Beer Review #5: CREW Republic Munich Summer

Whether you are a local or a visitor, in the summerIMG_6546 everything is all about the beer gardens in Munich. This 200-year-old tradition is just as typical as Weisswurst and Lederhosen.

The CREW Republic Munich Summer is as one might expect, not a wheat beer, but a light Golden Ale or Summer Ale. This beer style is especially popular in the warmer summer months and hot temperatures because Summer ales are brewed with light malts and subtle hops with lemon aromas and fermented at slightly higher temperatures to bring out the fruity ester notes of the yeast.

Already when pouring you can see a slightly hazy, golden body with a finger wide pored, soft white head which dissipates slow and leaves moderate lacing on the glass.

The aroma has slight Amarillo grapefruit notes accompanied by resin and a light, sweet malt aroma. The first impression is repeated in the taste: the first sip highlights slightly sweet and some creamy malt aromas, followed by subtle fruity citrus and pine notes.

The finish is pleasant, a bit dry and a low hop bitterness. The creamy light body has a soft, moderate carbonation and the flavor lingers for a little while.


Overall, the CREW Republic Munich Summer is a very solid, mild and refreshing golden ale with pleasant dry-hopped Amarillo aromas. Very tasty and recommened!

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.

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!