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2008/02/17 19:03:00 (permalink)

"Flavored" beers

I like to "play" with flavors and am on the look-out for "flavored" beers.

Just now I am sipping on Pipeline Kona, "porter made with 1005 Hawaiian Kona Coffee" (says so right on the label)from Kna Brewery, Hawaii. It's pretty good although the coffee just darkens the flavors, its not a strong coffee taste.

I also have "chelada" in my fridge, an Anheiser-Busch version of the Mexican favorite (AKA MIchelada) made with beer, tomato juice and jalepenos (taste good!)

I've also bught Chile-flavored beer in Santa Fe, but I can't remember the brand.

And of course Belgium and Germany sells fruit-flavored beers.

What can you add to my investigation?
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    leethebard
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    RE: "Flavored" beers 2008/02/17 19:07:40 (permalink)
    The english sell something called Tandy,which is a lemon flavored beer. It is very popular. I tried it and it tasted like,well,beer with lemon in it. To me pure beer is preferable to any flavored concotion. I prefer my beer and my coffee straight...no flavors added. I want to taste the true quality,not other flavors. If I were going to put syrups and stuff in my beer,I'd start with the cheapest stuff I could find!!!!!
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    RE: "Flavored" beers 2008/02/17 20:00:55 (permalink)
    I am not much into flavored beers either. I once home brewed a cherry stout but then cherries are one of the flavors I do like in drinks. Bell's in Michigan brews an excellent cherry stout. Another popular drink around my area is Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss.
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    RE: "Flavored" beers 2008/02/17 20:20:34 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by leethebard

    The english sell something called Tandy,which is a lemon flavored beer. It is very popular. I tried it and it tasted like,well,beer with lemon in it. To me pure beer is preferable to any flavored concotion. I prefer my beer and my coffee straight...no flavors added. I want to taste the true quality,not other flavors. If I were going to put syrups and stuff in my beer,I'd start with the cheapest stuff I could find!!!!!


    I have heard it called a "shandy" rather than Tandy, but not sure which is right. The one I had was a mix of beer and lemon/lime soda. Also had the German version which they call Radler. It is okay if VERY cold, but was quite hard to finish as it warmed a bit.

    I have had German and Austrian beers that are served in a special glass that has a little chamber at the bottom which holds a fruit preserve of some type that only comes out when the glass is close to empty and is tipped up quite high. It was interesting, but not a favorite.

    My local brewery, Bluepoint, makes Blueberry Ale, which despite my aversion to fruit beers, is actually pretty good. The blueberry taste is very subtle. The Sam Adams Cherry Wheat is also passable, but might rank higher if you like fruit and beer.
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    RE: "Flavored" beers 2008/02/17 20:49:37 (permalink)
    Abita Beer brews different flavors every year. They also have some that are always on the brewing list. Purple Haze, it's a wheat beer with raspberry puree added. Since I'm not fond of beer, esp wheat beer, I found it really bad. Real tart!

    I havent worked up the courage to try their Christmas specials yet.
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    RE: "Flavored" beers 2008/02/18 07:06:37 (permalink)
    I am not partial to flavored beers ... There is so much range in good beers that, IMO, we don't need the "enhancements".
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    RE: "Flavored" beers 2008/02/18 09:01:30 (permalink)
    Tony Bad,
    Now you got me wondering. You might be right. Now I'm not sure.Tandy,Shandy,maybe a Brit. can tell us. All I know was it seemed popular over there in cans, but I didn't like it!
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    RE: "Flavored" beers 2008/02/18 10:23:21 (permalink)
    Not sure what it was called but I saw someone order a Red bull & Guinness in Richomnd, VA. I thought it was gross, but maybe it tasts ok.
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    RE: "Flavored" beers 2008/02/18 10:43:23 (permalink)
    Well geez folks, we DO have the internet at our disposal for things! Wiki defines SHANDY as beer flavored with lemon, also known in Germany as "radler", and in France as "panaché".
    The only entry for "tandy" is for the computer company once a division of Radio Shack.

    For me, I prefer to relax on the "purist" stance and just drink the stuff and see if I like it. I used to be purist, but it took too much energy and wasn't any fun. Some flavored beers are good, and some are not, is all I can say on the matter.
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    RE: "Flavored" beers 2008/02/18 11:00:23 (permalink)
    Thanks Mosca,for being my internet!
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    RE: "Flavored" beers 2008/02/19 12:04:47 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by NYNM



    I've also bught Chile-flavored beer in Santa Fe, but I can't remember the brand.




    Eske's in Taos? http://www.eskesbrewpub.com/
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    RE: "Flavored" beers 2008/02/19 12:36:11 (permalink)
    Sam Adams makes a Cranberry Lambic-very good-there used to be a Sam Adams brew house near the Prudential Center-they had it on tap-very good.
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    RE: "Flavored" beers 2008/02/19 15:39:06 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by leethebard

    Thanks Mosca,for being my internet!


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    RE: "Flavored" beers 2008/02/19 15:46:09 (permalink)
    New Belgium (Fort Collins, CO) frambozen and old cherry ales were college favorites of mine.
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    RE: "Flavored" beers 2008/02/19 20:06:57 (permalink)
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    quote:
    Originally posted by NYNM



    I've also bught Chile-flavored beer in Santa Fe, but I can't remember the brand.




