Costco is already selling an Advent calendar full of beer

Discussion in 'Beer News & Releases' started by Todd, Oct 1, 2019.

  1. jkblr

    jkblr Poo-Bah (1,973) Nov 22, 2014 Indiana
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    Here's one I'm not sure about...
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    Kalea claims it's a Vienna style and that they are the brewery. It's 5.1% vs. the 5.5% of Loncium's Marzen. I believe every one of these Costco beers should probably be rated and reviewed for what they are, because I really doubt they represent the original brewer's work.

    I promise I'm not trying to be argumentative with anyone here, just trying to enter useful, accurate reviews that are accessible to other members. Cheers all, I'm about to drink my first German stout.
     
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  2. Snowcrash000

    Snowcrash000 Poo-Bah (2,308) Oct 4, 2017 Germany
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    It is a Vienna Lager, it was just labeled incorrectly as a Märzen in the BA database, which I've fixed now.

    Since this one has a different ABV, name and label from the original Loncium Austrian Amber, it *might* be worth creating a separate entry for it, but most of the other beers appear to be identical to the original beers.
     
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  3. Ozzylizard

    Ozzylizard Poo-Bah (3,839) Oct 5, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    $ 2.50 (Including tax)/500 mL can ($0.148/oz) from Costco, Schertz, TX. Part of the Costco 2019 Advent Calendar. Reviewed 10/29/19.
    Can dated “EXP 05/2021”. Stored on the shelf at the store, stored at home at 42 degrees and served at 45 degrees in a hand washed and dried weizen glass.
    Appearance – 4.
    First pour – Light yellow, hazy.
    Body – Yellow, cloudy.
    Head – Large (Maximum 11 cm, aggressive center pour), off-white, medium density, good retention, slooowly diminishing to a three cm plug with three-dimensional bits of foam hanging on the glass.
    Lacing – Fair. A couple of three-dimensional arcs of medium-bubbled foam.
    Aroma – 4 - Light clove and banana.
    Flavor – 3 – Begins slightly sweet with very light banana flavor. A bit yeasty. No alcohol (4.4 % ABV as marked on the can) flavor or aroma, no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
    Palate – 3.25 – Medium, almost creamy, soft carbonation.
    Final impression and summation: 3.25. Appearance and aroma are both good, flavor is weak, palate pretty much as expected. I would not be averse to drinking a few of these.
    Rating 3.38, rDev 0%.
     
  4. Snowcrash000

    Snowcrash000 Poo-Bah (2,308) Oct 4, 2017 Germany
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    Hmm, this one wasn't listed on the list that @bsp77 posted which I based my list of. I've since found a blurry picture of the beers in this calendar and I think there is at least one other beer in there that's not on the list.

    Which is interesting because I actually compared that list to pictures of the box I found on Kalea's website which are not available anymore now. Probably with good reason. Any chance that some of the beers contained in this box actually differ from the listing on the box?

    EDIT: It looks to me like the Schloss Weisse actually replaces the, aforementioned by @jkblr, Loncium Wiener Lager (Austrian Amber), maybe due to problems with the stats not matching up.

    Everything else seems correct. Can anyone confirm whether or not the Loncium Wiener Lager is actually in the box?
     
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  5. Snowcrash000

    Snowcrash000 Poo-Bah (2,308) Oct 4, 2017 Germany
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    Here's another, hopefully final, updated list based on this picture which seems like it contains the updated, final products, from upper left to upper right.

    The Schloss Weisse (bottom right) appears to be the only beer that pictured incorrectly here. The box contains the Loncium Austrian Amber instead.

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    • Hösl - Märzenbier
    • H. Egerer - Urtyp Hell Edel Bayer
    • Ankerbräu - Grandl
    • H. Egerer - Kress Bayrisch Zwickel
    • Herrnbräu - Bürgerliches Brauhaus Altbairisch Hell
    • Weldebräu - Kurpfalzbräu Helles
    • Memminger - Gold
    • Privatbrauerei Schnaitl - 1842
    • Herrnbräu - Jubiläums-Sud
    • Ludwig Erl - Erlkönig Hell
    • Graminger Weissbräu - Kirta
    • Propeller - Turbo Prop
    • H. Egerer - Perlenzauber
    • Hohentanner Schlossbrauerei - Blau Weisse
    • Ladenburger - Weizenbock Hell
    • Kauzen-Bräu - Käuzle Helles Lager
    • Privatbrauerei Loncium - Austrian Amber (Wiener Lager)
    • Brauerei-Gasthof Zwönitz - Zwönitzer Rauchbier
    • Tölzer Mühlfeldbräu - Schwarze Tinte
    • Schlossbrauerei Rheder - Original Pils
    • Wittmann - Urhell
    • Schlossbrauerei Herrngiersdorf - Hallertauer Hopfen-Cuvée
    • Memminger - Kartäuser Doppelbock Dunkel
    • H. Egerer - Bären Weisse
     
  6. jkblr

    jkblr Poo-Bah (1,973) Nov 22, 2014 Indiana
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    The Loncium beer is definitely in the box I purchased. I'll get a picture of the actual list on the box tonight when I get home.
     
