Winter Brews - Cincinnati Citybeat


Winter Brews Sam Adams beer ices others in taste test RICH SHIVENER | CIN WEEKLY
Seasonal beers - they're cute, but just how good they are can vary.
We asked bartenders Josh Beshears, Brittany Burke and Sarah Crosby to drink some winter brews in a blind taste test and rate them on a scale of 1-10 in two categories.
Find out which would be great for a party - or after a trip to one of the area's holiday events - and which should stay on the shelf.
1. SAMUEL ADAMS WINTER LAGER ($6.79) Flavor/taste: 27 (out of 30) Winter factor: 26 Commentary: "Very flavorful; not bitter at all. Very smooth and easy to drink." - Josh
2. PYRAMID BREWERIES SNOW CAP ($7.49) Flavor/taste: 29 Winter factor: 24 Commentary: "Slightly bitter. Still lighter tasting than a lot of stouts - a bit of a fruity aftertaste but creamy." - Sarah
3. TOMMYKNOCKER COCOA PORTER ($8.99) Flavor/taste: 19 Winter factor: 17 Commentary: "A slight tangy taste. May drink one or two, but I could not drink it all night." - Josh
4. MIXER - COCOA PORTER AND SNOW CAP Flavor/taste: 18 Winter factor: 19 Commentary: "Tangy, tart, but smooth; pretty good. Just not my style." - Brittany
5. ANCHOR STEAM MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR ALE ($9.99) Flavor/taste: 13 Winter factor: 19 Commentary: "Bitter ... hits more in the back of the mouth," - Sarah
* All beers came in six-packs; we bought them at The Party Source, 95 Riviera Drive, Bellevue, 859-291-4007 or www.thepartysource.com.
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Reply to
Garrison Hilliard

And why did Cincinnati.com not sample the Moerlein Christkindl, a truly delightful locally marketed product?
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Reply to
Perry Huntoon

Uhhh - bitter? Oh no run for the hills! Beer isn't SUPPOSED to be bitter, unless radio and TV have lied to me.
I think Pyramid Snowcap is much more bitter than Anchor OSA, and they should have thrown Celebration in the mix and watched them all make bitter beer faces.
Reply to
Randal

This is true about the Moerlein... I just wish that Moerlein would move its brewery back to Cincinnati (the beer is currently brewed at The Lion brewery in Wikes-Barre, PA.)!
Reply to
Garrison Hilliard

Sierra Nevada Celebration (or, as I like to call it, "Bigfoot Lite") would've been too much for them, but I'm surprised that Goose Islands Christmas Ale wasn't ranked.
Reply to
Garrison Hilliard

In article
What's wrong with Wilkes Barre PA? Wyoming Valley has an extensive history of brewing. Probably much more so than Cincinnati.
Reply to
Coal Cracker

Ah, see, I mis-understood. I thought you wanted to discuss US brewing history but I see you're more interested in petty Xenophobia. My apologies.
Reply to
jesskidden

Again, apologies- I've got a sense a humor but a lot of it concentrates on sarcasm, which, unfortunately, doesn't really work with "smiley face" usage, so one has to read between the lines (altho' the moniker *is* the big hint). But, if it makes you feel any better, I had an evil grin when I typed that. (Oh, yeah-----) .
ALWAYS a good plan! Unfortunately, the only Lion product I've got is a coupla left over bottles of Lionhead but the weather calls for something a bit more hearty, so I'll be dipping into some beers from a bit south of Wyoming Valley today, like Victory's HopDevil and Hop Wallop. (Hey, I should get brownie point for even knowing WHERE "Wyoming Valley" *is*!)
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jesskidden

I'll buy you a beer next time. Victory HopDevil is an excellent choice!
(I don't know Hop Wallop. My wife and I like hoppy beers and are partial to HopDevil; Bells Two Hearted and of course Harpoon IPA).
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Coal Cracker

At first, I thought of a pun rgarding the vehicular definition of coupe, until I found this:
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coupe /koop/ -noun 1. ice cream or sherbet mixed or topped with fruit, liqueur, whipped cream, etc. 2. a glass container for serving such a dessert, usually having a stem and a wide, deep bowl. 3. any rimless plate. [Origin: 1375-1425 for earlier senses "wicker basket, tub, cask"; 1890-95 for current senses; ME < AF co(u)pe, OF coupe < LL cuppa, L cūpa cask, tub, barrel; cf. cu] Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1) Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006.
So now, I'll just agree: have a coupe of beers!
Tom
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TARogue

Victory's hop harvest, limited release seasonal brew (comes out around Nov. 1) -
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Not a lot of notable "relationship" between it and HopDevil, which is, at first, somewhat disappointing but taken on it's own terms its an , "interesting" beer. If you go into it thinking "SuperHopDevil" or even "Imperial IPA" (where some of the beer sites stick it in their desire to catagorize everything) you may be disappointed, perhaps. I passed on buying a case last year, but did this year again and I'm pretty happy with it.
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jesskidden

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