Tennent’s Lager

Beer-a-Day #262Tennent's Lager

Born in 1885, Tennent’s was the first lager to be brewed in Scotland, and has remained the market leader and one of Scotland’s favorite beers since then.

Tennent’s Lager, [sic] has a distinctive, crisp and satisfying flavor with a fresh, bright appearance. Made entirely from natural ingredients, including the finest Scottish barley & the purest Highland water, Tennent’s beers are part of Scottish history and at the very heart of Scottish culture.

This was, until very recently, an InBev brand. It was acquired by Irish cider maker C&C (maker of Magners) when Anheuser-Busch InBev spun off all of their Irish, Northern Irish, and Scottish brands. According to the BBC, Tennent’s accounts for 55% of pub sales in Scotland.

Yeah, I know. Another light European lager in a green bottle. I thought I was done.

Pale fizzy yellow, with a big white head. Slightly lightstruck, with precious little aroma beyond that. Flavor is light, and leaves an odd chalky film on my tongue. Fresh, it might be quaffable. This is barely potable.


Beck’s Premium Light

Beck's Premium Light (photo © Christopher Vigliotti)

Beck's Premium Light (photo © Christopher Vigliotti)

Beer-a-Day #243

This light pilsner has the taste signature of a Beck’s, with a calorie count that’s as refreshing as the beer itself. You’ll find a crisp, light experience that lives up to the Beck’s name and reputation in every bottle. It’s taste you can count on, even if you’re not counting calories.

Oh my goodness, what am I thinking? Another European light lager in a green bottle?! Am I tempting fate or merely indulging in an odd form of self-loathing?

I open the bottle and I can smell the skunkiness already. Pale gold with a sickly white head. There might be some fruitiness in the aroma, but it’s hard to get past the polecat. Virtually no flavor; it tastes like seltzer water.

Beck’s Beer

Beck’s Dark

Beck's Dark (image © Christopher Vigliotti)

Beck's Dark (image © Christopher Vigliotti)

Beer-a-Day #240

Don’t let the deep copper color fool you. This isn’t the dark ale you’d expect. This is a special bottom-fermented lager that lives up to Beck’s quality standards. It gets it color from a unique roasting of the barley malt. It refreshes like the true lager beer it is.

And its rich, smooth taste with a lingering, slightly sweet after taste? That’s pure brewmaster skill.

Dark, with some coppery highlights. Cream-colored head. Some caramel aroma; may be slightly lightstruck. Some roastiness in the flavor. It’s okay.

Beck’s Beer

Dundee Honey Brown

Dundee Honey Brown (image © Christopher Vigliotti)

Dundee Honey Brown (image © Christopher Vigliotti)

Beer-a-Day #238

We’re not saying that you have multiple personalities. Or voices in your head. At Dundee Brewing Company, we understand that one day you feel one way and the next you feel a little different.

When you’re in the mood for something different, Dundee Honey Brown is the perfect choice. It’s different because we add pure clover honey to an outstanding lager to make a uniquely drinkable beer.

Sure, honey isn’t your ordinary ingredient in beer. But if you want ordinary, you’ve come to the wrong place.

I remember drinking this years ago, when Dundee hadn’t yet dropped the “J.W.” from their name and this was really all they brewed. It was very early in my craft beer journey. Now they also brew a bock, a porter, an IPA, and two or three more, plus some seasonals and I’m much further along in my jouney.

Deep gold color and clear. Honey and a bit of grassiness. Light-medium body, not overly sweet but a good bit of malt, and just enough bitterness to counteract the sweet. Not bad.

Dundee Honey Brown

Michelob Lager

maltmich.jpgBeer-a-Day #207

Michelob used to be the upscale brand in the Anheuser-Busch stable. No yelling former athletes, no snarky comedians, no scantilly-clad women. I do recall one commercial featured Eric Clapton doing a redone version of “After Midnight“. Then it seemed to be mostly neglected, with A-B tinkering with the formula, only restoring Michelob to an all-malt formula recently.

Of course, now Anheuser-Busch InBev is repurposing the brand as their “faux craft” line. I’ll have to try out the new flavors. In the meantime, I scored one of the last of the original lagers in the new/old style bottles.

Pale amber with a white head. A bit of fruit in the aroma (apples?). Taste is pretty good, if a little overcarbonated. Not bad for a light lager.


Brooklyn Lager…in cans!

Beer-a-Day #170

So, I was at my preferred retailer the other day, buying up another batch beer I’ve never had before, when I spotted something I never expected to see.

Brooklyn Lager cansCans of Brooklyn beer.

Get out! When did this happen?! Why wasn’t I informed?

Too bad the cans are black. You’d think they would have learned the lesson of Miller Genuine Draft in black cans.

So, while I’ve written about Brooklyn Lager before, I couldn’t not do it for the Beer-a-Day project.

Pretty amber color, off-white head. I don’t have a bottle to do a side-by-side comparison, but this sure is tasty. Brooklyn remains one of my favorite breweries.

Brooklyn Lager


Steinlager logoBeer-a-Day #168

Uh-oh, it’s in a green bottle. Oh good, it’s not from Europe. Oh wait, it’s from New Zealand, which is even farther away.

And then they go and mock American Football right there on the label. They’re not exactly endearing themselves to me, and I haven’t even opened the bottle.

Once opened, the beer is obviously lightstruck. I get a waft of that skunky odor before I even pour it into a glass. Straw in color with a white head. For aroma, I get nothing but skunk. Not much taste, and what there is is pretty foul. This one will be poured down the drain.

It might be good when it’s fresh, but unless I find myself in New Zealand I won’t ever be buying this again.


Spaten Premium Lager

Spaten PremiumBeer-a-Day #162

This beer is our speciality. In 1894 Spaten became the first brewery in Munich to produce this brand of light lager.

Golden in color with a well-balanced hop-flavor. The full rounded body is a superb balance between hops and a malty sweetness.

Uh-oh. A European light lager in a green bottle.

Pale straw with a white head. Floral aroma with a touch of sulfur. Would probably taste pretty good if it were fresh, but is rather lacking now.

Spaten USA