  7. Snowcrash000

    Snowcrash000 Poo-Bah (2,308) Oct 4, 2017 Germany
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    Hmm, then another one must be missing instead...
     
  8. Ozzylizard

    Ozzylizard Poo-Bah (3,839) Oct 5, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    Error: "4.4%ABV as marked on the can" is wrong - should be 5.5%. 4.4% is abw. Mea culpa.
     
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  9. Ozzylizard

    Ozzylizard Poo-Bah (3,839) Oct 5, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    Good day BAs! Today's New Breakfast Beer:



    $ 2.50 (Including tax)/500 mL can ($0.148/oz) from Costco, Schertz, TX. Part of the Costco 2019 Advent Calendar. Reviewed 10/30/19.
    Can dated “EXP 05/2021”. Stored on the shelf at the store, stored at home at 42 degrees and served at 50 degrees in a hand washed and dried weizen glass.
    Appearance – 4.
    First pour – Very light brown, hazy.
    Body – Brown, cloudy.
    Head – Large (Maximum 18 cm, aggressive center pour), off-white, medium density, good retention, slooowly diminishing to a 3 mm cap with torn curtain lacing remaining on the glass as the head retracts.
    Lacing – Fair. A couple of three-dimensional arcs of medium-bubbled foam.
    Aroma – 3.5 – Malty, light clove and extremely faint banana.
    Flavor – 3 – Begins slightly sweet with very light malt flavor. No clove, no banana, no yeast. Ends with a slight metallic taste. No alcohol (5.3 % ABV as marked on the can) flavor or aroma, no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
    Palate – 3.25 – Medium, almost creamy, lively carbonation.
    Final impression and summation: 3. Looks good and that’s about it.
    Rating 3.21, rDev -11.1%.
     
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  10. Snowcrash000

    Snowcrash000 Poo-Bah (2,308) Oct 4, 2017 Germany
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    Great, another beer that is not mentioned in the stock photos of this calendar... Could you please post a picture of the beers listed on the actual box?
     
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  11. Ozzylizard

    Ozzylizard Poo-Bah (3,839) Oct 5, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    Es tut mir leid! The box has already been recycled. I have noticed that at least eight more cans say produced and owned by Privatbrauerei H. Egerer - I haven't checked the others yet.
     
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  12. Snowcrash000

    Snowcrash000 Poo-Bah (2,308) Oct 4, 2017 Germany
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    So about a third of the beers are different from those advertised beforehand? That seems rather fishy to me, to be honest. Well, I tried to warn you guys about Kalea...
     
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  13. Ozzylizard

    Ozzylizard Poo-Bah (3,839) Oct 5, 2013 Pennsylvania
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  14. Ozzylizard

    Ozzylizard Poo-Bah (3,839) Oct 5, 2013 Pennsylvania
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  15. Snowcrash000

    Snowcrash000 Poo-Bah (2,308) Oct 4, 2017 Germany
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    I couldn't help but notice that the Loncium Austrian Amber, which @jkblr says is definitely in his box, is not pictured here... Are there actually different versions of this calendar? Curiouser and curiouser...
     
  16. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (2,926) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    Hate to suggest it, but, if the calendar changes every year, it could be places passing off last year's calendar. This seems more likely than people getting a different 24 beers in each 2019 calendar.
     
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  17. Ozzylizard

    Ozzylizard Poo-Bah (3,839) Oct 5, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    Well, since I had never heard of any of the beers listed on the box when I bought it nor any of the other beers that actually in it, it's still a one-time winner for me. But I'm pretty sure I won't be repeat-buying next year, particularly since most of the beers say either "brewed by" or "brewed and owned by Privatbrauerei H. Egerer".
     
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  18. Snowcrash000

    Snowcrash000 Poo-Bah (2,308) Oct 4, 2017 Germany
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    That's a good point, unfortunately... Although I couldn't find the exact combination of beers @Ozzylizard posted in a google image search for the years 2015-2019. But then again their stock photo for the 2019 calendar is wrong as well, so who knows...

    This appears to be a correct picture of the 2019 calendar by the way, I will correct my list once again...

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  19. jkblr

    jkblr Poo-Bah (1,973) Nov 22, 2014 Indiana
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    That is definitely a different box than I have.

