When you make a hobby of purchasing beer based solely on the fact that you've never had it before, one is bound to experience a few surprises. My purchase of 1831 Schwarzbier was such an experience.
The first surprise I experienced with this beer was during the pour. This beer was black like a Guinness when it it the glass. I didn't expect that. My experience with German beers has been limited to light or amber colored beers. I had no clue that Germany made dark beers (not that I though about it). Oh, well, I thought. In for a penny in for a pound. Let's try this bad boy.
I anticipated a stout flavor based on the deep dark colour, but it was anything but. 1831 may look like Guinness, but it doesn't taste anything like it. It was surprisingly light in flavour with a flowery aroma. I experienced bits of burn caramel and toasted malt in the finish. Overall, it kept a light feeling in my mouth from its good carbonation.
While researching this beer, I learned that Schwarzbier simple means black beer in German. So, now you know. When you see that name, expect a deep dark beer that is generally light tasting. If you are looking for a stout, this style of beer isn't for you. However, if you want something a little different, give the dark lager of 1831 a try.
I'll definitely give 1831 Schwarzbier another go. By the end of the glass, I decided that this is a 4 burp beer. I just had to get used to the dark color and light taste to fully accept it.
Let me know what you think.
Brauerei Aying's lager Jahrhundert Bier drinks much easier than it's spelt. I was done half the glass before I knew it. I guess I shouldn't have been surprised. The only other beer I've had from this brewery was an easy 5 burp beer, and I expected this one to be of similar quality.
I certainly wasn't disappointed with Jahrhundert Bier. It's pale gold colour was typical of many lagers but it was slightly cloudy which added another dimension. It had light carbonation that created little head, but that didn't affect the fresh malty taste.
It was a very easy drinking beer. It went down quickly, and I said to myself as I finished the glass that I could easily drink a bunch of these. With it's crisp taste, this medium bodied lager had a malty finish that wasn't overpowering.
Jahrhundert Bier was created in 1978 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the brewery, and has proven itself to become a regular brand for Brauerei Aying.
I waffled between giving this lager four or five burps. At the end of the day, I realized that I really liked this beer but I didn't love it. Therefore I give Jahrhundert Bier 4 big burps. If you like lagers, you have to try this one.
I've been drinking several dark beers as of late. I've had them, from Ireland, England and Canada, but I've never had a German dark beer, so when the opportunity to drink a Weissbier Dunkel presented itself, I jumped at the chance.
When I poured the Dunkel, I took note of its dark brown color which is typical of the many dark beers, I've had before. The head formed very easily. Almost to easily. It foamed over the top of the glass both times I poured it. It was a good thick head. Not creamy like a Guiness, but foamy and thick. Eventually, it reduced to a fine foam layer that clung to the side of the glass.
What really surprised me about this beer was the subtle flavour. It had a mild malty taste with a hint of coffee at the beginning. It was very clean and smooth with very little aftertaste. It was so mellow, Carolyn actually said it was the first dark beer she really liked.
I was also shocked to learn that this yummy dark beer was a wheat beer. I didn't know wheat beers could be brewed in a dark style. Maybe that's why it was so smooth.
Brewed by Erdinger since 1886, Weissbier Dunkel claims to be "the world's most popular wheat beer". I don't know about that, but it's a pretty damn good beer. After the first couple of swallows, I thought it would get three burps, but by the time I finished the glass, this dark wheat beer easily obtained 4 burps.
Let me know what you think.
Usually, I'm not a fan of strong beer. I have a preconceived notion that it doesn't taste good. When I think "strong beer", I think of cheap American beer. However, if I keep drinking beers like Tap 5 Hopfenweisse, my opinion about strong beers will change.
Tap 5 is made by Germany's oldest wheat beer brewery Schneider & Sohn. This is the same brewer that makes Tap 4 which I recently gave 5 burps. So I was excited to see what Tap 5 would offer. Being a Doppelbock I expected it to be stronger and darker than Tap 4 and I wasn't disappointed.
It was darker than its cousin and definitely cloudier. I could actually see particles moving around in the glass from the strong and long lasting carbonation. The initial head was substantial, and the bubbles kept forming as I drank this bad boy down.
I noticed that once I got used to the sweet taste, Tap 5 started to go down easy. Maybe it was because I was sitting in the sun on my deck, or maybe it's just good. I think it was a bit of both.
Do I recommend Tap 5. Yep! It's a decent beer, and for an 8.2% beer, it's pretty good. It was easy to give it 3 burps. Although to be honest, I'll stick to Tap 4 when given the choice between the two.
When I developed the headline for this fantastic German beer, it occurred to me, that I could have used several different ways to present Tap 4. Yes, it's organic, but it's also a wheat beer and a strong beer. It's full name is Tap 4 Mein Grünes, but that's hard to write. At the end of the day, it's just an awesome beer.
One of the things I liked the most about this wheat beer was the excellent carbonation. I could feel a fizzy tingling on my tongue with every mouthful. It kind of reminded me of Pop Rocks but not nearly as intense. It was a pretty unique experience. Unlike any of the beers I've had to date.
Tap 4 is an unfiltered beer that has a beautiful apricot color and a slight fruity flavour. It has a nice foamy head that settles into a consistent foamy layer that stayed to the bottom of the glass. At 6.2% alcohol, I was shocked to learn that it's a strong beer. Most strong beers have a sickly sweet taste, but this one was just yummy.
Carolyn encouraged me to drink this beer on a Sunday morning with an empty stomach. It was delicious and it made my head spin. I guess that's what happens at 8:30 AM.
Brewed by Germany's oldest wheat beer brewery Schneider & Sohn, Tap 4 was brewed from 1966 - 1944 for Oktoberfest only. In 1999, it was brought back and bottled for the broader market, and I'm sure glad they did!
I give this Wiesen Edel-Weisse 5 burps. I really loved this beer. In fact, as soon as I finished it I wanted another. When you see it, get it.
When I started this beer blog, my post college roommate sent me a message that he thought German beer was the best. I certainly didn't disagree with him. I have always loved German beers, and Ayinger Brauweisse has kept my love strong.
Ayinger Brauweisse is an authentic Hefe Weizen which means it's an unfiltered wheat beer. When pouring a the beer, I immediately noticed that it was nice an cloudy the way a wheat beer should be. It also formed a nice frothy head that stayed for the beer's duration.
As soon as I sampled the beer, I immediately sensed smoke. It had a great smoky taste which I have only experienced a couple of times. After I got used to the smoke, I could taste fruits (maybe lemon). This beer totally kicks the shit out of the US wheat beer Blue Moon.
Bruerei Aying has been making beer since 1878 and follows the Reinheitsgebot Purity Laws of 1516. It regularly wins medals at the European Beer Star awards. In fact Ayinger Brauweisse won the silver medal for 2015.
Brauweisse is the best wheat beer that I've had to date. Minutes after I finished it, I kept repeating that it was a really good beer. Would I recommend it? Hell yeah!! I give this bad boy 5 Big Burps.
If you like wheat beer, you have to try this one.
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