Monday, April 26, 2010

What we're drinking: Wernesgruner Pilsner

German-based Aldi grocery stores are popping up all over Alabama (five in the Birmingham area alone) and of note to Beermingham residents, they're starting to sell beer.

At last check, they had Monterrey Cerveza, a Guatemalan beer; Klassïek from the Netherlands and Wernesgrüner Pilsner from Germany.

Aldi's website specifically says that in the U.S., Klassïek is exclusive to the grocery chain, but we suspect all three might be. Being a German-based company, we chose to try Aldi's Wernesgrüner. At $5.99 a 6-pack, it was cheap enough and anyway, how bad could a German pilsner be? Not bad, actually.

It pours a very clear yellow, with a big frothy, fizzy head. At first the taste is just as unexciting, with hints of Budweiser and plenty of Miller Lite on the tongue. But the finish gets a bit grainy and more complex, and even ends with some bitterness. It's hard to believe a beer this colorless actually offers your tastebuds anything, but there it is.

As the days get warmer and the grass (ok, clover) taller, we look forward to giving Wernesgrüner a good, hardy test with our 4.5 HP Briggs & Stratton. It could become a summer staple, especially since our local Aldi is just down the street from Home Depot.