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Hudy Delight - Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing Co.

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67
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57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 2.74
pDev: 27.37%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: StevieW on 09-16-2002)
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Reviews by emerge077:
Photo of emerge077
3.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled from a delightfully retro-styled can at Joie De Vine.

Transparent pale gold, bubbly with white frothy foam around the edges. Smells like white grape juice and wet grains. Thankfully no off notes in the aroma.

Crisp feel, white grape and wet grains, some manila folder oxidation creeping around the edges, but otherwise pretty nice and clean. 100% barley according to the bartender, no adjuncts. Surprisingly clean and relatively easy to drink with a light bitterness in the background. Dry finish, not overly sweet, and not astringent or harsh. Could easily drink a couple on a hot day, slightly better than the usual BMC mediocrity.

emerge077, Sep 15, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of Cynic-ale
2.5/5  rDev -8.8%

Cynic-ale, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of jminch
1/5  rDev -63.5%

jminch, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of Brenden
2.98/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours like champagne: champagne-colored with a bone white head that's too loose to stick around for very long but with bubbly activity that struggles to keep it alive and does allow a swirling thin foam to resurface from time to time. Said foam lacks the substance to leave any lacing behind after initial spotting.
The aroma offers mostly white grape and green apple skin with a kiss of herbal hop. Better than BMC light, anyway.
The flavor offers much of the same with a bit more grains in the back. Despite the vinous and white fruit flesh flavors, this beer avoids a certain sourness that mars some of these light lagers.
The feel is dry, certainly light, and crisp. Yes, it's thin, but no more than the typical light beer and less watery than light macro beers.
Is this beer a delight? Not exactly. But it may sit directly in the median range of light lagers.

Brenden, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of leinie13
2.5/5  rDev -8.8%

leinie13, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of HarlequinBuckeye
2.9/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This has long been my Sunday football beer. Partly because it's better than Bud Light, and half the price. And partly because I'm a Bengals fan, and our "Who-Dey" chant is derived from Hudy.

Nothing special here, just a standard fare light lager. Pours out piss yellow and foamy, with about a two finger head. The taste is dominated by corn and rice, but it is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet. The aroma is similar to the taste, but the hops are a little harder to detect.

Not great, but a decent beer in my opinion, but it is sort of an acquired taste. But I'll knock back a twelve pack per week of Hudy Delight September-February. If I'm not drinking craft, I'm drinking this.

HarlequinBuckeye, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of KYGunner
2/5  rDev -27%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This poured with the clearest of pale yellow complexion but the mass of bubbles that clung to the glass blocked the visibility. The head was a huge mass of tiny bursting bubbles that grew out of control.

The nose is a sour malt, kind of metallic, with a light corn and breadiness.

The flavor is sour, metallic, corny, piney hop maybe.

The feel is prickly and brash with so much carbonation.

I simply couldn't even entertain myself with this and had to eventually pour it out.

KYGunner, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of bluejacket74
3/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle served in a Sam Adams BL glass. Picked up a 6 pack of this on a recent trip to the Cincinnati area, I used to drink this at Reds games years ago and it looks like Hudy Delight has made a comeback. The beer pours a clear straw gold color with an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both OK, nothing special. It smells like sweet malt and a bit of grain with no hops at all. It tastes like sweet malt and grain, actually not too bad of a taste at all for a light beer. Mouthfeel/body is thin, but not watery. Drinkability is OK. For the style, it's an average brew. It's not offensive at all, and not a bad deal for $3.79 a sixer. There are certainly worse beers out there.

bluejacket74, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of Beejay
2.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

My first "light beer" review... And at 0.79 per 24oz, I just could not resist.

A: Typical Yellow-ish color. White and quite fizzy head, which almost immediately disappears. Crystal Clear, and looks like there is some decent carbonation.

S: Slightly sweet, maybe some corn. Really not picking up very much at all.

T: Watery. Slightly tart, and tastes of adjuncts, mostly a bit of rice or possibly corn. No distinctive aftertaste. It's not that the flavor is bad, it's that there isn't any flavor there. Style-wise though, I feel like it is at least around average.

M: Clean, crisp, cold and carbonated. 'nuff said.

D: You can certainly drink a bunch of this, since it is basically carbonated water that had a barley, rice and corn tea bag dipped gingerly in it. You could drink it all night long, by why would you want to?

Beejay, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of Rod_J
1.5/5  rDev -45.3%

Rod_J, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.95/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hudy Delight has a typical thick, white head and a clear, bubbly straw appearance, with a tad bit of lacing. The aroma is sweet, light, and grainy. Taste is of mild, roasted malt, sweet corn, water, green apples, and just a tickle of hops bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Hudy Delight finishes crisp, clean, fairly refreshing, dry, dull, and cheap feeling. Overall, this is tolerable.

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of mattgert
3.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

I reviewed this beer some time ago but I wanted to give a little insight on what I think is a change. This time I had the beer in a 24oz can right out of the can. Appearance can't be spoken for. Smell is basically not there. Taste is very light and mouthfeel is weak. However, the beer this time (out of the can) was very clean and crisp without any of the grainy, offensive stale aftertaste that I found when drinking from a bottle (I took the picture). Make no mistake, this is a LIGHT beer. But this time it was very crisp, clean and refreshing - without that stale undertone I coudn't shake last time. Drinkability is way up there too. Excellent for hot weather when you don't want to get worn down having a few. I wonder if the quality control of the product been cleaned up? I only see this beer in cans anymore also. One other note - there is no mention of adhering to the Beer Purity Law on the packaging anymore. Given the category - which is a low calorie light lager - far fewer than the BMC light beers, I would have to move this up to a C+.

mattgert, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of StevieW
3.33/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer of my youth and hometown. The first beer I drank regulary, in High School, playing golf and while attending the University of Cincinnati. Recently revisited on a trip home. Pale golden yellow color, bubbly and full of carbonation. Faint, thin white head, left quickly, but didn't pose a problem. Sweet corn-water, with yeast taste. Slightly sour middle. Finish is surprisingly crisp and refreshing. After about 3 years not having one, I was pleasantly surprised. Super-easy to drink. I have had alot of these, and they always leave me smiling, until the next morning.

