Quartiermeister | Wittichenauer Stadtbrauerei

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Wittichenauer Stadtbrauerei

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by sfprint on 01-01-2014

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3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Quartiermeister" Bier fur den kiez. Bio-pils. Enjoyed in Berlin.

This is a not-for-profit beer. Unpasteurised,

.33L brown glass bottle courtesy of my friend Sophia. Has a nice label design with a baby blue motif that matches the pry-off crown cap. Best before: 02.06.16 (i.e. June 2nd, 2016).

Reviewed live as an (organic) German pilsner per the label. Paired with a soft brezel in classic German fashion. Served cold into a pilsner glass.

5.0% ABV.

HEAD: ~1.5 inches wide. White colour. Frothy enough. Retention is pretty good - ~5 minutes. Leaves no lacing as it recedes. Soft-looking, as well it should be.

BODY: Clear translucent yellow of average vibrance. To style, it's quite clean; no yeast can be seen within.

It's a nice looking style-appropriate pilsner. Conventional and attractive.

AROMA: Fragrant floral hop character sets off this pleasing aroma, backed by balancing crisp pilsner malts and blonde malts, but oddly no grassy Noble hop character. Highly appealing albeit simplistic, with a near-ideal sweetness that suggests a beer with impeccable balance. I'm excited to try this.

Aromatic intensity is above average for a pils.

TASTE & TEXTURE: The softness of the mouthfeel is the first thing I notice, underscoring the mellow pilsner and blonde malts quite well. The hop profile is surprisingly prominent considering this is a German pilsner; I pick up on complex floral notes, a hint of (vague) fruit, and even a blip of overt bitterness at the end of the second act. The hop profile, while surprisingly emphasized given the style, is well-balanced by the malt backbone. The result is a refreshing flavourful pils with impressive depth of flavour.

Mouthfeel is aptly smooth, wet, and clean, with crisp high carbonation giving the pilsner malts some oomph in the build. Well put together, with the texture playing off the taste neatly. The mouthfeel complements the taste, and the flavour profile is a cohesive whole.

No, there isn't quite a perfect harmony of texture and taste (if we're nitpicking), and the carbonation is a biteen too high - but I'm quite liking this beer. Its light body is just a dream.

OVERALL: As highly drinkable as any great pilsner should be, but with plenty of flavour to appease discerning drinkers. This is a brew I could easily down by the six-pack, and this is evidence German breweries don't have to glue themselves rigidly to tradition to make really good beer; you'd never find this level of hop emphasis in the pilsners brewed even 5 years ago. I think Wittichenauer Stadtbrauerei has accomplished the rare feat of responding to America's hop culture without overdoing it - or worse, ruining a traditional style. This is a lovely new world pilsner, and I'd happily recommend it to others. I'll have to buy me some more beers from this brewery...this is easily the best German pilsner I've had in ages - if not ever. Hat tip to the brewers for incredible work.


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3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sfprint
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

What's significant about this beer is that it's a non-profit beer, which is used to raise money for social causes.

A: light golden yellow, little carbonation.
S: very weak scent. but honey malt.
T: indeed a honey malt beer. It's pretty nice. relatively light, a hair sweet. a faint sourness
M: mouth enveloping soft sting
O: Quite decent for an ordinary beer

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Quartiermeister from Wittichenauer Stadtbrauerei
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