I’ll have a ‘bland’ please

Having spent so long trying to educate my palate and seek out interesting, varied and complex beers, I now find myself looking around for a less  interesting locally brewed beer. I have a friend whose beer taste was formed while living in Germany. I would have thought this would mean he expects flavour and variety. In reality, it has resulted in a distaste for anything other than Warsteiner (although he can cope with Carlton Draught).

I had never heard of Warsteiner so I gave it a go.

It seems to me to be a very thin, bland beer with almost no complexity or real flavour. Perfect for slamming down on stinking hot days but otherwise fairly pointless. For some reason, I now feel I should introduce him to a locally brewed beer that will satisfy his expectations. This will be a challenge as one of the reasons people brew beer is so that they can infuse it with flavour, complexity and their own personalities.

Delving into my previous posts and some recent experiments I have come up with my top 3 ‘refreshing and least likely to offend anyone’ craft beers.

They are:

Cricketers Arms Lager

Three Troupers Pilsener

Mildura brewery Desert Premium Lager (see below)

I will make these suggestions and post my friend’s reaction at some point.

Brewer: Mildura Brewery, Mildura

Variety: Desert Premium Lager (4.5%ABV)

The marketers say: Using a long, cool fermentation, we have created a refreshing and cleansing beer, suitable for all drinkers. The finish is thirst quenching, but more-ish, and it makes a great all-day beer.

Appearance: Clean and golden with a small white head.

Aroma: Faintly fruity.

Taste: Clean, crisp, some gentle hops. Just enough carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Perfect for when you may be settling in for a while or if you are just plain thirsty. Nice looking label.

Cheers

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