Sunday, January 26, 2014

Original Hochzeitsbier Von 1810

I don’t really see a huge variety of Austrian beers here in the US. There are some and plenty of American, Mexican and Central American breweries that brew Austrian style beers, mostly Vienna Lagers. Theses Austrian beers are somewhat similar to German beer styles, and are just as old. Here is one Austrian example, Original Hochzeitsbier Von 1810, 6.3% ABV, a Kellbier/Zwicklebier. This is an unfiltered, unpasteurized lagers that date back to the middle ages.  Original Hochzeitsbier Von 1810 pours a hazy orange color with a big four finger off white head that is very slowly dissipates and leaves big ropy lacing behind. I found very little amounts of light coming through the glass. But when held to the light the beer becomes more of a light copper color. I found tiny amount of carbonation bubbles. The aroma was light with a hay/straw aroma but semi sweet and faintly breaded. I also found the aroma to be strong with alcohol but just enough to be present. The taste on Original Hochzeitsbier Von 1810 was strong up front with a slight bitter sweetness with a floral note that was slightly hoppy. This beer was tart as well, but not overly tart. The taste somewhat reminded me of a strong ale, but with hints of bittersweet breaded and doughy notes. The mouth feel is medium with a mildly strong bittersweet finish (more bitter that sweet). The after taste is like a strong ale but not as strong or alcoholic, but more like a unfiltered lager. Overall I found this beer to be not as good as I was hoping. I’ve had lots of great Austrian beers in the past, and this wasn’t nearly as good. Original Hochzeitsbier Von 1810 gets a D+ here. I did think it really taste like a Kellbier/Zwicklebier to me like I’ve had before. It had to much bitterness for me, not that bitterness in beer is bad, but this had a bad bitterness, almost verging on sour. Original Hochzeitsbier Von 1810 wasn’t so bad that I had to pour it out or couldn’t finish a pint, but I would have this again. Would I recommend Original Hochzeitsbier Von 1810? Not really. So go and try Original Hochzeitsbier Von 1810 and see what you think of it. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

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