RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.67/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 90   ABV: 3%
An almost obsolete (only one example currently being brewed) German Ale, this style of beer was very popular at the end of the 19th century in the ThŁringen area of Germany. This is traditionally a pale beer brewed with lightly smoked malted barley and then allowed to become infected with lactic acid in the serving barrel.

This beer is the first half of two collaborative brews between Marzoniís and East End Brewing, more to come on our other beer (another obscure German style, gose) later. Since I neither of us had wooden barrels to allow a lactic infection to occur and we didnít want to risk infecting our regular equipment we decided to start off with a sour mash. A sour mash is basically mixing the malted barley with hot water and then holding it at 120 degrees for a few days allowing the natural yeast to create a wonderful lemonadey sourness. We then mixed this with smoked malt and a small amount of wheat and continued on as a normal brew day. We then added a small amount of lactic acid at the end of fermentation to try to keep the flavor to style again without risking a major brewery infection.

This light bodied, pale gold ale starts off with a noticeable but pleasant sourness, displays hints of smokiness, and finishes with a mild lactic bite. ABV Ė 3.0%

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 28, 2008
Pours a hazy yellow with a thin white head. Aroma keeps switching off between a nice lactic tartness, some oak, and some smoky hints. Tastes minerally with some nice tartness. Some smoky hints emerge as the beer warms. Earthy grassy finish. This reminds me of a cross between koduolo and gose. Good stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2008
Pours an extremely hazy light pale yellow color with slight fizzy white head. Aroma is very very grassy with a bit of citrus. Flavor is grassy like a dortmunder, tart but not fruity. Dry and a bit bitter. Slight smokiness to it. Overall, interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
LinusStick (3424) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2008 Another great by East End. This is the ultimate lawnmower beer. Nice floral aroma with light malt and yeast in the background. Pour was a nice medium gold with a 2 finger white head. Taste was very drinkable and refreshing. Light malt and smoke in the front that gives way to a lactic sourness in the aftertaste. As I had more of this the smoke gets stronger. A definate plus! Little carbonation, but the flavor stands on its own. Some yeast and lemon come out as it warms. Great beer!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mulletman69 (13) - USA - JUN 5, 2008
orgasmic... sour, with a smokey finish... beautiful beer... and one of only two breweries in the world to brew a beer of this style scott is the man

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Naka (719) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2008
A very interesting brew. Sampled at Pints for Pets. Pours a hazy peach flesh color with a small foamy head. Aroma is a little bit of spicy fruit. A sweet pruny caramel nose. Has a sweet yet smoky flavor. Very sour with a light bitter bite at the finish. Complex with a lot of bready characteristic. Medium body with a light carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dpjuart (1112) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2008
5/17/08 - Sample at Pint for Pets. Pours cloudy yellow with skimming, foamy white head. Nose is slightly sour with some spicy wheat notes. Taste is sourdough bread, slight apple and a touch of smoke and slight oak.. A rather mild bitter, but more than I expected. Very dry. Such a different taste that anything Iíve had before. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 22, 2008
Growler from my pal Cheapdark. A very interesting beer. Each sip, each aroma yields something different. Not to say its very complex -- it isnít -- but there is a still a lot of variety and evolution as this is drank. All the major ingredients are noticable -- light lactic, smoke, wheat -- along with some lemon and light yeast. I like this. Quite close to a berlinner weisse, really the only extra thing is smoke. I bet this would be great if it got the proper barrel treatment. Thanks, Dennis!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
cheap (5742) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2008 On tap at the East End Brewery. Got a nice big sample while filling a growler of it for puzzl. Cloudy lightish beige or brown like a hazey Long Island iced tea. Beatiful big head! Taste is of old farm house or barn with background hints of old sour wet hay. At times I think I smell a little old wet hay and manure mix in there and this is not meant to be derrogatory in any way. I must admit, I never tasted horse or goat manure but had my face rubbed in it a few times and this stuff has all the positve attributes of said matter. At times I think there are hints of smoked goat cheese in there. This brew is unique and a positive experience on all accounts. A really good tasting session brew. Light and airy, beautiful and fun. Nice finish, like a confederate gentleman greeeting a southern colonial bell. Lovely, simply lovely! Not a single hint of bitterness!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2008
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a cloudy gold/straw color with a thin, soapy white head. The smell is very smoky, with a lemon/lactic tart background, and a hint of bread. Crisp, clean taste. Starts slightly lemony, followed by a big wallop of smokiness, and ends clean, dry, and slight acidic. This beer, it seems to me, is the love child between a Rauchbier and a Berleiner Weissbier. Well done Bill and Scott! Itís great to see something like this in the area. I thoroughly enjoyed the chance to try it and I hope Iíll be down to have so more. I think itís cool that itís only 3%. For lightweights like me, I can have a few and not be a total ass. Refreshing, intriguing, interesting, drinkable, and delicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (9322) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 9, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2008 Draft @ Marzoniís. Cloudy, muddy dark yellow. Weird, spicy flavor of sprite soda, ginger ale, soggy bread, wheat germ, and then a really strange note of lactic acid (actually guessed at this before reading the description) - itís mainly on the back and in the finish, a sharp stomach acid bite that seems out of place, but almost resembles a berliner weisse... but then everything in this beer seems out of place... I donít get any smoke, but I do get some pureed apples and sour pear mush, and some fruity yeast esters, overall itís really unique and strange but itís difficult to understand.

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