    Eske's in Taos? http://www.eskesbrewpub.com/

    Thanks, but no, that's not it. Shall it remain a mystery? (I did a google on chile berrs, chile flavored beer, etc, but nada. Too but, it's fun to drink!

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    RE: "Flavored" beers 2008/02/20 03:29:26 (permalink)
    Maybe it's Cave Creek Chile Beer. It has a big jalapeno stuffed into the bottle. Pretty hot stuff when you get to the bottom!
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    RE: "Flavored" beers 2008/02/20 08:22:33 (permalink)
    The Sam Adams Cherry Wheat is good, especially when on tap as it is at a local tavern...with wings. Yummmmm... And yes, I am a "girl".
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    RE: "Flavored" beers 2008/02/20 09:48:20 (permalink)
    I remember I had a shandy in a Wimpy's hamburger chain in London, England in late November 1973. It was a perfect blend of beer and lemonade. I took a large swig, held it in mouth and closed my eyes. If I thought lemonade, I tasted lemonade. If I thought beer, I tasted beer.
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    RE: "Flavored" beers 2008/02/20 11:15:29 (permalink)
    Louis,
    That's a good way to put it...and accurate too. You definitely taste both tastes...a very interesting experience.
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    RE: "Flavored" beers 2008/02/20 11:32:19 (permalink)
    There are flavored beers and flavored beers.

    Things such as a shandy or a radler are a far cry from some of the exciting things that craft brewers are doing with ingredients such as coffee, chocolate and various fruits. There are also beers that are aged in barrels that impart various interesting flavors

    Since you are in NY, some of the better flavored beers from places like Kuhnhenn, New Glarus, New Belgium and Russian River (to name a few) are unavailable.

    But I do have a few recommendations that you should be able to find: Three Philosophers from Brewery Ommegang, Jahva and Choklat (two different brews) from Southern Tier, Golden Delicious from Captain Lawrence, Raspberry Imperial Stout from Weyerbacher

    Also, be on the lookout for pumpkin beers in the fall.
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    RE: "Flavored" beers 2008/02/20 11:43:47 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by jeepguy

    Maybe it's Cave Creek Chile Beer. It has a big jalapeno stuffed into the bottle. Pretty hot stuff when you get to the bottom!


    Cave Creek sounds familiar, but I just found a bottle of Rio Grande Pancho Verde Chile Beer tucked back in my fridge. It's made in Albuquerque.

    I decided to "play" with it, so I poured in a little of the lemon salt that is used for tequila. Down the longneck, then explosion! Not the taste but the bubbles, half the bottle bubbled up and came out. So there, add salt 2 beer and see what happens!

    I also did a Google on Rio Grande Beer, and it pulled a story about a new beer from Mexico with tequila added, and caffeine!! Wierd.
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    RE: "Flavored" beers 2008/02/29 09:53:48 (permalink)
    I was in my local NYC "grocery" yesterday and found:
    Blueberry Ale
    Lime/Cactus Beer (Michelob)
    Granny Apple Smith Beer
    Pear Beer

    and probably a few more on the top shelf I was too short to reach...
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    RE: "Flavored" beers 2008/02/29 10:01:26 (permalink)
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    RE: "Flavored" beers 2008/02/29 10:07:05 (permalink)
    Maybe I'm imagination-challenged, but I don't understand why someone would want to ruin a good beer by flavoring it with anything. I guess you could say I like beer-flavored beer.
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    RE: "Flavored" beers 2008/02/29 10:15:26 (permalink)
    Tried to enjoy flavored beers. Have put effort into trying flavored beers, just can't enjoy them. There is one raspberry beer "Ruby" brewed at McMennimans at Edgefield, in Troutdale, Oregon. That is the only one I enjoy, if it's mixed with their Terminator Stout.

    My husband will try just about any beer. Here is a list he tried and liked:

    Chocolate
    Pumpkin
    Jalapeno
    Watermelon
    Blueberry
    Coffee flavored
    Banana!

    You can make beer from just about anything!
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    RE: "Flavored" beers 2008/02/29 10:16:12 (permalink)
    I am going to Philly Craft beer festival on Saturday. There will be many flavored beers there and plan on trying a lot of them-will report back on Monday!
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    RE: "Flavored" beers 2008/02/29 10:41:11 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by jman

    Maybe I'm imagination-challenged, but I don't understand why someone would want to ruin a good beer by flavoring it with anything. I guess you could say I like beer-flavored beer.


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    RE: "Flavored" beers 2008/02/29 15:55:33 (permalink)
    I agree,I think beer should taste like beer...but when does flavored beer,stop being a beer and become a "flavored drink??? Is an orange juice that has other fruits added to it still an orange juice, or a fruit punch? Get my point???
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    RE: "Flavored" beers 2008/03/02 09:58:52 (permalink)
    I once had a micro brewed hazelnut flavored beer that was awsome...I never found it again...forgot the name too. I had it at a fund raiser taste-off at the local YWCA in Cortland, NY...(I recall we took second place with our ground lamb dish).
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    RE: "Flavored" beers 2008/03/02 10:18:14 (permalink)
    I prefer the normal beers... Marketing or not, there's enough variations there to keep ones palate happy. BUT, if I do have a flavored beer, about the only one I like is the Woodchuck Ale (apple flavored).
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