Unfiltered Lager | Brauerei Sauer

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Brewed by:
Brauerei Sauer

Style: Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by DefenCorps on 10-14-2009

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of herrburgess
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.83/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gravity cask at Churchkey.

Pours a bright golden color with considerable haze and a nice white head. Nose brings some pale grain along with some grassy, earthy hops. Taste is better, playing the grass and grain off one another. Well integrated but not as complex as many of the other cask keller offerings that day. Mouthfeel was light and refreshing; somewhat creamy. Drank pretty well, but the hop and grain balance was a bit off in the nose.

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Photo of Amalak
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had at d.b.a. in Williamsburg, Brooklyn out of a hand-pump cask. It's gold with a nice head and lacing. Really nice sediment glistening in the light. Has a mild bitter, pilsnery scent to it.

Like the scent, it tastes like a very smooth pilsner with a hint of citrus in it. There's not much bite to it, but it has a herbally tinge to it. Balanced and certainly worth a pour.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I wasn't sure whether to list this as Rossdorfer Pils or unfiltered lager. I couldn't find any information on the web from the brewery or the importer (Shelton Brothers), but I'm guessing that this is the "unfiltered lager", which is just the Rossdorfer Pils in an unfiltered, cask-conditioned (and maybe not) version. It was listed at the bar as "Rossdorfer Lager", so here goes...

Appearance: Hazy golden body beneath a bright white head of froth. Good retention and lacing. Not too many bubbles can be seen rising - being served via cask with a rough pour by the barkeep assured that.

Aroma: Yeasty sulphur over lemony and grassy hops and soft malt.

Flavor: Grassy and spicy notes liven the straight-forward golden maltiness. It's grainy, and just slightly bready. Sweet is not a word I want to use, but there is a sweetness to bread, and that's what I've found. A solid bitterness backs it, and it finishes dry with some lingering, gentle malt and spicy hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied (perhaps due in part to the yeast component). Gently carbonated and supple. Smooth.

Drinkability: Remarkably drinkable: it's lively in the nose; easy in the mouth and on the tongue; and flavorful, interesting, and complex enough to keep it interesting beyond one. Well done!!!

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

If this isn't beer, I don't know what is. I initially tried it a few minutes after the cask was tapped, but being able to try it the next day in a more relaxed setting allowed me to truly appreciate how brilliant this beer is. Thank you, Casey

The pour is pale yellow, hazy with a thin white head that lasts forever, leaving gorgeous lace in its wake. The nose is fabulous, with grassy hops, a touch of lemon, a touch of lemony sourness and a dry, cracker-like malt. The balance is truly exceptional, intoxicating and balanced. The flavors are similar, opening with an earthy hop character, with a lot of hop flavor with lemon, earth, and a touch of lemongrass. Grassy hops, dry crackery malt and a long, drying finish that's outstanding. I really have to rave about the finish - it coats the entire palate with a suffuse, almost post-coital glow of delicate hop character and dry malt. Light in body without feeling watery, a soft delicate carbonation that works brilliantly, this beer is unbelievable.

On my second exposure to this beer - one day after these notes were written - I was offered the choice of one of my all-time favorite cask beers (Nugget Nectar) and this. I went back to this more than I did to NN, drinking 2 pints instead of my initially planned 5oz sample. Truly outstanding and palate-opening, this beer is one of the reasons I'm thankful I'm living on the East Coast. I might be able to trade for a growler of a fabulous West Coast beer, but as far as kellerbiers go, there is no beating the East Coast. Thank you Casey, thank you!

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Unfiltered Lager from Brauerei Sauer
4.34 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.
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