Three times per year the Schumacher brewery produces a different kind of Altbier. It is the renowned : Latzenbier.
Alt- oder Latzenbier?
The main differences between both beers is the taste and the volume of alcohol. The Altbier alcohol level by volume is 4.8% and it has a mild and spicy pleasant aroma. In comparison, Latzenbier has a balanced flavor between bitterness and malty sweetness, with some roasted malt notes. Its alcohol level by volume is 5.5%, a bit higher that the regular Altbier.
When and where?
This production takes place in both Schumacher brewery only three times per year: March, September and November. During that day both places are full of people who enjoy live music and the taste of a darker beer.
In the Schumacher located in Oststraße the queue occupy the whole street and they open the Biergarten even in winter time. In the brauerei located in the Altstadt the probability to find a place to stay is barely possible.
A bit of history
This beer, produced with mysterious ingredients, is supposed to appear before 1838 obtaining its name from the “Latten” or “Latzen” (wooden slats) where beers were served.
Last week, I got the chance to enjoy this famous day. The ambiance, the music, the joy of the people… Everything was really German and really charming at the same time. And the Latzenbier… I really enjoyed it!!! The taste was a balanced between sweet and sour, with a roasted malt end. It was the first time of the year, so you guys still have time to enjoy the next Latzenbier productions :).