April 08, 2009

Mamma Mia! Pizza Beer

No, you didn't read that wrong.

At least once a year a “friend” finds a beer that looks like it would be absolutely nasty. A beer that looks so vile, so nasty, so evil that the only way you would drink this is out of extreme curiosity or on a bet. Of course that “friend” buys said beer and gives it to me to review because THEY want to know how it tastes and is afraid to try it themselves. Well the recently revived Graumagus has done just that. He found a bottle of Mamma Mia! Pizza Beer. It’s a contract beer made by the Sprecher Brewing Company for the Pizza Beer Company.

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The label is red white and green. In the white part is a hand drawn picture of a male and a female wearing chefs hats. There is a signature on each person. The guy is Chef Tom and the Lady is Chef Athena. At the top of the label it says “originals Seefurth Family”. Above the picture in red letters it says Mamma Mia! Under it is Pizza Beer. At the bottom it plainly states, “Ale brewed with oregano, basil, tomato and Garlic”. The neck label claims, “Beer so good it Deserves… A wine glass!” Is your fight or flight center of your brain sending signals yet? Well mine was screaming, “NOOOOOooooooo. This may be the beer that turns you off of beer completely!”

There is a nice honey gold coloring to it. It is cloudy, but not so cloudy you can’t see through it. Almost no head formed when I poured it. What did was thin and white. It faded quickly leaving nothing on the top of the beer. There is also no lacing on the side of the glass at all.

The smell was something I had never experience in a beer before in my life. They did a decent job of capturing the smell of pizza. Unfortunately it smells like a cheap frozen pizza that someone sprinkled an Italian Seasoning blend on, but still Pizza. The Tomato, basil, oregano and Garlic really does overpower any other scent in the beer. What malts that can be detected blends with the other scents to give it kind of a doughy/crust scent. Now this may just be my imagination because of the type of beer it is and that was missing from the scent was pizza crust.

The taste is much like the scent. All you can really taste is the Tomato, Garlic and herbs that are added to it. There is also a bit of saltiness to it. Realistically this tastes like someone took a piece of the above cheap frozen pizza and let it soak in a keystone light for a while. The pizza tastes about washes out any standard ale flavors one would get. The aftertaste is a bit salty and overpower. Honestly, I couldn’t imagine drinking this beer with anything other than maybe pizza.

This is a medium bodied beer. There is a light carbonation to it, but nothing biting.

Honestly, I can’t believe I drank this whole beer. I’ve drank beers that are much worse than this, but not in a long time. I’m not sure if the people that make this novelty honestly think this is a good beer or if they make it as more for entertainment. IE, in college I had a friend that used to make the most god awful punch for parties; nobody liked it, not even him. Yet he made it for every party because inevitably it would get drank in its entirety because people would bet each other they couldn’t drink it, or do the ol’ switcharoo and give it to some unsuspecting individual. The fact that I drank this willingly just speaks volumes to how far I’ll go to review a beer. Overall I give it 1.5 out of 10.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go gargle with Everclear.

Posted by Contagion in Alcohol at April 8, 2009 07:49 PM | TrackBack

Ummm dude I brought this over to your house last year and you tried it and you thought it was so bad it almost gave you dry heaves. I'm hoping you just failed to mention it, or that you forced yourself through the experience again as a token of your friendship with Grau... because if you forgot the experience I'm going to be very worried about the alzheimer's kickin in...

Posted by: Shadoglare at April 8, 2009 10:27 PM

No, I remember that. But I only had a drink of it and I never did a review. Grau, the farooking bastard, brought over a bottle specifically for me to review. Since I never did a formal review on it, I have now.

The sad thing is that after brushing my teeth, gargling with mouth wash and using Listerine breath strips, I can still taste it the next day.

Posted by: Contagion at April 9, 2009 06:28 AM

Sorry but I'll stick to drinking my beer & eating pizza separately.

Posted by: red at April 9, 2009 06:50 AM

Good grief - this doesn't even sound good... You are more brave than I am once again!

Posted by: Richmond at April 11, 2009 02:40 PM