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Beck’s & Buckler: Non-alcoholic beer showdown

Posted in Beer Reviews, Grudge Match with tags , , , , , on December 4, 2009 by Adam Aldrete

Hey beer lovers,

Today I am coming to you from the Flying Saucer, home of countless beers and the always popular $2.75 fire sale. Tomorrow I will be taking the LSAT, as such, I am abstaining for alcohol and have decided to explore the oft-forgotten part of the menu…the non-alcoholic side.

The Saucer is sensitive to the wants of those seeking alcohol-free beer

Believe it or not, such beers exist! Truthfully, they do contain a small amount of alcohol, usually under 0.5% by volume. Neverthless, the amount of alcohol is so small, it would take ALOT to even sniff the buzzed state of mind. In order to make these creations, brewers will generally go through the process of vacuum evaporation.

Interestingly enough, both of these beers were quite tasty…but only one can win today’s showdown.

First, I tried Beck’s non-alcoholic. According to their wesbite, the brewers “stop the fermentaion before the alcohol can form, but not before it achieves the distictive taste and aroma of a Beck’s.”

With hardly any alcohol, this beer packs a strong smell but not much of a taste.

Beck’s poured a golden yellow with no head and a pretty strong aroma. It doesn’t pack a huge punch as far as taste goes but does maintain a very soft, semi-sweet aftertaste.

My rating: 2.75 out of 5 mugs

(See our rating scale here)

After Beck’s, I tried Heinekin’s Buckler beer. Although beeradvocate┬ádidn’t think very highly, I found this beer to be pretty good.

Honey Smacks beer? Its not quite that sweet.

It was similar in color to Beck’s but seems to have less carbonation. After pouring it, no head appeared and the aroma was nonexistant. The taste was interesting, my first thought was “this beer tastes like Honey smacks without the sugar.” It left no aftertaste and was very easy to drink.

My rating: 3.25 out of 5 mugs (TODAYS WINNER!!!)

Thank you for reading today’s post. I hope ya’ll enjoy the big game tomorrow night! Hook’em and cheers!


Lindeman’s Dual: Peaches or Apples?

Posted in Beer Reviews, Beer Tasting, Grudge Match with tags , , , on November 21, 2009 by Adam Aldrete

Hey Beer lovers,

Today, I’m getting back to the basics with a good ol’ fashioned beer rating. However, unlike previous posts, the ratings have been determined by four of my friends. Using the brew guys 5 mug scale, they rated each beer and provided commentary on each.

Tim’s post about Cider got me wondering about what other alternative beers exist and if they are any good. As you may have read in my Houston post, I have tried Lindeman’s Framboise and found it to be pretty good. My friends and I are going to try two other of Lindeman’s fruity creations. If you do not like the taste of the average beer, this post is just for you!

Now for beer number one: Lindemans Pomme Beer

Pomme, which is French for Apple, described perfectly the smell of this beer. Although perhaps the french word for sour, “aigrir,” should have been use as well.

Here are some of the descriptions:

“Smells like sour apple juice mixed with beer…tastes very sour.”

“This one smells a lot more like beer…the taste is very sour, almost like a sour candy.”


Bottle Opening – when beer bottlers go mad

One thing I should note about these beers is that they were packaged more like wine bottles than beers. As such, here is a quick video of how to pop the top if you run into this problem with one of these crazy beers. Also, I apologize for my friends in the background, they will likely be at Chuck E. Cheese tomorrow trying to relive those grade school days.

And now for beer number two: Lindemans Peche Beer

Peche, also a French word, means Peach. Like the Pomme, this beer is brewed (malt based), after which fruit is added to create a second fermentation and add the taste of fruit.

Here is the commentary on this beer:

“This beer is like Welch’s juice”

“I can smell the hops but it tastes sweet and the residual taste is bubbly, almost like flavored sparkling water or wine.”

“Reminds me of a sparkling Cider, maybe a champagne.”






Overall, my friends enjoyed both drinks, but only requested a second serving of today’s winner…


Here are the ratings from today’s tasters:

Pomme: 2, 2.5, 3, 3 (all out of five)

Peche: 4, 4, 4, 4.5 (all out of five)

Thanks again for reading and be sure to come back for our posts on Monday!

Biergarten Brawl!

Posted in Beer Reviews, Grudge Match on November 12, 2009 by Adam Aldrete

Hey Beer lovers,

Today I had the opportunity to attend a couple of locally owned biergartens and loved every minute of it. Which was better you ask? I won’t say, but you should! Comment on this post and tell the brew guys where you’d prefer to kick back and have a cold one.

Here is an interview with a frequent customer at the first biergarten, Black Sheep Lodge:

Black Sheep Lodge

Black Sheep Lodge, which is located on S. Lamar just south of Oltorf, is a great little place with a very large selection beers. With about 20 beers on tap and over 80 beers in bottles and cans, you’d be hard pressed to not find something you like. The lodge’s menu also includes a variety of food from burgers and hot dogs to salads and sandwiches. Also, every Wednesday, the kitchen creates a new dish to put on special for the next seven days. This week, the special was an Elvis sandwich (peanut butter and banana on whole wheat bread and pan friend in butter) with bacon. It was surprising good, but then again, bacon makes just about everything better.

The lodge also has an outdoor patio to complement its indoor seating area that includes eight big screen tvs, two dart boards, and a pool table, and shuffleboard. As far as parking goes, there is a somewhat hidden parking lot directly behind the shopping strip with its own entrance to the lodge.

Scholz Garten

Scholz Garten, located on San Jacinto in between 15th and 16th, has a good deal of tradition behind it. Founded in 1866, the building itself has been recognized by the State of Texas with a historical marker. OK, now about the beer. Scholz had a selection of around 50 beers and a menu that consisted of burgers, sandwiches, BBQ, and some delicious onion rings. Scholz has a very large venue, with two indoor seating areas and a very large outdoor venue with a stage that can be reserved for private events.

Parking around Scholz’s is limiting, but there is plenty of street parking as long as you don’t mind walking a block or two. Being so close to Darrel K. Royal Stadium, this place is a hotspot for UT fans on game days.

The beers

Sine this post is dedicated to biergarten competition, I’m going to be brief when rating today’s brews. Feel free to ask questions!

Session Lager – 4 out of 5 mugs

Session Lager is brewed by Full Sail Brewing Company in Hood River, Oregon. It has a light flavor and goes down smooth. The bottle, which is very uniquely shaped, only holds 11 oz but was by far the best beer of the day.

Schlitz – 3 out of 5 mugs

Ok, ok, I know, it’s a cheap beer. But for $1, I couldn’t pass up the chance to try something new. Truthfully, it was pretty good and very drinkable for a Natural Light/Keystone colleague. The beer, which hails from Schliz Brewing Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is very much like Coors Light, it might as well be water. The high rating is because compared to cheap beers, this one ties Coors Light for second place on my list. (1st place goes to High Life)

St. Pauli Girl Lager – 2 out of 5 mugs

This German Lager has a bit of a skunky smell with very few redeeming qualities, save perhaps the slight sweetness after a second or two of drinking. I didn’t get a good read on the color because I drank it out of the bottle, but my advise is to get this beer only on fire sale.

Thank you for staying with me so far in the post, please be sure to share your thoughts with us on the gartens above. And thank you to Black Sheep and Sholtz for showing me a good time today.