Tarpon Spoon | Anheuser-Busch

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Missouri, United States

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
All-malt, Bohemian pilsner named after the famed sea icon and brewed exclusively for Floridians. Brewed with two-row malt and a touch of toasted malt, spiced using Saaz and Tettnanger hops.

Added by Todd on 04-20-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by GRPunk:
Photo of GRPunk
3.77/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a pint glass.

A- Deep straw-light gold color with just under a 1 finger white head which dissipated into a light lace that left a light stick.

S- There was a doughy malt scent with gentle hop aroma in the background.

T- More dough-like flavor. I though it was pretty decent for the style.

M- It had light carbonation and a little hop bite. I'd call it "medium" in the mouthfeel department.

D- Drinkability was good. It had full flavor and a clean finish.

Overall- It's a decent interpretation of the style. I was honestly surprised when I logged in to see it's an A-B product. I figured it was a Florida or Southeastern Microbrew.

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Photo of Hellpop65
2/5  rDev -37.7%

Photo of acrawf6
3.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served to me in a frozen mug. The color was a clear golden straw with a small white head, dead from the temp and frozen on the side.

Smell. On the malty side with a touch of caramel, but more of a grainyness.

Taste. Malts, again, dominate in a grainy and slightly roasted flavor. The flavor is on the rich side, but still crisp and refreshing. Aftertaste is slightly peppery.

Mouthfeel. Body is medium to slightly full with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall, it reminds me more of a vienna lager as it is heavier and richer than a typical pils. There is a nice amount of malt flavors in here, yet still has a crispness to it that is quite refreshing. Imo, a solid beer AB has come out with.

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Photo of Vancer
3.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well, when I first cracked a plastic cup off the pitcher of the ol' Tarpon Spoon in DJ's Deck in Port Orange, Florida - I had no idea this was AB stuff. So I will review as such.

Straw yellow with a decent white head. Aroma is pretty lame, even out of the plastic cup - just some bare malt notes, almost nothing there. A basic, dry, Bohemia style brew, finishes with a better than average kick of finishing hops.

A decent warm weather brew, but I don't see this making it into the next winter.

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Photo of jettjon
3.35/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brand new on tap at a local deli/restaurant, I had a chance to sample this one today. I suspected another macro/micro attempt and was right. However, it's not bad....

Bar pour into a pint glass yields a small creamy white head which fades quickly, initially leaving good lacing, but later dwindling to a few flecks of foam an a thin ring. Golden-yellow clear with amber tint; a few small bubbles lazily drift up. Nose of sweet malt and not much else. Tastes of sweet malt backbone with light floral hops and, surprising, hints of banana. Good bitter finish, again a bit surprising. Not bad tasting. Mouth is crisp, clean, with sharp carbonation but mild overall. Smooth and slick on the tongue, but not thick. Drinkability is pretty good overall, definitely a notch above the average macro, and easygoing. At 5.5%, it’s sessionable.

Overall: A so-so pils, kind of a sad attempt but I can kind of see where it falls within style. Better than most macros for sure. Flavor has some complexity but overall is not impressive. Worth a try if you can find one; they are apparently a niche beer in Florida.

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Photo of phishgator
3.32/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this @ Snug Harbour in Englewood. Severed in a plastic cup (no glass). So the head and color were hard to see without a side view. The aroma was of sweet malt and a hint of hops. The taste had a sweet grain flavor. The beer coated the mouth with the same sweet maltness. A decent brew for the hot summer months. Definitly a step in the right direction from other offerings.

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