First Bavarian Pale Ale | Apostelbräu

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First Bavarian Pale AleFirst Bavarian Pale Ale
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First Bavarian Pale AleFirst Bavarian Pale Ale

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Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by metter98 on 07-22-2012

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Ratings: 21 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by avalon07:
Photo of avalon07
3.11/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy consistency. Some light sediment floating around. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing

S: A pretty good, but not great aroma of mild hops, grass, malt, and yeast. Also seemed to possess a light skunky quality, but not overwhelmingly so.

T: Tasted of hops (a moderate amount), malt (also a moderate amount), yeast, and a grassy quality in the finish. Definitely one of the most uneven flavors an English IPA can have. The grassiness throws things out of balance.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, an uneven beer. Not without its good aspects, but slightly out of whack.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Spicy nose with a combination of grain and hop spice
Pours hazy gold under a 2” moussey white head, exceptional lace.
Palate: Has light grain flavors and a spiciness from the Spelt. This has some spiciness and grain character but not the clove and banana of a Bavarian Weizen. Almost a rye spiciness.
Effervescent, creamy, medium body. Refreshing.

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Photo of PEBKAC
2.41/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bottle from New Beer. Supposedly dry hopped during the long trek across the water.

Beaded, off white head. Foggy amber body.

Smells starchy, caramelized, & maybe somewhat stale.

Well it doesn't taste old. Just not very good. Doughy flavor. Metallic & grassy hops. Peppery. Tiny bit of fruity twang. Yeasty, dragging finish. Frothy, itchy body.

I'm in the mood for a kellerbier now.

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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation along with some yeast particles visible floating in suspension. It poured with a two finger high dense white head that has excellent retention properties, dying down but consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of herbal hops, earthy yeast in the nose along with some hints of grainy malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell except that the bottom of the bottle pours with a lot more yeast, which changes the flavor to become dominated by earthy yeast. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness towards the finish.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has a lot more yeast flavors compared to other pale ales.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very hazy to cloudy dark golden yellow to light orange in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and significant amounts of visible yeast sediment in suspension. The beer has a finger tall dense creamy off-white head that has great retention properties - barely diminishing at all through the drinking of this beer. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate amounts of grainy malts with light herbal hops and strong earthy yeast notes.

T: Similar to the smell but the later pours from the bottle were very heavy in the earthy flavors of the yeast. There is a light amount of bitterness present but it does not linger. The early pours of the bottle have a lot more of the grainy malt flavors.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Chewy and dry in the finish.

O: Enjoyable but the heavy yeast presence in the later pours from the bottle make this one a little tough to drink.

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Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MacStinson
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of sixerofelixir
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass. I didn't check for any freshness info. I assume the man on the label is in a Bavarian field?

Pours with a quite impressive soapy/sudsy head of white frothiness that my eye is drawn to. The body is not as cloudy as I was led to believe. Smell is mostly floral. The taste is where things get really interesting - if I hadn't poured this myself, I'd swear this was a witbier/pale ale hybrid (like Sam Adams Whitewater). I picked up citrus rind and spices, on top of a suitable EPA malt base. The mouth feel of a standard EPA is affected because of this, but it's OK as the brew is tasty.

Overall, an interesting brew; I'd buy another one.

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Photo of Durge
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of j0hnc2468
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of corby112
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very cloudy and very dark golden orange color with hazy banana yellow edges and a two finger, frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Very good retention with a lasting cap that leaves streaks of soapy lacing behind.  

Floral, slightly earthy aroma with a blend of spicy, gassy hops, pale malt and bready yeast.  The yeast really stands out in the nose with strong spice and wheat-like character.   Lots of bread and banana followed by biscuit and light fruit.  Floral hops stand out after it warms with grass and subtle pine needle.   Interesting take on wheat and pale ale styles.

Like the nose, the flavor is an interesting blend of pale ale and german wheat elements.   Stronger hop presence than expected, and possibly the hoppiest German beer I've ever had.  Dry, earthy and slightly bitter with slight floral and spicy grass notes along with sticky, resinous pine flavor.  There's a pale malt backbone with hits of biscuit and slight fruit but it's mostly counters by wheat, bread and banana flavors.  Well balanced and easy to drink with good flavors overall.  The hops add another dimension that's actually pleasant as opposed to American hoppy whets beers which I usually hate.  

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Photo of PEIhop
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Bitterbill
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Man, that's a huge head of foam! I see a cloudy yellow gold liquid underneath.

A mix of hop smells I get. Grass, pine, a bit of citrus and, that smell of spelt malt that I've come across before.

The taste is somewhat hoppy, grass stands out I think, the spelt malt, as usual, adds an almost vegetal character to it. Not much sweetness to this Pale Ale.

Nice mouthfeel, easy to drink.

I like this but it does take some getting used to.

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Photo of psoriasaurus
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of brandonld23
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's fine, just not exceptional. Poured a 2" white head of average lifespan. The body is a hazy cloudy dull yellow, but indeed the label fortells it will be. The smell is fairly strong and has malt as well as a touch of sour like pickle juice. The taste matches the smell and is a little tangy. There's a slight bitter aftertaste matching the English Pale Ale tradition. All in all the beer is fine, and the price seemed fair.

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Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of falloutsnow
3.19/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From: The Andersons, Columbus, OH
Date: None on bottle
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

Apostelbrau's Bavarian Pale Ale isn't a bad beer, it's just weird, not fitting into any particular category, and not particularly amazing in its own. Perhaps a fun experiment in brewing to try, if the bottle weren't $6 for a pint. Definitely one I would not seek out again.

Pours a 2cm-tall head of clean, white foam, made up of very fine bubbles, resulting in a dense mass of froth atop the body of the beer. Retention is very good, the foam fading away in roughly three minutes to a very thick ring around the center of the glass. Lacing is modest, but presentable, slight washes of residual foam clinging to the sides of the glass. Body is a murky, medium-light copper brown color, totally opaque with light bringing out a lighter shade of murky brown-orange pale yellow colors around the edges.

Aroma is surprisingly of lemongrass-like yeast esters and/or hops with a touch of perfume, body odor, coriander, orange rind, and pure brewer's yeast. If the malts exist at all, they are very much in the pale spectrum and the general backdrop among which all other scents show themselves. The combination is very much like a witbier, which is somewhat strange and unexpected.

The flavors are a strange mix of pale malts, bittering hops, and a witbier-like yeast with the expected phenols and esters that usage would produce. Front of palate features sweet pale malts, modest graininess, a touch of caramel, lemongrass, lemon and orange zest, and witbier-like yeast. Mid-palate has continued pale and caramel malt characters and sweetness, lemongrass, lemon and orange zest, strong witbier yeast, modest bitterness. Back of palate features interesting bitterness, pale malt sweetness, lemongrass fruitiness, and modest hop bitterness. Aftertaste of hop bitterness and lemongrass-like esters, slight graininess and sweetness from pale malts.

Beer is medium-bodied with medium-low levels of carbonation, leading to a pleasantly foamy, never fizzy or harsh mouthfeel. Closes dry, with little residual stickiness on the palate.

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First Bavarian Pale Ale from Apostelbräu
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 21 ratings
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