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Drunk as a Skunk?

April 25, 2012 - Karin Elton
I like a cold beer every once in a while, especially on hot days. Every time I crack open a bottle my family teases me about getting drunk and being an alcoholic. The thing is though, it’s non-alcoholic beer.

I like beer, but not the buzz when I just want to chill after work or have a beer while I’m cooking. So I have tried the varieties of NA beer such as Coors or Sharps and found Buckler beer to my liking. It’s practically water.

So when my family members start saying, “Oh, she’s getting drunk,” I say, “Yeah, I should join Non-alcoholics Anonymous.”

I really don’t have a problem with me drinking near beer, but I should join Chocoholics Anonymous because I have to have chocolate every day. Or I should join Caffeinoholic Anonymous because I have to have coffee every morning.

Anyway, I like Buckler beer. In Googling Buckler beer, I see that it is made by Heineken — very cool. Not so cool is the ratings gave Buckler — “poor.” The commenters gave it a better rating. Some of them said it was better than Heineken! One said “The nose is surprisingly hoppy, with a blend of Saaz and skunk, with moderately snappy lemon, and some grain.” (More Googling yields the information that “Saaz” is a “noble” variety of hops.)

I don’t have to Google another word that stands out for me — “skunk.” Another commenter noted its “Skunky, sweet, thin, grainy aftertaste.” Ummm, I don't think I detected any trace of skunk although my palate might not be as refined as theirs from years of too much chocolate and caffeine.

“McStagger” (I’m mainly quoting him because I like his handle) says that Buckler is “Pretty seltzer like. Body is minimal.” Yeah, I’d have to agree with that. But that’s fine with me as long as the skunk is minimal.


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