Archive for November, 2011

Heineken

Posted: November 28, 2011 by smokeym in Common, Imported
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Country of origin: Holland
Alcohol content: 5%
Sequence: Fourth
Finished: Yes

Pat – This was the last beer of the night and Ken was too busy getting vajazzled to enjoy one of these with me. I’ve visited the Heineken factory in Amsterdam and ever since then I’ve been hooked on their excellent product. No aftertaste, quite refreshing, although a bit expensive.

(Ken’s note: In Quebec, you can get a 24 for $28… worth the 6 hour drive to save 50%)

Schneider Weisse

Posted: November 27, 2011 by Kenny in Imported, Specialty
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Country of origin: Germany
Alcohol content: 5.4%
Sequence: Third
Finished: Yes

Pat – Ah, those Germans. If there’s one thing they do well (besides pretzels, sausage, and invading the rest of Europe) it’s making beer. Highly recommended as-is, Ken and I can only imagine how awesome it would be on draft in some German gasthaus.

Just make sure that you roll the bottle prior to drinking it to avoid the chunks of sediment at the bottom. Unless that’s your thing, of course.

For an added bit of enjoyment, yell “Schneider Weisse – YA!” in an exaggerated German accent after finishing the beer.

Tsingtao

Posted: November 27, 2011 by Kenny in Imported
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Country or origin: China
Alcohol content: 4.5%
Sequence: Second
Finished: Yes

Ken – It tasted like medicine at first. Then I kind of got used to it. I was excited to try this concoction from China, seeing as they have given us so many good things: Chinese food, cheap labour, Yao Ming and toxic children’s toys… oh wait, that’s bad. Oh well, not my favourite beer, but I managed to keep it down.

Pat – I wasn’t sure what to expect from a Chinese beer – the fact that it was brewed by child labourers didn’t bother me too much (it even says so on the bottle!) because the beer itself – while not outstanding in any way – is definitely drinkable, and that’s really the most important part. Long story short – if you’re in China and have to choose between drinking Tsingtao and another beer featuring only Chinese characters that looks a bit sketchy, go with Tsingtao.

PS: the bottle didn’t really say it was brewed by children. It was merely implied.

Lezajsk

Posted: November 27, 2011 by Kenny in Imported, Specialty
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Country of origin: Poland
Alcohol content: 5.5%
Sequence: First
Finished: Yes

Apparently they’ve been making this beer since 1525 in Poland where the standards for good beer seem to be significantly lower than elsewhere in the world. The initial taste wasn’t bad but abruptly turned to horror in my mouth as the bitter aftertaste made me cringe. I’m sure it’s something you could get used to over time, but the aftertaste, coupled with the fact that the name is unpronounceable, makes this beer less than desirable.