Saturday, August 28, 2010

#33 Pilsner Urquell - Czech Republic

This next beer Pilsner Urquell from Czech is a Pilsner from Pilsen.  At 4.4%alc./vol. its not that potent. The aroma from the beer is a nice fruity smell. The beer taste is heavy but goes down really easy, its a little sweet and very soft. I give it 4/5.

#32 Czechvar - Czech Republic

Next on this list is another golden lager. Czechvar is 5.0alc./vol. at first pour it has a strong scent of the hops. First taste of this one follow the smell, its very hop-y yet smooth, the aftertaste is crisp a little bitter and leaves you wanting yet another sip of this fine premium beer. Although claiming one of the best lagers in the world on this label this one is just average for me 3/5.

NOTE: This beer is generally know as Budvar but because of the Budweiser trademark this is marketed in the US and Canada as Czechvar.

#31 Tuborg Pure Gold Premium Lager

Next up is Tuborg from Denmark. This beer boast's to be a premium "pure gold" beer while coming in at a respectable 5.5% alc./vol. This beer is exactly as it claims, a nice golden lagen and earned its name as a premium beer. Tuborg has a light crispy taste to it, but has a hint of fruit and sweetness and as stated on the label, "perfectly balanced". This is definitely a nice crisp lager, I would recommend giving it a try. 4/5

#30 Propeller (London Style) Porter

So my first new beer is going to be from local company Propeller where I'm hoping to go on a brewery tour soon. anyway let's get right down to it.

This is one of the only Porter's Ive had. The beer itself is very dark, comparable to a keith or rickard's dark. First sip was strong but smooth. This is a full flavored beer with a nice smooth taste to it. This was a decent beer 4/5 .

IBU's- 39*
Hops- Warrior, Wilamate, Irsh Moss.
Malts- Pale, Crystal, Roasted and Chocolate.
Water- Soft
Colour- 47 °L

* IBU stands for International Bittering Unit - the scale used to measure hop bitterness in beer. An IBU is one part per million of isohumulone, an acid derived from hops. If you like the very bitter “bite” of the “Extreme Beers,” a higher IBU would be an indication of that snap. 

A General IBU Guide:
Pale Ale / Amber Ale – 20-50 IBU
India Pale Ale – 40-60 IBU (this would have quite a bitter bite)
ESB, aka Extra Special Bitters – 28-40 IBU
English Brown Ale – 20 IBU
Porter – 20-40 IBU
Irish Stout – 30-60 IBU (can be quite bitter, depending on signature)
Barleywine – 50-100 IBU (power punch!)

The Journey Starts

I have been drinking beer since I was 19 (*cough* 15). At the time I did not enjoy the taste whatsoever and was not exactly my drink of choice but at that age you'd drink whatever will get you drunk. Little did I know how much I would come to enjoy the refreshing taste of beer. Once I reached college, beer become much more the "manly" drink of choice, I got use to the taste and started getting into different types of beer.

Nowadays I have found myself enjoying trying many different type of beer from all over the world as well as the different types of beer I can find locally. So one day my friend and got to talking about this guy he knows who set out a goal to travel and try different types of beer around the world. He suggested since I am into trying different beer to try something similar. Thus the idea was born; Try 1 000 different types of beers from around the world and list them, blog them, review them. Now I must warn you that I am far from a professional beer reviewer or critic but more of a personal opinion of the beer. There will definetly be some learning along the way as well.

So I hope you join me on this adventure, I will be updating it as I try new beer and get time to update.

I have a list of beer I have already tried before starting this blog, I may review them again in the future but for now here they are:

Beer dank before 8/20/2010

  1. Keith's India Pale Ale*
  2. Keith's Red Amber Ale*
  3. Keith's Traditional Lager*
  4. Keith's Dark*
  5. Coors Light
  6. Budweiser
  7. Bud Light
  8. Bud Light Lime
  9. Rickard's Red
  10. Rickards Dark
  11. Propeller Bitter*
  12. Keystone
  13. Molson Canadian
  14. Molson Cold Shot 6.0
  15. Moosehead Dry ice
  16. Alpine Lager
  17. Miller Genuine
  18. Sleeman Cream Ale
  19. Strongbow England Cider - England*
  20. Fischer Traditional - France
  21. Old Speckled Hen - UK
  22. Red Stripe Lager - Jamaica*
  23. Guinness Stout* - Ireland
  24. Samuel Adams Lager
  25. Heineken Pilsner - Netherlands
  26. Stella Artois Lager - Belgium
  27. Corona Lager - Mexico
  28. Dos Equis - Mexio
  29. Sapporo - Japan

* = Recommended