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Appenzeller Vollmond Bier (314 of 1001)

Rating: 3.1

A third beer from the Appenzeller brewery now with this one following from the previously reviewed bottles of Naturperle and Hanfblüte that I managed to try when in Basel recently. An unusual beer in that it is only ever brewed on the night of a full moon (coincidentally there was one here last night) and that’s what gives the beers its name, Vollmond being German for ‘full moon’. This one is another from the brewery that features on the 1001 beers list and will be my 314th from the list to have been reviewed here and my fourth Swiss beer from the list as well, Einsiedler Lager Hell been the other falling under that category not already mentioned here. This one was actually one for the first bottles I spotted in the Drinks of the World bottle shop located in Basel’s train station when visiting the city and since it appeared in the 1001 list I was quick to grab a bottle, going for the larger 500ml offering rather than one of the smaller bottles they also stocked. The beer is described as a premium lager and in truth it wasn’t on I held out much optimism for but regardless, here’s what I thought of it when I managed to give it a try.

Appenzeller Vollmond Bier

Appearance (3/5): This one pours a light and slightly hazy, golden straw colour with a thin, one-centimetre tall head on top that is white and foamy, covering the entire surface of the beer.
Aroma (6/10): This one has quite a standard pale lager aroma on the nose with some corn and light citrus notes kicking things off alongside some earthy hops and a few grassy notes. There is a relatively fresh aroma to this one with some background sweetness coming through to accompany some touches of grain and faint floral notes. It’s quite a basic beer on the nose in truth but it’s not off-putting and I couldn’t detect any skunk which is always a positive.
Taste (6/10): The nose kicks off with some grain and corn initially but there is also some grassy hops and floral flavours to back these up. I could detect some faint flavours and the citrus from the nose also made an appearance with some pale malts but again nothing really stuck out with this one and it was all a bit ordinary in truth.
Palate (3/5): Light and fluffy on the palate with some dry and crisp touches alongside average carbonation levels. This one was fairly easy to drink and the balance was okay but this was mainly down to it lacking any distinctive flavours and it did seem a touch faint in places.

Overall (14/20): Quite a fresh beer and the balance was nice enough with some good citrus and light malt flavours coming through but at the same time nothing stood out or done all that much to impress me either. It was quite a good session pale lager with a clean and crisp feel but it’s not one that I’d go out of my way for really.

Brewed In: Appenzell, Switzerland
Brewery: Locher Appenzeller
First Brewed: 1991
Type: Premium Lager
Abv: 5.2%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Drinks of the World (Basel)
Price: 3.50 CHF (approx. £2.28)

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