Our Beer Reviews

Like regular beer reviews. Just way better.

Beer. We drink it. And tell you what it’s like to drink it. Mostly focussing on beers available in South Africa but also with an increasingly international bent. And that ain’t half-bad.

All our beer reviews are completely paid for by Beginner Brewer staff out of our sad little beer fund (i.e. Harper’s back pocket). Here are some principles we apply when reviewing a beer:

  • We never review a beer we haven’t actually had
  • We post all reviews, good or bad. For bad reviews, we always offer the brewer a right-to-reply
  • We review not only aroma, taste and so on, but also the beer branding, look and feel. Because we’re nerdy that way
  • We do not generally accept requests for reviews by brewers, but if we do, we’ll tell you in the post
  • We absolutely accept requests for reviews by readers of Beginner Brewer. Tell us what you want reviewed, we’ll drink it!

The Reviews

Beer Review: New Brixton Brewery’s Brixton Bitter

Before the Pour Marcel's View: I am a fan of the Jozi-centric design ideas here. And the art deco graphics do the label justice. Also: great additional info on the beer stats (e.g. IBUs and SRMs) and food pairings. Very nicely done. Could it be that New Brixton's...

IPA-off: Woodstock Californicator VS. Agar’s Tomahawk

We've thrown two full-bodied IPAs into the Cage of Ultimate Death (also known as our podcasting studio) to see which one walks (or limps) away in one piece! In the Cape Town Corner, weighing in at 6.5 % ABV is Woodstock Brewery's Californicator. In the Jozi Corner,...

The Redrock Brewing Co. Nine Inch Ale

(340ml, Bottled, 4.25 % ABV)Before the PourMatt's view: Interesting label. Not too sure about the goat/nail motif, but it's certainly distinctive. My favorite part of the branding is definitely the bottle. Unique and stands out from the crowd. But the claim on the...

Citizen Pacifist Winter Porter

(440ml, Bottled, 6 % ABV) Before the Pour   Marcel's view: Nice label. Really stands out from the crowd. And the best part? It's got a really nice texture. Mmm. Feel that textured paper. Definitely a favorite look and feel. But the name seems a bit, well, passive?...

New Beer Reviews: Coming soon

Here on Beginnerbrewer we're going to be mixing things up a bit with our beer reviews. A couple of things are set to change:For one, I'm no longer running my own craft brewery, so I feel that I'm allowed to review beer again without conflict of interest. Yay!The beer...

Misty Meadows’ Buzzard Country Ale

As promised (albeit somewhat delayed), today I review Buzzard country ale, from a little craft brewery near the Outeniqua hop growers region: Misty Meadows Craft Brewery.Buzzard Country Ale(500ml bottled; 4% ABV)Color: Light straw.Aroma: Citrus and floral...

Devil’s Peak First Light Golden Ale

Today I review another ale from Devil's Peak Brewing Company. And it's a corker!Devil's Peak First Light Golden Ale(500ml bottled; 4.5% ABV)Colour: Yellow-goldAroma: Fresh pine and citrusTaste: This is a lovely rendition of the Golden Ale style, with some...

Devil’s Peak King’s Blockhouse IPA

Today I review a lovely little number from Devil's Peak Brewing Company and one of the few proper IPAs around in the South African craft beer scene (which is a shame really).Devil's Peak King's Blockhouse IPA(500ml bottled; 6% ABV)Colour: CopperAroma: Floral citrus,...