Millennium Buzz Hemp Beer - Cool Beer Brewing Co.

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48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.06
pDev: 18.3%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cool Beer Brewing Co. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Millennium Buzz Beer is a hemp-based red lager made with the finest B.C. hemp, dark roasted Alberta malt and choice German hops. It's cold-filtered with no preservatives or additives. This healthy mix of pure, wholesome ingredients - plus the natural goodness of hemp - accounts for its singularly clean, smooth refreshing taste.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 07-23-2004)
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Photo of Vyronian
4.25/5  rDev +38.9%

Photo of A_M_P
4/5  rDev +30.7%

Photo of allergictomacros
3.95/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear red. Big creamy head and lots of lace. Looks inviting anyway. As it turns out, head retention could be better.

S - Malty, earthy smell with a touch of floral hops.

T - I have to say, I was expecting to be tasting ropes or something. In reality, It was fruity, earthy and mildly bitter. Tasted like a twist on a pale ale, but pretty balanced overall.

M - Medium body with a sharp carbonation.

D - Good. Another please.

Photo of srsev
3.75/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of Bobdope
3.73/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a surprise. I was anticipating it to be some kind of novelty beer. To my surprise it was a cold tasty. Millennium Buzz had a nice foresty, piney taste. Not like anything I have tried in a beer before. I purchased a six pack of this while staying in Toronto, Canada. Over all worth the drink.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.7/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mahogany red color, I didnt expect it to be this dark. A wispy head leaves a little lace. The aroma is softly malty with a noticeable gingery, nutty character. Hops are very light. The taste is a little watery with some doughy malt and the aforementioned nuttiness. The finish is grainy and herbal, not bitter. The mouthfeel is light with a restrained carbonation.

I can taste nutty and spicey in this, Im not sure if its from the hemp seeds, my imagination, or something else. Still, it makes for an interesting lager. I recommend it.

Photo of drinkininthewood
3.7/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served from 341ml twist off bottle( cool label. looks like something out of high times magazine.)

A- very dark, very nice reddish/copper colour, slightly brown 2 finger thick head which disappears in seconds leaving a little lace around the glass.

S- malty, caramel, slightly hopped , kind of sweet

T- Excellent. Sweet, caramel, a hint chocolate maybe, nice aftertaste> i think that the hemp adds a whole new dimension to this beer.

M- Nice carbonation, light bodied

D- Fantastic!

Overall i think that this beer is an excellent choice (odd how the other beer from cool brewing>cool lager< doesn't even come close to this beer)
Now if only this beer was sold in Cambridge!!!

Photo of GodOfBeer
3.68/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark amber with a thin white head, not bad looking!

Grainy malts, some sweetness and caramel in the aroma.

Very malty, some mellow caramel and grainess on the palate, can't really notice the hemp, some hay sort of maybe.

This is a very smooth beer, overall decent, but needs more hops or more hemp...however at a very cheap price, this is a good beer to get "buzzed" with.

Photo of slitherySOB
3.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first hemp beer. Not entirely sure what to expect. Is this a well crafted brew with hemp, or a gimmick advertised to the potheads? I'll soon find out. Pours nicely. Beautiful, almost ruby colour with a bit of dark orange. Big, two finger head that disipates to about a pinky finger of film after a few minutes. Lace stays on the glass for awhile, only to slowly creep back down to the beer. Smells of sweet malts, bit of floral hops, grass and oil. Could the latter two be from the hemp? I'm not sure. I was never big into pot, and hemp was something I just never thought of unless I was tying a rope made from it. Hmm, taste is alright. Definitely sweet with malt, bit of a grassy aftertaste, and lightly oily throughout. Not too oily, just oily enough to actually be nice. Usually I don't like oily sensations in beer, but this seems to suit it. Aftertaste also has a bit of a grassy taste, like dry stalks of grass. Mouthfeel is slick and, surprise, oily. You know, this is an okay beer. Good session beer, and great thirst quencher. I guess hemp adds a pleasant oil character. Something I'll have again, especially during hot summer months back home or scorcher days like today.
Edit: a little over halfway through, the head is a paper thin film. Still nice to look at, though.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.54/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a deep, vibrant, amber-ruby coloring with a low profile, frothy, filmy, off-white head. Nose of rich, dark caramel and toffee, with a resiny backbone and some chocolate notes. Flavors of chocolate, caramel, and herb on the forward tongue, with a roasty and grassy follow-up. Smooth in mouth, and well balanced, with a slight lean towards the herbal side. Decent cling along the glass as you drink. Roasty, right, slightly bitter aftertaste, with a subtle skunky characteristic kicking around. Smooth, clean finish. Decent brew.

Photo of tomdavistoronto
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of Derek
3.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was pleasantly suprised by this one.

A: Very clear, redish-bronze. Little head, no retention, no lacing.

