Review: Buckeye Beer

In Beer Reviews by Ryan

Maumee Bay Brewing says:

“Crafted with the finest ingredients, this historic hometown brew dates back to 1838. With a sparkling dry taste it is a fine light beer with all the qualities of greatness.”

Maumee Bay Brewing Buckeye Beer
Czech Pilsner, 5.2 % ABV

Sayeth the Guys:

Ryan: As I reached in to my father-in-law’s “beer fridge” I thought to myself, “I bet this is what Maurice Clarett was really drinking as he was tooling around Columbus back in ’06 with guns and a samurai sword in his SUV?  Or maybe CheatyPants SweaterVest uses this in his chili?” My wife and I had just arrived in southeast Michigan, from Chicago.  I was thirsty and the beer was cold.  Plus, my father-in-law Dale was anxious to get my impression of this sparkling, dry beer.

Poured in to whatever glass I could find in the kitchen, Buckeye Beer looks pretty good – golden straw in color with nearly 3 fingers worth of fluffy head that dissipates quickly. The nose has a slight hint of hops and biscuits.  But not the homemade ones you get with biscuits & gravy, rather the ones that come out of a tube that *pop* when you open them and scare my wife.

love the old school label

The taste is rather refreshing…at first – crisp light hops up front, some breadiness in the middle and a dry, slightly bitter finish.  This beer loses it’s drink-ability, though, when it warms a bit.  That nice, dry finish is replaced by a white grape sour tartness and a pickle-juice-like finish.  It makes you pucker, and most definitely not in a good way.

I would drink this again, and in fact I did over Father’s Day weekend.  My advice though is to drink it fast and get it down while it’s still cold.  Because, once it warms, it is not a pleasant experience.

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Equal parts beer nerd and policy geek, Ryan is now the curator of the Guys Drinking Beer cellar. The skills he once used to dig through the annals of state government as a political reporter are now put to use offering unique takes on barrel-aged stouts, years-old barleywines and 10 + year verticals.

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