Awhile back, a German friend of mine, who is also an avid beer drinker, asked me why I was focusing on the popular market brands- esp. for the pilsener, like Jever, Radeberger and Warsteiner- when I should focus on the local beer brands. And with that, he tipped me with a beer outlet shop where I could find these brands that cannot be found at a normal supermarket. Stopping there, I found the tip to be useful, as there were many local brands that are difficult to find anywhere in a German store.
And this includes this pilsener in this marathon: The Keiler Landpils. Even though the brewery is part of the Würzburger Hofbrau consortium, the Lohr/Main-based brewery is very local, but has a unique history that includes the boar himself. Founded in 1836, the Stumpf family took over the business in 1878 and it remained family-owned until it became part of the consortium in 2001. The boar logo has to do with the slogan “Das feine Gespür für ein saugutes Bier.” Especially the word sau, because that stands for wild boar, which one can find in heavily forested areas in central and southern Germany. Sau has several meanings, most of them quite degrading, to put to diplomatically, yet it can also serve as a stress enhancer, when saying “saugut,” for example. This means purely good. And whoever chose the slogan and the wild boar, must have studied German linguistics and found a creative way to market it through. “Saugut gemacht, muss ich darüber sagen!” ❤ 😀
As far as the landpils is concerned, there is not really much of a difference between that and a normal pilsener except for the hops content, which is only a percentage point higher. In either case, it was interesting to see how it tastes in comparison with the pilsener I’ve tried so far.
Appearance: The Landpils has the characteristics similar to the pilsener, where it has a very clear gold color and a very persistent head. It has very lively carbonation count and it terms of taste, the body is not quite full but more than average- in the middle, in other words.
Aroma: The aroma of the beer was fairly present and well balanced between sweet and sharp. The aroma has a bread-like malt and earth hops, but the balance creates the impression that the aroma is quite nice, when opening the bottle for the first time.
Flavor and taste: Again, the ingredients of the landpils is similar to the normal pilsener, with grain and bread malt as well as earth and herbal hops. However, thanks to the higher concentration of hops, it created a well-thorough balance, which is neither bitter nor sweet, but quite hearty. Because of its strong intensity, the taste is really nice. Even more so because of its medium body, the beer had a warming feel to it, tasting mild and mouth-watering. It is as if the water content is higher than in normal beers, but with a higher content of hops and barley, making it a very enjoyable beer to drink. This might be the difference between the landpils and the pils, however, there may be other points to look at too, especially when trying other landpils. But….
Grade: 1,3/ A: …..the Keiler beer landspils is definitely a “saugutes” beer worth trying for sure. It is a well-balanced beer with a touch more of hops making it stand out among other pilseners. A fresh beer with good craftmansship that one only needs to travel to northern Bavaria to try. The brewery also has a restaurant in Lohr, where it is marketed exclusively. And I believe they also serve wild boar in many dishes. 😉 The beer is rarely sold on the market, finding it at exclusive beverage stores (Getränkemärkte), including this bottle I bought for trying. As mentioned earlier, sometimes the most local of beers have the best taste, and this one stands out as one of the most locals of beers. Yet, its taste makes the person want to have another bottle or another beer type brewed by Keiler.
To close, Keiler Beer is really a “saugutes Bier,” giving Germany its prestigious reputation for a good beer- local, standing out among the rest, and really good tasting. I think I owe my friend a good “saugutes Bier” for the tip. I already have this on my to do list. 😉
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