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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

Export Ale

Shipyard Beer Export Ale
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
75
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
28 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

Alan Pugsley has built a well-deserved reputation as one of America’s premier producers of British-style ales. Shipyard Export Ale stays true to Pugsley’s vision and has built a substantial following throughout New England.

River Falls Red Ale

River Falls Red Ale
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
83
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
27 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

A respectable venture into the classic Irish Red Ale style, Thomas Creek’s version shines with an attractive red/orange color and a moderate ivory head. Excellent clarity also shows through.

Hanssens Oude Kriek

Hanssens Oude Kriek Beer
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
99
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
40 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20

In the interest of full disclosure, this was a sample from my cellar that had roughly two years of age on it, in addition to the three-plus years it already matured prior to shipping. Still, this is truly a world-class beer, irrespective of its... Read More

Hefe-Weissbier

Hefeweissbier Weihenstephaner Beer
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
97
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20

Though it is unclear precisely when Weihenstephan began producing weissbiers, beer has been made at their site for close to a millennium – at least as far back as 1040.

Saison DuPont

Saison DuPont Beer
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
96
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20

For more than a century and a half, Brasserie Dupont has produced what is surely the benchmark by which all farmhouse ales are measured – Saison Dupont.

Hofbräu Hefe Weizen

Hofbräu Hefe Weizen
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
95
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Hofbräuhaus, in Munich, is truly a “must see” spot for beer lovers, and their beers are rightfully legendary. Hofbräu Hefe Weizen is an elegant interpretation of this classic style, displaying all the trademark aromas and flavors of banana,... Read More

Cuvée René

Lindemans Beer Cuvee Rene
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
94
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

A classic example of what some consider the oldest existing beer in the world, gueuze, Cuvée René is a traditional blend of young and old lambics produced in Belgium’s Senne River Valley.

Oberon Ale

Bell's Oberon Ale Beer
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
93
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

An effervescent, refreshing example of the rather ubiquitous American wheat beer style, Bell’s Oberon deftly balances hop, malt and yeast characters in a highly quaffable brew. It pours a pale, cloudy straw color topped by a creamy, meringue-like... Read More

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