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Friday
May172013

DAS ECHTE SCHWABEN BRAU MARZEN

Das Echte Schwaben Brau Marzen. Anything with a flip-top head is already half a point in front with me, but other than that, this Das Echte has to work hard to earn its stripes.

It's a Marzen, which is normally more closely associated with the Bavarian brewers. This one's from Schwabia (hence, Schwaben), which is Bavaria's western neighbour (think: Stuttgart).

It pours beautifully, though the colour is not as rich and deep as a Bavarian Marzen. It's still a lovely copper colour and the head is about a finger width, though that quickly shrinks to the small ring you see here.

Marzens are dominated by noble hops and have a characteristic bready, toasted malt smell, which this one has in spades.

It's a little more bitter than most initially and there is a lot of carbonation early on the tongue, but that leaves and you are left with the tastes that replicate the smell.

Not bad, not the best Marzen, but not bad.

 

7/10

 

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