Millennium Buzz Hemp Beer - Cool Beer Brewing Co.
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3.2/5 rDev +6%
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.
03-22-2011 01:55:23 | More by biegaman
2.13/5 rDev -29.5%
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.
11-10-2009 16:49:32 | More by mrmanning
3.05/5 rDev +1%
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.
09-05-2009 05:49:59 | More by mintjellie
3.68/5 rDev +21.9%
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.
02-15-2009 18:03:32 | More by GodOfBeer
3.73/5 rDev +23.5%
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.
06-02-2008 01:19:38 | More by Bobdope
2.93/5 rDev -3%
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.
06-09-2007 21:18:30 | More by headlessparrot
3.1/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
06-04-2007 19:35:54 | More by Brent
3.7/5 rDev +22.5%
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
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!!!
03-12-2007 23:04:03 | More by drinkininthewood
Nova Scotia (Canada)
3.18/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
11-30-2006 01:54:06 | More by Mandrake
3.13/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
07-05-2006 16:38:58 | More by BigBry
3.7/5 rDev +22.5%
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.
06-09-2006 23:34:45 | More by CAMRAhardliner
3.13/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
05-30-2006 02:07:09 | More by IronDjinn
3.95/5 rDev +30.8%
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.
01-28-2006 02:37:24 | More by allergictomacros
2.73/5 rDev -9.6%
Rich red colour, quite clear, with a thin off-white head and a bit of lace. Herbal, vegetal aroma with a bit of caramel malt. Mild bitterness, herbal hop flavour. Malt is low, but has a brown sugar character. Lingering herbal hops in the finish. Light body and a bit slick. The aroma kills the drinkability off for me.
11-22-2005 02:09:37 | More by DrJay
British Columbia (Canada)
3.4/5 rDev +12.6%
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.
10-16-2005 22:54:19 | More by Derek
3.28/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
06-05-2005 18:21:22 | More by Viggo
3.6/5 rDev +19.2%
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.
11-04-2004 20:09:12 | More by slitherySOB
2.28/5 rDev -24.5%
Nice rot-braun pour. The nose is obnoxiously malty : very malt-extracty. It smells like various Butterfinger and Clark Bar brand packaged candies dipped in jam -- only alcoholic. There is a tempting layer of strawberry syrup in the bouquet, but this is not enough to save it. On the palate it is serviceable, possessing tart red berry fruit, powdered sugar, sourdough lemon and pharmacy flavors. It is bizzarre, yet rustic and pitiable. One wouldn't dump this out when offered. On the other hand, only the beer-starved could harbor desire for this juicy monster.
09-26-2004 23:04:06 | More by putnam
2.88/5 rDev -4.6%
Good in the first few minutes out of the bottle when aggressive carbonation hits with the hemp vegetable. I guess that's why its popular with the moterbike crowd in the rough part of town. If open more than a few minutes , pour out. Some malt, some bitterness. A brewery that can be safely skipped.
09-19-2004 03:41:19 | More by Sammy
2.68/5 rDev -11.3%
Pretty good looking beer. Clear copper colour with a good-sized rough head that settles to a substantial film.
Nothing remarkable or really distinctive about the aroma apart from a slight muskiness. Taste is dry and somewhat grassy (!) but does not have any real noticeable hemp to it. Slightly oily mouthfeel. Palatable, but nothing special.
08-25-2004 19:56:42 | More by TerryW
3.25/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
07-31-2004 22:26:55 | More by pootz
Millennium Buzz Hemp Beer from Cool Beer Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.