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Das Schwarze

Das Schwarze from Stuttgart

Das Schwarze


Brewed by Dinkelacker-Schwaben Bräu
Style: Schwarz bier 
Stuttgart, Germany

SchwabenBräu is a brewery based in Stuttgart and owned by Dinkelacker-Schwaben Bräu GmbH und Co. KG. The company owns the largest brewery in the German state of Baden-Württemberg, a state in the southwest of Germany bordering France and Switzerland, and the location of the Black Forest. 

Das SchwarzeIt was founded in 1878 by Robert Leicht. Leicht was a progressive entrepreneur, open to technical innovations, so much so that the brewery very soon had electric light, an artificial ice cooling machine, a cable car, an atomized bottling plant and much more, and in 1897 was the first German beer to be delivered motorized, with a truck from Gottlieb Daimler. At one stage the company had the largest bottling plant in the world!

In 1996, the competing breweries of Schwaben Bräu and Dinkelacker merged to form Dinkelacker-Schwaben Bräu AG, then after there was a brief flirtation with brewing giants, InBev, who took over in 2003, but the brewery regained independence again in 2007. Bought back by Wolfgang Dinkelacker, great-grandson of company founder Carl Dinkelacker. 

Schwaben Bräu produces a wide array of beers, from their Pils, a helles and a wheat beer, and the odd seasonal beer for Christmas and local festivals. 

Review: 0,5l black flip top bottle of Das Schwarze: ABV: 4.9% vol 

Das SchwarzeThe ‘Black Forest Dark beer’ coming in a nice enough dark bottle with a fiip top.

On pour looks great, a jet black colour, with a bit of a reddish hue, decent frothy white head which settled down to a thin layer, some lacing. Looks crisp and ready to devour. Not a bad looker.

The aroma is faint, very faint. Slightly beery, malty and grainy and some fruits but not much on the nose. 

Lovely mouthfuls at the start. Get a taste of the toffee.                                                                      Can really get a good feel for the beer, and nice creamy mouthfuls. Initially. 

Das SchwarzeSweet malty taste. Very smooth, but overall not a whole lot of flavours or tastes though.
It is a bit bland, but easy to drink. No kick, no substance to it and a tad bit disappointing.

Second bottle.
Do get the coffee and dark chocolate notes, it is slight though at the front end. smooth, easy to drink, and light but, as I said, it is a little disappointing as all the tastes are only fleeting on the palate. They really need to stick around that little longer!

I can’t taste the alcohol,  and it is a pretty weak beer.                                                                        These black lagers are kind of a waste of time to be honest, no kick, no standout tastes.
I think black beers are the one style I struggle with as I always find them too weak to enjoy and don’t really see the point in them to be honest, but I will keep trying them………………

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Schneider Weisse Tap 7 Original 

Schneider Weisse Tap 7

Schneider Weisse Tap 7 Original 


Brewed by Private Weissbierbrauerei G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
Style: Hefeweizen 
Kelheim, Germany.

G. Schneider & Sohn is a brewery in Bavaria, Germany. The brewery was founded in 1872 by Georg Schneider I and his son Georg Schneider II, after they acquired the Weisses Brauhaus in Munich which was the oldest wheat beer brewery in the city.

In the 17th Century, Wheat beers had got the royal approval of  “The Great” Maximilian I, a member of the House of Wittelsbach, and who ruled as Duke of Bavaria from 1597. As part of his royal inheritance he had the right to brew the stuff (as only nobility could back then), and sensing he was onto a good thing, started opening up breweries all over Bavaria for the common people, all making him some nice revenues, with the first one opening in 1607 in Kelheim.  It was the very same brewery that would be obtained by the Schneider family much later in 1928.

Schneider Weisse Tap 7 Original So wheat beer was well established in Bavaria, but it did go through a stage where it wasnt as popular as before. Bottom-fermented beers, such as lagers and “dark beers”, were proving very popular and wheat beers went so far out of fashion that many had thought it wasn’t worth even brewing anymore. Not so father and son combo, Georg I. Schneider and son Georg II. Schneider who set about revitalizing the once popular top fermented brew. They first needed to obtain the correct license with the Bavarian “Hofbräuamt” (the courtly administration for brewing) under King Ludwig II. of Bavaria (1856-1886), in order to obtain the “Weissbierregal“ , giving them the right to brew wheat beer, as the first commoners ever.

