So I went over to my friend's apartment with a couple of friends, bringing the fabled Pizza Beer with me and the six of us sat down and each drank a sample with mixed reactions. Before getting into those reactions let's discuss the beer a little.
Mamma Mia! Pizza Beer is made by the Pizza Beer Company in Illinois and is brewed with oregano, basil, tomato and garlic. Upon opening the bottle you are greeted with the aroma of tomatoes and basil. Garlic and oregano make up most of the flavor as well as tomato. It has a clear orange color to it and looks similar to some pumpkin beers I have tried over the years.
As requested by my friends I am going to rewrite my notes, exactly as is, to show how everyone reacted to drinking pizza beer.
Josh: "I have to drink this?"
"This doesn't taste good."
"You guys could drink the rest."
Quincy: 1. Drank some pizza beer
2. Made a weird face
3. Put his glass down and didn't drink anymore
James: "This tastes like if you took the leftover sausage grease after cooking sausage and then combined it with Coors light."
"This isn't good."
Unsure about what I was about to drink
Phil: "That was definitely weird, but still enjoyable in a weird way."
"It smells like leftover cold pizza in liquid form."
*Took my time in finishing my glass
Dave: "This is so wrong, but I can't stop drinking it."
"Someone has got to finish it."
*Finished the rest of the bottle by himself
Taking the plunge and trying the pizza beer
Tom: "I was expecting this to be a lot worse."
"I don't mind it actually."
*Drank his the fastest, probably would have had more if it was offered to him
Unfortunately after seeing these reactions one thing is clear. Mamma Mia! Pizza Beer isn't for everyone and only a select few pizza and beer lovers can truly appreciate pizza beer for what it is. I will most likely never buy a bottle of this beer ever again, even at the cheap asking price of $2.50 a bottle. It was fun to try and even more fun to see other people try it, but Mamma Mia! Pizza Beer will never make it into my ever growing rotation of beers that I like to drink. Give it a try, but don't say I didn't warn you!