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Old 12-04-2007, 08:53 PM   #11
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Yes, I used only extract. The yeast was whatever yeast came with the Munton's kit.

This ( http://www.muntons.com/homebeer/coun...prem_lager.htm ) and 2 #s of rice syrup solids were the only ingredients.

I don't expect that its my water because several other beers I've made with different water have the similar strong aftertaste, and some that I've made with the same water didn't. The one thing the ones that had a strong aftertaste did have in common was that the extract came out of a can, thats sort of why I was assuming it was the "extract twang" I was dealing with.



 
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Old 12-04-2007, 09:05 PM   #12
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Is it the same kind of extract? I've used a variety of extracts in the past, and none of them had that particular taste. Hmmm. I don't know, then. I will try another one of the beers you sent tomorrow (son has basketball game tonight) and see if it's in there, too.


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Old 12-04-2007, 09:14 PM   #13
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No its not the same kind of extract, but it did come from a can.

 
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Ok, lager #2. (Green circle sticker on the cap)

Aroma: Slightly fruity aroma with no notable hop notes. 6/12

Appearance: Again, a very nice looking beer! nice head and perfect carbonation. A coppery clear color that is really nice to look at. No lacing, and the head disapated quickly. 2/3

Flavor: There is a slight sour note (lactic acid?) that detracts from the flavor but it is subtle. There is a slight estery note and balance between malt and hops so that neither predominate. It's not as clean and crisp as expected, but it actually tastes good. I don't taste the tannic notes present in the other lager I sampled. There is no hint of diacetyl. The taste is good, except for that slight sourness. I wouldn't guess this a lager, though, do to the slight esters I detect and actually enjoy! 7/20

Mouthfeel: Not as crisp as expected but otherwise very nice. The carbonation level is perfect. 3/5

Overall impression: Well, I think this is a well made beer. It's pleasant to drink, but with a distinct sour taste to it that detracts from it. It is a little fruity to me, and I wouldn't have guessed it to be a lager. But it is still enjoyable, especially when it was very cold from the refrigerator. 5/10


I did NOT get the tannic finish the other beer had, so that seems to be a different issue that is resolved now. The only flaw in this beer is the sourness. I suspect the very beginning of a lactic acid infection. Without that sourness, I think this beer would be very good and very drinkable. As it is, it's still enjoyable. The sourness is not really overpowering at all, and I was able to finish it just fine!

Thanks for the beer! I've enjoyed trying them.
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Old 12-09-2007, 01:28 AM   #15
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Thanks for the review. I think you might like the Ale in the smaller bottle, just judging from the beers you sent me to taste, I think that one might be more to your liking.

 
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Thanks for the review. I think you might like the Ale in the smaller bottle, just judging from the beers you sent me to taste, I think that one might be more to your liking.

Oh, I liked these!!!!! I will try the others, too. I like all beers as a rule (except wheats). My favorites are IIPAs and IPAs (as you noticed!) but I make a drink a variety. Thanks for the beers- I really liked them.

Incidently, there are definitely different flavors in these beers. NOT the same tannic taste at all. This one seemed to have a darker color and an extract flavor that I picked up on that wasn't in the first. Nothing wrong with extract beers at all- but I definitely picked it up. I'd love to try another of your AG beers just to see the difference. These are well made beers.
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Canadian Blonde

Initial Impression: Very strong pop to bottle, started foaming out the neck. Deep golden to Honey in color, Strong white head. Slightly cloudy, maybe more settling time?

Aroma: Crisp malt nose, light spice, fruity esters come out as it warms. No hop aroma as per style.

Flavor: Malt flavor persists, with a slight diacytle coating in the mouth. Small hop flavor that turns fruity as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Light body with moderately high carbonation. Finished very dry.

Overall Impression: Had low head retention, perhaps some wheat or carapils to help with that. Finished crisp more like a Kolsch. Would like to see this with a bit less carbonation, as the second pour was much better.


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Old 12-30-2007, 10:09 PM   #18
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Thanks for reviewing. I'm going to make this beer again when I get a fermenter free, I think I can do better with the temps and maybe avoid the diacytle, and I'm sure I can do better on the carbonation too. I carbed with Cooper's carbonation drops and I wasn't sure how many to use for a 220z bottle, so half the bottles got 2 drops and the other half got 1 drop. I guess you must have gotten one of the 2 drop bottles.



 
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