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Knoblach Schammelsdorfer Ungspund’s Lagerbier (Draft)

Brewed by Brauerei Knoblach
Style: Zwickel/Keller/Landbier
Litzendorf-Schammelsdorf, Germany


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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.73/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Bottles are filtered, gravity barrels at the brewery are unfiltered.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (14850) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 8, 2015
On tap at Knoblach. Served in a krug. It’s really tasty. Malty hoppy bitter noble hop finish. Not sure. It has hops and character but there is an uneasy relationship and it’s a tad watery. Good. I mean really good but not top notch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KyotoLefty (7335) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 2, 2015
Gravity at the brewery. Grassy, earthy nose, fresh rye bread. Huge flavor—toasted bread, a bit of caramel, and enormous hops. So bitter, grassy, dirty. Ridiculously hoppy. Some peaches and biscuits. A fascinating hop showcase and perfectly drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
downender (6780) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2014
At the brewpub, 12 August 2014. Hazy gold with a decent, white, head. Aroma of grassy hops, with some sweetish malts and a touch of stone fruit. Flavour had more crisp malts and fruit, before a lengthy, bitter, finish. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12112) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2014
(Gravity pour from the wooden barrel) Pours a hazy golden body with a medium white head. Aroma of grain, grass, earth, and hay. Flavor of grain, earth, resin, and florals with a dry, crisp, lingering bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - DEC 13, 2013
Multiple liters vom fass at Knoblach in Dec. 2013: Slightly hazy orangish golden. Broken, tiny-bubbled white foam. Brightly fruity aromas mix with honey-drizzled toasted hay, wood-root-spice hops, herbs, piecrust, fresh bread, and minerals to comprise the mellow but refined nose. Soft prickles of subdued carbonation. Crunchy, nutty and malty, with toffee and oodles of toasted hay richness dovetailing with candyish, woody, deeply herbal bitterness. Potently grassy and herbal, throughout. Depth-lending residual sugars are beautifully tempered by the saliva-inducing minerals. Crisp notes of piecrust also help offset the sweetness and add to the elaborate maltiness. What it lacks in hop flavor is perfectly compensated by a succulent medley of fruity esters which support the stiff, salty, licorice-charged bitterness. Savory punch of hard lemon candy in there, as well. Continually richly malty and sturdy with profuse honey, toast, and lush hay notes at the finish, which is adorned with a captivatingly forceful zing of staunch bitterness. A ridiculously clean and bitter beer which stretches the boundaries of what is widely accepted as standard hopping rates in the region. Nearly impossible to stop drinking. Certainly rivals, if not surpasses, the exquisite hoppiness of Witzgall Landbier and Roppelt Kellerbier (when they are "on", that is), two of Franconia’s hoppiest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ernest (6580) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Draft at Knoblach. Head is initially large, frothy/creamy, white, mostly lasting. Body is medium yellow. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain/bread), moderately hoppy (herbs, flowers), with light notes of peach, honey. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety/creamy texture, lively carbonation. A darn good beer...complex, spicy-floral-herbal-fruity aroma. Great balance and very clean. Gets better as it warms, so take your time with this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
3fourths (8495) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2013
UPDATED: APR 4, 2015 Vom fass at the brewery in Schammelsdorf many times over the years, and at the FrankenBierFest in Rome in March 2015, when it was in absolutely stunning shape and stole the show (along with the Knoblach Fastentrunk). First impression: uncharacteristically hoppy Franconian lagerbier.
Green, grassy, lemon pithy / citrus Spalt hops. Incredibly rich and full maltiness with immense depth, suggesting toffee and baked bread and nutty pastries. It’s lip-smacking and bitter and sweet and demands gulps. I’ve had duds before, yeasty and doughy and smelling of autolyzed yeast, but when it’s on it is hands-down one of the finest beers in the world and shows Michael Knoblach to be one of the best brewers in the world. As for the score, I’ve had this so many times, and like any Franconian beer it varies. I’ve had yeasty-muddy glasses that were difficult to finish (not bad due to fermentation or recipe but because the barrel was turbid), and I’ve had exceptional barrels where I’m convinced it’s one of the best 10 beers of my life. Most glasses are in-between those two extremes, where the malt is lip smacking and savory and filling while the hops are sticky bitter and citric.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (38082) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2012

Wooden barre - gravity @ Brauerei Knoblach, Kremmeldorfer Strasse 1, Schammelsdorf, Bavaria Germany 96123.

Served in a steinkrug. Unclear medium yellow amber colour with a small to average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, grain, hay, moderate hoppy, grass, fruity. Initial flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter, finish flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet and heavy bitter with a long duration, malty, crispy hops, grainy hoppy, initial metalic bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20120404]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (6352) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 28, 2011
En fût. Pinte dégustée directement à la brasserie. Arôme: Odeur de céréales. Apparence: La couleur est blonde. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de céréales et d’Houblons. Longue durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence d’amertume d’houblons en arrière goût. (Rating #3838)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MartinT (8396) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 1, 2011
My Bottom Line :
Quite herbal and peppery, this unfiltered blond lager’s hop character thrives in a cushy, effervescent mouthfeel, slowly building a lovely spicy, bitter finish.

Further Personal Perceptions :
-A creamy head of foam recedes to a veil in the krug.
-The bitterness is refreshing and fits perfectly with the crisp mouthfeel.
-Malts give some support, but this is mostly a noble hop showcase.
-Drinkability is extremely high. The natural carbonation and svelte body, coupled with the engaging hop presence, make this poundable for any hop lover.

On tap at the brewery gasthof.

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