Archive for the ‘Keller Bier/Zwickel Bier’ Category

Over the weekend, the other half and I went to the new beer hall in Asbury. It was disappointing to say the least. It was incredibly expensive and mediocre at best and the clientele was obnoxious. I don’t think we’ll be back there any time soon. This was the first beer that I tried while I was there.

sommer

ABV: 5.1%

Style: Keller Bier/Zwickel Bier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Hofbräu München’s Münchner Sommer naturtrüb is brewed according to traditional recipes. The refreshing sparkle makes this bottom-fermented, naturally cloudy beer garden speciality an ideal alternative to Weissbier. Münchner Sommer naturtrüb has a shimmering, opalescent look and pours to an amber hue and a fine-pored head. The bottom-fermented classic offers 5.1% alcohol content and a hoppy aroma with a touch of fruitiness. It is a refreshing, sparkling drink with estery notes and a subtly bitter finish. A good alternative to Weissbier!”

Random: I always have a hard time remembering what German beers I’ve reviewed.

This beer poured with a two finger, thick, white head that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy yellow color with high carbonation. The nose was grassy and hoppy with some light citrus. The taste was very grassy with some lemon. After a few sips, I picked up some bread as well. The flavors were very light in general. The body was very thin with high carbonation. It had a long finish with wheat and grass. This wasn’t a bad beer by any stretch, but nothing that floored me.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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Last night, I went out with my girlfriend to a restaurant in Rumson. It was a nice place with a definitely older bar scene. Katie was talking to me and I kept looking at the bar, and I finally had to explain it was because I was afraid that one of these 50+ year olds was about to fall over from being so wasted. When we were leaving, they were busy dropping shots of Jager into ginger ale and chugging it. Anyways, this was the beer that I tried during dinner, the newest addition to the Sam Seasonal lineup.

ABV: 5.5%

Style: Keller Bier/Zwickel Bier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We set out to create a beer that was perfect for spring, hearty enough for the colder days early in the season and refreshing enough for the warm days of late spring. Our brewers have always admired the excellence of a small group of German lagers, with their soft underlying maltiness, clear notes of Noble aroma hops, and clean bitterness. As a Kellerbier, Alpine Spring grants access to the privilege that all brew masters share: the taste of great beer straight from the tank. Our drinkers will not be too far behind, as Alpine Spring goes to keg and bottle as a young beer, only a few weeks old, resulting in an unfiltered haziness and soft fruity esters of a beer fresh out of the fermentation tank.”

Random: When I was asking what beers they had on tap, the waiter said Blue Point. I asked which one, and he said that he didn’t know they had more than one beer, but he would check and it tasted just like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. It was Blue Point Toasted Lager…really tastes nothing like Sierra Nevada.

This brew poured with a half a finger of pure white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The brew had a cloudy orange color with moderate visible carbonation (which was still visible due to the cloudiness). As you read above, this is due to this being a young and unfiltered beer. The nose was a bit muted, but had some citrus apparent and not much else. The taste was citrus hops (mostly lemon) that then had some honey and a bit of bready malt. But, the citrus was the main flavor that I got. The finish was pretty quick with citrus. The body was medium, but more towards the thin side with moderate carbonation, making for a very crisp and easily drinkable beer. Is this beer going to wow you with flavor? No. But is it a solid and easy drinking brew that you could down a few of? Definitely. I would (and probably will) have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0