Esser's Best Original | Cross Plains Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Cross Plains Beer Company
Wisconsin, United States
essersbest.com

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brakspear on 03-13-2002

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Reviews:
28
Ratings:
43
Avg:
3.5
pDev:
13.14%
 
 
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Photo of cokes
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice helles here.
Pours a chill-hazed golden body that leans ever-so-slightly towards amber. Ivory head is adequate, but doesn't last all that long.
Clean and pleasant on the nose, with both the malt and hops making an impression.
Begins malty sweet, with flavors that approach carmel. Vienna-like in a way. Turns breadier towards the middle as the sweetness fades. Some coarse graininess enters late. Miniscule toasted/nutty notes. Grassy, rustic hops provide the finale.
Smooth medium bodied with rolling carbonation.
Solid all around and very authentic tasting.

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Photo of ZAP
4.13/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You know how sometimes everything works for a beer. I would say that sums up this very classy lager. A terrific golden yellow color with a soft lace that coats the glass as you drink it. Very smooth, with a good malt backbone. Some quality hopping as well, but I find this a very balanced and tasty lager. Creamy in texture and medium in body for a lager. Similar to S.A Boston Lager in body, but not hopped with the same 'hops"...Both are very good. I wish some of you could get your hands on this to try. For a lager it is pretty special.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice frothy white head that doesn't last too long. Golden in color with a faint orange tint. Malt and a bit of yeast are evident on the nose. An "Old World" taste is present. A bit musty. This beer has a bit of a bite. A bitter finish is evident. Seems to be more bitter than most lagers I've had (excluding the highly saaz hopped pilsners).

Robin Shepard notes in his book, "Wisconsin's Best Breweries and Brewpubs" that "Esser's Best may be the closest you'll get to a golden German Lager without going to Germany." I have not been to Germany, but agree that this is a fine lager.

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Esser's Best Original from Cross Plains Beer Company
3.5 out of 5 based on 43 ratings.
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