As we enter the month of March, people have begun to come from their winter hibernation, and looking for the best beer to ease into spring. So, I set out to find the best beer for the month of March, and here is what I found.
Bernard Premium Dark Lager has both comforting roasty properties but also has a super clean, dry, refreshing finish. In Germany, this style of beer is known as Schwarzbier (quite literally "black beer"), and as I poured it into the glass, I noticed two solid inches of creamy head -- much like when you pour a Guinness.
This dark lager has a nice coffee-ish nose with roasted caramel malt, faint bittersweet powdered cocoa, red wine touched dark muddled fruit, a subtle grainy sourness, and earthy, subdued, leafy hops -- all with a smooth clean finish. As I tasted it, I found hints of chocolate and licorice left behind, not unheard of within the dark beer classification. Also ,the carbonation is medium-strong; the many small bubbles are long-lived.
What ingredients go into a beer like this?
Well it’s made up of barley malt from the Bernard malt house, special malts; prepared Saaz hops, hop extract, and yeast. At a 5.10 ABV, it is a very drinkable beer found in most package stores year round -- it may take some digging, but it’s worth the search.
Furthermore, for beer enthusiasts I definitely recommend cellaring this beer, but be careful not to forget that beer is different from wine -- after five to seven years it turns bad, and will have a nasty cardboard taste.
This beer has earned my seal of approval, and is my choice for Beer of the Month for March; it’s that just right kind of beer for Saint Patrick’s Day, or just for the sake of a great tasting beer after a long day at work.