Each month, we here at Rhino’s Sports Pub sample a brand-new beer. Somehow, we’ve missed the previous two months, but we’re back and still staying true to the rotation, which means it’s time for an import.
Brewery: Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
ABV (alcohol by volume): 5.2 percent
Purchased at: The market at Alpine Village in Torrance, Calif.
Beer was enjoyed with … A feast of kielbasa, potato pancakes and sauerkraut. Yes, it was all very tasty. Post-meal festivities included putting up the Christmas decorations in the apartment. Now, the place is all kinds of Christmas-cozy.
Will we drink this beer again? ‘Tis the seasonal. This treat is brewed in March, kept in cold storage during the spring and summer months and then brought out in time for autumn consumption (Märzen). Typically, Märzen’s are full-bodied, of copper-ish color, toasty and of medium-to-high alcohol content.
The Winter-Traum didn’t disappoint. It offered a hint of caramel, and a little smokiness, too. There’s just something about rich winter brews that just warms the heart.