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Title: Lucky Bucket Lager
Post by: Kit B on August 30, 2011, 03:06:00 pm
Edited:
My pack of Lucky Bucket Lager smells & tastes like bile.
Title: Re: Lucky Bucket Lager
Post by: hoser on August 30, 2011, 03:12:09 pm
While I can't say that it is my favorite lager.  The criticism seems a little harsh.  Did you get a bottle or was it on draft?  It could be an infected bottle or dirty tap lines.  What market are you in? I can get it here locally in Nebraska.  I tend to drink it because it is local, especially if the alternative is BMC.  I have had enough of it to say that it does not taste like bile or crap. 
Title: Re: Lucky Bucket Lager
Post by: MDixon on August 30, 2011, 03:25:19 pm
Ahh, great to know that two people have actually sampled bile and crap and now I can always rely on them to be my taste testers. You guys are AWESOME!  ;D
Title: Re: Lucky Bucket Lager
Post by: James Lorden on August 30, 2011, 03:32:39 pm
Ahh, great to know that two people have actually sampled bile and crap and now I can always rely on them to be my taste testers. You guys are AWESOME!  ;D

Shooter McGavern : "I eat pieces of sh*t like you for breakfast"
Happy Gillmore : "You eat pieces of sh*t for breakfast, that's disgusting!"
Title: Re: Lucky Bucket Lager
Post by: hopfenundmalz on August 30, 2011, 04:00:21 pm
Ahh, great to know that two people have actually sampled bile and crap and now I can always rely on them to be my taste testers. You guys are AWESOME!  ;D

You didn't go to Larry Bell's talk in 2003, Chicago NHC?

One beer had celery seeds for bittering.
One was bittered with goat bile.
The last was the Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout!
Title: Re: Lucky Bucket Lager
Post by: bigchicken on August 30, 2011, 04:23:28 pm
I agree this is not the best lager out there. That little brewery does produce one of the best beers I've ever had though. Certified Evil. That is one strong concoction. Its amazing on tap. A little more easy for me to get since I live less than an hour from the brewery.
Title: Re: Lucky Bucket Lager
Post by: Kit B on August 31, 2011, 02:08:26 pm
While I can't say that it is my favorite lager.  The criticism seems a little harsh.  Did you get a bottle or was it on draft?  It could be an infected bottle or dirty tap lines.  What market are you in? I can get it here locally in Nebraska.  I tend to drink it because it is local, especially if the alternative is BMC.  I have had enough of it to say that it does not taste like bile or crap. 

Six pack of bottles purchased from a very reputable & reliable liquor store in Maple Grove, MN.
It tastes & smells nearly identical to bile.
If you've ever been so violently ill that you vomit bile...This beer nailed the taste & smell.
I would neither lie, nor exaggerate about this.
Title: Re: Lucky Bucket Lager
Post by: hoser on August 31, 2011, 02:19:12 pm
Was it just one bottle or were you brave enough to try another bottle in the sixer?
Title: Re: Lucky Bucket Lager
Post by: hoser on August 31, 2011, 02:29:11 pm
While I can't say I have experienced any production/sanitation issues personally with any of the Lucky Buckets beers, I can say that I have heard those rumors out there from others in the local brewing community for a while now.  Which is kind of sad.  Zac Triemmert, the head brewer/owner, is a great and smart guy.  I know he rarely gets the chance to brew now because he is running the ship, so to speak, and doing a lot of the marketing.  Sadly, I think the production/sanitation issues may be a result of them growing too big to fast :'(.  As someone mentioned above, give Certified Evil a chance?
Title: Re: Lucky Bucket Lager
Post by: Kit B on August 31, 2011, 02:41:49 pm
Was it just one bottle or were you brave enough to try another bottle in the sixer?

Two were enough to convince me not to open a third.