Together the two set about establishing their own company “G. Schneider & Sohn“ and production started in September 1872. “Schneider Weisse“ is born and with it an instant classic as their first wheat beer is found to be extremely popular, remaining even so to the present. But tragedy happened as in 1890 both father and son died. 

Under Georg Schneider III, who took over at the age of twenty, following the early death of his father, the brewery expanded and modernized, mainly down to the ever growing popularity of their beers. Business was doing well.  But unfortunately the Third George didn’t live long to see the fruits of his hard work as he also died at a very young age, at 35. 

As the next in line to the brewing dynasty was only six (the very young Georg IV), Mathilde, the wife of Georg Schneider III, acted as director until her young son was old enough to take control of the company.  One must greatly admire how the single mother ran a business in an era when male chauvinism was alive and well, and women simply were not expected to do anything but to cook and look after the family home. This explains why a lot of her management was done secretly so as not to cause any unwanted attention to the business. Under her management Schneider Weisse eventually rises to become the biggest wheat beer brewery in Southern Germany, which was some achievement when you take into account the damaging affect that World War One had on the whole of Germany.

Georg IV took over in the inter war period and used this time to buy up some brewing facilities in Munich and surrounding areas, off breweries that didn’t survive the war as well. This and the fact that wheat beers are making a small comeback, steadied the ship for the company through the difficult times of the Great Depression and the early years of Nazism.  But with the outbreak of WW2, food and water are in short supply, rationing is in place and many towns and cities are destroyed. 

Massive reinvestment is needed to get the brewery back up and running, and this is where Georg Schneider V comes in. Extensive construction to the brewery, but also new and more exciting wheat beer specialties, all resulting in newer markets in Europe and to the USA with output greatly increased. All the time still using the same traditional brewing methods and original yeast strain. 

In 2000 Georg Schneider VI, the sixth generation of the family, takes command of the brewery, further expanding the production range. Today, the brewery employs around 100 people and distributes its products across Germany and all around the world. The core product is TAP 7 Mein Original (formerly Schneider Weisse Original), which is brewed according to the original recipe of 1872. Georg Schneider VI renamed the Schneider Weisse product range in 2009, so as to draw attention to the fact that the brewery also produces the products TAP 1 to TAP 6, a bit of a gimmick but there you go. These taps include a Helles Weiss-bier, an alcohol free beer, an Hefeweizen Oktoberfest special (from a 1916 original recipe), a Weizen Doppel bock (Bavaria’s oldest), amongst others.

But it it without doubt that its Tap 7 is the marquee beer of the company, winning numerous awards at the Beer World Cup in 2008 and in 2012, and proving to the be a best seller in the Weiss bier world. 

Review: 0,5l bottle of Schneider Weisse Tap 7: ABV: 5.4% vol 

Crappy uninspiring logo, golden thingy on the bottle, but it is an iconic brand in the beer world so I guess it works!

“Mein Original“ is being brewed following the same recipe used in the original back in 1872, “TAP7“ is its modern name. 

Schneider Weisse Tap 7 Original Massive amount of carbonation, wow, too much as it all came bubbling out like a fountain. What remained in the glass was a dark orange coloured beer with a white head that was pretty small all things considering, and died a death later. Also a bit cloudy. That’s what a top bottle conditioned beer does for ya!

Overall looks horrible.

Got that typical weissbier smell,  was a strong smell, of the fruits, the cloves, the grains, barely and wheat. 

Taste was not bad with the first mouthful, full bodied and a nice clean and pleasant crispy taste.

Very nice, I like it, ok it looks shit but bloody hell it aint bad to taste. Quaffable and very tasty beer.

Typical weiss taste with the wheat, the malts, cloves and the fruits, but on a light level, and with a nice and smooth after taste. Very tasty and quite refreshing. 

The banana is quite strong in this beer I think, with some light creamy taste, to give a good balanced flavour. 

Very good, I like it, recommended. So easy to drink.  Can sup it and enjoy. Or devour it, up to yourself! 

