Schnitzerbräu German Hirse Premium (5%)

I’ve been delving into gluten free beer, and this one poured a really insipid yellow, its frothy head disappearing within seconds.
There’s an odd but not wholly unpleasant smell, a little bit sweet, a lot like vegetables.
Perhaps that’s the peas.
Peas?
Hold your horses, I’m getting there.
You get a reasonable malt in this beer, but again there’s something a bit weird going on in here.
You know what?
I blame the ingredients.
Pea protein, millet, hops, and a lovely blend of antioxidants and ascorbic acid.
I’m sorry, and you can call me a beardy beer bore if you like, but reading this kind of thing puts me off a bit.
It’s like buying Co-Op’s own brand red wine.
I used to and I would get a headache.
Eventually I read the label which listed all the added ingredients that wine shouldn’t need.
Like preservatives.
Surely wine can preserve itself.
It’s always managed in the past.
In the USA it’d be called a wine flavoured beverage.
I stopped buying it and went back to ‘real’ wine and the headaches stopped.
This thing I’m drinking should be called a beer flavoured beverage.
I’m ever so sorry if you’re a Celiac, but this is a poor relation to its German brothers and sisters in the beer world.

About Simon Williams

Founder of CAMRGB. Member of The British Guild Of Beer Writers. Leftist bigmouth. Old and grumpy.
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One Response to Schnitzerbräu German Hirse Premium (5%)

  1. Gareth says:

    Interesting on on the Co-Op wine. They’re trying to be up front about ingredients used in their range, and are campaigning (along with wineries like Bonny Doon in the US) to get others to do so. So it’s not necessarily that their wines have all that crap in there when others don’t, just that they choose to reveal it when there’s no legal obligation – in fact in might even be technically illegal.

    http://www.co-operative.coop/food/ethics/Diet–health/Responsible-retailing/Right-to-know/Our-achievements/

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