See how my wife has an eye for a bargain? And isn’t it beautifully presented?
The local co-op must have had some split four-packs and some loose bottles, so Eve got these three bottles for the princely sum of £2.50.
First up: Staropramen Lager
I don’t know much about these folks but i do know that even though I’m not a lager drinker per se I quite enjoyed this one. Staropramen is brewed in Prague and imported by Carlsberg.
Almost a sunflowery yellow colour with a sprightly effervescence and a cap of fluffy foam that just won’t budge. A very pretty-looking glass of beer.
Aroma-wise, there’s a light minerality with slightly peppery, ozoney euro hops and sweet malt goodness. There’s also a faint florid note that puts this squarely in the summer beer category for me.
On the taste side there’s a smooth effervescence in the mouth feel, backed up with a light bready maltiness…the follow on and aftertaste have a light refreshing bitterness with a lovely thirst quenching quality. The aftertaste doesn’t hang about for long, but doesn’t need to, the pleasant easy-tasting quality of this beer makes you want to keep drinking.
Overall: I like it; it’s fresh, tasty and thirst quenching. It doesn’t last long when the weather’s warm – so get a few in while we still have some weather to enjoy.
Second Up: Budweiser (NOT Budvar)
…and by crikey, don’t we know it. By comparison to the Staropramen it’s a thin, paltry, sorry affair. one word to describe the whole experience: thin. Thin aroma, thin nose, thin mouth feel, thin bitterness.
If I was feeling less generous I’d describe it as “Niggardly” (Idiots, please look this word up before you comment)
I suppose if you’re going to brew with rice as one of your ingredients you’re going to have to expect something watery and woeful.
Still, on the bottle it’s described as The King of Beers…which laughable.
Mind you, there was that bloke that bought that old fort in the middle of the North Sea, called it Sealand and considered himself the de facto King. I suspect there was only him involved in that decision, just like Budweiser in theirs.
Anyway, rather than providing a link to the “Bud” (bleurgh) site, I thought I’d provide you with a link to The Prinicipality of Sealand’s website as it’s way, way, way more interesting than the Budweiser site: