Schnitzer Bräu Hirse Lemon

Reviewed by on June 24, 2014 in Gluten-Free Guide

The Details

  • 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

The Review

Another offering from this German organic brewery, once again made with millet as its substitute ingredient, now mit ein splash of Continental ‘limonade’.

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.

Brady White

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