Year of the Beer Day 10: Rother Bräu Organic Ur-Pils Beer

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In the next couple of weeks, we will be taking a closer look at the pilsner beer, tasting the various types and looking at the history of this type, how it developed over the years and how beloved it has been to this day. To start things off, I would like to start off with a Guessing Quiz and Question for Discussion as a way to start off the topic by sharing some information, ideas, etc. These questions you can answer here or on the Files’ facebook and tumblr pages.

Kicking off the topic…… 🙂

frage für das forum

  1. Pilsner beer originated from the town of Pilsen. True or False?
  2. It was located in Germany in the state of Schlesia. True or False?
  3. The beer that made the pilsner famous no longer exists. True or False?
  4. The inventor of the pilsner originated from Saxony. True or False?
  5. Michelob beer in the USA has a pilsner brand.  True or False?
  6. ….and so does Radeberger in Germany.  True or False?
  7. What is the most important ingredients of a pilsner?
  8. What constitutes an Ur-Pils? What is the difference between that and the original pilsner?
  9. What is understood as an Öko-bier (organic beer)?

The ninth question is the most important because this concept of an organic beer is unknown to many countries, except for Germany. It is a given that Germans are obsessed with eating healthy- but healthy in a way that they consume organic, vegan and other alternative foods. In fact, organic foods (those labeled as Bio) can be found in 23% of the specialty shops, 35% of the supermarkets and 19% in the discount food shops. This includes the store chains Rewe, Edeka, Tegut and Real, just to name a few.

This beer came out of a Tegut store. Founded in 1788 and located in Hausen on the Rhön in Bavaria, in the suburb of Roth, the Rother Brewery received many accolades for its high quality beer as early as 1852, and has since been one of the beers one has to try. Family owned since the beginning, the brewery first introduced the Bio Ur-pils in 1989 and has been on the market ever since.

The reason behind the question of what constitutes a good bio-beer, and in particular a good ur-pils, is the possibility that the color of the beer may vary from beer to beer. This one has a color that is cross between a straw and gold color, in addition to its persistent head and great clarity. Yet other beers I had tried in the past, had either a darker or even lighter color.  Therefore a good typical ur-pils as reference with some other beer examples would be useful.

The other reason behind the need to find out more about the ur-pils and the bio-beer is the taste of the beer. Which beers constitute a good bio-beer, ur-pils or even bio-ur-pils beer? What ingredients constitute a good beer of this kind?  In the case of this beer, the taste and aroma were quite disappointing from my point of view. Even though the ingreidents of berley and herbal hops were present in the beer, the balance of the bio-ur-pils was a bit too bitter for my taste, resulting in the taste being a bit off. It is unknown what other ingredients are in the beer, but my impression is despite its warming sensation on the mouth and medium body, that despite its decent craftmanship and strong intensity that the beer tasted rather stale. If this beer was a classic example of the aforementioned topic, I have to say that there are better examples out there, right?

Grade: 3,0/ C: After trying this beer, I was convinced that there has to be better examples of this type of beer out there, something that this brewery could use in order to improve this product. The people had the best idea and intention, but the brand is a work in progress.

But in order to find out more about what constitutes a bio-beer, let alone a bio-ur-pils, one needs to know what a typical pilsner is. This will come when the answers to the questions appear. This will mark the start on the series on pilsner. But first, a couple beers to try while you discuss the questions with your neighbors.

Good luck! 😀

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