The Bruery Ruekeller: Pilsener

Tonight’s beer is a selection from The Bruery. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 5.7%

Style: German Pilsener

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The Bruery is a boutique craft brewery located in Orange County, CA specializing in barrel aged and experimental ales. Founded as a small, friend & family run business in 2008, The Bruery takes its unique moniker from founder Patrick Rue’s family surname. Patrick picked up homebrewing as a hobby, later to become an obsession, as a distraction to the banality of law school. Soon he was winning numerous awards for his beers and driving his wife, Rachel, mad with the messes that he would leave on the kitchen stove. Upon finishing school, he took it upon himself to draw up a business plan rather than study for the California Bar exam – a risky endeavor that shows through still today in the creative, genre-tilting beers that The Bruery prides itself on. The Bruery is founded on the excitement that Patrick felt in those first years of homebrewing and we continue to strive for that same passion in every aspect of our business today. We never stop challenging ourselves to develop distinctive & imaginative beers, constantly pursuing improvement in all that we do. We brew dozens of original beers each year with our list of ingredients and inspirations growing perpetually. Our collection of oak barrels has also become a primary element of our brewery. Nearly half of our beer is aged in wine or spirit barrels bringing forth flavors reminiscent of the Belgian countryside or classic American distillers. We greatly value our customers as well as our employees at The Bruery and want to give them all an impassioned way to spend their time while sharing a beer worth talking about.”

Random: We decided not to do the Bruery Society this year. It was very expensive and one year was enough for us.

The brew poured with a half a finger of thick, white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace with some lacing left behind. The body was a clear, bright straw yellow color with a lot of carbonation. The nose had a lot of mineral water and some straw as well. There was a slight honey sweetness as well. The taste was also filled with grain and mineral water. There was a slight sweetness in the beer as well. The body was on the lighter side with heavy carbonation. The finish was quick with grain. I liked this beer a lot. When I think of The Bruery, I don’t think of a pilsener, but this was really pleasant.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Pipeworks Premium Pilsner

Val and I have been discussing taking a trip to Chicago this year. We have a rather small airport in town and one of the places that Frontier flies is Chicago. If we go, we have a list of breweries that we will need to visit. One of them would be Pipeworks. Although we get distribution from them now, I always like to go to the source.

ABV: 4.9%

Style: German Pilsener

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Pilsner (also pilsener or simply pils) is a type of pale lager. It takes its name from the Czech city of Pilsen, where it was first produced in 1842 by Bavarian brewer Josef Groll. The world’s first blond lager, the original Pilsner Urquell, is still produced there today.”

Random: The can art for this beer makes it really look like a traditional German beer.

The beer poured with a thick, three finger, pure white head. It dissipated at a slow pace and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, dark yellow with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was that of a typical pils. I picked up some milled grain and some mineral water. The taste also had a lot of grain to it with a slight bitterness and some river stones. Mineral water is present as well. The body was on the lighter side with a lot of carbonation visible. The finish was quick with grain. This was an easy drinker that could pair well with all sorts of food. I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Wolters Pilsener

In my theme of reading more books, I got through another one over the weekend. I finished Mayor Pete’s book over the weekend and found it really interesting. Although I found it to be written to appeal to possible votes, I did find it to be really well-written and it moved relatively quickly. If you had an interest in politics, I would recommend giving it a read.

ABV: 4.9%

Style: German Pilsener

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Pilsner (also pilsener or simply pils) is a type of pale lager. It takes its name from the Czech city of Pilsen, where it was first produced in 1842 by Bavarian brewer Josef Groll from local ingredients. The world’s first blond lager, the original Pilsner Urquell, is still produced there today.”

Random: I could not find any information about the brewery online.

The beer poured with a huge, three finger, white head. It was fluffy and dissipated at a moderate pace. It left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw-yellow color with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was filled with river stones, mineral water and grain. The taste was much of the same. It had a lot of grain up front with mineral water, but had a lot of sweetness, which was off-putting. The body was on the lighter side with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick finish with the sweetness and grain. I wasn’t a huge fan of this beer and wouldn’t have it again.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

Tonewood Brewers Cut Dry Hopped Pilsner

New Jersey’s beer scene is booming lately. It seems like a new brewery is opening every month. One of my clients recommended checking out beers from Tonewood, which is south from me. I wasn’t able to visit the brewery yet, but I was able to pick up a can at my local beer store.