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Hacker-Pschorr Münchner Hell

Hacker-Pschorr Münchner Hell


Brewed by Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH (Paulaner)
Style: Munich Helles Lager 
Munich, Germany

Hacker-Pschorr is a brewery in Munich, formed in 1972 out of the merger of two breweries, Hacker and Pschorr.

Hacker-PschorrHacker was founded way, way back in 1417, and the Pschorr bit comes from when Joseph Pschorr, in the late 18th century, bought the Hacker brewery from his father-in-law, Peter-Paul Hacker. He subsequently founded a separate brewery called Pschorr, who would have guessed, eh? His two sons, Georg Pschorr and Matthias Pschorr Sr., divided his estate by each taking control of one of the two separate breweries. 

As mentioned, it wasnt until 1972 that the breweries Hacker and Pschorr merged to form Hacker-Pschorr Bräu AG, and in 1993, the brewing plants were merged with those of the Paulaner brewery. Since 1998, the beer is only produced in the plants of the Paulaner brewery. Now that’s what you call a complete takeover! 

Hacker-PschorrIn Munich in 1810, the Crown Prince Ludwig I of Bavaria, decided he wanted the whole of Bavaria to join him in celebrating his wedding. He commissioned a collection of the top Munich brewers, including Josef Pschorr, then the brewmaster of the Hacker-Pschorr brewery, to develop special brews to commemorate this special occasion. Overtime this occasion has evolved into the world city of Munich’s Oktoberfest, which is attended by over six million people each year. By Munich law, only the six breweries within the city limits of Munich are invited to serve their beer at Oktoberfest. Hacker-Pschorr is one of the six and today’s event is held on land donated by Josef Pschorr, further highlighting the special relationship this brewery has with the city. 

Hacker-Pschorr produce up to 16 different beers, some of them are only seasonally available. Hacker-Pschorr Weisse is the most popular of the company’s beers.

Review: 0,33L Flip top Bottle of Hacker-Pschorr Münchner Hell: ABV: 5% vol 

The appearance is one of an amazingly clear beer, Jesus, I have to say it really was an impressive sight! A light crystal clear colour of golden yellow. Got a frothy white head that settled perfectly. 

Looks pretty inciting overall and nice to look at, even if the head dies a little death.

For the aroma I got a fairly faint and light beery yeasty smell, very faint and with some malts on the nose.

Hacker-PschorrOn taste, got some really lovely mouthfuls, a very good start, very refreshing. Beery and lagery but in a nice way, sweet with some fruits and not too off putting.

Very smooth, very drinkable. Very malty.

A little bite to it too, but not strong, small bit of a taste from the hops.

A light lager in flavour and taste. A bit creamy, light tough and easy to drink.

Not awash with flavours. But refreshing and nice to relax with.
Not bad, could have a bit more of a kick to it (lost it in the second bottle)
A bit plain. But good for a session. Not a bad beer. The initial taste, with its great big mouthful, is the highlight for me.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock


Brewed by Brauerei Aying
Style: Doppelbock
Aying, Germany

The Ayinger brewery, founded in 1877, is located in Aying, Bavaria, Germany, and not too far from the city of Munich. The independently owned brewery has a number of beers that it produces but it is mainly its well known Celebrator Doppelbock that is their big seller. 

Peter Liebhard had taken over from his father the family farm and estate. He, and his son Johann, figured that their servants, maids, and guests were bound to get thirsty now and again so they decided to establish their own brewery to cater for them.  So, in 1876, Johann Liebhard took over the farm from his father and put into action their plan to open a brewery. The brewery was built the next year in 1877, and with technical developments in brewing and also the addition of a railway, the brewery expanded tenfold. 

Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAs Liebhard had no male heirs, he handed over the reigns to his eldest daughter, Maria and, her husband and his son-in-law, August Zehentmair, who continued the operation of the brewery and of the estate. Coming out of the First World War, was difficult for the brewery, but they managed it, with August having to take out heavy loans to keep up with the day to day running of the estate, the farms and, of course, the brewery. 

After all the many setbacks, they progressed again in no small part to the technical developments of the brewery in the 1920’s. Bottle washing and a filling plant were purchased, a cooling vessel was added to their fermentation cellar, a beer truck would make transportation easier and with the popularity of beer in Munich, and with all the breweries in and around the city, yes it was a good time to be in the beer industry. 

