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Coop Prix Garantie Lager Bier

Coop Prix Garantie Lager Bier

Coop Prix Garantie Lager Bier

http://www.coop.ch/de/labels/prix-garantie.htm

Brewed by Heineken Switzerland
Style: Pale Lager
Chur, Switzerland

Coop Cooperative is one of Switzerland’s largest retail and wholesale companies. Headquartered in Basel, it is structured in the form of a cooperative society with around 2.5 million members.

Coop Prix Garantie Lager BierPretty much everywhere in Switzerland you will find a Coop (or its rival Migros), albeit at least in North Switzerland. 

Coop has a low-cost product line, “Prix garantie”which has a “guaranteed” low price for certain foods, drinks and products . Actually I say “low price”, silly me as this is Switzerland, I actually mean the least expensive products on offer!! This isn’t Iceland or Morrison’s in the evening, no last minute bargain basin shopping here!! So they have decided to extend this scheme to cheap discounted beer, Coop Lager.

But before you get too excited, apparently in a recent study, Coop tops the list of Swiss beers with glyphosate, a pesticide considered by the World Health Organization to be “probably” carcinogenic. But dont panic, for it to be anyway toxic you would have to drink about 1000 litres of Coop beer per day. In fact if you drink that much the last thing I’d be worried about is glyphosate!! 

Review: 50cl Can of Coop Prix Garantie Lager Bier: ABV: 4.8%

Can also be known as The Coop Lager! 

On pour I get a pretty nice clear golden yellow colour and nice frothy head. It settles well and looks pretty fantastic truth be told. Is this really a cheap supermarket brand, what the hell!!!

Coop Prix Garantie Lager BierBit of carbonation, bubbling away nicely
A lovely head that maintains, has good lacing, nice lively carbo, fizzing away, heh this looks good!!

Has a nice lagery smell, very nice on the nose.  Detected corn and some malts.

The taste is surprisingly not bad at all, all things considering, albeit  it has a slight sour taste
Very strong flavour and sweet to drink with a bitter aftertaste, but for the price it is ok, Can taste corn and starchy pale malts. 

When you factor in the cost, Coop lager is not bad. Coming at you for about 50 Swiss cents a can, I will drink to that, cheers.  Could argue that its better value than its parent company’s main brew (Heineken), which from what I can remember of the top of my head is roughly 2 Francs per can.

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Anker Lager Beer

Anker Lager Beer 

https://www.coopathome.ch/en/Anker/Anker-Lager-Beer-24x50cl/p/3458809

Brewed by Feldschlösschen
Style: Pale Lager
Rheinfelden, Switzerland

Anker, a Swiss beer, another cheap beer that the Migros Supermarket sells. Brewed by Swiss beer giants Feldschlösschenin in their brewery in Rheinfelden, not far from Basel. 

Review: 50cl Can of Anker Lager Beer: ABV: 4.8%

As there are a few discount supermarket beers in Switzerland…….Coop Lager, and Tell to name just two, Feldschlösschen have decided to get a leg in on this market with their own offering, Anker, available in Coop at a cheap price.  

Colour is very light yellow, very bubbly with a good bit of carbo resulting in a decent sized frothy white head. Perfect lacing, and a lot of it to boot. Looks good, this looks promising!

Smell, none! Or very light, of a lagery aroma, disappointing. 

It is tasteless really.

Had it cold. Yes it is easy to quench and very smooth but I couldn’t for the life of me find any taste from it at all. Basically it was just cold water. Very light body and no flavours, weak malts, 

Smooth but ok. Much better cheap beers out there………this is dull and boring.  Ah well, least I didn’t spend much on it!

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La Blonde de Ch’Nord

La Blonde de Ch’Nord

http://brasseurs-gayant.com/

Brewed by Les Brasseurs De Gayant 
Style: Bière de Garde/strong pale ale 
Douai, France

La Blonde de Ch’NordLa Blonde de Ch’Nord is brewed in Douai, a small city in the north of France by the Gayant Brewers.

