Crew Republic Munich Summer

Reviewed by on August 8, 2014 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Crew AleWerkstatt GmbH

  • Origin: Munich, Germany

  • Rated On: August 6, 2014

  • Best Before: April 22, 2015

  • ABV: 4.8%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American Blonde Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

CREW is a small craft brewery in Munich, Bavaria, which seems to be keen on making very new world styles of beer – perhaps this is not surprising, as their head brewer is actually from Virginia, stateside.   Anyways, Munich Summer is an apparently hopped-up summery pale ale, from ‘der schönsten Stadt der Welt’.

This 330ml bottle pours a rather cloudy (I did see ‘hefe’ mentioned somewhere on the label) medium tarnished golden yellow colour, with two fingers of weakly puffy, yet tightly foamy, and somewhat caked off-white head, which leaves some minor streaky webbed lace around the glass as things gradually sink away.

It smells of mixed, and somewhat creamy orange and grapefruit, bready, kind of doughy pale malt, a touch of free radical caramel sweetness, weaker pine resin and perfume-adjacent leafy notes, and a faint earthy mustiness. The taste is semi-sweet bready pale malt, softly biscuity caramel, muddled orange, lemon, and white grapefruit flesh, and rather subdued piney, leafy, and grassy hops.  The bubbles are present, and duly supportive, but come off as underwhelmingly frothy, the body medium-light in weight, and generically smooth, with a hint of airy creaminess. It finishes well off-dry, the fruitiness of malt and hop presiding, as the bitterness trots off into that lazy sunset.

More of a blond ale than the pale version, from either side of the pond – there’s enough sweetness, moderated hoppiness, and thus far unmentioned yeastiness to make a solid case. As far as simple summer drinking pleasures go, however, this one’s got it going on – even if you’re not in the ‘most beautiful city in the world’, an overrated conceit at best.

Brady White

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