Archive for the ‘German Pilsener’ Category

I just binge watched “Law and Order: SVU” while Val was asleep. We finished the Law and Order Menendez Murder show last week. She came in when I was watching episode 2 and started to get into it. I still can’t get Val to watch “Criminal Minds” with me, but that show is exponentially more creepy, which is why I usually watch it during the day as opposed to night. Anyways, let’s get to the beer.

ABV: 4.7%

Style: German Pilsener

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Classic, creamy and herbaceous. Clean malt and refined noble hop character come together in the best way. Repeatable.”

Random: I wish more breweries would put out solid pilsners. I tend to be more impressed with those beers than a super hoppy IPA.

The beer poured with a half a finger of loose white head that dissipated slowly. It left very little lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow with very light carbonation visible. The nose had some grass and untoasted grain. It also had a green herbal note that was hard to pin down. The taste was light with a touch of twang and grain. It had the same green herbal note as well that manifested as fresh basil. The body was on the light side and needed a touch more carbonation. The finish was lengthy with grain and basil. A pounder can was $3.50, which came to $.22 per ounce. This beer was on the more expensive side, but a solid pilsner.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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Today is my last Valentine’s Day being single. We get married in 10 days and I couldn’t be more excited.

ABV: 4.5%

Style: German Pilsener

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Pendulum Pilsner is a rich velvet smooth, yet clean, dry and crisp pilsner of a pale gold color. The complex mix of hops and malt creates an elegant floral nose and delightful taste that is very drinkable without overwhelming even the most tepid beer drinker. Not overly bitter but just enough of the hop to enjoy their subtle complexities while still enjoying the smooth, and almost sweet taste of the malt. Serve Pendulum in a tall glass to enjoy the carbonated bead and the steady white head that laces the glass and taste why Pendulum Pilsner is a cut above the rest.”

Random: This won silver at the 2016 World Beer Championships.

This beer poured with a half a finger of pure white head. It dissipated almost instantly, leaving no lacing on the glass. A very petite crown was left on top of the clear, golden-yellow body. It had a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was slightly skunky up front. It had river stones as well, but I couldn’t get away from the skunk. The taste was also skunky, although not nearly as prevalent as the nose. Some grassy hops and light yeast made their way through as well, but this beer was simplistic. The body was incredibly light with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick finish with grass. A bottle f this beer was $1.83, which came to $.15 per ounce. I wasn’t a huge fan of this beer and there are many better examples of the style out there.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

Today’s selection is a beer that I originally tried at the brewery and then picked up a can to bring home. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 4.6%

Style: German Pilsener

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We’ve been having a lot of fun here at the brewery re-creating classic styles and a German Pils was the first style that popped into our heads. We all enjoy drinking hop forward beers but we also enjoy our German Lagers as well. Now that we are able to meet our production demands with our other flagship beers we decided we can have some fun. Brau Pils was our newest summer seasonal alongside El Hefe Speaks, NOW YEAR-ROUND. Brau Pils is a straight forward Pilsner with a light body, moderate carbonation and an assertive yet restrained hop character. Aromas of earthy, spicy noble hops are chased by a rich, cracker-like note backed up with clean, malty notes and a neutral lager yeast profile. This beer is made to help refresh on those hot summer dog days of DC.”

Random: This beer comes in at 28 IBUs.

The beer poured with a three finger, ecru colored head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was clear and straw yellow with a lot of carbonation. The nose had grain and lemon with a touch of mineral water. The taste was very crisp with grain and a touch of grass with some hops. River stones and mineral water came through too. The body was on the lighter side with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick finish with river stones. A can was $2.17 and was $.18 per ounce. This was an easy drinking pilsner that would pair well with any food.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

I finally finished last season of “Game of Thrones.” Val wants me to clear out space on the DVR and I left it there for awhile. I like the show a lot, it’s just really hard to follow since I haven’t watched from the beginning. One weekend, I’ll binge watch to catch up. Until then, let’s talk about the beer.

ABV: 4.2%

Style: German Pilsener

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This American Pilsner is named after our co-worker Bill, who has asked us to make a Pilsner for over a year. Brewed with Pilsner malt and toasted wheat, this light, crushable beer is a crisp, and refreshing type deal.”

Random: This is another beer that I picked up in Maryland.

