Scherlenka Smoke Beer - Braurei Heller

I read an article with the guy who makes this stuff. It's been in his family for forever and it's, uh, different to say the least. The thing about it is its historic value. In the old days the only way to dry the grains for beer-making was over an open fire. As a result, the grains were essentially smoked. This smoke comes through LOUD AND CLEAR in this beer. The owner of the brewery called it "liquid ham" and that's about right and about as disgusting as it sounds. It was somewhat worse than what I'd expect from liquid ham.

Now don't get my wrong I appreciate the historic value of this beer. It makes me understand a little bit more about beer's history and the way that it has evolved. But, it also makes me very happy that we have developed technology that allows us to have beer that doesn't taste like this anymore.

Give it a shot if you dare, but don't say I didn't warn you.

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Cooper's Lager

See review of James Boag's below. This is the same deal. Not bad, not great. It's an export lager. Enough said.

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James Boag's Premium Lager

An Australian Lager (well, actually a Tasmania lager). I don't have much to say about this. It's an export lager and it's not bad but it's not great. It's an average beer with decent flavor that everyone who drinks beer has had some variation of at some point whether it's from the US, Belgium, Holland, New Zealand, whatever.

Drinkable, but nothing to write home about.

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Goldstar Lager

Every country has one of these. It's Israel's version. A plain old lager like is mass produced for export everywhere. Budweiser, Heineken, Steinlager, etc, etc.

Also had this at 10 Degrees in NYC.

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