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Denner Lager Hell

Denner Lager Hell

Denner Lager Hell

www.denner.ch

Brewed by Ramseier Suisse 
Style: Pale Lager
Hochdorf, Switzerland

Denner Lager HellManufactured for Denner AG / Zurich. Denner is Switzerland’s third largest supermarket chain after Migros and Coop, a discount chain considered to be the poor man of Swiss supermarkets as its cheaper than most, and where you can buy wine and beer at very low cost prices. You do have to give ity some respect though as it has been going since 1860, way back, so it has some history to it. Its motto is “One for all” (“Einer für Alle”) as the company describes itself as the “Retail’s Robin Hood”, who is fighting for cheaper prices for the customers. 

It is majority owned by the Federation of Migros Cooperatives since 2007.

Denner was able to establish its own brewery in Switzerland, which now brews the “Denner Lager” into two bottlings (5 and 3.3 dl) and cans with 4.8% and the “Spezial” into 3.3 dl bottles with 5.2% alcohol.

Review: 50cl can of Denner Lager Hell: ABV: 4.8% vol 

Denner Lager HellCheap supermarket fare that comes in a distinct red can, with a small Swiss flag for the patriotic drinker. 

Not much smell, very faint on the nose, but can detect malts and a lagery sort of aroma, all light on the nose but ok.

On pour got a big frothy head, some small bit of carbonation and a light golden yellow colour.

Head did die, a flat looking beer by the end. Not a looker.

On initial taste, unfortunately got a very soapy, cheapish taste, not nice at all, certainly no nice flavours. Was a bit too sweet especially initially. 

Denner Lager HellCompletely flat in taste and in look.

Tastes that I managed to find were some malts but that was generally it. 

I guess considering it is a very cheap beer, you could argue it is ok considering it is smooth enough I guess, but its a little too metallic for me.

Not a bad session beer if desperate, Its ok to be fair.

Did get some nice enough mouthfuls and overall it is an ok beer I guess.

Not bad for a discount beer, does the business, but there are better discount options available and I dont think I will be buying it again.

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Gralsburg Export. Cheaper than water

Gralsburg Export

oettinger-bier.de

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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Chopfab Draft. Quite popular and always recommended

Chopfab Draft. Quite popular and always recommended

Chopfab Draft 

www.doppelleu.ch

Brewed by Doppelleu Brauwerkstatt
Style: Premium Lager
Winterthur, Switzerland

Chopfab Draft is a very popular beer brewed by Doppelleu in the small Swiss city of Winterthur, not far from Zurich. 

Not too long on the market, the beer can be found all over Switzerland and from what I find from my Swiss friends here it is a beer that is quite popular and always recommended. 

Review: 50cl can of Chopfab Draft: ABV: 4.7% vol 

Chopfab Draft. Quite popular and always recommended Love the all black distinctive can with clear white lettering, stands out. Have read in a Swiss tabloid, that some have complained that it is to similar to the ISIS flag! That and the fact that Chopfab means “Head off”, a reference to downing the beer more than anything else!

On pour get a very clear beer that has a light golden yellow colour, with a small sized head.

Not much carbonation resulting in a head that dies quickly,  all goes very flat.

Not much of a looker. Got a lot in the can, perhaps due to fuck all carbonation.

Chopfab Draft. Quite popular and always recommended Has a real lager smell, also very lemony, crisp and malty.

Nice smell actually, like it, lovely in fact. The yeast and lager smell is refreshing, nice.

On taste, I can feel the alcohol, and it is very sweet but in a nice way. Sweet malts, nice.

It is very drinkable, with a nice creamy back end, not strong to be horrible, light enough to enjoy.

Very easy to drink, very smooth, tasty, get a lot of nice light tastes, creamy, very malty, yeasty, a bit of fruit, all in all a good balance of clean and fresh tastes that go down easy and well.

