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Millennium Buzz Hemp Beer - Cool Beer Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
72
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46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.02
pDev: 18.21%
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 thehyperduck
3.33/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

thehyperduck, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of spinrsx
3.13/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

spinrsx, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of cfalovo97
1/5  rDev -66.9%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of ZachRusk
2.75/5  rDev -8.9%

ZachRusk, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of BigGruntyThirst
3.25/5  rDev +7.6%

BigGruntyThirst, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of mick303
3.03/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 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.

mick303, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of Caudalie
2.5/5  rDev -17.2%

Caudalie, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of kleomenes
2.5/5  rDev -17.2%

kleomenes, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of westonhood
2.5/5  rDev -17.2%

westonhood, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of kelvarnsen
2.5/5  rDev -17.2%

kelvarnsen, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of oldp0rt
2.75/5  rDev -8.9%

oldp0rt, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of tbeckett
3.24/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

tbeckett, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Phyl21ca, May 25, 2011
Photo of paxkey
2.45/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

paxkey, May 12, 2011
Photo of bryehn
2.75/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

bryehn, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of biegaman
3.2/5  rDev +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.

biegaman, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of mrmanning
2.13/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Cool idea, but not so good beer. Nothing offensive, but just not that different. Pours a dark brown body with a thin off white head. Aromas are malty, sugary, slightly floral. Corn and a sorta chemical aroma too. Taste is malty, semi sweet corn, and grassy. Pretty inoffensive, I just wish there was some more depth.

mrmanning, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of mintjellie
3.05/5  rDev +1%
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.

mintjellie, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of GodOfBeer
3.68/5  rDev +21.9%
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.

GodOfBeer, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of Bobdope
3.73/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

Bobdope, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of headlessparrot
2.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Decided that, given the pretty cheap price tag, Cool Beer's Millenium Buzz was at least worth a try (especially given that I spent a lot of money today before going to the liquor store - gotta watch the bank account). I was expecting a gimmick - and this is, undoubtedly, a gimmick - but it's not a bad beer. Nothing special, but interesting, and enjoyable in a simple, understated manner.

Pour is quite appealing - from a brown, twist-off ISB (with fun stuff under the cap, and a label right out of High Times), I was expecting something a lot lighter (it is a lager, but apparently a "red lager"), but found a red-brown colour similar to a lighter English Brown Ale. Capped by two fingers of slightly off-white head that dissipates in about five minutes, leaving about a half-finger of spotty froth over the surface. Not too bad.

Smell is interesting, but somewhat understated. I'll be the first to admit that I have not the faintest idea what hemp tastes OR smells like, so I'm limited here. Regardless, there's some nice sweet crystal malt - brown sugar, chocolate (Butterfinger) - and sort-of raspberry fruitiness. Little discernable in the way of hops, maybe just a light dusting in the distant background. Nuts, maybe some lemon. A bit of a case of multiple identities, but fairly respectable nonetheless.

Taste is general more of the same, with the exception of the far-more assertive hopping (grassy, lemony, fairly bitter). Dough-y/bready. Sweet malt, though less obvious than in the nose. Ginger. Initially sweet, but an immediate bitterness, followed by a battle between the sweet and bitter elements for dominance. Finishes dry and bitter, but with a gentle chocolate-maltiness accenting it. Again, nutty and grainy. Not so much in the way of herbal flavours, or spiciness, but interesting. Ultimately, fairly neutral - it goes down smooth, and is satisfying but unremarkable. As it warms, the hop-spiciness does become more assertive, but not enough to be noteworthy.

Mouthfeel is pretty average. Somewhat overcarbonated, but with a moderate-body (although the body does feel a touch "slick"). Drinkability seems average as well. This isn't a session beer, that's for sure, and I could never see myself buying a case for heavy drinking. Despite it's fairly small price-tag, it's more of an every once-in-a-while, "hey, what the hell" kind of beer than anything else. Worth a try, but don't expect much.

headlessparrot, Jun 09, 2007
Photo of Brent
3.1/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Brent, Jun 04, 2007
Photo of drinkininthewood
3.7/5  rDev +22.5%
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!!!

drinkininthewood, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of Mandrake
3.18/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Mandrake, Nov 30, 2006
Photo of BigBry
3.13/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

BigBry, Jul 05, 2006
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Millennium Buzz Hemp Beer from Cool Beer Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.