For a period before and after TheBeerNuts session topic I feel like I have been overdosing on Pils, a style of beer I don't usually reach for first. This is the last for a while, but I'm taking pleasure in trying the east German beers nonetheless. Let's do this!
Riebeck Premium Pilsner from Braugold Vertriebs, in Erfurt, is, as one might expect, golden and reasonably well carbonated. The taste is strange. Clean, crisp malts, a light citric zing, and then something a bit different, like sweetcorn with butter with a dash of hay. The hops are certainly to the fore, but it's a different character to what you normally expect in a pilsner. A little more earthy perhaps. A graininess becomes more apparent the more you drink. Strange beer.
With an aroma hinting of fresh pine sap, with a hint of gin, on a light biscuity base, Altenburger Premium -- from Altenburg, did you guess? --is getting off to an interesting start. It continues with a splash of sweet malt, a pinch of salt and a broad hop profile that stays. After you swallow it seems to grow, giving fresh-cut grass, an edge of citrus and a dry, herb-like bitterness. Actually, it gets a bit like oregano.
Pilsners never cease to amaze me. Just when you think you are drowning in a sea of saminess, strange flavours appear. I'm not judging, but it shows that you can't dismiss an entire group of beer, as there are always subtleties at play. Of course it could be my tongue hallucinating and gasping for something with definitive flavours. Crap! I just judged!