Germaniac (Kotbusser Style Pale Ale) | Berghoff Brewery

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Germaniac (Kotbusser Style Pale Ale)Germaniac (Kotbusser Style Pale Ale)
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Germaniac (Kotbusser Style Pale Ale)Germaniac (Kotbusser Style Pale Ale)

Brewed by:
Berghoff Brewery
Illinois, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Scratch the surface of the German beer tradition and you find gems like this: a crisply bitter golden ale from Northern Germany that faded into obscurity a hundred years ago. With its subtle honey notes and small dose of molasses which gives it a lightly nutty character, this is a beer that deserves a much wider audience. We follow the classic recipe, with a mix of three types of malted barley, plus wheat and a dash of oats for a creamy texture, plus tiny amounts of Wisconsin cranberry honey and light molasses, both of which add subtle shading of aroma. Hopping is vigorous, and along noble lines, but amped up a bit with some North American varieties as well, just to keep it fresh-tasting and bold. It’s an ale fermentation, so there is a hint of fruitiness that plays nicely with the honey and molasses notes.

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2.44/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

From: Binny's, Schaumburg, IL
Date: "2473 SP 14:03" stamped on bottle
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Berghoff Brewery's Germaniac is a rather forgettable pale ale that was supposedly based off a "Kotbusser" recipe from some time ago. Whatever and wherever it was from, the pale malts used, as well as the fairly bland hops, are only made less interesting by the addition of honey and molasses as adjuncts. Whatever yeast was used either consumed most of the character of this wort, or the recipe itself is not particularly interesting, being reminiscent of basic homebrew experiments. The result is not something undrinkable, but not something particularly satisfying or that I'd want to get again.

Pours a 1cm tall head of white foam, of medium and small-sized bubbles, giving a sponge-like appearance. Retention is about average, the foam lasting around one minute in a decline to a thin ring around the body of the beer. Lacing is minimal to nonexistent, a few small dots and lines cling at random to the sides of the glass. Body is a bright golden yellow color, with light bringing out paler, brighter golden yellow hue. Carbonation visible through the transparent body, high in number and quite active in movement.

Aroma of dilute honey sweetness and a bit of mineral/metallic character. Fairly bland, though not unpleasant.

Overall flavor is of substantial pale malt and honey-like sweetness with a mild bitterness, not imbalanced, just not particularly interesting: fairly neutral in overall character. Front of palate tastes mild honey-like and pale malt syrup-like sweetness with light fruitiness from ale yeast esters. Mid-palate of pale malt and honey-like sweetness, minerals, fruity ale yeast esters (most notably green apple ester), and a mild bittering and spicy hop. Back of palate finds light to moderate hop bitterness and spiciness with fruity ale yeast esters, the malt/honey sweetness pushed to the background. Aftertaste is of fairly cloying sweetness, as from pale malt syrup and honey, with light to light-moderate hop spiciness and bitterness and a hint of green apple ester.

Beer is medium-light in body, with carbonation of low intensity, resulting in a smooth (4/5), lightly foamy (1/5) mouthfeel that could use a bit more carbonation. Closes dry, with substantial stickiness/sweetness clinging to the palate.

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12/26/16...pours rusty copper heady white foam. Active white bubbles, fast rising. Light hoppy nose, some pine. Light bitter malt pine and bubblegum notes. Lighter mouthfeel with a good bitter. Simplistic pale.

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Low rating for two reasons. 1. It had strong disacetyl flavor (esp) and aroma. 2. There was almost no carbonation. There is no american pale ale character and nothing here to remind you of German ales and lagers. The lack of carb means there is mobile to the beer, which might help bring sweetness into balance. Hops would have helped too. And the disacetyl is a big problem

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Germaniac (Kotbusser Style Pale Ale) from Berghoff Brewery
Beer rating: 3.21 out of 5 with 39 ratings