Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Beer Review: Heiner Brau Kolsch

January 8th was the beginning of the Mardi Gras season here in New Orleans. If you've never been to Mardi Gras all I can say is my words won't do it justice. It's just an amazing time and I highly recommend you come here for it.

One "issue" with Mardi Gras is finding good beer you can consume while taking in the parades. Technically you aren't allowed to have bottles on the streets. It happens but it is my recommendation that you avoid doing this. That leaves you with cans(Or NOLA Draft packs!)but the cans option here in New Orleans is pretty limited.

Well yesterday I received an email from Jay Breaux of Breaux Mart Supermarkets who is one of The Beer Buddha sponsors. He told me that during a tour of Heiner Brau Brewery he was able to convince Henryk Orlik(owner of Heiner Brau) to use his canning system to can some Kolsch for him. Henryk agreed on the condition that Breaux Mart take the entire run of beer. Lucky for us Jay agreed.

Heiner Brau had canned in the past but for whatever reason he decided not to do it anymore. I have my speculations but I'm not going to get into here. Anyways, I hope Henryk rethinks his position as New Orleans needs a good can option especially right around Mardi Gras. I stopped by Breaux Mart yesterday and picked up a six pack of the Kolsch. Here is my review:

Brewery: Heiner Brau

Beer: Kolsch(cans)

Style: Kolsch

ABV: ?

Louisiana Availability: Yes at Breaux Mart only

Price Range: $7.99

Appearance: Clear, pale golden color with a nice fluffy, white head which dissipates quickly. Nice, sticky lacing present throughout.

Smell: Nice dry, hoppy perfume aroma.

Taste: Starts off with a nice malty sweetness and finishes with a mild grassy hop bitterness. Has a nice dryness about it.

Mouthfeel: Dry, medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall: Great beer. I'm glad Jay Breaux from Breaux Mart emailed me about this. He asked Henryk to can this beer for him and he did. Granted Breaux Mart had to take the entire amount but who cares. This is perfect for Mardi Gras!

Score: Photobucket 4 out of 5 Buddhas


rainoftoads said...

We picked some of this up as well, didn't realize it was a Breaux Mart exclusive. I'm a big fan of craft beer in cans and I thought this was really nice.

david said...

Having spent new years In Germany - I did visit Cologne and became very educated that Kolsch beer can only be called Kolsch if it is made in Cologne - further it is served in small ,2 liter glasses as it does not contain much gas and in a large glass the beer would go flat too quickly - so calling a beer made in Louisiana Kolsch would be the equivalent of calling a Pontchatrain Vineyard Sparkling Wine - Champagne

david said...

Having just returned from Cologne I became very educated that Kolsch beer can only be nmade in Cologne and is served in .2 liter glasses as it does not have much gas and would go flat quickly in a regular size glass- calling a beer made in covington Klosch would be the equivalent of calling a Pontchartrain Vineyard Sparkling Wine - Champagne