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INNSTADT BRAUEREI
Passau, Germany  -  Founded in 1318

The city of Passau is situated on the Austrian border at the confluence of the Danube, the Inn, and the Ilz Rivers, 90 miles southeast of Munich.  Built on a narrow rocky tongue of land between the Danube and the Inn, Passau faces the wooded cliffs and the fortress of Oberhaus on the left bank of the Danube.  Passau originated as an ancient Celtic settlement named Boiudurum, later becoming a permanent Roman military camp, Castra Batava.  After the foundation by Saint Boniface of the bishopric of Passau in 739, the town grew rapidly and was an important commercial and religious center during the Middle Ages.

For almost 700 years, tradition and progress have determined the activities of the Innstadt Brewery in Passau. From time immemorial beer specialties from the Bavarian brewing town of Passau, which according to Alexander von Humbolt is one of the seven most beautiful cities in the world, have been regarded by connoisseurs and gourmets as amongst the best tasting and most agreeable of their type.  The strong character, the unmistakable profile, the exclusive use of local natural ingredients and the old Bavarian brewing tradition represent the important difference.

From the very start of its history in 1318, friends of Innstadt appreciate the brewery’s efforts in holding on to values which cannot be bought for all the money in the world.  For the Innstadt brewers, brewing beer has always been a passion and an art.  And that has still not changed today.  It is not just as one of the pioneers in the brewing of wheat beer; also with its whole range of beers the Innstadt brand stands for excellent enjoyment and flavor – indeed for the art of brewing at the highest level.  Consequently, the Innstadt beer specialties are of the best, lasting quality. With an effective combination of tradition and modernity, the Innstadt Brewery is also well equipped for the future and is always seeking to fulfill its customers’ demands through innovative on-going development.  Today, and always.

For Brauerei Innstadt’s beer, only the best from nature; “Nothing belongs in beer, other than barley, hops and water.”  The brewers of the Innstadt Brewery have devoted  themselves to this original citation from the Bavarian requirement for purity evoked by Duke William IV in 1516.  In this respect the Innstadt beer brewers accept no compromises.  Strictly according to this purity requirement, only the best water, hops and  malt are used as the genuine ingredients for producing the Innstadt beer specialties.
PASSAUER WEISSE  -  HEFEWEIZEN
Innstadt Brauerei  -  Passau, Germany

Passau is the home of “white” beer in Bavaria. first produced over 500 years ago in the Bavarian forests.  Wheat was very rare back then, and "wheat beer" was considered an exclusive beer for Kings, Princes and other Royalty.  Only a few very special breweries were granted the right to brew this prized wheat beer and Passau's Innstadt Brauerei was commissioned in 1579.  This great nectar of the gods is still today considered one of Bavaria's greatest wheat beers.

"Swing top bottle poured into a Weizen glass, four fingers of head with great retention, hazy, deep honey coloring.  Lots of clove, wheat, ripe banana, light bubblegum.  Really nice Hefe here, wheat, light banana, clove, bubblegum. the nose is pretty much echoed in the mouth.  Medium body, some slickness.  Great Hefe.  I would pick this up again, it's very flavorful and easy drinking.  Highly Recommended."
 
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STADL-BIER  -  FEST BEER
Innstadt Brauerei  -  Passau, Germany

Munich has its Oktoberfest and the rest of Bavaria has their Dult.  A special beer is brewed for this festival that is celebrated in a fixed building called "Stadl"  instead of inside a tent like in Munich, hence the name for the beer.

"Golden yellow color with coarsely bubbled head...  The aroma fresh and has a light bready malt base.  A light floral character.  Medium bodied with a smooth silky feel from the light, persistent carbonation.  The finish is moderately long and begins with the sweetness of the malt.  I thought this a quite nice beer."
 
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INNSTADT PILSENER
Innstadt Brauerei  -  Passau, Germany

The ancient Bavarian village of Passau is considered to be one of the seven most  beautiful cities in the world. Three rivers connect at Passau, making it one of the biggest trade centers  during medieval times. For over 700 years, the Innstadt Brewery has supplied the locals with classic, dripping in tradition lagers that the locals just adore.

"Poured into a pilsner glass. The color is light lemonade with a little haze. Two fingers of thick, eggshell-colored foam dissipated slowly to leave a frothy cap and trails along the glass.  Light malts, grassy hops, a touch of lemon. It is pretty standard. There is a very subtle skunkiness but it is well hidden.  The mouthfeel is pretty dry and the grassy hops offer a nice, bitter bite. Pale malts and a little lemon round it out. The overall effect is a grassy crispness.  It is a classic pilsner. Crisp, tasty, and clean. Very highly recommended."
 
