Friday, September 19, 2008
BeeReviews for the All Hallows Harvesting!
Ah, nothing like a warm drink on a chilly evening...cool breeze wafting though your toes. Or is it just me? Hmm. Anyway, a longtime favorite, Dogfish Head, has a superb new one out this season. Get it before it's gone!
Dogfish Head - Punkin Ale (Milton, DE)
One of America's more creatively-inclined craft brewers, Dogfish's success rate has been pretty remarkable. This, their Fall seasonal style, is a distinctively rich brown ale accented with real pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice. Punkin ale is an ideal complement to a lazy Fall afternoon. The strong, spiced taste doesn't make it a quick downer, but this sipping beer has character - rich, sturdy, and unusual. Me likes.
Clipper City - MarzHon Oktoberfest Style Lager (Baltimore, MD)
This pale and translucent amber lager has a weak and faint appearance, and makes even less of an impression with its scent and taste. Kind of overly sweet and flimsy, this Oktoberfest is not among the better ones of this style. Pass, please.
Budweiser - American Ale (St. Louis, MO)
Boasting of all-American-originated ingredients, this patriotic ale is another example of a corporate beer going for a 'craft' appearance and appeal. The frothy head is a bright beginning, but tastewise, it's hoppy but oddly mild and perhaps even a bit acidic. Maybe they're trying to appeal to everyone here? I dunno, but it definitely looks better than it tastes. Nay.
Michelob - DunkelWeisse Dark Wheat Ale (St. Louis, MO)
A nice fruity aroma permeates the air around this one's initial pouring. But what about the taste? It's a rich and flavorful coriander/clove spice sorta vibe - malty and robust. This DunkelWeisse is surprisingly heavy and bodes well for the season. Tasty.