ABV: 5.2%

Style: German Pilsener

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Tonewood Brewing is committed to creating flavorful and exciting craft beer. Using the finest ingredients and masterful brewing techniques, we apply uncompromising attention to quality and consistency. Proudly brewed in Oaklyn, New Jersey – Tonewood Brewing is home to a 15-barrel brewhouse. This ideal size allows us to be creative, often. While our core brand of beers are self distributed to bars and liquor stores in New Jersey, guests can find a wide variety of rotating taps that utilize seasonal ingredients at our tasting room.”

Random: There was no description about this beer on the website.

The beer poured with a one finger head that was pure white. It dissipated quickly and left very little lacing on the glass. The body was a shockingly cloudy yellow for a pils, but had generous visible carbonation. The nose had grain and mineral water. It had some floral hops as well. The taste was much of the same. It had mineral water and grain along with some floral and grassy hops. It had a light body with moderate carbonation. The finish was quick and grainy. I thought this beer was alright, but another middle of the road pilsner. I wouldn’t refuse it, but it wasn’t worth seeking out.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Uinta Mango Lime Pilsner

When Val and I were at Savor, we tried Uinta’s Lime Pilsner and absolutely loved it. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find it anywhere at home. One of the times we went down to DC, we saw this version and had to bring it home.

ABV: 5.3%

Style: German Pilsener

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “An insatiable desire to explore drives our team. We captured the impulse to follow an unmarked trail down a canyon or drop in on a new single-track run and translated it in our craft. This itch for adventure helps us dream up bold new beers and approach our tried-and-true brews with fresh eyes (and taste buds).”

Random: There is no information about this beer on the brewery website.

The beer poured with a small, half finger of white head. It dissipated quickly, but left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy yellow with no visible carbonation. The nose was filled with fruit, almost like a fruit soda. I couldn’t pick up any of the normal pilsner scents due to the amount of mango and lime notes. The taste was all fruit. It started with a lot of lime juice and then went into some mango puree. There was a touch of malt at the end of the sip. The body was light and had a lot of carbonation. It had a quick finish with mango. Don’t get me wrong, I liked this beer. It was an easy drinker and would make for a great poolside beer. But, I think this is way more of a fruit beer than a pils. Either way, it is worth a try.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Interboro Bushburg

I heard about this brewery on one of the beer podcasts that I listen to regularly. I saw this on the shelf at one of my local beer stores and hadn’t had a pilsner in awhile. I’m always curious when I see a newer brewery put out a pilsner, so I picked it up.

ABV: 5.5%

Style: German Pilsener

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Interboro Spirits and Ales is Brooklyn’s only craft brewery and distillery. Our goal is to engage, inspire, and bring people together with our distinctive, flavor-forward beers and spirits! From session beers to barrel-strength whiskeys, we’ll show what can be done with three basic ingredients: grain, yeast and water.”

Random: The brewery is located in Brooklyn.

The beer poured with a two finger, wispy, pure white head. It dissipated quickly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was straw yellow with a lot of visible carbonation. The nose had some milled grain along with grass. The taste started with corn and then quickly went into mineral water and grass. It also had a lemon note that provided some light bitterness. It had some malt at the end that provided a touch of sweetness. The body was light with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick and clean finish with mineral water. A pounder can of this was $4.25, which came to $.27 per ounce. I thought this was a decent pilsner, but probably wouldn’t have it again due to the price. There are better and cheaper options out there.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

The Alementary Show Your Work

In the past year, I’ve really started getting into pilsners. If a brewery can do a good job with a pils, typically they can knock the other styles out of the park. Let’s see how this relatively local pilsner was.

ABV: 5.3%

Style: German Pilsener

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This month, we’ve partnered with Bergen County Protect & Rescue, a no-kill animal welfare facility in Cliffside Park. It’s no secret that we’re pet friendly. Our own brewery dog/manager Marjie is a rescue from BC – Protect & Rescue. We can’t imagine our taproom without her and wanted to give back where we could. That’s why for the month of July, a portion of all lager sales, package or draft will be donated to BC – Protect and Rescue to help them continue their mission. So next time you enjoy a Hackensack Lager in our taproom, you’re also helping out our furred friends! Marjie thanks you!”

Random: This beer is canned and on tap at the brewery.

This beer poured with a one finger, pure white head. It dissipated quickly, but still left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, golden-yellow color with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of mineral water along with river stones and milled grain. The taste was much of the same. It had a lot of mineral water and river stones. It was very crisp and went down easily, especially since the body was light with lots of carbonation. The finish was quick with mineral water. A can of this was $1.92, which came to $.16 per ounce. I thought this beer was quite good and could easily become a regular in my fridge.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0