The First Pour: Radeberger Pilsner
Cicero’s understands that when it come to beer, most people’s favorite is the latest and greatest new beer. Very few beer lovers drink the same beer over and over again. Sure, you might go back to an old standard, but you always try the latest beer first. For that reason, and others, Cicero’s changes their menu every week. When kegs kick, we change them up, unless we decide to keep it tapped for a while longer because it kicked so fast. With that in mind, we strive to keep you, our customers informed on our weekly changes. The “First Pour” series of blog posts will highlight and review the newest beers we have on draft for you. Again, we have a happy couple writing these posts for us. If you see them around, make sure and thank them for their hard work.
By Alaina Kantner and Mike Vecchio
Style: German Pilsner
Here we have Radeberger Pilsner from Radeberg, Germany (in the Saxony region – they’re like states in the US). The brewery was founded in 1872 and has been turning out this flagship pils using their soft well water ever since. The beer pours out a very light yellow in color, with a very small pure white head and light lacing. The smell on our pour was really light, but it’s slightly hopped and somewhat grassy. The beer is crisp, smooth, and on the lighter side for mouthfeel. The taste is slightly hoppy, somewhat herbally, and finishes dry. Overall it’s an unimposing beer on the palate and drinks extremely easily. As a weird fact to impress the person next to you at the bar, apparently it’s the beer of choice for the character Charlie Harper on TV’s Two and a Half Men (thank you Wikipedia). So pop on down to Cicero’s and see if you can impress your bartender with that fact while ordering it.
About the Authors – Alaina and Mike moved to St Louis from Ohio in 2008 and quickly jumped into the craft beer scene. Alaina has gone from drinking light lagers almost exclusively to enjoying maltier beers – most notably porters and stouts – and hefeweizens. In her free time Alaina enjoys reading, running, and attempting to teach their dog tricks. Mike has evolved from drinking highly hopped IPAs to enjoying a wider range of pale ales and traditional hefeweizens. Mike enjoys trying to teach his dog not to bark at anything that moves, reading about crime and gangs, and home brewing with his co-workers. Both Alaina and Mike have been attending Cicero’s Beer School for a year and credit it to helping them expand their knowledge of craft brew and assisting them to take the plunge into home brewing with their friends. Hopefully, they will bring in some of their home-brew one day.