Freigeist and Against the Grain Breweries – Zerbster Bitterbier (A Traditional German Style Smoked Beer) – 4 out of 7 smokestacks


The darker one. In a can is kinda rare. What the hell are you reading? This is the most comprehensive beer site in the world dedicated entirely to beers that taste like smoke. And the beer up for review today is a collaboration beer from Freigeist Brewery and Against the Grain brewery. As far as I can tell, the name of this one is Zerbster Bitterbier and it is the second canned smoked beer from this series that the two breweries put together, making it into the SmokeBeerMinistry tabernacle. Upon opening, the beer gushed up and out of the can all over the counter-top. Oddly enough, the other collaboration beer from these two was also extra fizzy, and even more odd, This beer marks the EIGHTH smoky beer from AGT that has been a collaboration beer. Are they completely unwilling to make a beer without the guidance of others? In any case, this beer, Zerbster Bitterbeer, is a traditional German style smoked beer that hits close to home (Bamberg, Germany) and brought with it a whole buncha hoppy bitters along with some smoke, and thousands of tiny bubbles I already mentioned. I’ve been drinkin and got drunk. This is not what The Ministry is looking for, but we’re not casting them out either. Final score = 4 smokestacks out of 7. End of infallible oration, typed by google.

BrewerFreigeist Brewery & AGT
Beer NameZerbster Bitterbier
Brewer’s DescriptionAn Unconventional Pair
Somewhere between “I don’t wanna be a chicken” and “I don’t wanna be a duck” Smoke and Hop lock eyes. Gallivanting across the dance floor Smoke meets Hop and they shake their butts. Their traditional nature separates them, but infatuation keeps them together. So, they spice things up and share a boot of this smoked beer over a special sausage. Prost!
Food PairingsWiener schnitzel
Brewer LocationKentucky / Bamberg Germany
Alcohol content by volume6.8%
IBU (International Bitterness Units)12?
Beer opacity rate 1 – 7 (light – dark)3
Smell smoke? 1 – 7 (No – George Burns)2
Smokepower taste: 1 – 7 Smokestacks2.5
Sausage detection? Y or NN
Beer thickness 1-7 (water – used motor oil)4
Overall Happiness Rating: 1-7 (low – high)4

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