Posts tagged “Texas Beer

Brew Review: Independence Brewing Co – Austin Amber

Yet another great Texas beer.

I had seen Austin Amber before and naturally was attracted to it, but it just never made the cut for space in my suitcase, so
again, I have to thank my college roommate, Big Poppa Bear Black (Side note: Congrats to him on popping the question), for making this review possible. Independence Brewery started making beers in Austin in 2004 and has continued to grow over the years but still is only available in Texas.

The beer’s coloring is typical for an Amber style beer — rich copper/brown and pours with a nice thick white head. You can smell the caramel from the malts along with a bit of spice. The beer tastes really solid for an amber. It has a little bit of bitterness from the hops but the sweetness from the malts comes through giving a good balance. The finish is very clean, and the body is light with minimal carbonation. Overall, this beer is right in my wheelhouse: local Texas, Amber, and perfect for Summer drinking.

I think I’m going to need a bigger suitcase…

— Shintern1909


Brew Review-Ziegenbock Amber

I had been saving this bottle of Ziegenbock Amber for a very special day, and today is that day. Today (last week) is March 2 or as it is known in better parts of the world: Texas Independence Day. While this beer was originally a Texas-based micro and is only available in Texas, it is now produced by AB inBev. To make matters worse, it’s meant to be a competitor to Shiner Bock. This reeks of Coors’ Batch 19 as a competitor of micros. Thankfully, Shiner has actually thrived in the past decade.

Now, Ziegenbock Amber is not a beer that will blow you away, but for me, it tastes of college. It tastes of weekend parties with $65 kegs of Ziegenbock instead of $60 kegs of Keystone Light. It tastes of late Thursday nights on 6th Street at bars with $1 beers. It tastes of four straight hours of victory at the beer pong table. It tastes of a time when I could stay out till 2am Wednesday through Saturday night and still get up for morning class without a debilitating hangover. In other words, it tastes of a time when I was young, poor, and did not have any responsibility.

Color: The beer is a dark amber almost brown color with about a centimeter of cream colored head that doesn’t disappear quickly (let’s say it all together: “that’s what she said”)

Smell: Simply smells of college keg parties at my house — It’s beer. It’s balanced. No fruit. No chocolate. No bourbon. Just beer and that’s what it smells like.

Taste: Balanced, nothing spectacular, but that is why I love it. It doesn’t taste like crap. It doesn’t taste like grass. It doesn’t taste like bourbon (nothing really wrong with that). No chocolate. No citrus. It tastes like beer.

Body: Smooth and light for an Amber. There is a reason we used it for beer pong, flip cup, drinking games, and bongs.

All in all, it’s solid especially if you need a keg for a long session of drinking games.

— Shintern1909