THE BREWSKI REPORT Tommy Brewski: My Beer. My Life.

January 10, 2015

Schofferhofer Grapefruit Hefeweizen 1.10.2015

Pink Grapefruit Lovers Rejoice!

Pink Grapefruit Lovers Rejoice!

TBR Reports on Schofferhofer Grapefruit Hefeweizen Mix
File Date: 1.10.15

File Name: Life Goes On Brick By Brick
The Beer: Schofferhofer Grapefruit Hefeweizen
Type: Hefeweizen Mix
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 2.5% ABV
Brewer: Radeberger Gruppe KG
Web Site: www.radeberger-gruppe.com/en/home
State/Country of Origin: Germany
Brewer Info: The Radeberger Gruppe is a market leader in the German beer market. The group is part of the Dr. August Oetker KG family business in Bielefeld and a strategic business arm of the Oetker-Gruppe. The Radeberger Gruppe sees itself as a keeper of the German beer culture. With a clear commitment to regional heritage and to the values and traditions of its brands, the brewery group fosters the diversity of German beers and beverages and actively develops the German beer and beverage market with its innovative business model. The Radeberger Gruppe operates in many regions across Germany with 14 brewery locations as well as a mineral-water spring in Selters an der Lahn and its innovative brand Bionade in Ostheim vor der Rhön. With its unique brand portfolio, the Radeberger Gruppe clearly reflects this regional positioning: whether it’s crisp Radeberger Pilsner from Saxony, Frisian Jever from Friesland, Sion Kölsch from Cologne, Schlösser Alt from Düsseldorf, Berliner Kindl from the capital Berlin, Hessian Binding Römer Pils from Frankfurt, Tucher from Franconia, or Altenmünster Brauer Bier from Bavaria – this is German beer culture. This is the German beer market.


Schoff-TBR-2.2Brewer Brand Hype:
Schöfferhofer – sparklingly smooth! Schöfferhofer Weizen was the first wheat beer in Germany to be brewed outside Bavaria. For many years, it has proved to be one of the most successful German wheat beer brands, which include numerous award-winning and innovative variations in flavour. The most striking feature of Schöfferhofer Weizen is its fruity character with a slight citrus note. This, combined with a pleasant hint of clove, makes Schöfferhofer an enjoyable, sparklingly smooth beverage. Compared with the more filling wheat beers from the Bavarian region, Schöfferhofer is characterised by its ‘sleek’, elegant character and its resultant palatability. Schöfferhofer is known as “the champagne among wheat beers”.

Label: Schofferhofer Grapefruit is the unique combination of sparkling smooth
Schofferhofer Hefeweizen with grapefruit flavoring.A refreshing well-rounded taste with
tangy character and hints of sweetness is pleasing to the palate. Tastes best ice-cold and
right from the bottle. 50% of Schofferhofer unfiltered Hefeweizen blended with 50% grapefruit
drink. The natural ingredients may form a sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

The Brewski Review: This is one fantastic beer if your like grapefruit. The aroma and taste is to die for. The appearance is most definitely cloudy with a pale golden color. The head was minimal on the pour. It is a sweet beer so hop enthusiasts will want to beg off this one. I can imagine that the best time to drink one of these is probably not when it’s 3 degrees outside with a wind chill of 20 below. I purchased it on a nice warm spring day with every intent on cracking open the cap while chilling in my yet-to-be-built patio. Never happened. Life got in the way as it always does. Kids are getting older, I’m still working way too many hours for my personal preference (Positive 2015 will be the year I switch companies) and my project list is as long as it has ever been. I did knock off a couple big projects the last two months – installed a power vent water heater and tore down the chimney to the roof that serviced the old unit. With these project done, I can turn my attention to the interior of the house: tear down the chimney to the foundation and finish the master bedroom (the chimney brick was plastered over and was part of the wall in the room – thus, in order to finish the bedroom walls the chimney needed to go). I do plan on finishing the house sometime before doomsday – whenever that will be. This will make my wife and kids very happy.

Drinkability: Most definitely.
Appearance: Cloudy golden color.
The Buds: Excellent grapefruit flavor and aroma.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.75 caps out of 5.

The huge advertising conglomerates tell us that the chicks dig Grapefruit beer.

