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Valentins Hefeweissbier

Valentins Hefeweissbier

Valentins Hefeweissbier

http://valentins-weissbier.de/

Brewed by Park & Bellheimer AG Brewery 
Style: German Hefeweizen
Pirmasens, Germany

Valentins HefeweissbierBrewed by Park & Bellheimer AG Brewery  from the small city of Pirmasens (pop:40,125) in the Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, near the border with France, and named in honour of St Valentine (The guy in the bottle!), patron saint of lovers everywhere, but I have no idea if he was big into his beers.

Review: 0.5l bottle of Valentins Hefeweissbier Premium: ABV: 5.3%

Valentins HefeweissbierShould be served in a Weizen glass, that is if you have one. I dont! 

Brewed in the great traditions of monastic brewing and of course the Bavarian purity law of 1516.

Frothy on pour which settles very well. Hazy golden-amber colour

Decent sized white head and maintains throughout. Not a bad looking beer.

Nice balanced and pleasant smell of your typical weisbier of yeast, wheat, clove, and banana as well, albeit all smells were a little faint.

On taste has all the typical Hefeweizen tastes but on a very low level. Light yeasts, malts, the cloves, the wheat, and banana flavours.

Valentins HefeweissbierNice creamy mouthfuls. Creamy. Not much standout taste though, very subtle flavours. Not really bitter or strong aftertaste.

Very nice, inoffensive and well rounded, and very smooth, VERY SMOOTH. I’d imagine it would be a nice beer to pair with some good food on a nice hot day.

Nice on the tongue and finishes light and smooth,  very drinkable for me at least who isn’t the biggest fan of weisbier’s! An OK beer. 

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Stortebeker Schwarz bier

Stortebeker Schwarz bier

Stortebeker Schwarz bier 

https://www.stoertebeker.com/

Brewed by Störtebeker Braumanufaktur
Style: Schwarzbier/Black beer
Stralsund, Germany

Störtebeker Braumanufaktur is a German Brewery, founded in 1827, situated in the small city of Stralsund, near the Baltic coast. 

Originally called Stralsunder, they changed their name in 2011 to Störtebeker Braumanufaktur in homage to the German pirate Klaus Störtebeker, whose name apparently means “empty the mug with one gulp” in Low Saxon, easy known Klaus’ favourite hobby then!

Review: 0.5l Bottle of Stortebeker Schwarz bier: ABV : 5% 

Stortebeker Schwarz bierA “Schwarzbier” or Black beer uses lager yeasts to ferment (as opposed to ale for a porter) and traditionally starts with an initial hint of roastedness, is light tasting, and has a clean finish, while a porter or stout for example is thicker and a lot more bitter in the taste. All this is important to know before trying these kind of beers least you be disappointed! 

Lovely looking bottle, logo of a ship, really well done and stands out. 

As expected got a striking black colour on pour, but also interestingly some shades of dark red. Got a porter style tan head, which was large and very creamy. Head maintains well. Some nice lacing. Not a bad looking beer.

Lovely initial smell, was really pleasant, of roasted malts, some fruits and sweet coffee. Also got some dark chocolate on the nose. A nice balance of rustic smells. Good start.

Stortebeker Schwarz bierOn taste is very similar to porter, and very, very smooth. No real feel of the alcohol, at least initially. Nearly too smooth for my liking as I do like to feel some alcohol now and again, especially in a slow burner like this. No bitterness.
Safe, nothing extraordinary
Black chocolate found. Tastes light. Nice though all the same. Caramel taste apparent as well.
Nice large mouthfuls.
It is a nice beer to drink and I did enjoy drinking it.

Strong in the end, after the two bottles. Good and can do the business, but not going to set the world alight in terms of strong tastes as it is a little thin, but if it just added a bit more it could be a stand out beer as it does lack a little depth or flavour, a pity

I see they won the best black beer in Europe, a “European Beer Star” in 2010 and 2011. Frankly, that is taking the piss, lol!

