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Lapsang Lichtenhainer

Rating: 1.95

A first beer from the Manchester based Cloudwater Brew Co. now and what will also be my first beer to fall under the lichtenhainer style of beer; grouped alongside grodziskie and gose beers on the RateBeer website, I picked this one up for the sole purpose of marking it off as a new style tried on the site (I think I only have another three beer styles to check off now) but it hasn’t hurt that Cloudwater is a brewery that I’ve heard good things about as well. The beer is a new one from the brewery that appears to have been released in February of this year having been brewed in collaboration with Port Street Beer House to celebrate their fifth birthday. Brewed with Mongolian Campfire and Rooibos teas and being a completely new style of beer to me, this one is an offering that I have no idea what to expect from but I’m just hoping it isn’t too out there and proves drinkable as I’ll be heading to Manchester later this year and wouldn’t mind trying a few other beers from the brewery if I get the chance.

Lapsang Lichtenhainer

Appearance (3/5): An incredibly light coloured beer, this one pours a light and almost watery golden colour that is quite clear. The beer is topped with a thin, half centimetre tall head that is white and bubbly with plenty of fine bubbles rising to the surface of the beer. Retention is quite as you’d expect with it slowly starting to break up over the opening minute and turn a touch patchy, although it maintained a little of its original height around the edges of the glass.
Aroma (3/10): Quite a strong and, to be honest, quite an off-putting aroma opens this one up with a strong smoked ham aroma that instantly reminded me of a rauchbier style offering. I’m definitely not a fan of this one on the nose with strong smoky notes coming through and almost completely dominating proceedings save for some light grassy notes and touches of hay sneaking in at the back-end. Thankfully it weakened ever so slightly after being given some time to open up but it was a terrible aroma in my opinion and one that makes me fearful for what’s still to come.
Taste (4/10): Thankfully not as in your face as the nose was in the early going but the taste was still a strong one with a huge amount of smoked ham to open things up. There was more of a sourness that followed on after that though but the ham still stayed with you as well. There was some lighter grassy flavours and the odd bit of hay plus some faint wheat that was reminiscent of a Berliner weisse beer but it still wasn’t an enjoyable taste for me.
Palate (2/5): A light-medium bodied beer that was well carbonated and definitely smoky with a fine, crisp feel to proceedings. There was some sourness from about the middle onwards and it was quite a dry beer with an after taste that seemed to go on forever.

Overall (5/20): Not a beer that I enjoyed at all and being my first lichtenhainer I obviously didn’t really know what to expect going in but if this one is anything to go by then I’m not sure it will be a style of beer for me. Thankfully the taste wasn’t as strong as the nose but the ham flavours were present throughout and I struggled to tell it apart from a rauchbier in the early going, save for the sourness that started to appear around the middle of the taste. It was a very hard beer for me to drink and not one that I’d recommend or go back to; I’ll probably have to grab another lichtenhainer at some point to see how it compares to this one but I think I’ll need to build up to it again.

Brewed In: Manchester, England
Brewery: Cloudwater Brew Co.
First Brewed: 2016
Type: Lichtenhainer
Abv: 3.6%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Good Spirits Co. Wine & Beer (Glasgow)
Price: £2.80

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