Riegele Privat

Privat by Brauhaus Riegele
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
98
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20
Description 

Founded in 1386 in the ancient Bavarian city of Augsburg, Riegele is one of the oldest and finest, family-owned breweries in the world.

Privat's clean, smooth and complex character is the masterpiece of German All-Star, Master-Brewer Frank Muller and his world-class brewing team. Using only the finest natural ingredients, and a special, labor-intensive just separation process, Privat impresses with flavors that form a unique harmony and balance of floral hops and freshly milled malt aromas. Like all Riegele beers, Privat is uses its own exclusive yeast strain and undergoes cold cellar aging at 0 degrees C, for 60+ days deep in the Riegele cellar.

Profile

ABV: 
5.2%
IBUs: 
19
Served at: 
38 - 44º
Hops: 
Opal, Mittelfruh
Malts: 
Pilsner, Steffi
Judges Review 
Michael Bury's picture
Judges Rating:
98
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20

Privat by Brauhaus Riegele is being evaluated as a Festbier (2015 BJCP Category 4B).

At first glance, the effervescent bubbles rapidly climb through this brilliantly clear, light golden beer and help to support a stand of white foam. The appearance of this beer is just the tip of the near-perfect iceberg however. The clean lager fermentation allows the hops, but especially the malt, to shine through. Moderately-low light toasted malt with a soft doughiness mingles with the characteristic qualities of noble hops: floral and spice. 

Sip after sip, you’ll be greeted with lightly toasted malt, notes of graham cracker, honey and a subtle doughiness. Medium-low floral hops with a restrained spiciness and a similar level of bitterness perfectly balances the malt. You’ll find no faults in the fermentation, which includes proper attentuation and no off-flavors. Like all great beers, the flavor continues well into the aftertaste where toast, bread crusts and floral hops with a hint of grassiness will welcome you with open arms. 

You won’t be disappointed in the very least with Brauhaus Riegele’s Privat. It’s a nigh-perfect interpretation of a Festbier that demands to be imbibed  by the boot or the liter.  The clean fermentation allows both the malt and hops to shine. Slight grassiness from hops and a very low carbonic bite appear in the end, but these are only minor quibbles in what is a beer masterpiece. You’ll be disappointed if you only picked up a 6-pack, since you'll want many, many more. This highly flavorful yet easy-to-drink beer can be appreciated by the beer connoisseur and the less devoted beer drinker alike. Prost!

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