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Feldschlösschen Original

Rating: 2.7

My first ever Swiss beer now and fittingly it is the most widely available and biggest selling beer in the country, Feldschlösschen Original. The beer is a standard pale lager that is produced by the countries main brewery, Feldschlösschen Beverages Group which has been owned by Carlsberg in 2000. I managed to try this one on my first day in Basel on a trip to the city over the weekend and it was one that I thankfully only opted for a couple of times over the weekend, once on draught (for this review) and once straight from a can at a concert on my second night in Basel. Founded in 1876, the breweries name translates from German as “small castle in the fields” so it is fitting that the brewery is built-in the shape of a castle. Despite the taste leaving a lot to be desired, this was a beer that I was very glad to try given it was my first from Switzerland and despite the fact the country is only a two-hour flight from the UK, amazingly none of their beers seem to make it over here.

Feldschlösschen Original

Appearance (3/5): This one is a bright and very clear golden colour with a lot of fine bubbles rising to the surface to show signs of strong carbonation early on. The head was a one and a half centimetre tall one that is foamy looking and bone white in colour with decent retention for the style.
Aroma (5/10): Light and very basic on the nose with some corn and a few faint malts early on plus some background sweetness and grains. There was the odd grassy hop and some hay sneaking through but this was a cheap, basic smelling pale lager.
Taste (5/10): Quite a standard pale lager taste with some corn and grain as well as some light sweetness and the odd grassy hop. It’s quite a faint taste with some subtle citrus touches and hay but thankfully there wasn’t much in the way of skunk or off-flavours.
Palate (3/5): Light bodied without seeming too thin, there was some faint bitterness in places and the beer was inoffensive but quite light and weak by its nature. It was easy enough to drink which is probably what it was going for and it bordered on bland from the start really.

Overall (10/20): Quite a cheap, pretty average marco pale lager that was inoffensive and drinkable without ever seeming to be enjoyable or memorable. There was some basic lager type flavours with corn, grains and a few grassy hops present but beyond that there wasn’t much of anything going on and it wasn’t exactly the best introduction to Swiss beer but at least they can’t all be this bad.

Brewed In: Rheinfelden, Aargau, Switzerland
Brewery: Feldschlösschen Beverages Group
First Brewed: Brewery since 1876
Type: Pale Lager
Abv: 4.8%
Serving: Draught (500ml)
Purchased: Zum Schiefen Eck, Basel, Switzerland
Price: 7.60 CHF (approx. £4.94)

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