Walkin’ ‘Round in Warsteiner Wunderland

On the docket:  11.2 oz. bottle of Warsteiner’s Weihnacht (Winter).  Best by date:  7/27/16

Poured into:  Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass

S:  Gold, amber hues twinkle in a crystal clear body.  The head is fluffy and thick, like whipped cream.  Microscopic bubbles travel from the etched bottom of my glass.  The head dissipates, leaving a guarded coastline on one side, much like the Gulf of Texas… though this beer is brewed far from the Lone Star State.

A:  Dark brown German bread and a touch of nuttiness caress your nostrils, and a small hint of caramel shows up, too.  The hops are very gentle and spicy, letting the malt profile do the heavy lifting.  No fruity esters, nor should there be.

T:  To smell this beer is to taste this beer, and vice versa.  The trio of brown bread, nuttiness and caramel are there on the taste buds.  There’s just enough hop presence there to keep the sweetness in check.  For those that crave balance in beer, this brew is for you.

F:  Medium-light on the tongue, with a good amount of carbonation.  It may start sweet, but it certainly dries out by the end.  It keeps you coming back for more.

O:  Malty, dry-ish, and easy to drink.  Great session lager at 5.6% abv, and great for working your way through a crossword puzzle book.

S:  4  A:  4  T:  4.25  F: 3.75  O:  4

Suggested food pairing:  smoked ham, dark chocolate, Ashdown Forresters cheese