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Rating: 2.5

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Sweet-to-cloying Scotch-malted corn sugar entry upsets softly carbonated full-bodied lager (while puffy white bubbles consume short head). Oily 7% alcohol flow scoffed by rugged American-styled malt liquor heft.…

Rating: 2

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High-octane strong lager from oldest industrial Lithuanian brewer turns cheap malt liquor buzz to horrid hangover. Bargain basement 99 cents for 9.5% alcohol made prohibitive by overt boozy astringency and cloying caramel corn malting. Shoddily sticky pastry-like finish is nearly deplorable.…

Rating: 3.5

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Strong creamy-headed Thai sometimes sold under malt liquor banner maintains lingered barley-corn bittering and sourdough-y Scotch malt sweetness, staying ticklish on the tongue and mellow down the throat. ’07 tasting found clear pale lager increasing sharp-hopped wheat gluten stickiness burrowing through oxidized turpentine acidity. Compares favorably to bold Eastern Euro beers due to lofty malted grain pungency and tinny metallic twinge.…

Rating: 3

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Sugar malt conviction and cereal grain bed given peppier sharp hop thrust than Hayward’s 2000 ‘model.’ Cotton-candied orange marmalade dots phenol alcohol remnant.…

Rating: 2

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Billowy phenol fizz and doughy sweetness initiate weary corn-sugared pale-bodied strong lager (sold in America under nebulous malt liquor category). Hop-spiced bitterness hides licorice trace beneath indistinguishable barleywine finish.…

Rating: 2.5

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Buttery corn-sweetened cereal grain frontage, barley biscuit backbone, spiced wine tingle, and tobacco trifle rebuke sharp alcohol acridity as tinny diacetyl finish deflects this golden gaffe.…

Rating: 3.5

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Extremely strong (7.3% alcohol) despite tepid pilsner styling. Highly viscous golden hazed fluid brings rye-malted toasting to honeyed yeast sweetness, lemony grapefruit dryness and mild herbaceous jag. Though lacking up-front resilience, serene mineral graining secures candied citric finish well.…

Rating: 2.5

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Despite affordable $1.25 price for commanding 8% alcohol boom, nasty cabbage-like vegetal waft and cloying corn-sugared maize-dried caramel malting disrupt carbolic-fizzed bittersweet citric hop zip.…

Rating: 3

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Viscous saffron-hued ‘American All-Malt Lager’ pleats raw-honeyed barley-toasted wheat cracker frontage into cardboard-y butterscotch-marzipan-hazelnut sweetness. Alcohol-burned juniper-swayed pepper-spiced hop bittering allows grapefruit rind souring to overtake dry orange, apricot, and apple skin nuances thereafter.…

Rating: 2

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Repulsively bland, soapy, cabbage-scented lager gains diacetyl corn malt clutter to counter dismal lemony hop slot. Strong, but obtrusively pungent.…

Rating: 2.5

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Inoffensive clear straw lager retains dank malt sweetness and white breaded sourdough pleasantry to watered down metallic finish. Lazy barley-oats scamper recedes abruptly. Hefty 9.5% alcohol strength lost in the shuffle.…

Rating: 2

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Meek golden-cleared pilsner-styled Czech lager puts nondescript cereal grains in bland dry malt setting. Seltzer water frisk can’t overcome lame body and alcohol reminder gets annoyingly astringent.…

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