One man’s drop is … another man’s drop … (and unfortunately if over indulged in … another man’s poison!). Nonetheless, as Benjamin Franklin so astutely stated ‘“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy”.
(It’s summer in Oz so please North Americans and Europeans, forgive our pontificating on how warm and sunny it is dowunder) … Hot, lazy days and sweltering heat can only mean … a can or glass or cold beer… and the heat has brought on the need for a couple of thirst quenchers.
However, the battleground is littered with 1001 contenders for the title of newest, coolest and best beer.
However we’ve collated a few crowd favourites … here’s our pick of the tried and tasted crop: (feel free to write and give us the 411 on your much-loved brew!)
Miller Genuine Draft
Miller Genuine Draft (MGD) was introduced in 1985 as the original cold filtered packaged draft beer, which means that the beer is not heat pasteurized. Miller uses an exclusive cold-filtered process that prevents some of the beer’s flavor from being heated away. MGD received the gold medal in the American-style Premium Lager category at the 1999 World Beer Cup. It also received the silver medal at the 2003 American Beer Festival. FYI: MGD is actually made from the same recipe as Miller High Life, with a different treatment. It was developed to give High Life drinkers the same taste in a can or bottle as they found in non-pasteurized kegs. www.mgd.com
Appearance: Sparkling bright appearance with excellent head retention. Aroma/Bouquet: Medium intensity, sweet aroma with a toasted/toffee hint. Taste: A medium-bodied beer with average carbonation and a mild bitterness.
This lager is a 4.9% Premium Australian Beer originally made by the Carlton & United Beverages (CUB). Known colloquially as a “crownie”, it was originally brewed in 1919 as “Fosters Crown Lager” and was initially only available to visiting dignitaries that visited Australia. During the first royal visit of Queen Elizabeth II to Australia in 1954 Fosters marked the occasion releasing Crown Lager to the general Australian public . Crown lager is highly recognisable by its uniquely shaped bottle and by its 1954-trademarked logo that has only changed four times in the history of the beer, and remains one of Australia’s most popular premium lagers. MAJOR PLUS: You can now get personalised bottles made to order via the website – https://crownbeverages.com.au.
Appearance: Clear, sparking and bright. Aroma/Bouquet: Cidery, fruity (whch disappoints some tasters). Taste: Full bodied with nutty after-taste.
Grolsch Premium Lager
A smooth, full-bodied beer with a nutty character, but a slightly malt aroma, Grolsch Premium Lager impresses as being quite drinkable. Created by the age-old The Grolsch brewery (founded in 1615 in Groenlo, The Netherlands, and today the town is best known for its 5% abv pale lager, Grolsch Premium Pilsner. www.grolsch.com
Appearance: Clear, sparking and bright. Aroma/Bouquet: Medium roasted malt aroma. Taste: Full-bodied, malty character with roasted maltiness.
“The unmistakable color. The one-of-a-kind taste. The unparalleled flavour of relaxation. One of the most recognizable bottles in the world.” There’s something about drinking a Corona Extra that’s different from drinking any other beer. Nothing else seems to set the same mood. Nothing else lets the conversation flow so easily between friends. Nothing else brings such a natural energy to an occasion. Despite a huge worldwide following, reviews are mixed. www.corona.com
Appearance: Looks watery and light. Aroma/Bouquet: Low intensity, somewhat skunky. Taste: Strong carbonation, with a short, stale aftertaste.
Monteiths Golden Lager
New Zealand brewery Monteith’s has some serious fans, crafting its family of fine beers for nigh on 150 years, staying true to the authentic process and recipes of the classic beer styles we re-create. Renowned the world over, Monteiths continues to produce beers that are made to exacting standards and capture the spirit of the world’s most famous beers and, in some cases, forgotten favourites, that are all but forgotten and their brewery tour looks cracking. Monteith’s Golden Lager is considered a ‘malty lager’ in the heritage of beers traditionally brewed in parts of Germany. Monteiths are starting to lift their profile in local bottle shops so its definitely worth a try if you see it’s stocked. www.monteiths.co.nz
Aroma/Bouquet: It has a smooth mellow hop character with a rounded malty nutty richness and refreshing fruity aroma. Taste: Full-bodied, easy on the way down and a fantastic brew from the New Zealand West Coast.
