Brewery: Innstadt Brauerei
Variety: Bock Weisse
ABV (alcohol by volume): 7.0%
Purchased at: Alpine Village in Torrance, Calif.
Beer was enjoyed with … Basically, the soothing self-satisfaction after a long, yet productive, day at the office. Said day contained three Thanksgiving Day NFL games, including the Green Bay Packers’ 27-15 victory over the Detroit Lions, which sent the Packers to 11-0 for the first time in team history. Still, it was a long day at a desk behind a computer and away from family/friends on one of my favorite holidays of the year (also, the greatest of the food/football holidays). Perhaps that experience will be a motivator to rectify that situation in 2012. But, I digress …
Will I drink this beer again? I’ve already consumed a number of Innstadt’s offerings, including the Original Edelsud, Neues Helles and Stadl-Bier (none reviewed yet here at Rhino’s Sports Pub … oh, darn, guess we’ll just have to make another trip to Alpine VIllage to try those fine beers again).
I’m not going to lie, a big part of the allure of the Innstadt brews is the packaging. Bock Weisse, like the aforementioned Innstadt offerings, comes in an awesome swing-top bottle. It’s just more fun drinking a beer from a swing/pop top.
Upon pouring, one might notice a couple things:
1. The beer actually looks like a root beer. Thankfully, it’s not and — at 7 percent ABV — packs a bit more punch.
2. The lack of head. This isn’t a bad thing … makes it easier to pour.
Initial taste brings a hint of chocolate, caramel and maybe some nuttiness (not the crazy kind of nutty).
This was a pleasant beer experience, and further affirmation that you simply can’t go wrong with a beer from Germany.
Brewery: Rinkuškiai Alaus Darykla
Variety: Before-After Premium Lager
Style: Euro Pale Lager
ABV (alcohol by volume): 4.7 percent
Purchased at: The market at Alpine Village in Torrance, Calif.
Beer was enjoyed with … Chicken fajitas off the grill … oh, and a Seattle Sounders FC 4-2 triumph over the New York Red Bulls, which is really all that mattered on this fine June evening.
Will we drink this beer again? Uh, yeah, there was really nothing about this beer that will have me racing to my mode of transportation and heading down the 405 to the 110 for the fine place called Alpine Village. And, if I just happen to race down that 405 to the 110 to Torrance, then it’d likely be for something with “Weihenstephaner” on the label, or perhaps “Radeberger” or “Franziskaner.” That’s the stuff (well, that and the smoked German bratwurst and kielbasa at the meat market … mmm, meat!).
So, this Before-After Premium Lager is from Lithuania. This was a first for me, I think, drinking a beer from Lithuania. That helped entice the purchase, as did the unique bottle label thingee (please see photo … reminiscent of a phenomenon known as “beer goggles”). It poured to little head, but still smelled and tasted like a beer. The noteworthy aspects of this beer end there.
Quickly, the Sounders managed a build a 2-nil lead, then give up that lead only to score two more times to claim victory. All the while, the Before-After Premium Lager was replaced by the familiar Widmer Hefeweizen.
With that fun in mind, here is a list of the top five beers Greatest Pro Bowls of all time, and other stuff has had recently (not in any specific order, really; listed alphabetically, actually) …