German tipple packs punch
Little organic number proves pleasant surprise
USUALLY I turn up my nose at gluten free, but a lovely little German beer touting this very attribute caught my attention in the beer aisle and I thought I would try it. Schnitzer Brau is a millet malt number from Offenburg that boasts organic and gluten-free status on its label (just about the only words in English). Food and Beverage Industry News reported last year that gluten-free beers in Australia was a growing market and Schnitzer Brau was leading the way along with O’Brien, brewed in Victoria. Gluten-free beers are typically made with non-gluten cereals such as millet or sorghum. If all gluten-free beers taste as good as Schnitzer Brau, the market will grow based on the quality of the products alone. Of course, a gluten-free offering will also attract those with coeliac disease or suffering other gluten-induced dietary issues.
The German Schnitzer Brau
The beer has a light, clean taste with a citrus undertone and sweet aftertaste. It would be a perfect dessert beer with some kind of citrus treat like a lemon cheesecake or orange cake. It weighs in at 5% alcohol content, or about 1.4 standard drinks per 330mL bottle. In all, it’s another perfect beer for a balmy and humid evening on the Coast.
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If all gluten-free beers taste as good as Schnitzer Brau, the market will grow based on the quality of the products alone.
NICE DROP: Schnitzer Brau is a German, gluten-free beer.