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Einsiedler Lager Hell (311 of 1001)

Rating: 3.0

At long last I’m finally getting to review a Swiss beer from the 1001 beers list, this one will be my 311th beer from the list that I’ll have sampled and it the first of several beers from Switzerland on the list that I managed to try when I was in Basel recently. The beer is also my first in a few weeks from the 1001 beers list, the last being Nikšićko Tamno at the end of October so another is well overdue. There are twelve Swiss beers on the list in total and I managed to try just over half of them with each picked up in the ‘Drinks of the World’ based in the city’s train station. Taking influence from the German helles style, this one came in an unusually sized 580ml swing top bottle when I picked it up and considering how expensive the country is in general I didn’t find that this one broke the bank thankfully.

Einsiedler Lager Hell

Appearance (3/5): This was a very light, almost straw lemon colour with an incredibly clear body and a thin, half centimetre head on top that is bubbly and white looking, just about managing to cover all of the beers surface.
Aroma (6/10): Quite a basic aroma initially, there was some corn and faint citrus coming through before some lager malts and a hint of hay made itself known. There was some grassy hops showing as well and the beer had some background sweetness trying to break through but it was a fairly ordinary pale lager really, the main positive being there was nothing in the way of any skunk or off-flavours.
Taste (6/10): The taste was kicked off by some pale lager malts and grassy hops that came through alongside some citrus and corn plus some touches of hay. Again it was quite a basic lager with areas seeming a little light but there was some pleasant sweetness and touches of bread malts around the middle before some grain appeared right at the end.
Palate (3/5): Light bodied and perhaps a touch thin in parts, this one was a weaker than I’d have liked with some bland areas too although there was some nice citrus and bitterness coming through plus it was quite an easy, sessionable beer to drink. The finish was a clean, dry and crisp one with not much in the way of skunk and carbonation levels ever good, sitting just above average for the style.

Overall (12/20): This one seemed like quite an average pale lager to me with some standard malts and grassy hops plus the odd bit of citrus on top of a semi-sweet taste and light bitterness beer but I’m not sure it’s one that I’d describe as being a must try. It was a crisp and clean beer that was definitely easy to drink but at least part of this was down to it being so light and basic, I can only assume it gets a place on the 1001 beers list mainly for historic reasons rather than the taste of the beer itself.

Brewed In: Einsiedeln, Schwyz, Switzerland
Brewery: ŽBrauerei Rosengarten
Full Name: Rosengarten Einsiedler Lager Hell
First Brewed: circa. 1930’s/1940’s
Type: Premium Lager
Abv: 4.8%
Serving: Bottle (580ml)
Purchased: Drinks of the World (Basel)
Price: 3.00 CHF (approx. £1.93)

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