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"Bright pale 14k gold color with thick tight white head and lacing.  Aroma is yummy hops, slightly sour but in a good way and also floral. Slightly sticky but quaffable.  Excellent flavors are crisp, bitter, dry, clean, sophisticated, herbal.  A really good Pilsner." 
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ORIGINAL-HELL  -  LAGER
Innstadt Brauerei  -  Passau, Germany

The ancient Bavarian village of Passau is considered to be one of the seven most  beautiful cities in the world. Three rivers connect at Passau, making it one of the biggest trade centers  during medieval times. For over 700 years, the Innstadt Brewery has supplied the locals with classic, dripping in tradition lagers that the locals just adore.

"Sweet creamy barley malt aroma with light grass hops. Golden yellow color with nice head.  Light creamy malt flavor with moderately bitter grassy finish.  Very good." 
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"Poured into a pilsner glass. The color is reminiscent of lemonade and is a touch hazy. Two fingers of buttery, eggshell-colored head dissipated to leave a thin layer of foam.  The first whiff is very vinous and reminds me a lot of champagne. However, it thankfully fades (or maybe it was just me) to reveal sweet helles grassiness and pale malts. There is a little herbal spice, like grass gone to seed, but the grassiness and pale malts dominate.  Crisp and malty with a nice, grassy hop bite to coat the mouth — exactly what I would expect from a helles. Very simple and clean.  This is simple yet very tasty stuff.  Frankly, it is kind of quintessential.  Highly Recommended."  
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EDELSUD  -  EXPORT BIER
Innstadt Brauerei  -  Passau, Germany

Innstadt's Edelsud has an aroma consisting of light to moderate maltiness, toasted grains, cereal notes, light hops and subtle notes of honey. The taste follows suit wonderfully so, expressing each of the aforementioned aspects in a much fuller, yet still balanced fashion. The moderately sweet body gives way to a slightly bitter finish that serves to round out the brew exceedingly well.  5.2% Alcohol.

"A house specialty. this "Keller/Zwickel" beer is top fermented and aged in Innstadt's cellars for 6-8 weeks before bottling.  Gold, light haze, light white head and lacing.  Nose of light hops, lightly bitter with clean malty and toasty full bodied flavor.  Yum.  Chewy and full bodied.  Good lager.  Highly Recommended."
 
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"Poured into our Andecher glasses and the thick foam made a great head.  Off white, very thick, and it stayed! The color of the beer was dark yellow, almost amber.  The nose gave a very light hint of fruitiness.  The taste was very pleasant, very surprising in its freshness. I would even go so far to call it delicate. Something different, I tell you that! This is really something else.  Almost no hops in the taste, but it wasn't malty either. Obviously it cannot have anything else than barley, hops, water and yeast (otherwise it would not follow the Reinheitsgebot). So what do they do there in Passau to make this beer taste like this?  It is already a hint that they invented a new name (Edelsud) for this brew, instead of calling it by one of the regular names (Pils, Lager, Bock etc).  Mouthfeel was a surprise: I really liked it.  Very interesting. Reminded me a bit of a Kellerbier (Zwickel). But this is obviously not a Kellerbier. What is it?  Drinkability is outstanding. Ha - American Budweiser would kill to have this.  This is definitely a session beer. I will definitely buy that again.  Highly Recommended." 
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NEUES HELLES  -  LAGER
Innstadt Brauerei  -  Passau, Germany

Pours a wonderful light golden with a lingering cotton-like head that lingers throughout.  Soft, bready malt and restrained carbonation give this Helles a very rich and appropriate mouthfeel.  Restrained noble hop bitterness, with a very slight hint of hop spice. Definite toast and bread-like flavor. Medium body.  Slightly cloudy in the glass.  A great example of a Helles.

"Pours a wonderful light golden with a lingering cotton-like head that lingers throughout.  Soft, bready malt and restrained carbonation give this Helles a very rich and appropriate mouthfeel.  Restrained noble hop bitterness, with a very slight hint of hop spice. Definite toast and bread-like flavor. Medium body.  Slightly cloudy in the glass.  A great example of a Helles Bock."
 
