This month we tasted some examples of German Beer making. Interestingly when a vote was taken as to favorite they ranked (from best) in the order served below. The notes were taken from the ‘net to compare with. Pretzels were served as well.
embodies the special atmosphere of the beer-making capital of Munich, and exports it to the four corners of the globe. Its refreshing, bitter flavour and alcoholic content of around 5.1% volume have made it famous worldwide. A Munich beer with character.
Pours clear straw with two plus fingers of loose white head diminishing gradually to a thin cap, moderate patchy lacing (4/5). Nose is biscuity malt, grassy hops, and fruit (apple/grape) (6/10). Taste is mild to moderate sweet, mild to moderate bitter (5/10). Light body, moderate to low sustained carbonation, with an off-dry bitter finish (3/5)
a mature and most agreeable beer – is brewed with the best of ingredients in the same traditional way it has been for many, many years. The result is delicately tart and pleasantly bitter – with a strong hop taste.
Aroma: intense grain and bread malts. Appearance: light gold, medium, frothy, white head. Taste: light bitter. Palate: bitters intensify, soft carbonation, light flowers, grain malts, dry in the average-long finish. Overall: OK
Appearance – A good amber golden colour with decent CO2 activity in the glass. This beer raised a great head that lasted well over the average 3-4 minute marker. There was also a lot of heavy lacing from this beer.
Smell – The nose in this beer was very much dominated by the malt profile. The hop aromas were somewhat lost as the beer was served in a Stein glass. There was some evidence of solvent in the aroma but it was not enough to be a problem for me personally.
Taste – The malt aromas from the nose were very noticeable in the flavour of this beer and the lost hops finally came through here. There was a decent amount of mild sweetness from the malt and a nice bitter finish from the hop. This beer was straight up and did what it set out to do and it did it very well.
Mouthfeel – The CO2 gave great tingle in this beer that had very nice body and amazing linger.
Overall – This beer is pretty damned good. The flavour profile is pretty much exactly what a Pilsner in this style should be
A Schwarzbier style beer that, depending on the light, is black or a deep dark brown with reddish highlights. A creamy tan head forms during the pour, followed by a hint of chocolate malt aroma and grassy, not lemony, hops.
The flavor is chocolate with a bit of caramel, and minimum roast malt and coffee flavors. It has the same medium body, carbonation and sweetness that a typical lager might have, and little bitterness. There is a bit of dryness that helps provide a clean finish.
At 4.3% alcohol content, Krombacher is smooth and easy on the palate, making for a pleasant, high-quality beer to drink without any need for deep analysis.