The League of Inebriated Gentlemen – Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat

The LIG returns, and they’re just in time to catch Pumpkin Season!


A few thoughts here:

We need about a week, maybe two, of advanced notice before you post one of these. I think it would be fun to know what beer is coming up and have one ready for the first time I view the review… That… almost sounded redundant.

Second: When is the DvD set of this coming out? I'd like to take this down to the local bar and treat some of the regulars to a showing sometime, maybe get a couple of tasting parties together.

Third: Whoah…. It's been a while. Almost too long. Worth the wait? I think so. A long wait just the same.

And finally: Maybe I just have bad luck with wheat beers, but I have yet to find one that suits my taste. Most tend to be too yeasty (in one case it was like drinking a liquid version of raw bread dough) or just plain bland (not flavorless, just… I guess I don't know how to describe it. Maybe like the flavor was there at one point, but the flavor police arrested it or something…) Anyway, how about some recommendations for a good wheat beer to get started on?

I don't know about the pumpkin wheat, I've never seen it, but Shock Top is available in Canada. AB/InBev markets all of their beers world wide as far as I can tell.

Thanks for the kind words!
On wheat beers: Maybe try starting with a German hefeweizen. They have consistant quality and on the average the flavor is nice and mellow. Hacker-Pschorr, Franziskaner, and Weihenstephan are great places to start. Konig Ludwig is nice as well with its banana and clove flavors, but it may be a bit too "bready" for you. If those don't work for you give Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat a try. It's a very good American wheat that's sweet and citrus-y. Very refreshing.
Wheat beers can seem bland when compared to a more full flavored ale, and they definitely aren't for everybody, but I think that once you find the right one, it'll open a few more doors in the brewery of your life.

I don't drink alcohol myself, having been raised Mormon and growing up in Mississippi where the bar scene doesn't appeal to me in the slightest. That said, I enjoy the heck out of this show, as its fun to watch you three interact and discuss the subject. My sole complaint is how slowly the episodes are being released, but I chalk that up to trying to juggle three people's schedules for one show. Oh yes, I vote that the psychotic stampede-kitty be made the official mascot of the League of Inebriated Gentlemen.

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