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Dobbeltsmagning (Double-taste) Pabst Blue Ribbon, Pabst Brewing Company/Busch Light, Anheuser-Busch

(For English translation see below.)

– Næsten – men også kun næsten – uden smag.

En gammel ven fra kollegietiden ved navn Lena, der også har slået sig ned i den jyske hovedstad, har en søster, der har giftet sig med, og er flyttet over til en mand i Wisconsin. Når man som jeg ikke har tid og navnlig ikke penge til at rejse særlig meget, er det altid godt at have nogle kontakter i udlandet, der kan sikre, at man også får input fra den anden side af dammen. Og da Lena skulle over og hilse på sin af søsteren nyligt leverede nevø, passede det jo så nydeligt med, at hun kunne tage lidt af det lokale sprøjt, der samtidig er svogerens yndlingssprut (med to s’er – jeg er meget omhyggelig med den slags), med sig hjem, så jeg kunne anmelde det. Jeg skylder Lena en stor tak, og før jeg glemmer det skal jeg også nævne, at jeg har lovet at smage de hjembragte bryg med et åbent sind for Grants (det er svogerens navn) skyld. Det lover jeg, og lover samtidig læserne, at min anmeldelse naturligvis ikke bliver mindre ærlig af den grund.

Der er tale om to øl, nemlig Pabst Blue Ribbon, fra Pabst Brewing Company og Busch Light fra Anheuser-Busch

Pabst Blue Ribbon blev oprindeligt produceret i Wisconsin, nærmere betegnet i Milwaukee, men produceres nu i Woodridge Illinois. Men lige som Ceres herhjemme har bevaret en vis tilknytning til Aarhus, selvom det nu produceres i Fredericia, så har Pabst også bevaret en vis tilknytning til Wisconsin.

Jeg har før smagt, nævnt og klaget min nød over dette bryg her på bloggen, for jeg har smagt det før. Det er godt nok ved at være nogle år siden, men det står stadig i frisk erindring, fordi jeg på det tidspunkt aldrig havde prøvet øl, der smagte af så lidt. I mellemtiden har jeg – ikke mindst her på bloggen – ellers prøvet min del af tynde og intetsigende – for ikke at sige direkte ubehagelige – øl, så jeg kan, og ønsker bestemt ikke at love læserne nul stjerner på forhånd. Det er i øvrigt Grants foretrukne øl, og primært den, jeg havde bedt Lena om at bringe hjem. Grant gav hende en Busch Light med, fordi han ville sikre sig, at hvis jeg virkelig ikke kunne lide Pabst Blue Ribbon – så skulle jeg bestemt prøve noget der var værre … Jeg glæder mig til at anmelde Busch, som jeg i skrivende stund ikke har drukket endnu – men jeg kan grundet Grants ønsker ikke rigtig glæde mig til det.

Pabst Blue Ribbon var så tynd, at jeg egentlig havde forestillet mig den gennemsigtig. Jeg har nemlig kun prøvet den fra dåse – 355 ml eller 12 unser – for det skal jo passe med det britiske imperiums måleenheder, selvom det er århundreder siden, at amerikanerne frigjorde sig fra alt det andet, der havde med det at gøre. På dåse kan man selvsagt ikke se bryggets farve, men det viser sig faktisk, at afvige fra vand i løden. Det er mørkegult, som danske pilsnere er flest, med boblende, kridhvidt, og – som måske antydet – meget skrøbeligt skum. Duften er ret svag, kornet, let humlet og mest syrlig. Den skal drikkes iskold, har jeg fået at vide, så måske ville den dufte af mere, hvis den fik lidt temperatur, men jeg tvivler.

I det den entrer munden frigiver den en kortvarig smag af jævn humle og malt, der mestendels er bittert, men iøvrigt ukarakteristisk. Det ville under alle omstændigheder være svært at gøre rede for smagens karakteristika, for den er vitterlig kortvarig – ganske få sekunder varer den, før en dominerende smag af postevand tager over. Som ved f.eks. Dansk Light fra Harboe får man følelsen af danskvand med et stænk af humle. Mest af alt smager man brusen, der ikke får det til at føles mindre som mineralvand.

Smagen er dog marginalt kraftigere end Dansk Light, og måske marginalt svagere end Kay-Sar – men jeg er ikke sikker. Til gengæld har den ikke Kay-Sars syntetiske smag i samme grad. Hen imod slutningen melder der sig faktisk en metallisk eftersmag, men den er ikke så gal, at der rokkes ved denne øls velfortjente halve stjerne.