Not my first time reviewing a brew from Les Brasseurs De Gayant boys. Reviewed their La Goudale Biere an ale which I did find ok, albeit it was the second can that swung it!

The brewery have many other brands such as Amadeus, Tequieros, La bière du Démon, St Landelin but their main product is La Goudale, its blonde beer

Review: large 75cl bottle of La Blonde de Ch’Nord: ABV: 7.2% 

La Blonde de Ch’NordA Bière de Garde (“beer for keeping”) is a strong pale ale traditionally brewed in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region in the North east of France.  Originally brewed in farmhouses during the winter and spring, to avoid unpredictable problems, these beers are of a golden colour, and as the name suggests the beer is to be kept over a period of time once bottled (and most sealed with a cork), to be consumed later in the year. 

Came in a nice big corked and caged bottle, which was funny as it was lumped in with the wine section in the Lidl I bought it in, which would explain why there were so many bottles unsold. By pure chance as passing I noted it was actually a beer! I rarely buy wine, only for special occasions! Anyway for a large bottle, this was cheap, about 1.50 Euros or less…….or something ridiculous like that. 

Nice head on pour, big white creamy head, beer was dark golden, looks ok.

La Blonde de Ch’NordVery yeasty smell, a bit metallic, quite strong but nice all the same.

On taste was strong, bit chemical and not just yeasty but something else.  
Very strong, and very bitter. Jesus those hops!

Bit too fruity with bananas and a very strong bitter aftertaste.

Too strong, not nice, and not smooth

Got a taste of cream as well, urgh. Tinty metallic taste and overall not great at all. Disappointing. 

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Ardwen Blonde

Ardwen Blonde

Ardwen Blonde

http://www.ardwen.fr/en/

Brewed by Brasserie Ardwen
Style: Blonde Ale
Launois-sur-Vence, France

Ardwen BlondeThe Ardennes in northeastern France, close to the Belgian and Luxembourg border, is a sparsely populated region mostly covered with dense forest, small mountains and not much else. 

But mad as it is, this area at the beginning of the 20th Century, was France’s leading region for brewing beers with no fewer than 230 breweries, mostly small enterprises. It might be due to the lovely fresh waters and rivers emanating down from the hills and valleys in the area. 

But the two World War’s put a sharp stop to a lot of this and brewing was beginning to look a thing of the past here. That was until, in 2003 some locals came together to start up some brewing in the area after all those barren years. That brewery was called Ardwen, using the local knowledge of the past in their pursuit of rekindling the traditions of yesteryear. Production followed shortly after, and with it some immediate success winning prestigious beer awards in France (Golden medalist at 2007 Concours Général Agricole)

Review: 33cl bottle of Ardwen Blonde: ABV: 5.6%

Ardwen BlondeHigh fermentation and also re-fermented in the bottle, using local spring waters this beer won a gold medal at the Concours Général Agricole de Paris in 2007, just so you know, ok. 

On pour looks fine, has a nice frothy white head, colour is of a deep cloudy golden beer

Head maintains well.

Some small carbonation going on. 

Ardwen BlondeA good bit of lacing present.

Lovely beer smell, can get the typical blonde smell of the malts, the fruits, and the hops, and caramel, over all a nice start.

Taste, not bad, a beer to saviour, a nice feel to it.
Typical blonde taste, but not too strong, or overbearing. Very easy to drink.
Nice beer overall, smooth, goes down well, got the malts, some fruits and the caramel 
A light beer and refreshing enough to drink, Not bad.

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Tell Lager

Tell Lager

Tell Lager 

https://www.coopathome.ch/en/Tell/Tell-Lager-Beer-6x50cl/p/3383551

Brewed by Heineken Switzerland
Style: Pale Lager
Chur, Switzerland

Tell Lager Tell is cheap supermarket fare from Coop, the large retail chain that one can see all over Switzerland. Sometimes when you live in a country where prices can be high when shopping it can be vital to get your hands on shit cheap beer, that’s important! 

I guess it is called after that great Swiss folk hero William Tell, you know, the guy who shot the apple off his son’s head. Either way it is produced by Heineken Switzerland, make of that what you want!

