16% beer?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by DerrickW, Feb 23, 2013.

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  1. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,526) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    I would think if they wanted to reach a broader consumer they would dumb it down per say so that 12% covers more area that perhaps the 14% didn't. You just can't just slap fraudulent labels on consumables, wonder how many state and federal laws that would break.
  2. peensteen

    peensteen Poo-Bah (1,860) Apr 3, 2010 Ontario (Canada)
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    When released in Ontario (a province with a crazy long lab testing requirement before the go to retail) they measured the ABV at 14.5% despite the label saying its 16%. This happens a lot last time with Cuvee Rene the bottle states 5.5% but the lab testing stickers put it at 6.5%. As shitty as the lab testing is here they are quite acurate with measuring ABV.
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  3. baconman91

    baconman91 Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2009 Ohio

    yes, the OH version ..the lesser of the 2 He'Brew's (i know some folks have already said here but..).
    I live in Ohio..couldn't find That version even, anywhere around (where I live). BUT, I do have a buddy that came to visit from Col. over the Holidays..guess what he brought me? - the 16%er baby!

    -- it's pretty good/alright, However..I felt a bit much (tasted like a Capful of rubbing alcohol was dumped in there) And I like my stiff beers, but..

    - Don't forget about Dogfish & their 120 min. IPA though...the OG version was above 20% now tamed dwn to around 18. Can't get This one in OH either (BUT I guess its Good to have Good friends)..got to try the 18...its Real good & an Animal all its own - Superb!
  4. Andygirl

    Andygirl Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2013 Michigan

    Last year was brewery only. I do not keep a log in my head of distribution of every Michigan beer going back multiple years, so I won't argue with you about it. :slight_smile:
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  5. Nowaveradio

    Nowaveradio Initiate (6) Dec 8, 2012 Massachusetts

    Bud and Bud Light have the same ABV. One is just a lighter beer with less carbs. Hence the "Light" title.
  6. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    ABV limits are so nonsensical.

    Can't buy beer over X%....oh well I'll just take that bottle of Vodka then thanks.
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  7. deuce9259

    deuce9259 Initiate (0) Dec 28, 2011 Ohio
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    I never had the 14% version, but the guy I talked to said they didn't taste any different and he thought it was just a new label.
  8. MikeEhrmantraut

    MikeEhrmantraut Initiate (0) Aug 28, 2012 Tennessee

    Georgia's cap is 12 or 14% I believe.
  9. DerrickW

    DerrickW Disciple (384) Jan 17, 2013 Georgia
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    I purchased this one, at the beginning of the thread, here in Athens GA. Overall, I thought it was a tremendous beer. Couldn't really tell if it was indeed more than 11.8%.
  10. StuartCarter

    StuartCarter Initiate (0) Apr 25, 2006 Alabama

    Georgia is 14%.

    Alabama is 13.9%

    Mississippi is 8%ABW, which is about 10.2% ABV
  11. Ispeakforthetrees

    Ispeakforthetrees Disciple (356) Apr 2, 2012 Colorado

    They can only offer draft option at 4%. They can sell it just fine?
  12. RayOhioFelton

    RayOhioFelton Devotee (416) May 24, 2011 Ohio
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    Not if you own Budweiser. We call these restrictions Budweiser laws here in Ohio. Budweiser: keeping good beer and good weed from the people through lobbiests since 1876! Thanks Adolphus!
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  13. Barrelsnbeer

    Barrelsnbeer Initiate (0) Oct 6, 2012 North Carolina
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    our cap is 15%, ive had the beast in at 16% also i have sweet 16 right next to me in my store true fact on the DFH products though we do get olde school
  14. RichardMNixon

    RichardMNixon Zealot (515) Jun 24, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    This is not true. Bud is 5%, Bud Lite is 4.2%. "Light" refers to calories. Alcohol has calories. Less alcohol is one way to reduce the calories of your beer.
  15. kzoobrew

    kzoobrew Meyvn (1,167) May 8, 2006 Michigan

    I believe 2011 was the first year it was sold in 12 oz bottles. It definitely was not distributed. If it was on shelves I would question how it got there.
  16. luwak

    luwak Aspirant (269) Mar 2, 2010 Arizona
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    Wow really? is there any info on thiy available somewhere?
  17. peensteen

    peensteen Poo-Bah (1,860) Apr 3, 2010 Ontario (Canada)
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    There should be some on the ACGO website (they are the organization that actually tests the product) they also sticker products even if the ABV is correct but the beer isn't labeled as "strong beer" or "extra strong beer" or "contains barley" all things that needed to be on products to comply with Ontario law. It is actually quite the pain in the ass especially if it is an IPA/DIPA that needs to be tested, but the lab is actually quite impressive for what it is
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  18. djsmith1174

    djsmith1174 Disciple (343) Aug 21, 2005 Minnesota

  19. MtnBiker

    MtnBiker Initiate (70) Jun 28, 2011 Oklahoma

    Interesting story, but meh...I still think Budweiser and Bud Light in my state is the same thing with different facades.
  20. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,526) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    It would be illegal to misrepresent, because one of the labels would be wrong. I can drink a Bud, but Bud lLght is truly terrible.
  21. GFG

    GFG Initiate (0) Oct 24, 2012 North Dakota

    Minnesota and North Dakota don't have any ABV/ABW limits
  22. jtdolla911

    jtdolla911 Initiate (0) Nov 18, 2011 Massachusetts
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    Mass has some screwy laws, ABV is not one. DFH 120 runs from 18-24 depending on the year, I guess. There are places in Mass that have it on draft, in 10oz. versions! And, a store near me just got Sink the Bismark in at a whopping 41%
  23. PeterJ

    PeterJ Initiate (69) Dec 5, 2012 California

    Sink the Bismarck is classified as a distilled spirit
  24. ericj551

    ericj551 Initiate (0) Apr 29, 2004 Alberta (Canada)

    I was $7 or $8 here in British Columbia. SN Torpedo, for comparison is $6-$7 per bomber (24 oz?). I found it to be surprisingly cheap, considering the abv and it being imported.
  25. atomic

    atomic Disciple (332) Sep 22, 2009 Illinois
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    Our He'brew distributor must be taking a huge cut. Ive seen this beer around in other places before and theyre all about the same price. I hate getting shafted like that. Its a shame, if it were as cheap here as it seems to be everywhere else, I'd have bought a few to age. At $11 I might as well spend my money on something better.
  26. DPMomutant

    DPMomutant Devotee (460) Feb 10, 2004 Missouri

    Missouri does not enforce this at all, though I know it was once that way.

    Jewbelation 16 is full strength (and a bit hot, I'll revisit next winter, but 15 is great this year). Many beers above 3.2/4% are available even in grocery stores (Stone Bastard series, Boulevard Smokestacks, etc).
  27. mintjellie

    mintjellie Defender (630) Oct 2, 2005 Ontario (Canada)

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