Posts Tagged ‘Sweden’

Pistonhead Kustom Lager - CANPistonhead Kustom Lager
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Brewery info:
Brutal Brewing AB,
Varby, SWEDEN

[www.brutalbrewing.com]

Can size sampled: 330ml

Alcohol: 4.6%
Standard drinks: 1.2

Cap type: Non-twist

Cost: I picked this up for $4.75 AU

Label info: ‘Custom brewed with a double-clutch of Munchener-malt and pilsner malt injected with spalter select, magnum and perle hops’ 

What the label really means: The description is definitely revving my taste buds into action.

The Hell-Cat review starts here

Label: This is the label I have been looking for all these years. Sheer design perfection. The can is a matte black finish with a white sugar-skull inspired design. There are splashes of blood red across the skull’s forehead with a spade motif smack bang between the eyes. The skulls itself is surrounded by a simple silver flame that shoots off behind it. There’s a banner beneath the skull that proudly announces ‘Pistonhead’ in big bold lettering while ‘Kustom Lager’ is in a cursive script beneath. It has a style of tattoo meshed firmly with street art graffiti and works brilliantly. This truly is label perfection. I cannot find a single fault with this and I am proud to hold this in my blood-stained hands.

I give it a label rating of 10 out of 10.Pistonhead - GLASS

AROMA:  Citrussy, musky, good. 

Taste: GLASS – It’s most certainly a very familiar lager encased within this canned beauty. But what is it that distinguishes this from the myriad of lagers in its class? Well…nothing really. It’s a very, very enjoyable drop that is incredibly smooth and has a slight hint of malty goodness, but it’s a bit run of the mill. I guess I expected, and hoped, for more. Still…it’s a great beer that deserves a tasting.

I give it a beer from glass rating of 7 out of 10.

Taste: BOTTLE – From the can Pistonhead loses a good dose of that malty undercurrent and as such becomes a little one-dimensial. It’s still good, it’s just not as strong.

I give it a taste from bottle rating of 6.5 out of 10.

Accompanying food: Chilli prawns or chilli beef would suit this well.

Best season to appreciate: A real summer thirst quencher. 

All-nighter beer? Absolutely! Pistonhead slides back very easily. I am most certainly up for the all night challenge.

NEXT WEEK: Fred IPA

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KISS Destroyer - BOTTLEKISS Destroyer
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Brewery info:
KISSROCKDRINK Brewery AB,
Stockholm, SWEDEN

[No website listed]

Alcohol: 4.7%
Standard drinks: 1.2

Cap type: Non-twist

Cost: I picked this up for $3.99 AU

Label info: ‘The hottest beer in the world’ 

What the label really means: Ok…great…I see what you rock gods are going for here. Playing it cool. I read ya. 

The Hell-Cat review starts here

Label: This is glarey, flamboyant, over the top and decidedly 1970s in style. Everything that the rock band KISS epitomises. I like the fact that it is instantly recognised as a KISS branded item, but is it a little marketing-ploy schmultzy? Come on, how many other bands release their own beer? (Stay tuned for word on You Am I’s brew out soon). I do like the dual two-tone colour arrangement here that reflects the KISS make-up patterns so well. What I don’t like is that awesome KISS album art hasn’t been used to create an even rockier brew. I just think more work could have gone into this one.

I give it a label rating of 6 out of 10.

AROMA:  A meaty, hop-heavy brew.

Taste: GLASS – This surprisingly is a very flavoursome all-mouth brew that hits with a great punch to the smacker. It’s refreshing with a back of mouth bitterness. It prances very cleverly on the edge of being pilsener in flavour and then sort of backs off a bit to be a bit more subtle. I’m glad to say that this is a beer KISS should be proud to have their name attached to. It’s not an amazingly complex beer by any means, but it is definitely enjoyable. I’m claiming this as the demented love-child of Becks and Pilsner Urquell.KISS Destroyer - GLASS

I give it a beer from glass rating of 7.5 out of 10.

Taste: BOTTLE – From the bottle, KISS Destroyer hits with a similar level of enthusiasm but just falls short of the mark. Still good but not great. 

I give it a taste from bottle rating of 7 out of 10.

Accompanying food: Red meat…beef preferably.

Best season to appreciate: I’d suggest this is destined for outdoor Summer music festivals.

All-nighter beer? Yes I could definitely drink this all night…and party ever-eey night.

NEXT WEEK: TBC