Schnitzer Bräu Hirse Premium

Reviewed by on June 5, 2014 in Gluten-Free Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Schnitzer Bräu

  • Origin: Offenburg, Germany

  • Rated On: June 4, 2014

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.0

  • Ideal Temperature: between cold and cellar temperature

  • Style: German Pilsener

  • Rating: OKAY

The Review

Schnitzer Bräu is a brewery from the southwestern German state of Baden-Württemberg, that brews gluten-free ‘bier’.  This one is made with millet as its substitute grain, and is certified organic. Wow, with the spring water, they’ve hit the hipster foodie trifecta here.

This 330ml bottle pours a hazy, very, very, very pale straw ‘colour’ (like thrice diluted ginger ale), with two fingers of puffy, moderately foamy, and mostly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a random array of low-lying cirrus cloud lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of peppery weak vegetal grain, soft white wine vinegar, fruity kids’ medicine, and a trace of played-out bubblegum. The taste is musty gummy bear fruit, warm apple cider, a soft, doughy pseudo-malt like grainy caramel character, and an indistinct sourness. No real hop profile, as one might expect from this unfortunately extant style. The bubbles are mildly frothy up front, and a non-entity after that, the body medium-light in weight, and a bit too pithy to be considered all that smooth. It finishes off-dry, the fruity grape and apple sweetness still predominating, all in a sort of mirror world to normal beer structure.

You can see where the pilsener elements may seep in, but they don’t stick around for very long, before the whole thing delves into the unfiltered, home-brew cider realm. Better than average for gluten-free beers, I’m sad to say, and it’s too bad that German brewers (yes, I only have the one paintbrush, apparently) can’t conjure up the same magic here as they do for the non-alcoholic versions of their wares.

Brady White

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