As if having conquered the world of beer wasn’t enough, the eye of Mikkeller has for some time now been fixed upon the German hills along Moselle - and more specifically, Weingut Meierer vineyard.
Out of this acquaintance came Mosel Bajer, a Riesling Lager brewed with Weingut Meierer – and Riesling People. The latter is a New England style IPA brewed with Meierer Riesling juice from Mikkeller Vineyards. This is vintage 2019 and has been brewed twice before. The first edition gave rise to a still growing demand for beer with grapes traditionally used in wine and that edition is, in my opinion, still the best to date.
So.. is it wine or is it beer? The bitterness in the finish certainly gives away the answer but other than that, it’s successfully made to resemble many of the sensations you’d experience with Riesling wine, especially in aroma, body, and dryness. Immensely juicy and nicely carbonated yet with subtle hints of acidity and grapey sourness.
Pours very hazy yellow with a thin yet frothy, lasting white head. Aroma is hops, grapes, citrus (lemon and grapefruit), sweet malts, and tropical fruits. Taste is moderate sweet with elements of hops, citrus, winey hints, oats, and pineapple. Medium body, average carbonation, oily texture light bitter finish. 6.7% ABV.
Check out Pinot People as well, if you can’t get enough of beer and wine fusions.