Well, glad to see this thread, but a bit more detail would be appreciated ... I mean, if you mention that a particular brewer is good, could you please mention the specific beers you've tried?
For example, I'd agree with a few posters on here that Eichhof beers are good in general ... but there are some shining lights and at least one glaring evil.
So ... I've been doing some research for friends, although recently have let it slide. I use what I call "The VB Scale", rating each beer on how it compares to VB - a beer that any Australian over the age of 14 has tried at least once. It's a good standard, as it's hard to find a beer that is worse ... even when it's free, you think twice about drinking it!
I've included the 'source' in my ratings, as that does greatly alter the taste ... oh, and this is not every Swiss beer I've had, either, some I couldn't recall the precise variety, or forgot to record the details at the time and will have to try them again ...
Rappi Bier Factory Big Black Bier (bottle) - 8.5 VBs
Like it - was 'warned' by a few people that it was very strong (it is), and that they usually share one for safety (?? Not that strong!). Lovely flavour, so don't worry about the "big alcohol content = low taste" problem some people have told me about ... goes very well with cheese, curried pickled eggs and bread.
Wädi Bräu Dunkel (tap) - 7.1 VBs
Very nice drink, made even better by the two facts that the boss paid for it and it was consumed after taking a dozen kids to Basel & back to Zürich for the Worlddidac. Would definitely have had another one, but had to get home to the family ... and work the next day ...
Feldschlösschen Dunkle Perle (bottle) - 6.5 VBs
A lovely dark beer ... smoother than other dark Swiss beers I've tried.
Ittinger Klosterbrau (bottle) - 6.4 VBs
Nicest bottled Klosterbrau I've tried in Switzerland ... moderately bitter, with a slightly sweet aftertaste.
Eichhof Hubertus (bottle) - 6.4 VBs
A nice dark beer, nice to have in the fridge at home.
Eichhof Spiess (bottle) - 6.2 VBs
Surprisingly good, given the colour and name (it's a very pale yellow ...). Brewed with corn, which adds a nice twist to the taste.
Appenzeller Schwarzer Kristall (bottle) - 6 VBs
A nice dark, not as smooth as I generally like ...
Eichhof Barbara (bottle) - 5.8 VBs.
Perhaps it was the company that made this so nice (EF Wednesday night drinks, in the tent that was not holding up well under the downpour - sheets of rain coming through half a metre before the bar!). Still, I don't mind drinking it ... a "strong beer", apparently ...
Feldschlösschen Hopfenperle (bottle) - 5.5 VBs
A great little beer you can pick up down the shops ...
Turbinenbrau (think it was Start, not sure) (tap) - 5 VBs
Nice drink, maybe tastes even nicer as I drink it after underwater hockey ...
Hürlimann Hammer (bottle) - 4 VBs
Surprisingly good given the connotations conjured by the name!
Feldschlösschen Original (mini-keg) - 3.8 VBs
Must be the method of 'delivery', as I haven't tried it in cans or on tap ... or it could be altitude-induced delirium, as it was consumed at the top of a mountain ... Still, drinkable and nothing unusual.
Eichhof Klosterbrau (bottle) - 3.5 VBs
You can drink it, but not in the same class as Ittinger's
Eichhof Lager (tap) - 2.5 VBs.
You can drink it, but nothing special.
Eichhof Pony (bottle) - 0.11 VBs
The source is pictured on the label, I'm sure - only reason it rates above the Denner Export Bier is that the bottle looks so nice ...
Denner Export Bier (can) - 0.1 VBs.
Don't touch it - two sips (the second to confirm that it was as bad as the first!), two cans poured down the drain ... and even then I felt guilty of a crime in even opening it ...
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yeah right. UK TV is bust. Am suicidal watching Swiss TV.
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Have you paid your Billag?
btw, a note for those who have trouble drinking their beer before it gets warm: you could just get a "stange" ...
Oh, and clearly many of you will disagree with some of my ratings ... but seriously, do NOT touch anything rated less than 1 VB, or you will regret it!!!