Innstadt Edelsud
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German Helles
3.66 | pDev: 10.66%
Innstadt Brauerei
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Photo of BeerWithMike
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling right now on 8/3/14. Comes in a nice 500ml (16.9 ounce) bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a 'Urhel' tulip glass.

Pours a slight hazy golden in color with a good 1-finger white foamy head that settles down to a nice layering along the sides of the glass. A good amount of lacing is seen with each sip. The aroma is of sweet cereal grains with a hint of honey. Lots going on with the taste with the sweet malts with some honey and even orange mixed in. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation but not overly done. No harsh or bitter aftertaste either as this brew went down pretty easy. Overall a good brew.

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Photo of largadeer
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft at Gourmet Haus Staudt.

Milky straw yellow topped by an inch of dense, sticky froth.

Malty, grainy, clean aroma. Lager yeast is evident, bringing a mild sulfuric note.

There's more sweetness than the aroma suggests, though it's by no means a rich beer. Bready pale malt backed by mild fruitiness, honey, spicy noble hops. On the sweet side for a helles, a bit creamy in texture with very little bite in the finish. Medium body, perhaps a bit heavier than I like for the style. Very good on the whole, but a step down from their stadl-bier.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Transcribed from undated notes.

The pour produced a finger of bone-white head with great retention, eventually resulting in some nice lacing. Color was a hazy lemon-yellow. Nose was slightly lager-sweet, but frankly rather muted from what one might expect from the style. Mouthfeel was medium with a definite honey-lager sweetness on the tongue. Finish was mellow, lager-like, tasty. Nothing terribly notable, but not bad, either.

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Photo of tempest
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a swing-top bottle from Abe's for $4. I wish I knew the age of this beer, but there's no date on it. The aroma and flavor have a nearly cidery caramel bread taste with only a hint of bitterness. This beer is a bit sweet, but is otherwise smooth and drinkable. It just doesn't taste like a good example of the style.

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Photo of Japerrault
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Hazy golden ale. Thin white head.

S: Raisin-like cereal grain. Also, honey aroma.

T: Bran and dried fruit, somewhat oxydized flavors throughout. No good hop flavor to speak of.

M: Not bad, medium light body with full carbonation.

D: Odd flavors for me. Not something I care to look for again. Maybe just a bad example.

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Photo of drtth
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tall Innstadt mug. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer as poured is a rich light golden slightly hazed color with a 1" creamy white head. Sipping initially leaves rings of foam and leggy lacing on the sides of the glass. Later in the beer the head has receded to a thin cap of foam with small ring around the glass but still leaves spotty but persistent lacing. Eventually the foam and lacing are gone entirely before the beer is finished.

Smell: The aroma is pleasant enough with floral and sweet malt character. There are neither strong hops nor any alcohol detectable.

Taste: The flavor is sweet malt with an almost orange and honey taste but with no hop bitterness or alcohol detectable.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium-bodied and soft with gentle, reasonably persistent carbonation that shows in the end as more of prickly sensation in the mouth. The finish is medium long and begins sweet, then fading off to final short dryness at the end.

Drinkability: While not an outstanding lager, this is quite drinkable for what it is. Also, about half way through the beer it paired quite nicely with the smoked chicken salad that I was having for lunch. I certainly would not turn this down if offered but I'll probably not seek it out or make a point of having it again.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours golden with a fluffy white head, good clarity and lace.

S: Bready malt with a hint of noble hops.

T: Heavy cereal and grain husks, a bit of a rough flavour at times at times, well balanced though.

M: Light-bodied, smooth, with a clean finish.

D: Not a bad German lager, pretty much middle of the road for me in Helleses, good/not great.

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Photo of Zorro
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chill hazed golden colored beer with a good white colored head.

Malt and grain with a raisin bran aroma. Hop is mild and not much of a scent component.

Starts out sweet and fruity with a slight salty taste. Decent bitterness in the finish but it isn't much.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Kind of a boring beer here. Competent but nothing special.

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Photo of Bierfreund
4.46/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Found this beer in our local beer store, and since we had tried another one of Innstadt's before (which we liked), so we gave this a try as well.

Poured into our Andechser glasses (shared a bottle among two), and the thick foam made a great head. Off white, very thick, and it stayed! The colour of the beer was dark yellow, almost amber.

The nose gave a very light hint of fruitiness, but really very light.

The taste was very pleasant, very surprising in its freshness. I would even go so far to call it delicate. Something different, I tell you that! This is really something else.

Almost no hops in the taste, but it wasn't malty either. Obviously it cannot have anything else than barley, hops, water and yeast (otherwise it would not follow the Reinheitsgebot). So what do they do there in Passau to make this beer taste like this?

