JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours hazy golden color with a white head. The aroma of basil, oregano, and garlic. Taste pretty much the same. Like a cheap frozen pizza in a can. As someone mentioned, this definately a novelty beer and not something you would want to sit down and have a few of unless you were eating pizza.
Cornfield (5521) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2008
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
I was fortunate enough to have the original commercial version of this beer soon after it was tapped at <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? Brewpub.That was an interesting, enjoyable beer, and I had several wine glasses (Yup. Thatís how they were serving it.) of it before it ran out. That brew, a joint bit of craftsmanship between then homebrewer Tom Seefurth and brewmaster Mike Rybinski, had as its base a solid Saison style. The seasonings (and the vegan pizzas tossed into the mash) brought it to a level of the strange Saisons of FantŰme and other creative brewers of the style. That one I rated rather fairly well, although I íve noted that those who had samplings from days old growlers cared for it less. In my opinion, that ale had character and stood on its own.
This is a novelty beer.
Trying to give it a fair shake, I gave it a vigorous pour into a goblet. No head, and the bottle is pretty fresh. (íTíainít that old of a brew!) The body had a murky, lifeless straw coloring with no beading or bubbling whatsoever. The aroma? Not bad. If you enjoy pizza (I do.), you should like the garlic and oregano, tomato (Perhaps you pronounce it "tomato.") and basil. Unfortunately, when the beer hits the mouth, you have a watery concoction to deal with. Kind of like someone sunk your pizza in a bucket of water. Although some of the "classic" flavors of pizza remained, theyíre diluted and uninteresting. The watery finish contains a touch of tomato, black pepper, and garlic. (I prefer pepperoni, mushrooms, Italian sausage, and, at times, anchovies added to my crispy thin-crusted pizzas... the For Real original Chicago style, for those old enough to remember.) Pretty disappointing.
I wonít be repeating this any time soon... after which, I suspect (although Iíve been wrong once or twice in my 50+ years) it wonít be around when Iím in a humor to try it again.
It is, after all, a Novelty Beer.
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xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - MAR 17, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Samís Wine and Spirits Lincoln Park, Chicago. Cloudy light amber with large white head, the cloudiness of the beer almost turns the beer a little paler. Aroma is yeasty and slight dry malt with only the slightest amount of oregano, definently not the big pizza aroma that people have been talking about before this, I almost wish my beer smelled as crappy as that just so I would know what they were talking about. Sweet malt with light citrus fruit and yeast and some light spice, once again Iím not getting the pizza beer flavor that I was expecting, neither is the GF. The closest thing to it is a garlic like sharpness on the tongue, but I donít taste the garlic, it is kinda like ginger if nothing else. Medium body that is well carbonated. I donít know if I should be rating this as it seems that the wrong beer was accidentally bottled in my bottle. If anything this was some kind of wheat beer with some unexpected hotness that could be garlic.
Ughsmash (7175) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 14, 2008
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottled. Poured hazy medium golden with a rather well-retained cap of white head. The aroma picked up basil, oregano, and doughy pizza crust (basically what they were shooting for), and I really wasnít sure I wanted to drink it. The flavor was about as expected, with bready sweetness surrounded by basil, oregano, and garlic salt.. a little tomato sauce too. Lighter-bodied with lots of herbs and spices.. nasty cold pizza finish. I donít need any more of this.
joet (2207) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - MAR 9, 2008
0.8 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Man, I feel awful about panning this beer. But man it started with looking at the murky reddish liquid and the first whiff from the bottle of garlic. No head and not much CO2. I was a bit scared. Maybe I just spooked myself but I had to work myself just to get a second and third taste. Before the fourth taste, the "garlic salt" garlicky aroma was just too much and I had to stop. Not as bad as Chelada but I had to drain pour most of the bottle. Nothing chunky swimming around in the liquid is also something positive about this beer.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
1pint bottle. pours murky faded orangish brown and a white head around the rim. looks pretty bad. you can really pick out all the spices listed, lots of oregano and tomatos, with garlic and basil in the mix too. it does smell like pizza. taste, yep, it really does taste like pizza, is that a good thing, no. notes garlic, basil, tomato. way too many spices. it almost works but its too easy to pick out the individual spices and the beer itself never holds its own. a watery undercarbonated body.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy dark hefe colored brew. Modest diminishing off-white head, that settles to a thin lid. Italian spice and light tomato aromas. Luckily this is not the bad tomato scent, rather a garlic tomato paste nose. A most intriguing aroma, this really does smell like a simple cheese pizza. Oregano dominates the flavors, with some tomato paste in the background. Garlic and light basil swim in in out. This is a pizza beer, Iím not sure I would want it with my pizza though. A light garlic linger. I have to say I enjoy this for what it is. I could see adding this to many things, from chili, marinara, to pizza sauce. Just thought of another idea, how about for boiling italian sausage? A truly unique and workable brew.
HonkeyBra (3489) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I read about this in the Chicago Tribune and was excited to find it bottled at Binnyís in Wheeling. Color is a cloudy is a cloudy, darkish orange with a dissipating head. Nose is oregano, garlic and malts. Sweet malts in the forefront of the taste, with the garlic, tomatoes and oregano at the background. Mouth feel is nice and medium bodied. Interesting beer. I was scared at first, but it was worth a try.
BitchesBrew (714) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
[WBA styles tasting] Definitely tastes like pizza. Sundried tomatoes, garlic, oregano.. so distinctive. These brewers deserve credit, though, itís drinkable pizza.
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Found this one bottled at Binnyís in St. Charles, Illinois. Bottle says that this was brewed by Sprechers. Cloudy, dark orange pour with a rapidly dissipating white head. Oregano and sweet malts in the nose, and a bit of garlic, permeates strongly throughout. This is very good; I donít know if I could drink a ton of this but Iíd like to try with some Chicago style pie.