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Fürstenberg Premium Lager - Fürstlich Fürstenbergische Brauerei KG

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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 16.77%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of philphilphil
4.2/5  rDev +30.4%

A - light colour, good considering style. little head.
S - noice.
T - moderately strong flavour, noice, not offensive.
M - moderate carbonation, noice, good level.
D - could drink all day epesh at 40 dollars a carton, very nice. will definately be celebrating tomorrow's public holiday with a few to many of these.

philphilphil, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of nayan
4.04/5  rDev +25.5%

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 Gregwa
4/5  rDev +24.2%

Gregwa, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of Darthmaul
4/5  rDev +24.2%

Darthmaul, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of Kulrak
3.85/5  rDev +19.6%

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 WHROO
3.83/5  rDev +18.9%

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 thommo_nk
3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

thommo_nk, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of seanyfo
3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

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 BeerSingh
3.73/5  rDev +15.8%

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 BlackHaddock
3.63/5  rDev +12.7%

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 vinicole
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

vinicole, May 24, 2013
Photo of vhmf1978
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

vhmf1978, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of rjimlad
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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 morfius85
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

morfius85, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of Poupae
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Poupae, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of Sigmund
3.43/5  rDev +6.5%

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 aussielars
3.4/5  rDev +5.6%

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 vancurly
3.4/5  rDev +5.6%

Clear golden colour. White rocky head that sinks, light bubbling.
Subdued aroma. Grainy.
Mostly a grain & malt flavour profile. Touch of a light cara malt. None of the typical "skunky" euro lager profile in this beer, which is a nice change.
Some subtle herbal notes, with a light bitterness.
A little cloying.... could have more crisp bitterness for my liking.

vancurly, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of Zimbo
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

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 01, 2012
Photo of Beric
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

Beric, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of AlexLMS
3.2/5  rDev -0.6%

This is my first Munich Helles.

Pours with a brilliant golden yellow color. The head is white, moderately low with an impaired retention.
Nice aroma of dry malts with notes of earthly hops. The flavor is not very complex, focusing on the malt without neglecting the hops.
A smooth beer with a reasonable level of carbonation and low alcoholic strength (5.3% ABV). Light body. The aftertaste is nicely bitter and fairly long.

Overall it is a refreshing and agreeable lager. I was a bit disappointed by the poor retention though.

AlexLMS, Jul 01, 2007
Photo of soju6
3.13/5  rDev -2.8%

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 Globetrotter
3.1/5  rDev -3.7%

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 dansmcd
3.1/5  rDev -3.7%

A - clear yellow lager, next to no head or lacing, furious carbonation

S - sweet grains, barley, grassy hops

T - nicely balanced malts with a long bitter aftertaste

M - crisp and fizzy, light body

O - Not the most interesting beer on offer but very refreshing and drinkable nonetheless. I picked up a carton because it was very cheap and German. No regrets here.

dansmcd, May 07, 2011
Photo of doktorhops
3.08/5  rDev -4.3%

Another Helles for the taking! Munchen Helles Lagers are a personal favourite way to escape the summer heat. Nice, cold, malty, bread-like and dry - what more could you want in the shade of a patio waiting for sizzling meat to cook on a BBQ? All that's left is a bikini-clad maiden by my side and I'm set. Fürstenberg in particular is one that screams out cheap macro at $10 a six-pack, hopefully it has more to offer.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Stein.

A: With a hard pour presents a large 1 inch soap-bubble foamy white head that dissipates down to about a quarter of an inch. The body is clear straw coloured, borders on pale-straw.

S: Bread yeast characters with vegetable odours hit the nose strong, with a note of cut grass and light malt grain base. The only thing that differentiates from other Helles Lagers is a hint of dextrose in the aroma, however it isn't actually brewed with dextrose; Reinheitsgebot wouldn't allow it.

T: Gladly the vegetable and any possible adjuncts aren't noticeable in the flavour. A very mild-mannered Helles in many respects taste is; upfront dextrose sweetness, followed by mellow (for a German brew) bread yeast mid, light hop bitterness and a long dry finish. A cool, inoffensive beverage. Perhaps a little too inoffensive depending on how you like a Helles.

M: Mid to light body with minimal carbonation, almost flat actually.

D: I could only think of one thing that sums up this brew: getting to the end of the glass I noticed this beer started smelling like an old rubber shoe. Like that old rubber shoe this Fürstenberg Premium Lager is a placid, mellow, and almost forgotten soon after it is noticed. If you're goal is to find a beer to fill an empty fridge on a budget the this brew isn't the worst idea you ever had (the worst idea you had was getting a credit card), however it isn't going to bowl your taste buds over, remember that.

Food match: I would be inclined to suggest a salad or something else light that doesn't compete too much with the flavour Fürstenberg has on offer.

doktorhops, Nov 13, 2012
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Fürstenberg Premium Lager from Fürstlich Fürstenbergische Brauerei KG
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