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May 25, 2011

Spaten’s Munchen Dunkel Beer Review 5.25.2011

Spaten's Munich Dunkel

Spaten's Munich Dunkel

The Brewski Report Reviews Spaten’s Munchen Dunkel
File Date: 5.25.2011

 File Name: Only a tornado could separate man from beer.
The Beer: Spaten Muchen Dunkel
Type: Munich Dunkel Lager
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.5% ABV
Brewer: Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu GmbH
Web Site: www.franziskaner.com
State/Country of Origin: Germany
Brewer Info: Franziskaner’s roots can be traced back to 1363. It was in this year that the brewer Seidel Vaterstetter is first mentioned as the owner of the ‘brewery next to the Franciscans’ in the Munich Residenzstrasse. The name ‘Franziskaner’ derives from the Franciscan monastery diagonally across the street. In 1861 Joseph Sedlmayr, owner of the Leist Brewery (probably founded in the 15th century) and son of Spaten’s Gabriel Sedlmayr the Elder, buys out August Deiglmayr, with whom he has been co-running the Residenzstrasse brewery since 1858. By 1872 ‘Ur-Märzen’, the amber-colored Oktoberfest beer from Franziskaner-Leist, is served for the first time at the Schottenhamel Tent on the Oktoberfest fairgrounds. Brewed from a Viennese recipe, this golden-yellow beer is stronger than the summer beer. In 1922 The Franziskaner-Leist Brewery and the Spaten Brewery, likewise owned by the Sedlmayr family, unite to form a single joint stock company, the ‘Gabriel und Joseph Sedlmayr Spaten-Franziskaner-Leistbräu AG’, in order to combat the economic problems of the crisis-ridden postwar years and to capitalize on synergies. The Munich artist Ludwig Hohlwein designs the company’s distinctive trademark in 1935, which is still used today. The Franciscan Friar continues to stand for the unsurpassed quality of Franziskaner’s premium weiss beer.

tbr-spaten-logo2Brewer Brand Hype: A bottom fermented dark lager, uses roasted malt, and Hallertau hops to form its easily drinkable taste & appearance.
Label: Since 1397. Spaten Muchen Dunkel. Original from Munich.

The Brewski Review: Spaten’s obviously been around quite a long time. Any compay that’s been in business since before America was born must have something going for it. This Dunkel was rather smooth and mild tasting and went well with the italian suasage, grilled chicken, peppers, potatos and onion dinner. It was a rather grueling day at work so having a cold one sounded like a good idea. There were quite a few severe storms blowing through the area as a topper to a frustrating day at work so a little alcohol was duely warranted. Luckily, we didn’t have to seek shelter in the basement. That would have been terrible since my beer is in the kitchen fridge.

Drinkability: Sure. I’d try it again.
Appearance: Dark amber brown color.
The Buds: Smooth and mild dunkel.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.25 rating out of 5.

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May 12, 2010

Spaten-Franziskaner-Brau’s Hefe-Weisse Beer Review 5.12.2010

Those Darn Franciscians Can Brew a Mean Beer

Where The Franciscans Frequent Visitors To The Brewery Across The Street?

The Brewski Report Reviews Franziskaner’s Hefe-Weisse Beer
File Date: 5.12.10

File Name: Polish Guy Drinks German Beer In An Italian Bistro
The Beer: Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse
Type: Hefeweizen
Serving: Draft
Stats: 5.0% ABV
Brewer: Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu GmbH
Web Site: www.franziskaner.com
Country of Origin: Germany
Brewer Info: Franziskaner’s roots can be traced back to 1363. It was in this year that the brewer Seidel Vaterstetter is first mentioned as the owner of the ‘brewery next to the Franciscans’ in the Munich Residenzstrasse. The name ‘Franziskaner’ derives from the Franciscan monastery diagonally across the street. In 1861 Joseph Sedlmayr, owner of the Leist Brewery (probably founded in the 15th century) and son of Spaten’s Gabriel Sedlmayr the Elder, buys out August Deiglmayr, with whom he has been co-running the Residenzstrasse brewery since 1858. By 1872 ‘Ur-Märzen’, the amber-colored Oktoberfest beer from Franziskaner-Leist, is served for the first time at the Schottenhamel Tent on the Oktoberfest fairgrounds. Brewed from a Viennese recipe, this golden-yellow beer is stronger than the summer beer. In 1922 The Franziskaner-Leist Brewery and the Spaten Brewery, likewise owned by the Sedlmayr family, unite to form a single joint stock company, the ‘Gabriel und Joseph Sedlmayr Spaten-Franziskaner-Leistbräu AG’, in order to combat the economic problems of the crisis-ridden postwar years and to capitalize on synergies. The Munich artist Ludwig Hohlwein designs the company’s distinctive trademark in 1935, which is still used today. The Franciscan Friar continues to stand for the unsurpassed quality of Franziskaner’s premium weiss beer. 
 
tbr-franz_weiss-insertBrewer Brand Hype:
All of Franziskaner’s weiss beer products – Hefe-Weisse Hell and Hefe-Weisse Dunkel – are top-fermentation beers noted for their agreeable carbonation levels and zesty wheat flavour. The consistently high quality of our products makes Franziskaner weiss beers a refreshing taste sensation of a special sort. All Franziskaner weiss beers are brewed in strict adherence to the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516. Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Hell is noted for it’s agreeable level of carbination and it’s natural cloudiness. It is brewed from Wheat Malt, barley malt, hops, top fermenting yeast and water according to a time-honoured Bavarian recipe.

