olsvammel (7332) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 26, 2014
Bottle at SMÖF 2014. Malty smell with chocolate. Similar taste. Very smooth mouthfeel and easy to drink. Felt well made. culchiem (4306) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUN 10, 2014
Bottle from Hopfen and Maltz. Thin brown with an off white head. Aroma is nutty malt. Flavour is watery malt, thin texture. TAR (2802) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Tap at the brewery, Dec. 2013: Dark russet. Fine-bubbled dirty-white froth. Unclean aromas of diacetyl, prune juice, cola, rotting fruit, vinegar and yogurt. Soft prickles of carbonation. Flimsy body. Initial sip is dull, colalike, yogurty and butterscotch-laden. Limp and lifeless earthy malt looms faintly beneath the rampant "off" notes and peculiar prune juice fruitiness. Notes of cardboard abound. Buttery flavors film the palate with a tacky residue. Flaccid, prunelike finish reveals vague caramelized sugars, although butterscotch and yogurt predominate. Gee whiz, does the brewer have a yogurt and vinegar fetish or something? It’s truly puzzling how a beer in Franconia can be both served and happily lapped up by the patrons (one guy at our table remarked to us this is his favorite beer in the region!). Very unfortunate that this beer is so amiss, because I would very much love to have some serious quality time at the brewery since it’s tucked away in one of the coziest and most idyllic settings imaginable (perched atop a hill surrounded by hardwoods and farmland). Ernest (7916) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Draft at the brewpub in Heckenhof.
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is medium to dark brown.
Aroma is lightly malty (caramel, roasted grain, malt syrup), with a strong note of yogurt/sour cream.
Flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Such a shame that such an idyllic little country village/setting is home to such a terrible beer. It smells more like yogurt than anything else, and is equally sour. Pretty much impossible to enjoy. 3fourths (9381) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2015 November 2013: Unfiltered dark brown. Amazingly strong yogurt aroma with notes of cola and autolyzed yeast. Sour, sweet, thin, acidic, weak. A dumper if there ever was one. 1.7
Moravius (1540) - Berlin, GERMANY - NOV 16, 2013
March 2015: Lightly hazed brown with a lasting light tan head. Nutty amaretto and chestnut and almond pastry aroma. Medium body, light sweetness, malty and oily with some coarseness, perhaps not lagered enough. Carbonation is creamy but malt is a bit rough. Decent minerality. Licorice and anise herbalness with woody touches. Much cleaner than in 2013, no unpleasant yogurt character. 3.3
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2014 Vom Faß im Kathi-Bräu (28.9.2013). - Wurde deutlich zu kalt serviert. Daher anfangs nur leicht säuerlich-pikanter Antrunk, sonst wenig Geschmack. Brausig-dünn. Erst mit zunehmender Erwärmung kommen schöne nussig-röstmalzige Aromen zur Geltung. Im Nachtrunk kaum Hopfen, leicht säuerlich. - Kathi-Bräu mag unter Motorradfahrern Kultstatus genießen, aber dieses Bier ist bestenfalls durchschnittlich. Franken hat weit Besseres zu bieten. Wanja (772) - GERMANY - OCT 28, 2013
On tap ( 0.5 l ) at the brewpub in Aufseß... Dark clody color, good head... Light malt aroma, little bit watery... Standard, too mild dark beer taste... Mild ending... tderoeck (10983) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 23, 2013
21/VII/13 - 50cl bottle from the brewery @ home - 6/IX/13 (2013-657) Thanks to Dominiek for the bottle!bierkoning (13894) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - SEP 3, 2011
Clear deep brown beer, irregular creamy light beige head, pretty stable, non adhesive. aroma: coffee, some dark caramel, toast, bit of chocolate. Mf: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: grains, hay, toast, mocha, little bitter, hoppy, some caramel. Aftertaste: fudge, caramel, mocha, bit hoppy, chocolate, grains and hay. Very German signature, but pretty complex and interesting.
Tap @ Kathi Heckenhof. brown color, hazy. Roast and some caramel in the malty, bready flavor. Maybe a bit thin. Long roasty earthy hopbitter finish. Earthy hoparoma. A very rural but hugely drinkable dunkel. MartinT (10239) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 31, 2011
My Bottom Line :
This rustic Dunkel’s striking earthy, herbal hop bitterness follows pumpernickel bread impressions and mild blueberry esters for a pint which is as memorable as it is quaffable.
Further Personal Perceptions :
-A veil of foam covers the blackened brown.
-This tastes like an ancestor to today’s Black IPAs...
-The mouthfeel is quite dry, which makes the hop bitterness feel more potent.
-Malts offer mild roasted and smoked flavors too.
On tap at the brewpub.