boddhitree (58) - Frankfurt, Hesse, GERMANY - MAY 9, 2013
Bought on Biershop-Bayern’s website: Frankenwälder Burgerbräu 1464 Wintertrunk. On their homepage they say they went through bankruptcy court from 2008 to 2010, saved by a citizen of the town Naila, Walid Aziz, when he bought and restructured the brewery. Interesting that his name doesn’t sound very Bavarian. It’s good that immigrants could save such a long tradition of brewing. Also in 2010, they drew up a partnership with the Regensburger Brauerei Bischofshof, which belongs to Weltenburger Klosterbrauere.
On the bottle it states that Bereits im Jahre 1464 verlieh Markgraf Johann IV. die Braurechte an die Gemeinde Naila. "Die Tradition der einstigen Kommunbrauer wird bis heute durch die Bürgerbräu Naila GmbH aufrecht erhalten." (Already in 1464 the Count Johann the IV gave the brewing right to the community of Naila. The tradition of this once communalbrewer is still until today kept up by the Bürgerbräu Naila.) It also states that "we brew a real winter beer from an old recipe for the cold season." Also, they mention hops extract as an ingredient. :(
So how does it taste? It’s 5.6%, however usually Winter or Winterfestbiere are a little stronger, so I’m glad it’s not that strong. The foam is tan in color, not your usual white as a Pils, and aroma is strong caramel, bready, sweet malts. The color is bright amber, a little darker than copper with red and almost orange tints, making it look robust. The first tastes are full-bodied Caramünchen malts, some Melanoiden and a slight hint at a Bockbier flavor. It’s also quite hoppy, bitter hops only, in the back of the tongue, as well as a tangy feel that helps the beer not be overly sweet and cloying. It’s a nice sipper but I find the bitterness in the back is starting to overpower once it’s warmed up, which is not what I’m quite looking for in a Winter drink, almost bringing it back to Pils territory. It’s also in the Goldilocks zone of not too thick and not too thin mouthfeel.
Overall, very bready, caramel flavors and bitterness combined, quite good but I feel something is not quite there, something I can’t really put my finger on, but it’s missing something, maybe the balance between the bitterness and caramel maltiness. Anyway, I enjoyed it and wish I had bought more than 1 bottle. Grzesiek79 (4314) - Radom, POLAND - FEB 27, 2012
licorice, leaves, spruce, cereal, medium bitterness, light sweetness, full body, creamy, bitter, long finish, Koelschtrinker (20591) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 1, 2011
Der hopfig-würzige Antrunk ist durch alkoholisch-grasige Noten etwas disharmonisch. Das Bier wirkt weder besonders frisch noch wirklich intensiv, das Malz ist dafür zu mild, auch wenn es sich im Verlauf noch steigert. Wenig herb, etwas grasig, minimal zitronig. Zum Ende auch klebrig, hellmalzig und hölzern, leicht hopfig. Trinkbares Bier, das aber entweder frischer oder intensiver sein sollte. Dedollewaitor (16176) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 27, 2010
Bottle @ Fastelavnssmagning, Ulfborg. Pours clear golden with a small off white bubbly head. Nose is fresh grain and grass. A bit of alcohol. Medium bodied. Dry end fonefan (49554) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2010
Bottle 500ml. @ Fastelavnssmagning, Ulfborg.
KimJohansen (10509) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2010
Clear light to medium yellow orange color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted, molasses, sugar, dark toffee. Flavor is moderate sweet and light to moderate bitter with a average duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. 
Clear golden with a tiny short lasting head. Sweet malty aroma with fruity and caramelish notes. Sweet flavour with malt, caramel and grassy hops. Finished bitter. Ungstrup (37885) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2010
Bottled. A golden beer with a thin off-white head. The aroma has notes of straw and malt. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, straw, and caramel, leading to a dry strawy finish. MiP (15920) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2010
Bottle, 5.6%. Weak malty aroma. Clear dark golden colour. Almost no head. The flavour has more malt, quite pleasant. Not much hops, though. Papsoe (25062) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2010
Bottle 50 cl. Courtesy of fonefan. Clear golden with a dissipating white head. Malty and fairly clean nose - slightly tart. Medium body, dry malts and a little caramel and sulphur. Dry finish. 200210 MoritzF (9968) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - FEB 23, 2007
(bottle) Clear, pale golden colour with a mid-sized foamy white head. Moderately sweet malty with a touch of barnyard, honey-ish fruity notes and herbal hops. Sweet flavour, medium to light bodied with a pleasant carbonation. Malt-accented taste, soft notes of honey and herbal effects in the background; moderately sweet, slightly bitter finish. Aromatic and clean beer, a bit to far on the sweet side.