The huge advertising conglomerates tell us that the chicks dig grapefruit beer.

February 1, 2014

Brauerei Heller-Trum Schlenkerla Rauchbier Review 2.1.2014

Smoke like you've never tasted.

Smoke like you've never tasted.

TBR Reports on Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Marzen
File Date: 2.1.14

File Name: Smoke taste that burn your house down.
The Beer: Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier
Type: Rauchbier
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.4% ABV
Brewer: Brauerei Heller-Trum/Schlenkerla
Web Site: www.schlenkerla.de/indexe.html
State/Country of Origin: Germany
Brewer Info: Bamberg and Smokebeer (the Germans call it “Rauchbier”) belong together, a
liaison which was not without consequences. The greatest of which is the Schlenkerla: the
most productive, most visited and most traditional Smokebeer source in Bamberg. It originates
in the middle of the old town, directly underneath the mighty cathedral, from a half-timbered
house on which the geraniums effusively glow in the summer. Anyone who did not come here and
try the strong, unmistakable taste of Original Schlenkerla Smokebeer (in German: Aecht
Schlenkerla Rauchbier) cannot claim to have been to Bamberg.

Brewer Brand Hype: Smokebeer from Schlenkerla is a dark, aromatic, bottom fermented beer
with 13.5 percent original extract, which is equivalent to an alcohol content of 5.1
percent. No doubt: there are stronger beers, but nevertheless, one should not underestimate
… it can make you “schlenker” quite a bit. Its smoky flavor is being achieved by
exposing the malt to the intense, aromatic smoke of burning beech-wood logs at the Schlenkerla-maltings.
After mixing it with premium-class hops in the brew, it matures in 700 year old cellars, deep down in
the hills of Bamberg, into a mellow, magnificent-tasting beer, best drunk directly in “Schlenkerla”.
An Original amongst the beers, even amongst the Bavarian beers. You can drink it in the “Alte Lokal”
at white-scrubbed wooden tables – covering them with a tablecloth would be a sin – underneath an old
timbered ceiling, even darker than the beer. You can drink it in the “Klause”, a former monastery,
built in 1310, or you can drink it in the inner court next to a 500-liter wooden-keg. All this is
the Schlenkerla.
The connoisseur drinks it slowly with relish, but steadily and purposefully. He knows, that the
second “Seidla” (half-liter) tastes better than the first, and the third even better than the second.
He drinks during the morning pint and during the afternoon break. He drinks it in the evenings,
drinks it alone and with company, especially with company, as “Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier” makes
one talkative and exuberant. It brings together the local with the stranger, as it is common in
Franconia to share your table with others.
Even if the brew tastes somewhat strange at the first swallow, do not stop, because soon you will
realize that your thirst will not decrease and your pleasure will visibly increase.
Label: Aecht Original Schlenkerla Maerzen Smokebeer, considered the classic example in its category,
has been brewed for centuries in the baroque town of Bamberg in Franconia (Bavaria/Germany). Following
the most ancient malting traditions, all it’s select barley malts are kilned over a fire of beech wood
logs at the Schlenkerla maltings. Brewed in classic copper vessels and matured for months in historic
cellars, Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier is a truly unique smoky beer experience.

The Brewski Review: There are very few things that blow me away. The smoke flavor in this beer is one
of them. It was the big elephant sitting on each taste bud in my mouth and it was fantastic. This is not
a beer to chug but one to sip and enjoy. It comes in a full pint bottle so you get a litte more than
the standard 12 oz. bottle. I could imagine sitting around a fire and drinking this beer or sitting in
the Schlenkerla with my wife and friends on my unfunded, pie in the sky, world beer tasting tour. This
beverage pours with minimal head and a rich, deep amber color. I offered my wife a swig but she declined
in favor of a strawberry margarita she just made to compliment taco night at the Tommy household.

Drinkability: Will definitely drink again.
Appearance: No head deep amber color.
The Buds: Excellent smokey flavor
TBR Cap Rating: 4.75 out of 5.

Local smokebeer delivery vehicle.

Local smokebeer delivery vehicle.

As I've said, smoke like you've never tasted before.

As I've said, smoke like you've never tasted before.

September 2, 2011

Bitburger Premium and Becoming My Parents 9.2.2011

The Bit in Bitburger stand for Bitter.

