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Lucky Bucket Heartland Wheat

December 10th, 2012 by Android | 1 Comment | Filed in Uncategorized

DISB Rating– 75 – undefined citrus notes just way too loud.
TMTB rating – 85 – Valuable for setting an unmistakable flavour baseline.
Style Rating – 81 – I would have rated this even lower but for the fact that in many ways it is a quintessential American Wheat Beer , quirky, out on the edge, while capturing essential features of a classical style Wheat Beer. I just did not like it very much.

This beer reminds me of Machievelli’s infamous phrase: “the ends justify the means,”1 and the Soviet Union. In other words the use of a very heavy hand to achieve what should be a very delicately balanced end.2 Unfortunately, Lucky Bucket Heartland Wheat heavy handed means left a heavy handed end. Its colour – Golden with just a hint of cloudiness; and aroma – moderate citrus/grass with a hint of lightly toasted cracker, are all well within accepatble ranges for an American Wheat Beer, yet its flavour and body are different stories. The body is very light almost watery and very carbonated, is just a little too soda-poppy. Seems like an effort to force a sense of refreshment upon the drinker. The flavour, which is slightly malty sweet with a hint of cracker on the front end followed by by a very potent sour back end with a slight hint of dry aromatic bitterness. Lucky Bucket Heartland Wheat reminds me of a citrus flavored Seltzer water except the citrus fruit is undefined.3 Their use of citrus hops to achieve a citrus effect was arguably too effective to be something you would want to drink on a regular basis. This is a classic example of an American craft brewer taking a certain style and pumping it up so high, to ensure you do not miss what he or she is trying to achieve, it becomes a “beer on steroids.” Lucky Bucket Heartland Wheat, much like the Soviet Union for most people, is something where avoidance is probably the best form of service.4

1. http://philosophy.stackexchange.com/questions/2276/accepted-interpretation-of-machiavellis-the-ends-justify-the-means and
“Every one sees what you appear to be, few really know what you are, and those few dare not oppose themselves to the opinion of the many, who have the majesty of the state to defend them; and in the actions of all men, and especially of princes, which it is not prudent to challenge, one judges by the result.” http://www.constitution.org/mac/prince00.htm
[among other alternate translations: ” . . . especially of princes, from which there is no appeal, the end justifies the means.” http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110426104506AAt6KiJ ]
It continues: “For that reason, let a prince have the credit of conquering and holding his state, the means will always be considered honest, and he will be praised by everybody because the vulgar are always taken by what a thing seems to be and by what comes of it; and in the world there are only the vulgar, for the few find a place there only when the many have no ground to rest on.” From Chapter 18 (XVIII) of “The Prince” http://www.constitution.org/mac/prince00.htm

2. The Soviet Union was an attempt to achieve communism. No not the government control of all of your thoughts and actions, but the democratic control of the workplace by the workers which would lead to a more equal dostribution of wealth, a better fed and better educated populace and a happier and more productive society overall. Too achieve this end, the leaders of the Soviet Union believed they had to go through a stage called “scientific socialism” where the state would ensure work for all, a fairly even disribution of wealth, and control all political and econmic apparatus, in the process of re-making the people of Russia and thereby, eliminating all medieval and bourgois, capitalist, thought processes. Such projects as universal electrification and other aggressive attempts at industrialization were , looking at the ends, nearly unmitigated successes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GOELRO_plan Lenin’s stated goal for it was “…the organization of industry on the basis of modern, advanced technology, on electrification which will provide a link between town and country, will put an end to the division between town and country, will make it possible to raise the level of culture in the countryside and to overcome, even in the most remote corners of land, backwardness, ignorance, poverty, disease, and barbarism.” The Soviet Union would become the world’s second most powerful nation, behind the United States. It would inflict 80% of Nazi Germany’s combat losses during World War II. In this sense the Soviet Union, and most especially its leader Joseph Stalin, could be seen in this light as the ultimate practitioner of Machievelli’s phrase; “the ends justify the means.” To achieve these ends he employed Forced collectivization and the Liquidation of the Kulaks which may have killed as many as 12 million people. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collectivisation_in_the_USSR) Stalin also employed the Great Purge, which killed as many 1.2 million communist supporters and some of the most agriculturally productive peasants between the years of 1937 and 1938. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Purge) This was an ongoing feature of the Soviet union, albeit on a smaller and later often less violent scale, throughout its history. Stalin and the Soviet leadership thought these kinds of actions would make the people of Russia support the revolution even after the government stopped forcing them to do it. The only problem was when do you stop forcing the people to support the revolution and rely upon them to do it themselves? Moreover, when you use that much force, will they actually support the revolution or abandon it at the first opportunity? (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soviet_Union) History leaves an answer and it is no.

