Guinness Surger Review

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Guinness Surger
We reported on the Guinness Surger last week and since then have had a chance to put it to the test (on multiple occasions :)). It also gave us the opportunity to buy beer on expenses which is always cool. So read our totally unbiased though alcohol induced review :).


To start off we had to get a range of liquids to sample, including:
Test Beer Selection

  • Surger Guinness (obviously)
  • Widget Guinness
  • Normal cans of Guinness
  • Bottled Guinness
  • Pub pint of normal Guinness
  • Pub pint of Extra Cold Guinness
  • Some other random drinks because we could put them on the same receipt

Next we decided our scoring would be based on the following criteria:

  • Taste – as compared to a pub pint in Ireland
  • Head and texture – was the Guinness head up to scratch
  • Cost – How much did a pint of the black stuff cost
  • Convenience – Based on the prep work required

So without further ado, let the drinking testing begin.

Normal Cans and Bottles of Guinness
We started of by trying a normal can of guinness which we found to have the same qualities as a bottle. It tasted okay whether swigged directly from the bottle/can or poured into a glass, but it didn’t have that Guinness consistency.

Taste: 5 – okay but nothing special

Head and Texture: 4 – looked more like the head you’d find on a cheap lager

Cost: 9 – cheapest of the lot coming in at £3.48 for a 4 pack

Convenience: 9 – had to cool it in the fridge for a few hours but could then be drank straight from the can

Cans of Guinness Surger
This is what the test was all about and after reading the instructions, cooling the cans in the fridge for 24 hours to the required 5 degrees, we were impressed with the end result but not so much with the hassle.

Taste: 8: – The best out of a can Guinness

Head and texture: 9 – The head did resemble a proper pint of Guinness creating a proper Guinness mostache after every sip

Cost: 6 – Firstly we had the one off payment of £16.99 to buy the Surger base unit which wouldn’t be too bad if the cans were the same cost but they’re not. Surger cans cost £1.25 which is substantially more than any other cans of Guinness

Convenience: 5 – Again this let the surger down, firstly the time you have to wait from buying till drinking, then the fact you can only buy the cans from larger branches of Tesco. Doing the first few Surger button presses was fun but after a while having to find an ultra clean glass for every refill did become a pain.

Widget Cans of Guinness
By this time we had a few drinks so our accuracy and taste buds were probably getting somewhat cloudy.

Taste: 7 – Looked and tasted like Guinness but wasn’t up to the previous Surger quality

Head and Texture: 8 – The head looked the part but it didn’t last as long as that of the previous drink and also appeared a bit bubbly

Convenience: 8 – You need a (semi) clean glass and have to wait 30 seconds for it to settle

Cost: 7 – More expensive than bog standard cans but far cheaper than the Surger

English Pub Guinness
After trying the previous drinks at home it only seemed right to wander down the pub for a proper comparison. We were now up to pint 6 or so, so takes these results with that in mind.

Taste: 9 – Best of the lot but still no where near as nice the worst pint of Guinness you’d be served in Ireland

Head and Texture: 9 – same comments as taste really.

Cost: 5 – At 3 pounds a pint its the most expensive drink in our test but as it was a taxable expense didn’t really care

Convenience: 8 – Depends were your local pub is, as we got a lift there that didn’t really matter and as somebody else did the pouring and cleaning we could concentrate on the difficult job of drinking.

Conclusion
If you enjoy drinking Guinness at home, have lots of borrowed clean pint glasses, a decent disposable income and patience we would heartily recommend the Guinness Surger at least for your first 3 pints, after those you can probably drink anything and not notice the difference. Though if you have a pub on the doorstep with a fit barmaid then go to the pub instead :).

One other thing we tried was to see what would happen to widget Guinness when placed on a Surger, the following video probably demonstrates the instructions were correct when they said “Only use Guinness Surger cans on the surger unit”.

11 reviews or comments

Wizzy Says: April 20, 2006 at 3:43 pm

You mad bunch of loons! However, being a Guinness fan, I do have to agree that the Surger (a full pint, compared to a nearly full pint of widget Guinness!) is damned good!

I have the Surger, and have no need to account for my expenses…only how much washing up liquid I’ll be using on the pint glasses to keep them ‘Surger Clean’ when under the influence :-)

EXTRA:

I fully recommend everyone to visit the Guinness Storehouse (THE Brewery!) in Dublin. It’s worth every Euro you can muster up, and the whole Storehouse building is stunning!

Cheers!

Wiz

Mario Says: April 25, 2006 at 10:29 am

What a let down, it’s impossible to find a place to buy the Guiness Surger. Tesco Extra seems not to have heard of it. April 1st has gone, hasn’t it?

Al Says: April 26, 2006 at 4:12 am

As far as I know it is only Tesco Extra that sell them (that’s where I got mine from). It may be worth giving the Texco Head Office a call.

e mccarthy Says: June 6, 2006 at 10:02 am

At last its arrived been waiting a year for this moment,my brother was on the trails for the surger unit in dublin and i tried it back then and loved it my brother has not been a great fan of guinness before the unit but now loves it lol.
i am in the uk and just rang him to tell him its over in the uk now and he asked how much it was,£16.99 i said and he laughed
as he recommended about 8 euros to get people to buy it. but you must agree its the best pint you can get at home .

Sub Zero Beer » Coolest Gadgets Says: June 28, 2006 at 1:29 pm

[...] Ice crystals form at the top of the glass and like with the Guinness Surger an ultra sonic pulse is fired into the drink to help form the perfect head [...]

Pull the Perfect Pint at Home with the HD3600 » Coolest Gadgets Says: September 19, 2006 at 12:41 pm

[...] As our regular readers may have noticed a few members of the CG team (all bar 1 I think(no pun intended)) do enjoy the odd tipple or two. We’ve had to suffer the hardship of testing the Guiness Surger and comparing the taste with all other types of Guinness. Then there was the time we crawled round London pubs looking for looking for Sub Zero Beer, though unsuccessful this has now turned into another ongoing quest. This latest drinking gadget is another one for the home drinker, Phillips HD3600 – PerfectDraft, pull the perfect pint of draught lager at home. [...]

Tommaso Says: October 30, 2006 at 9:02 am

It’s possible buy on-line the GUINNESS SURGER KIT ???

Al Says: October 30, 2006 at 10:00 am

I don’t think so, as far as I know it is only available at Tesco (not Tesco online I checked) you could check out eBay though.

Mike Says: November 15, 2006 at 9:44 pm

being such fond Guinness drinkers as you are, could you please spell it correctly. Guinness, not Guiness as you have in your video clip

Guinness Marmite » Coolest Gadgets Says: February 17, 2007 at 10:50 am

[...] to over-power the disgusting taste of Marmite (IMO) we’ll have to wait and see. As with the Guinness Surger we will be purchasing some to give it a full review (probably not as fun as testing the Surger [...]

Gulag Says: June 16, 2008 at 3:25 am

For any Guinness fans in Dublin (that would be everyone then…) who want to give the Surger a go, check out Yamamori’s Sushi restaurant on the north-side quays, just down from the Ha’Penny Bridge. They have a unit there, and are serving 35cl* ‘pints’ for 3.50 Euro.

Myself and a mate stumbled across it at the weekend, had never heard of the yoke, and the look on our faces when we saw it in action must have been something like when the first Roscommon man was introduced to an indoor toilet. We were gob-smacked.

It tastes fantastic, plus the 35cl ‘pint’ glasses also have the added benefit of making you look like a giant.

*Could have been more. We were guessing, as we didn’t see the bottle it came out of clearly.

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