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Brewers & Union Unfiltered Helles Lager

Collective São Gabriel
Brewed at Arcobräu Gräfliches Brauhaus

Style: Zwickel/Keller/Landbier
CapeTown, Western Cape, South Africa


on tap

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RATINGS: 86   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
A mass-market brewery simply could not make a beer like this. Unfiltered, unpasteurized, and bursting with flavor, it has phenomenal body and freshness. Hazy to the eye, and full on the palate. 6 week brewing time. Barley, yeast, hops and water.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stravale (2714) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - APR 10, 2016
Bottle from O’Brien’s, Athlone [110316] as Unflt lager
Ligth golden, frothy white head. Cheap looking label on bottle.
Aroma - Grassy hops, light spicy hops
Taste of light bitter spicy hops, light pale sweet malts, soft flavour
Palate - Soft carb, medium light boidy, slightly creamy, soft bitter and sweet. Finish is clean, light spicy linger
Overall - Quite a decent lager, light spicy linger, easy drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fisler (332) - Bamberg, GERMANY - MAR 23, 2016
Tolle Optik, trübes Gold, Altgold quasi, zügige Perligkeit, fluffiger Schaum, sauber soweit. In der Nase sehr dezente Maische mit Hang zur Fruchtigkeit. Macht hier alles richtig, wo ein Lager oft versagt. Im Trunk dann keine Maischigkeit, gut so, etwas cremig, Anfangs und im Abgang bitter. Dazwischen leichte Fruchtnoten. Lager geht also auch lecker :)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ken1 (1597) - DENMARK - MAR 5, 2016
Aroma: hay and berries. Flavour: berries and slight sourness with a watery mouthfeel. Colour: yellow with a white head. From: vindanmark.com Mar. 2016.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rasmus40 (15772) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 5, 2016
Bottle as Unflt Lager. Clear yellow with a white head. Aroma is sweet, malty and grainy. Flavor is medium sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish. 050316

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
berkshirejohn (5678) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2016
50cl bottle of UNFLT Lager from Sunninghill Wine Merchants. A hazy straw pour with a creamy white head; grassy aroma; smooth creamy texture with citrus and some grainy banana; and a crisp finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
martpez (93) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2015
Having lived in Germany I have to assure my friends that german beer is great and worthwhile, and that a good larger is actually very nice. Unfortunatly beer doesn’t travel well even within Germany. Both with the brew houses and straight of tap local breweries. Much of it is impossible to find a nice bottled version of it More recently some breweries have been making strange heavly hopped Hell hybrids. These are desapointeing compared to the balanced sweetness good german hells have. So what am I trying to say then? Well I think this is the real deal. Certanly the best example of a southern german hell I have found in the uk. Its a has a sliky smooth carbination that is not at all overwhealming, It has a sharp sweatness followed by the not overpowering malt note. This last bit is important as many of the major Bavarian macro breweries have a bad skuned malt taste at the end, here its just right, So if you want to expirence a well balanced and authentic example of south german hell beers here is one. Its not a fantastic or stunning example, if I still lived in Germany this would be an very decent but not great beer, but in this country its the best that I have found.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kevnic2008 (10784) - Baden-Baden, GERMANY - DEC 19, 2015
As Unflt Lager. Pours a cloudy golden color. Aroma of malts, grain. Taste of grain, malts light hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tinylightsrecs (437) - - DEC 5, 2015
Bottle from Glug Newcastle. Pours murky yellow with a foamy white head. Really good flavour, lemon, bread - a rich and interesting lager ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Steffan (37) - WALES - NOV 20, 2015
Aroma is very strong for a lager and hard to pin down. Kind of grassy, floral herby, difficult one. Appearance, is cloudy yellow and somewhat watery looking. Taste is light but very oily, leaves some sort of vanilla/banana essence behind. This is styled as a Munich Helles but tastes nothing like a typical helles. Weird beer, not bad but not one I’ll be rushing to try again. Their Bernstein and Dark lager is much better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Teran (254) - Belgrade, SERBIA - OCT 23, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2016 Really very good, probably the best lager I tried these years. Grey yellow and murky with white top. Interesting and unique quince taste with nice bread flavors, hops, barley, tart and superb robust aroma - those qualities are forgotten among lager beers long time ago. Very good body and carbonation. Special and kind of nasty. I love it.

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