But of course then came Hitler and the Nazi’s. But it wasn’t only that. In 1936, August Zehentmair died quite unexpectedly at the age of 56, also without any male heirs. The eldest daughter, Maria Kreszenz, and her husband, Franz Inselkammer were next on the Ayinger throne. However, just like the first World War, the brewery under Franz Inselkammer, rebounded stronger, and with the post war boom, once again prospered. 

Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockFranz and Maria Kreszenz managed to have three sons Franz, August and Peter. In 1963, the oldest, Franz, took control, but he was also helped by his two brothers, a period which saw further expansion and modernization within the company.

Even today, the new brewery in Aying is still one of the most technically advanced breweries in Europe. Where we are at the present is that Franz Inselkammer III, a son, is in control of the company, the sixth generation.  

Ayinger’s Celebrator, using purely local ingredients from Aying and the surrounding area, is considered to be one of the better doppelbocks on the market, having won a gold medal at the World Beer Awards in 2017 in “the Strong Lager” category, and also a gold medal at the World Beer Awards in 2015 in the category- “Germany’s Best Doppelbock”
For the internet geeks it was rated as the “Best beer from Germany,” on the beer rating site Ratebeer.com in 2014 and 2015 and the “World’s Top Strong Lager,” on the same site in 2015.
And if that wasn’t enough, the beer hunter and all round expert on all things related to beer, the one and only Michael Jackson called it a “World classic.”. With all those accolades, I just know that this beer is going to be a disappointment!!! 

Just to refresh: a doppelbock (“a double bock”) is a strong lager originating from Germany, primarily consumed during the spring months to celebrate the end of winter. Bock means “billy-goat” in German, hence the goats that you will always see on the bottles. Doppelbocks are usually very malty, dark in colour, and and have a stronger ABV than an average lager. 

Review: 0,33l. Bottle of Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock: ABV: 6.7% vol 

Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator is little changed from the doppelbock first brewed at Ayinger way back in 1878, using the same old recipe in today’s brews. 

Nice brown bottle with a lovely old fashioned design and striking label, very nice. Also have a cheapish looking ornament, in the form of a plastic white goat, with it tied around the neck, which is a bit silly, but there you go. A goat of course representing the fact that it is a doppelbock. 

On pour got a darkish brown coloured beer, almost black in fact with purple/reddish looking highlights, with a nice decent sized tan head, some good carbonation going on too, and overall the appearance looks pretty damn good. It all looks very appetizing, nice n frothy. 

The smell is equally as good. Got a wide variety of smells, was very malty, got some fruity smells of raisins and prunes, and with strong hints of alcohol.

Loved the smell which was strong and pleasant on the nose.

Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockTaste, got some nice creamy tastes and very filling mouthfuls. Nice hoppy aftertaste which can be felt at the back end, nice and manageable. 

Can taste the fruits, and, of course, the sweet malts and caramel.

Nice enough, a slow burner and definitely one to relax with and sup.

If there was one negative is that I did get a little bit of dryness in the mouth.
The alcohol is also well hidden, very well hidden.

It’s alright, is very tasty for sure and I got a fulsome feeling.  A nicely balanced beer with a lot of flavours to be had.

On the second pint the alcohol was finally hitting me, got the beery taste. It is 6.7% after all, but it is manageable and not overpowering.

Over all yeah its a good beer, not bad and a nice and tasty brew, very drinkable and not very sour or bitter. 
Was a bit tipsy after the second pint, but it was easy enough to drink overall.

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Altenmünster Urig Wurzig

Altenmünster Urig Wurzig

Altenmünster Urig Wurzig


Brewed by Altermünster Brewery
Style: Premium Lager
Kempten, Bavaria, Germany

The Altermünster brewery is produced in the Allgäu region of Bavaria, Germany. 

The Altenmünster Brewery specialise in recipes rediscovered and with long-forgotten ingredients creating a full-flavored and timeless beer.

Review: 0,5l Bottle of Altenmünster Urig Wurzig: ABV: 4.9% vol

Altenmünster Urig WurzigIn a strap bottle, which looks fairly nice and in a classic style, if a little unusual in that it didn’t have a label on the front, just a small description on the neck of the bottle. 