Very good, smooth and refreshing. Liked it a lot, wonder if it can be got on tap…

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Müller Bräu Dry Stout, Swiss Premium Beer

Müller Bräu Dry Stout, Swiss Premium Beer

Müller Bräu Dry Stout

http://www.meinbier.ch/

Brewed by Müller Bräu
Style: Dry Stout
Baden, Switzerland

Müller Bräu Dry Stout, Swiss Premium BeerFounded in 1897 by the brewer Hans Müller, Müller Bräu is a small fourth generation family run brewery located in the town of Baden in North Switzerland. The brewery is still located in its original location, in fact the industrial town has more or less developed around the brewery which is handy as it always has newer thirsty customers to cater for!

Innovative, while at the same time traditional, the brewery uses old style recipes of yesteryear and gets its water from its own spring.

Review: 33cl bottle of Müller Bräu Dry Stout: ABV: 6.2% vol

Bought it in a nice six bottle one way pack, which looked very enticing when I passed the beer stall in the supermarket. 

Müller Bräu Dry Stout, Swiss Premium BeerOn pour get a nice tanned head and a jet dark coloured stout, as expected.

Head does die and eventually goes flat which is a bit disappointing.

No lacing, another disappointment.

Has the expected porter smell that one expects from a good stout, strong on the nose, can smell the aromas of coffee and roasted malts. A nice aroma. 

Got lovely nice creamy mouthfuls, very nice.

Very smooth. 

No standout tastes to be fair, but it’s general smoothness is very good.

Müller Bräu Dry Stout, Swiss Premium BeerIts very bubbly on the tongue.

Dark coffee, and chocolate tastes, and light roasted malts. 

Light aftertaste, very soft with little bitterness.

Funny, no real strong discernible taste but this one is so smooth and soft its lovely, mad!

Can feel the alcohol, the 6.5%.

So overall, it is very smooth and delicious. Loved it and will be checking them out again!!

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Black Pearl Classic Porter

Black Pearl Classic Porter

Black Pearl Classic Porter

http://www.distelhaeuser.com/

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
Disappointing.

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Tyskie Gronie

Tyskie Gronie

Tyskie Gronie

www.tyskie.pl

Brewed by Tyskie Browary (Asahi)
Style: Euro Pale Lager
Poznan, Poland

Tyskie GronieTyskie is a Polish beer, coming from the the town of Tychy in Upper Silesia, in the south east of the country.  The beer has won numerous international awards and is the number one beer brand in Poland, and due to the mass exodus of the natives living and working all over Europe, the beer is pretty much available to buy anywhere there is a large population of Poles. 

Don’t mind the Polish influx this side of the world, nice looking woman, bloody hard working folk and nice of them to introduce us to some of their beers too. 

The brewery in Tychy is one of the oldest in Europe, from 1629, with beer produced continuously for almost 400 years. Originally in German control, it took a while before it was in actual Polish hands, what with the Wars and all against their neighbours, and that’s where it has remained since………..albeit In 2016 the Japanese group, Asahi Group Holdings, acquired the brand from Anheuser-Busch InBev. 

The main brands are Tyskie Gronie (a 5.5% pale lager) and Książęce Tyskie (5.7% classic lager) premium beers.

Review: 500ml Bottle of Tyskie Gronie: ABV: 5.5%

Tyskie GronieNice big brown looking bottle that is a 500 ml bottle, and not the usual 300ml sized one can get, which is all good, that bit more to drink! Like the striking label, which apparently depicts the royal crown of Polish King, John III Sobieski, born in 1629, the same year the brewery was founded.

Based on the original recipe all those years ago.

Head big on pour, a huge white head. Golden clear colour.

Head reduces in size but maintains.

Tyskie GronieBit of carbonation. Not a bad looking beer. 

Get a lot in the bottle!

Lovely smell although a bit tinty and stringent, of light citrus.

Bit soapy on initial taste, a very industrial taste.

Hoppy and too sweet at start. Bit sickly. Not nice.

Creamy mouth feels. 

Ok not really enjoying this. Tasty but not nice flavours. Manageable, just about!

Gave me a bit of a head the next day which I didn’t want or need! Like an angry uncle!!

Will the Polish drink any old shit? Will pass on this in the future, disappointing………..

