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Xingu Black Beer

Hello Lager drinkers,

Following on with my Brazil theme, today I bring you a beer that is actually palatable (re: Brahma is awful). Check out their awesome website here: http://www.xingubeer.com/site/

I have great respect for this brewery as they’re trying to bring awareness to the masses and are allied with rainforest protection campaigns.

Beer: Xingu Black Beer

Brewery: FEMSA Cerveja Brasil, Brazil

Xingu Black Beer - Brazilian Stout - very smooth dark and sweet lightly carbonated heavy literally creamy flavour low Abv 4o6% - 7o5% () 10

Impressions: This was a very smooth dark lager. Heavy and sweet with dark roasted malt notes. A blend of creamy and bitterness throughout. Low carbonation.

ABV: 4.6%

Score: 7.5 / 10 (Very Good)

Verdict:  I really enjoyed this beer. Very dense and packed with malt and sweetness, it really hit the spot. If only the ABV were a bit higher to give it a little kick, as it was just a tad on the mild side. Otherwise, definitely worth a try for stout and lager fans alike.

Brahma

Hello all,

 

Today I bring you one of Brazil’s largest beer exports, Brahma. Check out their website here: http://www.brahma.com.br/

I’ll be straight up with you from the get go, I do not like this beer.

Beer: Brahma

Brewery: Anheuser-Busch, InBev, Brazil

Brahma - Brazil - smooth lager with mellow bitterness floral notes but with a weird mushroom flavour medium carbonation - 4o3 abv - 4 () 10

Impressions: This is a decently smooth lager. However, it has low bitterness with a tiny amount of floral notes hidden beneath a weird bread, corn, and mushroom flavour. Medium carbonation.

ABV: 4.3%

Score: 4 / 10 (Awful)

Verdict: This is a shocking beer. I bought this even though I knew I didn’t like it just so I could photograph it. You see what I do for all of you. It’s really just unacceptable. Being neither refreshing nor flavourful, I can’t honestly sum up how this is still available on the market. It has a low ABV, a weird taste, and is highly over priced. Avoid at all costs.

 

 

FIX Hellas

Hello fellow travellers,

Today I bring you another in my Greek series of beers. Another lager that helped me cope with the gorgeous sunshine and warm summer breeze blowing across the picturesque island of Santorini. Again, purchased from a little market north of the beaches at a very reasonable price, probably around $1 euro.

Beer: FIX Hellas

Brewery: FIX, Athens, Greece

Fix Hellas - Athens, Greece - very smooth lager low bitterness very refreshing not much body but perfect for a hot day semi sweet notes of honey medium low carbonation -  5 abv - 7o25 () 10
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Impressions: A very smooth lager with low bitterness. Not much body, but very refreshing. Semi sweet notes of honey and vanilla in the background. Medium to low carbonation.

ABV: 5%

Score: 7.25 / 10 (Good to Very Good)

Verdict: This was a very enjoyable beer. At first it seemed like a fairly average lager, but then semi sweets notes started to break out in the background bringing a nice balance of bitter and sweet. Nothing remarkable mind you, but perfect for a hot Greek summer holiday.

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Check out my original Santorini post here:

https://pilsnerpilgrim.wordpress.com/2013/03/12/greece-beers-in-santorini/

and the follow up:

https://pilsnerpilgrim.wordpress.com/2013/05/05/athenian-brewery-alfa-beer/

Blackthorn Cider

Hello cider drinkers,

Today I bring you another ubiquitous cider widely available in any supermarket. There are two versions of this, the more palatable 4.7% (this) and the higher strength 6% version typical geared toward students.

Cider: Blackthorn

Brewery: Matthew Clark Cider, Shepton Mallet, England

Blackthorn Cider - medium carbonated sweet cider mild apple flavour low abv 4o7 - 6o5 () 10
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Impressions: This was a semi-sweet apple cider. Altogether mild in apple flavour with little in the way of additional notes. Medium carbonation.

ABV: 4.7%

Score: 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Verdict: As with many mass market ciders, this is very drinkable. It does nothing to excite, but also nothing to offend. It’s cheap, refreshing, and can do the job. Much better alternatives out there.

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Amber Harvest – Strong Dry Cider

Hello fans of the cider,

Today I bring you a widely available, mass produced cider that is available in 3L bottles. Yes I know, that screams quality.

Cider: Amber Harvest

Brewery: Aston Manor, Aston, England

Amber Harvest Strong Dry Cider - England - smooth Apple cider 5 abv however weak taste watery medium carbonation light on the tongue not Sharp - 6o5 () 10
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Impressions: This was a fairly smooth apple cider. Quite mild in all of its characteristics: mild apple flavour, mildly sharp, and mildly enjoyable. It is not strong and dry, it is more of a middle ground between dry and sweet. Semi-sweet then. Medium carbonation.