Review: 50cl Can of Tell Lager: ABV: 4.8%

Think it came in at about 50 to 60 cents a can, as far as I can remember,  but way cheaper than more established brands. 

On pour I got a golden colour with a large frothy head appearing,

Tell Lager Looks like there is a bit of sediment hanging around resulting in a darkish, not clear,golden colour. (perhaps I got a bad batch?)

There is a good bit of carbonation going on,  the beer has a decent sized head that surprisingly stuck around and has some decent lacing. 

Had a nice lagery smell and was grainy, which was faint but ok. 

Onto the taste, it was light enough but did manage to get some nice big mouthfuls
Tastes ok, smooth and easy enough to quench, albeit had a slight sour bitter note to it. 

Has the expected lagery taste, with light pale malts and grains, slightly metallic.

Overall not too bad, considering the price of it. For a cheap beer it can do the business, just about I might add!

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Valentins Hefeweissbier

Valentins Hefeweissbier

Valentins Hefeweissbier

http://valentins-weissbier.de/

Brewed by Park & Bellheimer AG Brewery 
Style: German Hefeweizen
Pirmasens, Germany

Valentins HefeweissbierBrewed by Park & Bellheimer AG Brewery  from the small city of Pirmasens (pop:40,125) in the Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, near the border with France, and named in honour of St Valentine (The guy in the bottle!), patron saint of lovers everywhere, but I have no idea if he was big into his beers.

Review: 0.5l bottle of Valentins Hefeweissbier Premium: ABV: 5.3%

Valentins HefeweissbierShould be served in a Weizen glass, that is if you have one. I dont! 

Brewed in the great traditions of monastic brewing and of course the Bavarian purity law of 1516.

Frothy on pour which settles very well. Hazy golden-amber colour

Decent sized white head and maintains throughout. Not a bad looking beer.

Nice balanced and pleasant smell of your typical weisbier of yeast, wheat, clove, and banana as well, albeit all smells were a little faint.

On taste has all the typical Hefeweizen tastes but on a very low level. Light yeasts, malts, the cloves, the wheat, and banana flavours.

Valentins HefeweissbierNice creamy mouthfuls. Creamy. Not much standout taste though, very subtle flavours. Not really bitter or strong aftertaste.

Very nice, inoffensive and well rounded, and very smooth, VERY SMOOTH. I’d imagine it would be a nice beer to pair with some good food on a nice hot day.

Nice on the tongue and finishes light and smooth,  very drinkable for me at least who isn’t the biggest fan of weisbier’s! An OK beer. 

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Stortebeker Schwarz bier

Stortebeker Schwarz bier

Stortebeker Schwarz bier 

https://www.stoertebeker.com/

Brewed by Störtebeker Braumanufaktur
Style: Schwarzbier/Black beer
Stralsund, Germany

Störtebeker Braumanufaktur is a German Brewery, founded in 1827, situated in the small city of Stralsund, near the Baltic coast. 

Originally called Stralsunder, they changed their name in 2011 to Störtebeker Braumanufaktur in homage to the German pirate Klaus Störtebeker, whose name apparently means “empty the mug with one gulp” in Low Saxon, easy known Klaus’ favourite hobby then!

Review: 0.5l Bottle of Stortebeker Schwarz bier: ABV : 5% 

Stortebeker Schwarz bierA “Schwarzbier” or Black beer uses lager yeasts to ferment (as opposed to ale for a porter) and traditionally starts with an initial hint of roastedness, is light tasting, and has a clean finish, while a porter or stout for example is thicker and a lot more bitter in the taste. All this is important to know before trying these kind of beers least you be disappointed! 

Lovely looking bottle, logo of a ship, really well done and stands out. 

As expected got a striking black colour on pour, but also interestingly some shades of dark red. Got a porter style tan head, which was large and very creamy. Head maintains well. Some nice lacing. Not a bad looking beer.

Lovely initial smell, was really pleasant, of roasted malts, some fruits and sweet coffee. Also got some dark chocolate on the nose. A nice balance of rustic smells. Good start.

