Estrella Damm Inedit

Wrangler Rating: (Outstanding)

The Spanish term ‘Inedit’ which means ‘Never Been Done Before’ is the given name that graces the label of this delicious brew from Estrella Damm Brewery of Barcelona, Spain. A collaboration between the team at the critically acclaimed elBulli Restaurant and the Brewmasters at Estrella Damm, this beer claims to be the first crafted specifically to be served with food. A skillful blend of lager and wheat ale styles, it uses 100% natural ingredients with a combination of water, hops, wheat, and spices that has yielded a fantastically refreshing and drinkable beer.

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Krusovice Imperial

Wrangler Rating: (Excellent)

Krusovice Imperial is a Czech Pilsner lager, that is eminently drinkable, and a great benchmark for this classic style of beer. It has a pale golden colour and fluffy head, with a nice level of carbonation that is a little less than many lagers, but makes this beer an easy one to drink. It is still refreshing though, as it relies on a great balance of sweet malt and bitterness rather than mere fizz. Although clean and crisp, it has a good dose of pale malt on the palate that leads into a dry, slightly citrus . . . → Read More: Krusovice Imperial


Kronenbourg 1664

Wrangler Rating: (Mediocre)

Kronenbourg seem to make a few different versions of 1664 around the world, and at different strengths. I remember enjoying this on holiday in France, but tasting it for review was a bit of a disappointment. It is a classic pale gold colour with a slightly yeasty nose. There is a touch of sweetness on the palate that gives way to a sourish finish that leaves a bit of a watery aftertaste. I couldn’t notice any of the nice hop notes you find in some well made lagers, as there is not much of any substance here. . . . → Read More: Kronenbourg 1664


Hacker-Pschorr Münchener Gold Helles

Wrangler Rating: (Recommended)

Hacker-Pschorr Münchener Gold is a golden-straw coloured Helles lager from the great brewing city of Munich. The light frothy head dissipates, leaving a little lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma has a pleasant light sweet malt note with a hint of the noble hops promised by the ‘edelhell’ tag on the bottom of the label. The body is light, crisp and refreshing, as a Helles should be, and feels very well balanced. The finish is subtly hoppy with a touch of sweet pale malt, and is supremely thirst-quenching. This is an ideal session . . . → Read More: Hacker-Pschorr Münchener Gold Helles


Saku Originaal Lager

Wrangler Rating: (Mediocre)

Saku Originaal is a beer from the Carlsberg stable of brands, but unusually this one hails from Estonia. It is a pale golden lager with a quickly disappearing head and a grainy aroma. The flavour is fairly light with a touch of pale malt. The finish is a bit sour with some minerally metallic notes, and maybe a suggestion of hops. One problem is that the aftertaste is not that pleasant, so the initial malty grain flavours are wiped out. All in all, this a decidedly average lager with not much to shout about.

ABV: 4.6%

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Fischer Tradition Blonde Beer

Wrangler Rating: (Mediocre)

Fischer Tradition Bière Blonde is an attractive looking pale golden lager from Alsace in France on the border with Germany. This is a mildly flavoured beer with nothing strongly obvious on the palate. There are light sweet grainy notes which continue on to the finish, but no real hop presence. The carbonation is good for a session beer, as it is not too fizzy, like so many mass produced lagers. All in all, it is a drinkable lager but does nothing to stand out from the crowd.

ABV: 6%

Best Served: 5°C

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Bud Light Lime

Wrangler Rating: (Poor)

This was brought round to a friend of the Beer Wrangler’s for a BBQ, so we could all try it, well chilled, on a hot summers day. The colour is very pale, like the regular Bud Light, but the aroma that hits you is one of citrus dish soap. The flavour consists of the same soapy lime, and has an altogether synthetic feel to it. I could detect very little, if any beer flavours in the drink, and it was a big disappointment. This tastes neither like a beer or a cooler/alcopop. If you like a . . . → Read More: Bud Light Lime


Carlsberg Jacobsen Dark Lager

This is a very enjoyable beer. Carlsberg’s premium line is named after the company’s founder – J.C. Jacobsen and it certainly trumps the usual Carlsberg output. This dark lager is a deep amber, ruby brown, and has the beer has a light head. There are notes of lightly toasted caramel, perhaps a hint of banana and roasted coconut. Despite these traditionally heavier flavours the finish is still crisp and refreshing. I drank this with grilled pork, marinated in a BBQ sauce and served with a greek salad, the subtly sweet toasted flavours of the beer matched the meat very well. . . . → Read More: Carlsberg Jacobsen Dark Lager