Beer!!!!!

in copious amounts

Thursday, July 9, 2020 by starkers | Discussion: WinCustomize Talk

Hi folks, it's time to talk about beer and the thousands upon thousands of different brands and styles on offer.  Steve and I have been experimenting with various imported beers and we're quite delighted with our findings.  In no particular order, here's a list of our favourites from those we tried:

Molson Canadian lager..... a very, very nice drop that's brimming with the flavour of hops and prairie barley.

Asahi.... a very nice Japanese lager... a smooth and refreshing beer that's easy on the palette.

Heinekin lager.... I mean, what more can I say, it is probably the best beer from Holland.  It too is crisp, clean and refreshing.

Corona lager.... another refreshing beer with just a hint of sweetness and full bodied flavour.

Peroni lager.... a crisp and refreshing beer from Italy with a hint of lemon and a bitterness that satisfies the palette.

Oettinger pilsner.... a really great German beer that's flavoursome and brewed to please.

Stella Artois. pilsner.... a nice brew from Belgium that too is crisp, refreshing and wholesome.

Kilkenny ale..... other than Guinness, it is probably the most popular beer from Ireland, with a full-bodied, rich flavour that's bound to please those who love a rich tasting beer.

Hollandia lager..... another great Dutch beer that's similar to Heiniken but still has an identity and flavour of its own.

Carlsberg green lager.... with its clean, crisp taste and a satisfying depth of flavour, Carlsberg is full-bodied with a rich golden colour.

Sol lager.... another Mexican beer with great taste and compliments spicy foods.

Sapporo premium beer.... is brewed under license here in Australia from a Japanese recipe and has a nice malt flavour.

Grolsch lager.... again from Holland and another crisp, clean beer with a nice malt, hoppy taste.  It also comes in an ornamental flip-top bottle that would go great in a man cave to decorate it in style.

Adnams Ghost Ship pale ale..... a full bodied beer with a hint of sweetness that would likely appeal to those who like a little sweetness in their day.

Becks lager.... a German beer that's a favourite all around the world for its crisp, clean taste.

Coors lager..... a truly refreshing beer that's brewed in the Rockies from a Belgian recipe.... highly recommended.

Kronenbourg 1664 lager..... brewed in Australia under license but is available around the world.  Again, a very refreshing beer with a hint of lemon.

Estrella lager.... brewed in Spain with a full hops flavour that's nice and easy to drink.

Lowenbrau lager.... meaning 'lion's brew', is fully balanced with a dry but crisp, bitter undertone.

Steinlager..... brewed in New Zealand and quite the drop for those who appreciate a fine beer with great body.

Tun draught (red) bitter (green).... brewed in Belgium and bother are full-flavoured and inexpensive.

Tetleys smooth ale.... a British beer that just goes down a treat, especially in the Summer months and after a hard day's work.

Tennents lager.... also brewed in the UK from German hops, Scottish malted barley and the pristine waters of the Scottish Highlands.

Erdinger wheat beer.... a really smooth beer brewed in Germany from the finest ingredients and waqters from Bavaria.

Tuborg Danish lager..... a refreshing bottom fermented beer with a medium rich to bitter taste.

Old Fart ale..... brewed in the UK to celebrate cantankerous old boozers like myself who love a truly full-flavoured rich ale.

Mont-Blanc Blond ale..... brewed in the French alps from all natural ingredients to provide a sweet but bitter taste.

Martens pilsner....a classic European style Pilsener. Its crisp, full bodied taste has a distinctive hop character yet remaining refreshingly drinkable.

Ahornberger ale..... a well balanced brew with a rich full-bodied flavour yet is so refreshing to drink.

Boddingtons Pub Ale.... a draught beer with a thick head and a beaut flavour that's just so drinkable.

 

There are others I may mention later, but now I'm interested in which beers are favourites with WC members and other Stardockians.  Please add a few more great beers to savour.

     

 

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Jafo
Reply #1 Friday, July 10, 2020 12:52 AM

And you didn't even mention Coopers ....the only 'real' Australian owned beer ... and so successful in the home-brewing market they bought out the US companies doing it.

A REAL beer that has a 'best after' not a 'best before' ...

starkers
Reply #2 Friday, July 10, 2020 2:29 AM


And you didn't even mention Coopers ....the only 'real' Australian owned beer ... and so successful in the home-brewing market they bought out the US companies doing it.

A REAL beer that has a 'best after' not a 'best before' ...

Paul, I really like the Coopers beers, especially the pale ale, but this post was more to do with the imported beers we are trying out and seeing more of these days.  Thing is, most regular breweries in OZ these days are foreign owned, so that's why I look to imported beers to add a bit of variety to my palette.... I may as well be purchasing quality beer at lesser prices than the regular home-made stuff, which can get quite expensive and boring over time.  It just shits me that some beers brewed in Europe and shipped half-way round the world cost considerably less than many locally produced beers.

