Thursday, August 18, 2011

Milwaukee's Best - Premium; Light

While now long brewed by Miller, this beer was once its own independent brand.  The A. Gettleman Brewery was established in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1887.  In 1895 it began producing Gettelman's Milwaukee Best Beer.  This became Milwaukee's Best in 1956.  As early as 1961 the brand was acquired by Miller.  However, the 1975 introduction of Miller Lite took off and the brewing capacity was switched to Lite and "the Beast" was discontinued.  It came back to store shelves in 1984 and is Miller's value priced beer line.

Premium - The beer pours light honey golden with a small white head.  The aroma is light grain, a touch of corn, a mere hint of hops and a touch of apple tart-sweet.  The taste is extremely light, almost non-existent, very light grain, and an aftertaste that probably professes to be hops.  The mouth feel is incredibly carbonated, yet still watery.

Light - This beer pours a very pale yellow-golden in color.  There is a quarter inch of white foam that leaves very light lacing down the glass.  The aroma is very light grain and straw, and a tangy note, somewhat apple-like.  The taste is light grain and straw, that blends into the sensation of intense carbonation, and a hint of hop on the finish.  Without going head to head, this might actually be as flavorful as the regular.  Pretty darn good for a "cheap" light beer.

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