    I forgot to get a picture of my box last night, but it's definitely different content. The EXP 05/2021 can stamping is consistent though.

    That looks to be the exact content of the box that I purchased.
     
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  20. WunderLlama

    WunderLlama Poo-Bah (2,219) Dec 27, 2010 Massachusetts
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    Loncium Handcrafted Vienna style lager

    4.19/5 rDev 0%
    look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

    Part of the Costco 2019 Advent Calendar

    16 oz can poured into a pilsener

    Clear medium amber liquid, steady streams of active carbonation, pencil thin off white foamy layer with great retention, good lacings

    Aroma is toasted malts, grassiness

    Taste is taost malts with a hint of caramel

    Low sudsing, almost creamy mouth feel

    Good beer
     
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  21. WunderLlama

    WunderLlama Poo-Bah (2,219) Dec 27, 2010 Massachusetts
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    Drinking a loncium handcrafted Vienna style lager , brewed by kalea, right now .
     
  22. jkblr

    jkblr Poo-Bah (1,973) Nov 22, 2014 Indiana
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    Here's the picture of the of box I purchased this month
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    Took a break from the box tonight.
     
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  23. Ozzylizard

    Ozzylizard Poo-Bah (3,839) Oct 5, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    Today's Costco Advent Calendar New Breakfast Beer:



    $ 2.50 (Including tax)/500 mL can ($0.148/oz) from Costco, Schertz, TX. Part of the Costco 2019 Advent Calendar. Reviewed 10/31/19.
    Can dated “EXP 05/2021”. Stored on the shelf at the store, stored at home at 42 degrees and served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried half liter Pilsner Urquell pilsner glass.
    Appearance – 4.
    First pour – Light yellow, clear.
    Body – Light yellow, clear, effervescent.
    Head – Large (Maximum 15 cm, aggressive center pour), white, high density, average retention, stabilizing at seven cm before slooowly diminishing to a jagged four to fourteen mm crown with torn curtain lacing remaining on the glass as the head retracts.
    Lacing – Excellent! Multiple three-dimensional rings of tiny to small bubbles with stalactites and multiple small islands separating the rings.
    Aroma – 3.75 – Grainy with some light hoppiness.
    Flavor – 3.25 – Begins slightly sweet with very light malt flavor. Ends with a slight metallic dimethylsulfide taste. Aftertaste is metal. No alcohol (4.5 % ABV as marked on the can) flavor or aroma, no diacetyl.
    Palate – 3.5 – Medium, almost creamy, lively carbonation.
    Final impression and summation: 3.25 It was doing quite well until the aftertaste kicked in.
    Rating 3.44, rDev -1.4%.
     
  24. zid

    zid Meyvn (1,355) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    And I just noticed in the pic from @jkblr that his (different?) box says: "Every beer in this box has been exclusively brewed for the Brewer’s Advent Calendar" ... which makes this feel even more like a novelty product (not that I'm necessarily using that thinking to pre-judge the quality of the beer).
     
  25. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Poo-Bah (1,825) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    If you have room sure, if not just take it out the evening before when you go to bed, then its cold for the next day.
    Cheers
     
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  26. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Poo-Bah (1,825) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    Could they be putting out old stock with new? Does anyone have last years info, its possible they are dumping old stock?
     
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  27. Ozzylizard

    Ozzylizard Poo-Bah (3,839) Oct 5, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    One would think the freshest box would have the longest outdate but it seems that "EXP 05/2021" is the common date for the different boxes.
     
  28. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Poo-Bah (1,825) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    True, I think if the dates are the same then its not old stuff but if folks are seeing a date difference then it could be or maybe some boxes were filled with different stock? I have no idea how they make these if its produced for the box only or if its stock they choose then fill boxes off beers produced earlier in year?
     
  29. Ozzylizard

    Ozzylizard Poo-Bah (3,839) Oct 5, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    Today's New Breakfast Beer:



    $ 2.50 (Including tax)/500 mL can ($0.148/oz) from Costco, Schertz, TX. Part of the Costco 2019 Advent Calendar. Reviewed 11/01/19.
    Can dated “EXP 05/2021”. Stored on the shelf at the store, stored at home at 42 degrees and served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Logsdon flute.
    Appearance – 4.
    First pour – Light yellow, clear.
    Body – Light yellow, clear.
    Head – Large (Maximum 9 cm, aggressive center pour), white, high density, average retention, diminishing to a five to eight mm crown and a partial rocky cap with irregular pieces of lacing remaining on the glass as the head retracts.
    Lacing – Fair. Three dimensional arcs of mostly tiny to medium bubbles. See also above.
    Aroma – 3.5 – Grainy with some light hoppiness.
    Flavor – 3.5 – Begins slightly sweet with very light malt flavor. Ends with a slight dimethylsulfide taste. No alcohol (4.6 % ABV as marked on the can) flavor or aroma, no diacetyl.
    Palate – 3.5 – Medium, almost creamy, crisp carbonation.
    Final impression and summation: 3.5. Not much to say – drinkable but unremarkable, a passable lawnmower beer.
    Rating 3.53, rDev +3.5%.