The Bit in Bitburger stand for Bitter.

TBR Reviews Bitburger Premium Beer and Turning Into My Parents
File Date: 9.2.2011

 File Name: You Don’t Know What Your Missing
The Beer: Bitburger Premium Beer
Type: German Pilsener
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.8% ABV
Brewer: Bitburger Brauerei
Web Site: www.bitburger.com
State/Country of Origin: Germany
Brewer Info: In 1817 Johann Peter Wallenborn set up a brewery in Bitburg to make top-fermented beer. In 1839 his widow, Anna Katharina, took over the business before her daughter, Elisabeth, married Ludwig Bertrand Simon in 1842 and Simon continued to run the company. In 1871 their 24-year-old son Theobald Simon succeeded his father, investing in the expansion and modernization of the brewery. This included an ice-cooled artificial cellar designed to keep temperatures at the same low level, all the year round, making it possible to brew new bottom-fermented beers. In 1883 Bitburger brewed its first Pils beer. The first Bitburger Export led to activities in nearby Luxembourg, where a representative office was set up in Echternach in 1886.

tbr-bitburger-insertBrewer Brand Hype: Bitburger guarantees premium quality and enjoyment. Drawing on almost 200 years of expertise, the full-bodied, light Bitburger Premium Beer is of course brewed according to the German Purity Law. Its popular, dry-finished, hoppy taste has secured Bitburger Premium Beer its position as Germany’s no. 1 draught beer.
Label: Premium Beer Product of Germany.

The Brewski Review: The BIT in Bitburger may stand for the hefty bitterness  of this hoppy brew in my humble opinion. This one was cold and crisp and ultimately refreshing. Although, it leaves more of an aftertaste than I prefer. Call me a sissy if you will. I’m just not one to seek out really hoppy beverages. Would I drink this one again? Yes. If it was handed to me. Doubt I’d spend money to purchase a six-pack. I tend to favor more balanced flavors. My mother always used to say ‘You don’t know what your missing.’ whenever I turned down a dish at the table (primarily squash – yuck). Yes. I do know what I’m missing. That’s why I don’t eat it. Has anyone else had a mother or father say that? I think it’s ingrained as a parent because now I find myself saying it to my daughter with any food other than chicken dipped in ranch dressing. Drat! I have become my parents. 

Drinkability: Definitely.
Appearance: Golden yellow w/ minimal head.
The Buds: Refreshing but a little on the bitter side.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.75 out of 5 caps.

Using the anonymous girls to sell the brand.

Using the girls to sell the brand.

August 14, 2011

Celebrator Double Bock Beer and Cooking BBQ Pork Ribs 8.14.2011

Celebrator - the beer with the white goat around the neck.

Celebrator – the beer with the white goat around the neck.

The Brewski Report Reviews Celebrator’s Doppelbock and Marinating BBQ Pork Ribs
File Date: 8.14.2011

File Name: Beer Used As A BBQ Ribs Marinade?
The Beer: Celebrator Doppelbock
Type: Doppelbock
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 6.7% ABV
Brewer: Privatbrauerei Franz InselKammer KG/ Brauerei Aying
Web Site: http://en.ayinger-bier.de/?pid=263
State/Country of Origin: Germany
Brewer Info: In 1876 the father of the Ayinger Brewery, Johann Liebhard, took over the agricultural and forestry estate “Zum Pfleger” with tavern and butcher’s shop, which had been family property since circa 1810. His wife Maria, a postmaster’s daughter from Markt Schwaben, was, as were all women of the brewing generations, the central pillar of support in the running of the business. In the economic high spirits of the 1870’s following Germany’s victory over France, Johann Liebhard applied his acute business acumen in deciding to found his own brewery. This was not so unusual at the time, which is why there were some 6,000 breweries in Bavaria alone in the 1880’s. Of these, approximately 650 are still in operation today.

tbr-pork-cutsBrewer Brand Hype: A beer that has a dominant malty taste. This beer’s origins in a monk’s recipe are reflected in its heartiness. The Pope of Beers, Conrad Seidl, describes it as: “Almost black with a very slight red tone, a sensational, festive foam and truly extraordinary fragrance that at first summons up visions of greaves lard. The first taste is of mild fullness with an accompanying coffee tone, which becomes more dominant with the aftertaste. There is very little of the sweetness that is frequently to be tasted with doppelbock beer.” The Ayinger Celebrator has been ranked among the best beers of the world by the Chicago Testing Institute several times and has won numerous platinum medallions..
Label: Finest Bavarian Double Bock Beer.