Post edited & other comments removed.
Zac just emailed me, apologized & said he's hoping to make it up to me.
Seems he's on the way to MN to pull samples & find out what went wrong.
I'm definitely open to trying their other beers.
Title: Re: Lucky Bucket Lager
Post by: hoser on August 31, 2011, 03:22:51 pm
Was it just one bottle or were you brave enough to try another bottle in the sixer?

Two were enough to convince me not to open a third.

Post edited & other comments removed.
Zac just emailed me, apologized & said he's hoping to make it up to me.
Seems he's on the way to MN to pull samples & find out what went wrong.
I'm definitely open to trying their other beers.


Save the extras for a BJCP off flavor class. ;D  Glad to hear Zac got back to you and will hopefuly rectify the situation.  I know he is from Minnesota and wants to make a good impression there.  Hopefully they solve there QC problems.  I read your post  prior to the edit and completely agree with everything you said.  It sucks when you spend your hard earned money on beer expecting it to be good and you get a bad bottle!
Title: Re: Lucky Bucket Lager
Post by: Kit B on September 01, 2011, 07:00:24 am
After reading about Zac & learning that he's from the area & has busted his butt to get where he is, I honestly feel bad for the negative review.
I truly hope he can find the source of the problem & get it under control.

One thing I was noticing was that he's very much into sour beers.
I wonder if cross-contamination of his yeast samples is the culprit.
Title: Re: Lucky Bucket Lager
Post by: MDixon on September 01, 2011, 07:45:53 am
It can be anything. Our local had a really old filler and it allowed bacteria to stay in an area. After a few batches they had to quietly recall they would take it apart and clean before every bottling day. I forget how many bolts and parts, but it was a crapload, probably took someone a day to take it apart, clean and put it back together. The key is to find the source and elminate.
Title: Re: Lucky Bucket Lager
Post by: hoser on September 01, 2011, 09:22:04 am
After reading about Zac & learning that he's from the area & has busted his butt to get where he is, I honestly feel bad for the negative review.
I truly hope he can find the source of the problem & get it under control.

One thing I was noticing was that he's very much into sour beers.
I wonder if cross-contamination of his yeast samples is the culprit.

No worries.  I think we as homebrewers can be a little more opionated then the general public since we know a flaw when we taste it.  I hope it all works out for the best. 

As far as the sour beer thing, that is a good question.  I know Zac was planning on doing a lambic aged on local cherries, but I am not sure where they are at in terms of that project.  It has been a little over a year since I toured the brewery.  That was prior to their expansion.  I do know they are going to do a bunch of one offs distributed in kegs starting with an Oktoberfest.  I also know Zac will be in Minnesota doing some tastings over the holiday weekend.  If you have time your should try to find him.  They should be posting their locations on their Facebook page.
Title: Re: Lucky Bucket Lager
Post by: Kit B on September 06, 2011, 06:53:32 am
I met with Zac & he gave me a sampler pack.
The IPA is great.
The Certified Evil & Pre-Prohibition Lager both had a sour flavor that was not quite right.
Neither was as bad as the 2 I dumped...But, something's still not right.
Title: Re: Lucky Bucket Lager
Post by: hoser on September 06, 2011, 09:43:44 am
Glad you had a chance to meet up with Zac.

I used to really like the IPA when it first came out, but they have changed a lot of the recipe and I don't like it as much now.  Too much crystal malt IMHO.

The Certified Evil has always had a little "twang" in it, even when it was Collaborative Evil.  It used to be more of a Belgian Dark, now it is more of an imperial porter.

I was brewing with a friend this weekend and we were discussing Lucky Bucket and he said he had some issues with his bottle as well.  He did not describe it as bile ;D, but he said it had an off-flavor and did not finish the bottle.  He has heard the same rumors I have.  I had a chance to order a Lucky Bucket Lager off draft this weekend, but wasn't brave enough base on our discussions.  I really hope they get their issues fixed.  It is kind of disheartening.  I was really excited when they opened a few years ago and drank a lot of their beers.  I like to support local business, but it is hard when the products quality is diminishing.