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Beer Label Errors

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by kojevergas, Mar 29, 2013.

  1. kojevergas

    kojevergas Poobah (1,180) Colorado Aug 15, 2010 Beer Trader

    Good evening everyone. I did a forum search and couldn't find a previous thread that addressed this topic, so hopefully this is a relatively new discussion.

    I pulled a Mikkeller Mexas Ranger (the regular, not the tequila barrel aged variant) to review tonight, and noticed that the front label claims the bottle is 11.2 fl oz in volume, but the bottle is clearly a 750ml format. You can google image this beer and see the error clearly for yourself.

    I haven't seen many label errors like this before, and I've seen one or two beers in my time. What label errors have you seen on beers over the years?
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  2. Michigan

    Michigan Initiate (0) Michigan Oct 24, 2012

    It's Mikkeller.

    I had a bottle of Soy Sauce labeled "Triple Bock".
  3. MasterSki

    MasterSki Site Editor (1,095) Ontario (Canada) Dec 25, 2006 Staff Member

    The first bottling of Plead the 5th said 750ml on the labels, but they ended up using 12oz bottles.

    Cable Car has 'San Fransisco' and the 'world-famous Tornado bar' (sic).
    gpawned and 1up like this.
  4. afallon86

    afallon86 Aficionado (200) California Aug 19, 2012 Beer Trader

    Churchill's finest hour '13 is 13.4% but the label says 11%
  5. Coors Light had a label that something about "taste" on it.
  6. elNopalero

    elNopalero Advocate (740) Texas Oct 14, 2009 Beer Trader

    There was a time when all beers of a certain ABV carried a warning that said "Ale in Texas". Regardless if it was an ale or a lager.
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  7. KickbacksSteve

    KickbacksSteve Savant (350) Florida Jan 31, 2009

    I noticed French Broad 13 rebels says ibu 142. Apparently it should be 42.
  8. Premo88

    Premo88 Champion (855) Texas Jun 6, 2010 Verified

    we Texans can be dumb ... St. Arnold's labels some of their lagers as "ales," and it is a bit annoying
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  9. cavedave

    cavedave Poobah (1,070) New York Mar 12, 2009 Beer Trader

    The new growler bottles made for a local beverage store have three misspellings on them. Does that count?
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  10. TurdFurgison

    TurdFurgison Champion (880) Ohio May 29, 2005 Verified

    I've seen a number of De Cam 750's where the label says 375mL.
  11. flayedandskinned

    flayedandskinned Advocate (515) California Jan 1, 2011 Beer Trader

    I have a bottle of Pliny that says best after 6 months.
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  12. Photekut

    Photekut Advocate (655) Tennessee Mar 31, 2006

    One of the batches of Upland Raspberry Lambic says "Belgian-Style Ale Aged in oak with whole strawberries"

    My Kuhnhenn Parlimead Funkadelish Raspberry ( and probably the others ) say 12 OZ but are 375ml.
  13. Well, except for the brewers/importers who instead chose to label their beers "malt liquor" to met TABC's labeling and excise tax requirements for beers over 4% abw.

    It seemed that more imports took that route (Lowenbrau and Samichlaus are the two I recall best but I'm sure there were many others), probably because they did not have the typical American prejudice about the term "malt liquor".
  14. zstef99

    zstef99 Aficionado (215) New York Dec 25, 2008

    I had a bottle of Zombie Dust that was labeled Pale Ale instead of IPA.
  15. MatthewPlus

    MatthewPlus Savant (450) Florida Jan 2, 2013 Beer Trader

    On the "Ass Kisser DIPA" label-
    "Kick Ass Ale. Ass Kisser Ale is a state of mind! Just as you contemplate the flavors of this fine ale you can contemplate sharing a bottle with a friend or your boss. Maybe they are one in the same. And then again maybe not! We are just sayin'!
    Ass Kisser Double IPA is a rich malty ale that has warm carmel notes that open up as it warms up to your glass. It pairs with foods with spice and aromas like asian 5 spice or curries. To get maximum aroma and flavor, pour this ale into a snifter style glass. This ale is made to take the edge of a long day.! made from caring hands that understand what it takes to have to kiss a little to get anywhere these days. Enjoy!

    "One in the same", not "One and the same"?
    "Edge of a long day", not "Edge off a long day"?
    "Maybe they are one in the same. And then again maybe not! We are just sayin'!" What the hell are they talking about? warming up to my glass? Double IPA is a rich malty ale?
    The only thing worse about this beer than the label was the beer itself.
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  16. doesn't double crooked tree list the abv like 2% lower than it actually is?
  17. kevanb

    kevanb Champion (795) Illinois Apr 4, 2011 Beer Trader

    It also mistakenly calls it a DIPA instead of a Barleywine
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  18. davey101

    davey101 Champion (860) Connecticut Apr 14, 2009 Beer Trader

    Was reading the label for Mikkeller Beer Geek Weasel Cognac Barrel Edition and under the description it says that its aged in calvados barrels.
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  19. mfnmbvp

