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Fürstenberg Premium Lager - Fürstlich Fürstenbergische Brauerei KG

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76
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40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 16.77%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 10-01-2004)
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Reviews by Zimbo:
Photo of Zimbo
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light goden shiny colour kicks things off well with some reasonably acceptable typically Germanic hops. Head is reasonably fluffy and their is that doughy quality in there at times but the malt makes to body too bloated and is a bit overwelmed by the carbonation. Ends without much fanfare and ultimately it just lacks individuality and dimension. A reasonable choice when surrounded by the usual suspects but this is far far from running with any of the class leaders.

Zimbo, Apr 02, 2012
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Photo of innominat
2.5/5  rDev -22.4%

innominat, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of fionn13
3/5  rDev -6.8%

fionn13, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of CrazyDavros
1.98/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours bright gold with a small, fading head.
Grainy malt and cardboard are prominent on the nose with some spicy hops hiding in the background.
Flavours are pretty bad, with Ajax, cardboard, loads of grainyness and cleaning chemicals.
Very watery, high carbonation.

CrazyDavros, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of BeerSingh
3.73/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler. the beer poured a pale, straw colour creating a frothy, white head (because of the aggressive pour) which immediately settled into a thin coaster over the bright, lively body. Here was your typical Helles lager, at least looks wise. The nose didn't present anything spectacular - wet grain, a little sweet malt and no hop presence at all. Smelt a little skunked, if you would imagine that.
The taste followed the smell initially - grainy and a pat dry, but slowly gave off a residual sweetness which was pretty long lasting. As subsequent sips followed, you could also taste a faint, hop bitterness lingering on the palate. This beer definitely tasted better than it smelt.
I found the mouthfeel to be a little abrasive, probably muting the flavours a little bit. This is definitely not an in your face Lager or something that will surprise you, but definitely an easy going sessionable lager. A notch up from the macros definitely.

BeerSingh, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of ThinkAgain
2.5/5  rDev -22.4%

ThinkAgain, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of Kulrak
3.85/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light straw color with a decent amount of creamy/chunky head that seems to stick around for a while, and clings to the glass. Smells of noble hops and that's really about it, pretty much standard for a german lager, I guess. Tastes more bitter than I expected, and a little sweeter than I expected. You can taste the munich lager malt and the noble hops. Finishes fairly clean. The mouthfeel is tingly on the front of the tongue, and creamy on the back, very nice. Overall, it's a very drinkable beer, and a nice lager. I'm not really a fan of german lagers, but I like this one.

Kulrak, Aug 19, 2007
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown 50cl bottle, well in date. The first of my German Beer Reviewing Evening.

Poured into my Budweiser Budvar 0.2 litre stemmed tulip tasting glass (3 times).

Clear golden yellow, fairly pale and bright looking. A large white head sat on top of each pour, sadly the heads all fell away as I drank down each beer, leaving a small collar and some good lacing.

A very slight floral aroma, but not enough to get excited about, otherwise there was no smell, just like most lagers/helles/pilsners.

Dry and refreshing, sharp and crisp. No huge flavours to talk about, but a good example of a German light lager/pilsner.

No great body or depth, just a pleasant lager, easy to drink. The 5.3% is just about detectable. My third glass was taken with some vintage Stilton and dry biscuits, they complimented each other very well.

Now to have some water to clean out the mouth before my next German review.

BlackHaddock, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of eric5bellies
2.55/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a clear Golden colour with a three fingered head that retains ok.

S - Usual hop, malt and malt.

T - Some malts up front followed by some faint hops, the finish is a little bitter.

M - A little undercarbonated, light body.

O - Not the best.

eric5bellies, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of vinicole
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

vinicole, May 24, 2013
Photo of thommo_nk
3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

thommo_nk, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of Globetrotter
3.1/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33 cl pale brown bottle with a long thin neck and a quite non-descript white and gold label. Purity law applies. Best before 3/05, I opened it on 10/1/04.

Pours a clear light yellow gold under a half finger white head that fades immediately, without body or lace. The nose is corney grain - rather off-putting. The mouth is light and very prickly. The opening is nice sweet malt, followed by mild flowery hops. A good mild bite emerges in the aftertaste. Nice and tasty, it's too bad this beer looks and smells so weak.

Globetrotter, Oct 01, 2004
Photo of vhmf1978
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

vhmf1978, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of Sigmund
3.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, now available in Norway. ABV is 5.3%. Clear pale golden colour, decent to moderate head. Flowery aroma of aromatic hops, notes of honey, grass and fresh plums. Flavour is less interesting - moderate grassy hops with a certain fruity sweetness. Easy drinking, but no masterpiece.

