Thursday, August 26, 2010

Oranjeboom

Oranjeboom Premium Lager (5%): Oranjeboom is your typical watered down Dutch lager. Honestly theres nothing very special about it. It lacks greatly in hops and tends to leave a nice cheap beer flavoring in your mouth similar to that of Coors or the American equivalent. Really nothing special. The catch is that these puppies are so dam cheap here in the states that when your ballin on a budget their actually a decent buy if your just hard up for a beer. lol. Drinking this beer often reminds me of hiring a hooker for sexual favors, it sounded like a great idea at the time but immediately after the deed is done you feel cheap and dirty.

Final Thoughts:
  • Tastes like watered down doodoo
  • Makes one often wonder if something this disgusting could actually be the standard in a place like Holland?
  • Alcohol % is decent enough I guess but this shit will give you a headache after a sixer (the sign of cheap booze)
  • If your piss poor this shit is worth it on a rainy day, I guess. lol.

Grade: D+



Tuesday, August 17, 2010

FISHERMAN'S IPA

Fisherman's IPA (5.5%): an India Pale Ale from the US. Straight outta Gloucester,MA: I tried this while dinning out.

  • Nice Amber color.
  • Very balanced, lots of hops and slight curry-like after taste.
  • Good Buzz.

Verdict: very solid IPA. Recommended.

Grade:B+



Saturday, August 14, 2010

SAMUEL ADAMS BOSTON ALE

Samuel Adams Boston Ale (4.9%): an Ale from the US. If Budweiser can sell you the "American Ale", Sam Adams can naturally offer the Boston Ale.

  • Nice Amber color.
  • Generic citrus flavor, lacks complexity.
  • Aftertaste is a bit metallic for an ale!
  • The label on the bottle looks like vomit?

Needless to say, I'm disappointed. Below average.

Grade:C-



Tuesday, August 10, 2010

PHIL IS GOING ON VACATION

Hello dear readers,

I'll be in the US-Canada from 08/11 to 09/01. Hopefully I'll try some new brews.

Monday, August 9, 2010

WHO IS PHIL?

Nah Phil's beer bar isn't an actual bar. So who is Phil? I realized I hadn't introduced myself in the first post, .... well better late than never. I'm in my late 20's, currently living in France. I was born in Sweden but grew up mostly in Paris. I'm a huge Hip Hop fan and music production/deejaying is my main hobby. I drink regularly but always in moderation (1 unit per day). I've always liked to try new brews and used to post pictures of my new finds on my facebook account. Somebody suggested I create a blog ... the rest is history! (lol). Anyways, I hope you enjoy the reviews.

Phil




















Me circa 2003-2004

Sunday, August 8, 2010

MIKE's HARD MOJITO

Mike's Hard Mojito (8%): a beer mixed drink from the US. Like many other producers of alcopops, Mike's also has a malt-based mojito beverage.

  • Probably the most authentic mojito flavor amongst malt-based drinks, yummy.
  • At 8%, will give you a mega buzz (strongest alcopop I've tried so far).

Very solid, one of the best in its category.

Grade:A-



Saturday, August 7, 2010

MIKE's HARD LEMONADE

Mike's Hard Lemonade (5%): a beer mixed drink from the US. Another alcopop, Mike's Hard Lemonade is simply malt liquor mixed with lemonade. There are many variants (pink lemonade, lime, berry, too many to name). Here I'm reviewing the original 5% ABV lemonade.

  • Sweet acidic lemonade flavor (yummy but too sweet; 220 calories per serving).
  • Fairly good buzz.


Verdict: decent alcopop.

Grade:B





Check out this cool commercial:



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Friday, August 6, 2010

SMIRNOFF RAW TEA

Smirnoff Raw Tea (5%): a beer mixed drink from the US. Conceived by the Marketing "scientists" at the US division of Diageo, the Raw teas are basically tea mixed with fermented malt. Four flavors are available: lemon, peach, raspberry and green.

  • Imagine some form of metallic bum beer mixed with cheap iced tea: yuck!
  • Gave me a bad headache.
  • Gave me a mild stomachache.

Okay this was a bad idea from the start.

Grade:F





Don't forget to check out this awesome viral video:

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Grimbergen Blond

Grimbergen Blond (6.7%): an Abbey beer from Belgium. I was bored so I ... went to the supermarket to browse beers. I looked up and saw this can with a stained glass logo. 5 seconds later it was in my basket.

  • Fruity ale flavor, I "detect" apples, apricots, honey.
  • Mega buzz, I felt really happy.
  • The can is awesome?

If you're into sweet Ales, you gotta try this.

Grade:A-





Check out those two classic commercials (1st in French, 2nd in Dutch):



Tuesday, August 3, 2010

BACARDI SILVER MOJITO

Bacardi Silver Mojito (5%): a beer mixed drink from the US. This is a variant of Bacardi Silver (previously reviewed). Mojito is a popular Cuban rum-based cocktail one can find anywhere in the US. Problem is not everyone can guzzle down distilled alcohol (teenagers, females, etc ...), hence the need for a malt version.

  • Again yummy flavors with the expected mint (the Pomgranate and Mango versions being slightly fruitier).
  • Too sweet, too much sugar....lots of calories (you will be thirsty also).
  • Decent buzz for an alcopop.



A solid mixed drink, but again why all the unnecessary sugar?

Grade:B








Monday, August 2, 2010

BACARDI SILVER

Bacardi Silver (5%): a beer mixed drink from the US (brewed by Anheuser-Busch). Welcome back to the world of alcopops. Bacardi Silver doesn't contain any rum (just fermented malt, adjuncts + fruit flavoring). It comes in 3 different variants: raspberry, watermelon and strawberry.

  • Yummy fruit flavors, unfortunately they're way too sweet.
  • 226 calories per serving (ouch).
  • Fairly good buzz for an alcopop.

A decent line of beer-mixed drinks. I would have rated higher if not for the excessive amount of sugar.

Grade:B-