1516: 95 Points
This Kellerbier is a limited release for the 500 anniversary of the Reinheitsgebot.
Brewer’s Description: “At 5.6% strength, its gets compelling character not from leftover yeast—in fact the beer is centrifuged to a precise degree, leaving only faint haze in its orange-amber color—but from an unusual combination of hops. Joining lemony-herbal Hallertauer Mittelfrüh is a rare heirloom hop called Hallertauer Record. Schäfer said that the variety has nearly disappeared—only one hectare grew last year—but he wanted its spicy character. It’s not a flashy beer meant for sipping and sampling; just a tasty one that will reward repeat drinking.”
My Description: This is a great representation of the style and a wonderful tribute beer to the Reinheitsgebot purity law. It begins with a good sized, white colored head that holds the whole way leaving behind a nice amount of lacing. The aroma is welcoming and enjoyable with notes of pale malts, grain, and a touch of pepper hop spice. 1516 is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is delicious, it’s easy to drink this beer down. Grain notes are dominate along with spiced German hops and a touch of lemon, which blend cleanly together and transition smoothly into a slightly bitter aftertaste. This is a necessary six pack because one is not enough. It is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with grilled shrimp, German sausages, or baked ham.
ABV: 5.6% Color: Gold Sweetness: 1.5/10 Bitterness: 3/10