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Paulaner Original Münchner Hell

Rating: 3.75

My sixth Paulaner beer now and my first new one in a while too, this will be my first new offering from the German brewery since I had a bottle of their Weissbier Kristallklar back in 2014 but I’m still partial to their flagship Hefe-Weissbier Naturtrub anytime I see it available. This particular offering is one that I’ve seen on a few occasions on-tap in and around Glasgow but for whatever reason it’s not one that I had ever got around to trying before the weekend so I felt that was definitely somethings that I needed to correct.

Appearance (4/5): Quite a light golden colour that is very clear too, the beer had a large, foamy white head in the early going with it starting about three centimetres tall before fading to about half that. There was a lot of fine bubbles rising to the surface as the beer settled and it looked quite good for the style.
Aroma (7/10): Quite a light beer on the nose with some corn and faint citrus opening thing up and a few lager malts not too far behind. There was some hay and a little biscuit towards the middle as well as a touch of sweetness but it was a clean and fairly standard smelling lager in truth.
Taste (7/10): Slightly sweet tasting with some subtle citrus and corn as well as the biscuit from the nose then some grassy touches around the middle. Again it was quite a clean, basic lager with a few subtle malts in there as well but it was pleasant tasting and easy-going too.
Palate (4/5): Quite light and clean with a fresh feel throughout and a smooth body that went down easily. There was a subtle sweetness throughout and some faint citrus too but it was balanced and exactly what I’d expect from a good helles lager.

Overall (15/20): A very nice lager from Paulaner, this one was clean and balanced with an excellent mouthfeel despite it not being the most varied or exciting tasting beer; it was very well made though. Opening with a subtle sweetness and touches of biscuit, there was a hint of citrus in there too and everything worked well together to give a light but enjoyable tasting beer that went down very easily indeed.

Brewed In: Munich, Germany
Brewery: Paulaner Brauerei (Schörghuber)
First Brewed: Brewery from 1634
Also Known As: Paulaner Munich Lager / Original Munich Lager
Type: Munich Helles Lager
Abv: 4.9%
Serving: Keg (Pint)
Purchased: Church on the Hill, Glasgow, Scotland
Price: £4.80

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Heidenpeters American IPA

Rating: 3.75

The only new beer that I managed to properly appreciate and review while in Berlin recently, this one is a beer from the Heidenpeters brewery based in the Kreuzberg area of Berlin and one that I tried in their bar located in a local indoor market on my first afternoon back in the city. The bar is one that I’d taken note of prior to my visit and was hoping to visit but it was quite underwhelming in truth and although the beer itself was a good one, I’m not convinced that I’d visit the place again sadly; hopefully I’ll find a couple of their beers elsewhere in Berlin when I’m next visiting.

Appearance (4/5): Quite a pale amber colour, this one is slightly hazy and topped with a half centimetre, foamy white head that has some lacing on the sides as well; not a bad start.
Aroma (7/10): Light on the nose with some citrus hops and a faint touch of caramel, there wasn’t anything too strong coming through but as a result there was a nice balance to the beer. Further on some faint spices and a hop bitterness showed with some caramel rounding things off at the end.
Taste (7/10): Quite a bitter-tasting beer, more so than the nose hinted at and coming through with some pine and grapefruit in the early going. The beer was fresh with some grassy flavours and a touch of orange before the caramel sweetness from the nose came in at the end.
Palate (4/5): Lively and tangy, the beer was a fresh one with some nice hop bitterness in the early going and plenty of caramel sweetness towards the end to keep things balanced and level. There was good carbonation throughout and the beer was an easy one to drink with a dry, bitter finish.

Overall (15/20): A standard American IPA but one that was balanced and proved quite easy to drink, opening with some pleasant hop bitterness and grapefruit flavours before a caramel sweetness started to come through towards the end and keep things interesting. There wasn’t really anything out of the ordinary for the style but it was done well and it’s one I’d happily have again.

Brewed In: Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany
Brewery: Heidenpeters
First Brewed: 2015
Type: American IPA
Abv: 6.5%
Serving: Keg (250ml)
Purchased: Heidenpeters, Berlin, Germany
Price: €4 (£3.50 approx.)

Göller Kellerbier (373 of 1001)

March 13, 2018 Leave a comment

Rating: 3.75

The first new beer from the 1001 beers list for some time now, this one is a random German offering from the list that I stumbled across when visiting The Cave bottle shop in Glasgow for the first time in a couple of years recently. This one will be the first from the 1001 list that I’ll have reviewed since I tried a bottle of Zinnebir on New Years day and will be my 373rd offering from the list. The beer is a Bavarian brewed kellerbier  brewed since the 1980’s by the Göller brewery that had being going strong since 1514 (two years before the Reinheitsgebot came into effect) and I’m glad I’ve managed to check another German offering off before I visit Berlin again next month, although this isn’t a beer that I’ve ever seen on any of my trips to the country so the chances of me trying it in the capital are slim I guess.

Appearance (4/5): Pale, golden amber with quite a hazy body and a head that starts just over a centimetre tall before halving in size. It’s a part foamy, part bubbly head and there’s a fair amount of bubbles through the body of the beer as well which looks quite appealing in the early going.
Aroma (7/10): Sweet with some nice bread malts and corn along with a few subtle hops following on behind. It’s quite fresh and balanced with hay then some light touches of lemon at the end. It’s not the most varied or interesting nose but it is pleasant with some nice fruits dotted about the place too.
Taste (7/10): Following on in a similar fashion to the nose, the taste kicks off with some corn and hay alongside touches of bread malts but it’s not quite as sweet as with the nose. There’s some background fruits and citrus coming through but again these are quite light but the beer is definitely sessionable with some subtle hops and faint yeast right at the end too.
Palate (4/5): Medium bodied and semi-fresh with a crisp and dry feel that lends itself to being a very easy to drink and sessionable beer. It was pleasant throughout and very well-balanced without really being a standout that you’d remember.

Overall (15/20): Quite a pleasant beer despite being a fairly standard one that didn’t have a huge amount going on, it was definitely balanced and easy-going though with some nice bread malts kicking things off and coming through slightly sweet. Around the middle the beer was crisp and semi-fresh with a few background fruits and touches of lemon before the subtle hops and faint yeast seen things out. It’s probably not a beer that I’d go hunting for again but I’d certainly be happy to have it again if I stumbled upon it in future.

Brewed In: Zeil am Main, Bavaria, Germany
Brewery: Brauerei Göller Zur Alten Freyung
First Brewed: circa. 1980’s
Full Name: Göller Kellerbier Naturtrüb
Type: Kellerbier
Abv: 5.6%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: The Cave (Glasgow)
Price: £2.99

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