CNET First Look
UltraBeer trades too much flavor for a good headThis fun gadget leaves stirred-up beer in its wake.
[MUSIC] Take a wild guess what this thing is. You ready? It is a battery powered magic wand, [BLANK_AUDIO] For beer. Hit the button, then stick it in your glass, [MUSIC] And it'll give your beer a great head. And aside from the fun phrasing it leads to, and the love it or hate it name. Wait for it, it's called that ultrabeer thing. This does exactly what it's supposed to do. If you value that and you like your beer to have a creamy mouth feel You might find that this is well worth the three dollars that it costs. But other than admittedly making any glass of beer more aesthetically pleasing, I really didn't like its affect on the taste of my beer and neither did most of my coworkers. We tried it on a light, light beer, an IPA, and a cream stout. On each of them, that ultra beer things smooths out the edges a little bit by sacrificing some carbon dioxide for that head and the beer loses a little bit of its unique characters as a result. Just like with physics that has the worst effect on bitter and hoppy beers and a fine effect on smoother, creamier beers like stouts [MUSIC] Still it doesn't actually affect the taste of the beer that much. It just makes it taste a little stirred up. So if a frothy head and a cream mouth feel is worth it to you, go ahead. But I never thought that ultra beer thing improved the taste of any beer I tried with it. So I don't recommend it to most beer lovers, despite its reasonable price. [MUSIC]