boddhitree (56) - Frankfurt, Hesse, GERMANY - MAY 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bought on Biershop-Bayern’s Website: Maxbrauerei Bohemian Pilsner.
First off, I like the look of their lineup. Their website lists a good deal of beer styles, both German and non.
I also like their motto:
Bier ist Vielfalt. (Beer is variety.)
Bier ist Genuss. (Beer is enjoyment.)
Bier ist Geschmack. (Beer is "Taste".)
This is January’s beer from their Bier Kalender.
On the back of the bottle and on the above calender, they state:
"Using exclusively Saaz hops, this golden Pilsner possesses fruity and flowery notes that remind one of lemon notes. The fine malt body is created the use of Böhmischen (Bohemian) Tennenmalz."
That’s a lot to look forward to, eh?
Bright golden color, almost yellow, but with a noticeable haze, which is a good sign that it wasn’t filtered, with yeast sediment sitting on the bottom of my glass, I’d have to say it was filtered but not finely filtered, (bottle conditioned?) allowing a protein haze to persist. The head is quite strong, clear clean white. A typical Pils, so far, or Kellerbier.
Not much aroma other than light type malt, but that’s light. The initial taste is slightly bitter, yes, this is Saaz! Not overpowering, but just enough to assert itself. Saaz is "delicate, mild, clean, somewhat floral -- a Noble hop," says BeerSmith. Wiki says, "Saaz has a very distinctive flavour. When used in beer, the resultant aroma is very mild, earthy, herbal and spicy. Despite its popularity and noble pedigree, Saaz generally has a very low Alpha Acid level and is not very effective as a bittering hop. This hop is generally used for Bohemian style lagers and Pilseners."
So, mild and floral, no - more grassy, in the middle of the tongue, not much in the back, and peppery on the sides... in Maxbrauerei’s beer.
Often, the more I drink of a German beer, the more bitterness or some other point exerts itself by the time the end of the bottle nears, yet this is the opposite! It’s milder, smother over the tongue the more I drink it, which is due to the malts reasserting themselves as the beer warms, I bet.
The malt flavor is also mild, not overpowering, yet quite assertive, exactly in the Goldilocks zone. I’m not quite sure exactly how this compares to a Pilsner Urquell, but in my memory, this beer is a little thinner but milder than that famous beer. Over, I really like this beer. It’s made with solely Bohemian ingredients, maybe, but maybe the yeast that they’re using is what gives it a distinct Germanness to it.
Koelschtrinker (9488) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAR 17, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Milder Antrunk mit seichtem Hopfen. Spritziger Mittelteil, wenig würzig. Süffiges, vielleicht etwas langweiliges bittet. 10/10/10/10//10