Apostelbrau “First” Bavarian Pale Ale claims to be a pale ale. This is a bold claim from a German beer. Don’t get me wrong, I love German beers but creating beers outside the tightly restrained confines of German beer tradition is highly out of character. When I saw this, I was curious to see what a “Bavarian Pale Ale” would be like. I’ve included the link listed on the bottle (click on the picture to the left), but the breweries website mentions nothing about this beer. It’s made with Bavarian pale malt, spelt malt (an ancestral form of wheat) and is dry-hopped.
Appearance: Gold with a light haze. Fluffy white head with tight. It has tight streamers of tiny bubbles. It’s a very attractive beer.
Aroma: Clove, banana, pepper, sweet malt.
Taste: Pepper, banana, clove. The beer is fairly sweet. There is a bit of funk in the finish as the beer warms.
Overall Impression: I’d call this a failure as a pale ale. The dry-hopping is nearly unnoticeable. It doesn’t have any of the characteristics of a Pale Ale. It is a nice Bavarian wheat ale, though.
Availability: Nationally at better beer shops.