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Germaniac (Kotbusser Style Pale Ale) - Berghoff Brewery

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Germaniac (Kotbusser Style Pale Ale)Germaniac (Kotbusser Style Pale Ale)

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Reviews: 3
Hads: 36
rAvg: 2.71
pDev: n/a
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 07-23-2013

Scratch the surface of the German beer tradition and you find gems like this: a crisply bitter golden ale from Northern Germany that faded into obscurity a hundred years ago. With its subtle honey notes and small dose of molasses which gives it a lightly nutty character, this is a beer that deserves a much wider audience. We follow the classic recipe, with a mix of three types of malted barley, plus wheat and a dash of oats for a creamy texture, plus tiny amounts of Wisconsin cranberry honey and light molasses, both of which add subtle shading of aroma. Hopping is vigorous, and along noble lines, but amped up a bit with some North American varieties as well, just to keep it fresh-tasting and bold. It’s an ale fermentation, so there is a hint of fruitiness that plays nicely with the honey and molasses notes.
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Germaniac (Kotbusser Style Pale Ale) from Berghoff Brewery
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