World beer advent calendar 1: Warsteiner (Germany)

This entry is part 1 of 24 in the series 2019 World Beer advent calendar
Yep, the caledar is in the background

Name: Warsteiner

Country of origin: Germany (imported)

Alcohol content: 4.8%

So we begin another year of advent calendars with one of my favourite beers. It was a real treat to open Door 1 and see Warsteiner pop out – it’s one of the few genuinely German imported lagers you can commonly get in the UK.

I’m used to it coming in bottles twice the size but for an advent calendar I’m very happy with the 330ml of German goodness. I often say that my go-to / favourite beers are often German, and better yet – Bavarian beers. And that’s because it’s what I know and love – I have family connections to Allgau, which is in deep Alpine Bavaria.

It’s pale, crisp and dry – really refreshing. Very clean drinking. Honestly, if there were 24 of these, I wouldn’t complain.

9/10 – if only to ensure we have somewhere to go. Cracking start – and I’m hoping we end on a German beer too…

World Beer advent calendar 2: Singha (Thailand)

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Beautifully and tastefully lit by my Chromebook

Name: Singha

Country of Origin: Thiland

Alcohol content: 5%

So, I didn’t realise that Singha was from Thailand, but I don’t think I’ve had it many times before. It has a bit more of a head on it than other lagers, but it quickly dissipated.

Sipping it, it’s got a mellow, rounded feel – almost buttery. But very pleasant. It’s a typical lager, again, with no discernibly strong flavours. Pretty nice beer.

Edit: later on it became apparent that there was an oddly chemical aftertaste. This made it a bit unpleasant – changed the score to 6 as a result.

8 6/10 – looking forward to the beers to come!

World beer advent calendar 3: Quilmes (Argentina)

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Giant head!

Name: Quilmes

Country of Origin: Argentina (imported)

Alcohol vol: 4.2%

Well I’ve certainly not had this beer before – nor any beer from Argentina. First noted that it’s pretty pale, followed by the fact that its very frothy, with a head that doesn’t disappear.

The taste is very plain – not much there at all – but the big thing here is that it feels very creamy. Perhaps it’s the fine bubbles or the head, but it’s pretty buttery smooth. In fact, I’m not sure t would be refreshing in the kind of way I’d like on a summer’s day, but it’s pretty good nonetheless.

7/10 – I’d order it if I were in Argentina

World beer advent calendar 4: Pravha (Czechia)

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Inspired by, eh?

Name: Pravha

Country of Origin: Czechia (Brewed in UK)

Alc vol: 4%

Well, well, well…the first beer which isn’t actually from the country it claims to be. Today’s beer is supposed to be ‘inspired by Prague’, but it’s brewed in Burton upon Trent in the UK. It’s striking how much less of a head this has than yesterday’s Quilmes, and it’s a bit darker too.

Tasting it, there’s not much to say for it – it’s pretty anonymous, a very straight-down-the-line lager.

7/10 – not sure how much I’ve been influenced by where it’s been made, but I’m not a huge fan of British lagers.

World beer advent calendar 5: Moosehead (Canada)

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It’s a good lookin’ moose

Name: Moosehead

Country of Origin: Canada (imported)

Alc vol: 5%

When I visited some relatives in Canada a few years ago, I have to say the brand beers I had there were, on the whole, pretty terrible (the relatives were excellent, as was the food, the countryside, and eating cheese as a starter).

So I had mixed feelings about this beer – I was worried it might be another tepid and flavourless lager. But it’s not! It has a cool and refreshing taste to it, with a tiny bit of bite. There is something of a flavour as well – caramel or butterscotch. Anyway, a good beer, and I’m glad I tried it.

8/10 – better than American beers.

Okay so Americans do some pretty darn good craft beer.

World beer advent calendar 6: Estrella (Spain)

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Name: Estrella Galicia

Origin: Spain (Imported)

Alc Vol: 4.7%

Today’s beer is from Spain, and is one that I’ve heard of. Immediately there is a really different taste to this beer – it has real depth and is almost more like an ale. At the same time it’s not quite as refreshing and has more bitterness to it.

7/10 – good solid beer.

World beer advent calendar 7: Windhoek (Namibia)

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Namibia!

Name: Windhoek

Country of origin: Namibia (imported)

Alc Vol: 4%

Wow! This is the most unusual beer I’ve ever had. I’ve not even been anywhere near Namibia, let alone had a beer from there. And this in apparently officially brewed in the country.

The beer itself is pretty good, though it honestly has a few odd flavours to it which I can’t place – not necessarily all pleasant. It’s very faint, but being a lager it’s hard to miss.

Nonetheless, I’m very pleased to have tried my first African beer.

6/10 – if I ordered this in a British bar, I probably wouldn’t order a second. But glad to have tried it!

World beer advent calendar 8: Tiny Rebel Cali Pale (Wales)

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Name: Tiny Rebel Cali Pale

Country of Origin: Wales, UK

Alc vol: 5%

This one’s a bit of a deceptive one – called Cali Pale and with impression of an American pale ale, but actually it’s brewed in Newport, Wales.

That said, it’s a good beer – despite its slightly odd cloudy look, it’s got some zest to it, with classic grapefruit taste that you get from a lot of American ales. Again, it’s not exactly light, but overall it’s a good beer.

8/10

World beer advent calendar 9: Sam Adams Boston Lager (USA)

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Name: Samuel Adams Boston Lager

Country of Origin: USA (brewed in the UK by Shepherd Neame)

Alc Vol: 4.8%

Ah, one more that I recognise. Samuel Adams is a beer that’s fairly easy to get a hold of in the UK, though it’s often a bit expensive.

Now you’ll have to believe me when I say this: I’ve never been much of a fan of this particular beer. I like American craft beers in general, and I think they do a lot of good stuff over there, but I wouldn’t count this among their best. And so it was an unsurprising surprise that I found out that this is brewed in the UK (I’m not guaranteeing that every bottle I’ve ever had is brewed in the UK, though). Surprising because I thought it was imported, unsurprising because it tastes very much like a decent but not stellar British ale like Doom Bar.

It’s dark, and has some caramelly flavour to it, but in the end it’s kind of blunted and a bit boring. Shame, really. But then again, with high standards, it still holds up fairly well.

7/10 – prefer the Canadian beer…

World beer advent calendar 10: Belhaven 1719 (Scotland)

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Name: Belhaven 1719

Country of origin: Scotland, UK

Alc vol: 5%

I feel like we’ve moved from lagers to ales recently, and here we’ve got another one. The flavours are getting deeper, too, and here we have one with some real bite. I have to say, this is a good example of an ale with real interest – some complex hoppy flavours which apparently come from a number of different hops. They call it a ‘modern’ pale ale, and it does seem to be – it can hold its own against the more recent craft ales. A real good specimen.

8/10 – possibly would earn an extra half point if I were doing half points!