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Ittinger Original Klosterbräu - Original Ittinger Klosterbräu

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80
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18 Ratings
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Ratings: 18
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 16.03%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Switzerland

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tempest on 07-10-2008)
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Reviews by ThreeWiseMen:
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2.6/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Apparently this is now contract-brewed by Heineken Switzerland. It's sad, I think. Regardless, I (Wiseman Nick) sampled this at a friend's house in Zug, Switzerland about a week ago. This review is written based on notes from that night.

Poured into a small chalice.

Appearance: Clear, pale orange-copper body with a fizzy, off-white head that dissipates quickly. Poured the second bottle very viciously and got about 2-3 fingers of head that, once again, dissipated quickly. It did drag better lacing the second time around though; the first pour left faint, spotty lace and the second drug a wispy, web-like trail. Active carbonation could be seen through the body with each pour.

Smell: Pretty nutty with a touch of honey. Other than that, there was some toasted bread and distinct Heineken sourness.

Taste: Pretty much an amber version of Heineken. Yep. Heineken with added nuttiness and caramel. Maaaybe some extra toasted grain as well.

Mouthfeel: Thin yet malty and a little creamy when swished. This beer is one the fizzy side, but the carbonation doesn't sting at all. Finishes fairly dry and sour.

Drinkability: This was a pretty lousy excuse for an amber, though I've definitely had worse. Ittinger is light and inoffensive, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Adriano's in Bern. This beer, along with everything under the Haldengut banner is brewed by Heineken Switzerland.

The flavor has light roasted grains with sweet bread and a slight sourdough taste. Overall, the flavor is still very smooth with a nice toffee and mild herbal hop aftertaste. There's a little fruit in there with apple and white grape easter. The mouthfeel is medium weight and dry. A nice fresh ale with a German bent.

Photo of frontalot
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of ManforallSaisons
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of CHickman
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had about a dozen of this beer at my hotel in Zurich over the course of last week; it's a nice malty, sweet beer that goes down smooth. No major taste characteristics jump out, as it fits in with the typical Swiss/German beer style along the lines of part amber and part pilsner.

Photo of msondel
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of DNICE555
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of atis
2.7/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The colour is very nice, kind of dark amber with nice head.

Aroma is fruity and slightly malty, but overall very weak. Moderate carbonation, taste is quite light and pale, there is some sweetness in it. Aftertaste, however, is very pleasant with some amount of hop.

Unfortunately I would say this ale is below average - its flavor and aroma could be much more distinctive.

Photo of educorgan
4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of Brabander
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of ccrida
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

33cl bottle poured into my Supra tumbler, Ittinger Original Klosterbräu is pale caramel with a quickly settling head.

Smell is strong and sweet, honey and caramel.

Taste is bittersweet to bitter, a touch hot, with insufficient maltiness, which was much better on the nose.

Mouthfeel is dry and crisp, medium-light bodied.

Drinkability is ok, in that it is light and simple, but it's just not that great of a beer that I'd ever want more then one (save for some scenario where I wanted more then one beer and this was the only choice, in which case it would suffice).

Photo of Rumlibeers
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in its own tulip-like glass.

A: Pours a beautiful and amber to copper color forming a big and bubbled white to yellow head. Good retention and many lacings left

S: Roasted malts, toffee, caramel malts, notes of honey. Flowery and citrus Heineken style hops in the end

T: Follows the nose. A slightly sweet upfront with strong notes of caramel, toffee and sweet grains. Notes of honey. A little bit metallic taste in the beginning. Hoppy balanced bitterness at the end. Despite of being an Amber Ale, I would dare to say that it uses Lager yeasts. As a matter of fact, I would call it an improved amber version of Heineken. Anyways, the yeasts profile is quite bready and not fruity as expected from an Ale

M: Light body. Medium to high carbonation. Bready and mild bitter aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Easy drinking. Not bad

Photo of xhuang61
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of thefuneral
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of 1759Girl
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice alternative to the Heineken which permeates the Zurich airport...

Appearance> Mostly clear. Dark honey in color. Lively. Small head dissipates on arrival. Very minor lacing.

Smell> sugar, malt, molasses, whiskey.

Taste> Refreshingly full flavored. More complex than meets the eye. Ashy hang that really, really hangs.

Mouf> slightly indecent.

Drinkability> not bad.

Photo of Augustiner719
4.48/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a .4l mug.

Pours a beautiful dark orange, tarnished brass color with perfect clarity. There is a nice 3 finger just off white frothy head that lingers for a long time, great lacing and tight bubbles maintained in the head. Simply beautiful, almost draft like in appearance. The aroma is very familiar, almost strange to me as it smells almost identical to my favorite american oktoberfest marten by Victory called fester. There is a distinct peanut shell, slightly roasted peanut aroma that presents itself first. A slightly salty, maybe salted caramel or salted peanut brittle aroma follows with a faint toffee like sweetness on the finish. Almost smells like a mix between toffee popcorn and a bag of roasted peanuts. Very intriguing and i actually wonder how far the recipe is off from Victory Festbier. Nonetheless, its great smelling, perfect for rainy days, fall weather, early spring weather and with roasted pork or chicken dishes. Taste is great as well. Nice body with very distinct nutty flavor found in a lot of pumpkin ales actually but doesn't taste like pumpkin at all. Has a nice autumn like, musty flavor that lingers between roasted nuts and toasted bread with butter on it. Really nice flavors, smooth delivery of the malts and a crisp dry finish that leaves you wanting another sip. Mouthfeel is great on this beer. Aside from a slight bit of over carbonation, i think this beer has the perfect level of heaviness and lightness for this style. A 6 pack of this will leave you feeling satisfied but not drunk. Really great food pairing beer i think as it is dry, but not overly that you can't drink this without food. The only problem i have is that I would like this to be a bit flatter as i think it would benefit from a silky texture with less bubbles. Overall this is a great beer for the style, probably the best i have had of this style, though it reminds me significantly of Victory Festbier which is my favorite american oktoberfest. Worth ordering if you can find it. I haven't seen this anywhere in the states, but i also haven't looked for it. Here in Switzerland its available in Geneva but not everywhere. Worth a try for sure. Cheers!

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