Sigmund, May 13, 2005
Photo of rjimlad
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't mind this one at all. After pouring into a schooner glass, it gave a good half inch head that lasted a few minutes before leaving some lacing on the glass. A pale straw colour and just a light grainy aroma that's barely perceptible. The taste has a light malty flavour with a little bitterness to finish off. There's nothing overwhelming and its not that complex but its well balanced and very drinkable. There's only a light carbonation with little bead so the mouthfeel is not overly sparkly but still pleasant. The reviewer of this lager in our local paper said it was a "sequential" beer in that you get the grain first then the hops. I agree. I like this better than say Heineken but there's more interesting German lagers that are accessible in East Oz. Still, this is cheap and very drinkable. I'll buy it again for sure.

rjimlad, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of WHROO
3.83/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured paleish yellow, with decent 2 finger head. Clean, clear & inviting carbonation.
Head did drip to a film of thin soft foam with average lacing.
S: Fruity & a hint of noble (aromatic) floral hops. Also that typical grassy lager hops smell.
T: Grainy earthy malts at first, even a tinge of honey sweetness, with some mid palate fruitiness-quite a bit of fresh fruits/pears/even some sweet apples, & a gently hop bitterness to finish. Not too complex but distinct & refreshing.
M: Light & a little lively without a watery feeling. D: A very sessionable lager
Overall a very enjoyable Helles lager. Reminds me of a typical macro lager with just that bit more ale character.

WHROO, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of morfius85
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

morfius85, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of soju6
3.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light golden color with a nice head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of malt sweetness, some grain and has a bit of citrus in the background.

T: tatse of a mild malt sweetness, with some fresh grain. Has a mild bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Fairly light body, crisp and refreshing. has a decent balance.

O: Nothing fancy but a nice relaxing beer that goes down easy. Better that most of the macro lagers.

soju6, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of nayan
4.04/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 Vintage. Poured from a bottle into mug, the beer is jet black, and pours heavy, with no head and only the slightest dark brown ring of film around the surface. It literally poured like motor oil, and it looks delicious. Aromas of wood and earth, with a backbone of rich chocolate and touches of smoke, highlighted by booze. Flavors are robust, with a smoky, woody forward flavor followed quickly by dark, bitter baker's chocolate and rich, full, roasted coffee. Wow, this one is layered, and it is unbelievably smooth. Smoke and roast fills the senses, as well as the palate, throughout each drink. Creamy vanilla highlights, with a warming sensation from the heightened ABV. This is tremendous. Smooth, full, and creamy in mouth, with an almost velvet feel. Roast and coffee on the aftertaste, with hints of booze. Dry, roasted finish, with a smoked and woody linger. This is a fantastic brew, and I can only imagine it would age very, very well.

nayan, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
1.9/5  rDev -41%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a bottle into a Hoegaarden pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland, on November 14th, 2010.

A: Pours a clear yellow. Three finger head has some cream and is thick. More appealing than most lagers, but nothing special.

Smell: Hops, clean barley, some malt. Standard fare.

Taste: Unflattering, poorly balanced body with notes of malted barley and weak hops. I expected better. Finish is awkward and unguided. Doesn't match the tone of the rest of the beer - in fact it clashes with it.

Mouthfeel: Actually a bit flat. Too smooth, too wet.

Dr: Got this at reduced price and it's still not worth it. I wouldn't have it again, especially with that nasty finish.

kojevergas, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of aussielars
3.4/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a decent slow - disappearing head. Pale gold in colour with a steady stream of slow-rising bubbles.
Pleasant grassy aroma with a hint of malt.
Slightly sweet with good hop balance. Bittering hops leaves a very nice aftertaste.
Light mouthfeel, and very lively on palate.
It's a beer that is very nice in summer. Would buy again if price is right.

aussielars, Aug 19, 2007
Photo of Everydayoff
3.03/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured 330ml bottle into a pils glass with best before end on back label.

A:
The pour produce clear golden straw color, dense and thick velvety white head with good retention and left with lacing patches along its downwards way, high carbonation.

S:
The smell is sweet barley malt with subdued floral hop spiciness.

T:
Trademark taste of German's lager which is husk and malt flavors, hop also lends a touch of modest bitterness to support.

M:
The body is medium, sharp and fizzy mouthfeel, clean finish.

O:
It is one of the decent lagers from Germany, easy to drink but a bit boring to have several in role.

Everydayoff, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of seanyfo
3.75/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at guildford arms in edinburgh.

I dont know if i would describe this as a munich helles as i am not sure if they use a munich malt, all the website says is 100% barley malt.

A- Rich golden with lively beading throughout. 2 finger head that dissapates quickly to a crown. This was a piss poor pour. Poured as if a pint of stella. Not a nice german lager which should have a thicker creamier head.

S- Lots of sweet malt, faint hoppiness, very refreshing. Somehow i even get marrowfat peas! Wouldnt describe as skunky

T- Similar to bitburger to me. Very light, but not watery. A well balanced hoppy finish with a hint of sweet malt throughout.

M- Lively carbonation, smooth balanced.

D- Very refreshing lager, but still wouldnt describe it as munich. A nice beer for the stella drinker, who wants a lager with more character.

seanyfo, Dec 25, 2006
Photo of mungus
3/5  rDev -6.8%

mungus, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of Beerman1977
2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Beerman1977, Mar 21, 2013
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