Once again we here at Cigar Brief have been blessed by the beer gods and given an opportunity to try one of Anheuser-Busch’s proto-brews known only as Test Beer “L”. As there’s not even a shred of evidence on the can as to what comprises the “L”, information on AB’s new project is a bit on the non-existent side of things.
Once I cracked open the Aluminous Incognitus, it took all of about two seconds to place the aroma of sweet lemons and tart limes emanating from the mysterious liquid. As the cloudy and pale yellow brew filled my glass I began to realize that the “L” is a margarita flavored beer. At first taste, I was surprised at how fresh and bright the citrus flavors were for a canned beer. With a sweetness that is more refreshing than cloying and having mounted a considerably less acidic assault on my palette than most other malted near-beers, it’s my opinion that the “L” would make a solid addition to the Anheuser-Busch stable of beers and that it has the potential to carve out a solid niche in a muddied market. Although certainly not what I expected to find, I rather enjoyed the profile of the “L” and with summer fast approaching, there’s no better time to start keeping an eye out for refreshing alcoholic beverages that won’t leave you with a sore throat or begging for water. In the end, we here at Cigar Brief have no idea if the seed of the “L” will ever come to fruition, but for the sake of those looking to relax away some sweltering afternoons, let’s all hope it does!