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Birrificio L'Olmaia La 5
Posted: 13 May 2015  Beer Republic 6.5 
L'Olmaia La 5 from Italy According to Birrificio L'Olmaia, La 5 is their most famous brew and is "now considered a classic beer in Italy as well as abroad." The pilsner malt base probably explains why I thought I was initially drinking a lager but with more depth with a taste that could have almost bordered a Belgian wheat without the coriander and orange peel.  La 5 is refreshing and it's tasty ... and it's expensive.       
Avg price/liter: USD 22.61   ABV %: 5.5  Type: Pale Ale   
       


Birrificio L'Olmaia is a new brewery.  New is defined here as anything that's been around a decade old or less.  The company is named for the farmhouse near Siena (Tuscany -- famous for wines more than beer), where the beers were first brewed.   It moved shop in 2009 to larger quarters nearby and today produces 6 types of beer and some seasonal beers through 'old skool' methods.     

What the hell is old skool?  Unpasteurized, unfiltered, and re-fermented.  Birrificio L'Olmaia's beers are living brews! The probably contain your USDA recommended daily allowances for something.          

According to Birrificio L'Olmaia, La 5 is their most famous brew, an Italian Chiara style (similar to a Belgian wheat here), and is "now considered a classic beer in Italy as well as abroad."  Is it?  I'm going to Italy in a month, and I'll ask every Italian I meet if they've ever heard of it. La 5 has a pilsner malt base with hops from Slovakia and Germany. 

The pilsner malt base probably explains why I thought I was initially drinking a lager but with more depth with a taste that could have almost bordered a Belgian wheat without the coriander and orange peel.            

La 5 is refreshing and it's tasty ... and it's expensive.   The Beer Republic doesn't slam a beer because it's expensive, not if it can more than justify its premium price tag with a new kind of taste experience.  If you haven't gotten the picture by now, the Beer Republic doesn't consider a beer trendy and sublime just because it requires working overtime to afford it.          

Based on the taste of La 5, I consider Birrificio L'Olmaia a brewery to keep watching. I'll be watching very closely in Italy where, if it's really a classic, I can get my lips on it for a discount.          

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