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Feldschlösschen Hopfenperle

Rating: 2.3

My fifth beer to fall under the Feldschlösschen banner now, this one is their Hopfenperle which is another pale lager that in hindsight wasn’t all the different from their Original lager despite the word ‘hop’ being mentioned in the name; obviously somethings are lost in translation. The beer is another from the brewery that accounts for roughly 42% of the Swiss beer market so I guess they were always going to account for a few of the beers I tried while in Switzerland, I’m just thankful I got to try a couple other beers too. This one will be the penultimate from the brewery, although the the one up next was originally from the Valaisanne brewery which has since been taken over by Feldschlösschen. After that one I imagine that I’m likely to try anything else from them for some time, unless I find myself back in Switzerland anyway.

Feldschlösschen Hopfenperle

Appearance (3/5): Light and very clear amber with a thin, foamy white head on top that just about covers the surface, sitting about a quarter of a centimetre tall with okay retention.
Aroma (5/10): Semi-sweet on the nose to start with, this one had some corn and basic malts to kick things off alongside touches of bread malts, some grassy hops and the odd bit of faint hay. Some biscuit notes did appear towards the end but were fairly light and there wasn’t really a whole lot going on with this one sadly.
Taste (4/10): Light on the taste buds with quite a plain taste that featured some basic hops, an earthy bitterness and some corn. The beer seemed a little watery with some light biscuit and touches of skunk but it wasn’t one that I enjoyed the taste of at all.
Palate (2/5): Light bodied and fairly dry for the style with some sweetness coming through early on. There was some touches of skunk and the beer was a plain, fairly bland one that seemed watery and boring.

Overall (8/20): This one was another very poor Swiss pale lager that was far too similar to the same brewery’s flagship Original beer that I don’t see the point in this one being its own beer; in fact this one was even worse than their Original. There was some cheap lager malts and corn with a light body that seemed watered down, bland and boring. I struggled getting any hops other than some light, grassy ones and it had nothing to keep me interested as I worked my way down the glass; definitely one to avoid but at least it’s better than the brewery’s Bügel.

Brewed In: Rheinfelden, Aargau, Switzerland
Brewery: Feldschlösschen Beverages Group
First Brewed: Brewery since 1876
Type: Pale Lager
Abv: 5.2%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: VIP Bar, Basel, Switzerland
Price: 6.00 CHF (approx. £3.93)

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