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Schwaben Bräu Volksfestbier

December 7, 2017 Leave a comment

Rating: 2.35

My second beer from the Dinkelacker-Schwaben brewery now, this one following on from their Wulle Biere Vollbier Hell that I tried back in April when I picked up a bottle in Berlin, although it wasn’t a beer that I thought very highly of so I was hopeful that this one would be better. The beer itself is one that is available in Aldi stores in the UK on occasion and is a beer that I was given as part of a birthday present recently so hopefully it’s a good one. Despite thinking it was another pale lager or helles offering from the brewery, this one is actually Märzen (or Oktoberfest) beer so it’s probably only available part of the year so it’s a good one to check off at least.

Appearance (3/5): A very clear but bright golden colour that is topped with a two or three centimetre tall head that was white and foamy but looked quite active and slowly receded to settle about a quarter-inch tall after a minute or so.
Aroma (5/10): Quite a light beer on the nose with a sticky sweetness and some basic malts coming through in the early going alongside the usual hay and grassy notes. There’s not a great deal going on but I got some basic lager malts and touches of cereal and grain further on, thankfully no skunk was showing at least.
Taste (4/10): Like the nose, this one was again quite a light beer with some grassy hops and basic malts alongside some skunk that was absent with the nose. It’s loaded with cereal and cheap adjuncts with some hay and the faintest of citrus touches towards the end.; poor stuff really.
Palate (2/5): Light to light-medium bodied and quite strongly carbonated with some gasses showing and a slight tang. It’s a grainy offering that is a little rough on the way down and it’s quite basic and bland too sadly; there’s not much going on at all.

Overall (9/20): Quite a disappointing beer and much like the first from the brewery that I tried early this year, this is another from Dinkelacker-Schwabe that I’ll definitely be avoiding in future. There was some basic malts and grassy flavours in the early going with the odd lager malt and some citrus but it wasn’t overly strong or varied with the taste getting quite boring towards the end; one to avoid I’m afraid.

Brewed In: Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Brewery: Dinkelacker-Schwaben Bräu
First Brewed: circa. 2006
Type: Märzen/Oktoberfest
Abv: 5.5%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Aldi (Scotland)
Price: Gift


Andechser Weissbier Hell (357 of 1001)

August 22, 2017 Leave a comment

Rating: 3.75

Number 357 from the 1001 list now and another German offering from as well, this one being a hefeweizen that I was pleasantly surprised to find available in the Bavaria Brauhaus in Glasgow on my recent visit and quickly grabbed a bottle along with some other beers from the list that they had too. One of two beers from the brewery to feature on the 1001 list, the other being their highly rated Doppelbock Dunkel which I look forward to trying at some point, this one is a beer that I has very happy to see available in the Glasgow area and being a Bavarian brewed wheat beer meant it was one that I had quite high hopes for going in. After I rough count, I believe this one will also me my fortieth German beer from the list but sadly I still have quite a few to get through before I’m done, this at least gets me one step closer.

Appearance (4/5): Bright yellow looking when it poured, the beer was quite a cloudy offering that had a thin head for the style but one that had excellent retention over the opening minutes. The head was a thin looking one that sat white and foamy on top of the beer with some good lacing left on the sides of the glass as I worked my way down; a decent start despite the lack of height from the head.
Aroma (7/10): Opening with some good banana and wheat notes, this one was very much a wheat beer nose with some cloves and coriander coming through towards the middle. It was definitely a fresh beer with some sweet touches and a little citrus to help with the balance before some faint spice rounded things off nicely. There wasn’t much out of the ordinary here but it was a pleasant and balanced nose to kick things off with.
Taste (7/10): Starting much like the nose, banana flavours kicked things off with the taste alongside some citrus and cloves but neither seemed as strong as they were with the nose. There was some spice and a faint hint of bitterness that wasn’t expected around the middle before some coriander and cloves starting to appear. The banana flavours dominated throughout through and despite still being a good tasting beer, I couldn’t help but feel a touch disappointed after the nose.
Palate (4/5): Medium bodied and definitely quite fresh, this one was a smooth offering that was as strongly carbonated as you would expect from this style of beer. Around the middle there was some spice showing and the beer has quite a crisp tang to proceedings with it seeming lively throughout. It probably not the best hefeweizen out there but it was still quite an enjoyable beer that was easy-going down.

Overall (15/20): Quite a nice wheat beer throughout, the nose in particular being a highlight for me but the taste wasn’t too bad either. There was a nice sweetness from the start and the banana flavours definitely dominated but some citrus and faint spice helped with the balance, as did the touches of bitterness lightly dotted about the place. It was an easy beer to drink and one I’d happily have again despite there being better of the style out there.