The appearance is of a nice golden yellow colour, with a white fluffy head that looks well, albeit it does die a bit, Some small carbonation going on. Not bad looking.

The smell is malty, also get a sweet piercing smell of the citrus but its all very pleasant. A nice aroma.

Also get a rustic aroma of grains and hay, an earthy kind of smell.

Got nice big mouthfalls on the initial taste, light tastes, but nothing really standing out.

Altenmünster Urig WurzigVery malty at the back end. Grainy taste as well.

All very smooth, not bitter, and very easy to drink.

But nothing outstanding, a regular enough brew, nothing to get too exited about.

Overall it is a good solid session beer, very smooth, no harsh aftertastes, very crisp.  Good, but nothing special, few flavours. 

A light lager taste. Pretty much a regular lager. I didn’t find the spicy part that many have noted in this beer. 

Nothing special, bit disappointing considering the nice looking bottle and all, but would do if thirsty!

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Black Forest Michel

Black Forest Michel

Schwarzwald Michel 


Brewed by Alpirsbacher Klosterbräu
Style: Helles/Pale Lager
Alpirsbach, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany

Black Forest MichelAlpirsbacher Klosterbräu is a brewing company in a small town called Alpirsbach in the Black Forest region of Germany.

The company was founded in 1877 by Johann Gottfried Glauner who reactivated the former monastery brewery. In 1880 the company was passed onto his son, Carl Albert Glauner and in 1906 the company was renamed to Alpirsbacher Klosterbräu. The company was, and is,  continuously held by the Glauner family that is now in its fourth generation of ownership.

I have tried their products before, their big seller and award winning beer, the “spezial” lager, which was fine, and their Märzenbier which I liked. 

Other beers they produce have also won prestigious awards. Its Pils getting a silver in the World Beer Cup in 2014, and its Wheat crystal, Monastery Starkbier and Monastic Substance all picking up awards in the World Beer Awards

Review: 0,5l Bottle of Schwarzwald Michel: ABV: 4.8% vol 

Black Forest MichelSchwarzwald Michel translates as Black Forest Michel in English!

This beer is exclusively brewed for Edeka, a German supermarket giant, as a special thanks for all their years of cooperation with the company. 

Has an interesting label of what looks like a blond, blue eyed (“Aryan” cough!) German woodcutter.

On appearance got a very light golden colour, and a nice soft white head.

A good bit of carbonation, beer buzzing along, a lively beer.

Looks lovely as it has a nice colour and a decent sized head, good start.

Black Forest MichelHas a very nice aroma, it smells of malts and hops all light but fresh and fine on the nose.

The taste is nice and soft, and very easy to drink, really smooth and refreshing with its subtle flavours and light tastes. Can detect citrus, wheat, malt notes, and it is also a little creamy.

Nice and malty. The barley malts hitting the spot. 

Got lovely mouthfuls. Very nice to drink. Tastes like a decent lager. Nice, I like it. 

Citrus notes are quite apparent in this beer. 

Was tasty and very easy to drink. Excellent, loved it. Recommended


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Gralsburg Export. Cheaper than water

Gralsburg Export


Brewed by Oettinger Bier Gruppe
Style:Export Lager 
Oettingen, Germany

Got this beer from the Swiss Supermarket discount chain, Denner, who have been importing Gralsburg Export for many years from the Oettinger Brauerei in Southwest Germany.  It is one of the cheapest beers one can find in Switzerland.

Have reviewed Oettinger Export  and found it to be a very reasonable beer, certainly great considering the price. Nicknamed “Oetti”, the brewery is well known for producing vast amounts of cheap beer which can be easily got in all the major supermarket chains. Basically it is a German version of “stack em high sell em cheap”, and for people with only coppers in their pockets and students, well….. theirs are the perfect beers. They produce Gralsburg Export for Denner, but they also sell Oettinger Export on the market, so you can knock yourself out (literally perhaps) on cheap beer from Germany! 

Review: 500ml of Gralsburg Export: ABV: 5.4% vol 

The special beer that is cheaper than water, but as its actually German it is brewed according to those lovely purity laws we keep hearing about, so it cant be that bad, right?