The Brewski Review: Dark and mysterious. Actually better than I had anticipated (C’mon…who doesn’t anticipate the taste of a beer before cracking it open?). I expected it to be creamier than it was but that didn’t detract from it’s flavor. Since I was eating UTX’s Honey Wheat Braided Twists with this (which, by the way, are pretty tasty themselves) I can’t give you the snobby breakdown on a nano-flavor level. It was more substantial, heavy and sweet than most beers I usually drink and that was the appeal. I was going to drink this with dinner tonight – BBQ ribs – but couldn’t wait. It was also coincidental that, when listening to the car radio the other day, that if you really want tender ribs, you should marinate them in a dark beer overnight. They say the acid in the malts break down the fat in the meat. Of course, I didn’t want to waste this beer as a marinade so I’ll have to wait until we purchase our next slab. Sounds rather delicious doesn’t it? If anyone has tried this please let me know. I’m curious to know what beer and BBQ sauce you used and how they turned out.

Drinkability: Would drink this again.
Appearance: Super dark with maximum head.
The Buds: Good. Heavy and full of flavor
TBR Cap Rating: 4.25 out of 5 caps.

Don't these look simply delicious? I can't bear to watch the food network like my wife. It makes me hungry.

Don’t these look simply delicious? I can’t bear to watch the food network like my wife. It makes me hungry.

July 22, 2011

Hacker-Pschorr Hefe Weisse and the Sediment Swirl 7.22.2011

Hacker-Pschorr Weisse is worthy of the swirl.

Hacker-Pschorr Weisse is worthy of the swirl.

The Brewski Report Reviews Hacker-Pschorr Weisse Wheat Beer and the Sediment Swirl.
File Date: 7.22.2011

 File Name: Train your wrist for the sediment swirl.
The Beer: Hacker-Pschorr Hefe Weisse
Type: Hefeweizen
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.5% ABV
Brewer: Hacker-Pschorr Brau Gmbh
Web Site: http://www.hacker-pschorr.de/
State/Country of Origin: Germany
Brewer Info: Hacker-Pschorr – In the tradition of new ideas and old virtues. “On our centuries-old beer tradition we are proud. For us it is a piece of home, a precious commodity that must nurture and preserve it.” One of the great traditional Munich breweries is the Hacker-Pschorr brewery. Since the 15th Century the name “hacker” for pure enjoyment of beer, for the original, the living and lovable in Bavaria. 1417 is already a “Preustatt at Hagkagasse” in Munich is mentioned exactly where you ausschenkt still in the “Old House Hacker” Hacker-Pschorr beers. Almost a hundred years later, on 23 April 1516 Duke Wilhelm adopts IV the Bavarian purity law, and until now the Hacker-Pschorr beers are brewed in strict accordance with this bid. Centuries-old brewing tradition, a great family – Joseph Pschorr the only brewer whose bust in the Hall of Fame is available – to earth and reliability, but is Hacker-Pschorr. “The sky of Bavaria,” promises the loop above the logo. What is it for a true Bavarian heaven? The incomparable landscape, cherished traditions, even in modern times have on hand, the belief in the genuine love of life and of course a honest brewed fresh beer. The beer is of course at a brewery in the foreground, but confidence means for the home and involvement. As a regional brand in southern Bavaria presents itself Hacker-Pschorr, Munich and Upper Bavaria in the country, as the local partner associations – whether sporting or cultural. Here is also the home of typical and unspoilt inns, where you can enjoy a hearty snack Hacker-Pschorr beers. Whether full-bodied and spicy or tangy – fresh and tasty – the Hacker-Pschorr beers have to offer something for every taste exquisite qualities. Each beer has its own “character” and we are proud that it was the traditional brand Hacker-Pschorr Munich brewery as their first specialty in the swing top bottle offers. (Ever use Dictionary.com’s translator? The chopped up version you just read it about as good as it gets.)

