Wednesday, March 12, 2008


Tried 2 new offerings from Sam Adams--the Longshot collection of homebrew winners. This year, their 2 winners were a Grape Pale Ale and a Weizenbock. It's hard to believe that one of the best homebrews is a Pale Ale brewed with Grapes. Surely someone out there had a better recipe. The GPA wasn't as bad as I was expecting...could barely taste the grapes, and it was hoppy like any other Pale Ale.

Grape Pale Ale

The Weizenbock has to be one of the worst Sam Adams beers I've ever tried. I suppose it's a cross between a Hefeweizen and a Double Bock...both are good beers, but there's no synergy when mixing the two. The beer smelled like a Hefeweizen, but was too sweet and thick.


Over the past week I discovered my new favorite beer...Czechvar. In the Czech Republic it's known as Budvar. It's the original Budweiser, but due to copyright problems with Anheuser-Busch, it's known as Czechvar in the US. It's clearly an A+.


Keith said...

The GPA sounds interesting or different, and I'll take your word about the Sam Adam's.

But yeah, Czechvar is good stuff; they have it at Trader Joe's for not too much, well that is when they do have it which isn't all the time, but it's up there as one of my favorites.

Strap said...

Czechvar/Budvar is what Adolphus Busch was trying to recreate with Budweiser...although I like the King, Czechvar is far superior.

I'm having my 2nd bottle of the Weizenbock...I must say it's growing on me...upgrade it to a B-. One more detail is that it's 7.2%, but really doesn't have the bite of most high gravity beers.

Keith said...

Yes, the Czechvar is definitely superior, and as far as the King, someone definitely fell off the program, or is that just what happens when you start making it for the masses?

Strap said...

the rice additive i suppose...i still think it's good, just not Czechvar good.