Schnitzer Bräu Hirse Lemon
Reviewed by Brady White on June 24, 2014 in Gluten-Free Guide
- Brewery: Schnitzer Bräu
- Origin: Offenburg, Germany
- Rated On: June 23, 2014
- Best Before: March 30, 2015
- ABV: 2.8%
- Ideal Temperature: cold to cool
- Style: Radler
- Rating: POOR
This 330ml bottle pours a clear, super pale straw colour, with one finger of frothy, puffy, and lazily bubbly off-white head, which leaves zilch in the way of lace around the glass as it quickly bleeds away.
It smells of fairly sweet, chemical-laden fake lemon-lime, breakfast cereal graininess, and a clammy saccharine essence. The taste is super-sweet corn-like graininess (the millet, I guess, in the role of the non-barley malt), rather underwhelming musty lemonade and lime Kool-Aid astringency, with a purely sugar-laden underlying character that cannot be overcome, it would seem. The carbonation is mostly dead and done as far as I can tell, the body a sickly medium weight, as a cloying, pithy sugary essence predominates, making for a pretty innocuous, and unpleasant finish. How such a watered-down offering can claim any sort of accomplishment is beyond me.
Easy to drink, in the end, I suppose, but that has little bearing on the overall flavour of this soda-pop wannabe – the mirror world lemon just makes this taste like Sprite made a cheap-ass version of a (sadly) typical gluten-free offering. A cover-up, where the cure is barely more palatable than the cause. Once again, avoid with moderate prejudice, no matter what sort your dietary restriction may be.