Buckeye Beer - Maumee Bay Brewing Company
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4.1/5 rDev +33.1%
Maumee brewing has re-created a long-standing Toledo classic beer. The original Buckeye Beer was brewed from 1838 through 1972 when it was absorbed (and killed) by Miller.
Buckeye is a Pilsner that leads off crisply and lightly. The color is consistent with the flavor. It pours a light yellowish shade with a moderate head.
Hops are, to my taste, detectable very early in this beer. The brew leads-off with a hint of sweetness, which works very nicely with spicy and salty foods. The sweetness does not build, however. Instead it gives way elegantly to the finish, which trends somewhat dry.
The initial hints that might lead one to envision "Budweiser", however, give way to a rather unusual finish. To me, the clue is on the label -- "Sparkling Dry..." Sounds like a description suitable to Champagne, and that is the best way I can describe the finish -- Champagne hints.
This beer will not knock your socks off with its opening or its finish. I find it far more subtle, but highly enjoyable and refreshing.
02-20-2009 03:48:22 | More by PerroGrande
4/5 rDev +29.9%
Thanks to my friend Malice for bringing me down a sixer of this from Toledo. You know what? It's not bad at all -- nothing special, but definitely worth picking up and drinking. Review is from notes taken on 9/26/2013 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.
Appearance: Pale yellow, straw color on the pour; yields a one finger, white head that looks like a fluffy merengue at first; head fades to a complete, but pretty uneven skim; great clarity and plenty of carbonation. As far as pilseners go, it looks pretty much just like it should.
Smell: Grainy, slight lemony zest; presence of a saccharine sweetness. Solid.
Taste: Sweetness is up front, has a bit of a sweet, bread flavor -- like some kind of a bread pudding almost (but not quite that sweet). Grainy, but not really toasty; no real sense of any bitterness at all.
Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, plenty of carbonation keeping it lively and the body, while light avoids being watery.
Overall: Nothing special, but I think it deserves a little better of a rating than it has at time of this review. It's solid for the style and I would be happy to get a case of it if I come across it. A nice summer beer for sure, but I'm enjoying it well into the fall.
09-27-2013 01:18:41 | More by bamadog
3.95/5 rDev +28.2%
12 oz bottle. Nice retro label on the front. "When you're dry... Drink Buckeye" lol.
Pours a very clear, very pale yellow. Almost green. A white head that soon dwindles down to a ring. Smell is super homemade biscuit, very clean and sweet, almost like cornbread. Taste is the same, crisp and sweet. Finishes tart, with decent carbonation. All in all, this is beer that I can easily drink a few of from time to time. Good stuff.
05-27-2010 05:25:20 | More by sixerofelixir
3.65/5 rDev +18.5%
Pours pee yellow with a thinner white head. Nose is slight grain sweet with a skunky edge. Flavor is grainy sweet as well. One dimensional, but consistent, lasting, and fairly smooth. Feel carries a slight thickness to the liquid and the carbonation is fairly full. This is an easy drinker. Combined with the super cool packaging, this could be sold en masse.
12-15-2008 05:31:29 | More by RblWthACoz
3.63/5 rDev +17.9%
This was a pretty good beer. The appearance was that of a nice pilsener. Clear golden with pretty bubbles coming up. There was a nice white head on it.
The smell was that of a budweiser but good. It was very crisp and clean and had a very sweet malty smell.
The taste was sweet and malty. The hops were barely noticable but made a presence.
The mouthfeel was fairly thick. Not was I am used to in a Pilsener.
Drinkablitiy is pretty good. An all around good beer.
01-22-2004 04:29:41 | More by Ellbert
3.6/5 rDev +16.9%
Thanks to shigadeyo from RB for trading this to me. This one pours a light/medium golden with a faint white head and moderate carbonation. Aroma is sort of like candy corn with a hint of citrus. Flavor is pretty sweet. Fairly big corn with touches of tartness. It is actually quite refreshing and would be a decent summer brew. I wouldn't mind having a few more of these.
