Beer Review #2: Fitza Bräu No. 3 – Pale Ale

Tasting notes
Appearance / Color: cloudy, gold, large-pored thick head, high carbonization
Aroma: citrus, grassy, malty, fresh
Body / Flavor: medium body, lemony-grassy, caramel-creamy, fruity, bitter finish

photoA warm Sunday afternoon, sitting on the back porch, light breeze and bird tweeting … the only thing missing now is the smell of fresh cut grass (and a cool refreshment) to complete my “summer feeling”. So I grab the new # 3 Pale Ale from Fitza Bräu, which was brewed only a few miles away in the Hessian Rimbach.
The color is a hazy gold with a white thick head which disappears after a few minutes and lots of carbonation.

Already when pouring I smell the sweet malty freshness. Notes of citrus and fresh cut grass follow –  YAY … my summer feeling is perfect!
Due to the relatively high carbonation Fitza Bräu # 3 tastes very fresh. Thereby first sip is tingling on the tongue and dry with notes of malt and hops.

The combination of  bittering hops Northern Brewer and aroma hops Mandarina Bavaria and Green Bullet gives the Pale Ale a creamy caramel flavor with a slightly bitter, grassy but fruity finish.

Conclusion:
Overall # 3 is a fresh and well-balanced American-style Pale Ale with a fresh hop flavor, which adds a light and soft bitterness. However, although the lingers on the tongue for a good while it  flattens out relatively quickly.
Definitely a rememberable beer, which is determined to quickly find many lovers.
Keep it up!

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Beer Review #1: Dolden Sommer Sud

Dolden Sommer Sud

The temperatures have risen, 2014 World Cup has begun, and everyone longs for a cool refreshment.DoldenSommer

“Summer sun, lake-swimming, shade-sleeping. That’s how Dolden Sommer Sud tastes” is written on the bottle label of Riedenburger Brauhaus’ new seasonal beer and initiates the unofficial start of summer.

Dolden Sommer Sud is an American-style Blonde Ale with a light, fruity body and a fine, refreshing hop aroma. Its color is a deep, slightly cloudy yellow with a narrow white head.
The combination of Smaragd, Cascade, Mandarina Bavaria, and Spalter Select hops give Dolden Summer Sud a fruity and malty, slightly bitter flavor.
The first sip is fresh and slightly tangy. Its body is light to medium, fruity, grassy, and intense, but not exaggerating. A good mix of cassis, peach, and green tea.
The finish, however, is rather dry and bitter.

The ale is by no means boring and dull, but is a fine tuning of all components. It is tasty and refreshing – just the right recommendation for hot summer days and any other time!