Münnerstadt Kloster Urstoff

Reviewed by on December 9, 2015 in Autumn Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Klosterbrauerei Münnerstadt

  • Origin: Roth, Germany

  • Rated On: December 9, 2015

  • Best Before: September 1, 2016

  • ABV: 5.4%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Oktoberfest/Märzen

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Kloster Urstoff appears to be owned by Klosterbrauerei Münnerstadt, and actually made at the Privatbrauerei Egerer.  Vagaries of German contract brewing relations aside, it’s nice to see a heady lager arrive so late in this game we’ve dubbed 2015.

This 500ml can pours a clear, medium bronzed amber colour, with four fingers of roiling, puffy, and fairly foamy beige head, which leaves some nice layered high altitude cloud lace around the glass as it gently fades away.

It smells of semi-sweet, grainy caramel malt, a nice toffee-flecked biscuity thing, a bit of browned apple and pear fruitiness, faint wet ash, and some soft earthy, leafy, and grassy noble hop bitters. The taste is more doughy, lightly biscuity caramel malt, a watered-down pale orchard fruit sweetness, some simple oily nuttiness, a somewhat strange metallic tin character, and more leafy, herbal, and damp hay-like hoppiness. The carbonation is quite low-key in its earnest and merely supportive frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, just a wee ashiness kind of lurking about, up to no good. It finishes still trending sweet, the caramel/toffee maltiness brushing off the remains of hop, fruit, and toast alike.

Overall, I found this to be right up there with a number of the more eminently drinkable versions of the style, who I shall not name here, in the interest of keeping the luster duly focused. Anyways, a worthy tipple, especially for those times when the summer heat may be waning (or in some cases, a distant memory), but one could still use a well-made lager.

Brady White

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