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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/

Badger – Golden Champion – Hall and Woodhouse VI

Hello Pilgrims,

Today I bring you one of the Badger Ales I’m more partial to, as it hits many of the qualities I look for in an ale. Check out the Badger range of beers here: http://www.hall-woodhouse.co.uk/the-range

Beer: Golden Champion

Brewery: Badger, Hall and Woodhouse, Dorset, England

Badger Golden Champion - Dorset, England - very smooth ale with bitter fruity hops sweet vanilla and caramel notes clean finish medium low carbonation delicious - 5 abv - 8 () 10
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Impressions: This is a very smooth ale with a nice bitterness. A fruity hops note is in the foreground with sweet vanilla and caramel notes leading to a clean finish. Medium to low carbonation leads to a nice blend between ale and lager drink-ability.

ABV: 5%

Score: 8 / 10 (Excellent)

Verdict: I like this beer. I have had it quite a few times now. The majority of times have been filled with delicious taste and enjoyment. Unfortunately my last exposure to this beer wasn’t too positive (perhaps an off bottle, these things do happen). However, on the whole, a nice semisweet beer that ticks many of my boxes. A decent ABV to give the beer body and kick, flavours that blend and complement the bitterness, and a drink-ability that has brought me back more than once. Highly recommended.

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Check out my other reviews of Badger ales here!

https://pilsnerpilgrim.wordpress.com/2013/02/06/hall-and-woodhouse-brewery-badger-ales-part-i/

https://pilsnerpilgrim.wordpress.com/2013/04/25/badger-golden-glory-hall-and-woodhouse-ii/

https://pilsnerpilgrim.wordpress.com/2013/04/26/badger-tanglefoot-hall-and-woodhouse-iii/

https://pilsnerpilgrim.wordpress.com/2013/04/27/badger-hopping-hare-hall-and-woodhouse-iv/

Badger – Hopping Hare – Hall and Woodhouse IV

Hey all,

Continuing on with my series from Hall and Woodhouse http://www.hall-woodhouse.co.uk/the-range, today I bring you:

Beer: Hopping Hare

Brewery: Badger, Hall and Woodhouse, Dorset, England

Badger Hopping Hare - Dorset, England - very smooth ale creamy sweet hoppiness with notes of vanilla and citrus medium bitter medium low carbonation - 4o4 abv - 7o25 () 10
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Impressions: This was a very smooth ale, with a creamy bitter-sweet hops. Strong notes of hops citrus followed by subtle notes of vanilla. Medium to low carbonation.

ABV4.4%

Score: 7.25 / 10 (Good to Very Good)

Verdict: Quite a nice, hoppy ale. This one was stuck in the middle ground of too drinkable or too potent. Ie. It’s very drinkable but lacking a bit of punch (perhaps a higher ABV would have made up for the tail end of the hops flavours). Overall a good beer though, and I would recommend it to those that enjoy lighter, hoppier ales. Enjoy!

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Read my other reviews of Badger Beers here:

https://pilsnerpilgrim.wordpress.com/2013/02/06/hall-and-woodhouse-brewery-badger-ales-part-i/

https://pilsnerpilgrim.wordpress.com/2013/04/25/badger-golden-glory-hall-and-woodhouse-ii/

https://pilsnerpilgrim.wordpress.com/2013/04/26/badger-tanglefoot-hall-and-woodhouse-iii/

Backyard Brewhouse – Bad Santa Stout

Today I bring you a delicious little number from the recently established Backyard Brewhouse brewery! http://thebackyardbrewhouse.com/

Founded in 2008, this microbrewery produces a wide range of beers, from the generic Bitters and IPAs, to seasonal brews such as ‘Summer’ and ‘Kris Kringle’.

I wish I could review ‘Lionheart’ for you today, as it’s St. George’s Day (Happy SGD!), however, I have only had the pleasure of reviewing ‘Bad Santa’, and it was a pleasure.

Beer: Bad Santa

Brewery: Backyard Brewhouse, Walsall, England

Bad santa 6o8 abv very smooth chalky creamy sweet stout caramel and vanilla nice bitterness woth lingering sweet heavy 8() 10.jpg
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Impressions: This was a very smooth, creamy stout.  Sweetness immediately hits your tongue with notes of caramel and vanilla. This is followed through by a chalky, medium to low bitterness. There is a lingering sweetness in the full bodied stout, as the low carbonation makes this beer easily sippable.

