Neder St. Anna-Festbier
Color: unfiltered light amber
Head: white, thinning
Nose: light grain, underlying hops, hint of spice
Body: medium, soft
Palate: balanced, richly malty, grainy, touch of roast, semi-dry, a touch of butterscotch
Finish: clean, dry, semi-bitter
Served: from a bottle bought in Forchheim
Impression: The third of my bottled Annafestbiers comes from the town’s most revered brewery so I had high hopes. I remember drinking it on tap at the festival but quickly switched to their Schwarze Anna as it was on tap, a rare sight. This one one poured with very little head and even that dissipated quickly. There’s some spice in the nose which mixes in the the formidable malt in the palate. There’s a bit of roast and the hops kick in as it warms, making for more bitterness than is initially apparent. By the bottom of the mug, I get the connection to their Export and will reserve final judgement until I can have it on tap at the Annafest again.
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