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5 Champagne Beers For New Year's Toasting

Cobra Beer Partnership's Krait Prestige
ABV: 8%
Leave it to the English to make even a Champagne-style beer more "sessionable."

The English beer industry is built around the drinker having not one, but several of a brewer's beers. As such, the alcohol content tends to get held back a bit to give the poor beer lover a chance of surviving the stumble from pub to home.

Cobra Beer's Krait takes a similar tack here by keeping just enough alcohol to justify all the fermentation it's going through but just little enough to avoid being the sipping beers that the Belgians and Bostonians have concocted. Unfortunately, a dumbed down "Champagne lager" has the same issues of a similarly doltish macrobrew.

There's a lot of foam and bubbles, but precious little substance to this beer. A ton of filler gives it a taste akin to a slightly beerier Smirnoff's Ice, but doesn't mask the fact that it's the Champagne of malt liquors. There are a bunch of people who wouldn't mind a bubblier version of Zima -- or even a Zima, for that matter, now that it's been discontinued -- but despite the 750mL corked bottle, lager name and affordable $10-or-so price, this falls somewhere short of both champagne and beer.

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