Aldi stores in their various formats worldwide made Theo and Karl Albrecht very wealthy men indeed.
While other stores in Germany copy the low-price, limited-range approach, Aldi’s retail model remains unique in Australia as far as I can tell – as does the predominance of house brands. The latter reportedly constitute 95 per cent of sales.
Sprinkled among the house brands, though, are one-off bargain offerings of everything from computers to water pumps.
The beers reviewed today possibly fall into this one-off category – though it’s never easy to tell in Aldi whether they’re ongoing or not. But however they fit in, these beers from Flensburg, Germany, are outstanding.
The pilsener in particular appeals as a classic example of the German pils style. It ticks every box in the beer judge’s style manual. Thanks to a reader, Marc Fenning, for providing the bottles for review.
Flensburger Weizen 330ml swing-top 6-pack $14.99
Aldi’s import from Flensburg, far northern Germany, offers little information on the label, but the beer in the bottle says heaps. It has a light lemon colour with a fine haze, suggesting bottle conditioning. The fruity, spicy aroma leads to a tangy, lemony palate, reminiscent of the southern German wheat styles.
Flensburger Pilsener 330ml swing-top 6-pack $14.99
The pale lemon colour, luxurious white head and fresh, herbal-hops aroma invite a big mouthful. And what an impressive beer it is – an excellent German pilsener style: crisp, fresh and lively with deep, smooth malty flavours cut through with refreshing hops flavours and a fine, lingering, cleansing bitterness.
Copyright Chris Shanahan 2013
First published 25 September 2013 in the Canberra Times