December 28, 2006

Rating Beer.

Some people have asked me questions on my beer ratings. First you have to understand that my 1-10 scale is broken down by quality.

0-3: Swill that should not be consumed by man or beast. This is the type of beer one uses for making beer brats, or in the case of energy beers, water the lawn. If someone gifts you a beer that ranks a 0-3 on my scale, you are allowed to not drink it and pour it down the drain after the gifter leaves. However, you are obligated to gift them a 0-3 scale beer. Of course that is unless they were returning said beer to you.

3.5 to 6.5: These tend to be your standard beers. They have a decent quality, but nothing all that outstanding. Most beers fall into this category. IE any of your standard American beers; Miller, Budweiser, Coors, etc as well as many of your micro-brews and imports. These tend to be the beers that most people drink on a daily basis.

7.0 to 9.5: Beers that are exceptional. These are the beers that when you taste one, you tell all of your friends about with the caveat ďYou HAVE to try this.Ē These are the beers that a person savors and enjoys. These are the beers that brewmasters strive to make. One that if you have a six pack, that last beer will sit in the fridge longer because you donít know when youíll get more. These are the beers that when I find one, I like to buy a six-pack to share with friends so that they can sample it as well.

10: The Perfect Beer. There cannot be a perfect beer, nothing is perfect, there can always be better. You may think you have the perfect beer, and then 10 years down the road someone brews one even better. I highly doubt I will ever bestow a 10 on a beer. If I do, it will be the day I stop sampling new beers.

So there you have it, my rating scale. Maybe itís a little harsh, maybe itís too broad, but thatís how I tend to rate everything on a scale of ten. 3.5-6.5 being average.

You can see all my beer reviews in the Alcohol Archives.

Posted by Contagion in Alcohol at December 28, 2006 10:59 AM | TrackBack

I've noticed that you tend to stick to ales and lagers. When will you do some reviews on some good pilsners? My favorite is Krombacher. I've only had a chance to drink it once since I left Germany though. Some of the Polish Pilsners aren't bad either.

Posted by: Dr. Phat Tony at December 28, 2006 11:19 AM

Unfortunately I'm limited to what I can find at my local stores. They mainly stock Ales and lagers. Since you requested it, I'll do what I can to find a pilsner.

Posted by: Contagion at December 28, 2006 03:18 PM