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Beer #34 – February 3, 2010: Moosbacher Kellerbier

February 3, 2010

Beer: Moosbacher Kellerbier

Brewery: Scheuerer Breweries, Barvaria, Germany

Style: Kellerbier

Serving Type: 500 ml (16.9 oz) bottle, best by 6/10

Price: $3.49/ bottle

Availability: Year-round

Glassware: Pewter mug

Strength: 5.2% ABV (alcohol by volume)

Drinkability: With its malty sweetness, and creamy, buttery character, this is what I imagine “Butterbeer” might taste like.  Of course, at over 5% alcohol, I doubt Harry Potter and his friends were drinking something of this strength.

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Pours a clear deep coppery amber hue with a frothy off-white head.

Aroma: Mild aroma of caramel and vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth.

Taste: This is a very malty beer with a sweet caramel flavor, with deeper carob and brown bread notes.  A buttery vanilla cream soda sweetness comes forward as I drink, all finishing with very mild, woody, herbal flavors and a tinge of mineral water.

Pairing: Malty, sweet beers like this pair nicely with grilled and smoked barbecued meats, particularly ribs with a tangy sauce.

Trivia: So, is the fictional Butterbeer consumed by teenage wizards alcoholic?  In “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince”, Harry wonders what might happen at Slughorn’s party if Ron and Hermione are “under the influence of Butterbeer”.  Only J. K. Rowling knows for sure…

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