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Birra Moretti; Heineken International.

Posted in Lager with tags , , , , on August 11, 2013 by bizzlepop

Stepping a bit out of my comfort zone tonight, I am about to dive head first into an ice cold Birra Moretti. I picked up this little bundle of joy at my local Italian deli. After noticing a new sign out front advertising their revamped beer selection, I went in to browse the new cooler of single bottles. Looking specifically for something Italian so I could broaden my horizons and bring something different to the table here in our blog. So, without further ado, cue the history lesson. Originating in 1859 in Italy, this “premium” lager is now owned and brewed by Heineken International. As soon as I opened it, the first thing I thought was that it smelled exactly like Heineken. I immediately proceeded to research the brand and boom, to my lack of surprise it is in fact a Heineken product.
Now, here’s a little fact about myself: my favorite beer type is Pale, my second favorite is an IPA, and my third is anything else with a good hop character. These skunky smelling “premium” euro beers (now that’s twice I put quotes around their idea of a premium beer) rarely tickle my fancy, however, it is my duty to taste, attempt to appreciate, and relay my thoughts to the reader no matter what the beer is.
So here we go. My first few sips are very refreshing and incredibly smooth. The aroma was a lot of skunk, but thank God it didn’t transfer to the palate. No skunk at all to the taste, and even a bit of pleasantry at the end. I can’t figure out what is, it’s kind of fruity, but not fruity. Maybe a tad sweet? Eh kinda, but not really. The best way to describe it is that I can’t describe it. It’s almost like eating the white Air Heads candy. So good but you couldn’t figure out for the life of you what the hell the MYSTERY flavor was, no matter how many you bought during your childhood summer camp years.
Unfortunately, reading that last paragraph is 15 seconds of your life you’ll never get back. So indecisive, yet, so oddly direct. My self-appointed and unpaid “job” is to inform my friends and small amount of the general public that actually takes the time to read our jibber jabber here at Beersighted of what to drink and what not to drink. This is one to drink. It’s not really for the hopheads, but more for anyone looking for a nice, light (4.6% abv) beer for a hot summer day. I can say with full confidence that I will be buying more of this premium European lager, and I suggest you give it a shot (no more ” “, now that’s growth!). -BW

Final Rating – 3 1/2 pints

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Flying Dog Underdog Atlantic Lager

Posted in Lager with tags , , on August 10, 2012 by Steve

Flying Dog Underdog Atlantic Lager – Brewed by Flying Dog Brewery out of Frederick, MD – 4.7% alcohol

Since I started getting into craft brews, I’ve always been a fan of Flying Dog. They were one of the first variety packs I bought to help get me started on the journey of my “beer-awakening” and I obviously could not have started off any better. I haven’t had all of their creations, but from In-Heat Wheat, Snake Dog IPA, Doggy Style Classic Pale Ale, it’s very hard to pick a bad choice, if any such choice even exists from Flying Dog. Plus, look at the artwork on their labels. It’s fantastic. **FUN FACT** Flying Dog founder George Stranahan lived right down the road from Hunter S. Thompson in Colorado. An artist by the name of Ralph Steadman had done many works for Hunter, including art for “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” and was introduced to George by Hunter in 1996, and has been doing the label artwork for Flying Dog ever since.

So now onto the brew. Once again, Flying Dog does not disappoint. Right off the bat it’s very very good. Has a real crisp, smooth, delicious taste with no real aftertaste which is to be expected of a lager. This beer doesn’t lack the hops, using both Perle and Goldings hops, but it doesn’t slap you in the face, and doesn’t leave that bitterness that so many people love or hate in ales. It isn’t heavy, but it isn’t light either. This may very well be one of my favorite lagers of all time.  If you’re looking for what types of food it would go with, Flying Dog suggests “salads, cheeses, seafood, and light proteins”.

As some of you know, often I’ll go to my local beer store, make my own 6 pack, and write reviews on that one tasting. This is one of those times I wish I had more. Not so that I could give it a better chance, take more notes, etc, but because it was so damn good, I almost finished it before I could even make any notes.  This beer goes down quick, so be careful. It’s perfect for hot summer days, or even just for the hell of it, because really, why not? What specific reason do you need to be able to enjoy a delicious libation of this magnitude (or any magnitude for that matter)? None. Exactly. Go out and try this stuff. You will not be sorry.

Final Rating – 4.5 Pints (4.5 Pints)

Heavy Sea’s Classic Lager

Posted in Lager with tags , on October 23, 2011 by Steve

Heavy Sea’s Classic Lager – Brewed by Heavy Sea’s Beer of Halethorpe, MD – 5% alcohol

So they claim right on the bottle that this beer pairs well with seafood. Let’s see if I’m craving a lobster after this……yep, I sure am (to be fair, I’m always craving lobster…). This is a pretty nice beer though. Kinda like a Budweiser or other lagers, but better, and of course not a macro brewery.

Goes down quick, smooth, light, can certainly pound these down no problem. Damn tasty, and keeps getting better bottle after bottle.

UPDATE: So the girlfriend went into the fridge and grabbed a Miller Light while I cracked a fresh Heavy Sea’s Classic Lager. Suddenly, she just HAPPEN to realize she doesn’t like Miller Light, and me, being the gracious boyfriend that I am, offered her my Classic Lager. She gladly accepted the trade. Heavy Sea’s Classic Lager: FEMALE APPROVED!

Final Rating –