Zenglein Pilsener
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Brauerei Zenglein
Brewed at Brauerei Göller

Style: Pilsener
Oberaurach-Oberschleichach, Germany


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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.09/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05/5   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (44143) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 1, 2009
Draught @ Brauerei Zenglein, Pfarrer-Baumann-Str. 21-23, 97514 Oberaurach-Oberschleichach, Unterfranken/Bayern, Germany.
Clear medium yellow orange color with a average, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, white to off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, grain, toasted, malty, soil turned - damp stained, fruity, earthy. Flavor is moderate sweet and light to moderate damp stained - fruity fresh bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. [20090705]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Koelschtrinker (17721) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 1, 2011
Herber Hopfenantrunk, wobei der Hopfen ab dem Mittelteil aromatische Noten verstreut, eine deutliche Bitterkeit ist immer dabei. Vollmundig, sehr harmonisch, zum Ende auch würziger. Nett!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bov (12007) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - APR 3, 2014
courtesy of Philipp and Thomas - clear bright golden beer with a persistent white foam; herbal and light buttery aroma; subtle yet fair carbonation; medium-bodied; some malt sweetness and pretty bitter and dry; crisp and long aromatic herbal hoppy finish - quite nice

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MoritzF (9448) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - AUG 4, 2007
(bottle) Clear, pale golden colour with a nice visible carbonation and a big and dense foamy white head. Herbal and moderately grassy hops aroma with a slightly malty sweetness and a touch of acidity. Bitter flavour, herbal hoppy taste with a soft but balancing pale malt character; dry and hop bitter finish. Quaffable Pilsener.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MiP (15304) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2009
Draught at the brewpub. Clear golden colour. Big stable white head. The flavour starts off with a hint of smoke. Quite mild, but nice enough. There seems to be a hint of bread or perhaps barnyard, but that might just be the smoke. The landlord says there is no smoke malt in there, though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pivnizub (10183) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - JUN 10, 2007
On tap at the brewpub: Golden coloured, mid-sized, quite stable white head with a good lace; delicate hoppy nose with a faint illusion of pale malt; quite dry, solid bitter flavour, light-bodied, grainy-bitter finish. Not bad, pleasant to drink...........

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TAR (2687) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - JUN 7, 2016
Draft @ Brauerei Zenglein, Nov. 2015: Dim golden. Foamy, nonuniform white head. Fresh Spalter-like hop aromas of candied fennel, pepper, grass, hopsack, with underlying mineral, toasty pils malt and hay. Hints of metal and paper, as well. Slightly prickly carbonation. Limp body. Nice medley of spicy, peppery hops and minerals tempered by softer fresh-hay notes. An odd fruity twang negatively affects the body’s snappiness, as do metallic notes. The hops are one-dimensional, although they do exhibit a pleasant lemony juiciness which contrasts with the strong minerals. Prominent candyish yeast and fennel seed accents precede a curiously hushed bitterness in the lifelessly malty finish. Hints of metal linger. Sad that this beer has allegedly slipped so much in quality over the years, as now it’s merely decent. Not as poor as their zwickelbier, though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (9148) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 5, 2015
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2016 Draft at the brewery in Oberaurach. Lasting foamy white head atop a clear gold body that is just a tad darker than you usually find in Pils. Malty aroma shows the purity of Pilsner malt like few others do: cereal grain, baked baguette, warm-from-the-oven crackers with touches of honey. There’s the quietest suggestion of minerals / mineral water, and while at first the hop aromatics seem mild, they eventually unfold as apricot and herbs and cracked pepper and lemon, and integrate well with the fragrant malt as it approaches room temperature. Medium body, rich and filling in the mouth with low sweetness and moderate to high bitterness, the flavor balance is lovely and the ingredient expression is solid, hops are enjoyably oily-juicy, malt is pure, and fermentation clean. I understand Zenglein no longer makes this themselves, it’s contracted to Göller in Zeil am Main, but considering taste only, it’s very good, proving again that it’s not the company as much as the individual doing the work. It’s rare to find this character in a Pils (even in Franconia), it’s an incredibly drinkable, malt-driven, spicy, hoppy, succulent lager that does everything right. So darn clean and so darn malty. I originally scored this at 4.4 (!) so I had to go back a few days later to make sure I wasn’t fooling myself or caught in a strange moment of love. It’s not as good as the first try, the body seems just a tad edgy, and the expression seems milder in the mouth and retronasal. And while the aroma isn’t LOUD, it nicely encapsulates what you want from German malt and hops. I would fairly say that this is better than 90% of Pils in Germany, and one of the best smelling Pils overall. (4.0)

Re-rated November 2015 and it’s a shadow of its former self: still hoppy in the way of lemon-pepper, but it’s noticeably metallic, the body is rougher, and the malt is very simple caramel. Such is life. (3.1)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
bierkoning (12577) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - MAY 31, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2005 Brewery tap. Hoppy, soapy aroma. Malty hoppy flavor with a distinct barnyard character. Long hopbitter aftertaste. Another rural beer you’ll never find in industrial breweries, but mainly in rural Franconian Brauerei-Gasthäuser. Bottle. Golden color, frothy head. Malt and hay in the aroma. Hoppy and herbal flavor. Hints of vanilla. Long bitter aftertaste with even a hint of smoke.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Miksu (5046) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - OCT 12, 2007
0.5 l bottle. Golden color with small head. Refreshing and malty aroma with flowery-herbal hops. Dryish, malty and honeyish flavor with notes of minerals, flowery hops and honey. Fairly light bodied.

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