boddhitree (58) - Frankfurt, Hesse, GERMANY - MAY 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
[I’ve had this beer before, but only at this one particular Italian restaurant in Sachsenhausen, Frankfurt: La Traviata. The pasta is hand made fresh daily, and the pizza’s are baked in wood-burning ovens. And, for as long as I’ve been in FfM, since 2008, they serve this beer on tap. I eat here only about twice a year, but not because I don’t like the beer/food; rather, I rarely have time to eat anything at a sit-down place. I usually grab a Döner or a pizza at a couple of stand-up places to save time between my lessons, if I have any.]
I’ve never seen this beer anywhere else, so I thought I’d review it, though I’ve heard they have it on tap at Fichte Kränzi in Sachsenhausen, a Apfelweinlokal (or Äppelwoi - Äpfelwein - Äppelwein - Appelwein - Eppelwei) or Applewine restaurant, but I didn’t see it when I was there because I go there only for the Apfelwein. Their website lists all the pubs/restaurants where it can be found in Germany.
Krug Bräu seems to be from a Kaff in a tiny town between Bamberg and Bayreuth: Waischenfeld, Ortsteil (village) Breitlesau in Franken. The Brewery-Inn also doubles as a dance hall that focuses on live rock bands.
Their website calls it a Dunkeles Lagerbier. 5% ABV, "a special lager beer, brewed with a particular/special mashing technique and different special malts. The recipe for success: the beer is brewed to a taste that not too sweet nor too bitter and tastes great to all guests from the North Sea to the south."
Color: dark amber, orange tints, signs of Melanoiden or Münchner malt.
Aroma: malty, sweet, typical German malty aroma for a Fränkisches beer.
Taste: malty sweet, slightly sour on the front of the tongue; bitter on the sides, slightly sweet - a definable Münchner malt addition, maybe some black malt, but overall, a huge typical Pilsen malt flavor, slightly dry finish of Pils yeast. I expected a little more sweetness after getting the aroma. Bitterness of hops comes through clear on 2nd 0.5L glass. It’s not very different from the Fürst Wallerstein’s Landsknecht-Bier.
A mix of Pils with a little sweet component of a Bayerisches Märzen. However, if you taste only from the front, you get too much sourness, so to enjoy this beer, put the glass on top of the front of tongue and wash it over the middle and back for the sweetness to register at all. That’s also when you’ll notice the hops. But why do I need to do this simply to enjoy this beer?
Ate with orecchiette noodles with salsiccia and turnip greens.
sic1314 (4775) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - APR 7, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured dark brown and murky with a large, frothy off white head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt with some nuttyness. Medium body, flavour is sweet caramel with some spice with a dry, bitter finish.
Erasmus_ro (2303) - Alabama, USA - FEB 5, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap @ Dauth Schneider 30/01/13. Pours an auburnish dark brown with a yellowish-brown, large-bubbled head. Aroma is light caramel, a lot of dark bread, slight German hops. Taste begins with a strong caramel, some herbal flavor as well. Light breadiness. The finish is a disappointment. It is watery and light and not much of an aftertaste. Light herbal and wooden notes. Palate is light, somewhat carbonated, a bit watery. A bottle I had a few days later (thanks Hart) was completely different. It was a bit older, but the aroma and flavor were strongly hazelnut. Scored the tap version.
harald40 (4) - - NOV 25, 2012 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Its a very nice scheiß its like cokain for germans they absolutely love it. Fantastic sauerkraur fantastic
Shaney (2424) - Köln / Cologne, GERMANY - NOV 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Kastanienbraun mit feinporigem Schaum. Etwas lieblich-malzig im Geruch. Der Antrunk ist sehr weich und wiederum lieblich-malzig. Der Abgang ist nicht so gut ausgeprägt wie beim Festbier aus gleichem Hause. Insgesamt ein braunes Lager, dass sich schnörkellos gut trinken lässt, ohne bleibenden Eindruck zu hinterlassen.
Test vom 13.11.2009, Gebinde: Glasflasche Noten: 12,9,12,9,9,10 - 10,15
Beerbarella (348) - - OCT 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle. Spicy, mild, almost neutral taste and yet spicy. Interesting. Not bad.
beeracoon (467) - - OCT 1, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Impressive white head. Clear dark brown colour. Very mild, but pleasant taste. And a nice soft caramelly palate.
kevnic2008 (10848) - Baden-Baden, GERMANY - SEP 1, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very dark reddy. Mild dark malt aroma. Tasted is fairly roasted and gingery, and nicely dry.
Jonb5 (487) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark amber, medium non tanned head, cloudy. Espresso aroma, slightly grassy. Tasted espreso, bourbon and malt. Medium carbonation, smooth, medium body. Not what I expected, from the label I thought I was buying a Helles lager, first sip was more like a Schwarzbier, it also had some Stout like characteristics, a pleasant surprise.
edpeg (889) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUN 7, 2012
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
0,5l bottle. The label says Lager. Well it pours brown with reddish hue, off white foamy head and clear. Aromas are roasted malts, some grass and basement. Palate is thin watery , with flat carbonation. Mouthfeel is medium full. Taste is metallic, cardboard, roasted malts and sweeteners, with dirty dry lag on the tongue. Overall pretty mild, flat and boring Dunkel/Lager/whatever.