Millennium Buzz Hemp Beer - Cool Beer Brewing Co.
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3.54/5 rDev +17.2%
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.
06-29-2013 01:22:40 | More by GarthDanielson
3.33/5 rDev +10.3%
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 $6 for 4 bottles, it's a pretty good deal in Ontario, and I can guarantee you it tastes better than most of the mass-produced garbage in this price range. I assume that most of this brew's market consists of white college kids with scruffy dreadlocks and green/yellow/red clothing on, but even to those outside of this narrow demographic, this beer can stand on its own as a solid value-brand lager.
Final Grade: 3.33, a serviceable B-. Cool Brewing's Millennium Buzz is technically an 'herbed' beer, but it reminds me more of a quirky, high quality adjunct lager, or perhaps a mediocre amber. It drinks with all the crisp, bland smoothness of any mass-produced lager, but with the added hemp twist and caramel maltiness giving it an additional dimension. It's nothing special, and I doubt most BAs would consider this 4 pack anything more than a decent deal for stingy shoppers - but I still say it's worth at least one try.
12-22-2012 17:58:59 | More by thehyperduck
3.13/5 rDev +3.6%
341ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for 2$
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.
12-03-2012 20:14:06 | More by spinrsx
3.03/5 rDev +0.3%
The head really disappears quickly on this dark amber beer. The carbonation is especially vigorous. Leaves a small amount of lacing.
Aroma holds some sweetness, also a fair bit of hops, slight citrus edge. Altogether not too shabby, profiles a lot of the herbed element of the beer.
Taste is definitely some bitter, grassy elements, not sure how well this works. Somewhat vegetal flavour along with the malt, with a bit of light spice thrown in. Finish is dry and pretty full.
The mouthfeel is sour, medium feel to it. I also find the yeasty feeling on the aftertaste.
I wouldn't buy this beer again, that simple. I'll freely admit to not having had any hemp beers before. This one certainly has a distinct flavour to it and isn't terrible, but I don't find this one holds together especially well.
06-29-2012 02:10:27 | More by mick303
3.24/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
06-26-2011 17:40:17 | More by tbeckett
3/5 rDev -0.7%
Bottle: Poured a clear copper color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of floral cereal notes with light dry hoppy notes. Taste is also a nice enough mix between some hoppy notes with clean floral cereal notes with light residual sweetness. Body is about average with good carbonation. Better then expected but nothing too write home about at the end of the day.
05-25-2011 02:34:24 | More by Phyl21ca
2.45/5 rDev -18.9%
beer with a pot leaf in the logo...what not to like?
pours amber with thin off white head. lots of bubbles in the body. looks sparkling. head goes away quick.
a few swirls of the glass brings the nose to life in an otherwise weak aroma. bubble gum aroma. lots of fruity notes, berries, apples. not a boldly presented aroma but what comes through is quite nice.
tastes like a sour beer that gets stomped by malt and has some degree of bitterness also lingering around. the beer tastes messy. not sure what i'm supposed to get out of this.
its got sweet aftertaste which is borderline cloying and seems to linger and get worse.
different but not in a good way.
might not finish this one.
05-12-2011 00:01:59 | More by paxkey
2.75/5 rDev -8.9%
Nice colour. Pours a rusty, dark amber tone with a thick frothy head that leaves moderate lace and settles as a collar.
Very sweet, malty aroma. Rotting or overripe fruit tones. Very grape-like, almost like a wine. Develops a spicy brown sugar sweetness
Not much in the way of taste really. Has a real boozy overtone, like grain alcohol or something equally cheap. There is a woody note in there as well, like oak and a sweet, malted corn flavour. Very subdued and not that appealing.
Thin and watery. Almost no body whatsoever. leaves a yeasty, corn syrup feeling on the back of the tongue.
If you're looking for a cheap beer you can session while its cold, you could do worse. But this one just isn't for me. Too sweet with little balance or body.
04-25-2011 19:44:18 | More by bryehn
Millennium Buzz Hemp Beer from Cool Beer Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.