Jafo
Reply #3 Friday, July 10, 2020 4:13 AM

Innis and Gunn Kindred Spirits whiskey barrel aged stout beer.

If it can't be Coopers Vintage......then that one.

Or...more accessible....and cheaper... White Rabbit Dark Ale.

Pretty much anything 'pale' is like English beer....cat's piss....

Aussie007
Reply #4 Friday, July 10, 2020 4:38 AM

I only drink light beer nowadays.

My favorite is Cascade Premium Light.

LightStar
Reply #5 Friday, July 10, 2020 7:07 AM

Oh well, I only drink Coors Edge, it tastes really great and is classified as alcohol free. I can't drink anything with alcohol in it.

Oh, and it only has 41 calories in a bottle too.

DaveRI
Reply #6 Friday, July 10, 2020 12:59 PM

Digging way back into the cobwebs here, I seem to remember some very nice Belgian Beers.  One that I can remember that was nice and a little different was Kriek.  There were several that I thought were worthwhile though.

teddybearcholla
Reply #7 Friday, July 10, 2020 1:26 PM

I like Hacker Pschorr

JanOscar
Reply #8 Friday, July 10, 2020 1:41 PM

teddybearcholla

Hacker Pschorr
A lot of exquisite beer from Germany!  

Dcrew57
Reply #9 Friday, July 10, 2020 5:12 PM

I spent 2 years in germany while in USAF. I drank tons of Heinekin and Grolsch. I was in heaven.. Octoberfest is a real spectacle itself!    Cheers!    

starkers
Reply #10 Friday, July 10, 2020 6:02 PM


Pretty much anything 'pale' is like English beer....cat's piss..

So you know the taste of cat's piss????   And what's with this Coopers this and Coopers that??  I've drunk beers from all around the world and Coopers is okay but not the epic beer that so many European and British beers are.  Many breweries in Europe and the UK date back as far as the 1600's and beyond.  In fact, one German brewery was established in the 11th century, making it the oldest brewery in the world   Compared to that, Coopers is an infant and still in nappies.

Also, what's with the dark beers and anything pale is cat's piss.  I like my dark beers too, but there are some truly great [pale] lagers that are not only flavoursome but highly refreshing as well.  Thing is, I like variety and trying beers from around the globe provides much variety and eases the monotony.   Frankly, I'd get as bored as bat shit if I were stuck to just Coopers and feck all else.

DaveRI

I seem to remember some very nice Belgian Beers. One that I can remember that was nice and a little different was Kriek.

Yep, that's another that we've tried, and there are several other beers from Europe and the UK that we will try out before getting into beers from Asia and the Pacific regions.  Now I usually say that I haven't met a beer that I didn't like; however, there were some we tried from the Pacific that have way too much fruit in them.  Fruits are great with cereal and desserts, etc, but it don't belong in a fecken beer.  One we tried had Guava, kiwifruit, passionfruit and a splash of coconut milk.  Like YUUUUK !!!! never again..... now we check out the labels, and if there's a fruit cocktail we give a big miss.

Aussie007

My favorite is Cascade Premium Light.

I don't mind Cascade of any variety, but up here in the North be don't see much of it.  Boags is the goto beer up here, and now there's a new one called Boags St George, which is quite a nice drop.

Anyhow, it's 8.00 am here now and I've not been to sleep as yet.  Hopefully when I try again in a few moments I'll quietly doze off.

starkers
Reply #11 Saturday, July 11, 2020 11:12 AM

A couple more we've tried recently:

Kalnapilis pilsner..... yup a truly nice beer with a hint of sweetness from the hops.  We got a case of 20 500ml bottles for AU$63.00... a great bargain.

Mythos Hellenic lager..... a slightly sweet beer with the right balance of bitterness to make it a refreshing and enjoyable brew.

Innis & Gunn Original Oak Aged Ale.... brewed in Scotland using reused bourbon barrels and the finest highland ingredients.

Speights Gold Medal Ale.... brewed in New Zealand but not as sweet as most NZ beers and is a full bodied with classic malt and hop flavours.

And last but not least:  Shepherd Neame 1698 Strong Ale.... a great Pommy beer that's triple hopped and  6.5% Alc Vol.  That's right, Jafo, a British beer that'd knock yer socks off with great taste and flavour and beats Coopers Dark Ale hands down.      

Jafo
Reply #12 Saturday, July 11, 2020 11:49 AM


Innis and Gunn Kindred Spirits whiskey barrel aged stout beer.

Jafo
Reply #13 Saturday, July 11, 2020 11:53 AM

starkers

And last but not least:  Shepherd Neame 1698 Strong Ale.... a great Pommy beer that's triple hopped and  6.5% Alc Vol.  That's right, Jafo,

Coopers Vintage.....https://coopers.com.au/our-beer/seasonal/vintage 

7.5% 

First vintage was about 1999 ....and I managed to keep a couple of stubbies for 2 years before opening them.  They were stunning.