tbr-hp-labelBrewer Brand Hype: Genuine old Bavarian wheat beer unfiltered, from 2 / 3 wheat and 1 / 3 barley malt, tangy, refreshing taste typical of top-fermented. When the first taste of beer? True – in the late morning accompanied by a Hacker-Pschorr Weisse unfiltered yeast lees with the typical taste excellent white sausages with sweet mustard and crispy pretzel. Fruity, fine bubbles and refreshing, it can be a well-kept white but also occasionally finds difficult to resist. Serving suggestion: For hearty Bavarian specialties a treat, but also to light dishes such as chicken or fish.
Label: Traditional Wheat

The Brewski Review: Very tastey wheat beer. I think I found a wheat beer that’s a tad bit better than the Hoegaarden Weisse. The flavors pop so much better in your mouth. It super creamy and ultra cloudy like a good wheat beer. As with all wheat beers, remember the swirl the last remaining few ounces of beer in the bottle to loosen the setiment at the bottom. I’m sure you’ll want to drink up as much of this savory liquid that I did.

Drinkability: Excellent. Would definitely drink again.
Appearance: Light amber w/ mucho head.
The Buds: Flavor pop.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.75 out of 5 caps.

Weisse Squad....Vice Squad....get it? I believe the 'cops' should have been in more skimpy attire. This isn't selling the brand to me.

Weisse Squad....Vice Squad....get it? I believe the 'cops' should have been in more skimpy attire. This isn't selling the brand to me.

There is a heaven, and it's located in Germany.

There is a heaven, and it's located in Germany.

July 4, 2011

EKU Pils and the Obama Dinner Party Lottery 7.4.11

Kulmbacher Brauerei EKU Pils

Kulmbacher Brauerei EKU Pils

The Brewski Report Reviews Kulmbacher’s EKU Pils
File Date: 7.4.2011

File Name: Obama’s Dinner Lottery
The Beer: EKU Pils
Type: German Pilsener
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.0% ABV
Brewer: Kulmbacher Brauerei
Web Site: www.kulmbacher.de/de/klbag/
State/Country of Origin: Kulmbach, Germany
Brewer Info: The name Kulmbach has always had a good reputation for beer connoisseurs, and no wonder: Even in antiquity, the inhabitants are dedicated to the art of brewing, as demonstrated by the discovery of a 3,000 year old Bieramphore, which is now seen as the oldest evidence of beer brewing in Germany. Since time immemorial the Darrhauben determine the malt, the brewer’s house and the restaurant’s heart, shapes the life of the people of beer in the region. 1846 joined the “prauenden citizens’ Johann Wolfgang Reichel, Johann Conrad Scheiding and Johann Martin Hübner, together with a Brauer community. This was the birth of the Kulmbach Reichelbräu. By exporting the legendary Kulmbach beer to central, eastern, and northern Germany began the rise of Reichelbräu. This was also the loss of sales territories in Central and East Germany was not slowed down after 1949. After the turn succeeded the tradition of brewing and brewing Sternquell pride in Saxony and the bathroom to take Brambacher mineral sources. 2003 the company took over the brewery Scherdel, courtyard. In 1996, the formerly independent breweries Reichelbräu, Sandlerbräu, and EKU priory under the umbrella of the Kulmbach Brewery were combined. Today we are the premium brand of Kulmbach , the traditional brand EKU , the specialty brand priory and the white beer brand Capuchin continue as separate brands with separate formulations . This beer variety Kulmbach justified reputation as the secret capital of beer.

tbr-eku-label1Brewer Brand Hype: When the very first clear, golden lager was brewed in the Bohemian town of Pilsen in 1842, beer drinkers the world over were immediately enchanted. The Germans quickly proved to be the most passionate devotees of the new style. Towns across the land began brewing their own “Pilsner” beers, and the name of the style was soon shortened to the friendlier “Pils.” The German touch was to make the beer a bit lighter in body – better for everyday drinking – and to add an extra dose of hops for a refreshingly bitter zing.
Label: The classic German ‘Pils’ with flawless balance. Light and refreshing, rich and deeply satisfying – perfect for everyday drinking. Brewed according to the German Beer Purity Law of 1516 and bottled by Kulmbacher Brauerei 95326, Bavaria, Germany.

