HOMEBREW Digest #153 Thu 18 May 1989

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  Samual Adams Beer (Michael Berry)
  HB DIG #151 (florianb)
  Doppelbocks and Samuel Adams version of it (Ihor W. Slabicky)

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Wed, 17 May 89 09:01:12 mdt From: Michael Berry <mcb at hpfcls> Subject: Samual Adams Beer Someone brought up Sam Adams (sp?) beer in this forum and I finally decided to take this opportunity to vent some of my frustration about their advertising techniques that I am subjected to each morning. They are so proud (and leverage strongly) the fact that they won the GABF best of show for the last 3 years running. Let me say a word about that. They always have these scantilly clad ladies giving away promos that I feel is a cheap trick to get votes. I really can't understand how they can win each year with superior beers like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale around. You might be thinking of your favorite brew at the show now and why it doesn't win. I don't expect Big Foot Barley Wine to win because it is more than most folks can handle, so after voting for it for a few years (and realizing that I was "wasting" my vote as far as getting SA out of 1st place) I started voting for SNPA. Are there any of you who actually for for SA beer at the GABF? The next thing that gets to me is the say "Our beer is the only beer brewed in America that meets the strict German beer purity law (Reinheitsgebot). I understand this law was recently (within the last 5 years) repealed. Really burns me each time I hear that. Now I like SA lager but I don't buy it typically. I just don't like their ads and don't want them to win again this year. There - I said it. Michael Berry ARPA:mcb%hpfcls at hplabs.HP.COM UUCP:hplabs!hpfcla!mcb PS anyone know the dates for the GABF in Denver this year? Return to table of contents
Date: 17 May 89 08:57:27 PDT (Wed) From: florianb%tekred.cna.tek.com at RELAY.CS.NET Subject: HB DIG #151 In HB DIG #151, Peter Soper comments on the difficulty of trucking water home for homebrew purposes. I used to buy drinking water in 48# (6 gal) boxes from the local spring water distributor for drinking purposes when I lived in Western Oregon. They would deliver two boxes once a month. Perhaps this is a solution to the water problem. Len Reed asks about where to get lactic acid. One could try a pharmacy, or a health food store. Cheers!...Florian Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 17 May 89 10:42:00 EDT From: uiucdcs!rayssdb.RAY.COM!iws at hplabs.HP.COM (Ihor W. Slabicky) Subject: Doppelbocks and Samuel Adams version of it ------------------------------ Date: Tue, 16 May 89 15:10:38 EDT From: hplabs!harvard!ima!wang7!klm Subject: Sam Adams Double Bock This doesn't exactly fit the subject of homebrew but as we are all beer afficionados here, I would like to find out if any of you have an opinion of the Samuel Adams Double Bock. An friend of mine tried it and his opinion was somewhat neutral. I tried it and my opinion was far from neutral. I disliked it intensely. I have had both domestic and German (while I was in Germany) Bocks and DoppelBocks, and I have brewed my own Bock according to Papazian's guidelines. Nothing I have had before was anywhere near this new Sam Adams brew. My major complaints are 1) It's too light, and 2) it's far too sweet (almost sickly sweet.) Now I understand that DoppelBocks should be a bit full-bodied (sweet) but I think that this beer goes too far. I'm almost tempted to write the brewery and ask them what they were thinking about when they came up with this recipe. I tried their Double Bock last Friday at Doyle's in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston. My other experiences with bocks have been: Genesee Bock - light taste, like their regular beer, with less hops and more sweetness. Has a dark color - caramel? Hope Bock - this has a hoppier taste (it sometimes strikes me as a bit rough) but is still sweet and not too heavy taste. Samuel Adams - less of hoppier taste, sweet and not too heavy taste. I'd say that Sam Adams is a less hoopier version of the Hope Bock. Spaten Doppelspaten - rich taste, a bit sweet, almost no hoppy taste to it. Nice head and color. Strong! I'd say that the Sam Adams compares very nicely to a good American Bock (like Hope Bock). It does not compare at all to a German bock - like the Doppelspaten. Sam Adams probably 'named' the beer a double bock while brewing a bock. It was not a bad beer, for a bock, in fact very good, but I didn't think it was a double bock. My general view of bocks is they should be a dark beer, sweet, heavy taste, and strong! Btw, Doyle's is a very nice place to quaff a pint or two. They have an excellent selection of British brews and US microbrews on tap - they even had some of the Anchor Christmas Ale (but were sold out of it when I was there). Good food and atmosphere, too. On Washington Street and some 4 or 5 blocks north of Arbor Way. Worth the trip! Ihor Return to table of contents
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