Container Review – Anchor Mango Wheat

Today, I am enjoying, and reviewing, Anchor Brewing – Mango Wheat.

Anchor Mango Wheat logo

Name: The beer style is the name. Yawn.

Anchor Mango Wheat art
Anchor Mango Wheat more art

Art work: Anchor usually doesn’t have much going on in the art department. So this is really above and beyond for them. So much art that it took 3 pictures to capture it all. Awesome show, great job.

Beer description: well, it’s a wheat beer… And it has mango. Nothing beyond the name description though.
Just the facts: ABV. Nothing else.
Pop top: Nothing special going on here.
Label quality: Nothing wrong with the can. Great job.

Container review – Penn Brewery Märzen

Today’s review is of Penn Brewery – Märzen.

Name: Just the type of beer. No originality at all. Boo.

Penn Brewery – Märzen

Art work: Definitely something good going on here. I really like the use of the gold foil coloring.

Just the facts: Just ABV.

Label quality: The label is on straight and is not peeling away anywhere.

Beer description: Lots of words here. But, not much actual description other than “full-bodied” and “amber”.

Penn Brewery – Märzen description

Bottle cap: Nice art work and easy to tell who the cap belongs to (this can be a problem with some caps).

Penn Brewing – Marzen cap

Bottle neck label: They have one! This makes is easier for me to find when its packed in with a lot of other bottles.

Penn Brewing Märzen label

Container review – Mother Earth Kismet

Name: Tells me nothing about the beer, but it’s classy as hell.

Art work: Intricate art work all the way around the can, not just where the name is. Excellent.

Mother Earth – Kismet description

Beer description: Some great detail and humor in here. Super well done.

Just the facts: Just the ABV. Odd for an IPA to miss out on listing the IBUs. But, whatever floats their boat.

Pop top: Nothing unique here.

Container review – Dixie Brewing Co. – Blackened Voodoo Lager

Today we are looking at Dixie Brewing Co. – Blackened Voodoo

Name: It tells me the style of beer, something about where the brewery is, and is somewhat cool.  Hard to ask for more.

Art work: They definitely put a lot into the art work on this label.  I really like it.

Just the facts: Nothing more than ABV.

Bottle cap: Plain metal. Boo.

Label quality: Labels are on straight and not peeling.  Not always the case with many beers.

Dixie Brewing Blackened Voodoo description

Bottle neck label: There is a neck label and it isn’t exactly the same as every other neck label for Dixie Brewing beers.  Well done.

Beer description: Interesting description.  Provides some history and perspective.  Even more history and perspective on the other side of the neck label for the brewery itself.

Dixie Brewing background

Container review – Sudwerk California Dry Hop Lager

Today I’m reviewingthe can for California Dry Hop Lager from Sudwerk Brewing Co.

Sudwerk California Dry Lager

Name: It tells me what it is and where it’s from. But there is no creativity there at all.

Art work: I like the bear on the bike. Still hitting the California theme pretty hard.

Beer description: no fun, cool , or story filled description of the beer. Guess they blew their descriptive was on the name.

Sudwerk California Dry Lager beer info

Just the facts: OG and IBU included. They even tell you the fermentation temperature. Impressive.

Pop top: nothing out of the ordinary.

Opening beer can from bottom

Fun fact: many beer can collectors like to open the cans from the bottom where the damage to the can doesn’t show. I’m giving it a try to see how I feel about it.

Container Review – Video Edition

I’m trying something new.  Some of the container reviews seem like they might be better suited to video.  I’m trying it out with a Mike Hess – Grazias.  Let me know what you think.  Should I stick to writing?  Should I stay away from video until I get some better equipment?  Should I figure out what the hack 15° Plato means?  Do you know what the cause of the strange can crinkles might be? Talk to me people. I know you’re there, I can hear you breathing.

By the way, degrees of plato apparently refers to the percent of sugar in the wort.

Container review – Peerless Pale Ale

Today’s review is for Peerless Pale Ale from Portsmouth Brewing.

Name: Meh. Mostly just a description of the style of beer.

Art work: pretty basic and fairly dull. There just isn’t a lot going on here.

Peerless Pale Ale label info

Beer description: there is a description that at least provides an explanation of the name.

Just the facts: I don’t even see an ABV listed here. No facts.

Label quality: as you can see in the picture, this is a paper label that is very susceptible to water damage. No Bueno.

Bottle neck label: no neck label (like that should be a surprise with this bottle)

Peerless Pale Ale cap

Bottle cap: we have lettering here. But still not much in the way or art.

Container Review – White Lightning

Today we are looking at Full Pint Brewing Company – White Lightning – Belgian-style white ale brewed with spices.

Full Pint Brewing Company – White Lightning

Name: Something more than simply listing the company name and style of beer. But could have more oomph.

Art work: Nice painting. I assume there is a back story to this art that I wish they were sharing with the rest of us.

Label quality: The label is mostly straight (you can see in the description picture below that it’s not perfect), not peeling away, and made from moisture tolerant paper so it doesn’t get ruined from condensation (or sitting in an ice bucket).

Bottle neck label: No bottle neck label.

White Lightning description

Beer description: Very detailed and a hint of humor with “shockingly refreshing”.

Just the facts: ABV, O.G. They even specify the malts and hops used.

Full Pint beer cap

Bottle cap: Full print bottle cap. Classy.

Container Review – Parallel 49, Tricycle

I’m starting a new feature today. My goal is to write less words more often. There are plenty of sites that do a beer tasting of the day. But I don’t know of any that critique the containers themselves. I don’t have a lot of talent when it comes to describing the mouth feel or the subtleties of the aroma of a beer. But, I have some definite opinions on what the bottle or can looks like.

Let’s start with one I picked up today. This is the can for Parallel 49 – Tricycle Grapefruit Radler.

Parallel 49 – Tricycle
 Art work: There is quite a bit of detail going on here. I really dig the styling. They get an A here.
Label quality: The label is painted on properly.  No plastic wrap on this one.
Beer description: A detailed description of the beer and some humor added in to boot.  Another A.
Just the facts: ABV and IBU provided.  Boxes checked.
Pop top: A little extra flair with a colored pop top.  Nice touch.