21 November 2020

Duff Beer - Lagerbier Hell (Lidl) By @SpectreUK

Duff Beer - Lagerbier Hell

This beer is inspired by Homer Simpson's favourite Duff Beer. "The Legendary Beer" or "Lagerbier Hell" as the 500ml can states, or as the slogan in The Simpson's would say ""Can't Get Enough of That Wonderful Duff".

I used to watch The Simpsons every time it was on when I was younger. However I must admit that I haven't seen The Simpsons for many years. It's not that I don't like it anymore or went off it, I just never know when it's on and there seems to be millions of episodes now. I'm not sure I'd go as far as to buy a boxset or more and start over, as there are now 32 seasons!

I also have to admit that I've left this Duff Beer in my beer fridge for far too long. I've been avoiding it expecting it to be a belly-burping lager of low quality. I'm not usually so snobbish about beer. I think it's partly because of the theme, partly because I think this is a bit of a novelty, and back to the partly because of the gimmicky themed name.

At 4.9% in volume this golden coloured Duff Beer was brewed in Springfield… no wait… it was produced by… Duff Beverage, which rang some alarms. Perhaps the actual brewery is being a little cute as to where it was originally brewed or just out of embarrassment for a themed beer? There I go being snobbish again. This is not like me. So I'll buck up and pop open the can… Oh, wait again… on looking it up this pale lager beer is brewed in Germany by the Eschwege Monastery, so I better not be too mean about. Duff Beer is described as "a Pilsner topped with a white head".

On opening the familiar coloured themed can there was a smell of herbal hops followed by an aroma of Pilsner. On taste this Duff Beer is actually okay in flavour. I'm afraid that to me it is a belly-burper with lots of bubbles, but I suppose that does go with the theme I guess. I felt a little like Homer Simpson drinking it whilst burping and eating my lasagne with garlic bread on the side.

Duff Beer is not the strongest flavoured pale lager I've ever tasted. There is some sweetness from the Pilsner malt, cereals and caramel malt to start with, then there is a bite of herbal hops followed by the malts into the aftertaste. There is nothing wrong with this beer, so perhaps I am being too snobbish? I enjoyed drinking Duff Beer for the novelty, but unfortunately I wouldn't rush out and get another. This is a smooth pale lager with lots of bubbles and not a great deal of flavour to it. I prefer bitter beer that bites at me and chases me around the room, just not like a character in a cartoon!

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