Tasting Lowenbrau Original

So I had my first Lowenbrau Original last Sunday. After I bought the Munich beer last month, I plunged into work on Funtober and never got a chance to enjoy it. Seriously. Zero. I blame it on my parents.

In my twenties, I would tell people that I didn’t like beer. It was the truth. Given the choice, I would always choose wine or liquor. But it really was that I didn’t know anything about beer. My only real introduction to beer had been drinking Miller Lite. It wasn’t until I moved to Philadelphia five years ago that I realized I was surrounded by craft beer snobs and I had better learn something about beer. So I set about trying more of it to figure out what I liked. And now I appreciate it much more. My beer knowledge is still woefully inadequate. Probably always will be. But I’m learning. And laughing about it. I think that’s the point: I’m having fun.

I popped my head in to my local beer distributor this weekend as I was walking home from the grocery store and took a look at a few cases of fall seasonals that they had on the shelves. I knew then that I had to start trying the beer that I bought. I figured that I could no longer use the fact that it was summer to stop me from drinking the beer in my refrigerator. And I was a bit worried that if I didn’t get started now, it would be November or December and I’d be laughing about the missed opportunity. So:

As I’m sure you know, Lowenbrau is one of the Munich breweries that pours at Oktoberfest. It started serving at Oktoberfest in 1810 and its beer is still brewed according to the Reinheitsgebot. It was brought to the United States through a licensing deal with Miller for some time. But it is now brewed by Lowenbrau again and imported from Germany into the United States. Of course, Lowenbrau is now owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev. It’s not quite the same as the Lowenbrau Oktoberfest. But that’s really neither here nor there. Because you can enjoy a good beer in a variety of situations.

The real question is whether I enjoyed my Helles. And I did. It wasn’t the best beer that I’ve ever had. I doubt I’ll buy it again. But I finished it quickly. So that’s two thumbs up. Since my beer review / tasting post is lacking the typical lingo of a beer drinker, I figured I would link to some more professional reviews of Lowenbrau Original. And also link to some guys with the funniest semi-serious video review of Lowenbrau Original that I could find:

I need to meet some beer bloggers here in Philadelphia. So that they can show me how to do a proper beer review. And also pour the beer into my mug properly. Ahhh. The joys of my first beer review. I can’t wait until it comes time to play bartender and make some Halloween drinks. If there is a beer blogger that would like to guest post in the meantime and save the world from this misery, send me an email. In that case, I’ll still drink the beer. You just won’t have to listen to me talk about it.

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