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Esser's Best Original - Cross Plains Beer Company

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80
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39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 12.61%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cross Plains Beer Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brakspear on 03-13-2002)
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Reviews by Bighuge:
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice frothy white head that doesn't last too long. Golden in color with a faint orange tint. Malt and a bit of yeast are evident on the nose. An "Old World" taste is present. A bit musty. This beer has a bit of a bite. A bitter finish is evident. Seems to be more bitter than most lagers I've had (excluding the highly saaz hopped pilsners).

Robin Shepard notes in his book, "Wisconsin's Best Breweries and Brewpubs" that "Esser's Best may be the closest you'll get to a golden German Lager without going to Germany." I have not been to Germany, but agree that this is a fine lager.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2002 23:26:08 | More by Bighuge
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours slightly chill-hazed amber with a fizzy head that doesn't stay around long. Minimal lacing sticks.

The smell is of some grain. Clean.

The taste is of sweet grain balanced by a bitterish hop touch in the clean, crisp finish.

It's a bit fizzy, but smooth enough. It's a basic, clean, crisp, lager.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2014 19:17:29 | More by jwc215
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BeerDazed

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

03-02-2014 17:46:19 | More by BeerDazed
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mpking

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

07-29-2013 00:08:01 | More by mpking
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livingtodie

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

06-03-2013 18:16:26 | More by livingtodie
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DrJoe82

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

01-29-2013 03:45:37 | More by DrJoe82
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BYOFB

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

12-02-2012 06:59:07 | More by BYOFB
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tyleeis

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

11-17-2012 02:17:12 | More by tyleeis
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Jimboe


3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

10-03-2012 15:52:30 | More by Jimboe
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slavall

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

06-20-2012 02:20:39 | More by slavall
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Kunstman

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -14%

04-18-2012 03:53:31 | More by Kunstman
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cagocubs

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Clear light gold with a lot of active carbonation that forms a thin white head that quickly dissipates without lacing. Really weak pour.

S: Some bready yeast, adjunct corn, some malt.

T: Light malt, some bready grain, and a little floral taste. A safe taste that is neither great nor bad.

M: Easy drinking with nice mouth coating. A pleasant aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 05:34:04 | More by cagocubs
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Crstumpf

California

3/5  rDev -14%

02-11-2012 06:04:44 | More by Crstumpf
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bootsdomino

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +14.6%

12-13-2011 02:53:47 | More by bootsdomino
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -14%

11-14-2011 19:09:08 | More by bpfrush
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mynie

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at 3 Cellars in Milwaukee, where you have the owner's guarantee that all the beer are fresh and good.

But were it not for that guarantee, I'd figure this a Gluek-type offering (that's a bad thing), where a middling or mediocre microbrewer tries to evoke a sense of pre-prohibitionness with their adjunct offering. As much as I wish they didn't, beer labels matter.

This is an excellent helles. There's no dating on the bottle, but it tastes wonderfully crisp and fresh. The aroma is lightly biscuity with nodes of big, sweet caramel. It tastes biscuity and caramel but with some weediness in the back end along with some crisp, doughy yeast.

Helles go bad quick, which probably accounts for the wide disparity among reviews for this beer. If you can find it fresh, and if you're in the mood for a wonderfully crisp and refreshing lager, pick up an 8 pack.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 01:46:00 | More by mynie
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1844original

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I tried this beer at a restaurant/bar near Madison WI. I started with this beer and a plate of hot wings and it was a perfect match. They went together perfectly.

I poured the Essers Best in a glass. It had a very nice head with very nice retention. I thought it was an excellent beer for the style and had a few with my dinner. It really went well with the spicy food and I thought the inability was great.

I have purchased this beer several times since I first had it and as long as I can find it I will continue to buy it.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 14:56:20 | More by 1844original
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this in a 8-pack Mircobrewery variety pack from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for $12 in late 2010.

Esser's is one of the lesser known and smaller Wisconsin beers. It pours a golden amber color with a good scent of malts and hops. Upon tasting there is a good full flavor taste that is long lasting and delicious. I was certainly surprised by it's taste. A must try for any Wisconsin beer lover.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 05:22:52 | More by Lemke10
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KI9A

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep gold, creamy head, nice lace windows.

S: sweet malts, toffee.

T: malty, sweet, light floral hops. Bready.

M: light body, refreshing.

D: Nice session beer, pretty much spot on for the style. Some will cry about not enough hops, but, this is the style, gang. It's not supposed to be a hop bomb.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 01:48:13 | More by KI9A
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

2.9/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. 2379 printed on the neck, no other info.

A - This golden yellow beer is virtually inactive after the pour. It's almost haze-free and has a two-finger white head with low retention and only small fingers of thin lace towards the bottom.

S - Esser's Best smells soft and light with a creaminess to it. Unfortunately the creaminess comes from a corn-like nose. Pale malts seem a bit husky too. Hop aroma is totally void leaving this German style lager smelling more like an American cream ale.

T - Pale malts make up the majority of the flavor while a low husky grain flavor lingers annoyingly in the background. A kiss of floral hops is there too but could definitely use some bringing out. Generic tasting otherwise.

M - Esser's Best is medium-light in body with low carbonation making it a smooth brew with a soft creaminess to it. Not bad but not on par with the style. Again, it feels more like an American cream ale.

D - Sorry Esser but if this is your best, you've got a lot of work ahead of you. It's mediocre at best and granted, I'm not having it in it's prime (assuming the neck numbers resemble a date) but I think that the leeway I gave it certainly makes up for that possibility. Just plain and out of the style, it needs to be hoppier, crisper, and cleaner in flavor. It missed the mark on this but it remains drinkable for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2010 03:44:14 | More by BeerFMAndy
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dstc

Florida

3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, slightly cloudy gold color with a foamy white head. Head falls to a minimal one. Thin lace.

Has a rather nice malt aroma. Smells like it could be good.

Decent enough malt taste. Bit tangy. Somewhat sweet in the finish. Average.

Medium bodied with average carbonation.

Good effort. Not great but better than a macro lager.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 20:55:32 | More by dstc
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Tone

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden / copper. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of pale malt, yeast, slight citrus, slight roasted malt, and some hops. Fits the style of a Munich Helles Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, pale malt, slight grain, hops, and slight citrus. Overall, a better than average munich helles lager with nice blend and body.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 01:45:08 | More by Tone
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass the beer is an orange golden color with a tiny bit of head. No lacing to be seen. The smell is sweet grain With a malty tone. The flavor is rather muted. Fairly dry. Some malt some hop bite but nothing really pops. The beer seems rather light in body. Moderate carbonation. This is a pretty standard german lager.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 00:34:01 | More by beerwolf77
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zeff80

Missouri

3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly golden yellow color with a small, bubbly white head. It left a couple thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of light caramel malts and some grains. Not much else there.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel and a light spicy zest from some hops.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A fairly light bodied beer with a smooth finish.

D - This is a very sessionalble brew. Not the best representation of the style, but not bad either.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 00:32:16 | More by zeff80
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MadTown1000

Virginia

3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darker golden straw than a lot of lagers. Only about half an inch of head, fairly quickly receding, but it leaves some lace on the glass and some foam floating on top. Not a lot of aroma. Very malty and more flavorful than I expected, however. Between the flavor, the color, and a rich, almost porterlike mouthfeel, it plays more like a red ale than a lager. It's definitely not the light, crisp beer I thought I was getting, but it was a pleasant surprise.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2008 01:31:17 | More by MadTown1000
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Esser's Best Original from Cross Plains Beer Company
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