Barrel-Aged Knappstein Reserve Lager
Enterprise Brewery (Knappstein Wines)

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Enterprise Brewery (Knappstein Wines)
Retired (no longer brewed)
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lacqueredmouse from Australia

3.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Tried on tap from their stand at GABS 2013. I'm a big fan of the standard Knappstein Lager, and I was extremely excited to see these guys put out something different.

Pours a very light straw colour with a rather hazed body, already a point of difference from the regular brew, which is always filtered clear. Body is light and the head forms a foamy, clear crest. Lacing is solid. Overall it looks good.

Nose is immediately different from the regular version: lacking hops in the extreme it has just picked up the wood characters, leaving it dull, muted and flat. Some grainy notes come through as well, along with a yeasty character which is almost certainly filtered out of the original. I'm disappointed: the aroma of this beer is the main thing that makes it great, and it's just lost in a mess here.

Light entry on the palate, with banana and oak characters coming through mid-way through. The banana in particular seems unintentional, but it still feels flat and dull. Finish is creamy and smooth (which would be an interesting twist in an otherwise palatable beer), but without the hops, without the bitterness, it just feels like more fog. Yeasty characters in the aftertaste as well.

Feel is quite light, but with the creaminess on the back.

Conclusions? I still love that Knappstein have come out with something new, but this is significantly inferior to the regular version. To be fair, it's probably not a style which really benefits from contact with wood anyway. For now, I'm pleased to have tried it, but I'll just be cracking another bottle of the original, thanks.

Jun 09, 2013
Barrel-Aged Knappstein Reserve Lager from Enterprise Brewery (Knappstein Wines)
Beer rating: 3.14 out of 5 with 1 ratings