I approach this beer with no small amount of trepidation. It is a “light” beer. It is a lager from Europe. It is in a clear bottle. If you’ve been following this project you know that any of those three things does not generally bode well for my enjoyment of a beer.
It’s lighter even than ginger ale. It appears to have avoided being lightstruck, but probably because they use hop extract rather than whole hops. Aroma is “beery” with a bit of lemon zest. Flavor is incredibly light. For all I’m giving up, 87 calories in 11.2 US ounces just doesn’t seem worth it. Better to skip the french fries and have a more flavorful beer.
Warsteiner Premium HiLight
This is, perhaps, the quintessential Märzen.
Not quite as orange as Americanized versions of the style, clear, with a nice off-white head. Mild aroma with some roastiness. Malty, of course, with caramel and a hint of the hops. Good stuff. Now I’m craving bratwurst and sauerkraut.
Yellowish-orange with a prodigious white head which dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma is light, with a little pineapple and “wheatiness”. Flavor is a little…well, not bland exactly. “Understated” seems like a good word.
Made from the original 1873 recipe, our signature brew has a full-bodied taste, hoppy bouquet, golden color and rich full head. Your tasting notes might say something like “a slightly fruity but crisp firmness – ends with a clean dry finish,” but most people simply say, “Now that’s a Beck’s.”
I am a glutton for punishment. If it’s not an American industrial light lager lately, it’s a European pilsner in a green bottle.
Light gold and clear. White head drops quickly. Smells slightly fruity, just like they promised. Pineapple, perhaps? Taste is clean with a slight toastiness to it. By golly, this is pretty good!
Clear pale yellow with a white head. A little lemon zest in the aroma. Taste is just a bit of fruit and biscuits.
Wheat beers aren’t my favorite, but who am I to say “no”?
Cloudy yellow with a white head. It’s got that big, fruity aroma one finds in wheat beers, with a touch of ginger. Smooth, but with a little bite. Man, I’m craving bratwurst now.
König Ludwig Schloßbrauerei Kaltenberg Weissbier (German)
Pale orange with white head. Slightly floral aroma. Clean, slightly astringent. It’s good.
König Pilsener (German)
Sticking with the European imports.
Golden and cloudy. (It’s unfiltered; duh!) A couple fingers of white head. Very aromatic, with a good bit of bubblegum and banana. “Crisp” is a word that comes to mind. Clean and refreshing. I don’t fall head-over-froth for wheat beers, but this is pretty good.
Alas, I’m out of green bottles from Europe. This seems like a good one to end on, though.
A nice deep brown with some red highlights. Thick beige head. Deep, malty aroma. Bready, with raisins and a bit of coffee. Yum.