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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale

Duvel Belgian Golden Ale

http://www.duvel.com/en

Brewed by Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat 
Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Breendonk-Puurs, Belgium

Duvel Belgian Golden AleDuvel Moortgat Brewery (Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat) is a Flemish family-controlled brewery founded in 1871 by Jan-Leonard Moortgat.

Its flagship beer, the highly rated Duvel, is a strong golden pale ale that is exported to more than forty countries. Duvel is Brabantian, Ghent and Antwerp dialect for devil! The story goes that a regular drinker of the beer described it as a real devil to drink, what with the 8.5% ABV, and so the name of the beer was changed from Victory Ale, its original name, to Duvel.  

The yeast used in Duvel is refined from the original strain of Scottish yeast that was bought back by Albert Moortgat during a business tour of the U.K. in 1918. On return he started Duvel. The brewery is still in the hands of the Moortgat family, now in its fourth generation of ownership.

The brewery also produce a variety of different hopped Duvels, some strong Abbey beers, and The Vedett which is a trendy luxury lager, but its their Duvel that is the big seller and main beer of the brewery. 

The brewery has had a successful collaboration in the past with Tulborg, the Danish beer group, which helped it with international distribution lines. 

In 2006, Duvel Moortgat bought fellow Belgian brewery the popular Brasserie d’Achouffe, and in 2010, they acquired 100 percent of the shares in the De Koninck Brewery, another Belgian favourite. 

Review: 330ml Bottle of Duvel: ABV: 8.5%

Duvel Belgian Golden AleLike the cutesy small stubby brown bottle, with the well known Duvel brand. Ideally to be drank in a tulip glass as all good Belgian ales should be, but I am not a connoisseur just a regular beer dude so an ordinary beer glass will just have to do. Sorry!

Got a massive head on pour, gee whiz a very big frothy head! 

Good bit of carbonation, nice creamy white top, took a while to settle. 

Colour was cloudy orange, doesn’t look great at all, looks shit in fact.

Head collapses and dies.

Some good lacing……..

On the nose has that usual Belgian ale smell,  wheat, the yeast, the coriander, floral hops, fruits of lemon and banana.  A very typical Belgian!

Duvel Belgian Golden AleA very strong intense smell, really powerful stuff on the nose….which is too be welcomed as I usually smell fuck all from my beers, lol!

On the taste I found it very strong, with a sour taste, very bitter aftertaste and can definitely feel the beer. Yeast and firm hop bitterness. Very strong, got a powerful kick, alright.

Didn’t initially like it at all, but in the end I liked it, took a while for my taste buds to get to enjoy this beer. Found it a slow burner and not bad overall.

Wow, I was buzzing after the two. The 8.5% definitely kicks in. 

Nice, I like it, strong to drink, but it does the business in the end. 
Have a few of these and you are off your head!!!

One of the strongest I have had in a while.

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Eichbaum Maibock  

Eichbaum Maibock

Eichbaum Maibock  

http://www.eichbaum.com/

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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Estrella Galicia

Estrella Galicia

Estrella Galicia 

https://estrellagalicia.es/

Brewed by Hijos De Rivera
Style: Pale Lager 
A Coruña, Galicia, Spain

Estrella GaliciaIn the year of 1906 a Mr. José María Rivera Corral, who had just returned from his trip to Mexico and full of enthusiasm and bright ideas, decided to start his own brewery in the city of La Coruña, in the North West of Spain and called it the “La Estrella de Galicia” factory whose main products would be beers and soft drinks.

Today José María Rivera, is company president. What? No not the original, he aint that fecking old, but its his great grandson and namesake, showing that for over 100 years the company has remained in family hands. 

In the 90’s the company diversified and expanded into new markets such as for mineral water, juices, ciders and vinegars. But the main brand of the brewery is Estrella Galicia, a 5.5% abv pale lager brewed since the beginning of the brewery, and a brand that is found all over Spain and also exported to the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Portugal, Brazil, Mexico and the United States, amongst others.

Review: 33cl Bottle of Estrella Galicia : ABV: 5.5%

Estrella GaliciaCame in a nicely looking brown bottle with the Estrella Galicia logo standing out. 

