Adopting a can do attitude

Jeez I need to work on making less cheesy titles. Any who, it would appear as if the hot summer months have arrived. With the official summer holiday kickoff coming up, the potential need to change ones drinking habits arises. Now I am not advocating one down a case of Busch Lite to beat the heat. Instead one may need to reevaluate their beer containment device. Whether hanging out at the beach, floating down the river, or simply having a cookout at the local park that lovely frosty glass bottle can become an issue. In the past this may have been pause for concern, but the times they are a changing. So now when glass bottles won’t do, reach for a can of craft beer:

Brewery: Southern Star
Beer: Bombshell Blonde
Style: Blonde ale
ABV: 5.0%
Rating out of 5: 3.7

Appearance: Deep hazy copper. Off white head. The head is short lived and leaves adequate lacing down the glass.

Smell: Toasty malt sweetness. Thats followed by a bity of yeastiness and some floral hop notes.

Taste: There’s a nice malt/hop balance at work here. Light Citrusy/floral hops are followed by a bit of yeastiness and biscuity malt backing. The finish is grainy with more pronounced biscuit notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with adequate carbonation.

Another craft brew in a can – always a welcome sight. This is a nice session brew here. Its easy drinking and perfect for the hot summer months. Keep up the good work Southern Star.

Brewery: Oskar Blues Grill and Brewery
Beer: Mamma’s Little Yella Pils
Style: Czech Pilsner
ABV: 5.30%
Rating out of 5: 3.6

Mama’s Little Yella Pils pours a crystal clear bright gold. The folks at Stone would say this is “fizzy yellow beer”, but you know in a good way. Things are topped off by a fingers worth of white head. The head quickly fades, but leaves adequate lacing down the glass.

Onto the aroma. Light in the hops department – not a great sign for a supposed Czech pils. The aroma is pretty light all the way around. A bit of cut grass mixed with with sweet corn is the dominating aroma. A light lemon note rounds things out.

The flavor follows suit in the lightness department. More corn and herbal/grassy notes. A bit of a malt graininess comes into play as well. There is some tangy lemon notes throughout. The finish is lightly hoppy with a bit of lingering bitterness mixed with more sweet corn.

The mouthfeel is on the fuller side of light, almost verging on medium bodied. The carbonation is lively and lends a bit of crispness to the beer.

Is Mama’s Little Yella Pils a good Czech pilsner? The short answer is a resounding no. Does that mean this a bad beer? Oh hell no. Reality is this tastes like an American style lager. Its a great easy drinking lawnmower kinda brew. It definitely outclasses its rivals like PBR. All in all this a great warm weather quaff.

Those are just a couple of tasty canned offerings. Both breweries exclusively use cans, so they have more to offer. Other breweries have gotten in on the canning bandwagon as well. For those in their distribution area, 21st Amendment Brewery in San Francisco also cans. Their Brew Free or Die IPA is probably a good choice for those hop heads needing a fix. For fans of New Belgium’s Fat Tire, It can be had in cans now. From Big Sky Brewing Company, their Montana Trout Slayer Ale has become available in cans as well. More canned Colorado goodness comes care of Ska Brewing Company. Their Modus Hoperandi, a tasty IPA, has recently hit the shelves around here in cans. I am sure there are other canned offerings I have missed. With the growing canning trend there will undoubtedly be more good beer in a can in the future.

With all this canned goodness available these days, I would be remiss if I didn’t discuss the elephant in the room: British beers. There have been, for longer than craft beer in cans, canned British beer. British beer is great. Beer carbonated with a nitrogen mix; far from great. Nitrogen, while great for many things, does nothing but rob beers of their flavor. While I would love to offer some recommendations on canned British beers, the whole nitrogen widget contained in most brews prevents me from doing so. I just cannot in good conscious recommend a beer that has been stripped of its soul. If you can find the odd can of beer that’s widget free, feel free to drink up.


~ by thebrewgeek on Wednesday, May 26, 2010.

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