ABV: 6.8%

Score: 8 / 10 (Excellent)

Verdict: This was a pleasant surprise, having never heard of the brewery. Many of these limited edition Christmas ales have been generic, nothing-special ales, however, this was good. Very good. Some might say excellent. A very well put together stout, with a well balanced sweetness and bitter profile. The high ABV gives it a nice kick and it is overall a really enjoyable experience. Too bad this may never come around again.

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Blue Moon / Rickard’s White

Today I bring you  a tasty beer that has traversed the Atlantic and made it’s way to England. Back home we call it Rickard’s White, often sold in Pitchers, accompanied by orange slices.

But here in England we call it:

Beer: Blue Moon (Rickard’s White)

Brewery: Blue Moon Brewing Co., Molson Coors, Montreal, Canada.

Blue Moon - England - Belgian style white very smooth fruity mellow vanilla under tones lightly carbonated 5o4 abv very easy drinking - 7 () 10 - B

Impressions: This is a smooth ‘Belgian style’ white/wheat beer. Fruity citrus notes are hidden in the mellow hops bitterness followed by vanilla under tones. Medium carbonation.

ABV: 5.4%

Score: 7 / 10 (Good)

Verdict: A decent replication of the authentic European wheat beers. Good strength to the beer gives it a decent bite and the flavours blend well. After taste isn’t great (not bad), which lowered the score as the beer could be smoother. Overall a good effort, a decent choice over generic lagers and beers, and definitely worth a try.

Badger – Blandford Flyer – Hall and Woodhouse I

Hello all! Today I bring you my first bottled ale from the well established Hall and Woodhouse Brewery. With origins dating back to 1760, this brew house has a lot to live up to. Fortunately for them, they have brought out a large range of attractive, reasonably priced ales that both captured my visual and oral interest!

The bottles are visually appealing with clear, vivid art, highlighting the unusual names they pick for their ales. On the back of each bottle is a small snippet about each beer, with tasting notes, nose, sweetness/bitterness factors and enough information to fill your boots. I like this idea and makes ales more accessible to the casual or new-to-ale drinker.

These beers all hail from the aforementioned brewery in Blandford forum, in Dorset, England. http://www.hall-woodhouse.co.uk/the-range

Beer #1: Blandford Flyer

Badger Blandford Flyer - England - very smooth ale very sweet with low fiery Ginger very little cereal or hops low bitterness medium low carbonation - 5o2 abv - 6o75 () 10

Impressions: This is an intriguing beer that, as the bottle would suggest, has a very smooth sweet ginger flavour throughout. The ginger is slightly fiery with a very light hops bitterness in the background. Medium to low carbonation makes this ale resemble the more mass produced ginger beers.

ABV: 5.2%

Score: 6.75 / 10 (Average to Good)

Verdict: An interesting ale with a twist. Normal ginger beers tend to feel like ginger with lager, however, this marries ginger and ale quite nicely. The beer is let down by being almost too mild. It’s stuck between being a good ale and a good ginger beer, and unfortunately doesn’t quite live up to either. A nice unique ale that is worth a try if you want something different.

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Initial impressions on the Badger line of ales:

From the above you can see that they have done fairly well. This ginger beer gives us something fairly unique from the crowd, which gives me hope that their more regular line of ales with not fall on this middle ground.

Looking forward to more from the Badger den…

Erdinger Hefe Weissbier – Mmm

Today I bring you one of my favourite, mass produced, globally available, wheat beers.

From their website: “At the world’s largest wheat beer brewery, tradition and progress go hand in hand”,    “The beginnings of Erdinger Weissbräu date back to 1886, the year in which construction of a wheat beer brewery in Erding was first officially recorded. After several changes in ownership, the General Manager at the time, Franz Brombach, bought the brewery in 1935 and re-named it Erdinger Weissbräu on December 27, 1949.”

The Beer: Erdinger Hefe Weissbier

Brewery: Erdinger Weissbräu, Germany

Impressions: This is a very smooth wheat beer. From the picture, you can see the medium to high carbonation, that results in a nice, rich head, with an effervescent body. Sweet notes of caramel, vanilla, and apricot marry nicely with the wheat and cereal flavours.

ABV: 5.3%

Score: 8.5 / 10 (Very Excellent)

Verdict: This is a delicious beer. Again, I’m partial to sweeter, stronger beers and this ticks both those boxes (somewhat). Smooth, flavourful, and lively, this is a beer that will please. That said, wheat beers are distinct from their barley brother in that the cereal taste is significantly heightened. This may please some, but it is definitely a curve ball. A delicious curve ball that deserves a buy. Very excellent.

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