Saturday, March 21, 2015

Leinenkugel's Grapefruit Shandy

Leinenkugel's Brewing Company is from  Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.  They began brewing in 1867. Leinenkugel's has been owned by Miller for some time now (who is now owned by MolsonCoors). They have been releasing quite a number of shandies in the last couple of years, and this is a 4.2% ABV grapefruit version.

The beer pours a hazy yellow, looking like the filling of lemon meringue pie. There is over an inch of pure white head, but it fizzles down fairly quickly. The aroma is a blast of grapefruit, a touch of sweet, and toasted wheat, think grapefruit curd spread on toast eaten while drinking a freshly poured Squirt. The taste follows the aromas, zesty and tangy grapefruit, with light grapefruit bitterness, over toast. It drinks very easy and refreshing. This makes for a tasty and refreshing shandy.

Camo Black Ice

This is a high gravity lager beer brewed by Five Star Brewing of LaCrosse, Wisconsin and Latrobe, Pennsylvania (contract brewed by City Brewing). It is 10.5% ABV.  The can says it is "Ice Brewed for Extra Smooth Taste." The ice brewing part is surely right, but the rest is a lie!

The beer pours a dark golden in color, just a tint of orange. (The glass is to show the beer, this type of beer needs to be taken straight from the can while as cold as possible.) There is a short white head that quickly disappears. The aroma is sweet and tangy, sweetened malt o’ meal, circus peanuts candy, fermenting green apples. The taste follows the aromas, an amalgam of sweet, tangy, and chemicals. It goes down with a carbonated alcohol burn and leaves a screech of horribly cheap sake in the back of the mouth. Not gag inducing, but close, and definitely not good either. I never get these type of beers.  If you want a cheap drunk, there are tastier ways.  If you want a decent and drinkable malt liquor, there are options.