Prairie LagerJanuary 1, 2009 Monroe, WI
Available: MN, WI, MI, IA, IL, IN, MO, PA
The Berghoff Brand originated with the family that established the Berghoff Restaurant in Chicago in 1989.
Original gravity: 1053
Straw color. Soft, delicately sweet, grainy aroma with honeyed malt and a hint of vanilla. Light-bodied and slightly grainy, with more of the same honeyed malt, leading to a clean, gently dry finish. Not overly inspiring, but it is thirst-quenching. A beer to drink when you want to focus on something other than your beer.
- John Hansell
The first words out of my mouth on tasting this beer were: “Wow, that’s sweet!” And it is, too. Not in the malty dubbel or rich doppelbock kind of way, but for a pale golden lager with a German pedigree, pretty damn sweet. The nose is sweet and sugary and the body starts and stays corn-on-the-cob-accented and sweet; only the finish brings in a refreshing note of mild hop. Make no mistake, the Berghoff name is the most German thing about this beer.
- Stephen Beaumont
John Hansell is an equal-opportunity drinker. He writes about beer, wine and spirits. He is the creator, publisher & editor of Malt Advocate, a magazine for the whisky enthusiast.
Stephen Beaumont boarded his first plane at the age of 15 and hasn’t looked back since, obsessing about travel to the point that he gets nervous if he doesn’t have a ticket or two stacked on the corner of his desk. When he’s not running around in search of new taste experiences, he makes his home in Toronto, where a new cultural experience is only as far away as the next neighborhood.
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