ABV: 5%

Score: 6.25 / 10 (Low Average to Average)

Verdict: This is not one that I would go out of my way for. All in all not an unpleasant experience by any means, and even enjoyable when served really cold. That said, it has no remarkable qualities and is really only fit for one purpose, mass consumption. Avoid unless you’re short on coin, and even then a pack of Strongbow won’t cost you much more.

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Banks’s Lion’s Roar

Hello ale fans,

Today I bring you an ale from the ubiquitous Banks’s brewery. Typical of these brewers are creamy, low ABV ales, which is exactly where this one falls. Check out their beautiful website here:  http://www.bankssbeer.co.uk/

 

Beer: Lion’s Roar

Brewery: Banks’s, Wolverhampton, England

Banks Lion's Roar - England - smooth ale mild hops bitterness semi cereal flavour creamy aftertaste low carbonation - 3o8 abv - 6o5 () 10

Impressions: This was a smooth, creamy ale. A nice rich head to the pint, with low carbonation. Very mild bitterness with low hops hidden in the cereal notes. A nice creamy follow through and after taste.

ABV: 3.8%

Score: 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Verdict: This beer has many qualities that I look for in an ale. Creamy, smooth, easy drinking. But that’s where it stops. It needs more bitterness, more flavour in general. The low ABV drags this beer down further as it lacks any real punch and leaves it a bit on the watery side. That said, amongst the low ABV ales, this is very pleasant and will do the job if that is what you’re after.

Athenian Brewery – Alfa Beer

Hello worldly people,

Today I bring you a lager from the Athenian Brewery, which I enjoyed poolside on my recent holiday to Santorini. This ice cold lager, conveniently sold in an ice chilled glass, was around $3 euros, which is standard for a pint on the island.

Beer: Alfa

Brewery: Athenian Brewery S.A., Athens, Greece

Alfa Beer - Greece - very smooth lager light and refreshing odd hops cereal taste medium low carbonation - abv - 6o5 () 10
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Impressions: This was a very smooth and very refreshing lager. Light in body and bitterness, with a novel (odd) hops taste. Cereal notes throughout. Medium to low carbonation.

ABV: 5%

Score: 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Verdict: Beers on holiday are hard to judge. Especially when in a hot climate. Not only are we elated to be on holiday, but I suppose any cold drink would seem extra refreshing. That said, this was a nice light lager, with a decent amount of carbonation keeping it lively, but easily quaffable. Remarkably average though.

Take a look at more beers I had on holiday in Greece!

https://pilsnerpilgrim.wordpress.com/2013/03/12/greece-beers-in-santorini/

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Badger – Fursty Ferret – Hall and Woodhouse VIII

Hello beer people!

 

Moving right along in the Badger series, today I bring you:

Beer: Fursty Ferret

Brewery: Badger, Hall and Woodhouse, Dorset, England

Badger - Fursty Ferret - smooth and creamy bitter low hops bitterness light caramel and malt sweet mild flavour hint of bitter after taste - 7o25 () 10
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Impressions: A smooth and creamy tasting ale.  A very light hops bitterness is complemented by light caramel and sweet malt notes. Very mild and light body, with a light bitter after taste. Low carbonation.

ABV: 4.4%

Score: 7.25 / 10 (Good to Very Good)

Verdict: This was a nice beer that brought some nice flavours together. Nice. Slightly sweet and very easy drinking, this is definitely a lighter ale. A higher ABV would have been welcome, however, as is, an enjoyable ale that I’ll probably pick up again when I’m in the mood for something lighter.

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Bah Bah Black Sheep – ‘Best Bitter’

Hello World!

Following on from my original Black Sheep post: https://pilsnerpilgrim.wordpress.com/2013/03/17/bah-bah-black-sheep/,
I bring you another from the Black Sheep family.

 

Beer: Best Bitter

Brewery: Black Sheep, Mashum, Yorkshire, England

Black Sheep - The Station - fairly bitter creamy very smooth odd after taste of cream or butter weird but nice unfortunately served warm 7 o5 () 10
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Impressions: This is a light bitter, creamy, and very smooth ale. Mild, and soft malt notes. Followed by an after taste of cream or butter. Low carbonation.

ABV: 3.8%

Score: 7 / 10 (Good)

Verdict: This was a nice ale. For what it is, it does it’s job well. A low ABV beer, that’s soft and easy drinking. Very smooth and creamy, and one that is enjoyably filling.

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