Stadtbrauerei Schwarzenberg Helles
,5l glass for €3,80 at the brewpub on 3 January 2014
Notes: Very hazy gold body beneath a 25mm thick head of tight white froth. The aroma is malty with a light fruitiness and some subtle noble hops. The flavor follows suit with a moderate bitterness that balances but still leaves it malty in the finish. A sweetish, basic beer that fits the hells style (although a touch more hops would be nice). Quite drinkable!
Sampled at the brewpub in late December, it came out a clear deep gold under a 1.5 finger white head that fades fairly quickly to film, but clings heavily to all sides, generating lovely sheets of lace. There's lots of sweet grainy malt in the nose. The mouth is quite well-carbonated and rather heavy, coating the mouth. This is a solid rendition of the style, with mild grain leading to a bit of spicey hops that never quite reach bitter but clears the last vestiges of the grain and leaves a crisp edge in the aftertaste. Worthy.