Beer sellers: Landbierparadies, Nürnberg.
Origin: Höchstadt an der Aisch, Franken/Bayern, Germany
Another of those Franconian brewpubs with a long, long history, Blauer Löwe (Blue Lion) opened in 1633 as one of several breweries in Höchstadt to replace the old town brewery, destroyed during the Swedish invasion of Bavaria in the Thirty Years War, only two of which survive today. Originally it was known as Goldener Löwe but the history on the brewery’s website doesn’t indicate when or why the beast changed colour. The present brewhouse dates from 1949 and the kit it houses has been modernised several times. By the standards of traditional Franconian breweries, this is a pretty slick, commercial and large scale operation, with a capacity of around 5,000hl per year.
Its unpasteurised dunkel is a good, solid example of the brewer’s craft. It’s a dark amber, near chestnut colour with some light beige head and a malty cola and caramel-tinged aroma. The sweetish, smoothy malty, slightly caramelly palate is lightly fruity with a note of burnt sugar and light burry hops. A sappy, toasty, sweetish finish has more caramel and a slight liquroice note, reminiscent of that traditional British soft drink flavour dandelion and burdock.
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