Brauhuus Wädenswil

This brewpub seems to have a number of names, Brauhuus Wädenswil, Wädenswiler Biere, Wädi-Brau-Huus, just to name a few. Whatever you call it, though, they have some good beer and fine food. Greg, Alice, and I visited on the occasion of my last night in Europe. They had six beers on tap, including a seasonal, and the Hanf in bottle. The Hanf is a hemp beer, so I guess this Wädi Brau place is run by a bunch of hippies.

waedi beer palette and me

Me surrounded by a whole lot of Wädenswiler beer — Wädenswil, Switzerland

The sampler beer palette looks like a ridiculous amount of beer, but at the time the glasses seemed a lot smaller. Huh. Must be some trick photography going on here.

    Rob’s Picks

  • Blond – 4.8 – Bready, slight honey flavor, hoppy finish. Pretty bubbly. Pretty good.
  • Ur-Pils – 5.1 – Good hoppiness, good breadiness. Filtered but not too light. Really good.
  • Dunkel – 4.8 – Darkest of the lot. Very malty, but not with that malty sweetness. Hoppy undertone. Very drinkable.
  • Saison – 7.8 – The waitress called it a doppelweizenbock, but it tasted like a Belgian tripel. Good caramel sweetness with alcohol edge. Greg pointed about a subtle banana flavor, but I decided to ignore that in order to continue enjoying the beer…
  • Hanf – 5 – I guess it has a hempy aroma and taste, but I’m no expert in that. Aroma has some mintiness and grassiness. Grassy/piney/minty flavors. Not sweet. Nice and crisp.
    The Rest

  • Hell – 4.8 – Cloudier than the Blond but otherwise very similar. A bit breadier, hoppiness a little more immediate, less bubbly.
  • Ur-Weizen – 5 – Sweet. Caramel and honey flavors. Pretty bubbly and not so hoppy. Refreshing, but a small glass is enough for me.

Anyway, this concludes my Europe 2011 series of posts. I’ve been back in Seattle a week now and am feeling ready to visit some good ol’ American breweries.

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Surselva Bräu

While on our way to Vals, Greg, Alice, and I stopped in Flims for dinner at Surselva Bräu, a nice-looking brewpub. I had a big ol’ salad and small glasses of the two beers they had on tap. Their other two beers were available only in bottles. All of them were 4.9%, conveniently enough.

surselva

Two beers on tap at Surselva Bräu — Flims, Switzerland

    Rob’s Pick

  • Marenghin Extra-Herb – seasonal summer beer – Crisp, lager-y, good hoppiness, good effervescence. Very refreshing.
    The Rest

  • Marenghin – Well-made, light, bready, slightly hoppy. Goes right down, but not too interesting.
  • Blutzcher – Amber color, but very light on the tongue. A bit watery. Malty, but not sweet. Not as hoppy as Marenghin.
  • Rensch – wheat beer – Had strong green olive aroma and flavor — bad batch, I hope? Needed a big wedge of lemon to make it drinkable.

Surselva had all sorts of different beer glasses for sale, but after a few minutes of perusing the varieties and sizes I think I picked the best one.

Rappi Bier Factory

My friends in Zurich, Greg and Alice, took me to Rappi Bier Factory (also in English) in nearby Rapperswil. They had three beers on tap, and the Big Blackbier I had from a bottle. Apparently their most popular beer is the Rappigold. The owner/brewer Steve tried a different yeast in the batch that was on tap, however, and it was, in a word, bad. Steve apologized for what he called the worst beer he’d ever brewed. Live and learn, I guess.

Rappi Bier Factory

A glass of Rappigold at the Rappi Bier Factory — Rapperswil, Switzerland

    Rob’s Picks

  • XXA Xtra Bitter Strong Ale – 6.7% – Bit of a floral aroma. Sweet caramel kick to hop bite, finishes with good mellow maltiness. Kind of a strong amber.
  • Big Blackbier – 8% – A strong stout (stout stout?). Good full alcohol and stout aroma. Flavors strong, too: alcohol, dark toastiness/smokiness. Not as heavy as it looks — effervescence helps with that. Good hoppiness and a subtle sweetness, too.
    The Rest

  • Rappigold – 4.8% – Hoppy honey lager. Watery and pretty sour. Hopefully Steve will go back to the original yeast in the next batch.
  • Linth Maisbier – 4.4% – Corn beer. Bit of an eggy/corny aroma. Light, with a bubbly tang. Slight breadiness, and decent hoppiness. Corn taste builds up — a lemon wedge would be useful here.

They had a glass for sale, too, but only with the spartan “Bier Factory” name it. The version with the color logo was from a smaller, more expensive production and not for sale. With a bit of sleight of hand, though, I was able to walk away with the fancier one. I drank a whole glass of the crappy Rappigold — I think I deserved it…

Rathaus Brauerei

On the way from Saanen to Zurich, I stopped in Lucerne for about three and a half hours (I thought I’d have a couple more hours, but the layover in Interlaken Ost was 30 minutes, and the train over Brünig Pass took a while). After running around Lucerne on a hasty “walking” tour, I settled down in the Rathaus Brauerei to sample the two beers they make.

rathaus brews

Two beers in the Rathaus — Lucerne, Switzerland

    Rob’s Pick

  • Pils – 4.5% – Light, not sweet, nice breadiness, no lemon/honey flavors. A good solid pils.
    The Rest

  • Wheat – 4.5% – A sweet wheat. Interesting and different. Sort of a malty sweetness, but not that bock-y sweetness, maybe a malty/honey combo. I liked it well enough, but I’d order the pils if I ever go back.

I also ended up buying a glass from them, figuring it would stay in Zurich until I fly back, so it’s not nearly as crazy as carrying a beer glass to Zurich as, say, from Amsterdam…

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