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"Before I begin, After all the years of trying many upon many beers from all over the world, I've never experienced a bad or unpleasant beer from Germany. It had a beautifull honey/wheat foam pleasant to the senses. Medium-bodied mouthfeel. It's taste was rich and aromatic with a rustic malty complex taste and somewhat earthy feel! Loved It." 
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"Huge whole hand of head thats laces all up and down my jar then goes down to a thin collar and nice dollop of foam in the middle. Nice golden hue.  Clover-honey and hay.  Super refreshing one gets the flavor of the nectar from a clover top with grassy mild malts. Very nice, reminds me a bit of my favorite: Landbier. Nice dry grassy finish. Perfectly balanced beer.  Light to medium-light bodied.  Nice feel to this one.  Crisp and refreshing.  Roll in a couple of kegs and lets roast a large animal.  Highly Recommended." 
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EXTRA SCHWARZE  -  DARK LAGER
Innstadt Brauerei  -  Passau, Germany

The ancient Bavarian village of Passau is considered to be one of the seven most  beautiful cities in the world. Three rivers connect at Passau, making it one of the biggest trade centers  during medieval times. For over 700 years, the Innstadt Brewery has supplied the locals with classic, dripping in tradition lagers that the locals just adore.

"Gorgeous black in the glass with mahogany highlights.  It looked like a stout when finished, but the foamy head disappeared after the first few sips and left a really nice lacing on the glass.  Definite roasted malt in the nose and the initial taste was refreshing deep roasted malt with a hint of coffee and chocolate notes, then a bit of hops scent in the nose with a slightly sweet, slightly bitter finish. Very fresh tasting and really drinkable.  Great stuff."
 
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"Pours a really really deep chestnut brown. A tall tan fluffy head is produced when poured into a glass of some sort.  As far as schwarze goes very rich and malty with a slight roasted malt aspect and molasses hints.  Taste is rich and velvety with a deep malty taste with hints of roasted malts and molasses.  It drinks on the fuller side of medium with a clean finish.  It’s a fantastic example of a schwarzebier.  You can read extra here as imperial. The beer drank smooth and with a big full flavor. You could throw in some pumpernil too in there. Compare it to an Einbecker.  Highly Recommended."
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WEISSE BOCK  -  EXTRA
Innstadt Brauerei  -  Passau, Germany

The ancient Bavarian village of Passau is considered to be one of the seven most  beautiful cities in the world. Three rivers connect at Passau, making it one of the biggest trade centers  during medieval times. For over 700 years, the Innstadt Brewery has supplied the locals with classic, dripping in tradition lagers that the locals just adore.

"Pours a copper color, quite clear, tall white head and decent amount of lacing.  Aroma is of banana, wheat, sweet malt, and alcohol.  Flavor is the same as the aroma without the alcohol.  Sweet and malty with a wheat spiciness and banana from the yeast.  Banana is strong in the aftertaste.  Medium/heavy body, very very drinkable.  A great beer all around.  These types of beers tend to age longer than anyone realizes.  Highly Recommended."
 
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"I thought this was a really good beer.  Like most of the Innstadt products, it's not an aggressively flavored beer but is well made and very balanced.  The silky mouthfeel enhances this balance and the finish is smooth and lingering.  The head didn't stick around too long but the lacing was good and the deep honey color showed well in the pils glass.  The aroma was excellent; deep and malty with caramel notes, with the wheat in the back.  The intensity of this aroma seems to make the beer taste lighter and the 7% is well masked.  An extremely nice beer!  Very highly recommended." 
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DOPPEL BOCK  -  EXTRA
Innstadt Brauerei  -  Passau, Germany

The ancient Bavarian village of Passau is considered to be one of the seven most  beautiful cities in the world. Three rivers connect at Passau, making it one of the biggest trade centers  during medieval times. For over 700 years, the Innstadt Brewery has supplied the locals with classic, dripping in tradition lagers that the locals just adore.

“A deep chestnut color with a rockin' tan head.  Thick, foamy, and rocky all at once.  Aroma is of bready and hearty malts, spicy figs, other mysterious dark fruits.  Just a lovely, warm inviting aroma.  Taste is big and bready, the sweet spice of hot cross buns on Easter morning.  Some roasty malts and hop spice that really plays together nicely.  This is a tasty brew for sure.  Big chewy feel with minimal carbonation.  Thick, and truly a meal in a glass.  Score A." 

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"Coppery caramel, perhaps a deep bronze, moderate to large foamy light beige head, nice lacing.  Soft dark pitted fruit, bready, a little candyish.  Has some caramel aspects.  Malty, mealy on the tongue.  Nice aspect of dark pitted fruit, bready, but this one is not overly heavy.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Enjoyable.  Highly Recommended." 
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"Chestnut appearance with an average size, beige head and little lacing.  Caramel malt aroma with notes of ripe fruit, molassas and dark bread.  Sweet, malty taste, some chocolate, some dark fruit, but amply hopped to lend balance. Medium-to-full bodied, nicely carbonated mouthfeel with enough alcohol to add dryness to the lingering finish.  Highly Recommended." 
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