When I planned out the summer beer tasting this wasn’t in my original plan. I had another elderflower beer but then this was gifted to me from Spendrups so I put it straight into the selection. This beer was actually released on the same day as the tasting so I got to try this for the first time along with everyone else who attended the May beer club meeting. The bar that I work in has sold nearly every product that Gotlands Bryggeri has produced, so I was interested in trying this one directly. Gotlands Bryggeri is a part of the Spendrups family and started producing beer back in June 1995. Over the past two decades of so they have grown to consistently come out with some tasty brews. I thought this one was, but it didn’t blow me away.
If I’m too be honest, I didn’t make detailed notes on this beer as I was holding the beer tasting at the same time. I did manage to scribble down a few short hand notes though. It was golden in colour and quite a thin body. The elderflower tones came through well in the aroma and it smelt fresh and very drinkable. The beer itself though was slightly lacking. It felt like the taste wasn’t quite as strong as I hoped. The wheat tones were quite quiet, and for a Berliner Weisse I expected a bit more acidity. The elderflower came back through in the after taste but it faded rather fast.
This beer didn’t really stick in the mind that well. It was kind of forgettable. It wasn’t particularly bad, it’s just its slightly boring. I felt that although the aroma was pleasant, the taste was quite subdued and I was wanted a bit more of everything. Like I say, I enjoyed it. It just didn’t stick in the memory all that well. It was nice to try something the day it was released, but I doubt I’ll be going back for another when there are simply better Berliner Weisse beers on the market today.