It seems that in order to be a German brewer, you need at least a couple of hundred years of business under your belt. Brauerei Keiserdom is another in a long line of such breweries in Germany, founded in 1718 and located in Bamberg, in what can be thought of as Deutschland’s ‘midlands’. Does that also give them a drawn-out accent? Who knows, we’re here to talk about beer! Founded by an innkeeper, Georg Morg (a perfect death metal band member name if ever I heard one), and named after the German word for an ‘Imperial Cathedral’, the brewery changed hands over the years until it came into the ownership of the Wörner family, who still own and run the business to this day.
The brewery started to produce alkoholfrei beers in 1982, but recently (2019) they have been investing heavily in de-alcoholisation technology and a CO2 recovery system on-site. This at least gives us some idea of what to expect from Kaiserdom Lager Beer 0.0%. Centuries-old brewing knowledge combined with modern technology has borne drinkable fruit before, and Brauerei Keiserdom describe their lager as having ‘full taste’ and ‘isotonic properties’. A big plus for me comes from the vessel the brewer has chosen to sell their beers in; a full-sized 500ml can – quite a rare thing in the alcohol-free world! As well as their standard lager, the brewer also sells non-alcoholic beer infused with both lemon and pink grapefruit – sounds great for a summer cooler. So, will this AF lager be a simple thirst-quencher or a palate shaker?
Pouring from the can we get a clear golden coloured liquid with some steady streams of bubbles visible. A thin white frothy head is produced, but sinks back with alacrity. On the nose we get lager malt, lime citrus, caramel and a slight pinch of spice. Fresh and clean, good lager aromas here.
On tasting the lager malt is up front, offering a light sweetness, almost like honey or golden syrup. There’s also a grassy bitterness, but as with the malt it’s very light. Body is thin, with the carbonation lighter than expected from the bubbles on display, whilst the mouthfeel has a stickiness to it. We get a dry finish to the drink.
Kaiserdom Lager Beer 0.0% is certainly a thirst-quencher in my opinion. The aromas are pleasant and interesting enough to perk up the senses, however the flavour is very light in comparison. This does make it easy to drink, but I was hoping for something a little different from a brewer with over 300 years experience in the intricacies of hops and malt, as well as 4 decades experience in the nolo sector. One for slaking your thirst on a warm afternoon – and with the size of those cans it’s perfect for doing so.
Buy Kaiserdom Lager Beer 0.0%
I’ve yet to see any of Kaiserdom’s beers out in the wild, but you can readily get your hands on their Lager Beer 0.0% cans online. Check these out:
|Nutritional Information (per 100ml, taken from the side of the can)
|Water, Barley Malt, Hops, Fermentation Carbon Dioxide
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|Brauerei Kaiserdom – https://kaiserdom.de/home
Kaiserdom Lager Beer 0.0% Review
Lovely aromas and easy to drink, this AF lager should appeal to most fans of the style.