Ayinger Oktober Fest-Marzen

It’s been a long time since I’ve written for this blog. I hope to write an explanation for this absence, but basically it’s a combination of a serious reason and that I forgot my password.20150905_210741

Today, my wife and I were in Trader Joe’s on the other side of town killing time until we had an appointment. I was looking at the beers when I found this brew. Its cap was a simple, yet elegant picture more akin to a work of art than a beer cap. It got me thinking of my old blog.

I haven’t stopped drinking beer since my last post. No, far from it. And, the cap collection is still growing, albeit slowly. I think my card table is many years in the future yet. However, none of those beers or caps were able to inspire a return to writing. A few have made me think of it, but changing your password is a lot of work.

Ayinger has on offer an authentic Bavarian festival lager for me. This is a German import brewed and bottled in Aying, Germany. It is brewed according to the Reinheitsgebot Purity Law of 1516, which basically means the beer can only be brewed using the ingredients of water, barley, and hops.

As soon as I took the cap off this beer, the head began to rise out of the bottle. No, I hadn’t shaken it up. It had been resting in my refrigerator for several calm hours. Not surprisingly, this beer poured with a lot of head as well. No matter how carefully I poured, the head continued to rise. Eventually, I was able to fill my glass.

And I’m very glad I chose to fill my glass with this beer. I’m quite a fan. It’s a clean beer with a mild sharpness on the back of the tongue. It’s full-bodied, but not overwhelmingly so. It has a very pleasant flavor indeed.

This is a beer I’d be happy to have all the time. I could see drinking this with meals or when I just wanted to relax. Unfortunately, this is a seasonal beer, so I’ll have to enjoy it for the limited time it’s available only.

I’m pleased to give this beer 5/5 caps.



Fosters CapFoster’s is an Australian beer. In fact, the advertising campaign claims it’s ‘Australian for beer.’ It’s an iconic bottle. Whenever you see an Australian bar in an American movie, the Foster’s bottles seem to be prominently displayed. It also seems to appear in a lot of commercials for Outback Steakhouse.

Foster’s is most known as being the big beer in a can. The Foster’s oilcan holds 25.4 oz of this brew. It’s also really fun to drink out of. Of course, cans don’t give me bottle caps, and the point of this blog is to collect caps. As a result, this Foster’s is in a standard 12 oz bottle.

Fosters Bottle

My Foster’s was dated best by next month, which might be why it smelled a little skunkier than I expected. I usually have Foster’s when I have a large piece of meat, but tonight I’ll make an exception. I let my beer sit for a few minutes, and the smell was much more inviting. The first taste was very mild, but perhaps a bit to the bitter end of the spectrum. There was a mildly metallic aftertaste, but hardly noticeable. As I drank more, the beer showed a slightly complex flavor when concentrated on. I could taste the hops after a short while. I never thought about Fosters this much as I drank it previously – probably because I was distracted by a steaming piece of red meat. But now, I think this beer would go very well with seafood as well.

Would I buy Foster’s again? You bet. It’s never been the first beer to hop into mind, but I think I need to consider it more in the future. And I think I owe it more of a staring role. It doesn’t need to take second stage to food. Should you buy Fosters? It’s worth adding to your rotation. Give it a fair shot and let it be the center of your attention. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by Foster’s.

I give this beer 8/10 caps.


Tecate CapTecate is another beer from south of the border. It stands out among its counterparts however. Its flavor is bolder than the light Corona, and much more interesting than the forgettable Negra Modelo. In addition, it’s much less expensive than either of those beers.

I might add that Tecate and other Mexican beers are a bit more popular in New Mexico than the rest of the country. This keeps the beer moving off the shelves and much fresher when you get them home. Once, when I was visiting my sister in Georgia, my brother-in-law and I went to pick up some beers. I grabbed a twelve pack of Tecate that probably had been sitting for over a year on the shelf. Don’t leave your beer that long. I’ll let this serve as a warning to check your dates if you live in a part of the country where Mexican beers might not be very popular.

Tecate Bottle

The first sip of this beer was refreshing with a bitter kick. With the second mouthful, it revealed itself to be a well-balanced beer. It’s not overly sweet or bitter.  It’s not overly flavorful, but nor is it thin. Again, it’s a good balance. Tecate leaves a bit of a bitter aftertaste, but it’s not a bad thing. It’s actually a nice reminder that you have some more beer to drink.