11-26-2008 17:50:02 | More by brewbucker
3.58/5 rDev +16.2%
My parents brought some Buckeye Sparkling Dry Premium Beer from Ohio. The beer pours a clear yellow color with a thin white head. The smell is slight grain sweet with slight Saaz hop kick. The taste follows the smell...is grainy and Saaz hop being present. The mouthfeel is light in body and good carbonation. Overall the beer is decent and easy drinking. It is alot like Pilsner Urquel.
12-29-2011 12:58:28 | More by WoodBrew
3.55/5 rDev +15.3%
Pale golden color, clear with a cap of white head that quickly diminishes.
Smells of some light grainy malts, nothing outstanding about the scent but nothing off-putting either.
The taste is really good, some nice grain at the forefront balanced with the hops and finishing somewhat dry. Really a good flavor, much better than I was expecting given the appearance and smell of it.
The palate impact was average, decent carbonation level and a nothing really crazy going on there...
Definately a drinkable beer, I think come football season I'll turn my dad on to this pilsner.
07-30-2009 06:42:39 | More by donteatpoop
3.53/5 rDev +14.6%
A 12 oz bottle from The Anderson's on Talmadge. Couldn't leave town without one.
A: The pilsener is a light golden color, crystal clear and very, VERY pale. A thin white head, wispy bands really, are all that remain from the first pour.
S: Sooey, that is sweet. The pilsener doesn't skimp on the fruitier biscuit aspects. The nose is very boring but on par with the era that it is intended to represent.
T: The sweetness continues here. Biscuity with light fruits in tow. Hops are more apparent here than in the nose, a soft crispness. A creaminess lingers after each sip. Very approachable but also very restrained.
M: The mouthfeel is sweet, a good diversionary beer, a sip before bigger ones.
09-06-2011 18:56:36 | More by akorsak
3.53/5 rDev +14.6%
Pretty average beer. Good for a session and goes down smooth. Pours a very pale straw gold mostly clear. Big bubbly white head with little retention. Surprisingly good lacing.
Smell was better than I expected. A definite sweet bready malt aroma.
Taste was pretty mild - slightly sweet bready malt balanced by light grassy hops.
Mouthfeel is about average. This is a light bodied beer that is also fairly crisp.
Drinkability is good as a session beer. The abv is not listed but is seems fairly low. Not a bad Pilsner.
10-27-2010 22:55:29 | More by JayQue
3.5/5 rDev +13.6%
After not seeing Buckeye Beer around for a couple years (if not longer), I was happy to see a bunch of cases of it over at Anderson's this morning so I picked one up.
Served in a mug, the beer pours a clear light golden color with about an inch white head which went away pretty quick. It smells mainly like sweet malt, with a small grassy and adjunct taste too. The smell is a bit weak. The taste is malty sweet, not much hops in this beer. Mouthfeel is light but not too watery, and it's pretty smooth. Drinkability is very good, it's easy to drink and it's nice and crisp. I could definitely have this as a session beer.
01-14-2007 00:30:51 | More by bluejacket74
3.5/5 rDev +13.6%
Thanks to RyanS107 for this one I poured it into a pills glass and it produced a good two finger white head that settled to a thick lace across the glass the body was a crystal clear pale yellow in color ( nice looking beer)
I got aromas of bready yeast with some light citric hops. While the mouthfeel is light and crisp with great carbonation.
The flavor of the brew is pale malts sweetness with a light hop dryness in the end . It is a easy drinking brew a step above BMC. It realy reminded me of a PBR or a Narragansett
04-25-2010 16:57:06 | More by joepais
3.45/5 rDev +12%
A. Pale yellow with a soapy white head with good retention. Has some lace.
S. Corn and malted barley, slight hops.
T. Pretty well balanced. Light malts and noble hops make up most of the flavor profile. A slight astringency coupled with vague roasted grain. A light buttery note. Finishes semi-dry.
