Wiethaler Goldstoff Hell
Head: off-white, rocky, lasting
Nose: rich malt, faint grain
Palate: richly malty, toasted grain, Hersbruck & Spalter hops
Finish: lingering, semi-dry, slightly bitter
Served: from a bottle bought at the brewery
Impression: This is reportedly their classic but it wasn’t available on tap at their pub so I was happy to pick up a bottle in their shop. Their tap lager was nice enough with some Spalter hops in both the nose and palate. This is a much maltier brew with that element taking a backseat to the toasted grain. It’s heading in the Festbier direction and the alcohol content (5.4%) reflects it. It’s a nice enough example of the style but I certainly wouldn’t tout it as my best. I’d like to drink them head to head but think the Lager was better. Hard to compare a beer on tap to a bottled one two weeks later and a visit to a more hop-pronounced brewery in the interim. Still, a dangerously quaffable brew nonetheless.