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Alpirsbacher Klosterbräu Klosterstoff

Alpirsbacher Klosterbräu Klosterstoff

Alpirsbacher Klosterbräu Klosterstoff 

https://shop.alpirsbacher.de/bier/klosterstoff.html

Brewed by Alpirsbacher Klosterbräu
Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest 
Alpirsbach, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

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

Alpirsbacher Klosterbräu KlosterstoffThe 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.

The company has an annual turnover of 22 million euros (2014), and its big seller, its “spezial” lager, won the prestigious World Beer Award in 2013. Read my review of that beer here

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: 0.33l flip top bottle of Alpirsbacher Klosterbräu Klosterstoff Märzenbier: ABV: 5.9% 

Alpirsbacher Klosterbräu KlosterstoffBottle with a cool flip top, lets open the beer from the Black Forest. 

On pour got a lovely crystal clear golden colour and a nice white head that appeared. 

Nice bit of carbo, bubbling away.

Head does thin out but maintains and the colour does fade a little, not as sparkling on pour.

Got a lovely initial smell of malts, all really pleasant on the nose but faint. But I also detected some hot spicy aromas which was interesting!

Alpirsbacher Klosterbräu KlosterstoffNice big mouthfuls. Tasted wheat, grain, malts, altogether not a bad taste at all and very smooth.

Very smooth, must be the good waters from the streams near the Black Forest, I guess! 

Good creamy mouthfuls, soft on the tongue.

A Good beer that was lovely and smooth.

Not particularly hoppy, to me at least. Easy to drink, refreshing, and very well balanced. It is not going to set the world alight, but I liked it. 

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Oettinger Export. The cheap beer with added value

Oettinger Export. The cheap beer with added value.

Oettinger Export

https://www.oettinger-bier.de

Brewed by Oettinger Brauerei GmbH
Style: Dortmunder/Helles
Oettingen, Bavaria, Germany

Oettinger is Germany’s best selling beer brand since the early 1990’s, made by Oettinger Brauerei headquartered in the small town of Oettingen, in Bavaria, Germany

They also have breweries located in Gotha, Mönchengladbach and Braunschweig.

Oettinger Export. The cheap beer with added valueNicknamed “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….. this is the perfect beer. They dont do draft and its rare to find in a pub. But in case you are worried, all of the Oettinger beers are brewed in accordance to the “Reinheitsgebot”, the German purity law of 1516, the standard used to maintain good quality beer in Germany.

Oettinger uses several ways to keep beer prices low: It does not advertise, it delivers directly to the stores and shops, and has a highly automated brewing process that uses as few employees as possible to brew vast amounts of beer.

Oettinger Export. The cheap beer with added valueAll this has made the brand a runaway success, easily becoming Germany’s go to beer for getting pissed on the cheap. It is also exported as far away as Australia and closer to home in Austria, Switzerland, Spain and Italy. 

The family-owned company was founded in the picturesque Bavarian town of Oettingen, way back in 1731, as it says on the can, but the brewery really began to change when it was taken over in 1956 by Otto and Günther Kollmar. These two set up a direct marketing strategy aimed at the price conscious consumer and in the era of supermarkets in the 70’s they had the perfect distribution network to flood the German market with their produce. 

Review: 50 cl Can of Oettinger Export: ABV: 5.4%

The cheap beer with added value. 

On pour a lot of carbonation producing a very clear golden colour.  A big bubbly white head appears which does die a death pretty fast to leave a small flat head. No lacing. Appearance is ok, nothing special. 

Oettinger Export. The cheap beer with added valueHas a good beery smell, a bit faint but good all the same, yeasty, grainy….

Bit of a biting metallic taste, but goes and once you get over that the beer is quite enjoyable 

Can taste the malts, the grains and the yeast

All in the front taste, nothing remarkable in the back end which is a little bit dry.

Not bad. Smooth and filling, getting nice big creamy mouthfuls. 

Strong bitter hoppy taste might not be suitable for everyone, but it doesn’t hang around and I found it bearable.

