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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Cardinal Lager - Switzerland 30-3-11

The Low Down:
As previously mentioned, a colleague recently returned from Switzerland. While there she was kind enough to track down the staple Swiss beer, Cardinal Lager.

Harder to find I'm told than you might expect given how much of it is apparently imbibed across the home of the Swiss guard, the Popes personal army.

The Bottle looks like on of the aforementioned Swiss guard, in all of its gaudy livery. If you have ever drank the cheapest draught beer in a pub, because it was the cheapest draught beer in a pub, then you already know what Cardinal tastes like. With that said, refreshment is quite high, due to a slightly fruity finish that has you trying to reclaim it by continually drinking more.



Packaging: 8/10
This was going to score very high, or very low, I decided high, because I think it looks Swiss.
Refreshment: 7/10
This Beer is teasing you with an after-taste that you want to recreate. Again and again.
Flavour 5/10:
European Pale Lager, move along, nothing to see here. Except that finish, What is it?
Alcohol Content: 5/10
4.8%. As a typical draught beer. this is what is to be expected. I wish it was stronger though.
Price: 9/10
Since it was bought in by the lovely Michelle, I cant quote on its price. apparently its pretty cheap for a European beer.
Total: 34/50


Conclusion:
OK, I may have been harsh. Yes it tastes like tap beer out of the bottle, but is that really a bad thing? For the Swiss, standards are everything (see the red cross, the UN, CERN, The army knife, chocolate) and this feels like you are the pub when in fact you are in a Small inner city unit in Sydney? Drink this with a pub feed, steak and chips. Success.
Cheers.