Ittinger Original Klosterbräu | Original Ittinger Klosterbräu

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Original Ittinger Klosterbräu

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by tempest on 07-10-2008

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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by ccrida:
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3.37/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

33cl bottle poured into my Supra tumbler, Ittinger Original Klosterbräu is pale caramel with a quickly settling head.

Smell is strong and sweet, honey and caramel.

Taste is bittersweet to bitter, a touch hot, with insufficient maltiness, which was much better on the nose.

Mouthfeel is dry and crisp, medium-light bodied.

Drinkability is ok, in that it is light and simple, but it's just not that great of a beer that I'd ever want more then one (save for some scenario where I wanted more then one beer and this was the only choice, in which case it would suffice).

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Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Adriano's in Bern. This beer, along with everything under the Haldengut banner is brewed by Heineken Switzerland.

The flavor has light roasted grains with sweet bread and a slight sourdough taste. Overall, the flavor is still very smooth with a nice toffee and mild herbal hop aftertaste. There's a little fruit in there with apple and white grape easter. The mouthfeel is medium weight and dry. A nice fresh ale with a German bent.

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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.06/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of CHickman
3.86/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had about a dozen of this beer at my hotel in Zurich over the course of last week; it's a nice malty, sweet beer that goes down smooth. No major taste characteristics jump out, as it fits in with the typical Swiss/German beer style along the lines of part amber and part pilsner.

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Photo of msondel
3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of atis
2.71/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The colour is very nice, kind of dark amber with nice head.

Aroma is fruity and slightly malty, but overall very weak. Moderate carbonation, taste is quite light and pale, there is some sweetness in it. Aftertaste, however, is very pleasant with some amount of hop.

Unfortunately I would say this ale is below average - its flavor and aroma could be much more distinctive.

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Photo of torwart94
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Marvicsin
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of kamilgracki
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of slava50
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in its own tulip-like glass.

A: Pours a beautiful and amber to copper color forming a big and bubbled white to yellow head. Good retention and many lacings left

S: Roasted malts, toffee, caramel malts, notes of honey. Flowery and citrus Heineken style hops in the end

T: Follows the nose. A slightly sweet upfront with strong notes of caramel, toffee and sweet grains. Notes of honey. A little bit metallic taste in the beginning. Hoppy balanced bitterness at the end. Despite of being an Amber Ale, I would dare to say that it uses Lager yeasts. As a matter of fact, I would call it an improved amber version of Heineken. Anyways, the yeasts profile is quite bready and not fruity as expected from an Ale

M: Light body. Medium to high carbonation. Bready and mild bitter aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Easy drinking. Not bad

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
2.62/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Apparently this is now contract-brewed by Heineken Switzerland. It's sad, I think. Regardless, I (Wiseman Nick) sampled this at a friend's house in Zug, Switzerland about a week ago. This review is written based on notes from that night.

Poured into a small chalice.

Appearance: Clear, pale orange-copper body with a fizzy, off-white head that dissipates quickly. Poured the second bottle very viciously and got about 2-3 fingers of head that, once again, dissipated quickly. It did drag better lacing the second time around though; the first pour left faint, spotty lace and the second drug a wispy, web-like trail. Active carbonation could be seen through the body with each pour.

Smell: Pretty nutty with a touch of honey. Other than that, there was some toasted bread and distinct Heineken sourness.

Taste: Pretty much an amber version of Heineken. Yep. Heineken with added nuttiness and caramel. Maaaybe some extra toasted grain as well.

Mouthfeel: Thin yet malty and a little creamy when swished. This beer is one the fizzy side, but the carbonation doesn't sting at all. Finishes fairly dry and sour.

Drinkability: This was a pretty lousy excuse for an amber, though I've definitely had worse. Ittinger is light and inoffensive, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of 1759Girl
3.93/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice alternative to the Heineken which permeates the Zurich airport...

Appearance> Mostly clear. Dark honey in color. Lively. Small head dissipates on arrival. Very minor lacing.

Smell> sugar, malt, molasses, whiskey.

Taste> Refreshingly full flavored. More complex than meets the eye. Ashy hang that really, really hangs.

Mouf> slightly indecent.

Drinkability> not bad.

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