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Brauerei Hürlimann
Brandschenkestrasse 150
CH-8002 Zürich


Contributor: Alexey Kovalev

Hürlimann was scheduled to be closed in 1997, which didn't sit too well with some Swiss beer-lovers like Marc Kaeser:

It's cool you can find Swiss beers in the USA, but I don't like Huerlimann. The "Cardinal" brewery in Freiburg belongs to the "Feldschloesschen-Huerlimann-Holding". They had problems with the holding. (I'll never drink "Feldschloesschen" or "Huerlimann" again :-(Don't Cardinal or maybe Eichhof exist in the States? They brew better beer! Cardinal also belongs to the Holding, but if we don't drink Cardinal, they close the brewery. I HATE Feldschloesschen. The holding also controls over 70% of the Swiss "Getraenkemarkt". If you drink Pepsi here, it's Feldschloesschen. If you drink Schweppes, it's also Feldschloesschen. If you drink BUD or TUBORG ? Feldschloesschen!!! These two beers you can buy here are both brewed in Switzerland under license. But if you drink Coca Cola instead of Pepsi, (Coca-Cola isn't distributed by the FHH), The Holding will lose money and it would close the brewery here. Perhaps we should give the Cardinal Brewery up and build a new one that belongs to nobody! But the Brewery is part of the history of Freiburg, I wouldn't be that simple. Eichhof belongs to nobody for the moment. If Cardinal closes, I'll drink Eichhof.The bottle-filler-departement will be closed if they don't find partners inthe next two month. I hope it won't happen!

And by some miracle, it didn't happen! Hürlimann is alive and well in Zürich today.

Feldschlösschen-Hürlimann-Gruppe was sold to Carlsberg in November 2000.

Updated: September 7, 2013

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    5.00% abv.
    • Date: December 4, 2008 (#7589)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Brasserie Federal, Zürich, Switzerland
      Score: 16½ points
      Appearance (3)
      Bright golden. Dense head.
      Aroma (3)
      Mild grainy malt, mild noble hops.
      Mouthfeel (8)
      Medium body, smooth. Lots of fresh clean malt. Mildly sweet. Very mild noble hop flavor and bitterness.
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Good beer, but the name led me to expect something heavier. Paris labels this one "Gürlimann".

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    • Date: October 12, 1997 (#2323)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Hoffbrau Steaks Brewery #2, Dallas TX
      Score: 14 points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Dark red, fizzy, OK head. Dark aroma, molasses, maybe some coffee. Thick, very dark, pretty sweet. Treacly finish lasts forever.

  • German-Style Strong Doppelbock
    • Date: August 31, 1996 (#1562)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Kamuela Liquor Store, Kamuela HI
      Score: 19 points
      Overall Impression (3½)
      Dark amber, very low head, moderate carbonation. Alcohol nose, some caramel. Alcohol flavor, malty-sweet. Bitter middle, fairly bitter finish. Numbs my tongue. A better beer than Boston Beer Company Samuel Adams Triplebock.