Stortebeker Schwarz bierOn taste is very similar to porter, and very, very smooth. No real feel of the alcohol, at least initially. Nearly too smooth for my liking as I do like to feel some alcohol now and again, especially in a slow burner like this. No bitterness.
Safe, nothing extraordinary
Black chocolate found. Tastes light. Nice though all the same. Caramel taste apparent as well.
Nice large mouthfuls.
It is a nice beer to drink and I did enjoy drinking it.

Strong in the end, after the two bottles. Good and can do the business, but not going to set the world alight in terms of strong tastes as it is a little thin, but if it just added a bit more it could be a stand out beer as it does lack a little depth or flavour, a pity

I see they won the best black beer in Europe, a “European Beer Star” in 2010 and 2011. Frankly, that is taking the piss, lol!

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Alpirsbacher Klosterbräu Klosterstoff

Alpirsbacher Klosterbräu Klosterstoff

Alpirsbacher Klosterbräu Klosterstoff 

https://shop.alpirsbacher.de/bier/klosterstoff.html

Brewed by Alpirsbacher Klosterbräu
Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest 
Alpirsbach, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Alpirsbacher Klosterbräu is a brewing company in a small town called Alpirsbach in the Black Forest region of Germany

Alpirsbacher Klosterbräu KlosterstoffThe company was founded in 1877 by Johann Gottfried Glauner who reactivated the former monastery brewery. In 1880 the company was passed onto his son, Carl Albert Glauner and in 1906 the company was renamed to Alpirsbacher Klosterbräu. The company was and is continuously held by the Glauner family that is now in its fourth generation of ownership.

The company has an annual turnover of 22 million euros (2014), and its big seller, its “spezial” lager, won the prestigious World Beer Award in 2013. Read my review of that beer here

Other beers they produce have also won prestigious awards. Its Pils getting a silver in the World Beer Cup in 2014, and its Wheat crystal, Monastery Starkbier and Monastic substance all picking up awards in the World Beer Awards

Review: 0.33l flip top bottle of Alpirsbacher Klosterbräu Klosterstoff Märzenbier: ABV: 5.9% 

Alpirsbacher Klosterbräu KlosterstoffBottle with a cool flip top, lets open the beer from the Black Forest. 

On pour got a lovely crystal clear golden colour and a nice white head that appeared. 

Nice bit of carbo, bubbling away.

Head does thin out but maintains and the colour does fade a little, not as sparkling on pour.

Got a lovely initial smell of malts, all really pleasant on the nose but faint. But I also detected some hot spicy aromas which was interesting!

Alpirsbacher Klosterbräu KlosterstoffNice big mouthfuls. Tasted wheat, grain, malts, altogether not a bad taste at all and very smooth.

Very smooth, must be the good waters from the streams near the Black Forest, I guess! 

Good creamy mouthfuls, soft on the tongue.

A Good beer that was lovely and smooth.

Not particularly hoppy, to me at least. Easy to drink, refreshing, and very well balanced. It is not going to set the world alight, but I liked it. 

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Bush Blonde, when looks are not important!

Bush Blonde, when looks are not important!

Bush Blonde 

http://dubuisson.com/en-gb/beers/bush-blonde

Brewed by Dubuisson
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Pipaix, Hainaut,Belgium

Bush Blonde, when looks are not important! Bush, a Belgian beer brand and the flagship product of the Dubuisson Brewery, located in Pipaix, a village near the Belgian town of Leuze-en-Hainaut in the Walloon Region of the country. 

An Independent brewery, using locally sourced yeast and fresh water from its own deep wells, with the hops and barley coming from the Czech Republic. 

In 1933, one year after Alfred and Amédée inherited their parents’ brewery, they decided to compete with the English who occupied a leading position on the market of strong beers. That is how the brothers created the Bush beer, with its 12% alcohol content. To compete they gave their beer an English sounding name. Dubuisson bière would be translated into English as Bush beer. However, in the United States, the beer is sold under the name “Scaldis” (the Latin name of the river Scheldt that flows through western Belgium).

