Meinklang Ancient Grains Ale - Brauerei Gusswerk GmbH
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Reviews by SFLpunk:
4.03/5 rDev +16.5%
11.2 oz brown glass pry-top. Brand new in VT, distributed by Artisanal Cellars. Best before 2012-03-31 on front label.
Pours hazy golden yellow with 1 finger or bone white fluffy head. Looks a lot like a wit bier, honestly.
Nose: Smells like a honeyed, Euro lager/pils. Faint skunky hops, honeysuckle and flowers.
Palate is crisp and cleaner than the appearance suggests. Honeysuckle is a big flavor on the palate with some orange blossoms and orange blossom honey. Hops are a little skunky but not over-done and not overly bitter. Clean and crisp finish.
Notes: Reminds me of a hybrid between a German pils and a Belgian lager. Not the most complex beer, but it's not supposed to be. (Rated based on the "style.") At 4.7% this is all about refreshment! Could see putting a few of these back this Summer.
05-15-2011 03:25:31 | More by SFLpunk
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3.93/5 rDev +13.6%
A slightly hazy pale gold color, lively look, 3" pure-white and a tower of foam.
You can really smell the earthy mix of grains, wheat and certainly the Einkorn and spelt. Very unique and interesting aroma from this one. Classic musky, earthy yeast, slightly nutty from the grains.
A very hearty and natural flavor, crispy and earthy, light and zippy approach, grains and wheat pop out and combine with a slightly nutty effect but crisp and very clean with a decent balance of flavor's.
I thoroughly enjoyed this one, unique with it's grains and damn easy to drink.
09-06-2011 22:05:26 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
3.63/5 rDev +4.9%
I neither hated nor loved this beer. It poured a foggy yellow and had a very active head. The alcohol content was a bit rough on the palate, but the citrus and spice played okay with me. Tasted a little more like a hefe or a pils maybe than an ale to me. It finished dry with a faint aftertaste. It wasn't all I'd dreamed but it wasn't a disaster by any means either.
06-07-2011 14:08:50 | More by andrewm190
4.25/5 rDev +22.8%
The pilsner pours a clear yellow/golden color with a 1 1/2 finger white head, with a decent amount of carbonation bubbles.
Plenty of floral and light grassy hops with substantial toasted grains and ripe citrus as well. This is a surprisingly good aroma, coming from a pilsner, what with the perfumey florals and the nutty malt character.
Light sweet toasted malts make their presence known upfront, but this is soon followed by the flowery perfume of the hops and tartness of the wheat. A light bitterness rounds things out.
The light mouthfeel is kicked up a notch by the peppery carbonation which also provides a bit of burn in the throat.
I was pleasangly surprised after reading some of the less favorable reviews. This is a worthy, lighter offering with plenty of taste and aroma to please. It's an easy drinker.
03-06-2012 02:59:30 | More by obywan59
2.98/5 rDev -13.9%
Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.
Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy amber color with just under a finger of off white head that goes away completely.
Smell: Sweet from the grain with a hint of fruit and honey.
Taste: Again, the grain really takes center stage. Pilsner malt along with some honey like sweetness. The finish has just a touch of bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.
Overall: This beer is very average. I wouldn't search it out in the future.
06-30-2012 04:22:03 | More by oline73
3.1/5 rDev -10.4%
Pours a hazy golden yellow color with orange hues mixed in, lots of suspended particles almost looks like floating sand. Thumb sized white head falls fast very sparse lace. Floating particles make it look cool though.
Aroma is bready malts , whiffs of wheat/grain maybe. Fruity heck bananas and clove, sure this isn't a hefe. Aroma is good but not smelling like a pilsener at all.
Taste is well a burst of carbonation then a light hefe flavor bread and wheat mixed with some light fruit notes. Finish is dry with lingering spice and light tartness.
Mouthfeel is eh don't enjoy the burst of carbonation but over all not bad. Body is light medium or so.
Overall looks cool, smells pretty good everything else seems down hill. Not sure what they were trying for a light hefe or fruity pilsener with spice. Kind of pricey for a beer that's not sure what it wants to be. Wouldn't buy again wouldn't even recommend you try it unless you just have too.
06-11-2011 00:29:38 | More by mntlover
1.6/5 rDev -53.8%
Really disappointed with this one...bought it on an impulse as a store was closing. Would really put this in the pilsner category, doesn't have the characteristics of an ale at all, which may have contributed to my unfulfilled expectations.
I don't care what category they put in this...it tastes like Bud Light. I read another review online which said this beer allows the drinker to drink a Bud while having the pretense of drinking a microbrew...and unfortunately I have to agree.
