Thursday, 27 October 2011
Knappstein Reserve Lager (Australia)
Knappstein Enterprise Brewery
Knappstein Reserve Lager
A sophisticated beer to rival some fine wines? That is certainly the aim of the Knappstein Enterprise Winery and now also brewery. In 2006 the brewery re-opened from it's (almost) century long hiatus.
The people at Knappstein have marketed this beer towards the high end of the beer market. From it's clean, classy packaging to it's quite high price tag - a four pack is the same price as a decent six pack.
On first pour a perfectly clear, sparkling, amber liquid is present with a bright white head. There are huge amounts of beautiful floral aromas on the nose and once the beer has time to breathe a little yeast or dough scent coming through. Sauvin hops are used specifically for their floral characteristics. On tasting an immediate bitterness is there while the delicate floral; almost citrus flavour slowly comes through. The beer has a medium body with good bitterness at the end too.
On the whole this is a really good lager and it is a little tricky to score due to the fact that it has excellent lager qualities in it's appearance but also has some quite excellent ale flavour qualities. It is marketed as a high end lager but competes for taste with some really good ales.
To sum up; I would definitely recommend trying a few as it really does give any pilsner a run for it's money but be warned - it really leaves you wanting more!