Origin: Trabelsdorf (Lisberg), Franken/Bayern, Germany
Not to be confused with the massive AB InBev subsidiary in Bremen, Beck Bräu is a brewpub in a small village in the hilly, wooded country of Upper Franconia’s Steigerwald. Over the past few years a number of its beers have found their way to British beer festivals, but the brewer responsible for expanding this trade, Andreas Gänstaller, gave up the lease at the end of 2010 and took over the old Friedel brewery in Schnaid. Brewing in Trabelsdorf may yet be revived by the property owner’s son but the brands might be different.
This fresh, unfiltered lager, enjoyed several months before the move at the Battersea Beer Festival, was an excellent example of Andreas’ skill. A deep gold, almost amber, in colour, it had a generous off-white head, and a relatively restrained malty and creamy aroma with a lightly perfumed touch. The palate was full, natural and rather yeasty with honeyed malt, generous biscuity flavours and a notably edgy and very clean and distinct dose of hops. A long, drying chewy finish with a slightly vegetal hop character turned slightly peppery and chalky. A delightfully refreshing beer — Andreas will be one to watch at his new home.
Read more about this brewery’s beers at ratebeer.com: http://www.ratebeer.com/brewers/brauerei-beck-trabelsdorf/3701/