The Beer Gatherer

Blogging about Israeli beer in general and Israeli craft beer in particular, following 1001 Beers You Must Try Before You Die and other beer musings.

Tripel Pilsener

Been accumulating a bunch of German brews in my notebook, too many to fit in one entry. Today is German Pilsener time, at least in writing, as drinking plans for tonight include an Israeli Belgian Tripel and maybe a visit to the Dancing Camel.

Weihenstephan_pilsWeihenstephaner Pils is the third and last beer from the brewery whose name I hate to type the most that is listed in the book (look here for notes about Vitus and the Weissbier). We’ve been drinking Weihenstephaner quite a lot recently: Carlsberg Israel, who also represent Weihenstephan in the country, just started marketing bottled Weissbier. In the 10 years since its landing in the local market the beer was only served on tap, gained popularity – Israel is the largest Weihenstephaner drinker per capita – and now we can finally drink this great beer at home. Anyway, I was invited to a press event that included an interesting tasting guided by Herr Frank Peifer, Head Braumeister and got a generous swag bag with bottles that are widely available elsewhere but not here – lucky us. One of the beers in the bag was the Pils, a bless since the bottle we had sampled from a couple of months ago was already a little old and off. The freebie beer poured clear and golden and had a great bready aroma, a little grassy, a little lemony, and a very grainy taste. highly carbonated, light-bodied, smooth and very refreshing.

Weihenstephaner Pils, Jever Pilsener and Flensburger Pilsener are beers #214, #215 and #216 I Must Try Before I Die and I’m glad I drank them.

jeverpilsenerWe brought a  Jever Pilsener can from Switzerland – that was a while ago already! First brewed a year after NSADP was ‘democratically’ elected (why do I have to mention this? cos my geekiness expands to other fields, WWII is one of them, that why). This is a straight-to-the-point pilsener: grainy aroma, a little sweet with hints of melon. Bitterness follows the initially sweet taste, the body is light and the aftertaste is grainy. Very drinkable and nice.

flensburger-pilsenerLast on today’s list but definitely not least is Flensburger Pilsener that comes all the way fom Germany’s northernmost Bundesland Schleswig-Holstein. The 1001 book tells us that the flip-top “Plop” sound was trademarked by the brewery. I can’t remember what it sounded like when we opened the bottle that Teva Boy shared with us. It must be different than, say, the sound of Grolsch’s flip top bottle: different glass, different size, different sound, but since pouring and opening sounds aren’t rateable, at least not among our peer group, no one seems to notice, I think. What did we notice then? The grainy and a little grassy aroma; the fresh, grainy bitter taste; the light body; and the sweet and a little metallic finish. Fun to drink as well, but less than the previous two.

(edited 19/4: where the hell did the last and most important sentence go?!?! These three German pilseners are beers #214, #215 and #216 I Must Try Before I Die!)

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