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The Amateur Beer Snob’s Guide to Beer: The U-Z Beers

Posted on | September 10, 2011 | Comments Off on The Amateur Beer Snob’s Guide to Beer: The U-Z Beers

What you will find below

The listings below will include the name of the beer, my numerical ranking based upon my own scale of 0.1 to 10.0, and a little of my personal thoughts about each beer. Here and there I’ll also throw in a few funny or interesting quotes about beer from famous folks. And if you’re curious about my ranking systems, let’s just say that a 5.0 is a decent beer, a 1.0 is an awful beer and a 10.0 is a fantastic beer.

U-Z beers

UFO (Harpoon Unfiltered Offering) Hefeweizen


A great, smooth taste and texture. Light enough you could drink this regularly. Goes well with a lemon or lime. From Harpoon Brewery of Boston.

VeltinsGerman Pilsener Beer


Made under the German purity law of 1516, as are many fine German brews. Sweet on the tongue at first, but the bitterness grows in the bottom of your throat. Lots of fizz comes to a head when you put the bottle down, but it doesn’t seem to fill your mouth. Probably best served cold. The bitterness grows the more you drink. Good for listening to David Gray songs, even if it isn’t Irish or British

Wallaby’s Ayers Rock


The markings on the bottles make you think this brewery is in Australia, but in fact this stuff was made by Wallaby’s Brewing Co. of Westlake, Ohio. The brewery went out of business in 2001. Too bad. This particular beer is a pretty good pale ale with a soft bitterness that makes a smooth swallow.

Wallaby’s Big Red Roo


A tad too much fizz, but has a nice amber flavor to it. Not special, but drinkable. A good beer for restaurants that serve beer with food.

Wallaby’s Great White Wheat


An extremely smooth beer with a soft sweetness that you won’t taste unless you’re trying to. Non-snobs could drink this, but true snobs might find it interesting. A good drinking beer.



According to the bottle, this is Germany’s Number 1 beer, but I sort of doubt it considering I don’t hear much about this beer. But then again, despite what many beer drinkers say, I don’t think Germany necessarily makes better beer than the U.S. This beer has way too much fizz with a weak taste like many German beers that are made for large markets. Don’t waste your time trying this. Even drunk, you won’t like this beer.

Watneys Red Barrel


A little too much carbonation. Decent and drinkable with a weak coppery taste. Some wetness. Despite coming from London, England, it’s not much better than an American “red” beer or weak lager.

Watneys Stout


Not the heaviest stout around, but has a decent burnt maple taste. Medium-level stout drinker can work their way up with this before moving on to thicker fare.



This German pilsner tastes a little like Heineken, with the slight skunkiness (must be the green bottles). Wet, but a little flat. This stuff is made in accordance with the German purity law (which isn’t a real law) that says beer must be made with only barley, hops, water and yeast.

West Virginia Brewing Company’s Appalachian Ale


A little strong for an ale, but traditionalists will love this one.

West Virginia Brewing Company’s Blackberry Wheat


Quite light and smooth with the expected fruity smell and some fruity taste. Not something you want to swill, but goes well as a sipping or after-dinner beer.

West Virginia Brewing Company’sBlackwater Stout


Very traditional burnt maple flavor; beer snobs will enjoy this. I first tried the West Virginia Brewing Company’s fine brews at the annual Huntington (West Virginia) Museum of Art’s Summer Sounds festival; there were plenty of great beers from many different brewpubs and breweries and some darn fine good music too. If you’re interested, the West Virginia Brewing Company is in Morgantown, West Virginia. They offer brewery tours and they also have West Virginia wines.

West Virginia Brewing Company’s Ned’s Pale Ale


Weaker than I would have thought. Has a soft bitterness that gets stronger on the way down, but leaves the tongue quickly.

Wexford Irish Cream Ale Draught


Has a soft head that melts in the mouth, but there’s not a lot of flavor except a very distant sweetness that doesn’t hang around long. Apparently the United States doesn’t have a monopoly on cheap beers, but at least cheap English ales aren’t full of carbonation.

Whitbread Ale


Very traditional with smooth character, but not strong on flavor. Very drinkable but not much for tasting. This pale ale comes from London, England.

Wild Goose Amber Beer


Handcraft brewed in Cambridge, Maryland, by Wild Goose Brewery. Has a strong “red” flavor and the barest hint of carbonation. Worth drinking regularly for folks who have good taste in brews.

Wild Goose India Pale Ale


Taste is pretty bitter with just a hint of the sourness most IPAs have. A little fizzy, even in the aftertaste. People who like bitter beers that go down a little rough will enjoy this.

Wild Goose Porter


Has more fizz than I feel is necessary. In fact, the fizz lowers this brew’s score quite a bit. Has a clean, sturdy maple/walnut flavor.

Wurzburger hofbrau


Comes from west Germany. Light and wet with a gentle honey sweetness. Nothing real special here.

Wychwood Brewery Fiddler’s Elbow


Wet with sort of a Colt 45/malt liquor flavor. Not a great beer, which is surprising because the Wychwood Brewery usually has some decent stuff.

Wychwood Brewery Hobgoblin


A pretty bitter and wet lager-type drink. The bitterness is strong but is mostly gone by the time you’ve swallowed. A touch too harsh for folks who aren’t regular beer tasters.

Wychwood Brewery Old Devil Beer


Comes from Wychwood Brewery in Witney, Oxfordshire, England. Has an interesting label of a devil in a cemetery using a pitchfork to stab an angel. This has an amber ale quality with a touch of sweetness. Not an overly strong beer, so it could be enjoyed in large quantities. The labels would seem to make Wychwood brews popular for Halloween.

Younger’s Tartan Special


A better-than-average lager-style drink that goes down easy. These can catch up to you quick if you’re not paying attention. Worth your time to drink.

Young’s Dirty Dick’s Ale


Named for Young’s pub in Bishopsgate, London, England. Has a very traditional English ale smell and an extremely strong brown ale taste. The bitterness lays on the back of the tongue after you’ve swallowed. Fairly smooth going down.

Young’s Luxury Double Chocolate Stout


A wet stout without the heavy syrupiness some folks don’t like. I thought this stout started out okay, but about halfway through my glass I tasted a flat, soapy flavor (and I’m positive there wasn’t any soap residue left in the glass). Worth trying if you’re a stout drinker, but I’ll keep Guinness as my regular stout.

Young’s Oatmeal Stout


There is a cute ram in the glass toward the neck of the bottles in Young’s brews. Supposedly Young’s is Britain’s oldest brewery; I say “supposedly” because I have no easy way of proving the bottle’s text right or wrong. This stout has a good, sturdy burnt taste but there’s too much carbonation. Not quite as thick or heavy as Guinness, but not far from it.

Young’s Old Nick


Young and Company’s Brewery, also known as The Ram Brewery, makes this drink and the other Young’s drinks in London. The bottle calls this beverage a “Barley Wine Style Ale,” and I can see why because this stuff is extremely sweet. The sweetness is reminiscent of some of the stronger Scottish ales. Sorry, but I just don’t like overly sweet beers. I’ll drink something else.

Young’s Ram Rod


Wet with a cool bitterness going down. Has a slight apple smell. There’s just a touch of sweetness and it has a cider feel in your mouth. The bitterness gets stronger the more you drink.

Yuengling Traditional Lager


Too much carbonation. The bottle tells it like it is — this is a traditional, but not a bad, premium beer. Made in Pottsville, Pennsylvania.

Oscar Wilde quote

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