>Forty Beers – Part One.

>A few posts back I declared my intention to try 40 new beers in this, my fortieth year. The first new ones I tried were on the day after my birthday, with the bottles picked up at the Berlin Beer Festival.

1) Černá Hora Pater (bottle): Bubblegum nose, mid gold colour. Toffee notes and a slightly sour “cheap cola” finish. Not unpleasant, but I won’t be heartbroken If I never try it again.

2) Klosterbrauerei Neuzelle Neuzeller Porter (bottle): Sweet, lightly burnt toast nose. Lots of liquorice and black toffee – reminded me of Robinson’s Old Tom. Very enjoyable and very more-ish.

Germany 3) Tegernseer Spezial (Herzoglich Bayerisches Brauhaus Tegernsee) (bottle and draught): The colour of august wheat, no discernable nose that I could detect. Clean, crisp. Very slightly tart with short ‘buttercup syrup’ finish. Refreshing. A couple of days later I had this vom fass in Bad Tolz. The waiter claimed it was “best beer in Germany – better than Augustiner!”. While I can’t agree with that, I preferred it to the bottled variety – it was full of sweet malt and fresh grassy-ness (if that’s even a word), and a quite superb swig.

4) Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus Tannenzaepfle (bottle) : Slightly metallic nose. Darkish gold colour. Lots of heavy but quite sweet malt and hoppiness sustained into a long finish. Maybe it’s that wonderful label, but notes of pine and resin kept creeping in. A real mouthful, anyway. I’d brought one bottle with me, only to find that Dan had got in a whole crate. Prost!

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6 Responses to >Forty Beers – Part One.

  1. Affer says:

    >By God, that's given me a thirst!!!

  2. TIW says:

    >That's the idea, affer! Although as usual everyone else on the blogoshire had all these beers years before I did.

  3. bailey says:

    >I've only ever had one of those. Tegernseer Spezial looks particularly tasty.

  4. Bailey says:

    >And, what do you know — I had a bottle of Tegernseer Spezial yesterday, at Cask in Pimlico. It was very nice.

  5. TIW says:

    >Cask – Is this the place you blogged about a month or so back? It sounded my kind of place – we're about due a visit to the Tate Brit so we'll have a look (if we don't go by Vespa).

  6. Bailey says:

    >That's right. Let us know what you think. They also had Schlenkerla Helles (not really smoked, but smoky because the brewery is!) which was incredible.

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