5,0 Original is a brand that just makes it into the Shit Beer Showdown at 49 cents per 500ml can. The product range all have a very minimalist and modern label design which probably appeals to younger Germans. The label boasts that the company saves on not advertising and that this is “a good pils without Schnörkel (embellishment)”. The brewery is not explicitly given on the label; we just get a post office box address somewhere in Braunschweig. After some internet research, one discovers that this range is brewed at Brauerei Braunschweig which is owned by Oettinger. What a surprise!
5,0 Original Pils contains exactly 5.0% alcohol by volume in a bold black and white, distinctly un-German can.
It pours a deep rich gold with a fragile head and smells strongly of corn and chemicals. Taste is the typical cane sugar sweetness followed by a decent amount of grassy and spicy hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is slightly watery with medium carbonation.
This pils definitely tastes like what a pils should taste like but remains relatively disappointingly one-dimensional and monotonous. At 49 cents per can, I’m not convinced that this is better value than some of the better 29 cent beers I’ve previously reviewed.
Rating: 4 Stars out of 10