Today’s beer is Moritz!

via Washington city paper

Bottle Size: 11.2 fl ounces/ 330mL

Cost: $7.00 (At a restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen)

Alcohol (ABV): 5.4%

Background Information (via wikipedia): 

The brand was founded by the immigrant Louis Moritz Trautmann in 1856. Trautmann was 25 years old at the time, and had moved from Pfaffenhoffen in France in 1851. The beer was initially brewed in a small factory in the Raval district of Barcelona. In 1864 the company moved to a larger brewery at Ronda de Sant Antoni. This factory was in use for a century and was closed in 1966 when production was moved to Parets del Vallès. But in 1978, due to financial difficulties caused by the energy crises, Moritz had to close down.

In 2004, the descendants of the Moritz family relaunched the brand. The beer is now produced under license in Zaragoza. The old factory building in Ronda de Sant Antoni has been rehabilitated to house the company offices, a museum of beer and a tasting bar.

Now let’s get to the beer!

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Appearance: The pour is a light straw/yellow color with a white head with a very short retention time.

Scent/Smell: Grains and faint  maltiness. Not a lot going on here.

Taste: Sweet maltiness in the beginning leading to a faint hop bitterness, not much overall depth in terms of taste.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, similar to that of a soda.

Drink with (food):

Grade: C-

Just not much of a fan. The fact that I had to pay 7 dollars for this beer didn’t help either. Not planning on drinking this beer again, unless I am given on for free.

Next: Yuengling Black & Tan


Today’s beer is Estrella Damn.

Bottle size: 11.2 fl ounces/ 330 mL

Cost: $1.75 (Single bottle at grocery store)

Alcohol (ABV): 4.6%

Brief History (via Estrella Damn): In the spring of 1872, August Kuentzmann Damm and his wife Melanie left their native Alsace because of the Franco-Prussian War.

In the spring Like many immigrants of their time, they chose Barcelona.  In Alsace, towards the end of the 18th Century, people were already talking of the opportunities offered by Mediterranean countries.  Their climate.  Their food.  Their quality of life. A group of countries which, at that time, were living the giddy days of modernism.

In 1876, August founded his beer company in order to continue doing what he had always done: produce beer, which is exactly what his children and grandchildren after him continued to do.  Right up to the present day, eleven generations of Master Brewers.
After more than 130 years and eleven generations of Master Brewers, we continue to produce our beer with the same excitement as we did the first time Estrella left our factory.
Now let’s get to the beer!
Appearance:  Pale gold color (4 on the SRM chart) not much head.
Scent/Smell: A bit of a spicy hop scent, some citrus scent as well.
Taste:  Taste like an average pale lager , there was some maltiness with tastes of wheat and honey.
Mouthfeel:  Dry and smooth. Quite easy to drink.
Drink with (food) Poultry and fish.
Grade: C
This is an average Euro Lager there are definitely many better. Doubt I will drink again. But I could see many people drinking this on a hot summer day.
Next: Presidente
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