Hardest problem is keeping them long enough.....I have 2 from 2018 and 2 from 2019 tho.....

starkers
Reply #14 Saturday, July 11, 2020 3:09 PM


Coopers Vintage.....https://coopers.com.au/our-beer/seasonal/vintage

7.5%

Yeah, I have sampled Coopers Vintage among others and quite liked it..... like I said, I haven't met a beer I didn't like .... except that geeky crap with damned tropical fruit in it.

As for the Sheperd Neame ale, it's as full flavoured as you'd like and an exceptional beer by any standard.

As for keeping beer?   And on what sphere of the universe does that happen?    We buy enough beer to last us a week... a week later repeat [without the rinse]  Sadly, however, it don't always last a week.

That Kanapilis Pilsner is mighty good as well.... going at the moment for 63 bucks for 20 500ml bottles [usually around $130] at Dan Murphys.  Yeah, be adventurous and give it a try.

MindlessMe
Reply #15 Saturday, July 11, 2020 3:22 PM

These days I drink a lot of Blue Moon. I'll grab a limited run of another beer once in a while but it's usually my go to. I don't drink a lot of traditional domestics from the US after drinking beer from other countries.

I also have a guilty pleasure with Kasteel Rouge No 8. It's an expensive beer but I really enjoy drinking it.

Jafo
Reply #16 Saturday, July 11, 2020 9:56 PM

The best beer CUB ever made was Fosters Export - which, naturally you couldn't get in Australia ...except one time the Grand Prix in Melbourne had it for the Officials' party....probably because the circuit is deemed 'International'.

Anyway...it was pretty good.  What actually killed Fosters generally was the move to aluminium cans...most CUB beers tasted of a combination of Al and plastic sealant.  The worst of that was Carlton Light...it tasted of nothing else...and was a piss-weak beer which really had no point.

I've been drinking beer for half a century.  Life is short.  I refuse to waste my time on junk beer.  Instead, since 1985 when the GP was first in Adelaide I started on Coopers Sparkling and these days buy 2 slabs at a time each month or two....interspersed with something like Innis and Gunn...the odd bottle or 2.

Dining is often simply Guinness [on tap - any other option is crap] by the pint [I 'like to watch' but not too frequently]... it almost has enough flavour...and is low enough in alcohol you're not legless after a few....though the most I've had at a meal/get-together is more accurately measured in gallons.

My old man let me have shandies back when I was about 13 or so ....so it's been nearly 53 years refining my preferences....

starkers
Reply #17 Saturday, July 11, 2020 11:16 PM


The best beer CUB ever made was Fosters Export

I've had Fosters Export and the local variety.... both are worse than swamp piss and I never ever want that swill in my mouth again.  Apparently Fosters is very, very popular with the yuppy set in London and other UK cities.  Don't say much for taste.... even the worst British beers are streets ahead of Fosters for taste and flavour.

I had a mate in Queensland some years ago and he would buy nothing but Fosters, so that's all I'd get if I went to his for a few beers.  I stopped going there when he became quite morbid and sometimes aggressive after a split with his then girlfriend, but that's not what put me right off Fosters.  One morning he was still well over the limit, as he so often was, and he drove up the back of a parked truck while on the way to dropping his two boys at school.  The two boys survived but he didn't.... was decapitated as the roof down to the door handles was ripped off.


My old man let me have shandies back when I was about 13 or so ....so it's been nearly 53 years refining my preferences..

Mine too, on our way home from work each day, but I was tippling before that.  My mates and I were around 10 when we found a 20 gallon keg and spike that we polished off over a week or so.... then an older kid who easily passed for 18 or older used to get us supplies from various off-licenses.  Another time I was 15 and met up with some Dutch sailors.  We went on this massive pub crawl over a couple of days and I think that's where I got the taste for imported beers.  I'd show them the various British beers and they were getting me all these European beers... and it didn't cost me a penny.

Anyhow, folks, keep 'em coming from the various beers you've tried.  

Dcrew57
Reply #18 Sunday, July 12, 2020 9:56 AM

Strakers you mentioned no fruit in your beer preference. A lot of the mexican beers are great with a little lime in them. Pacifico comes to mind along with Modelo, Does Equixx

Dcrew57
Reply #19 Sunday, July 12, 2020 10:00 AM

Dcrew57

Strakers you mentioned no fruit in your beer preference. A lot of the mexican beers are great with a little lime in them. Pacifico comes to mind along with Modelo, Does Equixx. Also the heinekin we get in the states is piss compared to the heineken  from europe.

Jafo
Reply #20 Sunday, July 12, 2020 10:18 AM

Yep....in Oz there are two versions of Corona [not the virus] ....one's a 'copy' brewed in a vat instead of XXXX [or something].

If you look for 'Imported' at least you get the real McCoy, not just that, but Heineken too ....and Grolsch ...etc.

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