Vi er dog nede på et niveau, hvor det føles som om, bryggerierne gør sig umage for at lave øl så karakterfattigt som overhovedet muligt, og jeg forstår ikke, hvorfor folk ikke bare drikker mineralvand i stedet.
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Videre til den anden øl, hvis man kan kalde den det – Busch Light fra Anheuser-Busch-gruppen, der også står bag Budweiser. Først og fremmest skal der gøres opmærksom på, at der ikke er tale om en Light-øl, men formentlig ‘ein Helles’ eller en ‘pale lager’ – en lys pilsner, som fx. Flens Gold eller Corona.

Og lys må man så sandelig sige, den er. Den er nærmest citrongul, men med overraskende tæt skum. Duften er forøvrigt også lidt henad citron, nærmest mere sur end bare syrlig.

Heldigvis går syrligheden da ikke igen i smagen – eller det er som man ser på det, for der er faktisk intet i duften, der går igen i smagen, for intet kan gå igen i noget, der ikke er der. – Og for nu at formulere det mindre knudret: Den smager virkelig ikke af noget – højst af vand.

Det er om muligt det tyndeste sprøjt, jeg har smagt. Der er et let stik af noget metallisk, der løber langs undermundsgummerne, der forstørret mange mange gange måske – men kun måske – kunne minde om noget bittert. Det er en skygge – en afglans af ølsmag.

Jeg husker kun Tuborg Super Light som ringere end denne øl, for den var tilsat aromastoffer, der fik den til at smage forfærdeligt. Denne øl er trods alt ren, men det er også snart det bedste, der kan siges om den.

Dåsen indeholdt 1½ pint – og jeg nåede ikke at drikke det hele, før det blev lunkent. Det hjalp ikke syndeligt at få den op i temperatur, selvom det heller ikke gjorde den direkte dårligere. Der var nogle fjerne, søde noter at spore i det lidt mere lunkne øl, som et fjernt nødsskrig fra en humle, der måske kunne have smaget af noget, hvis bryggeriet ellers gad tage sig sammen.

Det overrasker mig alligevel noget, at Budweiser virkelig er det bedste amerikanske standardøl, jeg har prøvet.
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Almost – but only almost – tasteless.

An old friend called Lena from my time at the Dorm who has also moved to the Capital of Jutland has a sister, who married and moved in with a guy in Wisconsin. If you do not have a lot of time or – as it were – money, like me, to travel very much, it is always good to have som contacts abroad, who can make sure that one gets the odd input from the other side of the pond. And since Lena went over to see the nephew, her sister recently delivered, at all fitted ever so well together for Lena to bring me some of the local booze, which also happens to be the selected poison of her brother-in-law (brackets intranslatable), with her back home for me to review. I owe Lena great thanks, and lest I forget I’ll mention right away that I have promised to taste the home brought brews with an open mind for Grant’s (the name of the brother-in-law) sake. So I’ll promise just that, and at the same time, I’ll promise my readers that my review will not be the slightest less honest for that reason.

Two Beers are play, namely Pabst Blue Ribbon from The Pabst Brewing Company, and Busch Light from Anheuser-Busch.

Originally, Pabst Blue Ribbon was produced in Wisconsin, Milwaukee that is, but is now produced in Woodridge Illinois. However, just like Ceres here in Denmark has stayed attached to Aarhus though it is produced in Fredericia, Pabst also remains attached to Wisconsin.

I have mentioned and lamented over this brew on earlier occations on this blog since I have tasted it before. It is, however, some years ago, but I remember it as if it was yesterday, because at that moment, I had never tried out any beer which tasted so meagre. In the meantime I have – not least on this blog – had my share of watery and uninteresting – not to mention truly obnoxious – beers, so I neither wish, nor can promise zero stars beforehand. It is, by the way, Grant’s favourite beer, and it was this one primarily that I asked Lena to bring home. Grant gave her a Busch Light in addition, because he wanted to make sure that if I did not like Pabst Blue Ribbon, I really should try something worse … I look forward to review Busch, which I have not tried at this moment of typing – but because of Grant’s intentions I really can not look forward to taste it.

Pabst Blue Ribbon was so thin that I had actually imagined it to be colourless. I have actually only tried it canned – 355 ml or 12 ounces – because it must fit with the measuring standards of The British Empire, even though the USA denounced everything else that was British centuries ago. In a can, one can not see the colour of the brew, but it actually, it turns out to differ from water in the hue. It’s dark yellow, like most Danish lagers, with bubbly, snowwhite and – as might seem suggested – very brittle head. The smell is faint, grainy slightly hopsy and mostly sourly. One should drink it ice cold, I was told, so it just might smell a bit better if it got some temperature – but I doubt it.

