Schnitzer Bräu Hirse Premium
Reviewed by Brady White on June 5, 2014 in Gluten-Free Guide
- 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
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.