Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Helles Lagerbier (Schlenka)

Another enticing continental beer I picked up from Barrel and Bottle in Fordingbridge Hampshire.

It pours the faintest straw blonde with gentle but with precision carbonation. Gentle noble hop aroma on the nose, but light enough to be lost in a gentle breeze, hints of sulphur.

The initial malt arrives as stealthily as a longbow arrow to the chest, when it does their is no stamp of bitterness, just an exquisitely creamy and smooth middle. This gentle sweetness arrives with the final hop bittering like old dance partners slipping into polished routine.

Long sunny days with friends, drinking cool bottles of this...the stuff dreams are made of.

8/10 Delicate, exquisitely subtle, a beer to be savoured. Don't be fooled by its simplicity.

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