Would I buy this beer again? Yes. Tecate is a good economical beer. It’s often on sale, and it’s a tasty brew for the price. Buy it in cans, and you can find some really good deals (I’m talking 30 for $12 good deals). Should you buy some Tecate? Yes. Buy it especially if you’re planning to have a bunch of friends over and want a beer that will last the evening without breaking your wallet.

I’ve decided that there’s too many beers I want to give a high 3/5 or the like. I’m changing my scale to an out-of-ten scale. I give this beer 7/10 caps.


Asahi Cap  Asahi is a Japanese beer. When I was living in Korea, there was an effort to popularize Asahi in the various bars. On certain nights, the Asahi girls would arrive at various bars and hand out cold bottles of beer. They even handed out novelty Asahi flip-flops. Unfortunately for me, Asahi was very expensive at the bars, so I never bought it.

Asahi Extra 1

Now that I’m back in the US, Asahi isn’t quite as expensive. It’s a very popular beer in Asian restaurants, and it goes especially well with Japanese food. Asahi and sushi is really good. The bitterness of the beer compliments the sweetness of the sushi wonderfully.


As I poured my Asahi, my mouth began to water. This beer smells exactly as a beer should. The first sip of Asahi was bitter – nicely so. Unlike other Asian beers I’ve had, this beer has a strong, full-bodied taste. This beer advertises itself as being “super dry,” and it is. It has a nice, sharp finish. It’s a really enjoyable beer. Usually I lean away from the lighter beers, but Asahi is really tasty.

Will I buy Asahi again? Yes. I think this will be my Asian beer of choice.  Should you buy Asahi? It’s a bit bitter, so be prepared, but yes, you should try it.

I give this beer 4/5 caps.

Corona Extra

Corona CapCorona is a beer from Mexico. It’s one of many beers I’ve had a lot since moving to New Mexico. As I understand it, Mexican beers weren’t very popular until Corona began suggesting people put limes in the bottles. Lime in Corona is pretty good, but I don’t have any.

Corona offers its beer in different sizes. They have the large, 24 oz that you see here (the last replacement of “the great quaffing” mentioned here) the standard 12 oz, and the 7 oz Coronitas (little Coronas). Often, you can buy a bucket of ice filled with six to eight Coronitas. It’s a great way to share with your friends.Corona Bottle

When I opened this beer, I thought I had taken the cap off a skunk. I didn’t expect this from a Corona, and I’ve never experienced it with one of these beers before. I wonder if this one is a bit old. It was a strong beer. The flavor was like five Budweisers smashed into one. It was a skunky flavor, but acceptable. Again, I think this beer might not have been representative of other Coronas. I’m looking forward to having some other Coronas at a later date.

Would I buy Corona again? Yes, of course. It’s a great, refreshing beer. Should you buy Corona? Yeah. Corona’s nothing too special, but it’s a good beer. (Just make sure yours hasn’t been sitting around too long)

I give this beer 3/5 caps.

Newcastle Brown Ale

Newcastle CapThis was one of the original 21 caps I had before beginning this blog. It came in my international beers mixed case, so I figured I could write a review of it. Unfortunately, that beer was drunk without my knowledge. Luckily, the person who drank it agreed to replace it, with the 18.2 oz bottle pictured.

Newcastle is a British beer. I always said that if I ever go to England, I want to spend more time in pubs than in tourist traps. As a general rule, I like English beers. Of course, in a pub I’d have some fish and chips or some bangers and mash. I don’t have those things now.Newcastle Bottle

The first sips of this beer helped wash away some stress. It’s a bitter beer, but clean. It’s crisp with a mildly sweet finish. There might be a slightly metallic taste, but it’s hardly noticeable. If this beer were accompanied by food, it would make a wonderful accompaniment – especially if that food were a bit heavy and greasy.

Would I buy this beer again? Yes, but I’d much prefer it off the tap. I don’t think being cooped up in a bottle does Newcastle any favors. Should you try this beer? Yes, but again, try to find it on tap. Most bars carry Newcastle, and any English or Irish themed pub would have it. Plus, at a pub you can get some greasy food to go with it.

I give Newcastle 4/5 caps, but from the bottle I’d say it’s a low 4/5.