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Fürstenberg Premium Lager | Fürstlich Fürstenbergische Brauerei KG

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Fürstlich Fürstenbergische Brauerei KG

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Jason on 10-01-2004

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Reviews by doktorhops:
Photo of doktorhops
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Another Helles for the taking! Munchen Helles Lagers are a personal favourite way to escape the summer heat. Nice, cold, malty, bread-like and dry - what more could you want in the shade of a patio waiting for sizzling meat to cook on a BBQ? All that's left is a bikini-clad maiden by my side and I'm set. Fürstenberg in particular is one that screams out cheap macro at $10 a six-pack, hopefully it has more to offer.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Stein.

A: With a hard pour presents a large 1 inch soap-bubble foamy white head that dissipates down to about a quarter of an inch. The body is clear straw coloured, borders on pale-straw.

S: Bread yeast characters with vegetable odours hit the nose strong, with a note of cut grass and light malt grain base. The only thing that differentiates from other Helles Lagers is a hint of dextrose in the aroma, however it isn't actually brewed with dextrose; Reinheitsgebot wouldn't allow it.

T: Gladly the vegetable and any possible adjuncts aren't noticeable in the flavour. A very mild-mannered Helles in many respects taste is; upfront dextrose sweetness, followed by mellow (for a German brew) bread yeast mid, light hop bitterness and a long dry finish. A cool, inoffensive beverage. Perhaps a little too inoffensive depending on how you like a Helles.

M: Mid to light body with minimal carbonation, almost flat actually.

D: I could only think of one thing that sums up this brew: getting to the end of the glass I noticed this beer started smelling like an old rubber shoe. Like that old rubber shoe this Fürstenberg Premium Lager is a placid, mellow, and almost forgotten soon after it is noticed. If you're goal is to find a beer to fill an empty fridge on a budget the this brew isn't the worst idea you ever had (the worst idea you had was getting a credit card), however it isn't going to bowl your taste buds over, remember that.

Food match: I would be inclined to suggest a salad or something else light that doesn't compete too much with the flavour Fürstenberg has on offer.

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Photo of Hrgomar
3.23/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of innominat
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

Photo of fionn13
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of beerinabottle
3.92/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Momon
3.1/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of wilsonbaron
3.19/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.01/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours bright gold with a small, fading head.
Grainy malt and cardboard are prominent on the nose with some spicy hops hiding in the background.
Flavours are pretty bad, with Ajax, cardboard, loads of grainyness and cleaning chemicals.
Very watery, high carbonation.

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Photo of BeerSingh
3.68/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler. the beer poured a pale, straw colour creating a frothy, white head (because of the aggressive pour) which immediately settled into a thin coaster over the bright, lively body. Here was your typical Helles lager, at least looks wise. The nose didn't present anything spectacular - wet grain, a little sweet malt and no hop presence at all. Smelt a little skunked, if you would imagine that.
The taste followed the smell initially - grainy and a pat dry, but slowly gave off a residual sweetness which was pretty long lasting. As subsequent sips followed, you could also taste a faint, hop bitterness lingering on the palate. This beer definitely tasted better than it smelt.
I found the mouthfeel to be a little abrasive, probably muting the flavours a little bit. This is definitely not an in your face Lager or something that will surprise you, but definitely an easy going sessionable lager. A notch up from the macros definitely.

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Photo of ThinkAgain
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

Photo of Kulrak
3.81/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light straw color with a decent amount of creamy/chunky head that seems to stick around for a while, and clings to the glass. Smells of noble hops and that's really about it, pretty much standard for a german lager, I guess. Tastes more bitter than I expected, and a little sweeter than I expected. You can taste the munich lager malt and the noble hops. Finishes fairly clean. The mouthfeel is tingly on the front of the tongue, and creamy on the back, very nice. Overall, it's a very drinkable beer, and a nice lager. I'm not really a fan of german lagers, but I like this one.

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Photo of metter98
3.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a collar around the edge of the glass and some lacing down the sides.
S: Faint aromas of bready malts are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of bready malts along with notes of floral and grassy hops and some bits of grainy malts. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to have a little muted aromas and flavors compared to some of the other beers, but it is easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.58/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown 50cl bottle, well in date. The first of my German Beer Reviewing Evening.

Poured into my Budweiser Budvar 0.2 litre stemmed tulip tasting glass (3 times).

Clear golden yellow, fairly pale and bright looking. A large white head sat on top of each pour, sadly the heads all fell away as I drank down each beer, leaving a small collar and some good lacing.

A very slight floral aroma, but not enough to get excited about, otherwise there was no smell, just like most lagers/helles/pilsners.

Dry and refreshing, sharp and crisp. No huge flavours to talk about, but a good example of a German light lager/pilsner.

No great body or depth, just a pleasant lager, easy to drink. The 5.3% is just about detectable. My third glass was taken with some vintage Stilton and dry biscuits, they complimented each other very well.

Now to have some water to clean out the mouth before my next German review.

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Photo of eric5bellies
2.55/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a clear Golden colour with a three fingered head that retains ok.

S - Usual hop, malt and malt.

T - Some malts up front followed by some faint hops, the finish is a little bitter.

M - A little undercarbonated, light body.

O - Not the best.

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Photo of vinicole
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Foley67
3.69/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of patre_tim
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of thommo_nk
3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of Globetrotter
3.05/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33 cl pale brown bottle with a long thin neck and a quite non-descript white and gold label. Purity law applies. Best before 3/05, I opened it on 10/1/04.

Pours a clear light yellow gold under a half finger white head that fades immediately, without body or lace. The nose is corney grain - rather off-putting. The mouth is light and very prickly. The opening is nice sweet malt, followed by mild flowery hops. A good mild bite emerges in the aftertaste. Nice and tasty, it's too bad this beer looks and smells so weak.

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Photo of vhmf1978
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Sigmund
3.47/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, now available in Norway. ABV is 5.3%. Clear pale golden colour, decent to moderate head. Flowery aroma of aromatic hops, notes of honey, grass and fresh plums. Flavour is less interesting - moderate grassy hops with a certain fruity sweetness. Easy drinking, but no masterpiece.

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Photo of rjimlad
3.48/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't mind this one at all. After pouring into a schooner glass, it gave a good half inch head that lasted a few minutes before leaving some lacing on the glass. A pale straw colour and just a light grainy aroma that's barely perceptible. The taste has a light malty flavour with a little bitterness to finish off. There's nothing overwhelming and its not that complex but its well balanced and very drinkable. There's only a light carbonation with little bead so the mouthfeel is not overly sparkly but still pleasant. The reviewer of this lager in our local paper said it was a "sequential" beer in that you get the grain first then the hops. I agree. I like this better than say Heineken but there's more interesting German lagers that are accessible in East Oz. Still, this is cheap and very drinkable. I'll buy it again for sure.

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Photo of WHROO
3.8/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured paleish yellow, with decent 2 finger head. Clean, clear & inviting carbonation.
Head did drip to a film of thin soft foam with average lacing.
S: Fruity & a hint of noble (aromatic) floral hops. Also that typical grassy lager hops smell.
T: Grainy earthy malts at first, even a tinge of honey sweetness, with some mid palate fruitiness-quite a bit of fresh fruits/pears/even some sweet apples, & a gently hop bitterness to finish. Not too complex but distinct & refreshing.
M: Light & a little lively without a watery feeling. D: A very sessionable lager
Overall a very enjoyable Helles lager. Reminds me of a typical macro lager with just that bit more ale character.

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Photo of morfius85
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of sooolong
1.91/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Reminds me too much of Heineken. Otherwise just falla short of a Helles

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