Beery. I like it. Sessionable enough though, especially for the price. The beer to price ratio in this beer is excellent, Cheap beer equals good session

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Erdinger Weissbier, The Taste of Bavaria

Erdinger Weissbier, The Taste of Bavaria

Erdinger Weissbier 

https://int.erdinger.de/beer.html

Brewed by Erdinger Weissbräu 
Style: Hefeweizen/Wheat Beer
Erding, Germany

The Erdinger Brewery Werner Brombach GmbH (also known as Erdinger Weißbräu) is a brewery in Erding, northeast of Munich, Germany. Its best-known product is the Erdinger Weissbier (wheat beer).

Erdinger Weissbier, The Taste of BavariaThe brewery was founded in 1886 by Johann Kienle, however, the brewery wasnt known as Erdinger Weißbräu until 1949 when its owner at the time, Franz Brombach, changed it. The current owner is Franz Brombach’s son, Werner Brombach who has been in charge since 1975, and under his guidance he helped establish Erdinger as the successful nationwide and international wheat beer product of today.

Amazingly in this day and age, the company does not license. From Erding, and Erding only, the beer is exported to over 95 countries worldwide making it one of the world’s largest wheat beer breweries, not bad for a small town family-owned enterprise.

People in the UK might know it from been available in all J D Wetherspoon pubs, those that were brave enough to try it aside from their usual lager or ale tipple. 

in 1995 the official Erdinger Fan Club was founded. The club currently connects around 90,000 members in over 65 countries around the world under the motto “Party, Celebrate & Enjoy with Erdinger Weissbier”. Some well known ex footballers are big fans of the beer, Der Kasier himself Mr. Franz Beckenbauer , Mario Basler , and Lothar Matthäus amongst others…

Erdinger Weissbräu uses the traditional bottle fermentation in its wheat beer, which means that the beer matures (similar to champagne) in the bottle.

Currently, there are ten varieties available with its Weißbier its best seller, naturally.

Review: 50 cl Bottle of Erdinger Weissbier: ABV: 5.3%

Erdinger Weissbier, The Taste of BavariaSo lets try this “true classic of Bavarian wheat beer culture”, as stated on their own website!

They say that it really should be drank from a Weizen glass for proper usage, but hell I can only go on what I have…….a normal glass stein, but its good enough for me.

Also, I must say I do love the logo of the company. Really colourful with the wheat symbol surrounded by striking red and blue colours spelling out the name of Erdinger Weissbier. 

On pour there is a good bit of carbonation, noisy bubbles resulting in a pretty big decent sized frothy head. Vibrant and alive!
A very pale golden colour.

Turns a bit hazy looking after a while.

Head reduces in size but retains a little bit

Got a lot in the bottle, a lot of bang for the buck! 

Faint smell, of yeast, not much to smell, uninspiring 

On taste, got a really refreshing nice big mouthful, creamy and smooth. A nice startErdinger Weissbier, The Taste of Bavaria

Big nice mouthfuls, but no real distinct tastes, creamy, but not bad

Smooth and crisp enough to saviour, and nice for a weissbier. Nice, I liked it

Wouldn’t say there is a whole lot of taste.

Can’t really feel the alcohol
Tastes of light malt. Light malt, some fruits and of course the wheat

Liked it a lot, nice, very easy to drink, not much taste, but filling, and quite smooth. Overall this isn’t a bad beer, but perhaps a bit boring for the style and not enough strong standout flavours to satisfy the Weissbier fans………

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Ratsherrn Pilsner

Ratsherrn Pilsner

Ratsherrn Pilsner 

http://www.ratsherrn.de/en/home.html

Brewed by Ratsherrn Brauerei
Style: Pilsener 
Hamburg, Germany

The Ratsherrn Brauerei (Alderman Brewery) is a medium-sized company, with a 50 year tradition, but is in its present form since 2012, in the Sternschanze district in the heart of the portal city of Hamburg, Germany. Brewing has been going on here in this part of the city since 1869.

