After another bad experience Wednesday morning, I think it’s time for me to go on the wagon. Tuesday night I went to the pub with my buddy Indra, who was visiting from Korea. I had 3 pints of beer over a meal and 4 hours. The next day I had a splitting headache until about 1pm, it was painful. This followed a series of similar hangovers in the past month or two. A few weeks ago I had one beer and one glass of wine, and the next day I felt like I was on my deathbed until late afternoon. The same thing happened a few weeks ago. Going back to the Christmas holidays, one night I actually started getting hungover at 11pm, before getting to bed! My body just doesn’t seem to agree with alcohol anymore. I haven’t completely given up yet though, as I’m sure I’ll keep trying to drink beer for a few more months. But something tells me that the writing is on the wall…
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Now seems to be the perfect time to do another beer roundup because I’m happily enjoying a cool one as I type this. Some of these beers I drank almost 2 months ago, so i’ll see how well I can remember them.
Okay, so on the far left we have Red Stripe out of Jamaica. This is a light and refreshing beer not unlike the typical labatts/moslon product. As you may have read from my beer reviews I tend to compare beers to the labatts/molson flavour. I use it as my benchmark for comparison. A beer is either worse, similar or better than the L&M. If you’re looking to try a new beer you want to pick beers that are better than L&M, since L&M is usually only “good” when drunk ice cold on a hot day (in which case the L&M are actually really quite good imo). Anyways, Red Stripe is a bit better than L&M.
Next there La Binchoise Brune from Belgium. I’ve had this beer a few times and I don’t really like it. I can’t remember why, but I won’t buy it again. I think I find it too malty for my taste.
As it happens I am right now drinking Schneider Weisse Original from Germany. I love this beer, it is everything a wheat beer should be. Okay, maybe it’s a bit sweet but who cares. It tastes good, it has a bit of snap to it, good aroma, head, colour and good aftertaste. We have a winna.
Chimay Blue from Belgium was a bit different from most of the beers I’ve tried because it is a strong brew. In fact, its alcohol content is 9%. Obviously one would drink this beer for different reasons than a lager. Overall the taste was quite nice, and I’d recommend it if you were looking for a strong beer – it certainly does a good job. I wouldn’t get it again because I don’t really like strong beers.
Duckstein from Germany was pretty good. I don’t remember much about it, so i’m going to have to guess a bit here. It was a slighter darker beer that was still able to refresh. Give it a shot eh.
Chimay Red is a pilsner malt beer that handles itself quite nicely. It is also a bit stronger, but at 7% it is not as strong as it’s blue brother. I preferred the red to the blue and would buy it again if I wanted a malt beer.
St-Ambroise is a pale ale from Quebec. Ales aren’t my favorite and the St-Ambroise didn’t do anything to change my thinking. If you like Ales you should try this I guess, but it’s nothing special. I prefer the L&M.
Steinlager, despite its Germanic name, is from New Zealand. You’d think that NZ would export a pretty good beer, but that’s not the case with Steinlager. I’d rate it as similar to Bud. ie a watered-down L&M.
Finally, to wrap up today’s ratings there is the Tree Rebel from BC. They seem to be marketing it as a Canadian version of Becks or Heineken. It’s kind of like L&M but with a bit more hop taste. I haven’t decided if it’s an improvement or not. I think that if you prefer Becks, Heineken or Stella to L&M then you should buy the imports. If you prefer an L&M you might as well buy a Kokanee or NatureLand Organic.
I screwed this review up because it’s been several months since I drank the beers. I’ll give it a shot though.
First up is Okocim, a Polish beer. Basically I thought it tasted a lot like a Labatts/Molson product, and maybe it was a bit worse. Entirely forgettable.
Paulaner Salvator from Germany was next up. To be honest, I don’t really remember much about it. I know that I wasn’t crazy about it, but it wasn’t too bad. You could give it a shot but there’s other beers that you’re likely to want to try first.
Naturaland Organic Lager is a local beer (ie made in BC) from Pacific Brewing. In many ways it is your typical Canadian lager. However, it has two things going for it. First, it’s supposedly organic which isn’t a bad thing. Secondly, it has a hint of the euro/becks type flavor which maybe sets it a bit above the likes of the typical kokanee/canadian beers. I recommend it with that in mind.
Finally there was Wittekerke, a Belgium wheat beer. It was okay and a typical wheat beer. I liked it and would drink it again. There’s probably better beers like this out there though.
I decided a few weeks ago to try out some new (to me) import beer. I staggered to our local liquor store where I bravely ran the gauntlet of guitar players, door holders, violinists and the standard issue drunks and beggars. Even at this medium sized store there was a wide variety of beer available and I settled on three from Europe.
Edit: I just found out that Démon earned 93 points from some beer tasting group.
First up: the Démon. This is a Vienna brewed in the Czech Republic by Lobkowicz. The hell if I know what a Vienna beer is supposed to be, I learned about it from this webpage with beer reviews. I thought it was kind of like a typical Czech lager. I was more closely reminded of all the Czech beer I drank in 1993 by this beer than Pilsner Urquell, which is a fairly popular Czech beer found in Canada. BTW, Pilsner Urquell doesn’t really remind me of Czech beer although it is still good. Anyways, I thought the Démon was refreshing with a bit of malt taste to it. I really liked this beer and I’ll definitely buy it again.
Next was the Christoffel Robertus. This is also a Vienna which is brewed in Limburg, Netherlands. You can slap me silly but I would never have thought that this beer was of the same type as Démon. But it is. At least, that’s what the ratebeer website says about Christoffel Robertus. I thought this beer was very malty and not refreshing. It was like someone took the heaviness of Guiness and stuffed it with Extra Old Stock. No thanks, but at least it has a cool bottle. Those Dutch are crazy.
Finally I tried the Edelweiss Hefetrüb Weissbier. This beer is a Hefeweizen brewed in Hallein, Austria. I couldn’t actually figure from the German label what the beer name was as opposed to the town or brewery where it was made. Again, I relied on the ratebeer page on Edelweiss. This was a pretty good Hefeweizen. It was immeasurably better than many of the domestic brewed “hefeweizens” which in fact don’t taste like hefeweizen at all. I would buy it again, but only after trying some other Hefeweizens.