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Astra Urtyp

Rating: 2.6

One of several beers that fall under the Astra umbrella that I managed to try in Germany in February this year now, this was the only one I managed to bring back with me though after I found a can in one of the airport shops on my return leg. Being one of the main beers in Hamburg means I’ve tried this beer more than I’d have liked over the past year on my two visits to the city but until now I’ve never given it a proper review. Originally brewed by the Bavaria – St Pauli brewery that was formed in 1922 by a merger of Bavaria Brauerei (1897) and St. Pauli Actien-Brauerei (19862), Astra is a beer most commonly associated with the St. Pauli football team whereas Holsten beers are normally associated with their local rivals Hamburg SV – despite the fact that both beers are now brewed by the same company. After the brewery was threatened with closer in 2003 the city of Hamburg bought it before selling it a year later to Holsten who where in turn bought by Carlsberg who closed the originally brewery. From what I remember, this beer isn’t anything special and there’s certainly better Hamburg brewed beers out there but at least it’s another one I can check off now that I’ve given it a proper review.

Astra Urtyp

Appearance (4/5): A light golden colour that boarders amber and is topped with a centimetre tall, foamy white head that holds surprisingly well for the style. There is a small touch of lacing on the sides of the glass and the beer is quite clear with a lot of visible carbonation.
Aroma (5/10): Light malts and some corn on the nose initially, here is quite a basic aroma to this one with some light, grassy notes and a few earthy hops as well but there not much else going on really.
Taste (5/10): Lager malts and grassy hops kick off the taste with this one, there is a background biscuit aroma too and some corn sneaking in alongside touches of grain. Again this one is fairly basic and definitely seems more pale ale and pilsner to me but at least it’s drinkable, even if only just.
Palate (2/5): Smooth on the palate but also quite light and thin with average carbonation and a few watery patches. The mouthfeel is a clean one with a light bitterness sneaking in throughout but as with the taste and smell, this one is nothing special.

Overall (8/20): This one turned out much as I remember from drinking it in Hamburg on numerous occasions over the last year and is quite an average beer, even for a macro pale lager with very little going for it. As I’ve said, it at least remains drinkable throughout but it falls well short of being a good beer with more skunk than I’d have liked (even from a can of the stuff) and a very basic taste and smell.

Brewed In: Hamburg, Germany
Brewery: Holsten-Brauerei AG (formerly Bavaria-St.Pauli-Brauerei)
First Brewed: Former brewery since 1922
Type: Pale Lager
Abv: 4.9%
Serving: Cam (500ml)
Purchased: Hamburg Airport (Germany)
Price: €2.50 (£1.83 approx.)

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