When one properly consumes a Johann Sebastian Bach Jubiläumsbier from a glass that features a golden rim, one first encounters something very nice: a medium fine, medium volumed head with many strands of CO2 and a golden color. Unfortunately, the crown quickly collapses, and already, after ten minutes, the streams of effervescence have all but disappeared.
Neither the odor nor the flavor is overpowering: a delicately spicy, pleasant smell rises gently into the nostrils and, upon sipping, the flavor is sweet and spicy. Thereafter the spices quickly dominate, building to a stronger, yet still mild, high point. After the spiciness has waned, the finish yields only the most subtle hint of hops.
Conclusion: this Bach Birthday Beer, brewed in Köthen, is an elegant beer. I like it because of the mild, yet satisfying, aromatic character – and I always prefer some sweetness! And the fact that I can be ready for another after only half an hour or so . . .
Indeed, a most prominent face is found on this bottle from the Köthen brewery. Bach did serve as Kapellmeister in Köthen from 1717 to 1723, so that is probably reason enough to name a beer after him. The problem with the whole thing, however, is that this beer is a real insult.
The fact is is that this concoction does not taste very good. Although it is, at first, light and sweet, it acts as if it is reluctant to reveal its positive qualities, as one would wish. Really, it just tastes cheap.
Too bad . . . What if Johann Sebastian found out?
Rating: The bottom third.