Brewery: Irseer Klosterbrauerei
Color: amber, unfiltered
Nose: light hop
Body: medium-bodied, medium-carbonation
Palate: marvelous hop/malt interplay, some fruitiness before hops seep in
Finish: long, dry, slightly bitter
Served: on tap at the brewery’s Klosterbraugasthof
Impression: Lots of hype for me with this beer. It was in my very first Bavarian beer guide in 1994 and the writer raved about this beer. It was among perhaps ten four-star beers in the entire guide. I went a few years later and though I liked it, I didn’t think it was so much better than many beers I’d tried thanks to that book. I had it a few times over the years in bottle form and wondered what all the fuss was about. Though an interesting beer in the bottle, it really lacked any real hops to dry the finish out. So, I was happy to finally return and in perfect fashion, having hiked in via the Pilgrim’s Way. The beer came out in a ceramic Krug but a magnificent one it was. I ordered a smaller beer as the menu said it was served in a glass and though it’s an unfiltered beer, it’s lagered for 80 days and it’s relatively clear. It’s got a nice amber hue and the head is impressive. The flavor is far more hoppy on tap at the brewery but there’s still a nice fruitiness to it, and I must say I enjoyed it a lot more the second time around. Looking forward to doing that hike again soon!
This is one of my favorite Kellerbiers in southern Bavaria but my favorite beers hail from Franconia.