to drink it, so I don't know how much that affected the taste.
99. Southpaw Light (5.0%)
This one garnered the small ranking not because I didn't like it. Well, I didn't, but what I really did not like is the fact that Plank Road choose the name Southpaw as being different. It was not different at all. It tasted like all the other big name swill bears did - the same! I think this beer is a slap at all left-handers out there because it's not really different at all.
100. Dixie Blackened Voodoo Lager
Number 100 was much better to drink than #50. I had hoped that the beer I drank for number 100 was good, and I was not disappointed. I liked the Dixie lager I tried for beer #64, so I figured I would like this one. I don't really know what they meant by "Blackened", but it did not taste much like a dark beer. Either that, or not very dark.
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