Original Sorghum Malt Beer | Bard's Tale Beer Company

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Original Sorghum Malt BeerOriginal Sorghum Malt Beer

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Bard's Tale Beer Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Minkybut on 11-01-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Guppy314
2.78/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

From a bottle, pours as a clear amber with a thin off-white head. Aroma of grain and light malt. Taste is a sweet but unusual malt. Carbonation brings a welcome refreshingness. Sure it's uncommon, but it's totally enjoyable.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.03/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, with PD 09/05/2012 printed on the bottleneck, so I'm entirely sure what they're trying to say there. Patented on date? I don't know. I acquired this bottle as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's, so I am confident that it's fresh. "The original sorghum malt beer". "Contains no wheat, barley, rye, or oats". No abv listed on the bottle anywhere, so for now it remains a mystery.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours the typical clear golden orange with good clarity. Two fingers of head that fizzles away quickly. Not much lacing to speak of. Looks okay.

S - The smell is hardly comprised of anything at all, really. Some mustiness, green apples, and a bit cidery. "Ricey" if that makes any sense to anyone.

T - Taste follows the nose - mustiness, cidery green apples, and a bit of earthy yeast presence noticeable. Lightly vinous / grapey / wine-like at times, also.

M - Feel is crisp, clean, & semi-dry. Wine / cider like on the finish like the other sorghum malt beers I've tried. Light-medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, similar and on par with the others that I've tried - less than memorable and not very good. Not a beer I would have again, that's for sure, but it's a viable option for our gluten-intolerant friends.

Bard's ---3/5.

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Photo of ibaconi
3.14/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Had no idea what to expect. I was looking for a gluten-free beer for my retail shop. So far, any gluten free product I've sampled (all in the world of breads) rates somewhere between poor and awful, so I was quite surprised by this beer. It's certainly nothing to write home about, but it's decent. Slightly better than some of the popular comercial beers... Budweiser springs to mind.

Has the appearance of sparkling apple juice, including the lack of head. The flavor is fairly flat, but certainly not offensive. There is a vegetal quality to it, but this is not unpleasant, just unusual. This beer certainly doesn't leave me craving another, but then neither do most of the popular commercial beers. Could use a bit more hop.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.19/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

355 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO as a single; listed at 4.7%. I don't have celiac disease, so I mostly review these beers out of curiosity and a lack of other things to tick - I've certainly never had a GF beer I wanted to drink more than once. Served well-chilled.

This one pours a deep golden-yellow colour, with one finger of fizzy, bone-white head that snaps and crackles as it fades away before my very eyes. A very thin collar and an island of film supported by the carbonation are the only visible remnants... this is a flat, dull-looking beverage reminiscent of apple juice. The aroma is fairly mild, consisting of some vegetal sweetness, apples, and floral hop notes.

I was expecting a bomb, but I am actually pleasantly surprised by this one. It has a grainy malt flavour, with some pear fruitiness and sour apple notes. That boiled vegetable flavour I find in these GF beers is still noticeable, but the floral hop bitterness in the finish helps mask it, and dries the palate out with each sip. Quite light-bodied, almost watery, with fairly mild carbonation. I'm not big on the mouthfeel, but otherwise this is drinkable enough.

Final Grade: 3.19, a C+. Bard's Original Sorghum Malt Beer is probably the most beer-like of the handful of GF brews I've so far imbibed - it's light, refreshing, and a little fruity, reminding me more of a blonde ale than anything. All other things (e.g. price) being equal, I'd take this over most cheap lagers, but in the real world there's no real reason for me to bother with this one again. If you're a beer drinker who needs to start avoiding gluten for one reason or another, this seems like a passable option and I'd probably recommend it in that case.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.36/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the LCBO as a single to try. 355ml bottle served at 8deg C in a draught glass.

No statement here on Advocate so on the bottle... 4.7%

A- Pretty good. Opens well, pours golden clear like a Bud

S- Nothing there

T- Nice carbonation. Light tasting. Easy drinking. Mild all around

M- Average at best.

O- Nice easy drinking beer. This is one for a hot day working in the yard. If the price point was better I would buy again

Food Pairing

This nice light flavored beer pairs well with... Hamburgers


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Photo of FLima
2.78/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Nice golden copper color with a thin head with low retention.
Light sorghum malt aroma with hints of caramels and guaraná soda.
Flavor of sweet Sorghum malt with tangy fruity notes, hints of strawberries and caramels.
Light body with good carbonation.
Interesting flavor, good option for who is allergic to gluten, even though tastes more like English ales. It could be hoppier to better counterbalance its sweetness.

