/ Doug's Beer Republic / Review: Federbrau Lager
Posted: 8 March 2015
Federbrau is brewed according to the standards of the German Purity Law. Well, so the brewer says. You could do a lot worse than Federbrau. But you don't have to look too hard anymore to do a lot better.
Avg price/liter: USD 3.47
ABV %: 4.7
Around 2008, Federbrau (or
Feather Brew because its taste is supposed to be as light as
a feather) entered production in Thailand and, thereafter,
ceased to become less and less popular. For a brief
period of time between 2008-10, my wife and I treated
Federbrau as our goto local beer until finding it became too
hit or miss.
Brewed by the same beer
conglomerate that makes the Changs, Federbrau was clearly
their strategy to dominate the premium beer tier. It's brewed
according to the standards of the German Purity Law.
Well, so the brewer says. It wouldn't be the first time a
label on a local Thai product was completely fabricated.
In Thailand, organic on a label can mean what it does in any
Western country. Or it can mean "license to double the
price" without actually providing a genuinelyorganic product.
Okay, let's just accept that
Federbrau is the real deal, a beer brewed with no additives
or fillers or additional flavorings. Just hops, yeast,
barley, and water. That alone doesn't transform the
beer into a quality German clone.
Federbrau is good. It's not great. It has a much lighter taste than any
of the German beers I've sampled and clocks in with slightly
less alcohol than the average Thai beer.
In Thailand, it used to be the beer you'd reach for when you wanted
something slightly better without breaking the bank. With Singha's steady price rise, Federbrau is now
almost neck and neck in price per liter with the Singha. Federbrau's problem is that it's not easy to find in
every local market shop.
You could do a lot worse than Federbrau. But you don't have to look too
hard anymore to do a lot better.