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Lemke 030 Berlin Pale Ale

Rating: 3.75

Beer number three from the Berlin based Lemke brewery now and my third in a row from them after trying five of their beers when visiting the city recently; this one follows on from their Hopfen Weisse and Original offerings already reviewed here. This one is an American pale ale that was introduced in early 2015 from them and is another I picked up a bottle of when leaving one of the brewpubs in the Alexanderplatz area of the city earlier this month. Again not a beer I was familiar with prior to visiting the brewpubs, this one doesn’t appear to be particularly well liked when going by the online reviews but at the same time it is far from the lowest rated of the brewery’s beers either and it is one that I went into with an open mind; thankfully I wasn’t really disappointed.

Appearance (4/5): Medium amber and fairly bright looking, this one has a half centimetre tall head on top that is foamy and holds better than it looked like it might, hanging about for the first minute or so before turning slightly patchy and thin.
Aroma (7/10): Quite a hop-filled beer on the nose initially which was somewhat surprising for a German brewed pale ale, even a craft one. The beer opened with lots of hop bitterness and some lemon before some faint mango and orange notes started to come through nearer the middle. The beer was fresh with some touches of grapefruit too before an earthy aroma and further bitterness started to show towards the end, with some spices and grassy notes backing it up nicely before the odd floral smell rounded things off.
Taste (7/10): Following on well from the nose and again coming through with a lot of hops, this one is quite a fresh beer but it does seem to come through with a slightly more earthy taste than what the nose had hinted at. The beer opened with a nice combination of lemon and orange flavours before touches of grapefruit came through stronger than they did with the nose. It wasn’t quite as sweet this time round though, there was no sign of the mango from earlier but some grassy flavours and a little spice did feature. Towards the end some caramel malts and biscuit showed themselves to add a little variety to proceedings and finish things off nicely though.
Palate (4/5): Well carbonated and coming through with a medium body, this one was quite a lively beer that featured a solid citrus tan in the early going and plenty of bitterness at times too. It was fresh and crisp with some dry touches nearer the end and a good balance but it definitely seemed different to most German beers I’ve tried to this point, it’s so unusual to see a beer of this style from the country.

Overall (15/20): Quite a nice pale ale an unlike most of German offerings I’ve tried so far, this one was bitter and came with a lot of hops showing which was unexpected but enjoyable. The taste seemed to have a slightly more earthy bitterness to it rather than being loaded with hops but some good fruits did feature, particularly with the nose which was nice to see. I definitely enjoyed this one but part of that was because of how unexpected it was for a German brewed beer so I’m not sure it’s one I’d rush back to without tasting the rest of the brewery’s  beers beforehand, still it is quite a nice one and well worth seeking out if you are in Berlin.

Brewed In: Berlin, Germany
Brewery: Brauerei Lemke
First Brewed: 2015
Type: American Pale Ale
ABV: 5.0%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Brauhaus Lemke am Alex (Berlin)
Price: €2.18 (£1.85 approx.)

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