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Photo of The_Gluten_Free_Dude
2.81/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

This beer is not a bad tasting beer but there is not much significant about it either. I give 3/5 for carbonation and does not hold a head too well. As far Gluten free beers go this is a decent alternative to beers that taste like vegetables or ridiculously strong or spicy beers. Overall I give it 3/5 A good alternative to New Grist.

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Photo of Pegasus
2.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Clear medium-golden body, with a moderate, fairly dense white crown, which retains fairly well. The lacing is thick and patchy, and there is profuse, fine, slow-rising carbonation.

Aroma: Cereal notes dominate the aroma, along with modest herbal hops, and a light fruitiness.

Taste: The flavor is odd at the open, with a combination of cereals and light fruit, not really beer-like. It is somewhat reminiscent of unfermented wort. There is a slight sour note throughout. The taste draws to a close with a burst of herbal hops and a rather dry finish.

Mouth feel: A bit thin, with stinging carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Its OK, not really beer-like, but not revolting. Just OK.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass longneck bottle, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
3.08/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a very clear and light golden color with a thin white head and little to no lacing on the glass.

The nose is malty sweet with little notes of the hopping. There is a subtle spice to it as well. Kind of weak.

The flavor is OK and is effervescent and dry with subtle hopping as well.

Not a remarkable beer but still drinkable and easy going. could be a good alternative for something lite on hot days.

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Photo of Kooz
2.12/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

Poured into a fluted Guinness pint glass. No head, no lacing, pours to a golden yellow color. Not impressive--looks like a Budweiser without the head.

No scent discernible. Nothing much else to say.

Tastes sour up front. Bitter. Tastes like I'm chewing on wheat or barley grains.

Not very carbonated, which can be nice, but here tastes flat. No bite. Not much body or depth.

I'm not going to have this again. I would hesitate before trying--and would never pay for--another sorghum beer again.

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Photo of Act25
2.49/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I can keep this short because there's not much to review. It tastes abit like alcohol free beer and might as well be one. Rec'd in craft pack from WFM. Pass.

A-Clear amber, thin small, head, disappears quickly. no vis carbonation, flattish, a little foam returns with a swirl.

S-Very little aroma. Like a mass NA beer.

T- Mostly dry, but it needs more hop flavor. A bit of strange fruit, slightly ciderish.

M-Light, dry, but watery thin.

O-Nice try. Not for me. Unoffensive.

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Photo of TerryW
2.51/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Clear golden beer under a short head that immediately gives way to a partial ring.

Faint across the board -- hardly anything by way of aroma or flavour in any kind of meaningful sense. Slightly doughy fruity finish. Very thin-bodied.

Th-th-th-that's all folks. Uninspired, but unoffensive, just a bottle of bland.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.68/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

With so many customers asking about gluten-free beers, I figured I'd give some a try to see what they're all about. This one pours a clear sunset amber topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises straight barley, light flowers, and a ghost-like sense of something fruity in the background. The taste ostensibly brings in more of the same, but the fruitiness is now definitely apparent, taking up the whole of the back end with a kind of funky strawberry-like flavor. It's incredibly off-putting, lemme tell ya. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, I can't say I'm a fan of this. It'd be fine were it not for that odd fruity flavor, but that flavor is just too powerful and lingers too long for me to gain any enjoyment from this bottle.

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Photo of jcbogantes
1.8/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: light yellow, no head at all
Smell: medicinal
Taste: slightly grainy, water down light beer kinda flavor
Mouthfeel: dry and astringent
Overall: Is good to find this options at the supermarket for patients intolerants to gluten but it is a beer very different from other beers

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Photo of slitherySOB
2.07/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

A very boring beer. Pours a hazy orange colour with plenty of carbonation but no head at all. Smells of honey, malts, and marmalade. Tastes like, well... water. No taste at all. Coors Light has more flavour than this beer. Mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated. A beer I would not recommend even if you do have a gluten allergy.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bard’s The Original Sorghum Beer has a medium, white head and a clear, gold-amber appearance, with a good amount of streaming bubbles and essentially no lacing. The aroma is of syrupy-sweet grain, and the flavor is of that, as well as grass, a slight bitterness, and a subtle, underlying health-food store taste. Mouthfeel is light watery, and Bard’s The Original Sorghum Beer finishes mostly dry, refreshing, and drinkable. No unusual off flavors, here. I found it to be surprisingly good.


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Photo of NuclearDolphin
1.6/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Dark Hazy Orange color with alot of carbonation.

Smell - Honey, Barley, Hops, and some maltiness. There's also a strange marmalade-like scent that I cannot quite put my finger on.

Taste - Wow, this is....bad, and what's worse is that there isn't really any flavor. It's just barley with a slight bitter honey taste. I don't think I've ever gagged while drinking a beer up until drinking this.

