Friday, July 13, 2018

BELGIUM BEER BARGAIN ......... in Germany

BEER 25: KARLSKRONE PREMIUM PILSENER
Doesn't sound Belgian, doesn't particularly taste Belgian it's just a straightforward quaffing lager at a dangerous price.

CATEGORY 1
SIZE: 500ml can
ALCOHOL: 4.9% a/v
PRICE: 29 euro cents
FROM: Aldi, Germany
RATING: 5/5

STEINACKER 2016 RIESLING


Nicely presented dry white on the sweeter side of the spectrum. Half trocken or demi sec would describe it. Well made and could handle being served with ice.


GRAPE VARIETY: Riesling
REGION: Wurtemburg, Germany
A/V: 11.5% 
PRICE: 3.79 euro 
FROM: Lidl, Germany
RATING: 4/5 from me 

WHO ON EARTH THOUGHT THIS WAS A GOOD IDEA?


BEER 24: STEAM BREW IMPERIAL STOUT
For starters it's packed as a mixed case with their IPA and Red beer [both listed earlier]. Guess what? They don't sell at an equal rate. Which means the retail shelves have no IPA, a bit of the Red and an overwhelming excess of this abheration.  
It really is a shocker with a  nasty sweet burnt treacle flavour. It just amazes me that such a clever successful retailer makes such a mistake.

CATEGORY 2
SIZE: 500ml can
ALCOHOL: 7.5% a/v
PRICE: 69 euro cents
FROM: Lidl, Germany
RATING: 1/5

THIS IS WHEN IT'S WORTH PAYING MORE


This is a delicious quality riesling in the dry style. It has appealing floral fruit balanced by crisp minerality. On Lidl shelves this is quite expensive. For what's in the bottle it's very cheap.

WACHAU RESERVE RIESLING
GRAPE VARIETY: Riesling
REGION: Austria
A/V: 13% 
PRICE: 6.99 euro 
FROM: Lidl, Austria
RATING: 5/5 from me 

Thursday, July 12, 2018

DOES THIS LABEL LOOK FAMILIAR?

Different words and one year older but pretty much the same wine as the last Gruner Veltliner posted. Seems that wherever you go in this part of the world you can score an outstanding value crisp dry white. 







WEIN GENUSS 1000ml GRUNER VELTLINER 2016
GRAPE VARIETY: Gruner Veltliner
A/V: 12% 
PRICE: 2.99 euro 
FROM: Lidl, Germany
RATING: 4.5/5 from me 

MAY BE THE BEST WHEAT BEER I'VE EVER TASTED

BEER 23 KETTERER WEISSE BIER
The kiosk at the reconstructed old German farm tourist attraction only had one beer and whoever chose it must be congratulated. Absolutely dazzling at any price. Served icy cold and that still didn't dull the flavour.

I'll be looking out for this wherever I travel.

CATEGORY: 2
ALCOHOL: 5.2%
PRICE: not known
FROM: Restaurant/bar
RATING:5/5

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

BEERS 21 & 22

The last of the Fristo purchases. Both very drinkable with a 4/5 rating. Both 4.9% a/v,both 80 euro cents and in 500ml bottles. Time to move on methinks. 

BEER 20: SCHINNER EDEL-WEISSE


Outstanding swing top packaging for this bargain wheat beer. Impossible to resist at this price.

CATEGORY 2
SIZE: 500ml bottle
ALCOHOL: 4.9% a/v
PRICE: 60 euro cents
FROM: Fristo, Germany
RATING: 4.5/5

BEER 19: GRAFLICHES HOFBRAUHAUS HUBER WEISSES FREISING ORIGINAL HELL


A very pleasant, quite creamy wheat beer. Not sure what the polar bear has to do with anything.

CATEGORY 2
SIZE: 500ml bottle
ALCOHOL: 5.4% a/v
PRICE: 90 euro cents
FROM: Fristo, Germany
RATING: 4/5

CHILE TRIUMPHS IN AUSTRIA : sounds like a football game

Here's another example of a budget red being brought into a country that struggles to produce them. Terrific little wine that over delivers at this price and certainly won't offend anyone. Once again, it's way too young and with a screw cap could safely be stored for a few years.
If I lived in Austria or Germany I'd be buying at least 10 dozen of these each year. Storing for at least three years and enjoying them over the next five.

VIAJERO 2017 CHILE CABERNET SAUVIGNON
GRAPE VARIETY: Cabernet Sauvignon


REGION: Central Valley, Chile
A/V: 13% 
PRICE: 2.49 euro 
FROM: Lidl, Austria
RATING: 5/5 from me