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Mixed Beer Styles II
Tasting Comments
Owen Ogletree (director of Brewtopia Events) gathered together some of his fellow beer lovers at Athens' Burntstone Brewhouse to sample and comment on several commercial beers available in Georgia in the summer of 2001.  This beer sampling was done as a blind tasting where each style was revealed, but no one was aware of the brand that was being served each time.  Beers were informally commented upon and ranked according to American Homebrewers Association (AHA) style guidelines.  This sampling was conducted in May, 2001.  First, second, and third places (best of show) were awarded to the beers we felt represented their styles in extraordinary fashion.  Drop Owen an email to share your comments and opinions.

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Commercial Beers -- Blind Tasting Comments...

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Weihenstephan Hefeweizen
A wonderful wheat beer with the right amount of phenols, esters, wine-like, and clove-like flavors and aromas.  There is also a hint of banana ester from the yeast and a really nice mouthfeel.  Smooth, refreshing beer!

O'Hara's Celtic Stout
A very dark, roasty, deliciously bitter beer that is still smooth and creamy.  This great beer has more flavor and body than most famous Dry Stouts.  It is very black and coffee-like with roast everywhere -- impressive.

Negra Modelo
This lager beer is malty, caramel-like, and has low hops.  It has a very good light/medium body and is true to Vienna Lager style.  Soft and toasty with malt that is not too sweet.

Rogue Chocolate Stout
Oregon, USA
This specialty ale features added chocolate.  Wow -- there is dark chocolate here.  This is a wonderful dessert beer with a rich character.  There might be a bit too much chocolate flavor to be in balance with the malt and other ingredients.  A superb beer in regard to the depth of chocolate character.

Budweiser Budvar (Czechvar)
Czech Republic
A nice bohemian pilsner with a pleasant, soft bitterness and malt richness.  Crisp, complex (a bit buttery?), and acceptable levels of floral, noble hops.

Cider Jack
This cider has a light body and nice, sweetish apple character. Mildly carbonated with a bit of a tart apple hint to balance the sweet character.  This cider is clear and brilliant in color.  Very refreshing and fruity.

Harpoon Ale
Boston, MA, USA 
Beautiful copper color with a malty, fruity, flavor that has hint of butter.  Citrusy, American hops are apparent in flavor.  Diacetyl (butterscotch) is moderate.  A good example of an American Pale Ale.

Redhook ESB
This is an ale with diacetyl and caramel aromas and flavors. There is a bit of butter undertone behind the malt and hops.  Crystal (caramelized) malt is evident and the color is copper.  Mouthfeel is medium (good).  This is a pleasant, drinkable beer for persons who favor ales.

Burntstone Brewhouse Steam Beer
Athens, GA 
This version of a California Common Beer is made at the brewpub that hosted this tasting.  It has a strong hop character that is resin-like and reminiscent of NW Cascade hops.  There is also a wood-like character to the hops, and the malt is light with a slight toasted flavor.  Quite a flavorful brew, but quite different from Anchor Steam.

Sweetwater IPA
Atlanta, GA 
A floral aroma that is very pleasant is generated by this ale.  It has good levels of malt and lots of NW hops (like a good American IPA should).  Rich and bold in its hop aroma, flavor, and bitterness, this is a beer that any hop-head would enjoy.

Dogwood Summer Brew
Atlanta, GA 
A complex version of a Belgian White Ale, this beer offers a depth of character that includes spice, fruit, coriander, citrus, and a hint of butterscotch.  A pleasant, complex beer that is still refreshing.

Old Slug Porter
Avon, UK 
A fruity Porter that may be a bit old.  There are hints of sherry and cardboard that do not belong.  The beer is dark and lovely in appearance with a bit of chocolate in the flavor.  Finding an old bottle is always a risk when buying English ales in America.  We must try this one again..

Burntstone Brewhouse Nut Brown Ale
Athens, GA 
This version of an American Brown Ale is made at the brewpub that hosted this tasting. It has a pleasant flavor of roasted nuts and a hint of chocolate.  The hop aroma is mild and nice.  Malt is good.  This is a very tasty brew.

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