This brand’s Premium Lager has been a massive success story since its launch in 1994 … finally Crown Lager has a competitor at boardroom functions. Beer label hyperbole claims this beer to be Tasmania’s finest. That may have been to the tee when first launched, but with so many new beers out of Tassie today it’s a very difficult call. Certainly it has won its fair share of award. It’s a well loved brew and at the end of day of slaying Poms it does the job as well as any (though not true in the current Ashes Test Matches when any drop tastes rather ashy in our Aussie lads’ mouths). www.boags.com.au
This easy drinking craft beer was created in the traditional North American pale ale style that has proved so popular with discerning Australian and international beer drinkers. Produced by Australia’s Matilda Bay Brewing Company, it has an impressive range of sibling beers. Matilda Bay also produced Redback, one of the first boutique style local beers in the Aussie market and since then they’ve seriously increased the range with equally off-the-wall names – Beez Neez (beer with a sting), Big Helga (Germany meets rural Australia!), Dogbolter and Barking Flamingo (like what the?). www.matildabay.com.au
Taste: “This beer is simply beautiful. Fat Yak is rich and flavoursome, a bit of a malt aftertaste and very easy drinking.”
A little bit blonde …
As the first beer in Australia to be marketed as low-carb, Pure Blonde is full-strength and great tasting. With 70% less carbohydrates than a regular beer, Pure Blonde is the fastest growing packaged regular beer brand in Australia. In 2008, the Pure Blonde range extended to include Pure Blonde Naked, a mid-strength version available in Queensland and New South Wales, Australia. www.fostersgroup.com/brands/pure-blonde.aspx
However reviews have not been very positive. Appearance: Clear with little to no bubbles. Taste: Pure Blonde’s watery, nutty taste disappointed our beer tasters. Aroma/Bouquet: Cheap-smelling (whatever that means!).
Newbies on the block:
Bluetongue Premium Lager & Bluetongue Premium Light
Self described as the ‘freshest and best tasting beer available in the lead up to summer’ (downunder), Bluetongue brand sees itself as great tasting and contemporary beer. Created in 2003 and produced in the Hunter region, by a team of passionate local brewers, Bluetongue premium beers have been specifically designed for the Australian palate.
With a designy-branded label wrapped around Australia’ first black glass bottle, Three Kings (a trio of drinks featuring a beer, a cider and a vodka and ginger mix) is aimed squarely at the young drinker. Ben (not his real name) and his mates (possibly not really his mates) can move easily from a beer at the start of their evening to a cider for a change and then to the vodka when they need something sweeter packaged in a nice ‘badge’ that tells those around him that he has style and taste but doesn’t need to be tucked into a single category pigeon hole.
At a recent Thirsty Merc gig , the beer of the day was Three Kings Dry Lager. Bladdamasta (online blogger) was underwhelmed the beer, saying although it’s priced at a premium, it tasted mainstream. “Their website would have to throw out all the warnings you’d need.”
The Twitter folks also weren’t too impressed – Three kings dry lager…. Absolute crap!!!! Wouldn’t wash my feet with it.” Others think the ad campaign seems to be blatantly target very young men. “We need to question people who think it is OK to target young people in this way. These ads should not be on the school bus which is where I have seen them. Advertisers should take more responsibility for their actions.”
Ah, so not the Three Sovereigns, but the young and still wobbly-on-their-knees Three Lads then eh? www.threekings.com.au
Other beerable mentions:
Top 5 Beers in the world (According to Ratebeers.com)
1 Westvleteren 12 (Style: Abt/Quadrupel Brewer: Westvleteren Abdij St. Sixtus, Country: Belgium)
2 NÃ¤rke Kaggen Stormaktsporter (Style: Imperial Stout, Brewer: NÃ¤rke Kulturbryggeri, Country: Sweden)
3 Cigar City Bourbon Barrel Aged Hunahpuâ€™s Imperial Stout (Style: Imperial Stout , Brewer: Cigar City Brewing, Country: Florida, USA)
4 Three Floyds Oak Aged Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stout (Style: Imperial Stout, Brewer: Three Floyds Brewing Company, Country: Indiana, USA)
5 Three Floyds Vanilla Bean Barrel Aged Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stout (Style: Imperial Stout, Brewer: Three Floyds Brewing Company, Country: Indiana, USA)
So … what if you need to open your bottle of your fav drop and you don’t have an opener at hand?
You may not want to ruin your $60 manicure, or perhaps your jaw’s a motza after footie or a slug from that Hound of Baskerville security guard at your local watering hole.
Then your only solution?
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FINALLY GENTS, ALWAYS REMEMBER TO DRINK RESPONSIBLY.
There’s no problem with relaxing with a great beer, the issue is if you drink irresponsibly; potentially harming yourself and others. So Be Drink Aware!