Year of the Beer Day 24: Zischke Keller Bier


Day 24 and we go south along the Rhine to the city of Coblence, home of the German Triangle and the site of the 2011 German Garden and Horticulture Show (BUGA). Located at the junction of the Rhine and Mosel Rivers, the city has a history that goes back 1000 years, with some of the relicts that can be seen on both sides of the major waterway today. While the city prides itself with its wine and other local specialties, the city also prides itself with its beer, the Koblenzer. Yet when the brewery was established in 1689, it went under a different name. When the Lord von Metternich granted permission to brew beer in Coblence in 1608, people were allowed to craft their beer, even though it was unknown if there were breweries that had existed prior to the founding of the Alter Brauhaus brewery in 1689. The brewery was located in the old town and remained there for 200 years. After the Conquest of Napoleon (1806) and his subsequent defeat (1814), the brewery was reestablished and run by Josef Stahl. In 1885, Josef Thillmann took over the business and it underwent substantial changes. The name was changed to Josef Thillmann Brewery and the brewery was relocated to the southern suburb of Königsbach, where it has remained there ever since. In 1900, the brewery was renamed Königsbacher and the beer would be produced under this name until Karlsberg Holdings took over the business in 1992. After being sold to Bitburger in 2010, the brewery was spun-off and given to Egon Heckmann in 2012, who continued the brewing business under the new name Koblenzer. The Königsberger plant has operated under this name ever since……

…..and still produces some of the finest beers along the Rhine. One of which I tried this evening.

The Koblenzer has six different beer products under one name, plus the Festbier, Night Beer and the Zischke. The Zischke has both the light and dark kind of Kellerbier, another topic that will be looked into further later, but to brief the reader, the beer is fermented from the top, is non-filtered and is usually cooled in the basement. Usually this kind has a strong herbal hops content and a mild taste. This was the case with the light Kellerbier I tried. How good was the beer?

Appearance: The light beer has an amber color but the clarity that is definitely cloudy- a characteristic of a Kellerbier. The head is really persistent and the carbonation count is high and lively. The beer had a full body and when drinking it, left a really creamy sensation in the mouth. Look and feel, really good so far, but what about the taste? 🙂

Flavor and Aroma: While the aroma, consisting of a bread malt and earth hops was fair and balanced, creating a nice sensation when opening a somewhat larger than normal bottle, the flavor of the beer was excellent! A strong intense flavor of grain and bread malt, combined with earth and grain hops creates a mild but also herbal taste, making the beer taste really good upon consumption. The balance was great, the length to finish the beer was really long and the freshness was excellent. It created an impression that the people who crafted the beer, took the time and dedication to craft a good beer like this one.

Grade: 1,3/ A  The Zischke beer is an example of one of the high end beers one should spend a little more to try. It has a mild and creamy taste and is good for any occasion that comes about. As it comes from the Rhine region and in particular, the German Triangle region, the beer represents a great example of over 300 years of beer crafting in a city that is surrounded by vineyards, the engine to help Germany surpass some countries in wine consumption in a couple years. While Germany prides itsself on the beer, it may have some competition from those who elect to drink wine instead. But until then, local and regional beers like this one will rival the nationally known ones and continue to keep the beer engine running, making the beer drinker happy. So keeping this in mind, “Prost” and on with the next beer. 😀

FLFI 500 beer


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