Boxer Hard Root Beer – Minhas Craft Brewery (Monroe, WI, USA)

Boxer Hard Root Beer – Minhas Craft Brewery, 5.5% ABV, 330 ml., (Monroe, Wisconsin, USA)


  • Style: (flavoured – Root Beer) Spiced Beer
  • Taste: Generic root beer vanilla nutmeg cane sugar heavy sweet heartburn
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $13.85 CAD – 6x330ml., April 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: for root beer and soda lovers

Visual: 6pack of 330ml. Pours dark root beer brown with large soda CO2 bubbles clinging to the side of the glass, no head, clusters of active streams.

Nose: big artificial root beer soda, cane sugar (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: thicker-slick mouthfeel, crisp burpy soda CO2

Mid-palate: (lvl-8-sweetness), cane sugar, artificial root beer flavouring, big nutmeg numbness,

Finish: molasses sweet, huge vanilla, mildly cloying, onset of heartburn.

Summary: The taste and mouthfeel is that of a soda instead of a beer, giving me a impression of a Barq’s/A&W/Mugs, mostly artificial (no wintergreen/sarsaparilla/sassafras). It does however taste rather good with the vanilla, molasses, cane sugar, and blend of other subtle spices. This is easy to kick back with a meal or just to quench your thirst. Warning though, it is sweet like a soda and may those who are prone to it heartburn. Much better than mixed vodka and root beer.

Miller Genuine Draft – Miller Brewing (Milwaukee, WI, USA)

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  • My Rating: D-

Miller Genuine Draft – Miller Brewing, 4.7% ABV – 355ml, (Milwaukee, WI, USA)

from Wikipedia:

“Miller Genuine Draft (MGD) was introduced in 1985 as the original cold filtered packaged draft beer, which means that the beer is not pasteurized. MGD received the gold medal in the American-style Premium Lager category at the 1999 World Beer Cup. It also received the silver medal at the 2003 Great American Beer Festival. The concept for cold-filtered Miller Genuine Draft was developed by product consultant Calle & Company. Martin Calle evolved the concept from Miller’s New Ventures effort to launch a new dry beer at a time Miller Brewing was in danger of becoming a much-cloned light beer manufacturer. Originally introduced as “Miller High Life Genuine Draft”, the “High Life” part of the name was soon dropped. MGD is actually made from the same recipe as Miller High Life but with a different treatment. It was developed to give High Life drinkers the same taste in a can or bottle as they found in non-pasteurized kegs. It has 4.7% abv”

  • Style: Lager
  • Taste: sharp crispness -> barley malt/cereal -> thin malty sweet/rough off-dry metallic finish.
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $24 – 12x355ml, September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no!

Visual: Big beer company, now joined with Molson and Coors. Seems like a chugging/hot pot beer to me. Pours clear golden yellow with a small dissipating head, thin layer of retention, several slow spread out streams.

Nose: a bit of apple but mainly light barley grain. (3)-aromatic strength.

Attack: sharp crispness mixed with light barley (4)-sweetness.

Mid-palate: (MAIN) barley, cereal grain

Finish: thin malty sweet finish, palate off-dry rough metallic finish.

Summary: Absolutely zero depth and not much flavour other than the cereal barely malt. It goes okay with Chinese salty meal since it’s light flavour basically acts like water in cleaning the palate, quenching thirst, and partially accentuating lingering residual flavours. Terrible on its own though. (Note: all numbers above are on a 10-point scale, with 1 being weak and 10 being the strongest)

Mamma Mia! Pizza Beer – Sprecher Brewing (USA)

Mamma Mia! Pizza Beer (Seefurth family) – Sprecher Brewing, 4.7% ABV – 16oz, (Glendale, WI, USA)

“Ale brewed with Oregano, Basil, Tomato & Garlic

  • My Rating: C
  • Why I it’s okay: gimmicky beer with a thin body
  • Where I got it: Liquor Depot Strathcona
  • How much: $6, June 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: just for kicks

Tasting notes: pours clear medium dark yellow/orange, small head, micro CO2ish. Oregano and garlic on the nose. Mellow oregano, basil and garlic up front, light malts, the body fades into wateriness, ends with a rough medium bitter (3/10) finish. Medium complexity, light-medium depth, okay transitions, okay carry, okay drinkability. Nothing super awesome but interesting nonetheless. The wateriness killed it for me.

Bad Hare Chocolate Stout – Rhinelander Brewing (Monroe, WI, USA)

Bad Hare Chocolate Stout (aka Minhas Chocolate Bunny Stout) – Rhinelander Brewing, 5.5% ABV, 75 IBUs, (Monroe, WI, USA)

On the front label:

“A dark and silky rich stout loaded with chocolate flavors. Is there chocolate in my beer or beer in my chocolate?”

  • My Rating: B-
  • Why I like it: smooth gentle layered chocolate/coffee flavour and sweetness
  • Where I got it: Liquor Depot @ Whyte
  • How much: $4, June 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours coffee black with minimal head, micro CO2, few barely visible CO2 streams. A bit of coffee on the nose but not much else. Soft sweetness (4/10), silky-creamy-fizzy mouthfeel, tastes of light sweet cacao, mild coffeeburnt malt, and a long lingering gentle bitter (2/10) coffee finish in the mouth and throat. Low-medium complexity, low-medium depth, good transitions, okay carry, decent drinkability. I like this because it’s not super-aggressive in chocolate flavouring or stoutiness – everything is subtle and the balance is there.