Our next beer on the marathon as we approach Day 12 takes us to Bavaria and a brewery that is definitely one for the ages. The Scheyern Brewery, located north of Munich, is considered the third oldest brewery still in operation in Germany, and one of the oldest in the world. Established by the monks in 1119, the beer produced was considered hold and was drunk with care, even though it was unknown what ingredients were in the beer prior to the Beer Purity Law of 1516. After changing hands via lease for many decades, the brewery was purchased by Tobias Huber in 2006, and after extensive renovations, the Scheyern Brewery restarted its business as a family-owned entity that same year. With seven different beers, the Scheyern is considered a High Street brand, where one can find the beer at the likes of Real, Tegut and other small beverage shops in Germany.
Of the seven types, I tried this one: the Scheyern Kloster Gold. One can look at gold beer as similar to tap beer but with a bit more alcohol content (5.4% in this case). The beer has a clear amber color but my first impression is when I first poured it was little foam, which means a potential of barley-flavored water, like the Sachsengold. However, the stereotype was proven wrong not only by the aroma, but also the flavor while drinking it. Here’s why:
Flavor/Aroma: The aroma was quite strong when opening the bottle and pouring it, producing a smell of bread malt with earthen hops. It created a rather mild, decent smell, yet the taste of the beer proved otherwise. Apart from its full body and a slick but slightly spicy sensation when drinking it, the flavor of grain and bread malt combined with herbal malt was really strong, but not bitter, resulting in an excellent balance between sweet, herbal and bitter. The beer had a real freshness to it and how it was crafted was really impressive. The Scheyern has a detailed diagram and explanation of how the beer is produced to show the readers it gets its high quality. Yet my questions for not only this brewery but to other kloster breweries and beer experts are the following:
- What is different between a Klosterbier and a Pilsner?
- How did the monks craft their beer before and after Martin Luther presented his thesis?
After trying the Scheyern Kloster Gold, this inquiring mind is going to find out more about the history of beer and how the monks got their hands on brewing it and worshipping it. After all, even though most likely I will try another beer type (hopefully its Christskindl kind) before the marathon is finished, this beer deserves to be blessed. 🙂
Grade: 1,3/ A