S: A little malt (caramel, bread).

T: Very well balanced. Nutty and caramel flavours. No hop flavour. Finishes with a taste of hemp (like you've just been sucking on a rope!), which is actually quite interesting.

M: Light to moderate body, moderate carbonation.

D: Very well balanced, very drinkable.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

341 mL bottle from the LCBO; bottled Oct 17 2012 if I'm deciphering the code properly (K1712). The first time I tried this stuff was years ago, when I saw it on the sales floor of a TBS back during university - and yes, the only reasons I bought it were the pot leaf on the packaging and the impressively low price. Although I've had it more than a few times since then, I've never found the time to actually sit down and review it. Until now, anyway.

Pours a lovely clear mahogany-brown colour, topped with one finger of creamy, relatively dense, off-white head that recedes quickly over the next few minutes. Its only remnants are a patchy cap and narrow collar. Clean, relatively uninteresting aroma with notes of caramel/brown sugar, toasted nuts, honey and bready malts. Also some herbal notes - whether they're from hops or hemp, I can't be sure, but it gives the aroma some semblance of a second dimension.

Relatively neutral, clean, approachable flavour that I could see winning over adjunct lager fans. Although Buzz doesn't really come across as especially corny, something about the flavour profile really makes me believe that there is some sort of adjunct in here. Beyond that suspicion, it tastes mostly of bready malts, brown sugar, maybe some nuttiness, and faint herbal, floral hop notes rounding out the finish. Very straightforward, and probably leaning on the sweet side, but at least it isn't cloying. Light-bodied and watery, with high carbonation comparable to that of most macros. Easy to drink quickly, if nothing else.

Quaffability is this one's main strength - it tastes ok and goes down smooth, so it certainly has most AALs beat at their own game. At $6 for 4 bottles, it's a pretty good deal in Ontario, and I can guarantee you it tastes better than most of the mass-produced garbage in this price range. I assume that most of this brew's market consists of white college kids with scruffy dreadlocks and green/yellow/red clothing on, but even to those outside of this narrow demographic, this beer can stand on its own as a solid value-brand lager.

Final Grade: 3.33, a serviceable B-. Cool Brewing's Millennium Buzz is technically an 'herbed' beer, but it reminds me more of a quirky, high quality adjunct lager, or perhaps a mediocre amber. It drinks with all the crisp, bland smoothness of any mass-produced lager, but with the added hemp twist and caramel maltiness giving it an additional dimension. It's nothing special, and I doubt most BAs would consider this 4 pack anything more than a decent deal for stingy shoppers - but I still say it's worth at least one try.

Photo of Viggo
3.28/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown with a small offwhite head and barely any lacing. Smells like sweet malts, clean smelling, thats about all i get, some sugar. Tastes pretty malty, full, very smooth, not a whole lot of flavour but the fullness is quite nice. Not a bad beer but not that good. Easy drinking though.

Photo of pootz
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought the bottled version; I assume it's pasturized although the label boasts no preservatives, Finest BC hemp, roasted Alberta barley and German hops. I gotta say on this second visit of this beer; that marriage of interprovincial resources and international ingredients and style simply...works in an unassuming way if served cold.

Pours a reddish brown with a rocky 2 finger head that goes to a nice thin lace. Aromas of subdued musty malts and grassy hop and roasty hemp notes...I think this beer attempts to emulate the great straight forward roasty-malty,alts on the front end then blends the sour hops and hemp toasted nuttiness to provide a spicy toasty departure with a meditate finish where the hemp/hop combo puts a sourish drying effect over the toasty malts and finishes clean. Unpretentious..straight forward hemp spiced red lager..able to stand against more complex brews in it's frank delivery of it's ingredients to the palate..If there's a fault it's that the bottled version is a tad over carbonated...still.a fairly good specialty beer...I'll keep some around.

Photo of BigGruntyThirst
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of tbeckett
3.24/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From notes.

A - Strong carbonation, dark gold colour. Bright. One finger khaki head and an ok half finger of retention with no lace.

S - Sweet malt and breadiness. Corn and some possible sugar. No hemp, weed, or hops.

T - Grassy, sweet malt, caramel. Not really complex, but tasty enough.

M - Good carbonation, light to medium body with a slight grassy/sweet finish.

O/D - Hemp? Clearly a gimmick. I couldn't find it there anywhere really. An alright beer in its own right but not special. Good enough to tide you over on a hot day I spose.

Photo of biegaman
3.2/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hemp can be used for clothing, construction, health food and fuel - to name only a few things - and it also turns out to make a gorgeous looking beer. It may have a little too much deep scarlet colour to technically be considered tawny, but the yellowish-brown tone can be seen in the highlights of this glossy, pristinely clear (and flat) liquid.

