The special design of the European Beer Star gives breweries of all types equal opportunities. Size, importance, ownership, tradition are values that may be important in the daily battle for market share. In front of the palates and noses of our expert jury, all beers are equal.
It doesn't matter whether it's a one-person company or a large corporation; whether a brewery is hundreds of years old or just founded. All stories are interesting; all beers are welcome at the European Beer Star.
The following breweries have already won awards. Click on the logo for more information.
"Good. Very good," say our stars, the experts from the European Beer Star jury, about the other stars - the award-winning beers - and then go on to say a lot more. Like our expert and editor-in-chief of the Beer Star News. Be inspired by Birgit Rieber's tasting notes from the magazine.
Buckskin Brewing | TWN
A feast for the eyes. Brilliant orange, shiny fine. Firm, fine-pored, beige foam. Delicate, yet animating malt aroma. Honey notes, discreet caramel surrounded by fresh hop aroma - that's what good beer smells like. In addition, a hint of kumquats, primroses. Soft on the palate, hearty body, powerful, punchy. You can taste the summer. Harmonious and elegant. If you are not sure what drinkability means, you should try this beer from Taiwan.
Hoppebräu | GER
Brilliant golden-yellow. Fine opalescence fades into evenly delicate haze. Grassy fresh hop nose with grapefruit and lemon verbena. Sweet fruity notes on the second nose; ripe pineapple, white peach, gooseberry; resinous green hop notes. Soft on the nose. Broad, powerful. Style-typical IPA flavor explosion. Bitterness and sweetness. A diverse, harmonious finishing IPA; traditional with a hint of modern flavor hops.
BRONZE: 2021 | 2020
Distelhäuser Brewery | GER
Orange opalescence. Nevertheless radiant. Fine, cream-colored foam. In the nose: dried flowers, some acacia honey, a hint of banana. Soft on the nose, delicately sparkling carbon dioxide. The full-bodied palate is a paragon of harmony. Sweet honeydew melon, wild strawberry, crisp butter cookie. Subtle bitterness and roasted nuts form the backbone. Everything goes 'hand in hand'. Wonderful 'drinkability' - if you will.
Brouwerij Kompel | BEL
Copper-colored, naturally cloudy; firm head. A fine honey scent is underpinned by caramel notes. Accompanied by tropical fruits. Ripe orange comes first, followed by Hawaiian pineapple and white peach. A quiet, soft entry lets the high-quality sweetness work its magic on the tip of the tongue. Forest honey and, as in the aroma, orange go hand in hand as they make their way across the tongue. Then the flavors step forward. The beer is present, powerful, harmonious. Prion des Fleur finishes with gentle bitterness that contrasts the honey notes in the finest way.
Eitinger Fischerbräu | GER
Bright copper, shiny fine. A scent of white flowers emanates from the firm, white foam cap. In addition, toffee, fresh butter cookie, some caramel, but fine. Delicate on the nose; crisp and fresh. Smooth soft toffee on the palate as well, mixed with red berries. The bitterness fits perfectly! It makes the drinking flow decidedly elegant. A very, very fine Märzen. It does honor to the European Beer Star Award in silver.
GOLD: 2007 | 2008 | 2012 | 2015
SILVER: 2020 | 2016
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. | USA
Light amber. Soft, supple entry. Attractive, not overly dominant carbonation dances lightly on the tongue, bringing out the fruit flavors - apricots and grapes were included. Then the acidity comes to the fore, the fruit notes only reappear in the aftertaste. Before that, woody and leathery tones lend some seriousness to the playful beer, balancing the acidity and letting the fruit have the final chord.
Full Moon Brewworks | THA
Golden yellow opalescence. Creamy foam. Yes! Banana. Firm to the bite, not too ripe. In Thai literature, no woman smells as good as Bussaba. On the second breath, white pepper, vanilla, daisy, then pear, peach. The deep sip recalls fried banana and coconut; spiciness resonates in the background. Putzmunter carbonation juggles sweetness, tingles into the tart finish. Attenzione: There are ginger flowers hidden in the beer.
SILVER: 2020 | 2018
Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg | AUT
Radiant light gold, shiny, brilliant. The scent of a summery flower meadow permeates the firm, fine foam. Slender yet powerful; precise, clear. The finely malty body embeds the highly elegant bitterness. It seems citrus fresh, rather the lemon zest and that of yellow grapefruit. Very long lasting, always quality concise tartness, seems "Nordic" in the best sense. Pils as pils can. Looking forward to every other sip.
Birra Mastino | ITA
Light gold, beautiful opalescence. A grassy floral freshness emanates from the pretty white foam cap. Blossom honey and fresh bread dough mingle with it. I think of summer, am happy, especially in winter, about this image in my mind. Surprisingly full-bodied, lively perlage. Graceful sweetness on the tip of the tongue. But then, "I'm a Pilsner!" Tart, elegant bitterness spreads. Rich finish of velvety bitterness. The whole ends fragrantly as it began: with grassy, floral notes.
Microbrasserie Le Trou de diable | CAN
Dark gold, lots of fine, creamy foam. Opulent rezzen. Lively entry gives wings to the powerful body. Fresh doughnuts on the nose, well powdered. Ripe yellow peach, passion fruit, white pepper and fruit candy on the tongue. Only later the impression becomes "adult". For pointed bitterness joins in, thanks to Simcoe. Fruit again, in combination with savory spiciness. Then this dryness! Tractor: Stop! We're thirsty.
SILVER: 2020 | 2018
Ootmarsummer Bierbrouwerij | NED
Dark chestnut brown. Fine haze. Light brown foam remains stable, but a subtle smoky aroma permeates through it. Memories of crackling campfires. I wrap fresh yeast dough around my branch, not without tasting of the raw dough. In between, I take a sip of the creamy, smooth smoked beer. Fine-bodied, well-integrated carbonation creates a fresh head. Now I'm looking forward to my freshly baked stick bread.
Kronenbrauerei Alfred Schimpf | GER
Dark copper. Uniform, dense cloudiness. Lots of sandy, dense, firm foam. Ripe banana, dried plum, rum from the wooden barrel on the nose. Full-bodied entry with powerful presence. Finely sparkling, playful, yet creamy, subtle sweetness. Reminders of forest honey and dried fruit; apricot, plum, banana. A touch of acidity makes the bock light on its feet. Dry in the aftertaste. Vanilla and warmth again remind of long aged rum.
GOLD: 2016 | 2015