Calanda lager, Grison mountains, the Alps

Calanda Lager, from the foothills of the Alps

Calanda Bräu Lager

Brewed by Heineken Switzerland AG 
Style: Pale Lager
Chur, Switzerland

Calanda lager, Grison mountains, the AlpsCalanda Bräu is a Swiss brewery from the small town of Chur, which is reputedly the oldest town in Switzerland, and lies next to the waters of the Grison mountains, which are part of the Alps.

Beer was produced in this region since the late 18th century where a lot of microbreweries were littered around, not just in this area but also the whole of Switzerland. This fierce competition meant that no brewery could really develop, so by the early 20th century many of these micro breweries merged together to form a larger and more efficient (and more profitable) larger brewery, called Aktienbrauerei Chur. With further acquisitions and mergers over time eventually becoming Calanda Bräu in 1971.

The brewery was popular, becoming the third largest in the country by the 1990’s. This spiked the interest of Heineken who acquired the company in 1993, and who continue the tradition-rich Grisons beer brand Calanda.

Review: Can of Calanda Lager: ABV: 4.8%

Calanda lager, Grison mountains, the AlpsThe Calanda brewery and its unique beer, from the water of the Grison mountains

On pour we get a lovely clean and clear golden colour, with a massive head that takes a while to settle. When it settles eventually I see a lovely looking beer. The head does die a bit after a while, and there is some decent lacing.

I like the aroma as well, quite strong and full of nice aromas of corn, barely and grains.

Calanda lager, Grison mountains, the AlpsTaste wasn’t what I was expecting, a bit of a slow burner. A good feel in the mouth and that initial taste was good.  Creamy, stringent sour taste, some citrus.

Bubbly,  deep lying taste,  hoppy.

All at start and middle, no real aftertaste. Savoury, tasting of corn, grains and sweet malts.

A slow drinking beer, good for a slow session, very tasty.  I liked it, a nice and relaxing beer.

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