Big Hurt Beer
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Big Hurt Brewing Company
California, United States
Lager - Malt Liquor
2.59 | pDev: 25.1%
Jul 20, 2018
Oct 15, 2011
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2.5 by COBEERHUNTER from Colorado on Jul 20, 2018
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2.15/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2
by matjack85 from Illinois

I picked this up at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL. Just 99¢ for a tall 24oz can. Thought it might be fun to have around for the next Cubs/Sox series since I already had some Old Style Cubs commemorative cans in the fridge.

The beer poured a clear yellow color with a 2½ finger soapy white head on top that dissipated in just over a minute. The lacing wasn't spectacular but at least there was some.

The beer smelled like corn and was very sweet.

This would have been OK, especially for the price, if it just wasn't so sickening sweet. It tasted like someone poured a half a jar of honey in here which overpowered most of the grain, malt, and hop flavors.. Pretty much just carbonated sweet water. The 7% alcohol is hidden pretty well.

Light bodied with a pretty high carbonation level, which is perfect for this sty;e.

Yet another sub par offering from the folks at Minhaus.

Apr 11, 2018
2.27 by Rollmeaway2loadout from Illinois on Feb 08, 2016
3 by Nurt20 from Illinois on Jun 08, 2015
2.96 by BB1980 from Illinois on Feb 23, 2015
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1.5/5  rDev -42.1%
by Default262

Had to throw away

Oct 14, 2014
2.25 by MattM from Illinois on Aug 28, 2014
3 by Elicoleman from Colorado on Aug 28, 2014
1 by dcf5ve from Illinois on Aug 10, 2014
2.25 by rabbitguy from Illinois on Jul 25, 2014
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1.6/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75
by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

12oz can. Yet another marketing company trying to pass itself off as a brewery, and through the Minhas, urp, 'craft' operation of Monroe, WI, at that. Christ on a crutch, when is this charade going to finally end? (Successful, this time) arson? That would surely at least be some sort of 'big hurt', amirite?

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with two pudgy fingers of frothy, agreeably foamy, and crackling off-white head, which leaves some actual, honest to the flying spaghetti monster in the sky, roiling sea wave lace around the glass as it rashly beats it outta town (wishful thinking pervades, it would seem).

It smells of sugary corn and rice compote, plastic warehouse packaging, bland apple and pear fruity notes, generic wet garbage (as opposed to premium), bottom shelf (is that a thing?) cheap-ass honey, and subtle like a sledgehammer cooked vegetal, let's just say, hops. The taste is literally gag-inducing (I could barely keep my first glug down, no shit), as the nail polish character of this joke of a beer cannot be denied - though the lowbrow honey and mushy drupe fruit essences may beg to differ, I'm not in an alms-giving mood. Perhaps a bit of America's worst fake vanilla-infused snack cakes (representing the malt here, for all you mouth-breathers, I mean 'raters' out there) worms its way in as well, but it's too little, well, just too little for me to really give a rat's ass about.

The bubbles are plainly evident in their pandering frothiness, the body medium weight, sure, but all inexpensive corn sugars, all the time, baby - fuck me 'til I'm dead and I can't get back - thankyouverymuch, Monster Magnet! Smoothness? You wanna talk about smoothness? Go ahead, I've got better things to do. It finishes still sweet, sugary, and yet not overly boozy - what's this, a silver lining? If there's fool's gold, then there must be the equivalent for the good ol' Ag, non?

Gaaah! While the booze doesn't really cause any problems here, it's about the only thing that doesn't (double negatives for the win!). Minhas' inbred, insidious, and apparently thorough industrial effluent house character in on full display here, for, well, for worse only, I don't think I really gotta say. This is the brewer's best-suited 'style', and yet, this offering is nothing less than a fucking hurtful (hey - truth in advertising!) hot mess.

Jun 19, 2014
1.5 by PopnLoads from Illinois on May 05, 2014
2 by badmotorgrunge from Illinois on Apr 13, 2014
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2.99/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by tone77 from Pennsylvania

Another beer from the creator of the canquest, woodychandler. Poured from a 24 oz. can. Has a bright yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell has some sweetness, malts, a bit of plastics. Taste is malts, alcohol, a touch of sweetness, some green apples, not very good but certainly drinkable. Feels light in the mouth and overall is not a bad beer, about average for this style.

Feb 20, 2014
3 by spointon from Illinois on Feb 02, 2014
1 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire on Jan 02, 2014
2 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota on Nov 22, 2013
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2.77/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
by metter98 from New York

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and a thick collar that rose up around the edge of the glass, dissipating into lacing.
S: Light to moderate aromas of corn adjuncts are present in the nose along with notes of green grapes.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and has flavors of corn and grapes along with hints of apples and a slight amount of sweetness.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: For an American Malt Liquor, this beer is pretty good. No alcohol flavors are present and the taste isn't really dominated by flavors of adjunct malts.

Nov 09, 2013
2 by MSL94 from New Jersey on Oct 24, 2013
3.75 by JohnW58 from New York on Oct 13, 2013
2 by Wsherry1 from Illinois on Oct 02, 2013
2.75 by GraduatedCashew from California on Aug 29, 2013
1.5 by remitrom from Illinois on Aug 07, 2013
2.5 by SeanBond from Illinois on Jul 30, 2013
2 by myuncle from Illinois on Jul 21, 2013
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2.07/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

It is beers like this one that have really earned me my stripes on The CANQuest (TM). You need only read carefully to understand just what is transpiring here. "Beer is brewed at/by another brewery." The CAN identifies it as being from Monroe, WI, home of my arch-nemesis, Minhas Craft Brewery. Oh boy.

