Saturday, December 31, 2011

Leikeim - Schwarzes; Kellerbier; Premium; Steinbier

Leikeim beers are brewed and bottled in Germany by the Brauhaus Leikeim.

Schwarzes - This 4.9% ABV beer pours a very dark black in color, with a half inch of light brown head.  The aroma is malt, grain, straw, with a bit of roasted sweetness.  The smell is predominantly of German lager.  The taste follows the aroma, with a wave of lager taste, followed by a more subtle wave of dark roasted malt, almost coffee.  The finish is dry.  This is a nice black lager.

Kellerbier - This beer is also 4.9% ABV and pours a hazy orange in color.  There is a quarter inch of white, fairly dense, foam that leaves layers of sticky lacing on the glass.  The aroma is malty, earthy, nutty, grain.  The taste is a deep, rich, toasted, nutty maltiness, but still more like a lager than a nut brown ale.  God this beer is good.

Premium - Yet another 4.9% offering from Leikeim.  This beer pours a pale golden yellow straw in color.  There is a quarter-inch of white foam.  The aroma is grain, corn, slightly sweet, with a touch of grass and apples.  This smells much more like an American lager than a German one.  The taste is much better than the aroma, a rich, deep grain with a pleasingly bitter finish that counteracts the slight sweetness in the malt.  This is a tasty lager, but is missing the "funk" that is normally found in German lagers (I, for one, enjoy that funkiness).

Steinbier - This 5.8% ABV beer pours a hazy orange-amber in color with a quarter-inch of white head.  The aroma is very malty, slightly caramel sweet.  The taste is deeply malty, roasted, toasted and nutty, with a crisp and bitter finish.  Excellent.

Wintertraum - This 5.4% beer pours a crystal clear yellow golden in color, with a quarter-inch of pure white head.  The aroma is slightly sweet grain with a bit of apple and grass.  The taste is grain and corn with a smoothly bitter finish.  This tastes like an above-average American adjunct lager.

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