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Feldschlösschen Weihnachtsbier

Rating: 2.65

A winter seasonal beer from the Feldschlösschen brewery now, this is one that is apparently available on-tap annually from the 29th of November until the end of the year across the whole of Switzerland but I was able to find it at a couple of locations two weeks prior to that whilst in Basel for the weekend. The beer is the brewery’s Christmas beer brewed in the Vienna lager style and is one that I attempted to order as my first Swiss beer but was instead handed a glass of Feldschlösschen Original so it took two attempts for me to try this one and do be honest I’m not entirely sure it was worth the wait.

Feldschlösschen Weihnachtsbier

Appearance (4/5): This one sits a medium amber to copper colour in the glass and is topped with a thin, patchy white head that’s particularly thin around the edges and sits on top of a clear body.
Aroma (5/10): Quite a light smelling beer with some subdued pale malts and background caramel coming through alongside some corn and grassy hops more commonly found with a pale lager. There wasn’t actually much difference between this one and the Original from the same brewery smell-wise, save for some additional caramel and hints of spice towards the end.
Taste (5/10): Pale and earthy malts with some background sweetness kick things off here, there is some touches of hay and light hops as well but the caramel from the nose and some sugars help improve things. There was a little grain showing too but in truth this was quite a bland, boring beer that was too similar to a pale lager for my liking.
Palate (2/5): This one was quite a light, thin beer with a fairly bland feel but it feel just shy of being watery thankfully. There was a fairly crisp feel to proceedings with some grain and light bitterness showing alongside the sweetness from the malts and sugars. The finish was quite clean and the beer was easy to drink but I feel that was more due to the fact it was so weak than anything else.

Overall (9/20): This one was another fairly disappointing Swiss beer, I’ve not got off to the best of starts with beers from the country. I ordered this one thinking it’d be something a little different given it was a winter seasonal from the brewery but it wasn’t much different from a standard pale lager in truth with only some caramel and faint spice added here to distinguish it from the pint of Feldschlösschen Original that I’d already tried; quite a bland and boring beer overall and definitely not one to seek out.

Brewed In: Rheinfelden, Aargau, Switzerland
Brewery: Feldschlösschen Beverages Group
First Brewed: Brewery since 1876
Type: Vienna Lager
Abv: 5.5%
Serving: Draught (300ml)
Purchased: Küchlin, Basel, Switzerland
Price: 6.00 CHF (approx. £3.88)

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  1. November 19, 2015 at 08:51

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