Ursus Timisoreana Original Romanian Pale Lager 5% abv.
Ursus are one of the largest breweries in Romania. They also brew Peroni and Grolsch for the local market but don’t appear to offer much more variety in styles. Their website shows mainly lagers, fruit flavoured lagers, which are popular in Eastern Europe and a strong beer.
The Timisoreana brewery first opened in 1718 and was acquired by Ursus in 2001. Ursus was founded in 1878 and was nationalised between 1948 and 1996 when it was sold to SAB Miller. The brewery is now in the process of being acquired by Japanese brewers Asahai.
I picked this bottle up at my local supermarket because I can’t resist trying a new beer. At £1.29 it was a bargain. I have reviewed beers from around 15 different countries for The Carouser over the last couple of years and I have noticed that the craft beer revolution has spread to most countries. Thankfully, many of our bottle shops and supermarkets will have a good range of foreign beers on display.
Timisoreana pours a pale gold colour and has a biscuit aroma. It is quite malty for a lager with a slightly bready flavour and is little on the sweet side compared with some lagers. Pale lagers are softer than Pilsner style beers and have less hop character. Pale or Helles style lagers originated in Germany and can be found in most countries.
Romania has a population of 20 million and has been a full member of the European Union since 2007. Romania was part of the Ottoman Empire and its cuisine shares many of the dishes popular in Greece and Turkey such as meatballs and moussaka. Pork is also popular especially at Christmas. Romania is the world’s 9th biggest wine producer but most people drink beer. The best known Romanian drink is Țuică which is a plum brandy.
There are no great Romanian rock musicians that I can think of to listen to when supping Timisoreana. This is because rock music was not officially sanctioned under communism which lasted until 1989. Just imagine that- not being able to listen to great rock music. This led me to think what record would you give to someone who has never heard any rock music? My choice would be Led Zeppelin’s 4th album, Untitled or 4 Symbols which contains classic tracks such as ‘Stairway to Heaven’ and ‘Black Dog’. My own track selection would be ‘Rock and Roll’. Invite a Romanian colleague around, cook them some meatballs, open a few bottles of Timisoreana and show them what life in the west is all about as they thrill to Led Zeppelin performing ‘Rock and Roll’.