Barbarossa Pilsener

Review Date 4/9/2016 Updated  By John Staradumsky


For Christmas of 2015, my wife bought me a really cool present: BeerAdvent Calendar 2015 from Kalea. In truth, my wife got me a lot of nice presents (sheís the best wife ever), but the nice thing about the Beer Advent Calendar is you get it early. You have to, since itís comprised of 24 different imported German beers in a box with little doors that you open, one per day from December 1st through December 24th. All of the beers are listed on the side of the carton, however, so be careful not to look and spoil the daily surprises!

I love German beer more than beer from any other country on Earth, so this was definitely right up my alley. My one criticism of the calendar is there are no bocks or doppelbocks (not fair!), but otherwise itís just an amazing way to sample 24 German beers Iíve never seen before. I got mine a Costco here in Georgia and paid $59.95 for the box. That might sound steep, but when you distribute that price over 24 different half liter cans, it only works out to $2.50 per can. Not a bad deal at all looked at that way.

Today is Day 13 of the German Beer Advent Calendar and we're working non the second half of our 24 can selection. Currently, that means Barbarossa Pilsener contract brewed for the Barbarossa Brauerei by Egerer. Egerer has done the past few beers in the calendar under license from smaller breweries. One problem here is that there are several Barbarossa breweries in Germany, though the importer says this beer is brewed for Barbarossa Brauhaus Schollkrippen, though they don't seem as old as the 1897 date on the can.

The beer is named for the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I, called Barbarossa (red beard) for his, well, red beard. If you ask me, this would be a better name for a Roggen or Marzen, but obviously nobody asked me.

The cans says Barbarossa has an alcohol content of 4.9% by volume and a best by date of September 1st 2016. It was packaged on July 1st of 2015.

Barbarossa Pilsener pours to a pale yellow color with a towering pillowy head and a soft biscuit malt nose. A fine layer of Brussels lace clings to the sides of my glass and follows the liquid all the way to the bottom. Taking a sip the beer has a crisp biscuit malt palate and a dry very grassy long dry lingering bitterness. Barbarossa is uncomplicated to be sure but but beautiful in its malt and hop purity.

Iím greatly enjoying my Beer Advent Calendar with the day 13 beer. Hereís looking forward to the remaining 11, and another assortment of 24 in 2016. Weíll be on the lookout next year at Costco, and following the beers on their Facebook page.

The beers of the 2015 Beer Advent Calendar:

Day 1 Alpinebrauerei Burgerbrau Alpen Stoff

Day 2 Ankerbrau Nordlingen Grandl Helles Lagerbier

Day 3 Herrnbrau Tradition Bayerisches Festbier

Day 4 Schlossbrauerei Herrngiersdorf Publiner

Day 5 Hofbrauhaus Friesing Huber Weisses

Day 6 Lowenbrauerei Passau Urtyp Hell

Day 7 Spath Brau Osser Osser Gold

Day 8 Hosl Marzenbier

Day 9 Wittmann Urhell

Day 10 Kloster Urstoff Marzen

Day 11 Egerer Eaglebrau Weizenbier Dunkel

Day 12 Egerer 1516 Schloss Weisse

Day 13 Barbarossa Pilsener

Day 14 Lausaria Romergold Export Hell

Day 15 Egerer Winter Weisse

Day 16 Kress Bayrisch Zwickel

Day 17 Egerer Winterfestbier

Day 18 Egerer Konig Wilhelm Ur-Weisse Dunkel

Day 19 Egerer Das Besondere Festbier

Day 20 Egerer Baren Weisse

Day 21 Bierkutscher Edel Pils

Day 22 Alpenkonig Gold

Day 23 Egerer Altbayrisch Dunkel

Day 24 Edel Bayer Urtyp Hell

Glad I tried it?  T

Would I rebuy it??


*Pricing data accurate at time of review or latest update. For reference only, based on actual price paid by reviewer.

(B)=Bottled, Canned