Brewer: Paulaner Brauerei (Munich, Bavaria, Germany)
Alcohol: 6,0 % ABV
Price: 19:90 SEK per bottle (39:80 SEK per litre)
Packaging: 50 cl bottle
Recommended temperature: 10-14 degrees Celsius
Colour: Clear yellow. Somewhat viscous. Good, puffy head that dies down slowly.
Aroma: Bready with hoppy notes.
Taste: Balanced, fruity and full of sweet, bready malt with a touch of grassy hops. Perfect carbonation and mouthfeel, a smooth, lovely mouthfeel with some butteriness.
Aftertaste: Almost nothing. Hints of white flour and some sweetness.
Afterword: As for the beer, it’s absolutely wonderful, and incredibly drinkable. The only bad thing about it is that it’s seasonal, but on the other hand I guess it’s perfect for the season and it wouldn’t be the same if it was sold all year around.
Short version: Great beer!
Additional story: I picked this fine brew up in Lübeck while on a staff travel. I figured I’d go into a store and pick up a few different kinds to try, but sadly that particular store didn’t carry any of the local brands and I had tried all the others they sold, so I bought about ten of this. At 0,90 Euro a bottle, it was a very fair price in my (Swedish) mind.
When I got home and had the first, I loved it. Naturally, I immediately wanted to buy more before they ran out and checked if they were carried by Systembolaget, the Swedish alcohol monopoly. They were, but the price was 20:90 SEK, or equal to 2,15 Euro – a 140 % increase, and all of it taxes.
I think this is a very telling example of what Swedish beer drinkers have to put up with. Anyone who hasn’t grown up in and embraced the (quite socialist) nanny state will agree that this is simply bizarre. In Sweden, we who see it as bizarre are the minority, and it’s not even considered an issue.