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Naturperle (312 of 1001)

Rating: 3.65

Another Swiss beer now and the second from the country I’ve tried that also features on the 1001 beers list, following on from Einsiedler Lager Hell in that respect. One of the first beers brewed after Johann Christoph Locher took over the Locher Appenzeller brewery in 1996 and began at five-fold increase in business over the course of the next fifteen years. Aiming beers at niche markets and compiling one of the most variety roster of beers in Switzerland in the process, Appenzeller began experimenting with organic beers (brewing the first in the country) and this one uses a German organic malt base with addition organic Swiss malts and Swiss hops to produce this unfiltered lager that is one of several from the brewery to feature in the 1001 beers list and thankfully I managed to try a couple of them on my recent trip to Basel.

Naturperle

Appearance (4/5): A light and cloudy golden coloured body with quite a thin, quarter centimetre white head on top that is foamy and starts to look a touch soapy after thirty seconds or so before eventually fading to almost nothing save for some bubbles around the circumference of the glass after a couple of minutes.
Aroma (7/10): Fresh smelling on the nose initially with some citrus and faint corn early on before some biscuit and pale malts start to come through alongside some subtle, earthy hops and a few grassy ones as well. There was some nice floral smells with touches of yeast and hay plus a bread malt smell towards the end with moderate bitterness too.
Taste (7/10): Quite a malty tasting beer but it was also relatively fresh and continued on from the nose well with some nice grassy hops and plenty of citrus coming through. I got a slight tang before some bread and biscuit malts made themselves known and were followed by some grain, a decent bitterness and a helping of toasted malts. The beer had quite an earthy taste towards the end with a pleasant hop bitterness to see things out.
Palate (4/5): This one was a medium bodied beer that was malty but also seemed very fresh with some nice yeast and spice coming through. The body was a relatively smooth one with a nice citrus tang that made it easy-going down and was coupled with a lingering bitterness at the end which was enjoyable too.

Overall (13/20): This one was certainly a little different from your usual, run-of-the-mill pale lager with quite a fresh and yeasty taste that was complimented by some nice citrus flavours and quite a lot of malts. The beer was very easy to drink, more so than I’d imagined even after opening the bottle. The beer was definitely a nice change up from what I’m used to and it’s one that I wouldn’t mind having again but probably only if I find myself back in Switzerland at some point.

Brewed In: Appenzell, Switzerland
Brewery: Locher Appenzeller
First Brewed: 1996
Full Name: Appenzeller Naturperle
Type: Zwickel/Keller/Landbier
Abv: 5.2%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Drinks of the World (Basel)
Price: 3.00 CHF (approx. £1.94)

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