Posts tagged ‘lager’

Heartland Brewery Part 1

While in NYC over the past two days I went to an awesome brewpub called Heartland Brewery. The worst part about this place is that you can only get its beer here. I had a 7-beer sampler, which offers their 6 regular brews plus one of their seasonals. Not bad for $15. I’ll review the seven beers over the next couple of posts, and we’ll start with a 2-for-1!

First up, Indian River Light.

This was an excellent summer beer, reminiscent of Blue Moon, but MUCH better. It’s also not cloudy like Blue Moon. The aroma is nearly all orange with hints of coriander. The taste is the same: LOTS of orange, bits of spice, and a clean, finish. This is a great summer beer–I could drink this for hours.

Try this if you like: Blue Moon

5 Stars

Next up, Cornhusker Lager. This was a very generic lager, made with corn hops like many of the American macrobrews. The website even claims that it’s similar to Bud. No wonder I didn’t like it.

There was really no aroma to speak of. On first taste I thought “yup, this is an American lager.” It was quite bubbly (a very tingly mouthfeel,) with a mild malty taste. This definitely had more taste than your typical Bud or Miller (a plus for it), but other than that it wasn’t anything special. I’m glad I only had to drink 5 ounces of it.

Try this if you like: Bud, Miller, Heineken, Amstel


Leinenkugel’s: Limited

Thanks to Mom and Dad, I got a delivery of Leinenkugel’s! Today’s selection is their “Limited”, which has been in and out of rotation for the past 25 years. Its last appearance was as “Northwoods Lager” about 3 or 4 years ago. This is one of the things I like about Leinie’s–their beers rotate, so your old favorites may disappear but they will always be back!  On to the review:

Leinie's LimitedThis beer was just like I remembered it: crisp and smooth with a clean finish. It is a very typical Leinenkugel’s brew–not very hoppy, not very malty, not fruity, but still pretty tasty. I immediately wanted to go tailgating. Leinie’s makes all my go-to tailgate brews and this one is no exception. You get a significant amount of taste compared to an American adjunct lager, but you get it on the cheap! (At least in Wisconsin you do…nothing is cheap in New York.)

I’m only giving this beer three stars because while I REALLY like it, it isn’t too exciting.

I’m heading down to NYC for the next two days, so hopefully I’ll have some beers to write about when I come back!

Try this if you like: anything else Leinenkugel’s

Cortland Beer Company: Naked Lap Lager

You’d think a beer called “Naked Lap” would be interesting and worth a try. Well…it wasn’t. Good thing it was on special and I only paid $2 for 12 ounces of it.

Naked Lap LagerNow, I realize that the Android phone cameras aren’t the greatest (at least compared to a real camera), but see that color? That’s Miller-Bud-Coors-Labatt colored, and that’s bad. Now, I really like lagers, and there are some great ones. This one isn’t one.

I described this at the bar as the “most generic beer I’ve ever had.” And I’m really not exaggerating. It had a slightly fruity taste, but it was VERY slight. There were barely any hops and it really didn’t taste like much. I certainly wouldn’t order it again.

Try this if you like: Miller Lite, MGD, Coors Light, Bud Light, Budweiser, Coors, …you get the idea.