To Øl Reparationsbajer Gluten Free

Reviewed by on August 27, 2015 in Gluten-Free Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: To Øl

  • Origin: Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Rated On: August 27, 2015

  • Best Before: March 18, 2017

  • ABV: 5.8%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American Pale Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

‘Reparationsbajer’ means ‘hangover’, or ‘recovery’ beer in Danish, and this version appears to be almost exactly like its full gluten complement sibling, save for ‘Glutenfri Øl’ written in small letters at the base of the back label.  Oh, and for those keeping score at home, this one is made with barley and oats, and then ‘deglutenized’.

This 330ml bottle pours a mostly clear, medium copper amber colour, with a rising tower of puffy, frothy, and chunky off-white head, which leaves some cluttered sudsy lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of grainy and lightly crackery pale malt, muddled grapefruit and orange flesh and pith, earthy, and mildly phenolic yeast, grassy, faintly piney bitters, and a twinge of metallic alcohol. The taste is bready, fairly grainy pale malt, a still dulled domestic citrus fleshiness, free-love edgy yeast, further tropical fruit notes, and some tame weedy, leafy, and zesty grassy hoppiness. The carbonation is obviously quite active up front, but settles down to a gentle hum soon enough, the body a sturdy middleweight, and generally smooth, even the yeast taking a moment to rest, it would seem. It finishes off-dry, as the lingering ‘adjusted’ malt combines with the wan fruitiness to make it so.

Not a bad hoppy pale ale, especially one that has had its gluten chemically castrated, or whatever they call the process. Easy to drink, maybe a bit too yeasty, but after a short while, the hoppiness kind of washes that out. Definitely worthy of a go, if you can’t have gluten, or merely just don’t wanna.

Brady White

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