The Brewski Review: Large head at the pour but dissapated quickly. Surprisingly hoppy for a lighter pilsener beer. Light and crisp. Good for a hot summer 89 degree day like today. You know, the other day I read a snippit of Obama’s Re-election campaign team to best their goal for $60M before June 30th. In an effort to drum up more low dollar contributions Obama himself sent out an mass e-mail appeal that stated: “I wanted to say thank you before the midnight deadline passes. And I’m looking forward to thanking four of you in person over dinner sometime soon. If you haven’t thrown your name in the hat yet, make a donation of $5 or more before midnight tonight — you’ll be automatically entered for a chance to be one of our guests.” Does this offend you as much as it does me? So what….Obama’s holding a lottery? For $5 you get a chance to win a meal with the President of the USA? It’s completely disgusting to think that we’re cheapening the value of the office for the country’s highest elected official, not to mention that it’s against the law to use the White House as a lever or means to solicit campaign contributions. Of course, I’m sure Obama’s crafty enough to work his way around this little loophole.

Drinkability: Sure. I’d double down.
Appearance: Clear, golden yellow.
The Buds: Hoppy tasting for a lighter ‘pils’.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.25 caps out of 5.’

Rule 1 when eating with the President: Don't stand between the president and the food. Rule 2: Keep your fingers and hands close to your person. Rule 3: Don't tell Michele what he eats.

Rule 1 when eating with the President: Don't stand between the president and the food. Rule 2: Keep your fingers and hands close to your person. Rule 3: Don't tell Michele what he eats.

May 30, 2011

Kostritzer Schwarzbier’s Black Lager Review 5.30.2011

Kostrich's Black Gold. Texas Tea. First thing you know 'ol Jed's a millionaire....

Kostrictzer's Black Gold. Texas Tea. First thing you know 'ol Jed's a millionaire....

The Brewski Report Reviews Kostritzer Schwarzbier’s Black Lager
File Date: 5.30.2011

 File Name: Did you hear the one about….
The Beer: Kostritzer Schwarzbier
Type: Schwarzbier
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.8% ABV
Brewer: Kostritzer Schwarzbierbraurei
Web Site: www.koestritzer.de/en/marken
State/Country of Origin: Germany
Brewer Info: The Kostritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei (Kostritz Black Beer Brewery) looks back at more than 465 years of brewing tradition. It is one of Germany’s oldest breweries and one of the few breweries that have been producing dark beer without any interruption.

tbr-kost-labelBrewer Brand Hype: Germany’s most popular black beer represents an exceptional beer specialty that is the fruit of a unique combination of the perfect art of brewing and a centuries-old tradition. Brewed according to the German Purity law of 1516, the original is convincing by its light and sparkling character: Barley malts subjected to special processes give it its distinctive, delicate aroma and extraordinary coloration. Well-rounded by a mild hop flavour, it is really a great enjoyment. The production of Kostritzer Schwarzbier is based on the Pilsner style. Its strength is comparable with light beers.
Label: Brewed according to German Purity Law.

The Brewski Review: Did you hear the one about how Obama saved the auto industry and made a nice tidy profit for the American taxpayers in the process. Fiat, an Italian automobile manufacturer, decided to up their stake in the American car manufacturer Chrysler. Great! Or, is it? Since Fiat doesn’t have the $3.5B to pay for it the U.S. Dept. of Energy loaned them the money. Which, I’m sure, will be brushed under the rug and when forgotten about, be forgiven. Classic shell game. Anyone who actually believes the current administration single-handidly saved the auto industry and made money in the process will be a dupe for life. The taxpayers are still on the hook for this boondoggle but now it’s just a slight-of-hand that keeps the liberal believers chanting Obama’s superior powers of leadership. Suckers!  Wait, actually, we’re all suckers. Drat!

Drinkability: Would drink it again.
Appearance: Uh, well….black of course.
The Buds: Tasty. Mild flavor beer.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.0 caps out of 5.

Vintage Kostritzer Sign

Vintage Kostritzer Sign

Wie lange müssen wir hier stehen und lächeln sie für den Kauf von uns ein Bier?

Wie lange müssen wir hier stehen und lächeln sie für den Kauf von uns ein Bier?

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.

How much worse could your day get? Think again. It could always be worse.

Don't believe your day couldn't get any worse than it is now? Think again. What are the chances of a fire and a mini-tornado at the same time?