Brewed In: Andechs, Upper Bavaria
Brewery: Klosterbrauerei Andechs
First Brewed: 1764
Type: German Hefeweizen
Abv: 5.5%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Bavaria Brauhaus, Glasgow, Scotland
Price: £4.90

Uerige Sticke

August 22, 2017 Leave a comment

Rating: 3.6

The second of two beers in very quick succession from the Uerige brewery in Dusseldorf now, this one following on from their Uerige Alt from the 1001 beers list that I reviewed here last. As mentioned in that blog post, I mistakenly picked this one up thinking it was another beer from the 1001 beers list from the brewery but I had confused this one with the similarly name Uerige Doppelsticke which wasn’t available in the shop. After what was quite a disappointing first beer from the brewery, I went in with low expectations when I tried this one; thankfully it did turn out to be a better beer but not by much.

Appearance (4/5): Quite a lively looking beer, this one pours with quite a large head that sits well over three inches tall and is quite foamy with a thick look to it. The head is a creamy white colour that holds well over the opening few minutes, there is a little bit of lacing on the sides of the glass too but it’s definitely impressive how well the head of this one holds on.
Aroma (6/10): The beer is a semi-sweet one on the nose with some subtle fruits and lighter malts in the early going, it;s definitely a fresh beer with touches of spice and floral touches coming through initially. The beer seemed quite clean overall with some background caramel and toffee notes featuring. From the middle on wards there is some nice bread malts and biscuit notes coming through but nothing seems to dominate, I did get some pleasant roasted malts coming through though and the balance was a good one.
Taste (7/10): Slightly more hop-filled and bitter than expected, this one was quite a fresh tasting beer with some floral touches in the early going to compliment the subtle fruits and caramel sweetness. Without any flavour really grabbing your attention, this one was quiet a well-balanced beer that came through with a lot of earthy flavours and some roasted ones too that seemed to work well together.
Palate (4/5): Light-medium bodied but quite a fresh and lively beer, this one came through with more carbonation than I’d anticipated and plenty more bitterness as well. It was quite a balanced beer for the most part and at times it was fairly sweet too, the body seemed quite syrupy and full at times but it remained an easy one to drink.

Overall (14/20): An interesting one from Uerige and one that was definitely better than their Uerige Alt that I tried last, although it wasn’t exactly miles ahead. The beer had a slightly more hoppy feel to it with some floral touches on top of the caramel sweetness and toffee flavours. There was still some earthy touches with this one as well though and the balance seemed a little better too but I still don’t think it’s a beer that I’ll be running back to again unless I find myself in Düsseldorf at some point; still it was well worth trying and it’s another decent altbier to say I’ve tried.

Brewed In: Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Brewery: Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei
Type: Altbier
Abv: 6.5%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Good Spirits Co. Wine & Beer (Glasgow)
Price: £4.10

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Uerige Alt (355 of 1001)

August 22, 2017 1 comment

Rating: 3.2

Beer number 355 from the 1001 beers list for me now and this one is a German altbier that recently became available in my local bottle shop. The beer is one of two from the Uerige brewery based in Dusseldorf that I picked up recently, mistakenly thinking at the time that both featured on the 1001 beers list. Sadly this offering is the only one of the two that features but at least I’m one closer with it. At the time of drinking, this one is quite a popular beer online and currently sits at the 25th best Altbier on the RateBeer website as well as being the 8th best of the style on BeerAdvocate so I went in expecting big things from the beer.

Appearance (4/5): Pouring quite a rich amber to caramel colour, this one is a surprisingly clear beer that has a few fine bubbles rising to the surface and is topped with quite a nice looking, three centimetre tall head as well. The head is a foamy one that sits a light tan to creamy colour in the glass with a few bubbles showing on the surface as well but head retention is excellent from the beer and there is little movement or reduction in size over the opening couple of minutes which I hadn’t been expecting.
Aroma (6/10): Semi-sweet on the nose but come through with a very strong and malty aroma that was backed up by some nice sweetness and caramel. The beer was more bitter than anticipated in the early going with what I’d describe as quite a nutty, earthy aroma featuring touches of spice in there too. Around the middle a few floral touches start to make an appearance and there was a couple toasted malts in there for good measure but there wasn’t a huge amount of variety on the nose really and it started to fade a little after it was given time to open up slightly.
Taste (6/10): Opening quite malty and following on from the nose well but not quite as strong, there was some toasted malts and earthy flavours in the early going here, the caramel from the nose was a little lighter though and as a result it wasn’t quite as street either. There was some subtle spice and fruits around the middle but beyond that the beer just seemed a touch weak and flat at times, I got so basic fruits and a subtle sweetness towards the end as well but that was about it really.
Palate (3/5): Light-medium bodied and quite soft carbonation wise, the beer was a little flat at times although it remained quite smooth and drinkable throughout without it ever really grabbing my attention. The beer opened well with a lot of sweetness on the nose that soon gave way to a more bitter and earthy feel by the taste, there was some strong bitterness at the end of this one with hints of spice too.

