Coors Batch 19

Batch 19

Tonight I was at Sunset Grill and Tap in Allston or maybe Brighton – I always get the two confused. Are they really separate towns? Quickly digressing here though.

While having a beer at the bar I was approached by a beer rep named Jeff who was promoting Batch 19. I had seen this beer at Brew Woo.

Batch 19 - Brew Woo

The beer is a pre-prohibition style lager, and I frankly have no Fing clue what that means. Could I look it up? Yup. Am I going to? Nope! Let’s cut to the chase…what’s the beer like?

It’s a super smoother lager. Caramel in color. Malty caramel flavors are the main show here…no noticeable hops to speak of. It’s really the smoothness that gets me. At first I thought it was flat, but if you pay attention, there is carbonation. This is a really good beer. Good luck finding it though…here in Boston it’s only in a handful of bars.

A lot of people are hating on the macro breweries for cutting into the craft market. My opinion is, and always has been, if the beer is good, it doesn’t matter who’s brewing it. For example, I thoroughly enjoy Shock Top and Bourbon Cask Ale (both by Michelob). Give Batch 19 a chance, you may like it.


Batch 19 - Jeff

Author: Joshua Dion

I write about beer in an un-intimidating way, welcoming beer lovers of all experience levels.

3 thoughts on “Coors Batch 19”

  1. I am pretty sure “pre-prohibition” doesn’t mean a whole lot. It implies that that’s the kind of beer you would have gotten before prohibition. It should be an all malt lager, no adjuncts (like you would find it regular Coors, Miller, or Budweiser) that lighten the flavor, color, and body of the beer.

    Coors is my favorite brewery of the “Big 3”. I actually like their Banquet Beer (in the yellow/gold can). I have also been known to drink Coors light if there is nothing better available. I’m with you. Too many people get too wound up in the business and politics of beer that they forget about why they like beer… because of the beer. If Anheuser-Busch makes an excellent beer, I’ll drink it (actually, I have had excellent test batches brewed under the Michelob name… beers that rival the likes of Dogfish Head, but they don’t get released unfortunately). I hope to see the big “macro” breweries start making some really good craft beer. They’ve got the quality control and consistency that smaller breweries would love to have. They have brewing talent. They just don’t use it to its fullest potential.

  2. I agree with RunawayJim, and I think Shock Top (as you mentioned) is a good example of a way the macro breweries can still produce interesting beers that appeal to a wide market. Lots of people enjoy that beer, and it’s a very drinkable and flavorful take on a wheat ale.

    That’s how palates begin to expand, after all – someone who normally only drinks the big 3 brands tries a new style of beer from one of them, and says “wow I didn’t think I’d like this [different style]”. Next thing you know, they are open to new beer experiences. Overall I think that’s a good thing for the beer industry.

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