Style Profile: Vienna Lager

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By Michael Agnew, A Perfect Pint A phenomenon of human migration is that traditions, customs, and cultural idiosyncrasies may be retained in the adopted land long after they have died out in their place of origin. A good example of this is the archaic version of the German language still spoken by the Amish of [...]

Sunner Kolsch

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Sunner Kolsch ABV: 4.8% Sünner Kolsch pours a rich straw color. It has a very bright white head that disappears quickly. The aroma is somewhat mineral and a bit hoppy. The taste is primarily malty with flavors of bread and fresh grains, but finishes with a crisp, grassy hoppiness. The minerality of the nose carries [...]

Full Sail Session Lager

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Full Sail Session Lager ABV: 5.1% IBUs: 18  In a world where hops are becoming everything and the lager is drifting into an abyss of sad back shelf life, this underrated, fun-loving session lager is offering up a great malty, crisp taste. It is so different from the direction the craft revolution is going and is [...]

Style Profile: American Lager

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By Michael Agnew, A Perfect Pint Illustration by DWITT  Lagers—the beers we love to hate. American adjunct lager is anathema to many aficionados of so-called craft beer. They are decried as flavorless, boring, fizzy, barley soda, frat beer, and “like sex in a canoe—f***ing close to water.” People are flabbergasted when the likes of Bud [...]

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Lucky Beer Lucky Buddha

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Lucky Beer Lucky Buddha ABV: 4.8% Buy it for the laughing Buddha bottle, drink it for the beer. This ‘Lucky Beer’ Enlightened brew traveled from Hangzhou Qiandaohu China to you in Minnesota. Light aromas, light body with just a hint of honey and malt and an easy finish. Grab a six-pack for you and your friends [...]

Robinson’s Iron Maiden Trooper ESB

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Robinson’s Iron Maiden Trooper ESB ABV: 4.7% This is the perfect beer for anyone who loves to crank Iron Maiden way too loud while they do karate in their parent’s basement. It is an easy, sessionable brew that pairs perfectly with a fun get-together with friends or when you are patching the sheetrock because you karate [...]

Great Lakes 25th Anniversary IPL

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Great Lakes Brewing Company ABV: 7.5%, IBU: 50 In the glass, it appears as most IPAs do: amber, with a bit of haze. The aroma is unmistakable as that of a huge pilsner such as Odell Brewing’s Double Pilsner with a touch of pine. To the taste, this one was bready, woody, with hints of [...]

Big Discount Liquor Reviews Some Brews for October-November 2013

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BIG DISCOUNT LIQUOR 3900 CEDAR GROVE PARKWAY EAGAN MN 55122 BDLEAGAN@GMAIL.COM FOLLOW US: @BDLEAGAN   Big Discount Liquor is a store specializing in having something for everybody. With a fine selection of wine, liquor, and beers of all types BDL tries to please a wide variety of customers. Expansive craft beer selections help solidify the [...]

Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL

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Samuel Adams ABV: 5% | IBU: 43 Although the weather is still frigid, Samuel Adam’s Double Agent IPL proves to be the perfect beer to help transition into spring. It pours with ease, calms you with an orange- amber color, and its use of grapefruit gives off quite the quaffable aroma. Delivering a lighter lager [...]

Lake Superior Kayak Kolsch

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Lake Superior ABV: 4.5% | IBU: 22 A beer sure to make Duluthians proud! Kayak pours a dark, golden color with a nice, light head that lingers throughout sipping. Take a deep breathe and let its grainy, bread bakery smells engulf your nostrils before this beer has a chance to reach your lips. Kayak remains [...]

Victory Summer Love Ale

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Victory Brewing ABV: 5.2% | IBU: – Summer Love is a golden ale brewed by Victory brewing out of Downington, PA. It boasts a light body from the German Pilsner Malt used in the mash bill; this beer does not skimp on taste however. Whole flower American and German hops are used to give the [...]

Martens Pilsener

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Brouwerij Martens NV ABV: 4.8% | IBU: – Martens Pilsener is not your normal German Pilsner, this beer is brewed in Belgium. Did we mention it comes in a Tallboy, perfect for your late summer pool parties! This Pilsener pours a beautiful translucent golden hue with a white fluffy head that dissipates within minutes. Up front is [...]

Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold

Great Lakes Brewing Co. ABV: 5.8% | IBU: 20 Guten Tag indeed!!! This is an American version of an amazing German style, hence my cheesy use of German. What an amazing orange color, it’s just do inviting. The sweetness smell reminds me of freshly baked bread, even more inviting. The beer just fills your mouth [...]

Sunner Kolsch

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Sunner ABV: 5.4% | IBU: – Sunner’s Kolsch is a pale golden with a steady stream of tiny bubbles that race to the surface, meeting the thin layer of off-white foam. Faint notes of dried apricots and sweet grains on the nose. It’s light to medium on the palate with a slight honeyed richness up [...]

Big Bay Wavehopper Kolsch Ale

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Big Bay Brewing Company ABV: 4.8% | IBU: 21 This style was originally was born in the Cologne area of Germany, but Big Bay’s version is modeled after the classic German beer. This is a lighter bodied beer showcasing a hint of creaminess, the result of a small amount of wheat, and countered with a [...]