Monday, December 9, 2013

Excelsior Bitteschlappe Brown Ale

What's a Bitteschlappe? I went to google.com on the internets and found that nine out of the first 10 links provided in a search related to this beer, and the tenth was in German. I had no time to search further, so I'll leave that quest for another time. The main thing we know for sure is that it is a brown ale from Excelsior Brewing, and here are my notes:


Excelsior Brewing Company Bitteschlappe Brown Ale, 6.5% ABV., 22 fluid ounces.

Is this my first Excelsior beer on here? I think so. Don't recall ever picking up one. If so, cheers to that, then!

Clear, caramel brown, slim, slightly tanned head.

Aroma: soft, nutty, creamy. Pleasant.

Taste: light bitter hop bite right off the bat, then malt takes command and all is smoothness. With a smack of sweetness, a lick of caramel, ending just this side of dry. Continues with sweetness in each continuing sip, that never quite quits, nor does it cloy.

I'm thinking this Excelsior Brewing Company is a bit boat obsessed. There appears to be one in their logo, the label illustration is a pier, and their motto seems to be "Choose Your Craft!" Underneath it we read this: "Bitteschlappe Brown Ale. A medium-bodied, smooth, dark ale. robustly malted with lots of Vienna malt, flavors of caramel, toffee, coco in the finish. this Munich inspired ale will slap you silly with malt flavor and aroma. You may call it what you will, but call on it you will. Brewed and bottled in Excelsior, Minnesota by Excelsior Brewing Company, LLC."

And I thought it was called Excelsior Brewing because they were members of the Merry Marvel Marching Society. Face front, true believers, as Stan Lee would say. Well, you can't win them all.

But you can't lose with this ale, though (how about that segue, huh?) …good beer and you can drink it! Excelsior!

2 comments:

Ben said...

Hey Al, sounds like you enjoyed the beer! For your information, "Bitteschlappe" doesnt really translate to anything in German, we just ended up making it up one day when trying to name a German style Brown Ale. Google as you may, I fear you will never find the answers you seek! Also, the boat theme remains strong as we are located a block off Lake Minnetonka. We do our best to eliminate confusion about whether or not we're located IN Excelsior or ON Excelsior Boulevard. Regardless, wanted to say thanks for drinking. We definitely appreciate the support, always good to see people enjoying the beer. Hope to see you at the brewery sometime, cheers!

AL MCCARTY said...

Thanks for the information, Ben.