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Biercraft

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The Burger:

Biercraft Burger

Overall Rating:

74/100

Cost Range:

$20.00-$30.00

Rated On:

Nov 14, 2012

It's All In The Details

Burger Basics

Biercraft takes their burg back to basics when it comes to the patty and bun. Fresh-ground chuck and a Kaiser, this is the epitome of 'back to basics' when it comes to a burg foundation. That said, even the basics can be ruined, so keeping a burger simple is a task that shouldn't be taken lightly. The patty was fire grilled, very juicy and well proportioned, dribbling sweet burger goodness down my fingers on first bite. The bun was fresh and almost flakey, sopping up said burger juices and keeping the burg well formed throughout the meal. Overall, the prep of the burger along with the flavor and texture of the patty and bun were spot on.

The Extras

In short, the burg didn't come with too many options, but the produce was fresh, the cheese was legit and the bacon was all bacon and it came with one of my faves, crispy onion strings. Not many toppings can offer the kind of triple-threat that crispy onion strings can. Great fried onion flavor, the delightful crunch of oh so many little onion strings and finally the sky is the limit with any additional spice that you add to the batter. The first two were nailed, but the third was slightly overdone in my opinion as there was an almost overpowering cumin flavor delivered by the onion strings. At times wiping out even the smoky goodness of the bacon and the flavorful beef of the patty.

The Experience

Biercraft is a great little joint with two locations that offer up a quaint patio setting, an extensive beer list, and some quality eats. Not much else one can ask for.

My Take

Eying up the burger for the first time, I must say I was impressed. Great proportions from top to bottom, nicely sized patty, fresh and slightly crispy bun, great looking toppings and best of all, crispy onion strings. On first bite, I was impressed with the prep of the patty, the flavor of the beef coupled with the bold flavors of the bacon, onion strings and sauces was on point and oh was it juicy.. As I soldiered on however, the bold cumin flavor became more and more prominent. Now this may be a case of an unsophisticated palette, but the flavoring of those onion strings seemed to gradually overpower the rest of the burger to the point where I almost couldn't taste the sweet beef of the patty. While the burger started out very tasty, the game of onion string roulette ended poorly with me finishing a fairly single flavored burger by the end. Despite my initial burg here, I will most likely head back because all the pieces were there for a something well above average and I do enjoy me a good burg.

Rating Breakdown

  • Quality of Bun
  • Quality of Patty
  • Quality of Toppings
  • Selection of Toppings
  • Preparation
  • Aesthetics
  • Manageability
  • Drip Factor
  • Uniqueness
  • Overall Flavour
  • Value

Score

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  • 15/20
  • 3/5
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Burger Rating Scale: Explained

To start, just a note explaining the weighted rating of the burg. We understand that it might be a little confusing, but the thought is that certain points of a burger just have more of an effect on how good a burger really is. For example, we feel the quality of the patty has a bigger impact on the burger than the cost or how well it holds together.

  • Quality of Bun: How was the bun? Fresh? Chewy? We always hope for the freshest possible bun, something that we can grip on to and that will act as a proper container for the burger itself
  • Quality of Patty: Ah, the essence of the burg. How good is the patty though? I mean, are we dealing with the ideal 80/20 chuck? Or, do we have a patty riddled with filler and other foreign and unwanted product?
  • Quality of Toppings: How fresh is the produce on the burg? How fresh are the sauces? How well prepared are the other wild and wonderful things that adorn our burg?
  • Selection of Toppings: Is this a joint that tells you what to get? Or is the the sky the limit? There's something to be said for a place that will let you pile some onion rings, a fried egg and a half a Bavarian on your burg.
  • Preparation: How well are the 'essentials' prepared? Did you have the makings for a good patty, but Joe Chef burnt it beyond recognition? Was the patty great, but that heap of bacon you wanted was uncooked? Overall, how was the burger put together?
  • Aesthetics: Nothing says delicious like a burger that is giving you those "come hither" looks with how delicious IT looks.
  • Manageability: How far did you make it before the burger fell apart? I know a good burger is supposed to be juicy and leave your hands a mess, but I don't feel that I should be eating the majority of it with a fork.
  • Drip Factor: Just how far down your arm did that succulent stream of burger juices make it? We all know that noone leaves a proper burger battle without getting a little messy
  • Uniqueness: Can you get this burg at McDonalds? Did they take some time to actually make something different here? You can have burgers that are just plain amazing, and you can have burgers that are amazing and make you think "Where did they come up with this?"
  • Overall Flavor: Did your taste-buds do a jig? Does your mouth water at the mere mention of this burger joint? Flavor is where it’s at baby!
  • Value: How much "bang for your buck" factor was involved? Obviously you pay for greatness, but sometimes it is unjust, and sometimes it is just a treat.
"People's Choice" Rating: (3 votes - 4.33)


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Available with your choice of:

Patties

  • Beef

Buns

  • Kaiser

Sauces

  • Citrus Aioli

Cheeses

  • Cheddar

Toppings

  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Mushrooms
  • Pickles
  • Bacon
  • Onion Strings

Sides

  • Fries
  • Garden Salad
  • Soup

Drinks

  • Pop
  • Beer