Sabine's Salbeipils | Weyermann Brauerei GmbH

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Brewed by:
Weyermann Brauerei GmbH

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kojevergas on 06-10-2011

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2.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

500ml swingtop bottle acquired at the Weyermann pilot brewery "fan shop" after an English language tour of their malt roast production process. Cost was 2.50 Euro plus 2.50 pfand (deposit), which is rather steep by Bamberg standards. Served into a .3l halleroder bierkrug at me friend's gaff in Bamberg. Reviewed live.

A: Two finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and average (1.5-2 minute) retention. Cloudy pils yellow colour. Looks more like a gose than a German pilsener. Generally appealing.

Sm: Heavy yeast, actually. Some sour fruit esters. Undoubtedly there's Weyermann malt in there but it isn't coming through in a strong way. The scent itself is subtle but strong.

T: Hmm. Lots of sour ester notes sprinkled throughout, but not balanced in that their presence isn't greatest on the climax. The flavour drops in the middle unexpectedly and then resurfaces later, which seems arbitrary. Lemon is certainly present throughout. Some crystal hops are present on the climax, per style, but let me reiterate that the sour esters, not the crystal hops, are at the forefront in this beer. A very strange pilsener indeed. "Salbei" means sage in German, but sage doesn't come through. Some floral hops are present from the climax through the finish. Certainly complex but atypical. It pushes the boundaries of the style, but perhaps tries to go a bit too far. It's unbalanced, especially for the conventions of the style, but this is to be noted and largely ignored.

Mf: Smooth and wet. It's a generic match to the many flavours of the body.

Dr: This beer so far corrupts the German pilsener style that it's practically a gose. The souring notes are unexpected but not unwelcome. While it's highly priced by Bamberg standards, it's still a unique beer worth a try just to experience how unusual it is. Most generic consumers will be turned off by its innovation, but I imagine a select group of gose fans would love this beer. Sadly, I am not part of that select group.

As a note on pricing, it's very strange to have a pfand/deposit equal to the price of the beer. It's standard in Germany for every glass bottle to have a pfand of .08 Euro. 2.50 euro is obscene. Homebrewers should go with grolsch if they're trying to harvest swingtop bottles in Bamberg.

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Sabine's Salbeipils from Weyermann Brauerei GmbH
2.95 out of 5 based on 1 ratings.
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