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Gold Lager

Stoudt's Gold Lager Beer
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
96
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

A pristine, delicately balanced pale lager, Stoudt’s Gold is eminently drinkable, brimming with floral hops and sweet, bready malt. The judges offered unanimous praise for this beer’s beautiful golden color, brilliant clarity and thick, long-... Read More

Amber Ale

Bluegrass Brewing Amber Ale Beer
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
85
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Kentucky’s popular Altbier, modeled after the North German Altbier style, boasts a grain bill featuring Munich, wheat, caramel and chocolate malts.

Hop Head Red

Hop Head Red Green Flash beer retired
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
94
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Redolent of American hops, Hop Head Red is aptly named, with a monster aromatic assault of satsuma, pine needles, grapefruit and gooseberries. Deep copper, verging on brown, this brew throws the barest hint of a haze and is topped by a dense, off... Read More

Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
94
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

You will never look at canned beer the same way after you experience Mama’s Little Yella Pils. A deep, saturated golden beer that throws a substantial creamy white head. The noticeable haze is more appropriate to a Keller Pils but doesn’t mar the... Read More

Blonde 2005

Red Brick Blonde Beer
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
93
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Atlanta Brewing’s Red Brick Blonde scored a gold medal in the “golden or blonde ale” category at the 2007 Great American Beer Festival, and our tasting panel also found it an exceptionally drinkable yet flavorful illustration of the style.

Tire Bite

Retired Tire Bite
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

With Tire Bite Golden Ale, Flying Dog shows why they are a powerhouse, perennially award-winning brewery. Exceptionally well-crafted, this brew is crisp, refreshing and reminiscent of the fruitier examples of the classic Kölschbiers.

Blonde Bock

Blonde Bock gordon biersch beer
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

A seductively malty brew, this is one that should be approached with due respect for its well-camouflaged strength. Pours a rich, honeyed gold with a small yet creamy white head. The low head and substantial legs clinging to the glass portend... Read More

Sundog

Sundog Amber Ale New Holland Beer
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

A toasty, malt-accented interpretation of the style brewed with a very light hand on the hops. Pours lighter than expected, with a deep golden, almost iced-tea color and sparkling clarity.

Blue Paddle Pilsener

Blue Paddle Pilsener
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

A New World interpretation of the traditional Czech pilsners, Blue Paddle is a beautifully conceived and crafted beer, displaying superb balance between sweet, luscious malt and Noble hops. A beautiful, yellow-golden beer with a dense, rocky,... Read More

Klisch Pilsner

Klisch Pilsner
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
89
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

A very clean, crisp lager that deftly straddles the line between German- and Czech-style pilsners. The prodigious, creamy-white head, pale-yellow color and crystal clarity all speak of a masterfully crafted brew.

Jomo Lager

Jomo Lager Starr Hill Beer
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
88
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Starr Hill’s take on the classic Vienna Lager style weighs in as a refreshing, sessionable beer exhibiting mild malty notes. Deep gold/light copper in color with great clarity, this smooth lager boasts a fine white head and delicate lacework on... Read More

Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
86
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

A malt-driven example of what has become a uniquely American beer style, loaded with gobs of creamy, caramel malt. Typical of the style, this beer pours a deeply saturated copper and is brilliantly clear.

Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
86
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

French Broad’s strong Scotch ale, widely considered the brewery’s most full-bodied and flavorful offering, appears crystal clear with a deep red, garnet, light brown color and a mild, light tan head.

Maerzen

Maerzen
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
85
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Heiner Brau’s German owner/brewmaster produces traditional lagers in Covington, La., with his German-style Maerzen being the brewery’s flagship brand.

Samuel Adams Irish Red

Samuel Adams Boston Beer Irish Red Ale
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
84
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Another solid offering from a powerhouse brewery, Samuel Adams Irish Red ale is a smooth, seriously quaffable brew. Pouring dark bronze, almost copper, this beer is brilliantly clear with glints of burnished gold at the edges.

Buffalo Gold

Boulder Beer Buffalo Gold
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
75
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

A Rocky Mountain standard, Buffalo Gold is a pale, straw-colored ale boasting a substantial, creamy-white head that lasts and lasts. Aromas are generally subdued, as expected for the style, and are dominated by bready malt, peppery spice and a... Read More

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