Yankee Jim Silver Reserve and other bottom-quality beers.

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Yankee Jim Silver Reserve and other bottom-quality beers.

Postby mintjellie » Wed Feb 06, 2013 9:48 pm

Yankee Jim Silver Reserve

1.6/5 rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Golden colour and brilliant clarity with loads of visible carbonation. Large meringue-like head, good retention, no lace. Boiled corn aroma with hints of bread dough and buttery diacetyl. Malt forward with doughy and corn syrup flavours, overcooked vegetables, a light butterscotch note, and almost no hopping to speak of. Light-bodied and highly carbonated. Feels prickly and gives you unpleasant tasting burps. Slight diacetyl slickness. A flavourful lager in all the worst ways. I feel like a masochist for actually finishing this.

Serving type: bottle

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Postby liamt07 » Wed Feb 06, 2013 9:55 pm

Why even bother putting this up? Everyone already knew.
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Postby mintjellie » Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:07 pm

liamt07 wrote:Why even bother putting this up? Everyone already knew.


I'm going to be putting up bottom-quality beer reviews all week. Got Carling Ice, Old Mil, Old Mil Ice, Busch, and Busch Ice sitting in the fridge. I expect the Carling Ice to be the only one to give this a run for its money in terms of awfulness though.

This is the second lowest score I've ever given a beer.

I generally post every review I make on here, it's become a matter of habit.

Maybe I should just do them all in one thread?
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Postby Guybrush » Thu Feb 07, 2013 4:33 pm

Couldn't you just pour all those beers together into a bowl, and then write a review of that? That way you can evaluate them all in one post!
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Postby Malcolm » Thu Feb 07, 2013 5:49 pm

liamt07 wrote:Why even bother putting this up? Everyone already knew.


I didn't, but I could've guessed. Still, I got a laugh reading it. But didn't Gary cover these mediocre offerings at some point?!
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Postby JeffPorter » Thu Feb 07, 2013 9:45 pm

Malcolm wrote:
liamt07 wrote: But didn't Gary cover these mediocre offerings at some point?!



...only after he blended them :wink:
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Postby mintjellie » Thu Feb 07, 2013 10:59 pm

Malcolm wrote:
liamt07 wrote:Why even bother putting this up? Everyone already knew.


I didn't, but I could've guessed. Still, I got a laugh reading it. But didn't Gary cover these mediocre offerings at some point?!


I wasn't even trying to be funny, really. I was trying to play it straight.
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Postby mintjellie » Fri Feb 08, 2013 12:05 am

Old Milwaukee

2.84/5 rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Straw gold body with lots of apparent carbonation. It's large white head is tightly formed and surprisingly retentive. It even leaves large patches of lace on the walls of my glass. Old Milwaukee is actually an appealing beer to look at. Nondescript cereal-like aroma. The best descriptor I can find for it is "beery." Even for an AAL, it's pretty weak. I'm going to call it slightly below average for it's sheer insipidness, but insipid isn't foul. It has a gently sweet taste with notes of corn flakes cereal and wonderbread. Light bitterness and green apple in the short finish. Light-bodied and highly carbonated. Feels thin and fizzy in the mouth, like carbonated water. Overall, this isn't a terrible beer. It's also not a good one either, and that's a shame because if it didn't have that quite noticeable acetaldehyde fault it would be. Within the context of the style, of course.

Serving type: can

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Postby munrets » Fri Feb 08, 2013 12:21 am

I would read these all day. Keep 'em coming.
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Yep, I wrote 'suds' again hoping it will one day sound cool

Postby Belgian » Fri Feb 08, 2013 2:52 pm

Beer Reviews are about relative merits of all brews, not just world-beaters.

Plus it's fun to get a reference once in a while to the hardcore macro suds, rather than living in a bubble.
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Postby sprague11 » Fri Feb 08, 2013 3:10 pm

I enjoy reading them - gives me a chance to live foolishly through somebody elses taste buds. See Greg and Pootz's original steelback ratings
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Postby mintjellie » Sat Feb 09, 2013 3:19 am

Busch Beer

2.35/5 rDev +18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pale straw. Small and poorly retained white head. Mild "beery" aroma. Like carbonated water lightly infused with corn cereal, mildly sweet, with a hint of green apple. Light-bodied and highly carbonated. Feels thin and spritzy in the mouth, like Perrier. I doubt I could easily distinguish this from it's Beechwood-aged sister, Budweiser. Or from most other beers of this type, if tasted blind. Has that "green" character common to many AAL's.

Serving type: can

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Re: Yep, I wrote 'suds' again hoping it will one day sound c

Postby mintjellie » Sat Feb 09, 2013 3:27 am

Truthfully, I kind of like that mild breakfast cereal thing I get from some of these brews. Corn isn't a bad taste. Breakfast cereal isn't a bad taste. It's only full-on corn syrup or boiled corn/cabbage type flavours that bother me, like in the Yankee Jim.

The thing is, many beers of this type also have some "green" character to them as well. Like a green apple or vegetal sort of flavour, if that makes sense. And it doesn't go well with the rest of the AAL profile. From what I've read, the beer probably isn't conditioned long enough. These seem like they could be significantly better than they are.

Next time I'm in the states, I think I'd like to pick up a few of the AAL's that have something of a cult following amongst certain beer geeks - Narragansett, Schlitz Gusto, Grain Belt - for comparison.

Belgian wrote:Beer Reviews are about relative merits of all brews, not just world-beaters.

Plus it's fun to get a reference once in a while to the hardcore macro suds, rather than living in a bubble.
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Postby mintjellie » Sat Feb 09, 2013 3:29 am

I'm dreading the Ice beers. Cryo-concentration of off-flavours. Sounds lovely!
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Re: Yep, I wrote 'suds' again hoping it will one day sound c

Postby JeffPorter » Sat Feb 09, 2013 9:41 am

mintjellie wrote: Corn isn't a bad taste.


I agree - in fact, if you want to read about how corn is used effectively (in whiskey, anyway), read Chris Shyer's blog post about his trip to Forty Creek. John Hall ferments, distills and ages all his grains separately blends them later on. If you go on a tour you might be able to try just the corn whiskey, which apparently is quite nice...
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