Review: 0.33l Bottle of Ratsherrn Pilsner: ABV: 4.9%

On pour we get a light yellow colour on view, with a nice big frothy, creamy head appearing.  A nice amount of carbonation bubbling away. Some slight lacing in evidence. Looks ok, nothing wrong with the appearance. 

The aroma is very nice, a real lovely smell in fact, very nice aroma of floral hops.  wheat/grainy and grassy…

Got a strong initial taste hitting the senses, the spices I guess

Sour taste, with some lemon, and then there is the sweet malts, but all drinkable 

A nice smooth beer, very sessionable

Nice creamy mouthfuls with a buttery off taste which is manageable 

Not overly hoppy

Not a bad beer overall, nice and tasty, I liked it.  Yeah, a good beer to drink!……..

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Beck’s, the canned version straight from Germany

Beck’s, the canned version straight from Germany

Beck’s

becksbeer.com

Brewed by Brauerei Beck & Co. 
Style: German Pilsener 
Bremen, Germany

Beck’s is a pale German pilsner brewed by Beck’s Brewery, also known as Brauerei Beck & Co., in the northern German city of Bremen. Since Beck’s is located on the river of a port city, it was easy to ship out its product to the world at large and one of the reasons why it is the biggest-selling German export around the globe

The brewery was formed under the name Kaiserbrauerei Beck & May o.H.G. in 1873 by Lüder Rutenberg, Heinrich Beck and Thomas May. In 1875, Thomas May left the brewery which then became known as Kaiserbrauerei Beck & Co.

Beck’s, the canned version straight from GermanyBeck’s striking logo, is a silver key on a red shield, and is the mirror image of the coat of arms of Bremen. 

The Beck’s Brewery sponsor Bundesliga team Werder Bremen.

The beer won gold in the prestigious World Beer Cup under the category of German-Style Pilsener, in 1998

Since 2008 it has been part of Anheuser-Busch InBev..

The US manufacture of Beck’s has been based in St. Louis, Missouri since early 2012, by Anheuser Busch InBev. An unpopular move which has seen many customers complain about a perceived change in the quality of the product, and which also saw the Brewery lose a class-action lawsuit as it “tricked consumers into thinking Beck’s was a German beer,” (The Wall Street Journal). Which to be fair they deserved a bad rap with packaging that contained ‘German Quality’ beer and ‘Originated in Bremen, Germany,’. That was just asking for trouble. 

Review: 16 oz Can of Beck’s: ABV: 4.9% 

This is the canned version straight from Germany and not the green bottle variety that many have complained about on the various beer sites. So I imagine should be less skunky….

Incidentally, Becks were the first German brewery to use green bottles…..

Beck’s, the canned version straight from GermanyOn pour get a very clear, very, very clear, light golden yellow appearance, with some nice carbonation, bubbling away. Has a decent sized frothy white head that looks good, but does reduce in size but maintains overall.

Some small lacing. Overall looks pretty decent

For the aroma I get a very slight whiff of a real beery smell, but its quite faint, can smell the grains, all nice but faint ………… 

On taste we get a nice creamy intro…..but there is a very strong lingering bitter taste throughout that pierces this beer. It is slightly stringent and not very nice to taste
No real aftertaste? 

Bit of a cardboard taste detected as well
Is possible to get a nice mouthful and the beer has some depth to it with the barley and malts, but….that overall sour bitter taste prevails, of sweet corn perhaps, and its not good, and I found this beer overall fairly hard to stomach to be honest. Not a good beer at all……….

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Ganter Urtrunk, a family enterprise in the city of Freiburg

Ganter Urtrunk, a family enterprise in the city of Freiburg

Ganter Urtrunk

http://www.ganter.com/

Brewed by Brauerei Ganter 
Style: Zwickel/Keller/Landbier
Freiburg, Germany

Ganter Urtrunk, a family enterprise in the city of FreiburgAugust 28, 1865, saw the birth of the Ganter brewery when the 24 year old Ludwig Ganter founded his micro brewery in the center of Freiburg.

Today the brewery remains an independent and traditional family enterprise, rooted in the city of Freiburg and the southern Baden region, and using nothing but only the best locally and regionally sourced ingredients in their beers. 