Bush Blonde, when looks are not important! It’s Amber Bush, created in 1933, is one of the oldest “special” Belgian beers and the most popular, and strongest, among Bush beers. Other selections include Bush Blonde, Christmas Bush and Luxury Bush.

Bush beers are sold all in the UK and all over Western Europe, North America, Japan, Brazil and South Africa, and they have won a variety of different awards down through the years: World Gold Medal Selection in Amsterdam in 1992,  gold medal and first place at the World Championship of Chicago in 1988, Gold medal at the World Beer Championships in Chicago in 2012. 

Review: 33cl bottle of Bush Blonde: ABV: 10.5%

The Bush Blonde, on the go since 1988, and introduced by Hugues Dubuisson on the 65th anniversary of the Bush Ambrée launched by his grandfather, Alfred. Considered to be one of the strongest beers from Belgium coming in at an alcoholic volume of 10.5%

Bush Blonde, when looks are not important! A lot, and I mean a lot, of gas on the pour, a bit of a mess truth been told. Full of carbonation, resulting in a massive head and a beer that took a long time to settle.

It also was very murky looking, a lot of sediment in the bottom of the glass floating around, which looked a bit worrying and not at all appetizing. 

Head does die eventually to leave a small but decent looking head that maintains, and an orange looking beer. Minimal lacing.

Overall, it looks terrible! One of the worst I have seen. 

On the nose get a strong citrus and fruity smell.

Taste: initial taste, it was fucking horrible, a harsh alcohol taste, but once it settles down and I settled down myself from the shock, it is actually not too bad. Smooth enough for a 10% beer
Can feel the alcohol alright but quaffable enough and not overpowering, not hoppy

Bush Blonde, when looks are not important! Smooth enough, all things considering (all the carbonation)
Not hoppy. No bitter tastes. Yeah not bad
A lot of sweet malts, some sweet fruits,  and yeast. 

Overall this beer tastes a million times better than it looks, and after you get over the initial hit of all the strong smells and taste, it eventually is a beer to savour. 

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La Goudale Biere, a slow burner

La Goudale Biere, a slow burner

La Goudale Biere 

http://brasseurs-gayant.com/

Brewed by Les Brasseurs De Gayant
Style: Strong pale ale
Douai, France

La Goudale Biere, a slow burner Brewed in Douai, a small city in the north of France by the Gayant Brewers.

La Goudale, a blonde beer, is made with a recipe dating back to the middle ages, and also uses specially flavored hops carefully chosen from Flanders, has been brewed since 1994.

The Goudale got its name from the 14th century, where all good beers were called “Goudale” (Good Ale). 

The brewery have many brands such as Amadeus, Tequieros, La bière du Démon, St Landelin but their main product is La Goudale.

La Goudale is sold widely in supermarkets in the North of France and has won numerous awards down through the years, most notably gold at the World Beer Challenge in Portugal, 2014. 

Review: 50cl Can of La Goudale Biere: ABV: 7.2% 

La Goudale Biere, a slow burner Coming in a very interesting shiny can that had a lot of distinctive black lettering. Stands out, even if its not obvious what exactly it all means!

On appearance got a hazy amber orange colour that produced a pretty large frothy white head, which does die over time but maintains overall, albeit small. Some lacing. Nothing special to look at.

Smells of caramel and the usual blond aroma of yeasts, sweet malts, grains and with a bit of citrus, nothing special.

No hanging around with this beer, on initial taste you can immediately get the alcohol, straight in with an aggressive taste………lots of yeast and citrus lightning up the taste-buds!

La Goudale Biere, a slow burner But no real discernible after taste. All in the front taste.

Not nice, too harsh on the palate. Very bitter. Fuck me, its hard. Disgusting even!

Second can much more manageable. Deep tasting hops. Sweet Malts
Tastes much better. A slow burner.

Creamy bodied
In the end I kind of liked it, don’t know if the alcohol kicks in and the initial shock with the first can but it was ok, albeit the second can, similar to a Belgian strong pale ale.

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