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Big Easy Beer | Big Easy Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Big Easy Brewing Company
Louisiana, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by acrawf6 on 07-06-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by drunkboxer1:
Photo of drunkboxer1
2.44/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a weird one. Pours a bright amber orange with little head. Eventually it ends up looking rather flat. Smells strange. It reminds me of malt extract. A molasses-like, syrupy oder. Not very inviting. Behind all that there is a bit of pleasant caramel, but you have to hunt for it. I can't detect any real hops. Tastes a little odd too. Sweet, with a good amount of bitterness from the hops but no real flavoring. In some ways this reminds me of the first extract beer I brewed before I let it age enough. Not gonna buy it again.

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Photo of VoodooBrew
3.65/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As stated by the first reviewer, this is indeed a new Big Easy -- new recipe, new brewer, new style even. The Big Easy Beer Company is still under the same ownership, but they had to leave the old environs of Marrero after Katrina. BE is now brewed by the imminently-credentialed Henryk Orlik of Heinerbrau, former brewer at Abita and German-bred and -educated brewmaster.

BE pours a crystal-clear reddish-copper with a decent off-white head.

The nose is above all malty, with toasty, biscuit notes along with some caramel. On the palate, a these same malt elements take prominence, but are joined by a moderate bitterness that increases mid-palate and fades on into the finish. What starts out as an altogether malty brew gains surprising balance with each sip. True to style, there's just about nothing in the way of fermentation by-products, leaving a clean, easy-drinking quality to this Amber Lager.

At first this beer comes across as a lager version of Fat Tire -- their malt flavors are that similar. With time and concentration, however, greater balance emerges from BE, and this in my opinion improves the drinking experience. BE is still an easy, farily uncomplicated and unencumbered Amber Lager that hopes to appeal to a fairly broad audience. I'd bet, though, that some of BE's nuances will go right over their heads.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
2.63/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a 1 1/2 finger head with some decent lacing and a full ruby color.

The smell is a bit off. There is a lot of caramel malting, but there is also some butterscotch. Diacetyl is sort of off putting, but the caramel malts are strong on the nose and not bad at all. There is no hop presence to note.

This beer has a sort of green apple flavor upfront with a lot of caramel malts and some off putting diacetyl butterscotchiness.

The mouthfeel is horrible. It's flat and uninteresting.

This beer is riddled with flaws. It would be better without the diacetyl. The green apple and caramel malts aren't bad, but the diacetyl ruins it. Pass on this one, it's really not worth it.

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Photo of stumac
3.69/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours straight up amber in color with a decent white head. the nose is toffee up the ass! caramel and super sweet malts. taste is the same as the nose with a more-so metallic malt flavor. but not in a bad way. medium bodied, low carbo. Good 'ol Louisiana brew!

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Photo of Beerbuddha
2.5/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Pours a reddish amber color with a thin off white head.

Smell- Very fruity smell with a hint of hoppiness to it.

Taste- Again it tastes of fruits and has hints of hoppiness to it.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with a high carbonation.

Drinkability- Trying to support local. This beer was garbage the first time I tried it and it was just okay the second time.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.9/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nose is malty and fruity with toasty warmth and nuttiness. Slightly acrid/metallic, but mostly soft and pleasant. Smells pretty good.

Pours a caramel brown with moderate clarity and a nice head with mild retention. Looks pretty good.

Malty, fruity, tart, a little bitter. Yes, it does have a pretty "BIG" taste. Warm nutty/toasty malt is kind of English in attitude and appropriate for an Amber Lager. Mild nutty mouthcoating. Soft fruit is apple-like with notes of citrus (lemon) zest and tartness of a medium-sized green grape. Moderate bitterness is never offensive or unpleasant - it's kind of intangible - not hoppy, earthy, roasted, or metallic... just there on the back of the tongue - maybe fruit skin bitterness is the best description. Finishes clean with only mild suggestions of the grape tartness and bitterness. Fairly full bodied with mild carbonation. Tastes good; and yes, it does go down "EASY".

Surprisingly good. From the label I expected something lighter, more 'thirst-quenching', and only mildly palatable. It is, though, quite tasty and enjoyable. I'm glad I got a sixpack of it. I will have to seek it out the next time I visit the Big Easy (one of my favorite cities and a gastronomic wonderland).


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Photo of acrawf6
3.58/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Saw this at the store and questioned if it was an old case of this. Come to find out it is being contract brewed by Heinerbrau in Covington. It is a new recipe which is a whole lot better than their old version. So give it a try if you see it!

Pours out a nice clear reddish amber with a bubbly tan head. small floaties at the bottom of the bottle.

Smell. A light sweet maltiness is the dominant smell with some apples. A small crisp hoppiness comes through a little. Really nothing all too special.

Taste. Nice amount of sweetness, not too much. More tastes of fruit, apples and a little lemon twist (but very faint on the citris). Taste is crisp and has just a touch of hops. Finishes sweet.

Mouthfeel is about what i was expecting. Medium to thin body, seems to be made for hot summer n.o. afternoons. good amount of carbonation and decent balance.

Overall. I'm just glad they are getting back in the game. Like i said, much better than their old version, but still seems to be made for layman beer drinker (nothing wrong with that). Has enough flavor to enjoy on it's own, but mild enough for a session.

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Photo of midaszero
2.42/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Hazy amber with a little bit of off white head that disappears quickly.

S - Malty with some dark fruits and hints of apple

T - Eh it is kind of an off taste. Taste like the nose.

M - Medium body that is pretty chewy with light carbonation

D - I wouldn't buy this again. Overall it wasn't that great.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.52/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

New in the Dallas area. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a nice clear amber color, though with a minimal head. Nose is surprisingly malty, with a nice caramel backbone. Flavor is sweet malt with a very light toastiness, and a light fruitiness, unusual for most lager yeasts. Hops are understated and bitterness is low.

Needs more hops, otherwise, not terrible, but not worth buying again.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.03/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 26 Feb 2009.

Poured in 0.4 L BBK stein. Medium yellowish head. Well carbonated. Clear russet color. Aromas of caramel, sorghum syrup and bran muffin. Heavy on the malt, starts quite sweet and syrupy. Caramel malt throughout. Some almonds and brown sugar in the finish. Aftertaste is somewhat tangy and syrupy. Medium body and ethanol.

A bit too syrupy for me.

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Big Easy Beer from Big Easy Brewing Company
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