Forst Kronen Speciale | Brauerei Forst AG

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Forst Kronen SpecialeForst Kronen Speciale

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Brauerei Forst AG

Style: European Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by NeroFiddled on 03-14-2005

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Ratings: 19 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by mmmbirra:
Photo of mmmbirra
3.43/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Standard straw yellow with white foam.
Smells spicy and peppery with sweet malt underneath.
Taste follows, with a bit of the sweet corn flavor coming through that is surprisingly pleasant. Quite full and rich for its strength. A step up from most other 'supermarket beers.'
Dry, not overly bitter aftertaste.
Really quite nice, and much better than their slightly weaker(4.8%) Forst Premium.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.07/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Forst Kronen Speciale pours a clear golden body beneath a creamy white head that drops shortly but leaves some fairly good lacing. Distinctly grainy, bready and honeyish malt greets you in the nose. It's really quite appealing, and not unsimilar to that of a helles bock. Unfortunately, that richness doesn't carry over into the flavor. It's certainly more malty than a standard pils, but it's not as flavorful as the nose suggests; and it's body is decidedly medium rather than full. It is nicely bready and slightly honeyish however, backed by a firm bitterness, and smeared with herbal and mildly spicy hops that do more than their fair share to help balance the malt, and linger on nicely in the finish. It's interesting, and that helps to add to its drinkability. Certainly one of Italy's best pale lagers, it's worth a try!

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Photo of plaid75
3.1/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of joecast
2.68/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

hey, beer from Italy! yeah!!
best before 07/08/08. took a while getting here i guess.

clear golden color with low carbonation. thin white head which leaves more lacing than i would expect.

mostly sweet malt in the aroma which is understandable. hops may have faded somewhat and leave only a slight grassiness.

age may have left this one feeling a bit unbalanced. malt comes across heavy with not much left to restrain it. slightly slick and sweet.

seems like some varying reviews for this one so take this for what its worth. age will obviously take its toll.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.84/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Golden filtered with small slow rising bubbles, topped with a huge rocky 5 fingered head that crunches down to 2 fingers slowly, but remains there for a while.

S: Oregano oil, hay, iron, light peppery spice, a hint of skunk.

T: Malt, hay, oregano, lightly sweet, corn.

M: Medium, slightly chewy body, little carbonation.

O: Found at Carrefour in Kunming, drank here March 11th, 2015. Pleasantly surprised by this one as it tastes more like a German Pilsner than the said style.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

660ml bottle

A- Pale golden. A medium, large bubbled, white head that does not show much retention, except for a thin ring, but leaves very nice lacing

S- Sweet malts on the grainy side. Some lemon and grassy hints from the hops

T- Very much what the smell suggested. Sweet malts, with a dense and crisp grainy/bready feel. Then some light, nice bitter notes from the hops, with lemon and a faint herbal feel. There's also a faint hint of honey in the aftertaste

M- Quite dense in body for the style (almost a maibock you would say), with a distinct crisp feel that does not come just from carbonation, which is lively but not very high.

O- A very simple, highly drinkable, enjoyable lager. Nothing really worth praises though

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Photo of crossovert
2.42/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is as standard of an EPL as it gets. 33cl bottle, best before 08.01.12.

It pours a clear gold with a white head, nothing special, but not bad.

The smell is straight-up epl. Some paper, some bread, some grain, and a bit of tanginess.

The flavor is mostly benign malt and tanginess. There is a slight bit of orange but not much. Not much bitterness. There is a bit of plasticy taste too.


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Photo of Mattias
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

Photo of DoubleJ
2.23/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

What is the origin of this beer, German or Italian? It's brewed in Italy, but is written in the German language. I'll find out later, but for now, let's focus on the flavor of the beer:

Very pale color when poured, it looks like your average straw colored lager with a nice little crown of head at the top. Sweet grains is all what i could get out of the smell. The taste is light, with some odd sweet and sour grainy flavors. There's some processed hops somewhere to "balance" this out of whack taste, but I think I'll dump this out before my tongue files for divorce. This is one tough taste to take.

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Photo of Srecko
4.25/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very bitter beer. Very good. Alcohol taste and smell is dominating and that is the bad thing about this beer.

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Photo of Toddv29424
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer looks like a lager in color, and the smell is non existent. The taste is like a mass produced beer-- like Budweiser but with burnt hops added. There is nothing special about it, although even though it is domestic it still costs as much as the "good beers" (Guinness, Kapuziner) in Florence. Even serious lager fans will have trouble redeeming this one.

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Photo of thatsmyspot
3.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Seanstoppable
3.6/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saw this at one of the local independent liquor stores and figured, how often do I get to try beer from Italy?

Pouring into a glass results in a pale yellow ale with about two fingers of bubbly head. Head evaporated somewhat swiftly.

Smell was slightly sweet and grainy.

Immediate first taste has an infusion of sweetness like honey. Nothing else really beyond that. Flavor quickly fades. Maybe a little bit of grainy aftertaste in the cheeks.

Overall it is a smooth, straightforward, easy to drink Euro Lager.

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Photo of Fettpopps
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DrewSnyc667
4/5  rDev +25.8%

Photo of Oidmoe
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.44/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Flecked, burnished gold with a hint of orange; much darker than the vast majority of Euro pale lagers. The head is somewhere between simple white and ivory in color and is denser and heavier than one usually sees on a beer of this style. An attractive lacy collar is beginning to form and caps off a better than average appearance.

Back to EPLville. The aroma is indistinguishable from the hordes of sub-par European lagers, whether they be from points North, South, East or West. There's more than enough power, but it doesn't smell good enough to take advantage of that forcefulness. Musty grain and old vegetables intrude on the noble hoppiness (which is slight anyway). There isn't much here to like.

Things improve a little on the palate, but Forst Kronen Speciale still can't manage to achieve averageness in a pathetically weak field (Euro pale lagers). Overly grainy, stale, musty. The malt-hop balance is about where it should be, although neither contributes much in the way of quality flavor.

There's a mild, lingering, hoppy bitterness that attempts to end things on a good note, but the dissonance of what came before is too much to overcome. On a (slight) positive note, the flavor doesn't deteriorate too precipitously with warming. Which, by the way, puts it ahead of the majority of offerings from BMC.

I thought that Forst Kronen Speciale, being from Italy, might bring something different to the EPL table. Why I thought that is anyone's guess since Italia isn't known as a raging hotbed of brewing excellence. Bottom line: this is, for all intents and purposes, another in a long line of indistinguished, forgettable versions of a style that should, with a few notable exceptions, be put out of my misery.

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Photo of Giangio
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of diegominach
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

Forst Kronen Speciale from Brauerei Forst AG
Beer rating: 3.18 out of 5 with 19 ratings