bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 22, 2006
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
This poured the usual clear gold with some dishwashing water head and bubbles. Metallic aroma with some faint corn. Tastes reasonably dry, with some metallic bitterness creeping in at the finish along with an indistinct fruitiness. Sort of chalky palate, with the finish lasting reasonably. I didn’t think this was too bad, which was surprising.
highlandlad (1416) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - AUG 18, 2006
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
My name is Highlandlad and I’m a country-rateaholic. It’s a disease that’s undermining my mental health, relationships and most importantly, my rating average. You see, given the choice between a highly-rated beer from, say, Belgium or the USA, or a crappy Third World lager in the bottom percentile from a country I haven’t rated, I’ll take the latter every time. In Melbourne’s fantastic Purvis Cellars bottle shop, I ignored the long rows of fine Belgian, English and German beers and bought lagers from Ethiopia and Israel. They were crap. They’re always crap. But they were new country ratings and the addiction must be fed. In my darkest hours I have even considered rating two Norfolk Island draught beers that I had seven years ago. Oh wicked temptation... And so when my RateBeer brother Bridge beermailed a list of possibilities from his cellar for our next mini-tasting, I ignored the excellent Belgian dubbel and the superb German dunkel and went straight for this crap. Montenegro - my 64th country. You don’t have to think too hard about the mechanics of beer distribution to realise what a self-defeating pursuit country-rating is for quality beer-drinkers. The brewers with the distribution networks to get their product into other countries are the multinationals - InBev, SABMiller, Scottish & Newcastle and so on. So when you find a beer from a new country, the chances are you’re buying the local equivalent of Bud, Fosters or Heineken. And so it is with this lager from a Montenegrin brewer owned by InBev. As crappy Euro-lagers go, it’s about par for the course. It poured translucent gold with an unappetising shimmer of foam. There was a stale whiff of corn, a pinch of pepper and what might be Saaz. It has a nasty soda water-type spritz - the kind of clumsy carbonation that you taste as well as feel. Its only redeeming feature is some genuine hop bitterness in a dry finish. At least it’s not another European bottle of hop-free sugarwater. Sigh. Okay, another country ticked. Where to next? I’ll trade you a Westvleteren for your Bolivian lager. I’m good for it, honest. I’ll have the money next week. Another 116 countries and I’ll catch omhper. If he’d just stop drinking... (330ml bottle courtesy of Bridge, best before 4/3/07)
Bart (2941) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JUL 21, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Clear yellow coloured, with an average white head. Very fruity, sweet hoppy aroma. Medium to full body. Finish is strong hoppy bitter with a long ending. Strong bitter for a pilsener, but not bad.
KariCupcake (214) - Lenox, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 23, 2006
1.1 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Thanks but no thanks to EricNixon for bringing back a bottle of this. No smell. No taste. No time for this. A waste of beer.
ericnixon (738) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 23, 2006
1.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
I bought a bottle of this in Las Vegas in September 2005 while there on business. Clear yellow color. Light and fizzy. It had almost no taste but had a light bitterness at the end.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2006
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pale yellow pour...not very attractive. Some mild corn and grass in the nose, Again mild corn adjunct flavor with a very, mild hop bite. Creamy texture makes it fairly easy to drink.
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2006
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Best by 20/07/05
Poured golden and clear with a typical white head. Corny and grassy aroma with light skunk and even lighter alcohol. Creamy & soft mouthfeel and an overall wet palate. Mineral & sweet malt flavor with a touch of herbal hops in the finish.
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Cornfield (5465) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2006
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Drinkable enough, I suppose, but it comes across more like a pale lager than a Pilsener. This yellow brew is very soft in the mouth, almost like it’s not there. Somewhat of a sweet corn syrup aroma with a light earthy hopping. Not much in the flavor, although one can finally detect the presence of malts. The finish is mildly bitter and has a zinc-like quality to it.
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Braudog (5627) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2006
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. I remember drinking this beer when I was Eurailing thru Europe in college. This is the first time I think I’ve had the opportunity to try it since. It pours almost clear, bright yellow, with a big airy, bright white head. It almost has a honey aroma. It’s slippery over the tongue, with an almost peppery tinge. Decent enough pale beer.
Ughsmash (7122) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 17, 2006
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
.5L bottle. Poured a clear, brighter golden with a quickly-receding white head. Nose was of pils malts, corn husk, and sweet bread. Flavor found some light fruits (sliced pears and apples), bread, and a hint of floral. Light-bodied. Mouthfeel started crisp, but became tacky at the backend. Drinkable, but not very enjoyable.