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The name Hoepfner relates to a family of hop farmers, although it was
actually a priest family member who founded the brewery in 1798. The new built
brewery has been at its present location in Karlsruhe, Baden, Germany since
Currently in its sixth generation of family ownership, the brewery has a
capacity of 200,000 hectoliters and has resisted temptation of mass-production,
priding itself on its “artisan” (craft) facility.
As they say on their corporate website, their long-term strategy is to make
yesterday’s popular beer styles, popular today.
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|Very dark ruby brown almost black,
more than adequate beautiful tan foam that’s both firm and enduring. The
nose is malty for sure, with a toasty caramel. The palate is not quite as
impressive, slightly carbonated at first, a nice rounded softness, but
overall fairly light. That does of course make for easy drinking.
There’s a light maltiness at first and a slight fruitiness, but the
front of the palate is not too eventful. It does however improve in the
middle bringing out an enticing caramel flavor, and a little chocolate,
what you could call toffeeish. There’s a noticeably dry bitter finish
that is slightly burnt and espresso-like. What remained was a long
lingering aftertaste of well-balanced caramel malt and toastiness, even
becoming smoky the longer I waited. It certainly would make a very good
session beer, and I have to add would work well with food.
Aroma: 7/10 Palate: 3/5 Taste: 7/10 Overall: 14/20 Score: 3.6
Last Updated: 07/24/2001