Grunt Style Beer reviews- I

Grunt Style Beer reviews- I 

yuengling light1. True to its American heritage, Yuengling Light Lager is an exceptional brew that appeals to consumers who don’t want to sacrifice character for a low-calorie light beer. It has been masterfully developed to maintain the full flavor profile akin to our flagship Lager brand. Skillfully pairing a caramel malt flavor and mild hop character creates a beautifully rich-colored beer with deep amber highlights that finishes smooth and clean. With only 99 calories, Yuengling Light Lager is a uniquely refreshing beer that brings new dimension to the meaning light beer.

What we Think: Is it drinkable? Hell yeah it is! It’s a light beer that doesn’t taste like water. For a light beer, it maintains a lot of the flavor of the original Yuengling Lager.

See other offerings from Yuengling and where to get it.

oktoberfest2. The perfect beer for anyone who wants to join in the spirit of arguably the world’s greatest festival. A traditional Märzen-style beer, our Leinenkugel’s® Oktoberfest has a toasted malt flavor and subtle, spicy hop notes that make it perfect for celebrating fall in true German fashion. Commercial Description: A traditional Marzen brewed with 2-Row Pale, Caramel, and Munich malts. The malts give it a hearty character and deep amber color. Tettnanger and Perle hops provide a well-balanced, drinkable finish prefect for Fall celebrations.

What we Think: The flavor of the hops is not overpowering. As the beer warms, the caramel flavor comes out a little more, with a perfect bitter finish. The only thing it needs it a couple of Brats and an evening of football.

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guinness blonde3. A Crisp refreshing tasting beer with a rich , delicious flavor. Brewed in America in the Guinness traditions known only to our master brewers with our famous Guinness yeast and Mosaic and Willamette American hops. From Guinness: The result is a crisp, light, but flavorful beer characteristic of the 1930’s American Pale Ale Lager style with just a little ‘more’ hoppy and citrus characteristics and a unique biscuit malt taste that begs to be experienced.

What we think: Smooth, not hoppy, clean beer, that does present a slight citrus finish. Not one that will be in the fridge all the time, but maybe every once in a while.

See other offerings from Guinness and where to get it.

mad hatter4. Mad Hatter’s whimsy is celebrated with floral aromatics from assertive dry-hopping, and a bright, hoppy body, punctuated with Centennial, Citra and Michigan-grown Cascade hops. Citrus and pleasant bitterness excite your palate before welcoming a balancing finish.

What we think: Mad Hatter is too hoppy and flowery for my taste. The description says it all with floral aromatics.

See other offerings from New Holland Brewing and where to get it.

row hard5. Root Sellers Row Hard Root Beer is an alcoholic root beer brewed with pure cane sugar, molasses, spices and botanicals.  It is a true root beer inspired by the traditional brews first made by American colonists more than two centuries ago.  It has a creamy head with notes of vanilla, molasses, sassafras and wintergreen with a sweet finish.  Row Hard Root Beer brewed without grain and it is gluten free. From the Can: Root Beer is a quintessentially American beverage first brewed by colonists using domestic roots, herbs, and spices. These historic small beers did not contain much alcohol.Root Sellers has created a BIG root beer with an alcohol content that pays homage to its roots…Yes, it is great with ice cream. “It’s a jolly good day for a boat fight!”

What we think: Not a fan. The wintergreen changes the flavor a little too much. This root beer is not overly sweet, like some of the  other out there (reviews coming).

See other offerings from Root Sellers.

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7 thoughts on “Grunt Style Beer reviews- I”

  1. C’mon guys! Most of you have manly beards and are well versed in multiple weapons systems…. what is up with this weak lineup of beers?! The only ones that looked remotely interesting was the Mad Hatter IPA and the Root Beer (those things are freaking delicious). Go pour out the light version of the budlight of stouts, put on your big boy pants and go have an adult beverage… unless you’re still 17 and paying older kids to get you a sixer of Natty Ice…

    1. I second this emotion–an IPA review by someone who doesn’t seem to generally like IPA’s is really no use for me. I’ve had mad-hatter once a long, long while ago.

      Quick suggestion–put out a poll in your company, find out what individuals generally like, and have them describe their favorite beer. You’ll find out really quick who appreciates what, and how well they can describe it. Do a mix of reviewers who are judging based on a category they at least enjoy.

      I could tell you after reading the first 3 reviews, i was suprised by the last two beers–but not at all at the judgments given.

      The Yuengling/Guinness Blonde (or any American lager)/Leinies (all of Leinie’s beers are slight variations on the same un-offensive/non-tastebud challenging recipe) crowd is completely different from someone who would enjoy Hatter or Root Beer (not exactly a fan either, but I’ve never had that particular one, and I’d like to think I’d do it some more justice).

  2. If you can get a sample, I’d check out 14th Star brewing in St. Albans, VT. The brewery is owned and operated by Veterans. Their “Tribute” and “Valor” are some of the best you can find.

  3. Southern Tier has one called “Live” I recommend. And there is an amazing little microbrew in Northern Indiana called “Three Flyods” that has some of the best beers I have ever tasted. I’d recommend “Gumball Head”, “Zombie Dust”, and “Alpha King”. If you are able to get a taste of them I promise you won’t be disappointed. I live in the southern portion of the state and its always hard to find.

  4. Relax guys. This is not a bad line up, and it’s the first run of beer reviews. Not everybody likes the same beer. Some people like malty marzens, and others like the punch-in-the-face hoppy beers. I didn’t know about some of the beers in the list. Let them get a few weeks under their belt, and see what they have to offer. They may have already polled the office, and this is what they’re drinking.

    Lookin’ forward to next week’s review.

  5. Two Hearted Ale! By Bells Brewing I think is the best IPA out there. Dirty Bastard by Founders Brewing is a scotch style beer. These are the two best beers I have found. Being in Michigan the competition in the beer world is tough.

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