Gerstel Non Alcoholic - Privatbrauerei Eichbaum GmbH & Co. KG
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3.05/5 rDev +7.4%
Medium white to off white head falls into a thinner lacing above a super clear bright golden colored beer.
Sour to skunk aroma that stays around while drinking this bottle of classic-mild.
Sour to bitter hops tasting light bodied affair is still kind of dominated by the aroma while drinking this.
A light sour dry aftertaste on this fairly carbonated drink.
Not much going on here that I can appreciate.
10-29-2012 21:08:06 | More by LXIXME
2.73/5 rDev -3.9%
A friend of mine, while recently pregnant, and lamenting her inability to have a beer once in a while, as her man and I regularly tore through the shelves at Sherbrooke (sensitive, I know), surprised me one day. I walked into the room, and there she was, in the motherly way, sipping on a bottle of beer. Before I could ask the obvious question, she pointed out that it was Czech low alcohol beer, and that it was pretty good. Since all I've ever seen for this kind of 'beer', is the usual O'Douls in Safeway, she pointed me to the local Italian grocery store. I was curious, so the next time as I was getting my fix of carne e formaggi, I noticed quite the selection of NA beers. No Czech offerings at that time unfortunately, but a slew of German ones, and for $1.50 a pop (no pun intended), I thought what the hell...
This beer pours a crystal-clear pale straw colour, with lots and lots of puffy white head, that melts away quickly, leaving decent webbed lace around the glass. It smells of white cracker grain, cooked veggies, and slightly skunky, noble hops. The taste is sour bready malt, the raw, uncooked kind, soggy cornflakes, and some earthy, vegetal hop essence. There is virtually no carbonation, the body is smooth, moderately weighted, and it finishes off-dry, that wet saltine cracker graininess persisting.
While this has the flavours of an average Euro-lager, the body characteristics are weirdly skewed. I know it's easy for me to say this now, but it doesn't really seem worth the trade-off.
Oh, and I see that I'm continuing my run of ironic milestone reviews. Number 100 was Corona Light, now 300 is an alcohol-free beer.
07-25-2009 23:21:58 | More by biboergosum
2.78/5 rDev -2.1%
A crystal-clear, deep-gold body is topped by a good-sized head of creamy bright-white foam that holds quite well and leaves splotchy lace about the glass. Standard-sized bubbles race towards the surface, obviously adding to its retention. A distinctly grainy malt greets you in the nose along with some skunky hops despite the brown glass bottle. The body is medium and its median level carbonation leaves it crisp on the tongue. The same rich, grainy malt appears in the flavor, although it tastes a bit cooked. It's worty, and similar to liquid extract malt. Some floral and spicy hops come through the malt, and it's backed by a bold bitterness. It finishes dry with just a thin layer of residual sticky malt. Served well chilled it passes as a fair substitue for a quality German pilsner. As it warms and the true flavor of the malt becomes more apparent, however, it loses some of its refreshing character and becomes a bit cloying.
03-22-2004 20:31:21 | More by NeroFiddled
3.28/5 rDev +15.5%
From a 330 ml. bottle into a pint glass, the Gerstel pours a deep straw with a thin white head. Head settles to a surface film and maintains that for quite a while and offering some light lacing.
Aroma of raw grain with a touch of sweetness and a light hop presence. Taste is light and easy with a touch of honey citrus giving a decent finish. Bit grainy in texture and offers a slight bitterness.
Pretty easy drinking for the style, offering just enough body to keep things interesting and nothing to detract. Carbonation does empty pretty quickly however, lending almost tea like qualities to the bottom of the glass.
08-21-2009 22:05:52 | More by HalfFull
3.03/5 rDev +6.7%
Appearance: Plesant, clear golden lager color, with a large snow-white head, and modest carbonation. Excellent broken lacing, lots of patches of foam cluster on the glass walls.
Aroma: Very sweet caramel aroma, almost like Crackerjacks, there is a faint herbal hoppiness as well, but it is subtle.
Taste: Sweet caramel at the opening of the taste, midway through the sweetness is cut by a mild bitterness that turns more intense and metallic towards the end of the taste. Not unpleasant, but home brewers will find it to be very much like unfermented wort.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, pleasant, and fairly full, with a bit of stinging carbonation up front.
Drinkability/notes: As non-alcoholic beers go, it isn't bad, but its certainly no substitute for even a mediocre beer. That being said, its a healthier beverage choice than a sugared soda. It is best consumed quite cold.
Presentation: Packaged in a short twelve-ounce brown glass twistoff. Served in a standard pint tap glass.
02-06-2005 20:18:51 | More by Pegasus
3.95/5 rDev +39.1%
Pours a clear yellow brew.
Smell is big and full grain smell lots of toasted grain and some malt and a slight sourness. Smells strongly like a trisket!
Taste is a bit sweet and grainy in a good way. Fairly substantial bitterness to this one, that may put some off but I like a beer that has a bite.
Mouthfeel is quite good for a NA brew.
Really drinkable, the best NA brew I have yet tasted.
08-03-2004 00:58:00 | More by Zorro
2.6/5 rDev -8.5%
This is the second NA brew I've ever had in my life, the first being a feeble attempt to buy my Dad a beer at a Hungarian soccer match, but only Dreher NA was available due to the unfortunate tendency of the fans in that stadium to, you know, riot and stuff. I remember the "beer" being among the worst I've ever had. Let's see how my memory is.
