Day 26 of the beer marathon and as we head back to the pilsener series, we revisit the Thuringian capital of Erfurt and try this beer: The Angerbräu. Little is known about the brewery except the fact that it was one of many that used to exist in Erfurt prior to World War II and the days of Communism in East Germany. After German reunification, the brewery became part of the Braugold family, another brewery in Erfurt that subsequentially relocated to Brunswick in Lower Saxony.
The Angerbräu Premium Pilsener is the lone beer product that is being sold under the Braugold umbrella, even though Braugold has its own pilsener and another beer, Riebeck, has its own pilsener. As I had tried the Braugold Spezial and was disappointed with the taste, I figured to try the Angerbräu in hopes that the beer stands out from the rest.
But it didn’t! 😦
While the Angerbräu has an amber color, which is somewhat unusual for a pilsener, all the other characteristics are mostly the same: clear color, persistent head and a medium body. What got me was the very faint carbonation, which I was warned that meant something not good. The aroma was weak with a bread malt smell, which made it smell somewhat sweet. One can conclude that the aroma was neutral. However, the flavor of the beer was all but bitter. While the taste consisted of grain and bread malt as well as herbal hops with some citrus, the balance was bitter and it was noticeable on the tongue as it had a astringent and chalky taste to it. The beer was anything but fresh. In other words, carbonation can play a role in determining how fresh the beer is, let alone how high of quality a pilsener beer is, let alone a beer in general.
Grade: 4,0/ D: This beer is not a dead beer. While Braugold has at least three different kinds of pilsener, it doesn’t necessarily mean that this beer should be on the chopping block. As mentioned at the beginning, pilseners can have different flavors, pending on the water quality and the types of hops and malts used. If one wants a word of advice if the beer should survive under the conglomerate’s grasp, it would be to visit the other breweries for ideas on how to improve the produce, including the ones, whose pilseners I’ve tried: Jever, Wicküler, Sachsen Krone and Wernesgrüner, just to name a few. Only then, a few visits and the advice given can make a big difference. Think about it. 🙂