Overall (12/20): An unusual beer that opened well with some nice sweetness and caramel in the early going, particularly with the nose but this never really carried to the taste and the beer was a bit of a disappointment by then; I was definitely expecting a lot more from this one given how highly rated it is as an altbier but I guess some of that is down to the fact that I’m not exactly a huge fan of the style. It will be interesting to see how the brewery’s DoppelStick compares to this offering but hopefully it will be at least a minor improvement on this one since it’s not exactly a beer that I’ll be rushing back to pick up again anytime soon sadly.

Brewed In: Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Brewery: Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei
First Brewed: 1862
Type: Altbier
Abv: 4.7%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Good Spirits Co. Wine & Beer (Glasgow)
Price: £4.00

Bayreuther Hell

Rating: 2.35

The final beer of those that I managed to try when visiting Berlin over the Easter weekend in April of this year, it’s only taken me a month but I’ve finally gotten through my backlog of reviews to upload here and sadly this isn’t a case of saving the best to last. This one is a beer that I tried on my last morning in the city, having initially forgotten it was sitting in the hotel fridge the night before. The beer is one that I spotted in a number of shops over the course of the weekend and I knew I’d end up trying it at some point, especially considering it’s not one that I’ve seen available in the UK before either. Originally a 4.8% offering, the alcohol content of the beer has since been raised ever so slightly to the 4.9% abv. it was when I picked up a bottle near my hotel in the Alexanderplatz area of the city. Since this is the last of the German beers I have to review for the time being, I imagine this one will also be my last review of a helles style lager for a while but you never know I guess.

Appearance (3/5): A very clear looking, golden straw coloured beer with a thin, half centimetre tall head on top that was a foamy white that left the odd touch of lacing on the sides of the glass as the head disappeared to leave a thin surface lacing after the first minute or so.
Aroma (3/10): A terrible smelling beer in truth, this one smelt of cheap corn and basic adjuncts with a faint vegetable aroma to proceedings. There was some skunky notes around the middle but not a huge amount, the beer was fairly bland overall though with some lager malts and hay nearer the end; very poor stuff.
Taste (5/10): Corn and lager malts open things with the taste and there was some fairly light vegetable adjuncts with a touch of skunk imparted on proceedings as well. Around the middle a faint hint of citrus started to come through and I got the odd grassy hops too which was a slight improvement on the nose but overall it was quite cheap and basic tasting.
Palate (3/5): Thin and quite light on the palate, this one was a fairly skunky offering at times and came through as a bland, cheap tasting lager. There was some faint hops and a hint of sweetness around the middle but  with was lightly carbonated and not as crisp as I’d have liked. It was a smooth beer for the most part but it wasn’t particularly easy to drink or enjoyable sadly.

Overall (7/20): This one can only be classed as a terrible lager, the beer was cheap and bordered on nasty at times with only a faint touch of sweetness and basic hops hinting at anything in the way of flavours. There was some skunk and vegetable adjuncts at times which wasn’t exactly what I’d hoped for going into this one and it was easily one of the worst beers I tried on my recent trip to German; a definite one to avoid for me.

Brewed In: Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Brewery: Dinkelacker-Schwaben Bräu
First Brewed: Brewery since 1857
Type: Helles Lager
ABV: 4.9%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Alexanderplatz, Berlin, Germany
Price: €1.60 (approx. £1.36)

Dolden Berg Sturer-Bock

Rating: 3.3

Another random beer that I managed to try in Berlin when visiting last month, this one is actaully the penultimate beer from the trip that I’ve still to review here. The beer is one that was picked up for me from a Netto supermarket in the Alexanderplatz area of the city and appears to be one that is brewed exclusively for the retailer and available only at their stores, it is brewed at the Jacob Stauder brewery in Essen though and for that reason I’ll list the beer under that particular brewery. The beer is one that I had in the late afternoon back at my hotel and to be honest I wasn’t expecting a great deal from what was essentially a supermarket own-brand, strong beer but it turned out to be at least slightly better than expected without being one I’d rush back and pick up again; here’s how it turned out.