StevieW, Sep 16, 2002
Photo of coachdonovan
2.73/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is everything you would expect from a retro-style, American macro lager. Clear/yellow color with not much taste and a fairly thin mouthfeel. I'm all for supporting the local beer industry (although according to the label this is currently contract-brewed in Lacrosse WI) but it would be a stretch for me to actually make it through a six pack of this. Let's hope they can fine tune things...

coachdonovan, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of jwhawkins81
2.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma - Beery but not bad actually. A little aromatic hops, but just a little.

Appearance - Clear pale yellow with a white head. Not a ton of carbonation which kind of hurt it when compared to the better light lagers (yeah I know it sounds like an oxymoron).

Taste - My first reaction was Natty Light, or any general cheap keg beer. Not offensive just kind of what you would expect from a 79 cent 24 oz can of cheap light beer.

jwhawkins81, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of shroompod
3.1/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is very clear pale straw color. Thin head that dies quick.

Smell has a slightly perceivable graininess. No hops.

Taste is a little sweet, which is kinda nice for a light beer. Not much in the malt department. No hops detected.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery;about par for the course with this style.

Drinkability is decent, overall a good thirst quencher. Not sure I'd want to drink as a session beer, as it's a little bland.

shroompod, Apr 10, 2007
Photo of Waymore
3/5  rDev +9.5%

Waymore, Feb 25, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev +0.4%

drdiesel9483, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of woodychandler
2.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

CAN you dig it? I pulled off a major trade in the Heinz Field parking lot a couple of weeks ago before watching Pitt lose (by a missed PAT!) to Cincy. I think that I developed a slight head cold during the snowy weather and so my reviews got put on hold until my sinuses cleared. Let the CAN Quest continue!

I just reviewed its "leaded" brother, so now it is time to try the "unleaded" version.

My pour resulted in a finger of bubbling, bone-white head that fizzled itself out of existence. Oh well. The color was a pale lemon-yellow with NE-quality clarity. The nose was really light in its sweetness, hardly discernible at all. Mouthfeel was medium, but its taste was light and almost watery. Finish was slightly dry but overall, it was less than satisfying. I would reach for more of the Hudy 14-K, instead.

woodychandler, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of keeganfrank
3.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've tried it in cans...now reviewing Hudy Delight in bottle form. Pale golden lager with a wispy head and plenty of carbonation. Sugary, estery aroma with some hints of dry grain and fruit. Tart grain-and-vegetable flavor. Not nearly as sweet as the aroma suggests. Flavor is nothing extraordinary, but it's not offensive. Has a thin, crisp body that makes this beer go down easy.

keeganfrank, May 14, 2011
Photo of JKauff
3.5/5  rDev +27.7%

JKauff, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.23/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My first Hudy in a few years. New owner, new formula, lots of hype too.

Appearance - pale straw on the pour. A brief head evaporates quickly but manages some spotted lace on the glass.

Aroma - just the vaguest hint of grain to this, but it does maintain a trace of aroma. Worthy for the style.

Taste - simple but solid light grain flavor. Basic light beer, but it's fresh and thirst-quenching, as a decent light beer should be.

Mouthfeel - thin, crisp, no surprises.

Drinkability - one of a select few light beers I'll by now and then, and by far the best value of the non-adjunct choices. The hype is not necessarily because of the beer but just due to seeing an old friend once again.

brewdlyhooked13, Sep 20, 2006
Photo of chicagoabbot
1.88/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Gave the appearance a 3 simply because I had it straight out of the can so figured it would only be fair to pick the middle value.

This is pretty awful. Tastes like alcoholized soda pop basically. Very sweet, heavy corn and rice overtonses. Glad I didn't pour this into a glass actually.

Yucky yucky poo poo, I didn't order a mountain dew mixed with vodka. Ok, that's hyperbole, but damn, that's about right.

chicagoabbot, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of nlmartin
3/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hudy wow this beers reintroduction to Cincinnati sold out? I dont really understand the hype. I bought the beer for under $4.00 a sixer.

Appearance: This beer is exactly what you would expect. The beer is a pale fizzy straw yellow coloration. The head was off white with no retention.

Smell: This beer is all sweet maltyness. The beer doesnt have any offensive off smells to it. The beer has no hop character to the smell.

Taste: The beer is a malty sweet beer with a flash of lemons. The beer has no hop character to speak about. The beer has no off flavors and is strictly inoffensive.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: The beer is very light to the point of watery. The beer is straight forward and one dimensional. The beer has no hoppyness at all. This is a beer that should be served very cold. The beer has no off smells or flavors. The beer is nicely carbonated. This beer is a ok choice for just sucking back some suds with no geeking. This would be a nice lawnmower beer. The beer isnt a bad beer; however, this will most likely be my last purcase of Hudy.

nlmartin, Sep 03, 2006
Photo of moodyhudy
2.5/5  rDev -8.8%

moodyhudy, May 02, 2013
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Hudy Delight from Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing Co.
67 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.