March 25, 2011

Royal Bavarian Hefe-Weizen Beer Review 3.25.2011

Very Heady Brew This Royal Bavarian.

Very Heady Brew This Royal Bavarian.

The Brewski Report Reviews Konig Ludwig Weissbier
File Date: 3.25.2011

 File Name: Kick the usual habit.
The Beer: Konig Ludwig Weissbier (Royal Bavarian Hefe-Weizen)
Type: Hefeweizen
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.5% ABV
Brewer: König Ludwig Schlossbrauerei Kaltenberg
Web Site: www.koenig-ludwig.com/klw/koenig_ludwig_en.asp
State/Country of Origin: Bavaria, Germany
Brewer Info: The Kaltenberg brand covers the bottom-fermentation, blond premium beers of the König Ludwig Schlossbrauerei Kaltenberg. They are produced using traditional brewing methods with selected raw materials from Southern Germany. His Royal Highness Prince Luitpold of Bavaria, who himself personifies and continues the Royal Bavarian beer tradition, brews the Kaltenberg beers totally in the centuries-old tradition of his Wittelsbacher forebears, who established the Bavarian Beer Purity Law (Reinheitsgebot). For special occasions such as the “strong beer time”, folk festivals, harvest festival or Christmas, particular beers are brewed and bottled – beers fitting the character of each occasion, Even with this Prince Luitpold of Bavaria follows tradition – because a special occasion was always worth a special brew as far as the Bavarian Royal House was concerned. In the heart of Bavaria, 40 kilometres west of Munich, lies Kaltenberg Castle, residence of His Royal Highness Prince Luitpold of Bavaria and containing one of the last true castle breweries. Prince Luitpold, great grandson of the last King of Bavaria, Ludwig II, feels himself bound by the tradition which links the Wittelsbach family with the art of brewing. It is not least his personal dedication, which has made the beers of the König Ludwig Schlossbrauerei Kaltenberg so excellent and so renowned.

tbr-rbh2Brewer Brand Hype: The world-wide fame of Bavarian beer is directly attributable to the House of Wittelsbach, the family of His Royal Highness Prince Luitpold of Bavaria. It was in 1516 that Duke Wilhelm IV issued the Bavarian Reinheitsgebot or Purity Law – which is still valid today. Prince Luitpold is thus continuing a long-standing family tradition. 200 years of experience gained through the wheat beer monopoly held by the Wittelsbach family also means that König Ludwig Weissbier is truly a “Beer of Royal Highness”. The König Ludwig Schlossbrauerei Kaltenberg today feels more than ever connected to this centuries-long tradition – and brews its four varieties of König Ludwig Weissbier – Hefe Weissbier in both Hell and Dunkel types and Light and Kristall sorts – with the greatest possible care. Find out how a true connoisseur enjoys König Ludwig Weissbier:
1. Get hold of a properly shaped wheat beer glass – better still an original König Ludwig Weissbier wheat beer glass. If you do not have one, we will gladly take an order from you.
2. Rinse the glass out carefully with clear, cold water and open the bottle with appreciative restraint.
3. Hold the glass at a slight angle and pour the beer carefully into it.
4. Make sure that a small amount is left in the bottle. You will need this for the next step.
5. Shake the yeast up and pour the remaining beer into the glass putting an appetising head on your wheat beer.
Now there it is, in all its splendour – your brilliant, fresh König Ludwig Weissbier. Don’t hang about any longer, get on with the tasting!
Label: Naturally cloudy wheat brew. Brewed according to the Bavarian Purity Law. Why are the Bavarian Royal Family and King Ludwig so important to brewing history? The Bavarian Royal Family had sole rights to brewing of Hefe-Weizen in Bavaria for 200 years. No wonder they are leading experts on wheat brews.

The Brewski Review: Excellent wheat beer. Naturally cloudy in appearance and oh so smooth and light. I’m beginning to like the mild taste of Hefeweizen beers. No bitterness or aftertaste to contend with. Just pure drinking enjoyment. The whole purpose of my misson with this blog was to find some great beers. I think I’ve succeeded in doing that. But more so, I’m finding the types of beer I like best such as Hefeweizen and Bock but not so much with IPA. I’ll keep at it. Maybe I’ll inspire you to try different brands to get you out of the beer you’ve been drinking for the last 5, 10 or 20 years.  Bottoms up!