What is the Purity Law?
 In 1516 Duke Wilhelm IV of Bavaria issued the Purity Law, the oldest foodstuff regulation still in effect today. It states that beer can only be brewed from malt, hops and water.

Label: Draft beer served at the table.

The Brewski Review: I’m on a streak this week: one brew each day of my travels.  After work today I went to dinner at a swanky Italian bistro with only a few tables and what appeared to be a heavy, geriatric following. As I was starting to wonder about my co-workers choice of dining, some younger patrons ambled in the front door.  This put me more at ease. Once I settled into my cushy booth seat I ordered a German Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse to start off the meal. Although the wine list was extensive, the beer list was rather short.  Aside from mostly institutional beers (as I like to call the large mass produced American brands) were a couple beers from Italy and two from Germany.  Hefe-Weisse it was. The waitress served the beer with a lemon on the rim of the pint glass. I don’t think this is how a real German would drink it I thought to myself – more of an American addition.  So I ditched the lemon wedge and still enjoyed every last drop.  I would love to say that it supurbly complimented the grilled chicken covered with a blue cheese sauce, the gnocchi (Italian name for a variety of thick, soft noodles or dumplings) and asparagas, but the beer was gone long before the food arrived.  I’m sure I was thirsty but I think the excellent taste had a little to do with it.  Drink up road warriors.     

Drinkability: Will definitely drink this brand again.
Appearance: Cloudy, light golden color.  Minimal head.
The Buds: Creamy and mild.  Yummy.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.25 caps out of 5.

November 27, 2009

Spaten Beer Archival Photos 11.27.09

Early Spaten Supply Chain Solutions (Photo courtesy of SpatenUSA)

Early Spaten Supply Chain Solutions (Photo courtesy of SpatenUSA)

Santa Maria, La Nina or La Pinta?  Perhaps Spaten was one of the sponsors for Christopher Columbus' jaunt to the 'Orient'.

Santa Maria, La Nina or La Pinta? Perhaps Spaten was one of the sponsors for Christopher Columbus' jaunt to the 'Orient'. (Photo courtesy of SpatenUSA.)

October 17, 2009

Spaten’s Oktoberfest Ur-Marzen Beer Review 10.17.09

Munich's Spaten Oktoberfest Ur-Marzen Seasonal Beer

Munich's Spaten Oktoberfest Ur-Marzen Seasonal Beer

The Brewski Report Reviews Spaten’s Oktoberfest Ur-Marzen
File Date: 10.17.2009

File Name: Oktoberfest Education
The Beer: Oktoberfest Ur-Marzen
Type: Marzen/Oktoberfest
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.9% ABV 
Brewer: Spaten-Franziskaner-Brau
Country of Origin: Munich, Germany
Brewer Info:  More than 600 years of brewing tradition in the heart of Munich. One of Germany’s most successful breweries, Spaten is deeply rooted in Munich’s venerable beer-brewing tradition, yet it remains modern and dynamic. Spaten has always been at the forefront of progress in brewing. It was at Spaten that Carl Linde developed his first refrigerator, and the Spaten ‘spade’ is one of the oldest trademarks in the world (1884), making the company a pioneer in the history of advertising.

spaten_logoBrewer Brand Hype:  Spaten Oktoberfest Beer, created in 1872, is the world’s first Oktoberfest beer, brewed for the greatest folk festival in the world. Every year, over and over again, countless Oktoberfest visitors share their enthusiasm about this beer.  Taste the Munich flavor.  Spaten Oktoberfest Beer is amber in color. This medium bodied beer has achieved its impeccable taste by balancing the roasted malt flavor with the perfect amount of hops. Having a rich textured palate with an underlying sweetness true to tradition.

The Brewski Review:  Six HUNDRED years of brewing!   For that fact, 600 years of being in business!  Started in 1397, Spaten has been around longer than the United States.  I wonder if they exported their beer to Spain?  If they did, maybe Christopher Columbus had some Spaten beer on board when he hit the Caribean beaches in 1492.  Or, maybe Juan Ponce de Leone stocked his cabin fridge with it when he went looking for a pub crawl on ‘La Florida’ in 1513.  Given the rich brewing history, I guess this would be THE quintissential Oktoberfest to be drinking if this was your favorite type of beer.  Anyway, Oktoberfest refers to certian beers made by brewers in Munich proper.  So, if you purchase an American craft beer named ‘Oktoberfest’ it’s not a true Oktoberfest beer.  I thought Spaten’s Oktoberfest was just, well, okay.    It wasn’t too bitter but it had too much aftertaste for me.  Maybe I’m just not a fan of this type.  I could see myself drinking it again but it’s definitely not on the top of the list.

Drinkability: Lots of roasted malt flavor.
Appearance: Dark Amber in color.  Large foamy head.
The Buds: Okay.  I haven’t been won over by this type of beer just yet.
TBR Cap Rating:  3.75 out of 5

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