3. The sour is as tart as a lemon, but does not have the other characteristics of lemon, lime, grapefruit, or orange. They claim to rely upon citrus hops and Heartland (read as : red state grown) wheat for their signature flavour profile. (http://www.luckybucketbrewing.com/))

4. The Editor’s – Exceptions to that rule include Jospeh Stalin and Nikita Kruschev. Hey what do you think for their slogan: “Straight from Nebraska to you; Lucky Bucket Heartland Wheat Beer – ‘Uncle Joe’s beer.'” or “Hey it may taste heavy handed, like Russia’s forced collectivization, but at least we did not kill 12 million peasants in the process.” Gives a whole new meaning to the concept of a red state?

http://philosophy.stackexchange.com/questions/2276/accepted-interpretation-of-machiavellis-the-ends-justify-the-means and
“Every one sees what you appear to be, few really know what you are, and those few dare not oppose themselves to the opinion of the many, who have the majesty of the state to defend them; and in the actions of all men, and especially of princes, which it is not prudent to challenge, one judges by the result.” http://www.constitution.org/mac/prince00.htm
[among other alternate translations: ” . . . especially of princes, from which there is no appeal, the end justifies the means.” http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110426104506AAt6KiJ ]
It continues: “For that reason, let a prince have the credit of conquering and holding his state, the means will always be considered honest, and he will be praised by everybody because the vulgar are always taken by what a thing seems to be and by what comes of it; and in the world there are only the vulgar, for the few find a place there only when the many have no ground to rest on.” From Chapter 18 (XVIII) of “The Prince” http://www.constitution.org/mac/prince00.htm
The Soviet Union was an attempt to achieve communism. No not the government control of all of your thoughts and actions, but the democratic control of the workplace by the workers which would lead to a more equal dostribution of wealth, a better fed and better educated populace and a happier and more productive society overall. Too achieve this end, the leaders of the Soviet Union believed they had to go through a stage called “scientific socialism” where the state would ensure work for all, a fairly even disribution of wealth, and control all political and econmic apparatus, in the process of re-making the people of Russia and thereby, eliminating all medieval and bourgois, capitalist, thought processes. Such projects as universal electrification and other aggressive attempts at industrialization were , looking at the ends, nearly unmitigated successes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GOELRO_plan Lenin’s stated goal for it was “…the organization of industry on the basis of modern, advanced technology, on electrification which will provide a link between town and country, will put an end to the division between town and country, will make it possible to raise the level of culture in the countryside and to overcome, even in the most remote corners of land, backwardness, ignorance, poverty, disease, and barbarism.” The Soviet Union would become the world’s second most powerful nation, behind the United States. It would inflict 80% of Nazi Germany’s combat losses during World War II. In this sense the Soviet Union, and most especially its leader Joseph Stalin, could be seen in this light as the ultimate practitioner of Machievelli’s phrase; “the ends justify the means.” To achieve these ends he employed Forced collectivization and the Liquidation of the Kulaks which may have killed as many as 12 million people. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collectivisation_in_the_USSR) Stalin also employed the Great Purge, which killed as many 1.2 million communist supporters and some of the most agriculturally productive peasants between the years of 1937 and 1938. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Purge) This was an ongoing feature of the Soviet union, albeit on a smaller and later often less violent scale, throughout its history. Stalin and the Soviet leadership thought these kinds of actions would make the people of Russia support the revolution even after the government stopped forcing them to do it. The only problem was when do you stop forcing the people to support the revolution and rely upon them to do it themselves? Moreover, when you use that much force, will they actually support the revolution or abandon it at the first opportunity? (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soviet_Union) History leaves an answer and it is no.
The sour is as tart as a lemon, but does not have the other characteristics of lemon, lime, grapefruit, or orange. They claim to rely upon citrus hops and Heartland (read as : red state grown) wheat for their signature flavour profile. (http://www.luckybucketbrewing.com/))
The Editor’s – Exceptions to that rule include Jospeh Stalin and Nikita Kruschev. Hey what do you think for their slogan: “Straight from Nebraska to you; Lucky Bucket Heartland Wheat Beer – ‘Uncle Joe’s beer.'” or “Hey it may taste heavy handed, like Russia’s forced collectivization, but at least we did not kill 12 million peasants in the process.” Gives a whole new meaning to the concept of a red state?