Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Refsvindinge - Prima Landøl

Taking a break from American imports it is time to look at another 'everyday' Danish beer.

Refsvindinge could be called a starting point for craft beer drinkers in Denmark, specifically Ale 16 is the beer that many Danes started their voyage away from the monopolies of the big brewers. It was the first Danish ale I ever tried which back then was a revelation to me and opened my eyes.

Quite similar to Newcastle brown ale and a lot of others I think the quality of it has gone down over the years, perhaps in line with all the E-numbers, whatever else they are adding nowadays and probably using lesser quality ingredients ? It certainly does not taste the same as 'back in the day' though that may be due to the fact that there is a huge choice of better beer out there now.

On to the beer this post is about...This is a smoked pils !

What a great smell. Wafts of bonfire smoke, malt and burnt caramel from the pour.

Prima Landøl pours clear dark gold with a small white head that quickly dissipates. Smoke, malt, caramel and a hint of hops on the intake while it ends with a light bitter smokey finish. Next to nothing in the short aftertaste apart from more smoked malt.  It has a watery and light mouthfeel.

I would have enjoyed this a whole lot more if it was not for being so watery. Nice tasting Danish 'rauchbier' that is a lot more subtle than the German counterparts. Apart from being too watery I have no complaints. I would have no problem buying or drinking this again but I would choose Krenkerup Rauch over this as a Danish alternative, which is very similar and more widely available.

This scored 3.5/10 on the 'smoooooookkkiing' Beerometer.

Alc : 4.6%
Where to buy CPH : Høkeren, Ravnsborggade 13, Kbh N.

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