I wondered about the name when I first bought it, but it is in honor of former CHISox slugger, Frank "Big Hurt" Thomas, which I like since CHI is my third-favorite North AmeriCAN city behind SF and Pittsburgh. Had I not latched onto the PGH sports teams as a kid, I would have been a CHI sports fan and Sox, not Cubs.

The Crack was good, but the Glug was a stop 'n' go affair as it simply wanted to foam up and be a general pain in the ass. The smell really activated my gag reflex with its combination of cotton CANdy, plastics factory and dry cleaning plant odors. Upon settling, I ended up with two rocky fingers of bone-white head with marginal retention. Loads of lacing in its wake as it fell. Color was a pale straw-yellow with NE-quality clarity and loads of CO2 bubbles in evidence. It was as effervescent as Alka-Seltzer, which I may need after I am done with this. Bringing it up to my mouth, I caught a whiff of what smelled like hydrogen peroxide and I began to sweat. Suddenly, the heavy tramp of Cybermen could be heard in the alley behind my gate. I was once again going to be subsumed by dint of drinking a CANcoction unfit for humans. Curse you, Minhas, for being a front for these unfeeling aliens! My first sip was initially decent, with a full, creamy mouthfeel and an initial taste of vanilla, Twinkie-like, until I got hit with the rest of it. Let me now turn to Jeremy Gordon of for his take: "two flavors stood out for me in Big Hurt: 1) sour and 2) gross, with an aftertaste that felt like I’d just spit out a mouthful of shaving cream. Other taste impressions written down: “sawdust pie”; “boiled down baby bottle nipples”; “burp-flavored Sour Patch Kids”; “Drano martini.” Ha! I would find that even more humorous were it not for the fact that my bodily functions were beginning to cease and my joints were turning into aluminum. You know, I always wondered what became of all of those CANs that I recycled, but now it dawns on me that they are made into Cybermen suits into which our brains are transferred. ALCOA is a shill for the Cybermen! I am selling my stock ASAP. Quiet! The Cyberleader is giving us our orders. I now love the taste of this beverage. It smells perfect. I really like the bone-dry aspect of the finish which renders it very refreshing inside of this metallic suit. I must buy more and pass it out to all of my acquaintances. The Cyberleader has spoken and I hear and obey.

Jun 24, 2013
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3.57/5  rDev +37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by CthePhotog from California

So while I was in Costco picking up some things. I grab a two bottles of Brother Thelonius, then look to my left. Who's sitting there?! "The Big Hurt" Frank Thomas. Behind him the good sized display of Big Hurt Beer. So I gave it a shot, good price, though I wasn't too enthused with the fact that it was in a can. The logo is crafty, but the can itself lacks a little pizzazz overall. After letting a few chill I poured the lager.
At first I was surprised at it's clarity and crisp smell. It has a nice head to it, nothing too overboard. The taste is mostly clean with bit of a back tongue grab. It's finish is clean and non lingering, and that's what I like in a lager. Overall it was somewhat better than what I was expecting.

Jun 09, 2013
3 by mychalg9 from Illinois on May 24, 2013
2 by thewimperoo from Illinois on May 06, 2013
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2.21/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
by emerge077 from Illinois

So somebody contracts a shitty malt liquor and then decides step #2 is to start a brewpub?

"13 129" printed on the bottom, Julian date of April 2013, guessing a production date.

Pale anemic yellow, super rapid racing trails of carbonation, looks like corn soda. Thin layer of bone white foam, recedes to a thin skim that breaks after the first sip.

Smells like cheap wine, silage, and malaise.

Harsh astringency, numbing alcohol. Flaccid without any flavor. Grain husks and wet paper, cheap wine with club soda carbonation. People think this is actually decent? Lol...

May 03, 2013
3.5 by drunkciclista from Wisconsin on Apr 07, 2013
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3.1/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
by WoodBrew from Ohio

This beer was better than I expected. If this is a malt liquor then its the best malt liquor I've ever had...I I had plenty in college. The beer pours a clear yellow with thin white head that initially fizzes then dissapates. The scent is sweet with presence of saaz hops. The taste is sweet with effervesance of grain and alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium body with good carbonation. Overall its ok...if the abv was dialed back to 5-5.5% it would be better.

Mar 23, 2013
2.25 by enelson from Illinois on Mar 22, 2013
2.75 by spycow from Illinois on Mar 11, 2013
3.75 by dpage27 from Ohio on Feb 22, 2013
2.75 by boudreaux from Alabama on Feb 20, 2013
2.5 by grahamboudreaux from Tennessee on Feb 20, 2013
3.5 by bushwack from Alabama on Dec 16, 2012
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2/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2
by RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

Holy, what the... This is insane. Such an obnoxiously sweet nose on this thing. Flavor is, just gross. This is really atrocious, and I can't believe that it was in the craft beer section of where I bought it. I mean, come on. For beers like this, we shouldn't need 250 words.

Dec 09, 2012
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3.13/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
by UCLABrewN84 from California

Can pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear light yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is fairly drinkable and not all that bad for the style.

Dec 02, 2012
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