Appearance (4/5): A malty looking, almost caramel amber coloured beer that was semi-clear and had quite a nice and thick looking head sitting on top of it. The head was a foamy looking one, sitting a creamy white colour with some nice lacing on the sides of the glass and looking much better than I’d expected.
Aroma (6/10): Quite a strong beer on the nose, this one kicked off with a lot of caramel malts and some early sweetness as well, it seemed relatively thick on the nose too with some solid sugars and darker fruits featuring nearer the middle. I managed to detect a combination of plums, raisins and some dates with a few sticky grains in there too. Towards the end some of the alcohol starts to show and it did seem stronger than the 7.5% abv. listed on the bottle but it fell short of being overpowering at least.
Taste (6/10): A very malty beer with a lot of sweetness in the early going, there was some strong hops coming through as well with a touch of warming alcohol backing it up. Towards the middle there was some citrus before darker fruits started to come through, I got touches of plum and raisins with some dates rounding things off nicely but it wasn’t an overly complex really.
Palate (3/5): Quite a thick, almost full-bodied beer that was very malty and strong, opening with a lot of sweetness before some touches of warming alcohol and grain showed up. It definitely seemed stronger than the 7.5% listed on the bottle but remained drinkable, it’s definitely not one to rush though. There was an abundance of sugars in there too, coupled with the fruits and this one was quite a sweet offering that was light on bitterness and perhaps just a touch too strong for my liking at times.

Overall (14/20): Quite a boozy and strong offering with a lot of sweetness throughout, it’s probably not the best beer to kick off the night with but it was drinkable and enjoyable at times without ever threatening to be a classic. There was a lot of dark malts and fruits coming through, most notably plums and dates but nothing out of the ordinary for the style really. It’s one that’s worth trying if you stumble across it, mainly because it’s not as bad as you’d expect from the price but it was probably just marginally better than average and not one I’d be likely to pick up again.

Brewed In: Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Brewery: Privatbrauerei Jacob Stauder
First Brewed: 2016
Type: Doppelbock
ABV: 7.5%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Netto (Berlin)
Price: €0.69 (approx. £0.60)

Berliner Kindl Weisse Waldmeister

Rating: 2.1

A third review of a beer from the Berliner Kindl Schultheiss brewery for me now and not entirely a new one, this is actually a beer that I managed to try about three years ago when I first visited Berlin but at the time it was one that I had straight from the bottle and never properly reviewed. I recently managed to try another bottle when visiting Berlin last month though and this time I had it back at the hotel to fully appreciate it rather than just swigging from the bottle as I walked about the city. It’s not exactly a classic beer but it feels right drinking it in Berlin and it’s not one available back home so I ended up having a couple of these over the Easter weekend I was in the city. The beer follows on from the bottles of Berliner Pilsner and Berliner Kindl Weisse from the brewery that I tried three and four years ago respectively as my third from the brewery, I did also manage to try the red Himbeere version of this beer too but it’s not one that I properly reviewed again sadly so a post for that one will likely have to wait until my next visit to Germany.

Appearance (2/5): Quite a ridiculous looking lime green colour that doesn’t look like a beer at all, this one was semi-clear with a thin white head on top that was about half a centimetre tall and bubbly to being before fading to a patchy lacing soon after.
Aroma (4/10): Quite sweet on the nose as I’d expected,this one also had quite an artificial nose to it with a lot of apple and some lime with touches of citrus sitting in the background. There was a lot of sugars in there as well but beyond that and the apple there wasn’t a whole lot to say about the beer really; it was more juice and syrup than beer really.
Taste (4/10): Sweet and very syrupy, this one was a very artificial tasting beer that was dominated by apple flavours but also had some lime coming through as well. There was a lot of sugar coming through from the start as well but that and some faint citrus was about all there was to this one; it didn’t even seem like the usual radler taste that I’d been expecting and seemed to have a very fruit juice like taste at times, along with being far too sweet into the bargain.
Palate (2/5): Light bodied and ridiculously sweet, this one was a dry but not very well balanced beer that seemed artificial and fake at times. There was a slight tang from the citrus coming through around the middle and it was moderately carbonated but it didn’t seem much like a beer to me.

Overall (10/20): This is a strange beer and despite being one I’d tried previously, I was still surprised by just how sweet and sugary it was which is something that was seemingly masked by the fact that usually I would drink this one straight from the bottle. The beer was overly sweet and came through as more like a fruit juice at times, there was some lime and citrus in there but the apples definitely dominated from the start and it wasn’t the most well balanced beer either. It was drinkable and I wouldn’t say it’s a beer that I’d never have again since it is so readily available in Berlin but it is definitely not one to look out for.

Brewed In: Berlin, Germany
Brewery:  Berliner Kindl Schultheiss Brauerei
First Brewed: circa. 2000
Full Name: Berliner Kindl Weisse Mit Schuß Waldmeister
Type: Berliner Weisse
Abv: 3.0%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Alexanderplatz, Berlin, Germany
Price: €1.50 (£1.30 approx.)