Jack’s Abby Post Shift Pilsner

One of the best times to have a beer is after a long day of work. I decided to crack this beer open right after a long day, so the name was most certainly applicable.

ABV: 4.7%

Style: German Pilsener

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “There will be no working during drinking hours! Brewed with Bavarian malt and hops, this everyday Pilsner is bright, crisp and refreshing. We think it’s the perfect way to end the work day. Clock out, post-up and enjoy!”

Random: This beer comes in at 30 IBUs.

This beer poured with a four finger, fluffy, pure-white head. It took a long time to go away, but didn’t leave much lacing on the glass. The body was perfectly clear and bright yellow with a lot of carbonation. The nose was interesting for a pilsner. It had the bready quality and the grass, but also had a touch of some pine and tropical hops, which was definitely different. The taste was more of the same. It had a lot of grass that went into green onion and light pine, but was quickly followed up by cracker malt. The body on this was light with lots of carbonation. It had an instant finish with grass. A pounder can of this set me back $2.62, which came to $.16 per ounce. I thought the price on this beer was right and the flavors were a bit different from the typical pilsner, which isn’t a bad thing. I would have this one again and could see it pairing well with a lot of Summer foods.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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Night Shift Pfaffenheck

Tonight’s beer is another beer from Night Shift, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries.

ABV: 5.2%

Style: German Pilsener

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We began homebrewing in a Somerville, MA kitchen in 2007, starting with a 5-gallon ‘boil kettle,’ a Gatorade cooler ‘mash tun,’ and some basic starter recipes. Over time, we refined our process, enhanced our recipes, upgraded our equipment, and were soon homebrewing well past midnight 2-3 times per week. We called ourselves “Night Shift Brewing” – desk workers by day, homebrewers by night. By 2009, we were sampling our own brews against every commercially available style, brand, and region possible. We realized that while not everyone makes truly great, memorable beer, anyone (including us) could make it with enough dedication, passion, and knowledge. Rob Burns homebrewing in our Somerville kitchen”

Random: Night Shift has some of my favorite branding in the business.

The beer poured with a one finger, pure white head. It dissipated almost instantly and left very little lacing on the glass. The body was clear and straw yellow with a lot of visible carbonation. The nose was on the lighter side, but had some light grain along with mineral water. The taste had some more grass and biscuit notes than the nose. It was still very crisp, but had a bit more depth. The body was on the lighter side with aggressive carbonation. It had a quick finish with biscuit and grass. I received this beer as a gift, so no idea how much it was. Either way, I really appreciate a well-made pilsner and this one is worth a try.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

AleSmith Spezial Pils

Tonight’s beer is one that I’ve never seen on shelves before and I’ve really been searching out pilsners. Let’s see how this one was.

ABV: 4.9%

Style: German Pilsener

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Inspired by classic European lagers, our entire Brewing Team got together to create this truly collaborative beer that captures the essence of European tradition. The result, Spezial Pils, is our take on a German-style pilsner with a pleasant balance between light, grainy malt and spicy, floral hops. We lager it at freezing temperatures for an extended period to round out its delicate flavors and improve drinkability. The finish is crisp and clean with a pleasant dryness and subtle bitterness. Prost!”

Random: I’m really into pilsners lately and it’s definitely getting to be the season for them.

This beer poured with a thick, one and a half finger, off white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow color. The nose was relatively mild with grass and some lemon zest as well. The taste was equally mild. It had some mineral water with grass and lemon zest along with some sweet malt at the end. The body was on the lighter side with high amounts of carbonation. The finish was quick with malt. A can of this was $2.00, which broke down to $.17 per ounce. This was a pils that didn’t pull any punches, but I wouldn’t refuse at a party. Give it a try if you see it.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Industrial Arts Metric

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

B.W. Beer Works Pendulum Pilsner

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

DC Brau Pils

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

Burley Oak Bilsner

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