On pour I got a big fluffy white head and a golden coloured beer. Head does maintain well, but there is a lot of carbonation and feck me there isn’t much left to come out of the bottles, a lot of it evaporated!!!

Get a faint lagery, yeasty and malty smell, very malty smell in fact but it is ok.

Not a bad first impression, a nice light bodied taste on mouthful, easy to chug, not bad. Light, no bitter tastes.
Corn taste to it as well.

Estrella GaliciaSmooth and crisp, very smooth.

Smooth, no great standout tastes. or complex flavours, but its a regular lager so dont expect too much. Light in the mouth. Overall not bad, solid.

Lager taste. Barley malts. Light and smooth. Nice mouthfuls. Good session beer, pleasant and easy enough to drink, I liked it overall.

Ok, not bad, and can imagine it would be a good accompaniment to some tapas on a hot Spanish day. 

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Insel-Brauerei Baltic Ale

Insel-Brauerei Baltic Ale

Insel-Brauerei Baltic Ale

https://www.insel-brauerei.de/

Brewed by Rügener Insel-Brauerei GmbH 
Style: Strong Ale
Rambin auf Rügen, Germany

Insel-Brauerei Baltic AleThe Rügen Island Brewery is a Craft Beer Brewery in Rambin on the island of Ruegen, the biggest island of Germany (in itself not that big, only 926.4 km² big).  Surrounded on most sides by the Baltic sea, the area is characterized by diverse shore line landscapes with many lagoons, beaches and and white chalk cliffs. The brewery is unique in that it is smack bang in the middle of nowhere, at one with nature right in the heart of the island. But it is a new tourist attraction to this wild area, as it offers visitors a guided tour of its magnificent modern brewery, has a beer garden for beer tasting, and store to buy their extensive collection. 

Founded in 2014 by Markus Berberich, who formerly worked as Managing Director at the Störtebeker Braumanufaktur in Stralsund.  These contacts and his twenty year experience in the beer industry helped him no end in setting up his own brewery in the picturesque island. 

The brewery produces a variety of different beers which, unlike most breweries, are brewed not in steel tanks, but in open fermentations, and always using natural hops. In addition, the company relies on bottle fermentation. The bottles are wrapped in paper to protect the beer from lightning, and cause it also looks cool (or at least that’s what I think!). Its most popular beers are the Island chalk (champagne ale), its Sea Maiden (Sauerbier) and the one I reviewed, the Baltic Ale. In 2016 the brewery won in the World Beer Awards for its IPA, voted the best in the world, which goes to show how good these beers really are!

Review: 0,33l Bottle of Insel-Brauerei Baltic Ale: ABV: 7.5%

Insel-Brauerei Baltic AleBottle comes in a very nice well wrapped light brown paper with a nice picture of an eagle on it. caught the eye and that’s why I bought it as it looks well cool. Also explains on the package how the beer won gold in the London 2016 World Beer Award for the category of “beste deutsche brauereri” (Best German Brewery)

As for “Baltic Ale”, I could be wrong but I am assuming it is regular ale that is developed with a Russian/Baltic tinge? Stronger than normal. But it could also be because the brewery is near the Baltic sea! 

On pour, fuck me a shit lot of carbonation, well carbonated. Calm down big boy!

But thankfully its all ok as it leaves a nice golden coloured beer that has a nice sized frothy head, and lots of good lacing.

Colour does get a bit cloudy and hazy after a while, but overall it is a decent looker.

Insel-Brauerei Baltic AleDidn’t get much of a smell, pretty faint but was yeast, fruits and coriander.

Lovely initial taste. GORGEOUS in fact!

A light wheat beer taste for me. Smooth enough. Nice relaxing beer, got the yeast, the hops, the citrus.

Lovely smooth beer. Nice beer to relax on a Friday after a hard long week.

Really good. Aftertaste is sweetish. Excellent! Lots of well balanced flavours

Hops not too discerning and manageable, low bitterness. Alcohol well hidden, pleasant to drink.

Liked it, and am very interested in trying out some of their other brews………Recommended. 

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