    The best I've liked best, thus far.
     
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  30. Jason

    Jason Founder (8,474) Aug 23, 1996 Massachusetts
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    I'm waiting until Dec. 1st to start reviewing these ... not sure why. :rolling_eyes::wink:
     
  31. NickTheGreat

    NickTheGreat Devotee (488) Oct 28, 2010 Iowa
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    That's been my thought this whole time. What kind of person starts their Advent calendar in October or November???

    :stuck_out_tongue:
     
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  32. zid

    zid Meyvn (1,355) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    A Jewish lover of imported beer. That would be one type of many possible types. :slight_smile:
     
  33. craigbelly

    craigbelly Champion (856) Dec 31, 2015 Iowa

    WAIT FOR THE 1ST OF DEC????these beers are meant for drinking, and that's what I'm gonna do..
     
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  34. Jason

    Jason Founder (8,474) Aug 23, 1996 Massachusetts
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    I still have lingering O-fest beers & now all of the pumpkin beers coming in. I can't schedule anything else in even if I wanted to. ;-)
     
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  35. Gkruszewski

    Gkruszewski Poo-Bah (1,941) Nov 1, 2013 New York
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    Based on these ratings.... it seems you are wasting your time and money.....
     
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  36. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (2,926) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    I always take lager ratings on BA with a grain of salt. They tend to be a tick lower than they should just because of the style.
     
  37. WunderLlama

    WunderLlama Poo-Bah (2,219) Dec 27, 2010 Massachusetts
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    Money spent...sunk cost...time to try new German biers which , in general, I like a lot. Ergo, time and money well spent
     
  38. WunderLlama

    WunderLlama Poo-Bah (2,219) Dec 27, 2010 Massachusetts
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    Edel Bayer Urtyp Hell

    3.38/5 rDev -0.9%
    look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

    From the 2019 Costco Advent Beer Calendar collection

    16 oz beer poured into a flute

    Good looking can adorned with a Bavarian flag motif, clear yellow liquid, active streams of micro carbonation, creamy white one finger foam foam, settles to a solid creamy pencil thin layer after five minutes, some lacings

    aroma of grassiness, straw

    taste is faint grassiness, needs more flavor, body

    light mouthfeel, low sudsing

    Nice beer
     
  39. Ozzylizard

    Ozzylizard Poo-Bah (3,839) Oct 5, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    Good day BAs!



    $ 2.50 (Including tax)/500 mL can ($0.148/oz) from Costco, Schertz, TX. Part of the Costco 2019 Advent Calendar. Reviewed 11/02/19.
    Can dated “EXP 05/2021”. Stored on the shelf at the store, stored at home at 42 degrees and served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried 0.5L stein.
    Appearance – 4.
    First pour – Gold, clear.
    Body – Gold, clear.
    Head – Large (Maximum 9 cm, aggressive center pour), off-white, high density, average retention, diminishing to a fifteen mm crown and a dense complete cap.
    Lacing – Good. Wide three-dimensional bands of extremely tiny bubbles with short stalactites.
    Aroma – 3.5 – Toasted malt.
    Flavor – 3.5 – Begins slightly sweet with very light malt flavor. Very weak hops. Ends with a slight metallic taste, only noticeable on the first swallow; otherwise it ends a bit malty. No alcohol (5.3 % ABV as marked on the can) flavor or aroma, no diacetyl.
    Palate – 3.5 – Medium, almost creamy, lively carbonation.
    Final impression and summation: 3.5. A decent marzen, good looking and not bad in the taste or aroma departments either. I’ve had worse at a higher price point.
    Rating 3.53, rDev -0.3%.
     
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  40. Oktoberfiesta

    Oktoberfiesta Aspirant (278) Nov 16, 2013 New Mexico
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    There’s a reason these are mostly vaguely listed. They got one by us consumers once again. I was a sucker 1-2 years back on this set. Never, ever... ever again. I’m surprised only a few gave warning to the utter averageness of this set.

    There’s nothing craft about a low level contract brewer setting off a bomb to randomly create 24 beers.
    Give me a year old shelf weihenstephaner collection over this garbage.

    You know how Trader Joe’s branded beer sort of tricks you. And then there’s the Walmart craft beer brand that is also vaguely listed. This is within that same realm.
     
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