As it enters the mouth it quickly releases some flavour of modest hops and barley malt, mostly bitter, but otherwise uncharateristic. Under all circumstances, it would be difficult to elaborate on the characteristics of its taste, because it is indeed short lived – it only lasts for a few seconds, before a dominating taste of tab water takes over. Similar to e.g. Dansk Light from Harboe, one gets the feeling of mineral water with a hint of hops. Most of all one tastes the gas, which does not do much to make it feel less like mineral water.

The taste is, however, marginally stronger than Dansk Light, og maybe marginally weaker than Kay-Sar, but I am not sure. On the other hand it has not got Kay-Sar’s synthetic taste to the same extent. Towards the end it does get a bit of a metallic after taste, but it’s not so bad that it tips the balance against its well deserved one half star.

We are however at a level where it seems as if the breweries take great efforts to make their beers as poor in character as humanly possible, and I can not understand, why people do not just drink mineral water instead.
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Let’s move on to the other beer, if you can call it that Busch Light from the AnheuserBusch group, the producer of Budweiser. First and foremost it must be remembered that this is not a low-alcohol/calorie beer, but rather ein Helles or a pale lager, like Flensburger Gold or Corona.

And it is definately light! Its almost yellow like a lemon, however, with surprisingly thick foam. The smell is not completely unlike lemon, on all counts it is rather sour than just sourly.

Fortunately, the sourness is not found in the taste – depending on how you look at it, since there is nothing in the smell, which is also found in the taste – because nothing can reappear in something that does not exist – or to frase it less in a less complicated way: This beer really tastes like nothing at all – escept of water.

It is probably the thinnest brew I have ever tried. There is a slight prick of something metallic in the taste, which, if emphasized a lot of times, might turn into something bitter. It is only a shadow, a fanthom of beer taste.

I only remember Tuborg Super Light as worse than this beer, and it had added aroma in it, which made it taste awful. For better or worse, this is a clean beer, which is probably the best you can say about it.

The can contained 1½ pint – and I did not manage to drink it all, before it went lukewarm. This did not help with the taste, even though it did not make it worse neither. There were actually some faint sweet notes trackable in the lukewarm beer, like a far away cry for help from some hops, which just might have tasted of something, if the brewery would care just a bit.

It really surprises me that Budweiser turns out to be the best standard US-beer that I have tried yet.

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Updated: 11. juli 2016 — 21:12

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  1. Hello Kaj, greetings from Wisconsin! I was a very excited monolinguist to be able to finally read your blog… and such a great brew selection to read about.
    I only have two corrections. First, PBR is still, and always has been, brewed in Wisconsin. It is currently contract brewed by Miller, just a stone’s throw from the original Pabst establishment. It is true that a FIB company with some office space in burbs of Chicago now owns it. However, it is still the good folks of Milwaukee brewing it. Just as a disclaimer, they also do some contract brewing in Texas… but let’s not talk about that.
    Secondly, “Grant’s favourite beer…”; you are correct in saying that PBR is my “selected poison” (poison being the key word here) but it is by far not my favorite, just my choice of the crap. Anyone who has lived in the rural Midwest can tell you that we are frequently forced to choose from a pool of evil. Walking into a tavern in the middle of rural Wisconsin and asking for something like Sprecher (also from Milwaukee) or Tyranena (another WI great) will only get you shot.
    With all of that being said, I agree with your review ALMOST emphatically… I feel you were a bit too easy on the Busch. In fact, I am really glad you brought up the mineral water bit. Our household also regularly stocks sparkling water (also packaged in a 12oz. can). We pay about .42 US dollars or 2.106 Danish kroner for that 12oz. can, whereas the PBR costs about .43 USD/2.156 DKK per can; it is like mineral water with 5% alcohol!
    I come from a state that is known for and has a very rich heritage in brewing. Wisconsin alone boasts 100+ craft breweries in production right now. It is indeed a shame that the vast majority of beer drinkers in such a quality beer rich state reach for Bud or PBR as their choice brewed libation.
    Thanks for the review! I will be practicing my Danish in the coming months/years so I will continue to read other reviews and next time, I promise, I will send the good stuff!
    Take care,
    Grant Hillegass

    Check out these great Wisconsin sites:
    http://www.wibrewersguild.com/
    http://www.sprecherbrewery.com/
    http://www.tyranena.com/

  2. Thanks a lot for your response, Grant. You know how it can be difficult to correctly express and represent opinions, which were told by a third party. So I duly note that Pabst is your favourite poison, not beer :-).

    I really look forward trying a couple of micro brews from Wisconsin. I tried some from Boston, the Samuel Adams brand, which is probably so big now that you can’t really call them micro brews anymore.

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