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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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Shock Top Lemon Shandy, Shock Top Brewing Company

Posted in Wheat with tags , , , , , on July 20, 2013 by bizzlepop

Well, how about that heat wave huh? It seems to be cooling down a bit now so it’s actually enjoyable to sit out on the patio. Tonight’s offering, Shock Top’s version of a shandy. For those who don’t know, a shandy is traditional European wheat beer mixed or brewed with lemonade. The story of its inception starts with a local pub owner and a hot summers afternoon bicycle race. When the pub filled up with thirsty post racers, the owner realized his beer stash wasn’t going to hold up, so he cut it with some ice cold lemonade, and the rest is history.
Now I fancy myself quite the shandy drinker. I’ve enjoyed probably a dozen or so different breweries attempts, and the Shock Top one is definitely near the top of the list. Weighing in at 4.2% abv, it is very smooth and refreshing, and just enough sweetness to keep it in my regular summer rotation. It’s not so sweet that it bothers your stomach after 3 or 4, combined with a nice wheat taste up front, this is a great beer for any level of beer drinker. At the end of the day, this is a great beer that just keeps you coming back for more all summer long. Cheers! -BW

Final rating – 3 1/2 Pints

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