Candy Kaiser is Brewdog’s take on an Altbier.
Altbiers hail from Westphalia in Germany, the name means ‘old beer’ – ‘old’ in that it’s an old established style, rather than a vintage brew. The best known examples – indeed the examples with which I’m most familiar (such as Diebels Alt) – with come from Düsseldorf. They’re top fermented, which means they’re Ales, but fermented at lower temperatures like a lager.
Candy Kaiser pours a classic dark amber colour, with a rich white head.
The nose is toasty and malty, dark toffee, promising a welcoming warming brew.
The flavour, it’s an Altbier all right, there are hints of hops (Hersbruker and Magnum), a gentle tickle more than a bite, but it balances with the toasty malty base – there are Carafa, Extra Pale and Munich malts in there.
It’s warm and comforting, but not overly so, it’s really well balanced and at just 5.2%, you don’t feel too guilty reaching for a second.