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Most beer drinkers are familiar with the term “unpounded” in Franconia. No wonder, because it is a tradition in Upper Franconia to brew unpunched beers. Wooden barrels are usually closed with a pin in the bunghole so that the bung pressure can build up and carbon dioxide can form. This would not work with the long storage that a lager goes through, as the pressure would become too high in the long run. So the bung was removed so that the camp could mature in peace. The result is an extremely drinkable beer with mild carbonation and little foam development.
The Wagner brewery from Merkendorf also has this traditional beer style in its range. The unpounded lager from Wagner inspires with its hearty character and a tasty 5.3% alcohol content.
The Franconian beer specialty flows into the glass in a clear gold tone and exudes a seductive scent of toasted malt, freshly baked bread and a touch of floral hops. The initial taste reveals a medium-heavy body with a great malt profile and a refreshing hop aroma. Earthy notes of caramel, nuts, honey, stone-baked bread and roasted grain are accompanied by hoppy aromas that taste of freshly mown grass and blooming flowers. A noble bitter rounds off the play of aromas and gives the beer contrast. The finish is dry and mildly bitter.
Wasser, Gerstenmalz, Hopfen, Hefe