301. Warsteiner Brauerei – Helles Draft

Warsteiner Helles DraftI’m in Miami, Florida for work, and stopped at Fritz & Franz Bierhaus in Coral Gables.  I was here almost a year ago when I was also in town for work (and I had the Gösser Dark Beer and Köstritzer Schwarzbier).  They have a long list of Austrian and German beers, and Steve (my coworker, seen here) was getting his Spanish lesson via Facetime on his phone.  I was looking for a big one, since I had some time to kill, so I ordered a this and worked on getting some of the reviews for this blog updated on my phone.

Location: Draft at Fritz & Franz Bierhaus in Coral Gables, FL

Numbers: 5% ABV

Appearance & Aroma: The extremely large glass mug showed a very clear, pale yellow brew with a thin, creamy head which disappeared fairly quickly.  There was a cracker-like aroma with a hint of graininess.

Taste & Feel: The body was very light, almost watery, but it made it very drinkable.  There seemed to be a decent amount of carbonation in it, giving a little bit of a tingle up front with a mostly cracker and bready flavor in the middle.  There was a lightly bitter at finish, leaving a cracker and bitterness in aftertaste.

Food Pairing: This beer worked out very nicely after I finished off the 2-for-1 Wiener Schnitzel and German potato salad.  It was light enough that it would go with almost anything, but it certainly worked out well to wash down a big, thick meal.  With the cracker and bready flavors, it might also go pretty well with a light pasta dish like shrimp scampi.

Overall Impression: This beer was extremely drinkable and went down almost like water.  It was very crips and refreshing on a warm night in Miami.  I can certainly see why the serving size larger than this is a big glass boot, which I think I could have finished.  This is a beer which I might recommend on a hot summer evening, as it was drinkable, crisp, and refreshing.  It didn’t have much flavor, which I didn’t really expect, but it did a wonderful job of quenching my thirst.

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

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