Saturday, February 19, 2011

Hauenstein Beer

"Make Mine Hauenstein." The Hauenstein Brewing Company of New Ulm, Minnesota started brewing in 1864.  After a few transfers of ownership, they eventually went out of business.  However, the brand was later revived and is now contract brewed by Schell's.  The distribution, as far as I can tell, is limited to south central Minnesota and the beer does not appear to be available year round.  According to the bottle it is "The beer with a little character". (2014 - There is now expanded distribution, I have seen it in the Twin Cities and in Iowa).

The beer pours a pure golden in color with a rapidly disappearing head.  The aroma is slightly sweet and floral, touch of grass, touch of apple.  The taste is slightly sweet grain with a grassy bitter and dry hop finish.  It is well carbonated and crisply refreshing.  It is like Old Milwaukee with a stronger German lager-like hop finish (I mean this in a complimentary way, this is a really good regional American lager, so many of which have gone the way of the dinosaur). "Pure, Palatable, Delicious."

1 comment:

  1. Hauenstein has had sporadic availability since Schell's has been making Grain Belt, from what I've heard. I guess they had to make extra Grain Belt for the new Twins stadium and they ran out of Hauenstein at a lot of liquor stores. Hauenstein has been a very good regular beer since they went back to its original recipe.