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Monday
Jul282014

HERRNBRAU PREMIUM PILSNER

Herrnbrau Premium Pilsner. That word again. Premium. It rarely ends well, does it?

This is the Herrnbrau Pilsner from Ingolstadt in Germany. It's a Bavarian town, and a beer, with an inferiority complex. About 140km away is a place called Munich (well, Munchen for the umlout friendly) and Munich is Bavaria's capital. It's the home of BMW and it sits on the Alpine-sourced Isar River, complete with six major breweries (okay, Augustiner - the best of them - plus Paulaner, Hacker-Pschorr, Lowenbrau, Spaten and Hofbrau).

Ingolstadt is much smaller, was not the capital of anything, is the home of Audi and sits on the Black Forest-sourced Danube River. And its beer isn't as good. For a town of 140,000-odd souls, it has two breweries (the other is Hofmuhl) and they're not bad. They're just not as good as the best of southern Bavaria.

It makes it hard when you're knocking out pilsners in a land of helles domination. It makes it harder when you put the word "premium" on it.

What this is, then, is a fairly middling pilsner, with some nice grassy nose, some cracked cereal flavours and a light bitterness at the finish.

It's fine and you can knock them down comfortably, but it doesn't have the grunt that a 5% ABV suggests it might have.

Premium? No. Middle of the road.

 

6/10

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