Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Beer from the Ripper's Hangout?
Bräu Wirt`s Pilsner is one of those beers that has been commissioned by a Getränke Markt, or drinks market, in this case Meininger Getränkevertriebs in the wonderfully named Rippershausen, Thuringia. Translated, very roughly, as Ripper's Hangout, which I like, though clearly not as much as the delightful and topical, Fucking, Austria. So, I have no idea where this beer is actually brewed. At least I know if I buy a Thuringian sausage, it's gonna be from there. Mmmm, sausage.
Anyhoo, Bräu Wirt`s Pilsner is a pale, almost green-tinged yellow with a lively carbonation feeding a loose-bubbled head all the way to the last drop. It even smells a little carbonic under the resinous, sweetish aroma.
It has a sweet, corn-like base flavour with a spicy, floral, resinous hop character well to the fore. Very fizzy and gassy, which actually suits it, adding that carbonic kick to the spicy elements, all adding up to something that makes your gums tingle. Maybe not a good sign. As it warms it gets more malty sweet, which I thought was remarkable considering how watery it looked. Not a great beer, but decent enough, and I bet it's as cheap as chips.