Ruggedly coarse Euro strong lager recalls dismal American malt liquor. Glutenous honeyed wheat malting and sour yeast pungency bring sickeningly cloy entry to wet-paper backend of no-headed straw-paled drear. Cheap whiskey snip and skunked metallic reminder deplete corn-sugared murk.
For what it’s worth, one of the better mass-marketed malt liquor-like strong lagers of the ‘90s. Honeyed corn sugar buttering and chemical-like alcohol whir override overripe dry-hopped banana fruiting to frisky ginger-snapped finish. Creamy crystal malting nearly pushes this over the top.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Repulsively bland, soapy, cabbage-scented lager gains diacetyl corn malt clutter to counter dismal lemony hop slot. Strong, but obtrusively pungent.