Minhauzen | SIA Piebalga Alus

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SIA Piebalga Alus

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Citadel82 on 03-11-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 3
Photo of beerbrains
2.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of beerthulhu
2.43/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Pale yellow color, moderate carbonation, rocky white head.

S: light buttery notes, straw, herbal hopping

T: little or no hops, sour bread notes with a buttery texture. straw ,applejuice, for flavor along with some corn and vegetable aftertaste.

M: Thin body, watery

D: why bother honestly. a struggle to finish, weak and lacking flavor much like a macro light beer.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.15/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle, bought in Riga. ABV is 4.6%. The name is Minhauzena, not Minhauzen. Is this beer possibly named after the notorious liar Baron von M√ľnchausen? Pale golden colour, large and lasting head. Fairly malty sweetish aroma with notes of butterscotch and honey. The flavour is also quite sweet - too sweet for a pale lager, but reasonably malty with slightly metallic hops in the finish. Drinkable, but to call it a GREAT beer would be a lie, worthy of Baron von M√ľnchausen!

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Photo of Citadel82
3.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Globetrotter for entering this brewery in the system so I could post my review. Purchased at Spirits Unlimited in Red Bank, NJ.

One Pint 9 ounce bottle set me back a $1.59.

Bottle quote.

"It was the 1700's and Karl von Minhauzen was a legend: intelligent, elegant, likeable, friendly - a natural at everything he did. And so is this lager that bears his name -one taste and you'll see!"

If you "google" Minhauzen you will find that he is a sort of Latvian folk-hero. Legendary for his tales of adventure, some of which may have had a touch of falsehood to them. Anyway he has stamps printed in his honor and a museum. Can't be all bad, eh? The beer named in his honor is decent enough. Personally, for a man of his complex parts I would have named a Baltic Porter after him ... and perhaps said that it came from a recipe recovered from the belly of a sea monster in the Baltic. An origin of perhaps dubious authenticity but a tale worthy of the good baron.

Overall a it is likeable Euro Lager. No funky smells or tastes. pours pale gold/straw. Short-lived white head, minimal lacing. Faint floral hop aroma (thanks to a no funk -brown bottle!) Taste is clean but a little sweet, though this is typical for most beers of this style. Overall a very nice change of pace and worth keeping around for your macro drinking friends.

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Minhauzen from SIA Piebalga Alus
2.76 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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