Saturday, December 18, 2010

Bayern Brewing - Pilsener Lager; Dancing Trout

Bayern Brewing is from Missoula, Montana.

Pilsener Lager - This pours a light golden in color and appears slightly cloudy.  The aroma is sweeter and fruitier than I would expect from a pilsener beer.  The malt is in the background of the aroma but is in the foreground of the taste.  There is a very pronounced maltiness and grain with a bitter hop finish.  The sweetness in the aroma is not as noticeable in the taste due to the bitter finish.  This beer is within it’s “best before” date, but I can’t help wondering if it wouldn’t be better very fresh and on tap.  It declares itself to be an authentic Bavarian lager brewed in strict accordance with the Rheinheitsgebot or German Purity Law, but in actuality pales in comparison to any German pilsener.

Dancing Trout - This beer is dedicated to helping preserve Montana's trout fishing habitat.  It is 5.3% ABV and pours a glowing orange-yellow golden in color with a small white head.  The aroma is malty wheat with some light fruit characteristics.  The taste follows the aroma directly, adds a touch of honey grain and ends with a slightly bitter finish.  This is an easy drinking wheat beer and I would drink it again.


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