Beer Reviews


Lucid Brewing Goslar


Lucid Brewing Goslar 4.5% ABV The name “Goslar” comes from the city in Germany where this ancient style was carefully created. It is a traditional Gose (pronounced ‘goes-uh’) style beer, which is an excellent and flavorful session beer. Goslar pours a bright golden color with a one-inch tuft of foam. Serve this one in a […]

Lake Monster Brewing Calhoun Claw Pilsener

Calhoun Claw

Lake Monster Brewing Calhoun Claw Pilsener 5.4% ABV, 40 IBU Minnesota weather can be very unforgiving, but a tasty pilsener is an absolute mainstay. Its golden hue and bright body invite you with a warm welcome. On the nose, it smells clean with a slight doughy bread aroma. There is a pleasant bitterness on the […]

Lazy Loon Brewing Lazy Loon Lager


Lazy Loon Brewing Lazy Loon Lager Unlisted ABV A Southwest suburbs exclusive! Brewed and canned in beautiful Victoria, Minnesota, Lazy Loon is a ‘true to style’ nanobrewery. This gem pours a light amber color and has aromas of caramel malts. A well-balanced lager best served cold (40–45°F) in a pint glass. We recommend you enjoy […]

Dortmunder Actien-Brauerei Dortmunder Export


Dortmunder Actien-Brauerei GMBH DAB Dortmunder Export 5.0% ABV This isn’t your dad’s beer, but once you introduce him to it, it may well be. This Dortmunder Export is a great offering to challenge any of your light-beer drinking relatives or if you need a break from the big stouts. Upon pouring you will get a yellow, […]

Style Profile: Vienna Lager


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 […]

Cisco Summer of Lager


Cisco Summer of Lager 5.5% ABV, 36 IBU A Bohemian style pilsner, it is a perfect companion to a Minnesota summer. Crack a can, pour it into your glass, and notice a large white head shrink to a thin line. Aromas of citrus and toast with some underlying grassy notes on the nose. What a thirst […]

Sunner Kolsch


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


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


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


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


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

Great Lakes 25th Anniversary IPL

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


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


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 […]