Okay so here is the first installment of my mix pack beer excursion...ENJOY!
I will score the beers of the Dundee mix pack via the 20 pt scale. In this scale, points are awarded as follows:
Appearance - 3 pts
Aroma - 4 pts
Taste - 10 pts
-Hop/malt balance - 4 pts
-Aftertaste - 3 pts
-Mouth Feel - 3 pts
Overall Impression - 3 pts
*Beers scoring: 18-20 Excellent beer; 15-17 Very Good beer; 12-14 Good beer
I decided to kick off this review with Dundee's original - their Honey Brown Lager (4.5% ABV):
I crack open the brew and pour it into my glass to find that it is a beautiful golden color as I expected. My first taste gives the impression of a typical lager very smooth and good drinkability. However, there was definitely an added sweetness that gave this beer something else...
Appearance (3) - The beer was a beautiful golden hue when poured into a glass - fitting the personality of a lager perfectly. However, the head retention was not the best I have ever seen...
Score - 2/3
Aroma (4) - My first impression of this beer was the aroma that arose from my glass as I poured it. A sweet malt aroma hit my nose immediately and sent a positive first impression. However, the smell lacked a hoppiness that I was searching for...
Score - 3/4
Taste (10) - The lighter malt flavors were okay, but as my nostrils first noticed, where's the hops!?! (2/4)
The aftertaste of this beer is very mild, barely even noticeable. Exactly what I expect from a crisp, clean, lager. (3/3)
As desired, this sweeter lager has a medium-light body which goes down very smooth. However, it is not a carbonated as I want it to be. (2/3)
Total - 8/10
Overall Impression (3) - For what it is intended to be, this is a solid beer. It is a clean, refreshing beer with slightly noticeable honey overtones. I would expect a "craft beer" to be a little more creative, but the slight honey taste makes this beer worth a try.
TOTAL SCORE: 14/20 Good Beer