Best Bitter - Pax Bräu
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Pax Bräu's summer beer of July is the Best Bitter. It's 4.1% and uses, besides Gerstenmalz (Barley malt, but isn't almost all malt from barley?), a nice mix of British, American and German hops: Golding, Challenger, Cascade, Tettnanger, Strisselspalt. Sounds delicious just from the hops, doesn't it?
I also love the label, a pic of a (British-inspired?) lion with a crown but also wearing jeans and some kind of vest. This image reminds me yet again that the artist is comic artist in Germany.
Upon opening the 1L bottle, I get lots and lots of bubbles that keep coming up from bottom of the glass like a Kristalweizen does, even though the head collapses in a few minutes. The color is deep, dark golden with some amber mixed in. You can also see it's bottle conditioned as usual due to the ever so slight haze present.
The aroma is strong, more like a Märzen, really, a bready, caramel presence that you'd not expect in a British Bitter.
The initial flavor… yep, also quite Märzen-like. I'm getting lots of Münchner or Wienermalz flavors of caramel and toasty, bready sweetness. Ok, again, not like a British Bitter. If this were called a Märzen, I'd believe you whole hog, but if you stop there in the evaluation, you'd miss so much more this beer offers. The front and middle have some decent bitterness, not Noble hop-like, but more British flowery, grassy notes. One thing you don't find in this beer is Rauchmalz, and this may be one of the few from Pax that I can say this about. Good, too, for any smoke flavors would've distracted from the other amount of complex flavors competing for the tongue's attention. There's also some very slight hints of lemony flavor, mostly in the back, tart but not sour. What's interesting is none of the American or German OR British hops shine through, but it's just one hop flavor, and wonderful.
Overall, it's not a classic British Bitter. No, it's something much much better. It's a melding of Franken and England through malts and hops. This beer somehow gives you the feeling you're drinking a British Bitter and a lovely Märzen simultaneously, not mixed but melded and bonded organically to make a completely new style. Maybe we can call it the March Bitter. Lovely, and WOW. I mean WOWOWOWOW. It doesn't overpower you with any one aspect, nor does it go over the top and scream for attention by being extreme in any way, but again, WOW, it's a wonderful super-super-süffig beer that has the heft of a winter German beer and the crisp summer refreshing drinkability. I love this beer, and it's now my 2nd favorite Pax beer, only after the Cissy IPA.
THIS IS CRAFT BEER, a willingness to experiment and mix up styles to create a new taste no one else has ever made. WOW.
07-26-2013 12:15:08 | More by boddhitree
Best Bitter from Pax Bräu
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