The brewery has also seen massive development in recent years, with an ultra-modern and resource-efficient bottling plant, to become one of the most modern medium-sized breweries in Germany while at the same time making progress with ecological brewery, using solar panels, organic brewing techniques and efficiency measures to cut down on wasteful energy, all tying in with the image of Freiburg as an “Eco city”

Review: 0,33l flip-top Bottle of Ganter Urtrunk beer: ABV: 4.9% 

Ganter Urtrunk, a family enterprise in the city of FreiburgComing in a cool swing/flip top bottle with an interesting label, the beer apparently uses the same recipes that go way back to the founder Louis Ganter  

On pour we get a nice light golden yellow looking beer, with a decent sized head that looks nice, but dies a little afterwards. No lacing

Has a very nice beery smell, yeast filling the nose, nice……..

Ganter Urtrunk, a family enterprise in the city of FreiburgOn the taste….well it is very tasty that’s for sure, very hoppy as well

Sessionable beer, smooth in the front end and easy to drink. Bit of a bitter aftertaste which is interesting but manageable, it is a very tasty beer. A nice amount of malts, and has a lemon edge to it which wasn’t bad, I liked it. 

Overall I liked this beer, very drinkable, very nice to taste with spices, the lemon, the grains, all noted. A nice and relaxing beer, and would have drank a few more than the two I bought….

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Alpirsbacher Klosterbräu Spezial

Alpirsbacher Klosterbräu Spezial

Alpirsbacher Klosterbräu Spezial

https://www.alpirsbacher.de/

Brewed by Alpirsbacher Klosterbräu 
Style: Munich Helles Lager 
Alpirsbach, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Alpirsbacher Klosterbräu SpezialAlpirsbacher 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.
The company has an annual turnover of 22 million euros (2014), and its big seller, its “spezial”, won the prestigious World Beer Award in 2013.

Review: Bottle of Alpirsbacher Klosterbräu Spezial: ABV: 5.2% 

Alpirsbacher Klosterbräu SpezialUsing the soft pure brewing water from the Black Forest.

Looks fantastic on pour, very clear golden yellow colour on show.

Despite the photo, the head dies a quick death, very flat, which is a little disappointing

Some slight carbonation,

Apart from shit head, it looks good..

Had a very nice beery smell, very good, very tinty on the nose, smelling of grains, nice sweet smelling malts with some lemon citrus…

Alpirsbacher Klosterbräu SpezialA smooth light crisp drink, not too much to taste,

Bit sour, bit creamy,

Some malts

Any taste is felt in the aftertaste, with a hoppy bitterness which is manageable,

But overall a very light and smooth drink, but nothing amazing, ok……

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Riegeler Landbier

Riegeler Landbier

Riegeler Landbier 

http://www.riegeler.de/

Brewed by Fürstlich Fürstenbergische Brauerei
Style: Landbier
          Donaueschingen, Germany

Riegeler Landbier

The Meyer & Söhne (Meyer & Sons) AG brewery, established in 1834, evolved over time to be the second biggest brewery in Baden-Württemberg by 2003. Today the brewery company Meyer & Sons is part of the Fürstenberg brewery. The popular brand “Riegeler Bier” was preserved, and the beer is now brewed and bottled by the Fürstenberg brewery on site in Donaueschingen.

Review: Bottle of Riegeler Landbier: ABV: 5.4% 

Riegeler LandbierBrewed according to the Riegeler original recipe since 1834, the beer is still growing strong in Germany today.

On pour there is a clear golden colour with a small sized head which looks good, but dies eventually. Small bit of carbonation. Looks ok

It has a nice smell, a bit beery and piercing on the nose, but nice all the same. Sweet malts

 

Taste was a bit flat, found no real initial taste.

Riegeler LandbierThere was an aftertaste alright, very hoppy, bit heavy in the back end

Strong enough though, can feel the alcohol

Not great to drink, got a chemical taste, bit of lemon, a bit sour. Not one I will be returning to.

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