Total Score: 4.15/10
Original Oettinger Pils? Huh, we’ll see about that. I’m always apprehensive when reviewing a non-Czech Pilsener as other countries always make something akin to a watery flavourless Lager – but I’m giving this one a chance because it’s just so damn cheap (6 x 500ml cans for $13.99 = cheap in Australia!).
Poured from a can into my 500ml Stein glass.
A: Wow, this one really lets off a bit of fizz when poured into the glass but the head dissipates in the same violent fashion that it poured… disappointing. The body is golden bordering on a certain yellow colour that we’ve all seen before while going to the loo. The head is straight white. 3/10.
S: Malt, malt, malt… and a whiff of hops. Hint of macro grains with metal. Some apples as well. 4/10.
T: The flavour is neither original nor exciting. Grains dominate with a sharp bitterness at the end. Is it crisp? Yes. Is that what we want in this style? Yes. Could use a bit more finesse in the flavour department? Most certainly. 4/10.
M: The carbonation in this beer is far too harsh. It reminds me of an Australian Lager in this regard and I’m not sure if any Germans would even like a beer this carbonated (at least I don’t remember any other German beers like this when I was last over there). 2/10.
D: Hmmm, my review might sound pretty harsh thus far but there is one saving grace for this beer: it’s cheap! Yep, it is a cheap beer and when I want a cheap beer this stuff isn’t nearly as bad as the macro Australian Lagers (which I err away from). Is it drinkable? “Eh” is all I will say. 6/10.
Food match: German food (Bratwurst, Knackwurst, Kartoffel, Knudel, etc…) or even Italian food (Fettuccine Carbonara, Linguine Napolitana, Penne Arabiata, etc…).