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Doug's Beer Republic ratings explained

Doug's attempts at remembering what he likes

There's a lot of beer in the marketplace to be sipped, and I really don't want to be the one to be sipping it all!  And, I hope, neither do you.  Which is why people rely on sites like this one to distill down what's worth spending one's money and one's mouth on. 

There's an old saying.  I heard it often in college, and I guess it's international, too, because my wife's Korean family uniformly says it.  "A beer is a beer is a beer."  You don't need a Ph.D in linguistics to decipher the 'hidden' meaning.  A beer contains alcohol.  Alcohol gets you drunk.  And one beer, with a certain amount of alcohol, is as likely to get you as drunk as any other.           

The aforementioned statement isn't true. And I don't drink beer to get drunk.  Vodka and rum are a quicker way to get to inebriation.  I drink beer because it can potentially taste good.  With so many beers now in the marketplace, it's difficult for me to remember which ones I've tried and which ones I've liked.  So I've setup a ratings system as explained below.  This is NOT a democracy, so you have no say in the system.  Get on board or get out!        

0.  Brand name and specific type of beer this beer is marketed as.  I refrained from using brewery names because most breweries' name recognition pales (as in pale ales) in comparison to their signature brews.  Oftentimes a  brewery uses its names in the marketing. Examples:  Asahi, Sierra Nevada, Samuel Adams, Chang.  Other times, they don't, as in Budweiser (Anheuser-Busch Inbev), Singha (Boon Rawd), Tiger (Asia Pacific), Red Horse (San Miguel).  I briefly thought about subcategorizing beers by brewery.  Then, it occurred to me that breweries have become megacomplomerates and the conglomerate's name doesn't mean a whole lot to the average consumer. In limited cases, like with Van Honsebrouck, I mention the brewery name in addition to the brand name. Van Honsebrouck isn't a huge brewery and by including the brewery name with the brand name, the drinker can more easily see how one drink in the company's small range overlaps with another. 

1.  Date review was posted.  

2.  Back button so you can easily go back to the previous page you were on.  Handy, isn't it?

3/4.  Rating from 0 to 10.  I didn't use 1 to 10 scale because then 5.5 would signify an average beer when it actually makes more sense for 5 to have that distinction.  Ratings are shown pictorially by thumb and by number.  Cool, right?

5.  Picture of the beer in bottle or can or keg or enema bag -- whatever it's commonly served in. Click on that picture to go to that beer's review page.

6.  Excerpt from a review.  Usually just a sentence or two.  

7.  Average cost in US dollars per liter of beer.  The price will naturally vary by country.  I try to use the grocery store price of the beer in its key markets.  Thai beers, for example, will be listed with the price of the beer available in a typical Thailand 7 11 or Family Mart.  Beer Lao costs next to nothing in its country of origin, so showing that price wouldn't be fair.  Instead, I use the price of the beer in Thailand which is more reflective of what the beer would cost for most people where they buy it.  Price is not a scientific figure.  But I do gauge how expensive a beer is before I rate it.  If a beer is amazing but costs $30 per bottle, then it's not so amazing that I'm going to be picking it up again and again which will impact the rating negatively to some extent.  We drink and eat things that are great but also able to fit into our budgets.

8.  Alcohol by volume percentage.  Most people in the world only care about this figure.

9.  Type of beer.  Is it a lager?  A stout?  A porter?  There are potentially dozen of categories and no universally agreed on designations.  I attempt to keep this category as broad as possible or it becomes a meaningless classifier of subclasses of subclasses.

10.  Country of manufacture.  With chocolate, a  bar may be manufactured in Switzerland but sold exclusively by an American company.  In the Chocolate Republic, that bar would be classified as American, not Swiss.  In the Beer Republic, this is not the case.  Beer is manufactured locally to save money.  If a multinational company (Heineken, Asahi, San Miguel) brews its beers in a variety of countries, I cite the country in which the particular bottle I sampled was made.  Hence, you will likely see the same beer listed several times in the Beer Republic with different ratings because each of those brews was manufactured in a different country.         



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