Sunday, December 26, 2010

Hinterländer Marburger Kräusen

Hinterländer Marburger Kräusen

Brewed by:
Brewed by Hinterländer Brauhaus
Breidenbach-Wolzhausen, Germany

Keller Bier / Zwickel Bier

6.00% ABV

Commercial Description:
What once could enjoy only the brewer, now for you too: unfiltered, pure taste of beer with special spices. Our brewer Ole Endler brews this beer a specialty with three different malts. Unfiltered sediment particles are still a lot of hops, malt, and of course the bottom-fermenting yeast included, thus making it nutritionally valuable than filtered beers. Quite originally was only the brewer to the fullest Bierköstlichkeit: namely, he took prior to filtration with the so-called "wedge valve" a trial to assess the quality of beer and the maturity of the beer. Now there is this full-bodied, yeasty fragrance and taste with a pronounced malt flavor for you too. And as we know, we use for our Marburger krausen exclusively German quality raw materials and brewing with our soft, fresh spring water from brewing their own deep wells. Our krausen Marburger has an original gravity of 11.9% and an alcohol content of 5%. A real fresh taste - one from home!
(Translated by Google)

A colleague of mine Andreas, was in from Marburg Germany for a training class. As we were chatting about work issues one day he asked me if I liked beer. So I proceeded to show Andreas a glimpse into my beer madness. Then on his last day he gave me a couple of these beers. He said it was a special beer from Marburg. I just looked it up and it’s the same style as the Hacker Pschorr Anno 1417 which I really liked so I can’t wait to see what this beer is all about.

The beer pours a hazy pale copper with a fairly rich white to off white head.

The nose is delightful with light pilsner type malts, floral hops and a very interesting sweet citrus and yeasty aroma as well.

Wow, this is different. This is really good but it doesn’t seem to fit any of the styles that I’m use to. It’s like a like a yeasty and spicy pilsner. I’m going to attempt a play by play.

The experience starts out with light sweet light malts up front then the most enjoyable effervescence over the tongue in the middle of the sip. The back-end is fairly easy drinking with another carbonation release during the swallow. There is a mild spice and earthiness that builds during the swallow into the finish. The finish is nice with sweet light malts, some spice and citrus notes along with an interesting yeasty background. The final aftertaste is subtle but there is a lingering earthy and yeasty note.

I’m really not doing this beer justice. This is much better then I have the ability to explain. These interesting notes and spice are subtle but complex for something that taste like it was basically a pilsner.

This beer even gets better as it warms. The earthy flavors are more predominate now that we are at 61 degrees.

I’m going to have to do some more research into this style of beer and get a better understanding on where these nice earthy flavors are coming from.

I’m going for a B+ on this one. It may actually be better than that in style but I have not had many of these unique beers to compare it to. This is a complex little beer with light pilsner type malt and unique hop and malt earthy notes. 

I have to thank my new friend Andreas for bringing this over from Marburg. This has been a very pleasureable and unique experience.


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