My daughter is dancing in the nutcracker this weekend, and had a performance today. I had to leave work early to go pick her up. I’ve got a little bit of time to kill before my dad and sister get here to stay the weekend and watch her dance. My sister brought a six pack of this beer last weekend when she came for Thanksgiving. It sounded like a good beer to have on a cold, gray day like today.
Location: Poured into a tall thin pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL
Numbers: 5.5% ABV, 22 IBU, ~140 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s solid brown in color, and fairly hazy. It had a decent head on it when I poured it, which felt to a thin, off-white head that barely covered the top after a couple of minutes. It has a malty and sweet nutty aroma.
Taste & Feel: The body is light and the mouthfeel is A bit crisp, but watery. There’s a slight bit of caramel maltiness with some breadiness up front, and both become a bit more pronounced in the middle. The caramel maltiness opens up a bit in the finish with some hints of nuttiness. There’s a little bit of a earthy, somewhat noble-hop like bitterness in the background to balance it. The malty flavors dominate, but a pretty light and last only briefly in the aftertaste.
Food Pairing: This beer has some light caramel malty flavors with hints of nuttiness. It would be good to wash down some thick, sweet BBQ, yet it’s also still light enough that it would go with something a bit more delicate, such as a salad with nuts.
Overall Impression: I’ve had a few pecan nut browns before, namely Lazy Magnolia’s Southern Pecan Nut Brown, and was expecting a much bigger nutty aroma and flavor. This beer was very light in flavor, with an almost watery mouthfeel, and seems to be targeted more at introducing macro lager beer drinkers to something slightly more flavorful. I can’t blame them for that, being in Budweiser’s back yard, but it wasn’t nearly as flavorful as I was hoping it would be.