Beer of the week 24th September - Luftballon (5.5%)
FESTBIER (5.5% ABV)
About the beer
This moreish, golden festbier has a refreshing bitterness and an aroma of lightly toasted bread. It’s named after the biggest German language single, Nena’s 99 Luftballons, later translated into the English language version 99 Redballoons. The malty character of Luftballons is produced using the traditional ‘decoction’ mashing method. This process involves removing and boiling a portion of the mash before recombining with the rest of the mash to bring the overall temperature up to it’s next rest temperature. During this boil Maillard reactions occur, producing melanoidins which darken the grains and add toasted and caramelised flavours. These changes are the same as those which occur in bread as it is toasted, hence the lightly ‘toasty’ malt character in this beer. Please do not drink 99 of them.