On pour got a decent sized frothy head, with a nice golden beer appearance, looked very good.

Got absolutely nothing on the nose, zilch, nothing at all. On the second can, I did get some smells but again nothing to get too excited about. Got a bad smell like dishwater and also a very metallic smell. Too sweet, too yeasty.

Not much taste at all, big mouthfuls of nothingness, You are waiting for a taste, but it never comes.
Ok there is a slight hoppy bitterness, and you can get the sweet malts, but overall not much there of substance.

Bit difficult to drink, as its not smooth, and can get a taste of light washing up liquid, its not a nice beer to drink at all. Very soapy, and a real struggle to drink. Overall a big NO!

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Black Pearl Classic Porter

Black Pearl Classic Porter

Black Pearl Classic Porter


Brewed by Distelhäuser Brauerei
Style: Porter
Distelhausen, Tauberbischofsheim, Germany

Black Pearl Classic PorterThe Black Pearl Classic Porter is produced by the Distelhäuser brewery in Tauberbischofsheim, a place I am not even sure is real! According to my good friend Google, it is a southern German town, and a small town at that, in the north-east of Baden-Württemberg on the river Tauber with a population of about 12,700.

The brewery was founded in 1811 as Brewery Womann, but since 1876 it has been owned by the Bauer family.

At the moment, 21 different beer specialties are being produced in Distelhausen according to the old traditional brewing methods of the region and, of course, in accordance with the German purity law (Reinheitsgebot) of 1516.

The Distelhäuser Brewery is one of the most successful breweries in Germany, measured by the number of awards for its products. Its Pils, Wheat Beer, Hefe-Weizen, Landbier, its export, are all amongst a bevy of beers that have won Gold, silver or bronze in the World Beer Cup. Too many to list.  

Review: 0,33l Bottle of Black Pearl Classic Porter: ABV: 6.6% vol 

Black Pearl Classic PorterTo note: the Black Pearl Classic Porter hasn’t won anything in the World Beer Cup!!

Comes in a nice bottle with a lovely looking logo, black writing on a nice yellow background. 

The appearance was one of a lovely frothy tan head, as expected a very dark black beer with hints of purple.
The head does die a death and eventually goes flat near the end.

Flat. Looks all a bit shitty really.

Has a really lovely porter smell, nice. Really good smell, not faint but striking of roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, light caramel. 

Black Pearl Classic PorterOn the taste side of things, found it very hoppy!!

Bit dry in the mouth.

Not much to taste, just the hops in the end.

All in the back end, hoppy, no coffee, no toffee, very disappointing, this is meant to be a porter after all. Could smell them on the nose but they vanished when it came to the taste!

Relatively smooth with the roasted malts, but it is a porter and you expect some of the porter tastes and characteristics, or at least I couldn’t detect them

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Ratskrone Premium Pilsner,

Ratskrone Premium Pilsner, cheap supermarket fare

Ratskrone Premium Pilsner 


Brewed by Brauerei Moninger GmbH
Style: Pilsener
Karlsruhe, Germany

Ratskrone Premium Pilsner,Difficult to figure out where exactly this beer is from or who brews it, as its under licence and and specifically brewed for the German supermarket chain, Edeka stores, who are mainly based in Hamburg.  

I might be wrong, but I think it is brewed and produced mainly by the German Hatz-Moninger brewery from Karlsruhe, under license.  The beers are mainly sold in six packs and are popular amongst discount buyers!

Review: Can of Ratskrone Premium Pilsner: ABV: 4.7% (Some regions 4.9%)

Brewed according to the German purity law, like all German beers, but nice enough to remind us on the can! But its a very cheap discount beer bought from Aldi, so lets see……

Has the appearance of a clear golden yellow colour beer with a nice fluffy white head, ok looking, not bad.

Ratskrone Premium Pilsner,Good beery smell, grainy and malty 

Bit of a spicy taste initially, very sweet!!

Good enough mouthfalls I guess but overall not great at all, not much at all to get excited about.

Ok, but just too watery with little hint of alcohol, just a hint of the malts and grains. 

Not much taste, bit metallic in the end.

Tasteless overall, and bland. 

A discount beer, yes, but there are good discount beers out there so just cause its dead cheap doesn’t mean it should taste rubbish. 