Mouthfeel - It's light bodied and strong on carbonation. That's all you need to know.

Overall - Just do yourself a favor and ignore this beer entirely. When your beer is so bad that it causes you to cough and gag because of the flavor, you know something's wrong.

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Photo of ckollias
3.08/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a small snifter glass.

A: Pours a clear light orange hue with a thin 1-finger white head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace.

S: Sweet aroma – and I smell hints of butterscotch.

T: Sweet flavor also with that butterscotch taste. Smooth caramel like middle with a slight hoppy presence.

M: Medium body and carbonation

O: This was an ok beer – from what I understand making a gluten-free beer is extremely hard so I can appreciate the labor behind this brew – that being said I am extremely glad I can tolerate gluten.

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Photo of Jason12345
1.12/5  rDev -60.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

My friend purchased a case of this beer for $40. He is trying to cut down on his gluten intake This by far is the worst tasting beer we ever had. We both couldn't spit it out quick enought. Now I have to spend 10 minutes to empty this crap down the sink. Big dissappointment for such a high price. If you want a good gluten free beer buy a case or Carlsberg.

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Photo of setbro72
1.74/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I have celeac and this beer is awful. I bought this along with Redbridge, New Grist, and a local gluten free beer and this was the WORST! Quickly dissipating head with some fake sweetness added. Maybe some citrus and barely detectable hops. It kinda tasted like feet to me. New Grist will be my choice from now on

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Photo of velosuds
3.36/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 12 oz bottle into a clear pint glass. Paid $9.79 for a six pack at Life Source Natural Foods in Salem, OR. Bottled 11/02/2011.

A-Pours a very clear amber with a one finger white head that dissipates quickly. A vigorous pour produces a two finger head without much improvement in head retention. One of the better appearing gluten-free beers brewed in America - i.e., it looks like normal beer.

S-The aroma is not very close to barley based beers. What is there is grainy with slight herbal hops. Smells more like a mass produced adjunct lager than craft brewed ales. Sorghum is not barley, unfortunately for the gluten intolerant.

T-Hop bitterness and some earthy spice. Doesn't have the sour cider like twang other sorghum beers have. I suspect this fermented out very dry, but it needs more hop flavor.

M-Light and dry, but a bit thin, as in watery.

O-This is one of the better sorghum based gluten-free beers available for a reasonable price. Green's gluten-free beers have been my favorite, but they cost $6 a 500ml bottle. This is best the closer to bottling date and I suspect the quality deteriorates quickly. The first one I had in late September was bottled in early May and was unacceptable. Very glad this brewer uses bottle dating.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 2" white head. Clear straw yellow color. Smell is lightly of malt. Taste may be the closest I've seen sorghum beer come to traditional beer, however, there's a strange sour and bitter aspect not quite like hops. If I were allergic to gluten I'd think this beer a godsend, but I'm not, so it's just an average to me.

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Photo of a1000lies
1.34/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I was recently was put on a gluten free diet to find if I was having trouble digesting gluten, so I tried a few gluten free beers.

A - Nice amber color

S - Smells like salty bay water.

T - Tastes worse than it smells. Sweet at first with a terrible salty after taste.

M - light and highly carbonated

O - I personally hated this beer. I bought this beer along with New Grist and I couldn't even finish more than a few sips of this stuff. If you MUST drink gluten free beer I would recommend New Grist or Red Bridge, Unfortunately if you have celiacs, most beer brewed with sorghum isn't very good in general.

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Photo of nickfl
3.45/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of white head on top of a clear, amber colored body that is full of vigorously rising carbonation.

S - A bit of sweet, malty character up front with toasty notes and a little caramel. Some herbal hops in the background.

T - Grainy malt up front with some lightly sour bread notes. Some dry caramel in the middle and a bit of spicy hop character. The dry toast character lingers into the finish with moderate hop bitterness and some more herbal hop flavor.

M - Medium-light body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Well, not too bad for a malt free beer. It has a nice dry finish and a well balanced herbal hop profile. The grain character comes across nicely in the aroma with notes of toasted grain and caramel that almost seem like actual malt. This aspect isn't as convincing in the flavor profile, but it is more full bodied than most gluten free beer.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.42/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - deep golden color, or a pale amber color. About half a finger's worth of off-white foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell - interesting smell, surely from the sorghum. It has almost a liqueur type of smell.

Taste and Mouthfeel - tastes strangely like a watered down Sake. Light and almost watery in texture, it has a bit of a sweet taste at the very beginning, but then a slightly bitter, musky taste throughout the rest of the tasting.

Overall - for what it is (a gluten-free beer), not bad. I've certainly had worse, and to be fair it's not bad tasting, just different enough to make me miss my Belgian Strong Ales.

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