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Draymans (South Africa) Berghof

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Brewed by Draymans (South Africa)
Style: Kölsch
Silverton, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa

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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 2.33/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.47   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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While the big-selling Pilseners in Germany are becoming blander, full-flavoured counterparts from Craft Breweries are increasingly being sought after. The smallest, the old established brewpubs of rural Bavaria, Bamberg and Franconia are a delight. Monks already brewed here in Klosterbräu Bamberg since it was founded in 1533. Its beers have great character and complexity. I think all Bavarian beer was like this when brewing was wholly an art and not only a science. Many German brewpubs specialize in beers such as unfiltered Keller or Zwickelbier and also a style identified as Obergärig Hell with its origins in the pre-lager era. A good example is Pinkus Müller Alt - in this instance Alt indicates simply an old style beer which is top fermented without suggesting anything in the lines of the Düsseldorf classics. Beers elsewhere with similarities would be English cask Pale Ale, certain Belgian Ales and of course the beerstyle unique to Köln, just across the border from Bavaria, Kölschbier. Most breweries have their own special tavern known as Ausschank where you can enjoy their beers fresh on tap. Berghof is as pale as a Pilsner but with the delicate fruitiness of an ale. Berghof is light gold in colour and clean tasting with a maltiness that is unmistakably German. A unique yeast strain imparts the flavourfull character and the light body is created by the use of a dash of winter wheatmalt. I follow the traditional Bayerische Braukunst involving a full programmed mash with protein-rest, conversion-rest, mashout and “vorlauf” for clarity. Single vat fermentation is employed (like a single cask Scotch Whiskey) and no final blending with carbonated water is allowed at Drayman’s Brewery. Other more modern and scientific brewing techniques like cold pitching of yeast, coldbreak removal and sterile filtration to ensure premium quality in the trade are also employed. Berghof is only available as fresh, unpasteurized “tapbier”. To give the beer a truly South African touch only local hops from the lush Outeniqua Valley in the Cape are used. Kettle hops are restrained for a soft bitterness using Southern Brewer hops. For flavour and a flowery aroma I use a new breed of hops with distant Yugoslavian origins called Southern Promise. Served cold, but not freezing, with a crisp, refreshing carbonation and with only 4% alcohol, Berghof is indeed worthy of the slogan: Das Gesellige Bier! (The jovial beer.)


2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
WhoU (118) - Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA - AUG 18, 2014
1l brown Bottle courtesy of league of beers. Pours hazy pale straw yellow with medium light white head. Medium carbonation. Aroma is slight hop and very light pine malt. Taste is slight bitter. Overall light. Not bad not great.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
SnorkWortel (15) - SOUTH AFRICA - FEB 26, 2013
golden beer looking like a big commercial beer. sweet smell, a very yeasty tasting beer.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
AtronSeige (656) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - NOV 15, 2012
Pours a pale yellow with small amount of head. Malty aroma with wet grass. Very little bitterness and fairly dry. Light bodied, thin texture, average fizzy. I will drink it, but I would not ask for it.

1.2
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
mcronje (5) - Bloemfontein, SOUTH AFRICA - JUL 15, 2011 does not count
Smooth, fine bubbled head. Tastes like a macro. Mildly bitter aftertaste, slight honey sweetness. Bland. Tastes like a macro...pass

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rcweir (139) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 22, 2008
Draft in Pretoria, as recommended by a local. Medium head, pale sraw color. aroma and flavor dominated by the malts, somewhat sweet, medium body.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25084) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2008
(Plastic bottle 100 cl) Clear, pilsener golden with a small, white head. Clean, malty nose with a whiff of floral hops. Medium body, a little low in carbonation - probably due to the plastic bottle. Fairly clean and solid malt profile with a distinct hop kick. Interesting story behind the style - I must confess that "Obergärig Hell" did confuse me for a while. 100508

1.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
motelpogo (6781) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 8, 2007
rbsxg05, bottled. wow, that must be the longest commercial description in history, and to think that it’s written about a koelsch. pale and spritzy yet lifeless. faint citric sourness, no bitterness to speak of

2.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Krasulak (88) - Wapadrand, Pretoria, SOUTH AFRICA - FEB 13, 2006
1l brown plastic bottle and draught in Cactus Creek , Pretoria, South Africa. Pours pale yellow slightly hazy with a moderate white head. Light malt aroma with some faint grassy hops. Sweetish malt , light bread flavour with a touch of hop bitterness. Watery texture and very light body. Dry finish with light hop bitterness. Easy drinker and quite refreshing under the hot SA sun

1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 10, 2006
Quite disappointing after the hefeweizen. Pale gold, with a very pungent skunky malt aroma - like an aussie macro. More of the sweet malt coming through on the tasting, with a chewy aftertaste. Maybe it doesn’t like leaving africa?

1.2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 6, 2006
Dry lemon aroma. Soft acidic palate, low bitterness, dull lifeless flavour with just the faintest hint of puke.


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