Monday, November 10, 2014

Samuel Adams' Winter Lager



I am a fan of Sam Adams, and even had named my Boston Terrier after him.  I am a fan of the Bock style beers which is the base of the Winter Lager.  On the label it says there is cinnamon, ginger, and orange peel.  Sounds like a nice wintery mix - much better than any snow, sleet, and ice mixtures that may happen.

This is of the build my own six pack that I created.  I usually can't go wrong with a Sam, and I didn't.  However, my unrefined pallet is unable to detect the cinnamon, ginger, and orange that was brewed to make this a winter brew.  Together it is quite tasty.

I'm a frequent visitor to the local Old Chicago, and highly likely this brew will come up on the Winter Mini-Tour and I will look forward to completing this tour at least twice.  This brew may very well be my favorite on the tour.

I've often said I can't go wrong with the Sam Adams seasonal.  Thank you for keeping that a truthful statement.

Guinness Blonde "American Lager"


A friend of mine wanted my opinion on Guinness Blonde.  I wanted to try this at my favorite watering hole, but it ran out on tap.  I did see it was available as a bottle selection, however, I tend to avoid the bottles because I could buy a six pack for the price of two.

I made a stop at one of the many liquor stores in the area, and discovered they have a create your own six pack with two cooler doors filled with beer!  Why had I not noticed this before?  I got a Guinness Blonde along with five of her friends.  I'm a huge fan of Guinness and Smithwick's so I was excited to try a new product by them.

The Blonde is labeled as an "American Lager."  I do enjoy a good lager - with Leinenkugel's being one of my favorite breweries.  Upon my first taste it seemed more like a hefeweizen.  I'm not a big hefe fan.  I let her warm a little,  but really didn't find the experience to improve.       

I can see where people will like this beer - especially those that are afraid of the dark.  If you area  fan of the hefeweizens like Hoegaarden then you will probably enjoy Guinness Blonde.