Brauhaus Schmitz Lager

Val and I went to our favorite German place in Philly after looking for wedding rings. As usual, the food was amazing, but there was a cheerleading dinner there and the parents were incredibly loud and drunk, to the point that even the server was apologizing to us. This was the beer that I had while we ate.

ABV: 5.3%

Style: Dortmunder/Export Lager

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Quality alone isn’t everything…but everything is nothing without quality. For 400 years Hofbräuhaus Traunstein has made headlines with its full selection of beers in the highest quality. The finest malt from Bavarian malt houses, the purest water from our own mountain spring on the Traunsteiner Hochberg, and finally, flavour hops from our own hop fields in the Holledau. It goes without saying that Hofbräuhaus Traunstein strictly observes the Bavarian Beer Purity Law of 1516. Our beer is known to excel: Since taking gold in the 1975 world record for eight beers, Hofbräuhaus Traunstein has been awarded over 100 gold and silver medals by the DLG (the German Agricultural Society) as well as the gold European Beer Star. In 1982 Hofbräuhaus Traunstein became the first brewery in the world to offer draught weissbier. Yet the highest award is the praise of our customers, beer lovers and connoisseurs.”

Random: Even half liter glasses of beer are very heavy and the beer gets warm too quickly.

The beer poured with a huge, two finger, white head. It went away slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. It had a clear, yellow body with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose had grain, lemon and small amounts of honey. The taste was very grainy with lots of yeast. Honey came through at the end without much else. The taste was very light and simple. The body was thin with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick and sweet finish with honey. This beer paired well with the German food at Brauhaus Schmitz, but it didn’t have much depth to it.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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