On the plus side, this beer made me appreciate the beers I DO like much more.
05-02-2011 11:02:09 | More by hiphopdan
3.73/5 rDev +7.8%
A: Straw gold in color with a quickly fading white head.
S: Spicy hops, light cereal grains and a slightly sour wheat aroma. Definitely interesting...
T: Light cereal grain flavors dominate with an interesting hop bite that slowly fades on the tongue. Sort of like an American Wheat Ale mixed with a German Pils.
M: Much thicker than expected this one really coats the tongue.
O: An interesting beer brewed with an "ancient" wheat strain. This one is an interesting experiment and one I'm definitely glad I tried and would certainly seek out on a warm spring/summer day.
06-05-2011 00:13:40 | More by grahambo
1.8/5 rDev -48%
Appearance: Golden-yellow, cloudy. White head with good retention.
Aroma: Bready-yeasty. Not much else going on here.
Taste: Dull, mostly flavorless. No hop character and no finish.
Mouthfeel: Carbonation coats the tongue with big bubbles. Easy to drink.
Overall: Very boring beer. It actually tastes a lot like Coors Light, but three times the price.
05-19-2011 01:46:26 | More by emcohen
3.93/5 rDev +13.6%
A cellar temperature bottle with a best by date of 2012-05-31 poured slowly into a glass mug, keeping the sediment in the bottle.
The beer is translucent and golden orange in color. Lots of carbonation can be seen within, both clinging to the bottle of the glass and rising to the top. The head is large, white, foamy, and made up of many sizes of bubbles.
There area lot of grassy hops in the aroma, as well as many different grains. There is some citrus and some sweetness; the overall aroma reminds me of lemongrass.
The beer certainly has an interesting malt profile, thanks to all of those uncommon grains. The sweetness is subtle, and the bittering hops are especially strong. They seem to fade out after I swallow before the malt flavors do, which is rare. Although different from any other pilsner I've had, I like this beer.
The beer has a medium body and a lot of carbonation. In fact, there was so much carbonation, it was hard to determine the level of body. There is a lot of coating, but its not too sticky. The carbonation does tingle my tongue.
As I said above, this is a different kind of pilsner, but I enjoy it. It's worth seeking this one out, especially if the odd grain bill grabs your attention.
04-06-2012 00:39:40 | More by ToasterChef
4.1/5 rDev +18.5%
Most definitely not a pilsner, but what the heck.
Pours a slightly hazy (full pour) bright golden color. A soft white cap of foam, about 1 finger, settles out to a light dusting.
Floral and citrus aroma. A hint of grapefruit persists and the malt is clean and soft. The florals aren't all that perfume-y and do not take the lead. Rather, they provide a hint of spice on the end.
Flavor follows the nose. Grapefruit and orange zest come into play a bit more without dominating. Easy going malt and grain undertones. Almost like buttered biscuit. Quite nice. Some 'ancient' style beers are out done by their spices, flowers, or what have you. This one is quite well balanced. It's light and very drinkable.
12-24-2011 19:50:02 | More by Mebuzzard
3.1/5 rDev -10.4%
Pours a cloudy whitish-blond color with a one-finger head into my glass. Normally, pilseners aren't cloudy but this is something different.
Smells more like a hefeweizen in nature with sweet bready malt and clove. A bit of citrus as well.
Taste is full of clove and sweet malt. It's not that forward though and a bit bland overall.
Lingering clove and malt but nothing else. A bit thin too in the middle.
I'm not sure what they're trying to do with this beer. It's certainly not a pilsener so I cannot rate it on that scale.
06-14-2011 23:07:21 | More by Brad007
4.2/5 rDev +21.4%
Picked up at a random wine store in Vermont during a beerventure.
A - Poured into a Duvel tulip a glorious golden hue with small particles suspended amongst. A one finger white foamy head faded to leave a nice halo and cloud. The bottle did start to foam up once I cracked the cap though.
S - Interesting...some sweet malts but lots of honey on the nose. There are some light skunky hops in the background, but, flowers (honeysuckle like someone else had said) overpowers that. Super unique.
T - Nice flavour profile here. Sweet malts and light flowery hops are present. The main flavour for me though is honey, sweet and rich.
M - Very nice carbonation here, which is what brings this semithin beer up to a 4. Super light in the mouth too.
O - Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. Its definately not a pilsner, but thats fine with me as its quite tasty if you like beer with honey qualities (which I do). A bit steap for a bottle (paid either 3.99 or 4.99) but would reccomend it to others looking for something different.