The beer poured with a quarter finger of white head. It dissipated instantly, leaving no lacing on the glass. The body was slightly hazy and straw-yellow in color. There was moderate carbonation visible. The nose had grain and grass with a slight corn note as well. The taste was grassy and went towards the hoppy side of pilsner. It also had a green herbal note and then went into white flour and crackers. There was not a lot of sweetness to the beer, it was just clean and crisp. It had a medium body with moderate carbonation. The finish was quick and herbal. A 12 ounce can of this beer was $2, which came to $.17 per ounce. I thought this was a decent pilsner and I had no problems drinking it, it just wasn’t the best one I’ve ever had.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

I didn’t know that Almanac had a pilsner, but when I saw it on the shelf, I had to have it.

almanaccraftpilsner

ABV: 4.8%

Style: German Pilsener

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Almanac’s Craft Pilsner is a crisp, dry-hopped lager that provides a West Coast twist on the traditional German style. Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe, and Mandarina Bavaria hops provide a melon and citrus nose backed by 100% Pilsner malt. This beer is crushable, always begging for another sip and pairs well with sushi, outdoor grilling and tames spicy Thai and Mexican dishes. Our Fresh Beer Series delivers the best in farm fresh beer. Big flavors, bold yeast characters and huge hop aromas reflect our rich California agricultural bounty. Every beer is brewed, packaged and shipped with an eye towards maximum freshness. All of our Fresh Beers are designed to pair with a wide variety of cuisine—so enjoy a pour of The Golden State’s most flavorful beer…”

Random: The beer is available in cans and on draft.

The beer poured with a two finger, pure white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was quite cloudy for a pilsner with high carbonation. The nose was grassy with mineral water and a slightly sweetness from pilsner malt. The taste was very crisp and clean with mineral water with stones and grass. It had a touch of honey sweetness. The body was thin with high carbonation, but wasn’t to the point of being watery. It had a quick finish with mineral water. The beer was $2.50 for a can ($.21 per ounce). This was a really enjoyable beer from one of my favorite breweries. I would highly recommend this.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

This was another beer that I had at The Pour House. I was looking for a light beer to throw back while watching sportsball and this delivered.

eurospliff

ABV: 5%

Style: German Pilsener

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “WE ARE … A GYPSY BREWERY. Brewing is in our bones. We craft our glorious libations under the roof of another brewery that we respect and trust. We practice our craft on some of the finest and most technologically advanced equipment that has been invented. Occasionally, we pack our bags and hop over to Europe to collaborate with foreign friends in forward thinking fermentation. WE BREW … CURIOUS & CULINARY ALES. We search for the outlandish while respecting the balance of culinary flavors. Beer is food, and our food is good. Each of our offerings is crafted to pique your interests, excite your senses, and challenge your taste buds. We want to create a sensory experience that provides sustenance for your soul. OUR OBSESSION … IS FLAVOR. We ensure every part of our ales, from the packaging to ingredients are as serious as we are. We support local hop farms, Pennsylvania malt-houses, and other farmers to provide us with special ingredients (like honey, maple syrup, herbs and spices) that are unique to our region.”

Random: The brewery website has no information on the website about the individual beers, which is one of my biggest pet peeves.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated slowly. It left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was clear with lots of carbonation visible, which was a good sign. The nose was filled with mineral water, grass and stones. The taste was crisp and clean with the same stone flavor. Grass was slightly more muted in the taste. It also had a pleasant minerality to it. The body was thin and crisp with generous carbonation. It had a quick finish with grass. This beer was exactly what I wanted, easy drinking and clean. I would have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

One of the styles that I’ve been getting into recently is pilsners, whether they be German or Czech. This is a relatively recent offering from Sierra Nevada.

nooner

ABV: 5.2%

Style: German Pilsener

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A crisp, hoppy take on the original session beer. Gather your friends, pack the gear, and head out to wherever the day may take you. A midday go-to, Nooner is our take on the classic German-style pilsner—one of the original session beers. Nooner is easy drinking yet packed with the big flavor of spicy and floral whole-cone hops. Its brilliant golden color begs you to take a sip and sink your taste buds into an extremely welcoming beer, full of flavor and balanced by a crisp, dry finish.”

Random: I could use a massage. My back has been killing me.

The brew poured with a half a finger of light white head that dissipated slowly. It left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow with a lot of carbonation visible. I picked up more hop notes on the nose than I was used to for the style. They were clean and grassy with some pilsner malt. The taste was crisp and clean with the same grassy hops. I also picked up some sweet malt at the end with honey as well. It was really easy drinking and had a light body with high carbonation. It had a long finish for the style with grassy hops. A single of this beer was $1.67 ($.14 per ounce). I enjoyed this beer a lot. This could easily become a go-to beer for me.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0