Original Sorghum Malt Beer | Bard's Tale Beer Company

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Original Sorghum Malt BeerOriginal Sorghum Malt Beer
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Original Sorghum Malt BeerOriginal Sorghum Malt Beer

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 93 |  Reviews: 34
Reviews by kylers:
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2.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Light copper color very clear. Thin quarter inch head dissipated quickly. Tiny bubbles slowly rising to the surface.

S: Slight sweet honey aroma, not much hop presence.

T/M: Crisp and light, pretty sweet on the tongue. I wish there was a little more bitterness to balance the sweetness. Slight butter note maybe? Something is sweet and creamy in the finish.

D: Crisp and kind of refreshing but a little too sweet for my taste, but as far as gluten free goes, it's not as bad as I thought it was going to be.

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Photo of beerhunter13
2/5  rDev -24.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -6%

Photo of csmartin6
1.5/5  rDev -43.6%

Photo of NilocRellim
3.5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of pat61
3.96/5  rDev +48.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: brilliant copper amber filled with streams of rapidly rising bubbles under a thin 1/2" white foam cap with poor retention

S: trace of caramel, sorghum, light toast, and a hint of fruit. Hop aromas are low, grain aromas are between medium and medium low and fermentation aromas are low

T: start with lightly sweet caramel bread crust and a hint of fruit, light spice, a hint of anise, and a little bit of sorghum flavor.

F: medium to medium light bodied beer has medium high carbonation

O: a good, solid gluten-free beer

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Photo of BoozerBrad
2.96/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of samtrillo
3/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of Skabiski
2.59/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of freewill35
1/5  rDev -62.4%

Mine had a year old expiration date.

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Photo of Schwegler
1/5  rDev -62.4%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
2/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of DaveBar
3.36/5  rDev +26.3%
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 Guppy314
2.78/5  rDev +4.5%
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 matjack85
1.5/5  rDev -43.6%

Photo of claybeer
2.72/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The head is thin and the bubbles seemed large making it seem even lighter. The color is a classic dark apple juice and absolutely crystal clear. In the nose I get a lot of malt and caramel apples. It has a sweetness that is very pleasant. There is a lot of carbonation that cause the beer to instantly fizz when it enters my mouth. The sweet apple continues from the nose to the back of the tongue while drinking. the apple is what makes this "beer" work. The malt lingers on the roof of my mouth with a bit of a spice on the end. If I had to drink beer that was gluten free, I would be happy that someone has put the effort into making something that is drinkable and fairly close to a beer.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.5/5  rDev +31.6%
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 mfnmbvp
3.03/5  rDev +13.9%
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 jcbogantes
1.8/5  rDev -32.3%
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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3.25/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of AtrumAnimus
3.08/5  rDev +15.8%
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 Pegasus
2.61/5  rDev -1.9%
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 xxxcjbcxxx
3.25/5  rDev +22.2%

It has a very unique, "sour-vanilla" flavor.

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Photo of velosuds
3.36/5  rDev +26.3%
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 thehyperduck
3.19/5  rDev +19.9%
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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