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Hopfenstopfer Citra Ale

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  • Brewery: Häffner Bräu
  • Country: Germany
  • Style: American Pale Ale
  • ABV: 5.1 %
  • Size: 330 ml
  • Bought from: Berlin Bier Shop, ? (maybe 2-3) euro
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Here is a bottle I dragged home from my recent Berlin trip. It was bought from Berlin’s best beer shop: Berlin Bier Shop, which is run by the friendly and knowledgeable Rainer. The Germans are not known for heavy experimentation with their beer, and the majority of the consumed beer are brewed to traditional styles and recipes. It is nice to see that German craft breweries are arising as well! I didn’t find much information about this beer, but I assume it is a single hop Citra Pale Ale brewed with pilsner malts. Let’s see how it tastes!

Hopfenstopfer Citra Ale
Appearancewww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.com
The beer pours with a hazy golden-orange color, and fluffy white head is formed, that collapses quickly leaving drapes of lacing along the glass. The haziness can probably be somewhat attributed to the beer only standing a day in the fridge after travelling home from Berlin.
Smellwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.com
The aroma is sweet and features typical Citra tones of lychee, grapefruit and gooseberries. There is a slight tartness in the aroma as well. The aroma could be slightly more powerful.
Tastewww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.com
The flavor begins with a slightly sweet maltiness, and moves on to similar fruit tones (lychee, citrus, mango and gooseberries) as in the aroma. The finish has a slight bitterness and a semi-dry feel, contributed by some honey-like tones. Again there is a slight tartness present, but nothing that bothers too much (I suspect it could be from suspended yeast). The beer is quite well balanced, but I wish the Citra hop flavors would be a bit more present.
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The beer has a light body and a medium-low carbonation level. It is very easily drinkable, and this would make a great beer for the summer.
Overallwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.com
I was pleasantly surprised with this beer, as it was well put together, and featured pleasant tones from one of my favorite hops. The hop flavor could have been a bit stronger, and the body a bit fuller, but otherwise it was nice! I am looking forward to trying the other Häffner Bräu beer I brought home. If you can get your hands on this beer and like fruity, light and fresh beers I recommend it!

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