Drinkability: Definitely
Appearance: Large white head, cloudy golden color
The Buds: Smooth and light tasting. Excellent.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.75 out of 5.

Branding to new heights.

Branding to new heights.

Looks inviting to me. How about you?

Looks inviting to me. How about you?

The only other Royal I know.

The only other Royal I know.

January 16, 2011

Pualaner’s Salvator Double Bock Beer Review 1.16.11

Paulaner's Salvator Double Bock (or, Dopplebock for all the beer snobs who probably wouldn't be reading this blog.)

Paulaner's Salvator Double Bock (or, Dopplebock for all the beer snobs who probably wouldn't be reading this blog.)

The Brewski Report Reviews Paulaner’s Salvator Double Bock
File Date: 1.16.2011

File Name: Sometimes The Best Action Is No Action
The Beer: Salvator Double Bock
Type: Dopplebock
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 7.9% ABV
Brewer: Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
Web Site: www.paulaner.com
State/Country of Origin: Germany
Brewer Info: The oldest document of the Paulaner Brewery Munich dates back to 1634. Life is hard for our monks in the Munich monestary Neudeck ob der Au; they are extremely poor and have to work very hard. To help them cope they began to brew Salvator. Since 1780 the Paulaner monks have been officially allowed to serve beer without restrictions. The Neudeck ob der Au is dissolved in 1799. In 1815 the first beer huts on the Wies’n appear. Five years earlier a major horse racing event was held here. This was the birth of the world’s biggest fair. in 1837 Bavaria’s King Ludwig I declares Paulaner a luxury article. The name Salvator is protected by the imperial patent office in Berlin in 1896. Through the 1920’s Paulaner expands by acquiring other breweries. In 1986 Paulaner brews the worlds first non-alcoholic wheat beer which is now called Hefe-Weitbier Alkoholfrei. The worlds deepest underground cellar is built by Paulaner in 1989. In 2001 a joint venture with Dutch brewers Heineken N.V. is established.

tbr-paulaner-logoBrewer Brand Hype: Paulaner Salvator is the founding father of all Bavarian stouts, and the orinator of all “-ator” beers. With an alcohol content of 7.9%, it is not only the strongest beer brewed by the Paulaner Brewery, but also has the most tradition: Paulaner Salvator has been brewed from 100% Munich malt to a handed-down recipe for 375 years. Today, it is the highest-selling “double bock” beer in Germany. Paulaner Salvator is dark, full-bodied and strong, and wonderfully malty in flavour and aroma – a perfectly balanced, round, quaffable stout specialty. Paulaner Salvator is freshly brewed every year for the stout season and is only available between December and April (as a general rule). Based on the principle of, “Liquids don’t break a fast”, this double bock beer remains the traditional drink for Lent to this day.
Label: Each one of my Paulaner biers is brewed slowly, all-naturally, as they have been for over 360 years. Brewed and bottled by Paulaner, Munich, Germany.

The Brewski Review: My project list hasn’t seen the light of day recently. I don’t mind but it does eat at me. Winter seems to slow me down with all the cold temps and show shoveling chores. I had a tenant move out of my duplex this past December leaving me a unit in desperate need of some serious TLC. But, I figure it was easier for me to shut off the heat, drain the water lines and pour antifreeze down the j-traps than to go over there and work. (And, spend money to keep the place somewhat heated.) This strategy will push back all my house projects but I’ll live with that decision. In the Spring I’ll re-list the property in the hopes of shedding myself of the re-mod responsibility before it becomes a dire necessity. I need to re-focus efforts on my house. The duplex has been an unwanted distraction of late. So I’ll take it easy for a couple of months. Maybe drink some beer. This Paulaner beverage turned out to be somewhat good. Very tasty beverage. Creamy with a rich malt flavor. Minimal bitterness. Excellent choice for the cool days of winter. Curl up by the fire and crack one open.

Drinkability: Definitely. 
Appearance: Carmel color, minimal head.
The Buds: Very smooth and malty.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.25 Rating out of 5.

It's hard to be around 360 years and not know how to throw a party. Kickin' it German style.

It's hard to be around 360 years and not know how to throw a party. Kickin' it German style.

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