M. Mouthfeel is silky smooth, light and carbonated well.
D. This is a very drinkable beer. Glad I got it as a Christmas present. Thanks Jake!
12-29-2008 18:49:19 | More by Stinkypuss
3.43/5 rDev +11.4%
Poured as a dark gold with a thin head that disappeared almost immediately. I was disappointed with that but the carbonation did keep bubbles moving towards the surface continuously.
Smells like dry hops and some corn/grain blend. It smells like your average beer should smell (which isn't a bad thing).
Oddly enough, as advertised, it's actually a dry taste. That's pretty surprising and hard for me to describe but it has a perfect balance between sweet and bitter. It definitely tastes dry and that's a novelty for me thus far.
Mouthfeel is dry as described above. It does fizz nicely in the mouth with excellent carbonation but the sense of dryness prevails over the otherwise excellent mouthful.
I was able to chain a couple of those together but it does have some kick to it. I certainly wouldn't recommend polishing off an entire 6-pack in one go, but a couple of those make for a solid session beer.
Overall, I'd drink this beer again. Especially if I get a hankering for that odd dry sensation that it provides as you drink it.
01-12-2008 03:21:50 | More by xare
3.4/5 rDev +10.4%
Medium amber beneath a good-sized crown of ivory colored foam that has a yellowish tint. There's nothing wrong with the lid. It hangs around for a while and deposits a respectable amount of lace in the bargain. The look is unassuming, with no real faults.
My first thought upon popping the cap was 'macro lager'. Now that I'm actually putting my nose over the glass, I feel the same way. Buckeye Beer smells like any of the lagers from BMC, although it has no hint of nastiness. It's just pale grain and a musky German hoppiness. Good thing this stuff doesn't come in clear glass bottles.
Eh, not bad. It's a damn sight better than the more popular lagers noted above, but I won't be counting the days until my next trip to Ohio so I can load up (like I do with Great Lakes, Three Floyds, Founders, etc). To be fair, it does improve a bit as it sits, a concept that BMC lagers are... uh... unfamiliar with.
The malt backbone can't be anything darker than pale malt. It provides flavors of reasonably fresh grain (depending on how fresh the bottle is) and... that's it. The grassy hops (gotta be Saaz) are almost prominent enough for me to agree with the Czech pilsener classification. There's a good sweet-bitter balance, I'll give it that.
The body/mouthfeel doesn't make an impression unless one focuses on it for the purposes of description. It's light-medium in a general sense and doesn't give up the ghost on the back end. Not bad, not bad at all.
I feel like I've already given my conclusion of Buckeye Beer in saying that it isn't something I'm interesting in drinking a second time. The brewery's history is pretty interesting (and the old-time label is great), but the beer is the only thing that really matters in the end. Although I didn't expect excellence, I'm still disappointed that a beer that shares my user name isn't of higher quality.
09-25-2007 13:00:27 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.38/5 rDev +9.7%
Appearance: This brew pours with a frothy white foam. The head dies relatively quickly with spiderweb left on the surface. Color is light golden. Several trails of carbonation observed.
Smell: Sweet light malt is the dominant aroma. Perhaps a little biscuit present.
Taste: The flavor curve if fairly gentle with an interesting "second wind" coming during sustain. The front end is hoppy with average quality hops observed. The label says "dry" and perhaps that is true, because there is a little something there that is hard to describe.
Mouthfeel: I rate the mouthfeel as excellent due to the plentiful carbonation and sustain second flavor kick-in. Very interesting and kind of strange. Maybe this would count as an aftertaste, but I feel it's something beyond that.
Drinkability: This brew is fairly liht, so the drinkability is high. It would be a good summer selection. The interesting "second wind" left me wanting more of this peculiar experience.
12-05-2008 16:07:35 | More by stockingcpl
Buckeye Beer from Maumee Bay Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.