PICK YOUR POISON: Summer Breeze Beer

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Bands, festivals and the lot are releasing branded booze by the dozens these days. Grimm makes it its mission to get to the bottom (of the bottle) of this trend with insightful reviews and extra backgrounds. So sit back, PICK YOUR POISON, and discover all you need to know about your favorite bands’ alcoholic brands!

Festival: Summer Breeze Open Air

Booze Style: Pilsner – German

ABV: 4,9%

Brewery: Haller Löwenbräu (Germany)


After pouring it in a glass the Summer Breeze beer produces a decent white head with active effervescence in the glass. The first smells are spicy and grass aromas, typical for the Hallertau hops from the region of the Haller Löwenbräu brewery. Summer Breeze beer is very refreshing and with a crispness to it it that must taste heavenly on hot festival days. The carbonation comes late on the tongue and is quite gentle. The beer has a typical taste of German pilsner, but I would definitely place among in the higher ranges of this long brewing tradition. In the end you can still enjoy the nice long lasting aftertaste.

Since there is little information available from either Summer Breeze or Haller Löwenbräu brewery my best guess is that this beer is similar or maybe even identical to the Haller Löwenbräu’s Edelpils served on the festival grounds. This pilsner beer runs down smoothly and is therefore finished before you know it.

Of course this beer was tasted and tried in the comfort of my home. It has not been tasted if it is also festival-proof. Maybe we should have tried another one in festival conditions: lukewarm and straight from the can.


The packaging is as metal as it can get. The front shows a skull with fire and blood red tints around it. While other cans would have a description of the beer or the brewery, this can presents a list of the bands playing at Summer Breeze 2016. For this reason this particular can might become a collector’s item for fans since it is very likely that next year’s edition will be released with a different artwork and of course new names.

Grab your chance to try this beer at next year’s Summer Breeze! For more information you can already check out the festival’s advertisement for 2016 here.

Aroma: 2,5/5

Taste: 3,5/5

Packaging: 3,5/5

Originality: 3/5