Weißenoher MONKey Hersbrucker Gebirge bottle and poured in a glass

Too many hops are just too many

Hersbrucker Gebirge

When I was working for Karlsberg (Saarland, Germany) I once was at the brew house for maintenance reasons - my colleague and I had to clean the Meuro 2001 mash filter - I accidentally came in contact with hop extract. For those of you who ever sticked their finger into hop extract know that it takes days or even weeks until the hop flavour vanishes. And: you will never forget that smell.

In Nuremburg we bought some Weißenoher MONKey beers. Those are their craft beers brewed with special hops. We already tasted their Polaris Hüller, which is a very well crafted beer.
So, the Hersbrucker Gebirge got some credit already and for that I belived that the Weißenoher Hersbrucker would be as good as well. But guess what: I was mistaken.

From a craft beer reviewers view the Hersbrucker is a well crafted beer. Everything is as expected and in balance - except the hops. The Hersbrucker reminded of that hop extract flavour so much that I had to stop drinking. From my point of view the Hersbrucker hops are too much for this beer to handle and using them only pushed it off balance.

If you are looking for a better alternative try the Polaris Hüller.

The beer was poured from a keg
Purity of Taste:
/ 10 | 1 = many off flavours ; 10 = sheer
Purity of Smell:
/ 10 | 1 = many off-flavours ; 10 = sheer
Intensity of Bitterness:
/ 5 | 1 = no bitterness ; 5 = bitter
Quality of Bitterness:
/ 10 | 1 = no quality ; 10 = high quality
/ 10 | 1 = no quality ; 10 = high quality
/ 5 | 1 = water ; 5 = masty
/ 5 | 1 = flat ; 5 = too tangy

Lautered: 6.00 out of 10
About the reviewer:
Dominik Jais's picture Dipl.-Braumeister (VLB Berlin) Dominik Jais is beer enthusiast writing beer reviews since 2001.
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Tasted beer:

Alc: 5.80% Vol.
Type: Pils
Brewed by: Klosterbrauerei Weißenohe
Brewed in: Germany