Brewer’s Advent Calendar 2017: Day Nine

Today’s beer: Herrnbräu Jubiläums-Sud

This is supposedly a Dunkel but the color of the beer suggests otherwise.

This beer was in previous calendars and although my can is the same, my beer looks much lighter than these two guys:

One

Two

I have to imagine it was either a canning error or a labeling error but either way I’m drinking a different beer.

It’s solid – probably a helles or maybe it’s the Festbier I thought I had last Saturday. That was by the same brewer so maybe the cans got swapped?

Looking back at that post it seems pretty plausible that the two were inverted. There’s no way I’m drinking a Dunkel now and that Festbier seems much too dark.

In any event it’s a delicious German beer for Advent.

Prost!

Brewer’s Advent Calendar 2017: Day Eight

Today’s beer: Grandl

It’s a snowy day here in Georgia – not something that happens very often – and I’m drinking a very nice Helles Lager. Also not something I do very often.

This is a great example of a sociable beer. Something born out of a desire to be pleasing to everyone and easy to drink.

Success on both counts.

Not as spritzy as a Pilsner but equally golden and quaffable.

A nice change of pace both for me personally and amongst the recent Advent selections.

Happy Friday!

Brewer’s Advent Calendar 2017: Day Seven

Today’s beer: Alpenkönig Gold

This is a solid beer but I’m a sucker for a Märzen. I think I normally drink Oktoberfests or Festbiers which are a subcategory of Märzen’s, but this is good either way.

I like the look of the Oktoberfest/Festbier better since it looks more autumnally orange, but this so-called “Gold” Märzen is pretty too.

This is the most German beer I’ve had in such a short period of time. One thing that seems consistent is a character I can’t quite define.

It’s similar to knowing, upon drinking, the difference between an English Ale, and American IPA, or a Trappist Belgian. Something that transcends mere style and gets to what wine aficionados refer to as “terroir”.

All these German beers share something uniquely German that I can taste, appreciate, and recognize even if I can’t quite define it.

I’m really looking forward to the remainder of the calendar, but also to dinking more German imports in 2018.

Until tomorrow!

Brewer’s Advent Calendar 2017: Day Six

Today’s beer: Kartäuser Doppelbock Dunkel

I’m fairly certain the Dunkel in the name is redundant here, just noting that this is a dark bock instead of a Maibock.

I’m also no German linguistic expert, so maybe it’s necessary.

Either way this is a maltier beer than last night’s actual Dunkel. This is a Doppelbock.

By style it’s a maltier, more alcoholic version of a Shiner Bock, for example.

If last night’s Dunkel was a Porter in lager form, tonight’s Doppelbock is an Imperial Stout in lager form.

And where the English styles can be cloudy and toasty, their German counterparts are clean, clean & crisp. That’s what comes from lagering.

I’m also no BJCP certified judge, so take all my style notes with a grain of salt.

I do know that I like this example of this style. It’s malty, it’s full-bodied, and it’s about 7.5% alcohol by volume.

If you can’t enjoy a big, bold beer like this by a crackling fire then maybe beer isn’t your thing.

Until tomorrow!