After the success of the IPA Challenge (so the voices in my head tell me, anyway), I have decided to attempt a larger (and lager) challenge. This time things will be different. With the IPAs I bought pretty much every one I could find, which wasn't that many, both cheap(ish) and dear. The problem with that method, however, was that the IPAs that won both Round 1 and Round 2 were expensive and not readily available in Supermarkets or Off Licences.
For this competition I decided to remove both the top-end and bottom-end of the spectrum. No craft lagers and no cheap muck. I intend that every lager in competition be fairly easily found, most, I hope are available in Supermarkets, which is where I think most people are buying their beer these days.
The other big wrinkle is that I am going to do initial rounds by country. So far it looks like this:
Note: all priced Beers from Molloys and are 500ml bottles unless otherwise stated.
Germany - 8 Lagers. There appears to be more decent quality German lagers about then from other territories. I picked 6 "premium" lagers and decided round out the 8 with a couple from Lidl to mix it up a bit. The eight purchased to date are:
Spaten 5.2% abv
Veltins Pilsener 4.8% abv €2.99
Warsteiner 4.8% abv
Kromabcher 4.8% €2.95 (Dunnes)
Beck's 4.8% abv €1.75 (can)
Holsten Pils 5.0% abv €1.75 (can, 440ml)
Grafenwalder 5% abv €1.09 (can, Lidl)
Finkbrau 4.9% abv €0.75 (33cl, Lidl)
Czech Republic - 4 Lagers. Already selected and purchased. The usual suspects I guess, and one beer from Slovakia as follows:
Pilsner Urquell 4.4% abv €2.99
Zlaty Bazant 5.0% abv €2.19 (Slovak)
Budweiser Budvar 5.0% abv €2.49
Staropramen 5.0% abv €2.49
Poland - 4 lagers. All four decided on now...
Lech 5.2% abv
Tyskie 5.6% abv €1.65 (Lidl)
Zywiec 5.8% abv €1.65 (can, Lidl)
Warka 5.7% abv €1.84 (can, Dunnes)
Netherlands - 4 Lagers. Three* definites so far. The last one might be a bit dodgy...
Heineken 5% abv
Grolsch 5% abv €1.89 (can)
Bavaria 4.3% €1.39 (can, Tesco)
Dutch Gold 4% €?.?? (can)
The idea is that one winner from each group will be blind tasted, in an ultimate final. This may take a while, so please be patient...