11-16-2011 20:38:30 | More by rudzud
3/5 rDev -13.3%
Picked a 12 oz. bottle of this up at Rick's in Alexandria, VA. An Austrian beer from a 100% biodynamic farm. Back of the bottle says:
"From its natural origin, this unique beer is created from ancient and traditional grains, called 'Urkorns' in German. Their origin is the bio-dynamic Meinklang farm in the Pannonian area of Burgenland in the East of Austria. Spelt, Emmer-wheat and Einkorn-wheat are known as the oldest grains in the world. They are the parents to the modern wheat hybrids. Einkorn-wheat gives the robust spicy and nutty flavours to the beer. A unique Product from the one and only Demeter-Brewery in the world"
Onto the beer itself. Poured into a pilsener glass.
a - Pours a hazy bright yellow color with one finger of fluffy white head and light to moderate carbonation evident.
s - Smells of wheat, grain, bready malts, and a little bit of light sourness. Smells pretty bland, a little below average.
t - Tastes of grain, bready malts, wheat, light fruity malts, and spices. Maybe a hint of mint as well. Again, a little blan, but a step up from the nose.
m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, very smooth and creamy. Pretty easy to drink.
d - A very light, easy to drink beer that reminds me of a German pilsener, so I'm putting it in that category for now. Overall I found the smell and taste a little bit bland; nothing too offensive, but nothing that really stood out. Probably not something I would pick up again, but glad I tried and not horrible, but pretty average.
04-01-2011 00:10:40 | More by mdfb79
3.05/5 rDev -11.8%
I poured this average beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. Too cold I'm sure. The beer was really cloudy looking too me. The did pour a nice poofy white lustrous head that looked really inviting. The smell of the beer was kinda bready or like biscuits, so I'm guessing all that cloudy stuff was yeast. I guess I'll try try it again.
10-04-2011 22:42:06 | More by Minkybut
3.6/5 rDev +4%
(3.5) A: Cloudy and sediment laden with a deep amber colour. Moderately high foam head that quickly recedes to a glass ring.
(4.0) S: Multi-grains, wheat qualities, fruits including some sweet banana and tart apricot, cloves, and floral elements. Requires a bit of digging, but aromas are varied and coalesce nicely.
(3.5) T: Grains and seeds (much like whole grain toast bread), banana, spices, milky nut qualities (pinenuts maybe), and floral elements. Still can’t decide whether I’m a fan of the finish or not. Might be an acquired thing as I’m detecting a lingering dry and rooty vegetable-like taste. Nonetheless, the majority of the taste profile I’m liking.
(3.5) M: Medium bodied with a moderate-high carbonation. Smooth and buttery texture.
(3.5) D: Definitely lives up to it’s name as an ancient grains ale. Not all that familiar with this category but could see this being something that grows on me over time. Definitely worth a try.
09-11-2012 00:57:32 | More by Digimaika2
3.83/5 rDev +10.7%
Head dies rather quickly. Liquid is a dark yellow hue.
Smell is tangy and metallic. It smells thin.
Taste is super weird and unique. It's very straightforward light malt flavor dominates, but then there's a funky twist on the end. There's a slight hop bite, or bite of some kind. It's spritzy on the finish like a soda but then has a soothing mouthfeel that is fairly coating.
Overall, it's pretty cool. I appreciate the 'history' beers for what they are and this one's pretty cool with the throwback grains. Give it a try but go for the single bottle and not the 6-pack first.
05-20-2011 23:00:57 | More by tchenery
3.7/5 rDev +6.9%
I will preface this by saying this bottle expired in june of 2012 and I drank it tonight, so its a little past its prime, but a biodynamic brew using uncommon malted grain from Austria? I had to try it even despite its age. low alcohol means it probably didn't keep well, but I liked it a lot as is. golden color with the shortest lived head ive ever met. bubbly and white but its gone in just seconds. fish food looking yeast floats around aimlessly and settles in the bottom of my wine glass. the nose has a lot of funk from the yeast, not sure if its gone off or not, but its quite enticing. a richer and fuller malt body, earthy and bigger, a lot like spelt beers ive had, but I don't recognize the grains specifically. its got a grassy hop aroma and flavor that have both held up pretty well too. a good mix of funky ale yeast and malt sweetness carry though to the finish, where mild acidity and tannins take hold and dry the palate. not a ton of bubbles, but enough to prevent if from being dull in terms of feel. I would wager that this was outstanding and unique when it was fresh, but even way old it tastes great. my girlfriend absolutely loved it, and that fact that its basically free being this old means it will end up in my fridge again. quality stuff, I am surprised it has such little attention, especially given its environmental mission.
12-12-2013 07:30:31 | More by StonedTrippin
Meinklang Ancient Grains Ale from Brauerei Gusswerk GmbH
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