IIn this series of interviews, we want to talk to people familiar with what you can get from it beer You can read everything: smell, taste, and possible combinations with food. The prerequisites are always the same: tasting of three beers, one of which is blind or at least semi-blind-we don’t have an opaque glass, but we can’t see the label or the bottle. All beers have food pairing skills.
Unfortunately, the beer in the first episode is not so easy to buy. Blind tastings are very rare, and smoked beers from special breweries are only sold in Bamberg and surrounding areas and in well-stocked specialty stores. The same applies to the sour beer “Mariage Parfait” from Belgium Braure Yep. But the procurement effort is worthwhile in all cases.
The place for the first beer conversation with master brewer Hans Wächtler was Brauhaus zum Sternla in Bamberg, or to be more precise: it was the regular table shortly before the rain. The order of the beer is actually wrong, because we start with the strongest, darkest. However, for dramatic reasons, we overlooked these healthful aspects. The small sample nip makes it possible. Wächtler is also a judge of various beer competitions.
Mr. Wächtler, if you leave out all the information on the label, how do you deal with beer, just like the beer that is in front of you now?
Hans Wechtler: If you want or should assign a style to beer based on color, the light you use plays an important role: do you have natural light, do you have strong ultraviolet radiation, do you have artificial light, is it warm or cold? This is why when evaluating beer in competitions or other places, I don’t judge it too much based on the color of the beer. First of all, I see whether the bubble is small or large. Is the foam fine pores or rough, is it dense, and is it firmly adhered to the glass? All these have provided me with clues.
Then continue to use the nose. In terms of smell, I will limit this beer to a very special area. I have a lot of fruity flavors here. You must know: there are fruity aromas from yeast and fruity aromas from hops. The latter is reminiscent of citrus, resin or grass. The fruity taste of this beer comes from yeast, which is fermented from the upper layer. For example, the fruity flavor of wheat is reminiscent of bananas. For example, in the English malt wine, you can feel more berry flavors: raspberry, strawberry, forest berry, blackberry. I will exclude British beer here. This beer also has a pear-like, apple-like taste, indicating Belgian style, Trapp beer, Dubbels, Tripels, Quadrupels.