This really wasn’t great. Avoid!

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Eichbaum Maibock  

Eichbaum Maibock

Eichbaum Maibock  


Brewed by Privatbrauerei Eichbaum 
Style: Maibock / Helles Bock 
Mannheim, Germany

First question is naturally………. what the fuck is a Maibock?

Eichbaum Maibock  A Bock is a darkish, malty, lightly hopped ale first brewed in the 14th century by German brewers in the town of Einbeck. It got its name  “ein Bock,” meaning “Billy Goat” in German as people mispronounced the town of Einbeck, and for that reason you will often see goats on the beer labels of bocks. It is usually a strong lager from 6% to as high as 12% ABV.,  sweet, and lightly hopped. The beer should be clear, and colour can range from light copper to brown, with a plentiful off-white head. The aroma should be malty and toasty, possibly with hints of alcohol, but no detectable hops or fruitiness.The mouthfeel is smooth, with low to moderate carbonation and no astringency. The taste is rich and toasty, sometimes with a bit of caramel. Again, hop presence is low to undetectable, providing just enough bitterness so that the aftertaste is muted.

A Bock is historically associated with special occasions, often religious festivals such as Christmas, Easter or Lent. Bocks have a long history of being brewed and consumed by Bavarian monks as a source of nutrition during times of fasting.

Several substyles exist, including maibock (helles bock, heller bock), a paler, more hopped version generally made for consumption at spring festivals; doppelbock (double bock), a stronger and maltier version; and eisbock, a much stronger version made by partially freezing the beer and removing the ice that forms.

Eichbaum Maibock  As for this beer, the Eichbaum Brewery was founded way, way back in 1674 by Jean de Chaine from Southern Belgium, originally as a small brewpub, and while the exact location changed, its home and heart has always been in the city of Mannheim, a southern German city touching the Rhine. The name Eichbaum came from the German translation of his family name.

All was going well for many years until the Nazis got into power. As the company had a substantial Jewish shareholdership, they were all expelled and the company was nationalized. WW2 resulted in the company ceasing to produce any beer. But after the war, the company reopened and did well since they were the main beer supplier for the American army that was now based in Germany at that time!

Since the 70’s the brewery has changed ownership many times but nowadays it is operated as a private brewery, Eichbaum GmbH & Co KG.

Today, the brewery is one of the largest and most efficient breweries in the Baden-Württemberg region of Germany. Not only is it the oldest company in Mannheim but it is also one of the most modern. State-of-the-art brewing and bottling technologies make for an annual output of 1.8 million hectolitres, resulting in more than 16 different beers produced annually for its every widening market.

Review: 0,5l Bottle of Eichbaum Maibock: ABV: 7.2% 

Eichbaum Maibock  A Maibock, also known as helles bock or heller bock, is a lightly coloured beer, less malty and drier in the finish to a regular bock, and has a spicy or peppery taste coming from the hops. Colour can range from deep gold to light amber with a large, creamy, persistent white head, and moderate to moderately high carbonation, while alcohol content ranges from 6.3% to 7.4% by volume. The flavour is typically less malty than a traditional bock, and may be drier, hoppier, and more bitter, but still with a relatively low hop flavour, with a mild spicy or peppery quality from the hops, increased carbonation and alcohol content. 

Has an interesting logo of a big goat, that’s the billy goat representing its name “Ein Bock”

Appearance isn’t the best to be honest. The head does die in seconds and it has a general appearance of a flat beer with no lacing.

Having said that the beer does have a lovely golden colour, and it is a very clear beer with some small carbonation going on.

But head is shit, really no head, it fizzles away quickly, falls flat.

Eichbaum Maibock  Get a lot in the bottle though.

A nice sweet smell, pleasant on the nose. I got malts, and some caramel, and a bit of a general lager smell. It was nice on the nose. 

No standout tastes.

Got a caramel taste, bit bitter sweet in the aftertaste, not much in front end. Very boring beer, dull. Not nice at all. Certainly not a session beer.

Very hoppy and bitter. A struggle to drink.

Can’t feel the alcohol, no kick. Very dry in the mouth

Very dry cardboard. Too hoppy for me, yuck, what a disappointment.

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