Euro Pale Lager

Today’s beer is Moritz!

via Washington city paper

Bottle Size: 11.2 fl ounces/ 330mL

Cost: $7.00 (At a restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen)

Alcohol (ABV): 5.4%

Background Information (via wikipedia): 

The brand was founded by the immigrant Louis Moritz Trautmann in 1856. Trautmann was 25 years old at the time, and had moved from Pfaffenhoffen in France in 1851. The beer was initially brewed in a small factory in the Raval district of Barcelona. In 1864 the company moved to a larger brewery at Ronda de Sant Antoni. This factory was in use for a century and was closed in 1966 when production was moved to Parets del Vallès. But in 1978, due to financial difficulties caused by the energy crises, Moritz had to close down.

In 2004, the descendants of the Moritz family relaunched the brand. The beer is now produced under license in Zaragoza. The old factory building in Ronda de Sant Antoni has been rehabilitated to house the company offices, a museum of beer and a tasting bar.

Now let’s get to the beer!

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Appearance: The pour is a light straw/yellow color with a white head with a very short retention time.

Scent/Smell: Grains and faint  maltiness. Not a lot going on here.

Taste: Sweet maltiness in the beginning leading to a faint hop bitterness, not much overall depth in terms of taste.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, similar to that of a soda.

Drink with (food):

Grade: C-

Just not much of a fan. The fact that I had to pay 7 dollars for this beer didn’t help either. Not planning on drinking this beer again, unless I am given on for free.

Next: Yuengling Black & Tan


Today’s beer is Harp Lager!

via blogspot

Bottle Size: 12 fl ounces/355 mL

Cost: $1.75 (At grocery store)

Alcohol (ABV): 5.0%

Background Information (via wikipedia): Harp Lager was first produced in 1960 as a bottled beer by the Guinness company (now Diageo), in response to the trend among drinkers in Britain and Ireland towards continental lager. Guinness converted their Dundalk brewery into a modern lager production plant with the guidance of Dr. Herman Muender, a distinguished German brewer. Various names were considered for the brand, including AtlasCresta and Dolphin, before Harp was chosen. The brand was marketed with the Brian Boru harp as its emblem.

Today, Harp is brewed in the Dundalk brewery for Ireland, and under licence by the Labatt’s brewery for Canada and the Hydes brewery for Great Britain. In Australia, distribution is handled by Carlton & United Breweries.

As of the Autumn of 2010, Harp continues to be brewed in Dundalk but tankers are sent to Dublin to be kegged for the on trade market. Cans and bottles are packaged by IBC in Belfast. On 9 May 2008, Diageo Ireland announced that they would close the Dundalk Brewery along with the Kilkenny Brewery over a five year period.

Now let’s get to the beer!

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Appearance: Pale straw in color with a white head with a short retention time. Slight lacing on the side of the glass.

Scent/Smell:  Very much the typical euro pale lager type. Grassy and a bit skunky smelling. Not very much from the hop department.

Taste:  Similar to the smell. Somewhat bready, some limited hops here. It’s difficult to get much taste here though because of the skunk like smell and the high carbonation.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation similar to that of a soda which isn’t what I want from a beer, although the low ABV makes it somewhat easy going down.

Drink with (food): Meats (Fish, shellfish, poultry)

Grade: C+

There are better euro pale lagers around. However, it’s not the worst beer by any means. It’s a pretty common beer, so I am sure that I’ll have it again at some bar or restaurant.

A popular ad from 20 years back.

Next: Sierra Nevada Stout


Today’s beer is Estrella Damn.

Bottle size: 11.2 fl ounces/ 330 mL

Cost: $1.75 (Single bottle at grocery store)

Alcohol (ABV): 4.6%

Brief History (via Estrella Damn): In the spring of 1872, August Kuentzmann Damm and his wife Melanie left their native Alsace because of the Franco-Prussian War.

In the spring Like many immigrants of their time, they chose Barcelona.  In Alsace, towards the end of the 18th Century, people were already talking of the opportunities offered by Mediterranean countries.  Their climate.  Their food.  Their quality of life. A group of countries which, at that time, were living the giddy days of modernism.

In 1876, August founded his beer company in order to continue doing what he had always done: produce beer, which is exactly what his children and grandchildren after him continued to do.  Right up to the present day, eleven generations of Master Brewers.
After more than 130 years and eleven generations of Master Brewers, we continue to produce our beer with the same excitement as we did the first time Estrella left our factory.
Now let’s get to the beer!
Appearance:  Pale gold color (4 on the SRM chart) not much head.
Scent/Smell: A bit of a spicy hop scent, some citrus scent as well.
Taste:  Taste like an average pale lager , there was some maltiness with tastes of wheat and honey.
Mouthfeel:  Dry and smooth. Quite easy to drink.
Drink with (food) Poultry and fish.
Grade: C
This is an average Euro Lager there are definitely many better. Doubt I will drink again. But I could see many people drinking this on a hot summer day.
Next: Presidente
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Today’s beer is Grolsch Premium Lager

Alcohol: 5.0%

Cap Type: Twist-off

Cost: $1.75 (Purchased at grocery store)

Name: Named after the town of Groenlo which was the then known as Grolle.

Brief History: The brewery was found in 1615 in Groenlo.Currently is the second largest brewer in the Netherlands, after Heineken. Grolsch is the 21st largest beer provider in the world, and in 2007 was purchased by SABMiller for 814 million pounds. 3.2 million hectoliters of beer is produced annually by Grolsch.

Now let’s get to the beer!

Style:Euro Pale Lager

Appearance: Comes out as a gold/yellowish color with very little head. It had an average about ofcarbonation.

Scent/Smell: Slightly spicy hops, quite grainy, and has a slightly skunky smell towards the end.

Taste: Quite grassy and hoppy. Taste like that of an average European lager.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation, very light body and somewhat smooth.

Drink with (food): White fish, lobster, shrimp, pork, light cheese, lightly spicy food.

Grade: B-

This is a solid Dutch beer. Something that you would expect from a macro-brewer. Wouldn’t have any issues sitting at a bar and ordering a couple after a long day at work.

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Today’s beer is Stella Artois Premium Lager.

Manufacturer: Stella Artois Brewery

Owner: Anheuser-Busch InBev

Sample Bottle Size: 11.2 fl ounces/ 330 mL

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol: 5.0 %

Cap Type: Twist-Off

Cost: $1.75 (Purchased at grocery store)

Name: Stella comes from the Latin word meaning “star.” Artois is former territory of northern France.

Brief History: Has been brewed in Belgium since 1366. In 1926, Stella Artois was initially launched as a seasonal beer and then first sold year around in Canada as a great success. Then, in 1930 Stella Artois exported to the European market in early 1930s. In 1993, InBev opened a fully automated brewery in 1993. Currently, the Stella’s annual production is over a billion liters in volume.

Now let’s get to the beer!

Appearance: Yellow/Gold color with an average amount of head. Quite carbonated as well.

Scent/Smell: Sweet grainy smell with a decent amount of hops. Also had a hint of skunk like smell towards the end.

Taste: Sweet and grainy. Didn’t get the “skunky” taste towards the end, unlike the smell.

Mouthfeel: Light in the body. Medium to high level of carbonation which makes it difficult to chug. Always a good thing.

Drink with (food): White fish, lobster, shrimp, pork, light cheese, lightly spicy food

Grade: B-

This isn’t the highest quality beer coming out of Belgium. It’s solid beer when going to a beer after a long day at work. Which I will definitely drink again.

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