Total Score: 7.95/10
Today’s original Doc bruview is bought to you by Bayreuther Bierbrauerei Aktien Original 1857 “Landbier” or “beer to be drunk whilst your feet are firmly on the ground”… at least that’s what I interpret “Landbier” to mean. So what do we have here? It’s a Munich Helles Lager brewed to an authentic recipe from, you guessed correctly: 1857. This style of beer generally comes across to me as thicker than modern Lager styles with a real bready character and a hint of spice. This was the style of beer designed to compete directly against Czech Pilsners, and as such drinking this particular brew should be akin to taste bud time travelling back to 1857. Let’s hope my tongue makes it back to 2016 alive and well.
Poured from a 500ml flip-top bottle into a stein.
A: Tiniest tinge of a hazed golden body with a bright white 2 centimetre head that slowly drops back to half a centimetre. It does appear as though a Lager from 1857 looks much like a Lager today – that is to say not impressive to me (I’m def a Russian Imperial Stout man when it comes to looks). 7/10.
S: Bread yeast, malt grains, a touch of honey and a hay bale note rounds out this pleasingly German Lager aroma. Let’s face facts: If you don’t like your German Lagers this is going to be a stinker for you – it’s got all the hallmarks of a dense, dank earth smelling Bavarian beast within and nary much else. 7/10.
T: Quite honeyed upfront, bread, hay and grain bonanza mid-palate, slight sour bread kick towards the end and hint of pepper in the finish – this is a classic and well-rounded Munich Helles right here! After taste leaves a slight cloying honey character, though it manages well not to be a palate wrecker. Overall these are flavours that would work well with Bavarian cuisine, köstlich! 8/10.
M: Mid to light bodied with a medium creamy/dense carbonation… pretty spot on here too. 8/10.
D: As far as Munich Helles go this is definitely one of the more decent ones I’ve had. My overall scoring is as much a reflection of my general opinion towards Lagers than it is about this one not being a shining example of the style. So if you like your Lagers, specifically German Lagers, then I highly recommend this beer. I will most certainly revisit this brew again in the future, especially if I’m chowing down on some Bavarian food. 9/10.
Food match: I think we covered this already but: Bavarian… specifically anything gazed and pork-like [or even just plain pork].