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A classic German style ale found in the city of Düsseldorf. Fermented using a special top-fermenting yeast strain brought in from Germany. Dark brown in color, nutty and crisp in flavor. Toasted malt flavor and just a slight hint of fruitiness all balanced together with a kiss of noble hops. It's nice when beer tastes like beer.
Assertive hop bitterness well balanced by a sturdy yet clean and crisp malt character. The malt presence is moderated by medium-high to high attenuation, but considerable rich, complex, and somewhat grainy malt flavors can remain. Some fruity esters (especially cherry-like) may survive the lagering period. A long-lasting, medium-dry to dry, bittersweet or nutty finish reflects both the hop bitterness and malt complexity. Spicy, peppery or floral hop flavor can be moderate to low. No roasted malt flavors or harshness. The apparent bitterness level is sometimes masked by the malt character; the bitterness can seem as low as moderate if the finish is not very dry. Light sulfury or minerally character optional.