While it rarely enjoys the hype of the area’s younger breweries, Palm Harbor’s Lagerhaus Brewery & Grill has been quietly serving up excellent European-style beers for nearly 10 years, crafted by Austrian brewmaster Franz Rothschadl.
The first beer it released, in 2009, was Fischer’s Hefeweizen, an authentic take on the Bavarian classic. That beer has served as a base for spinoffs, including Lagerhaus’ popular seasonal release Tangerine Hefeweizen, brewed with Florida tangerines. Served as a small, quarter-liter taster to a hefty full-liter stein, Tangerine Hefeweizen is hazy and golden, with a creamy white froth on top. The tangerine plays nicely with the fruity yeast ester aromas, mellowing out banana notes with crisp citrus. The beer is mildly sweet, balanced with faint clove spice. It’s both light and rich, and very satisfying — a colorful, summer-friendly twist on a classic Lagerhaus brew. If you’re a fan of tangerines or German wheat beers, this one is a no-brainer.
You’ll find it on draft exclusively at Lagerhaus’ Palm Harbor taproom, and it’s worth the trip. While you’re there, try some of Rothschadl’s other brews, like the truly world-class Royal Bohemian Pilsner, or the strangely compelling Underbrau, a riff on the popular Underberg digestif. — Justin Grant
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