Sunday, 11 September 2011

Kaiser Bier

Kaiser is a pale lager that hails from Linz, Austria.  It is brewed by Brau Union Osterrich, sold in 500mL cans and weighs in at a standard 5%.
There are some truly excellent Austrian beers out there.  It is one of the principle reasons that Vienna is near the top of my list of places I would like to travel.  Unfortunately, Kaiser cannot count itself among those truly excellent beers.  It is really quite ordinary.

The beer pours the standard gold colour.  There is lots of evidence of carbonation, but little head.  The head that does exist is cloudy white and dissipates quickly, leaving behind a ring around the stein.  Kaiser has a bready aroma with the faintest suggestion of bitterness.  The taste is tinny, with mild citrus notes.  The aftertaste is quite sweet, but also surprisingly abrupt.  It just doesn't stick around.

Kaiser is a fine beer.  It is refreshing and reasonably attractive.  Still, there is nothing that sets it apart from the scads of Western European pale lagers out there, nothing that makes me want to buy more.

Rating: 6.0 out of 10

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