February 07, 2007


This weekís beer goes out to all of my readers with Celiac disease. I canít fathom what it would be like to not be able to eat or drink the wheat, rye and barley. So for you, I review this beer! A couple of weeks ago I was walking through the store when I saw a sixer of Redbridge by Anheuser-Busch on the shelves. What caught my attention was the display they had that stated the beer was made from Sorghum instead of Wheat or Barley and was completely gluten free. Folks Iíll be honest, this beer worried me. I did not want to try to drink this. My only experience with Sorghum has been in a sweet syrup form used on biscuits. In the end I figured Iíd take one for the team.

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The label on this 12 oz brown bottle has a picture of a red bridge on a maroon background. The name of the beer is on it, and it proudly states, ďBeer Made From Sorghum. Made Without Wheat Or BarleyĒ.

There is a nice clear amber color to the beer. Light passes cleanly through and there is no sign of fogginess or impurities. There was a half-inch head the quickly disappeared to a sparse layer of large bubble floating on the top. There was no lacing.

Folks, Iím going to be honest in that itís hard to describe this beers scent and taste. I really have no references for it. The scent was strange; I couldnít place it so Iím assuming its sorghum. There was the familiar hint of hops, but the main scent was unusual. It was a sweet fresh scent, like a crisp winter morning. It was pleasant. The taste was very thin and unobtrusive. There is an interesting sweetness that Iíve never tasted in a beer before; again Iím assuming this is the sorghum. There is a slight bitterness of the hops. When I say there is sweetness, itís not too sweet or overpowering. Itís very complimentary. However, it does remind me of many light beers on the market.

This is a light bodied beer. There was a heavy carbonation to it that had a slight bite to the tongue and would cause massive bubbles on the side of the glass.

My fine readers, Iím finding it hard to rate this beer. Since it is such a specially made beer, itís hard to compare it to the other beers Iíve reviewed. Yet at the same time, it has many of the same characteristics. Iím going to give this beer a 3.5 out of 10. I wouldnít go out of my way to buy another six-pack of it, but Iím not going to turn one down.

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