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Tekkno Super Trance

Rating: 2.0

Another beer from my time in Venice now, this is a beer I picked up at a Conad supermarket in the city over the summer after spotting it and liking the nicely designed label on the bottle; my initial thoughts were that it might be an Italian craft beer offering but I couldn’t have been more wrong. The beer is in fact an Austrian brewed imperial pilsner from the Hirt brewery and is about as mass-produced as you can get with nothing craft about it. Another real contender for one of the worst beers I tried on my trip, this is a beer I sampled on my last night in Venice and one that I had real trouble trying to finish.

Tekkno Super Trance

Appearance (3/5): Quite a clear and fairly light coloured beer with a golden amber body and a half centimetre tall, foamy white head that has the odd bubble showing. Head retention is okay with it settling as a thin, slightly patchy lacing after about thirty seconds.
Aroma (4/10): This one has a semi-sweet nose with some alcohol showing early on that seems stronger than I would have expected. There was some corn and basic adjuncts in there too alongside some hay and light grassy notes but beyond that there wasn’t a whole lot to comment on really.
Taste (3/10): The taste kicks off with some corn and sweet malts coming through early on, there is some vegetable adjuncts as well before some barley and hay make a brief appearance. There was some of the alcohol from the nose here as well and some faint grassy flavours plus touches of sugar adding more sweetness but in truth it was quite a poor tasting beer and not one that I enjoyed drinking.
Palate (2/5): Light bodied and quite thin, almost watery on the palate with a sticky sweetness and far too much alcohol showing early on, I definitely wouldn’t expect as much to come through with a 7% offering as this. It’s got the feel of a cheap and nasty imperial pilsner aimed at alcoholics despite the decent bottle design. There was little balance to the beer and only a faint bitterness seemed to drag your attention away from the strong, warming alcohol feel.

Overall (6/20): This one is a classic case of good marketing, I was attracted to this beer based on the nice label the bottle featured but that’s where the good times ended I’m afraid. This one was a cheap and basic, super-strength pale lager that  had little in the way of flavour and was a real struggle to finish. There was a combination of cheap malts and corn along with basic adjuncts but the taste was awful and the balance all over the place; a terrible beer and definitely one to avoid.

Brewed In: Hirt, Carinthia, Austria
Brewery: Brauerei Hirt
First Brewed: circa. 2015
Type: Imperial Pils
Abv: 7.0%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Conad supermarket (Venice)
Price: €2.60 (approx. £1.92)

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