My work travels have taken me from the Washington DC area to Miami, Florida this week. It was almost a year ago that I was in Miami for the same project for work. My coworker suggested a place to eat in Coral Gables, and we discovered it had closed, I suggested we try the Fritz & Franz Bierhaus, where we had dinner last year (and I had the Gösser Dark Beer and Köstritzer Schwarzbier). The list of Austrian and German beers is great, but after I chose a few that weren’t available, I went with this one, since it was a nice warm day.
Location: Bottle at Fritz & Franz Bierhaus in Coral Gables, FL
Numbers: 4.9% ABV
Appearance & Aroma: It was perfectly clear and light golden colored. There was a very thin head on it, which fell quickly and almost disappeared as I drank it. There was a nice grainy and bready aroma I’ve found very common in German beers.
Taste & Feel: The body was very light with a very crisp mouthfeel. There was a bit of a bready-grainy flavor in the middle with a hint of a toasty breadiness. The finish was clean, with an almost cracker-like crispness that was slightly dry.
Food Pairing: This went perfectly with my Wiener Schnitzel and German potato salad. The crispness and light body helped to wash down a fairly heavy meal, and the grainy and bready flavors went well with the breaded schnitzel.
Overall Impression: I really enjoy the grainy aroma I get from real German pilsners, as I think it reminds me of the grains from which the beer is made. I couldn’t have asked for a better beer on a warm evening in Miami. It was crisp, refreshing, and extremely drinkable. In addition, it went perfectly with my meal. While there weren’t any flavors that particularly made it stand out, overall, it was a clean, crisp, drinkable beer that was perfect for the meal and location.