It is already a hint that they invented a new name (Edelsud) for this brew, instead of calling it by one of the regular names (Pils, Lager, Bock etc).

Mouthfeel was a surprise: very low carbonation! But not stale!!! No, I really liked it. This was not a mistake, the bottle had not been opened or so. It was meant like this. And it was very interesting. Reminded me a bit of a Kellerbier (Zwickel). But this is obviously not a Kellerbier. What is it?

Drinkability is outstanding. Ha - American Budweiser would kill to have this. (Remember, they dare to make commercials with that term for their dishwater!) This is definately a sessionbeer. Usually I am not a friend of such - since we are usually only sharing one bottle, and only on rare occasions will there be a second. And never a third. So there is really no session at our house. But this beer could make one easily. I will definately buy that again.

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Photo of RedBaron
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Good Munich lager from a new brewer (to me, anyways).

Appearance: darker gold; great, uneven rocky head which sustained well (always good!)
Smell: fresh baked bread aroma, with the hint of perhaps an apple orchard in the mix.
Taste: Nice bready sweetness up front, mellows a bit in the middle, has a little honey-ish quality to it, and finishes a little dry.
Mouthfeel: In a word: "Beefy"! It's a pretty bold lager that feels larger than it's 5.3%abv might indicate. Clearly, the folks at Innstadt wanted to provide balast for your palette!
Drinkability: Slightly better than average. Would make an great beer to pair with a pot roast.

I liked this beer, and it's clear that great care was used in its production. However, nothing really dazzled me about it (most German beers don't), but that's not really the point, I suppose. It's simply a very good, well-made Bavarian lager utilizing some quality ingredients, primarly the barley. Not much in the way of hops here (for better or worse, depending on your POV). Me? I liked this beer.

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Photo of Monsteruss
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured from this nice 'swing-top' bottle, the foam was almost white, lacey, bubbly with a 2 finger head. Color was a hazy golden yellow with honey highlights. It had a wheaty/hops smell with a small amount of tartness. It had a honey fruity taste, small bitterness with a pils characteristic. Mouthfeel - smooth and somewhat medium-bodied. Drinkability - felt really good goin' down.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml swing-top bottle.

Nice head, spongey and a semi-glossy white. Three fingers after the pour, and a thick film and good lacing after each sip troughout. Hazey and translucent golden amber. Musty grass and toasted crystal malt aroma. Almost adjuncty fruit malt. Grassy remian in the taste, and help balance out the malt. Giving this helles a more sessionable qualiy. Slightly dry palate, with a long musty finish.

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Photo of TFOX
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml swingtop bottle makes a nice presentation. At the light end of what I like. Slightly hazy golden color with a large white head. Aroma of sweet malt. Smooth, soft, malty body. Somewhat one dimensional, but very drinkable. I would definitely have again.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.91/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Haystack gold with lemonade edges. The putty colored cap looks pretty damn good. It's soft and fluffy and creamy and is leaving the glass slathered with gobs of BB-shot lace. The foam looks even better as it begins to melt... and on all subsequent pours.

The nose is no better than average. It's musky-musty-earthy rather than being helles bright and clean. Must be less-than-fresh Euro hops. The beer also smells like it will be faintly sweet, or balanced, rather than hoppy-bitter. We'll see.

Original Edelsud is of the same general level of quality as the three other beers that I've had from this brewery. I may have mentioned this same impression in a previous review, but this lager tastes like it hails from Eastern Europe rather than Bavaria. It's nothing special, that's for damn sure.

As in the nose, there's no brightness on the taste buds. Each mouthful delivers untoasted grain and musky hops and not much else. That fact that the beer is sweet-bitter balanced eliminates any chance of crispness. Simply put, this is a drab, dull, uninteresting lager that I don't care to drink again.

The mouthfeel is lackluster too. It's okay in a general sense (medium for the style), but there's a serious shortage of energy due to a serious shortage of carbonation. A barely perceptible 'pffft' on swing-top release should have been my first clue.

Original Edelsud (possibly translated as 'Noble South') is my least favorite Innstadt Brauerei beer so far. It isn't a good representation of the style and it isn't worth your hard-earned money. Caveat Emptor.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Hollingshead's in a half-liter mug, on to the beer:

If you've had this style of beer before, you don't need me to tell you that it's shimmering straw yellow in color with a big billowy head on top. Also, if you've had a fresh German lager on-tap, you don't need me to tell you that it tastes pretty good too. Lovely mix of floral, grass, sweetish pale malt notes, with a subtle citrus finish. Great thirst quencher too, even after riding my bike 6 miles in the afternoon to get to the establishment.

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