    mfnmbvp Advocate (715) Illinois Nov 28, 2012 Beer Trader

    I noticed that the other night on a bottle of Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout. On the bottleneck it says IN TEXAS, ALE.
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  20. Terrapin brewing has Moo-Hoo that on the bottom of the label reads...
    "natural favors added" should read flavors
    Nice edditting
  21. cetherid

    cetherid Savant (455) Indiana Aug 23, 2010 Beer Trader

    Don't remember if they were describing the malts or hops, but the FFF Broo Doo label says "Anerican"
  22. The Filmishmish label had arabic writing on it that didn't really say anything.
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  23. maltmaster420

    maltmaster420 Advocate (550) Oregon Aug 17, 2005 Beer Trader

    I have a magnum of Bon Chien in my cellar with an 11.2oz label on it. The funny part is they crossed out 11.2oz and wrote 25.4oz in pen, and then crossed THAT out and scribbled 50.8oz in even messier handwriting. The one thing they forgot to alter was the barcode, so I could see stores losing serious money on those magnums if they scanned at the price of an 11.2oz bottle and didn't get caught in time.
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  24. Don't get me started on barcodes. So many breweries have different priced beers with the same barcode it makes me sick. Very frustrating.
  25. ilovermont

    ilovermont Aficionado (190) Vermont Jul 18, 2012 Beer Trader

  26. dianimal

    dianimal Advocate (550) California Apr 18, 2012

    They also spelled caramel wrong (not carmel - this is one of my pet peeves), and I believe "asian" should be capitalized. In addition, there is both a period and an exclamation point at the end of one of the sentences. Terrible - if any - proofreading.
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  27. maltmaster420

    maltmaster420 Advocate (550) Oregon Aug 17, 2005 Beer Trader

    Bar codes in general are a pain in the ass. Neccessary, but still a pain. Other than the "2 prices, 1 barcode" I also ahve to deal with:

    • Brown/red silk-screening on brown glass (I'm looking at you Stone!). Bar code scanners aren't that good at color differentiation, please use some contrasting colors.
    • Bar codes so tiny or densely packed (cough, Lagunitas, cough) that the scanners can't read them.
    • Small companies "creating" their own bar codes, without bothering to check if the number overlaps with someone else's product.
    • Shelton Brothers, 12%, and B. United recycling bar codes on products from completely different breweries on with drastically different prices. Did you know that Alvinne Oaked Melchior ($20/bottle) and Hanssens Oudbeitje ($10/bottle) have the same bar code?
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  28. TKEbeerman

    TKEbeerman Savant (390) Florida Jun 6, 2009 Verified

    I've gotten bottle from lagunitas with upside down labels
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  29. michaeljstraub

    michaeljstraub Savant (405) Georgia Oct 6, 2012 Beer Trader

    Am I doing this right!??!

  30. NoLeafClover44

    NoLeafClover44 Advocate (580) Delaware Feb 24, 2011 Beer Trader

    I would have gone with "Disrespect the hops"
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  31. Be very careful with those bottles. The labels are on correctly - it's the bottle that is upside down. Open it carefully over the sink, with an empty glass underneath to catch the beer - otherwise you might be a lap full of hoppy goodness.
  32. ncaudle

    ncaudle Advocate (690) Virginia May 28, 2010 Beer Trader

    when did they switch from 750 to 12oz? we had a 750 from ?2008? back in january...
  33. MasterSki

    MasterSki Site Editor (1,095) Ontario (Canada) Dec 25, 2006 Staff Member

    Weird - the reviews from 2005 reference 12oz bottles. I can't even find a review mentioning a 750ml...
  34. ncaudle

    ncaudle Advocate (690) Virginia May 28, 2010 Beer Trader

    not 100% positive on the vintage it was
  35. gpawned

    gpawned Advocate (510) Illinois Jun 5, 2012 Beer Trader

    I have a bottle of Jackie O's Bourbon Barrel Dark Apparition with the label applied upside down.
  36. MasterSki

    MasterSki Site Editor (1,095) Ontario (Canada) Dec 25, 2006 Staff Member

    I crosschecked, and it's the 2005 vintage that has 750ml written on the label, even though it was packaged in 12oz bottles. It's possible they filled a few 750ml bottles and then ran out and were forced to use the remaining labels on other sizes. The first bottled vintages of BA Plead the 5th and Sour Plead the 5th were in 750s for sure, but that was somewhat recent.
  37. KhakCane

    KhakCane Savant (295) North Carolina Apr 15, 2010 Beer Trader

  38. VladTepes

    VladTepes Aficionado (190) Finland Oct 18, 2012

    Hehe yeah, I have same thing with his Hop burn low, back label said Hop burn high. I bought it as Hop Burn low, and that it was.
  39. zac16125

    zac16125 Poobah (1,015) South Carolina Jan 26, 2010 Beer Trader

    Do they all look like this? Vintage 2015 special edition. Instawhale
  40. SirPutzly

    SirPutzly Savant (290) Pennsylvania Sep 11, 2012 Beer Trader

    I remember one of the earlier (maybe first) batch of Flying Fish's Forever Unloved Sandy had a misspelling in New Jersey. I believe it said New Jesrey. It cracked me up that a beer brewed to raise money for hurricane Sandy relief misspelled the name of the state it was trying to help.
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