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Old 02-28-2009, 04:31 PM   #1
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Has anybody tried any of the new Michelob brews coming out? I was just e-mailed a special that my brew supplier has for them, and might go and try a couple different kinds.

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Old 03-02-2009, 06:39 AM   #2
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I don't keep up with latest marketing , so I'm not sure what you mean by "new".

I just purchased a six pack of Michelob "Pale Ale" and I'm frankly disappointed. It's not bad but falls way short of my favorite craft brews. The best thing I can say about it is that it tastes better than the old standby mass produced American lagers and it's cheaper that the really good stuff like Sierra Nevada and Avery's.

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Old 03-02-2009, 11:32 AM   #3
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I've had their dunkel wiess. To me, it tasted like a watery beer with banana flavor in it.
As a kid, we used to have Towne Club soda shops. One of the 12 oz bottles of pop we would get was banana flavored. Reminded me of that.

They claim some special Belgian yeast. If special means "a shovel full of overpowering banana" then they've hit the mark. It didn't make me want to throw up or anything, but I won't be buying anymore.

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Old 03-02-2009, 11:43 AM   #4
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I've had their dunkel wiess. To me, it tasted like a watery beer with banana flavor in it.
That's the one that has the highest ratings at beeradvocate.com (graded a B overall). The porter, Irish red, and Bavarian wheat are all B- at the moment, with other offerings going lower from there.
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Old 03-02-2009, 01:28 PM   #5
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I have had most of their specialty brews. And while I agree with the others that there are MUCH better beers in each category, I think they are all pretty good and a nice change from their American Premium line. I would have no problem picking up a sixer for a get together if the price was right.

I applaud all brewers that branch out and offer variety.

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Old 03-02-2009, 01:29 PM   #6
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I had their Shock Top Wheat a few weeks ago. It was okay, but nothing special. At least the bottles are reusable.

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Old 03-02-2009, 01:39 PM   #7
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I liked their Winter's Bourbon Cask Ale. Said so here.

I like their Pale Ale, but like most Midwest micro's, their version of a pale ale is much more like an English Pale Ale than and APA.

Even Sam Adams Pale Ale is styled after the Special Bitters of the UK.

Why larger breweries are afraid of the "C" hops is beyond me.

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Why larger breweries are afraid of the "C" hops is beyond me.
In think for midwest micros it is the average consumer who is afraid of the C hops. The relatively few who like the hops go for the IPAs of which many are quite good. The Pale Ale is sold more to the average consumer who is more conservative than those in bigger microbrew areas like the west coast.

Luckily Cascades and Centennial grow well in our environment so i can brew plenty of C hopped IPAs. I havn't brewed an IPA in a while so I may have to make up for it by brewing an IIPA hop bomb.

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I've liked pretty much all of the craft Michs I've tried, although the pale was just ok, and the shock top is not close to my favorite. The rest are decent brews and at a good price. I like getting the sampler box and then I have a nice box to put my homebrew in when I bottle.

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Old 03-02-2009, 06:58 PM   #10
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I bought the Craft Collection with the Pale Ale, Marzen, Porter, and Irish Red beers. While it was OKAY, I wasn't too impressed. I did find that the labels come off very easily with a 15 min hot water bath with some baking soda in it. That has to be my favorite property.

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