Saturday, July 2, 2011

Utica Club XX Pure Pilsener Lager Beer

Brewed by the West End Brewing Company of Utica, New York.  Utica Club has been brewed since 1888.  It has the distinction of being named as the beer that was first legally sold again after Prohibtion ended.  Utica Club hit its peak in the late 1950's-early 1960's due to the popularity of their talking beer tankards, Schultz and Dooley (voiced by Jonathan Winters).

This beer pours golden in color with a quarter inch of pure white head.  The aroma is metallic and corn.  The taste is slightly sweet, corn-grain-malt, and a touch of something aromatic that is probably supposed to be hops.  It drinks a bit watery, the finish is both slightly dry, yet crisp.  A solid American adjunct lager.  It is not great, but it is drinkable, and there are many in its genre that are much worse.  Like many beers of this style, it is better straight out of the can.

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