Color: lightly filtered honeycomb
Head: white, rocky
Nose: slight hop
Body: medium-bodied, medium carbonation
Palate: fruity, dry, slight yeast
Finish: clean, bitter
Served: on tap at the brewery
Impression: I had few expectations when I stopped by the Kitzmann brewery in 2016 after passing up such a stop many times. It was such a pleasant surprise, I vowed to return as soon as I could. Sadly, I didn’t make it back and the brewery closed on September 30, 2018. The beers will be brewed by Kulmbacher and it appears the brewery tap will remain open. Let’s hope so, it’s a gorgeous historic place with great food.
As a tribute, I’ll review some of the beers I never got around to after the visit. The Pils was another surprise. After a tasty Kellerbier, I was again leery of ordering a Pils. While it wasn’t a classic Pils, it was a nice example of a Franconian Pils, which tend to be fruitier than from other parts of Germany. It was also unfiltered and there was some yeasty notes, that again while not typical, were actually kind of pleasant. Sometimes you have to just enjoy a beer outside of your style preconceptions and this was actually my favorite beer of the afternoon.