As I’m sure you’re all aware, IT’S OKTOBERFEST! What better way to honour Prince Ludwig of Bavaria’s 1810 festival than by going to the pub? One of my not-quite-locals is celebrating by having twenty genuine Oktoberfest brews and some general German ones. If you try all twenty you get a free stein (subject to availability etc) so I’m doubly eager to try ’em all. The pub in question is The Tap House in Lancaster, I am Martin Palmer and this is my review of Flensburger Braueri’s ‘Flensburger Pilsener’.
As I went up to the bar I was a bit daunted: where to start? Well, boring as it may be, I went lowest alcohol first. I wanted to make it through at least three, and with most of them being around 6% (the highest is 8.2%!), I thought it best. So, with the Hofbrau bunting hanging, and the black, red and gold flying, my handle-glass was plonked in front of me, full of my first Oktoberfest beer.
- ABV 4.0% (although in the bottle it is stronger apparently)
- Brewed in Flensburg, Germany
- Served on draught
- Brewed according to the German purity law of 1516
Light honey, very wheaty-malty notes. A surprisingly long finish for such a light drink. Extremely refreshing and nicely flavoursome with a little green note toward the end (I think!). Not quite spicy, but certainly interacts with the tongue, if you know what I mean.
Clean, crisp wheatiness, a nice light smell. It’s not massive, obviously, but it’s groovy.
It’s a pretty traditional German style label, a symbol of a ship in the middle coloured in blocks. There’s lots of medallion-looking things which give the whole affair an air of authority and authenticity: these are down to earth brewers with experience and authority.
In the glass it’s a light golden yellow. Simple but effective.
Value For Money
£3.75 per pint. I’ve paid more than that for a pint of Stella 4 down South, so to pay this for a genuinely nice beer isn’t a huge hardship. I wouldn’t normally pay so much, but the atmosphere of the pub in full Oktoberfest flow makes me more inclined to pay a bit more and enjoy the surroundings.
If you were in mainland Europe, a pilsener/pilsner style beer is about as unique as finding a pen on a desk. It’s a little less common in England, though, especially on draught (I see some Holsten Pils over here, but usually in bottles). Apparently this is a North German variant on the classic style, but I can’t find any info as to how it’s specifically different in terms of brewing.
A great introduction to a spate of German beers, no doubt. It didn’t set my world on fire, but it has a pleasant taste and really is refreshing. I agree with the makers, I think, Flensburger Pilsener is “Unmistakable in character and freshness.“
Final score: 66%