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Feldschlösschen Amber

Rating: 3.7

My third review of a Swiss beer in quick succession now, this one is another that I managed to try in Basel over the weekend and will be my second from the Feldschlösschen brewery after I tried their ‘Original‘ pale lager earlier on the same day I sampled this offering. The beer is the brewery’s take on the Vienna style of lager and is one that I sampled in the Gifthüttli pub which was apparently one of the first in Basel to sell beer. After the major disappointment of the pale lager from the brewery, I wasn’t really expecting much going in from this one but my thinking was that it might at least be a slight improvement with regards to taste solely because it was labelled as an ‘amber’ beer; thankfully it proved to be an okay offering in the end.

Feldschlösschen Amber

Appearance (4/5): Bright coloured with a light copper look  and quite a thin, foamy white head on top that is patchy and starts to break up some around the edges; the body is clear and head retention is pretty average too.
Aroma (7/10): Sweet on the nose with a dominant caramel aroma and backed up with some brown sugars plus a little toffee. There was some pale and earthy malts coming through alongside a hint of vanilla, some background fruits and touches of butterscotch before some subtle bitterness seen things out.
Taste (7/10): The beer isn’t an overly sweet one but that’s the first taste that grabs you with this one, there is some pale malts and caramel with a slightly earthy flavour that follows some stickiness and touches of toffee. There is the odd fruity taste sneaking through with some figs and apples but nothing is really strong, with a faint nutty aroma and some light bitterness plus a lingering sweetness seeing things out.
Palate (4/5): Smooth and sweet with a light medium body and some grains showing. The balance was quite good with this one and the hints of bitterness helped with this and made it quite an easy beer to drink.

Overall (14/20): This one was quite a good take of the Vienna style of lager with some nice sweetness and caramel malts making up most of the flavour. There was a subtle bitterness showing itself towards the end and while there wasn’t much that truly stood out about the beer, it was quite an easy and enjoyable on to drink with dinner; it didn’t hurt that it was miles better than the same brewery’s ‘Original’ pale lager that I’d drank previously either.

Brewed In: Rheinfelden, Aargau, Switzerland
Brewery: Feldschlösschen Beverages Group
First Brewed: 2011
Type: Vienna Lager
Abv: 5.2%
Serving: Draught (300ml)
Purchased: Zum Gifthüttli, Basel, Switzerland
Price: 5.40 CHF (approx. £3.50)

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