Rebecca on Bake and brew is hosting this month and it's one of those topics that comes up in one form or another: Overrated or underrated beers. I've done overrated beers to death so perhaps some underrated beers then? How do I decide what beer is underrated? I'm going to have to use Ratebeer for this one because in my circle, the beers I rate highly tend to be rated just as high by my counterparts.
Let's start with Barney's Brew from Hilden. According to Ratebeer, it's only worthy of a score of 37. It does get 45 for style but even that's a little on the low side. It's a wheat beer with cardamom, coriander and black pepper and is an outstanding beer. I think most real beer enthusiasts do appreciate it, especially on this side of the Atlantic but I have been at the Hilden beer festival and recommended that beer to Americans and they ended up loving it and of course drinking copious amounts of it. I get this beer, why not the ratebeer people?
Another one is Porterhouse TSB. It's only available on cask so there's no chance of it not being so good from keg or bottle and thus messing up the results. Ratebeer gives it 35 and 39 for style. I would personally class this is an outstanding example of an English style bitter. I do prefer some other Porterhouse beers like Wrasslers and Hop Head but I have on many occasions found myself going back to TSB. It's a low ABV session beer with lots of flavour and perhaps a slight uniqueness in this part of the world due to the single New Zealand hop it uses: sticklebract. It may not deserve to be in the 90's but it certainly should be in the 70-80 zone.
To be fair, most beers that I highly rate are in turn rated highly by others so it's a short list and it was hard enough to find these two but no doubt there are others.