Saturday, February 5, 2011

Big Flats 1901

I sent out a smoke signal yesterday asking what people would like to see as a next review, with a handful of choices. Big Flats 1901, brewed by Brewmaster's Choice in Rochester, New York, was the clear favorite. Make no mistake though. This is the Walgreen's brand beer. I also couldn't find a website for the brewery.

It wasn't enough that I looked eye-to-eye with Bud Select 55 for you? Braving Busch Light didn't make you happy? Risking life and limb over a Four Loko? Just don't ever say I don't care!

Now, I haven't been in a Walgreen's for a while, so I called last night to verify they had it. The lady that answered said no, so being suspicious, I asked to speak with the store manager. He told me it doesn't say Walgreen's brand, but that they had the Big Flats 1901. End of discussion. I picked me up a sixer of cans this morning for $2.99. That's a price I can live with for sure. The label depicts a water wheel being turned by a river somewhere in the mountains. Below that, a quote: "It's the water that makes it." Finally, this is labeled "Premium Brew". We'll see.

Lots of grain and a sweet fruit aroma. Sweet corn with a hoppy balance. Those six words are all you need to know about the flavors. Not watery or light in any way; rather, this has a decent medium body. You will definitely know you're drinking something, but this is a very bland beer. Not bad tasting, just bland. Also, considering the medium-high carbonation and style, you might expect some refreshment. Nope, not refreshing as the body just sticks to your palate. I have five more; someone will drink them. On the better side of the macro brews; in that class, except at a better price.

Update 5/6/11: I saw this story before, but I thought I'd write down this post's mention in the Chicago Sun Times back in March. Yep, I was quoted in an article about Stephen Colbert and his roast of this beer. "Dailybeerreview.com called it, 'Not bad tasting, just bland.'"

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13 comments:

Beer Drinker Rob said...

BreweryDB, which is a huge database of Breweries and Beers, said they'd have to register this beer if I reviewed it. Check them out! http://www.brewerydb.com/

Deep said...

If it's the water that makes it...where does that eternal H2O come from? Thank you brave soul for trying it out for us...We are forever in your debt.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

There are very few beers that are completely undrinkable. I choose not to drink Bud or Coors or whatever b/c there are so many awesome choices.

This beer will have a following and good for Walgreen's saying fuck you to Bud and Miller.

BeerGeek said...

You have my everlasting respect for reviewing this dreadful swill. Lol! I drank one just because and it was awful! If I could, I'd buy you a good beer to make up for it.

Cheers!

Brewery DB said...

Added - http://brewerydb.com/beer/info/id/6700

Heath said...

I just discovered this, and I'm debating trying one, just for the sake of it. I'm broke, and if it sucks, some of my neighbors are more broke, so I can donate it. Wish me luck...

heath

ps-Whatever happened to South Paw beer? That was once my cheap dirty beer of choice...

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Well, Heath. It certainly is the cheapest I've seen. And it's not horrible, but rather bland. No luck needed.

As for South Paw, I never heard of it, but the gang at Beer Advocate gave it a rousing D+ and one dude reviewed it just a few months back. http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/105/1248

JeremiWVU said...

This beer is waaaaaayyyyy better than south paw... More like a PBR, but cheaper. Definitely full body and light taste, a little on the sweet side no doubt because they add extra sugars/grains to shorten the fermentation process. Overall not a bad beer though... Definitely worth the price of admission at $0.50 each. I've paid over $2 for "good" beer I like less, also pay well over $2 for my favorites. Nothing wrong with a plain boring well rounded cheap beer though.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Hey JeremiWVU. Cheap and not bad, though it lacks much flavor. However, I do prefer to spend more money to drink better options. And no doubt, I've struck out with beers at much higher price levels.

Anonymous said...

After several years of declining income, I have started packing a lunch and drinking what's on sale. I rolled the dice on Big Flats and bought a case. I have not bought beer in cans for years so this was a real big step. I poured a glass of this as lunch time today and I am now having a second. I have had far worse beer and I have paid more for it. This is quite drinkable, I can honestly say, I like it, and there is no better reason to drink something. Cheers.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Hey Anonymous.

You get to drink during lunch? That's a pretty sweet gig. :) Actually, I'm sure you're eventually gonna cash a big paycheck. At that point, what will you buy?

Big Flats is really cheap. You're right, it's not bad tasting, but I do think pretty bland. Drink what you like, but take a chance on some others when you can. You don't have to spend a fortune for something better either.

Oh, and CANS are on the upswing, even amongst the top craft breweries. They're not just for Bud and Iron City anymore!

Thanks for stopping by.

txfire76 said...

I don't mind it at all. When I want to through a couple back why not a good cheap beer. Not any worse than a bud. I'll go with $3

Beer Drinker Rob said...

No doubt about it. At least as good as Bud and half the price. However, there are some budget craft beers that are way better to consider. Not $3 per six budget, but worth it.