Bitteschlappe - Excelsior Brewery
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3.66/5 rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
What's a Bitteschlappe? I went to google.com on the internets and found that nine out of the first 10 links provided in a search related to this beer, and the tenth was in German. I had no time to search further, so I'll leave that quest for another time. The main thing we know for sure is that it is a brown ale from Excelsior Brewing, and here are my notes:
Excelsior Brewing Company Bitteschlappe Brown Ale, 6.5% ABV., 22 fluid ounces.
Is this my first Excelsior beer on here? I think so. Don't recall ever picking up one. If so, cheers to that, then!
Clear, caramel brown, slim, slightly tanned head.
Aroma: soft, nutty, creamy. Pleasant.
Taste: light bitter hop bite right off the bat, then malt takes command and all is smoothness. With a smack of sweetness, a lick of caramel, ending just this side of dry. Continues with sweetness in each continuing sip, that never quite quits, nor does it cloy.
I'm thinking this Excelsior Brewing Company is a bit boat obsessed. There appears to be one in their logo, the label illustration is a pier, and their motto seems to be "Choose Your Craft!" Underneath it we read this: "Bitteschlappe Brown Ale. A medium-bodied, smooth, dark ale. robustly malted with lots of Vienna malt, flavors of caramel, toffee, coco in the finish. this Munich inspired ale will slap you silly with malt flavor and aroma. You may call it what you will, but call on it you will. Brewed and bottled in Excelsior, Minnesota by Excelsior Brewing Company, LLC."
And I thought it was called Excelsior Brewing because they were members of the Merry Marvel Marching Society. Face front, true believers, as Stan Lee would say. Well, you can't win them all.
But you can't lose with this ale, though (how about that segue, huh?) …good beer and you can drink it! Excelsior!
Serving type: bottle
12-25-2013 07:00:31 | More by feloniousmonk
3.69/5 rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
On tap at Moto-i
Overall comes across very similar to Summit Winter Ale. Attractive browns and clear. This one was poured with a small head (more beer I suppose).
Nice malty aroma and pretty straight forward.
Spicy flavors along with the firm malt flavors. Not really big on nuttiness that I could catch.
Body was nice. Firm and drank with some fullness on the mouthfeel.
I'd think this would be a nice option for those seeking a somewhat spicy and fruity brown ale in any season.
BTW - terrible name. (please setback/defeat?) It seems it really could make it uncomfortable for female servers to have to say (at least that was my impression from my server-who seemed experienced-that she didn't want to say the name)- too close to having them say bitchslap.
Serving type: on-tap
03-29-2013 02:57:31 | More by garymuchow
3.6/5 rDev -0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
The brewery describes this as a Munich Brown Ale. Since there is no Munich Dunkel Ale style here on BA, I entered it as an American Brown Ale. Not as dark as most brown ales as this one is bordering on amber and not brown. Minimal head forms. The beer is not flat but it does not look as good as it did on-tap at the brewery. The growler is only a day old to. Minimal lacing as well.
Interesting malt aroma. Smells German with the dunkel malt that is featured in so many German lagers. Hints of caramel and slightly nutty. A little earthy from the hops I suspect. There are enough esters to tell you this is an ale and not a lager.
Never had a German brown ale before but if they taste like this, I want to try more. Nice malty flavor that has just a hint of sweetness. Nice bready flavor with notes of caramel and nuts. A touch of fruity esters from the yeast. The hops are mild but add some earthiness.
The mouthfeel score is higher than what this example deserves but the day before at the brewery, it was carbonated correctly and felt good. Today from the growler, it is undercarbonated. The body feels deceptively light for an almost 7% beer.
Easy to drink which might be a problem with this ABV. It will get you messed up, bitch-slapped indeed. A sort of a unique beer that tastes like its German ambitions. Too bad the growler fill was poor.
Serving type: growler
11-11-2012 18:28:10 | More by morimech
Bitteschlappe from Excelsior Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.