There's nothing in the aroma that distinguishes the use of hemp. Then again, I wouldn't really know what to expect it to smell like anyhow. The nutty sweetness, light toast, vaguely fruity esters and heavy minerals make this quite reminiscent of the nut browns of northern England. I guess hemp isn't as distinctly aromatic as other Cannibus genus.

Having tried only a few other hemp beers I have little basis for comparison. But I've yet to taste one that I'd consider all that flavourful. This example, similar to the other few, has a good presence of sweetish, nutty amber malts and a light toastiness. It also has a nearly imperceptible shot of corn syrup (which might explain the beer's low, low price).

An injection of stinky, herbal, grassy hops seems, both for my palate and sense of irony, perfectly apropos. For the average drinker's palate, however, this beer's faint but unchecked sweetness and the total lack of bitter resins probably suits them just fine. I think that makes it what they would call a 'smooth, easy drinking' beer. It's what I call bland.

Considering its lack of confident, distinguishing character, it's difficult not to label Millennium Buzz anything but a gimmick beer. This brewery's lethargy - its lack of seasonals or new brands, its seclusion from industry events and peers, the fact that its only other offerings are a light lager and something called "Cool" - does little to convince me otherwise.

Photo of Mandrake
3.18/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a fairly deep copper, very clear and with a rather small light tan head that dissipates pretty quickly and leaves virtually no lacing. Very much like an amber ale, and not uninviting a tall. Smell is quite sweet, brown sugar and caramel maltiness with a bit of hop bitterness in the background. Taste is a bit medicinal, not a lot of any interest going on here. Bit of grain, a hint of fruit. Mouthfeel is good at first, but the carbonation fades quickly, and there's not enough body to really carry it. Drinkability is average at best. Bit of a gimmick, but could be much worse.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.13/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The second offering from the Cool brewery to be found. I'm sorry, I look at the name and, in relation to it's simply "Cool" brother, I kinda shake my head.... BUT, let's see what this hemp red ale has to say for itself.

Pours out a nice clear deep chestnut colour, just a quick splash of off-white head before it totally dissipates. Rich malty aroma, almost extract-like in its sweetness, earthy, a bit nutty, with leafy hops.

The flavour starts out mild and a bit subdued, the malt starts to come rolling out after the middle and towards the finish, a very sweet caramel malt profile, somewhat nutty, even a small dip of chocolate on the aftertaste. As it warms more it gains a very slight spicy hop finish and aftertaste, and becomes more nutty on the back end. However the flavour can't get over the factor of coming across washed-out and a bit watery, no real taste until well on its way to the finish. The mouthfeel is a bit over-carbonated as well, the same flaw as with the Cool Lager.

Would make an okay alternative to a macro lager if it came down to that choice, but a pretty one-dimensional red, given the hemp content or not. Someone else has already cried "Gimmick!" in one of their reviews already, but I wave that flag as well. Not sure who this brewery is marketing to, it's all just skimming the surface.

Photo of spinrsx
3.13/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

341ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for 2$

Appearance - Copper colour with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There's an average amount of carbonation and there isn't much lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes.

Smell - Malts, grassy notes, caramel

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts and a hint of chocolate. There is also some grassy notes and some caramel. It ends with a malty aftertaste with a bit of a herbal/hoppy lingering spiciness.

Overall - Much better than I expected. I thought this would be some kind of novelty beer. It's not groundbreaking by any means, but it has a nice drinkable flavour.

Photo of BigBry
3.13/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Industry standard brown 341ml bottle.
Pours a nice clear chestnut brown color, short white head of quickly disappearing bubbles. Malty aroma with some sweetness, a bit nutty. Sweet malty flavor with a slight spicy hop finish. A clean taste, but not much more. It is quite average as far as taste and mouthfeel. Thin and well carbonated, make it easy to drink, but not much flavor to savour. Not really anything unique or 'hemp-like' spice or bite. Worth a try, but not much more.

Photo of Brent
3.1/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I approach this type of beer with a bit of a jaundiced eye, as I've never felt hemp adds much to a beer other than gimmick value. Poured a surpisingly dark and rich amber color. Flavor was in the hoppy amber ale range, with noteworthy caramel malt and a prominent hops bittering. The flavor profile never seemed to come together and meld - the hops and malt struggled against one another throughout. Out of balance.

Photo of mintjellie
3.05/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A finger of off-white head crowns this red bodied lager. The colour on this is beautiful. The head shows poor retention and leaves no lace behind. It has a mild aroma of chocolate and nuts, with a hint of caramel that struggles to make it through. Flavour is of mild toasted malts and a hint of nuttiness with a very mild bitterness. It doesn't smell or taste bad or off in any way, it's just really tame. Fizzy carbonation helps this light bodied beer go down like water. It's not bad, I just wish it had a little more body and a bolder flavour.

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Millennium Buzz Hemp Beer from Cool Beer Brewing Co.
73 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.