Paulaner beer - real German quality
German beer "Paulaner" is not in vain known to the whole world. He has a long history and a glorious present. This beer is a member of the Great Munich Six, that is included in the list of those varieties that are entitled to participate in the annual Bavarian Oktoberfest. In 2010, the Paulaner brand became the eighth in Germany in terms of sales - 223 million liters of beer. In this article, we will explain why a monk is emblazoned on the label of this drink, as well as reveal the interesting history of this brand. What is Paulaner made of? What are the taste characteristics of the drink? All this you will learn from our article.
The birth of beer "Paulaner"
In 1627, the Prince of Bavaria, Maximilian I, invited Franciscan monks to his lands for the spiritual enlightenment of his subjects. Minorite brothers arrived from Italy. They belonged to the congregation of Francis of Paulo (Calabria). Monks were called by the name of their founder, but in a German manner.Pauliners, of course, strictly kept posts. But in cold climates, they needed calories. Therefore, they began to brew beer. The first drink saw the light in the monastery Noydek ob der Ay in one thousand six hundred and thirty-fourth year, already seven years after the arrival of the monks from Italy. Beer "Paulaner" was made from wheat and was distinguished by a high content of calories and alcohol (about eight to nine percent). At first it was made exclusively for internal use on the days of fasting, when the monks were allowed to eat only bread.
"Paulaner" (beer): manufacturer
Soon, the monks began to sell the surplus produced beverage to local residents. The money went to the maintenance of the monastery. The first beer produced for sale was called “Salvator” (from Latin “savior”) for its nutritional value. Yes, and the alcohol content in the drink was significant. It is believed that it was the “Savior” from the Paulan monks that gave rise to the emergence of a strong type of doppelbock beer, respected throughout Germany. Trade in the monastery flourished. This is indicated by indirect data. So, in 1635, the Office of the Mayor of Munich received a collective complaint from the guild of brewers.Masters claimed that it was impossible to produce a drink for sale without being members of the workshop. But the complaint remained unanswered, the city authorities did not want to conflict with the monastery. When, at the beginning of the nineteenth century, secular authorities began to select church land holdings, a Bavarian brewer named Franz Xavier Zacherl bought out all the rights to produce Salvator. But the monastic past of the drink stuck in the label. It depicts the founder of the congregation, St. Francis Paulsky. After a series of mergers and acquisitions, Brau Holding International AG was formed. She produces not only Paulaner beer, but also the well-known Heineken brand of foamy drink.
Special varieties (Salvator and Oktoberfest)
Well, let's move on from theory to tasting Paulaner beer. Start an acquaintance is best with the oldest variety. Beer "Paulaner Salvator" is considered the first historically documented doppelbok in the world. The monks of the monastery Noydek ob der Au clearly adhered to the decree of the Duke of Bavaria from 1516, according to which, in the production of the drink should be used only three components - malt, hops and water. The beer brewed according to this ancient recipe has a strength of 7.9%. During its production, bottom fermentation is used.The drink has chestnut color, persistent and high foam with caramel shades, seductive aroma of chocolate and rich taste, which favorably emphasizes the best Munich malt. The second type of beer - Paulaner Oktoberfest - was previously produced exclusively for this autumn holiday. It is a bright drink with a strength of six percent. For its refined and harmonious taste, it is called "Bavarian champagne."
At the moment, the company produces fourteen brands of products. The most popular in Germany (and abroad) is light wheat beer "Paulaner" unfiltered. This drink can be classified as a German ale. Beer has amber color, density - twelve and a half percent, strength - 5.5%.
Paulaner Hefe-Weißbier Naturtrüb is produced by top fermentation. Due to the absence of filtration in the drink, the original taste and vitamins are preserved. The taste of this beer is balanced between sweetness and bitterness. Hop is added just a little.
"Crystalklar" - no less popular wheat beer. It is also the color of light amber, but the drink is filtered. Fans of dark varieties recommend to try "Dunkel." Roasted malt gives the drink a chestnut color. This beer is unfiltered.Along with wheat, protein-rich barley is involved in its creation. There are two more varieties that differ from their fellows only in their strength: “Light” (3.2%) and “Non-alcoholic”.
Such beer "Paulaner" was created using the traditional Munich technology, therefore the word Münchner is used in the brand names. The Original Hell is a typical Bavarian amber bottom-fermenting lager. His fortress almost falls short of five percent. To the class of premium drinks is "Original Urtip." This beer has a light amber color, a thickness of twelve and a half percent and a fortress of 5.5 percent. It is made by the method of bottom fermentation. The creation of this brand uses crushed malt (double-rubbing method), which makes the drink a characteristic golden hue. There is only a hint of hops in taste. This is a wonderful combination of sweet and slightly bitter notes. "Original Munich Dunkel" - a very nice dark ale with a fortress of five degrees. There are in this series and brand with low alcohol content or without it at all.
Beer "Paulaner": reviews
Russian consumers were amazed by the high quality of the drink. Resistant high cap of foam, rich aroma, wonderful balanced taste - all this is beyond praise.The only thing that saddens Russian fans of German beer is the price. A half-liter bottle of light unfiltered Paulaner costs two hundred thirty-five rubles, and its five-liter keg costs two thousand two hundred eighty rubles. But, users say, the price is quite justified. After all, for this money you get a quality German drink that will decorate even a festive table.