Name of beer
What the brewer says
“Mild & Frisch”
Very few things go together as well as beer and music. A particular taste, or even the sight of a bottle or pump clip, can take you to a time and place where it combined with a musical experience; a gig, a great bar, a summer that involved both beer and beats (Rancid’s And Out Come The Wolves will always take me to the hot summer of 1995 and the search for the cheapest lager we could find – I’m not sorry). The My Generation Beer company was founded on this very relationship between beer and music.
That throwback from another era, based around a particular band, just happened to me, as I picked up the bottle of Flensburger Gold. Strange as it seems, the memory was not of Flensburger Gold (this is the first time I’ve ever had it). However, I can’t pretend that the music now swilling around my head is particularly good. Or should I say, not really to my taste.
Because, what has caused the reminiscence – back to an era before I drank beer, or even lager – is the levered flip-top bottle and now, thanks to the antics of Bros and millions of Brosettes, have Drop The Boy stuck in my head. For those too young to remember, Bros were a trio who preceded Take That, One Direction, Westlife and more. Brosettes were the Directioners of their day. They had short cut hair and, like their idols, wore Grolsch bottle tops hooked into the eye holes of their Dr Marten boots.
I went out with a Brosette for a time, so was forced not to make out like all this wasn’t perfectly normal behaviour.
Reminiscences over and back to the beer at hand. There isn’t much of an aroma and the colour reflects the “gold” in the name, but don’t mistake this for a golden ale. Ale, it is not.
This is a German beer and one that falls closely in line with premium lagers, with a nice malty taste. It’s very light and would go well on a summer’s day (I may get the Rancid CD out, if for no other reason than to chase the Goss brothers out of my head).
It’s probably best aligned with the sort of premium lagers you get in restaurants – Peroni (Nastro Azzuro – whilst this has a malty taste, it’s nowhere as full-on as Doppo Malto Gran Riserva), Tsing Tao etc.
If you’re looking to step from lagers to beers, this isn’t the way to go. If you want a good quality lager and a change from the norm, then yes, give this a go.
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I’m 44, I don’t (always) have a beard (partly because when I try it is patchy, has gaps, with ginger and grey bits) and don’t take a clipboard to the pub. So, I’m not the stereotypical real ale fan of old, in the style that I was always told to look out for...read more