Saturday, 18 February 2012

So What's A Landbier Again?

Since TheBeerNut just did a writeup of a Landbier I figured now would be a good time to mention this while still fresh in peoples minds.. He asked the question, what is a Landbier? The answer is either a German session beer, or else as as Felix (A German) said:
the term "Landbier" describe a traditional type of beer. It is not a typical type of beer, but it is traditionally brewed. The term "Landbier" is rather a term used for advertising :-)

Schlapppeseppel Landbier is a 5.3% yellowish amber coloured lager with almost no head to speak of. It's as cloudy as a heffe though. The aroma is one of straw and orange with orange evident in the flavour as well. There is little in the way of hop character and almost no bitterness either. Instead the caramel malts seem to dominate but not at the level you might get in a Bock.

All in all, it's a nice beer but not something I can see myself drinking.
Since the Landbier I had is pretty much different in every conceivable way to the one TBN had, I can only conclude the Felix is right and Landbier is less a style and more a term used for advertising a traditionally brewed country beer of miscellaneous style.


  1. There are loads of hazy German lagers. In particular from the brewpubs, and often a little too yeasty :/

    Rueben, Landbier is a funny thing, ranging from what you had to some very dark examples, like Pott's. You gotta try them all :) I think I agree with Felix, it's more a term to try and indicate "a bit traditional", whatever that means :D