Friday, September 25, 2009
Due to positive previous experience with the Leinenkugel brand, I picked up a six-pack of their Oktoberfest at Wegman's. The beer is amber in color with a light malty and sweet aroma. There is a thin head that does not linger long. The Oktoberfest has a malty sweet taste with a slight crisp hop finish. I detected a light caramel undertone. The alcohol content is 5.1% ABV. I thought that Leinenkugel has a solid Oktoberfest and would drink it again. It isn't the best Oktoberfest beer out there, but it is solid, as I have come to expect from Leinenkugel.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
I picked up a six-pack of Erie Fallenbock at Wegman's. I like Erie'e Railbender, so I figured I would give the Fallenbock a try. The beer is dark brown in color with a sweet aroma with hints of malts and alcohol. It tastes a little nutty and roasted malts. It starts sweet at first and finishes slightly dry. The alcohol content is 7.8% ABV. I am a big fan of this Dopplebock and enjoyed the experience. It was a very enjoyable beer and I will be purchasing more of it.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
I was recommended the Van Steenberge Gulden Draak by my boy Adam. The beer is dark amber in color with a frothy, creamy head. There is a slight hop and malt aroma. The taste is very sweet and malty. There are hints of raisins and caramel on the tongue. The finish is all alcohol, as the alcohol content is 10.5% ABV. The is a great beer and you would like it if you have ever had and liked Duvel. The alcohol is prevalent in the taste, but not terribly overpowering.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
On the way to Buffalo, I decided to stop in at Straub Brewery in St. Mary's, PA. Straub is home to the eternal tap, where visitors can sample free (up to two) glasses of the beer. The have three beers on tap, so I decided to try the Special Dark and the Premium.
The Special Dark is a dark brown color with lots of head. I think my beers had a little extra head due to the tap. The beer smells malty. The taste is malty and sweet with a slight sour undertone and the beer has a nice cream finish. The alcohol content is 4.1% ABV. I liked the freshness of the beer and the fact that there are no preservatives in the beer, so the flavor is pure and not altered.
The Straub Premium has a pale yellow color to it with a decent thick head. The aroma is sweet and the beer has a sweet taste. There is a light hop accent with a good clean after taste. The alcohol content is 4.1% ABV. I thought the Premium was pretty good and would make a good beer to drink at tailgates. It is not too heavy, but has quality ingredients so you don't have to down Budweiser.
Monday, September 21, 2009
On my most recent visit to Philadelphia, I decided to stop in the General Lafayette Inn & Brewery. I had heard very good things about the place and that they were having some financial troubles recently, so I decided to help as best as I could. I hope that this blog post gets passed around and other people decide to check out General Lafayette.
I will start by describing the décor and feel of the place. It feels old fashioned and welcoming. The lighting in the place is very comforting. I feel that if candles could be used to light the place, they would use them. It feels like being in the old country even though you are in a big city.
This first beer I tried was the Chocolate Thunder Porter. The beer is black in color with no head at all. It smells nutty with a slight chocolate hint. The taste is sweet with coffee undertone. The alcohol content is 6.7% ABV. I thought that the Chocolate Thunder Porter had an excellent flavor. It was a good start for the night, but possibly could have been better ordered for dessert.
I next ordered the Pacific Pale Ale. The beer has a golden color with light head. The beer smells fresh & hoppy with many floral hints. The taste is crisp and bitey, consisting of hops at first before turning sweet and finishing dry. The alcohol content is 5.7% ABV. I thought that this is a very good pale ale, as it focuses on accenting all of the aspects of a pale ale, not just the hops or the malts.
The third beer that I ordered was the Abbey Blonde Ale. The beer is gold in color with a frothy head. It smells sweet and spicy. The taste is sweet and full, with hints of coriander and lemon. It ends with a spicy finish. The alcohol content is 6.7% ABV. I thought that the Abbey Blonde provided excellent balance between spices and sweets. I highly recommend ordering one of these on your visit.
The final beer that I ordered on this visit was the Union Jack ESB. The beer is dark amber in color with light head. The aroma was intriguing and filled with hints toffee. I wanted to smellthis beer all night as it was that enticing. The taste consists of toffee and is slightly bitter and dry on the finish. The alcohol content is not published on the website, but I would estimate it to be in the mid-5% range. The toffee accents to this beer made it the perfect beer to finish the evening on and it took the place of dessert.
My trip to General Lafayette Inn & Brewery was an excellent time and I plan on making a return trip. The atmosphere sets the perfect mood for a great dinner. The beer is top notch and fresh. If you are anywhere near the Germantown Pike, make it a point to stop in and have a few pints.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Another bottle I noticed on the McGrath's beer list was North Coast PranQster. This Belgian is golden in color with a sweet and spicy aroma. The taste is spicy and crisp with a sweet finish. There is a slight caramel and vanilla undertone. The alcohol content is 7.6% ABV. This beer has won several awards, including many gold awards at the World Beer Champhionships, and it is easy to see why. The beer drinks very smooth and easy, but provides a full palet of flavors. This is a must order if you ever see it on a beer list.