This is Gerstel. It pours a pale golden with zero head and only a few tiny bubbles for a cap. The nose is extremely grainy and grassy with hints of skunk. The taste is likewise heavy on the wispy, grainy, malt flavors, with reasonable hop bitterness and some nasty artificial sweetener at the end. Mouthfeel is better than expected, with moderate carbonation and a mellow texture and smoothness.
If I was forced to drink this, I wouldn't be contemplating suicide. Is that a compliment? It'll have to do.
08-14-2008 07:07:25 | More by daliandragon
2.38/5 rDev -16.2%
OK was feeling brave tonight when i bought this at Trader Joes.
Its actually not a bad lager(like) to look at , deep golden with a bubbly pure white head.
Smell is very grainy, bready..touch of hops.
Taste ius mainly of the doughy malts,slight hint of hoppy grassiness..
I started of liking the mouthfeel on this but after the second mouthful I got a sickly sweet stickiness in the back of my mouth.
I wouldnt want to drink more than one of these..though its not truelly horrid.
09-11-2004 04:07:56 | More by Reidrover
3.28/5 rDev +15.5%
11.2 oz brown bottle. Brewed by Eichbaum.Best by 14. 02. 2011. I have only had BITburger Drive as far as NAs go.
It pours a pale gold with carbonation bubble racing to the top and a white head that leaves a bit of lacing. It looks alright at least.
THe smell is a bit skunky wiht mostly a syrupy malt note and a slight touch of hops.
The taste isn't bad, it is graham-cracker-y, with a malt forward taste and a slight hop bitterness. Judging by the horror stories surrounding NA beers and the fact that BITburger Drive was atrocious, this might be one of the best NAs out there.
It was only a buck, so I guess if for some reason I need it, this is what I would grab.
05-24-2010 20:01:30 | More by crossovert
3.05/5 rDev +7.4%
Poured a deep, clear straw color with light-to-moderate carbonation and a beige head. Aroma was really, really malty--Oktoberfest-like with a lot of Munich to it. Maybe a little too sweet smelling, and I *love* Oktoberfests. Body was medium. Nice flavor; big on malt but a bit over-the-top in terms of sweetness. Probably the best mouthfeel I've experienced in an NA. The excessive sweetness hurts the drinkability a bit I think.
Quite nice. A little wort-y for me ideally, but pretty close to real beer in terms of aroma, flavor, and mouthfeel.
04-08-2006 20:09:16 | More by shererjt
2.93/5 rDev +3.2%
The biggish, foamy head is active, but not too fast. Creamy-whitish. The beer is a clear gold, hinting at being deep. Lots of spots of lacing. The aroma is very sweet: sugary corn. Man, that's some sweet corn. It carries over to the dusty front. The middle shows some caramel, but there's a chemical distraction. Finish is fairly bitter, never losing the sweet corn. This is an ok NA. The bitterness at the end is pleasant. Second tier.
01-19-2005 16:38:01 | More by kbub6f
3.15/5 rDev +10.9%
50cl can poured into a pint glass
a: pours a clear straw yellow with a two finger white head, which slowly dissipates. nice lacing
s: biscuity malts, a grassy sweetness, some light hops on the nose. lemony sweetness as well.
t: quite sweet and malty, floral and grassy, with a nice hoppy ending. mouthfeel is quite rich, carbonation high.
o: quite refeshing, like Clausthaler, this could easily pass for a decent pale Euro lager.
03-30-2012 15:13:22 | More by RodneyFarva
2.53/5 rDev -10.9%
I've always wondered about NA's, never having had one myself, and wouldn't you know someone just gave me one. Time to review.
Pale straw color with a fairly impressive head. Spotty lacing shows up after a short while.
Smells of spoiled grain having turned slightly sour. Oddly, there are pleasant notes of tea with honey in the back of the nose. Weird.
Whew! There's the honey again! It's very sweet in a not so bad kind of way. It doesn't taste a ton like beer but it isn't totally devoid of beer-like qualities. There is some bitter European hop presence throughout with a touch of malt on the finish.
This is the one area where the beer is fairly successful combining compotent carbonation without going fizzy and finishing somewhat thick in the mouth. This would be for the designated driver who really needs to feel like they're drinking with the crowd. Not very good but actually better than a number of mass-produced beers I've tried. Glad I've at least tried a non-alcoholic though.
02-27-2007 02:02:05 | More by malcontent
3.6/5 rDev +26.8%
33cl bottle into a Duvel tulip. Style tick #98. What took me so long? ;)
A: Pours a crystal-clear gold body with ample carbonation rising to support an inch of frothy white foam. Mediocre retention, but terrific sticky lace. A few floaties are the only downside. Great looking beer, for the style.
S: Well, it does smell like beer. It's rather sweet, quite grainy, and pretty boring. Reminds me of Cristal, a bland but drinkable Belgian Pilsner. For the style, I'm actually rather impressed by its intensity.
T: Follows the nose completely, providing only the single note of generic grainy sweetness on the way to a watery finish. I'm not really enjoying it, but it is clean and free of obvious flaws.
M: Light, soft, and lively. Perhaps a bit too bubbly, but it's never prickly in the least. Quite pleasant.
O: I really thought I would hate this beer, and I don't. It's bland and forgettable, but I wouldn't expect anything else from the style. It tastes just like a generic Euro lager, and a better-brewed one than many. I'm actually quite impressed, even though I have absolutely no desire ever to drink it again.
10-15-2011 23:34:01 | More by woosterbill
Gerstel Non Alcoholic from Privatbrauerei Eichbaum GmbH & Co. KG
73 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.