Archive for the ‘German Pilsener’ Category

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

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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

I’ve been really appreciating pilsner lately, so during my last beer run, I saw this on the shelf. I’ve had a few beers from them and really enjoyed them, so I wanted to try this one. I picked a day to have it when I just needed something lighter and crisp and this beer delivered.

weihenstephanerpilsner

ABV: 5.1%

Style: German Pilsener

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Golden-yellow and bright, with 32 bitter units and quite hoppy compared to most of the other Pilsners our Weihenstephaner Pilsner comes up with a distinctive aroma of hops with a pleasant bitterness. This combination provides a balanced mix and guarantees great enjoyment. Brewed according to our centuries-old brewing tradition on the Weihenstephan hill.”

Random: I haven’t had the regular hefeweizen from this brewery. For some reason, I thought I reviewed it, but I have to put it on my list to look out for.

This beer poured with a half a finger of pure white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. There was a small crown left on top of the clear, light-yellow body. The nose was sweeter than I’m used to for the style. It had grain and light honey, primarily. The taste had more minerality than the nose, which was quite nice. It also had the same honey-sweetness and grain. Slight bitterness came through with mild grassy hops. The body was light and crisp with lots of carbonation. It had a quick finish with grain and honey sweetness. A single bottle of this was $2.10 ($.18 per ounce). This beer was very well-crafted and went down without issue. I wouldn’t hesitate in having this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

This is my first Against The Grain beer. I’ve seen a lot of positive reviews on other beer blogs, but haven’t gotten to try one. I picked this up during my last trip to Half Time, so hopefully it’s as good as the hype.

poffopils

ABV: 5%

Style: German Pilsener

Trivia: According to a distributors website, “OOOHHH YEAAAHH! The best there is…past, present and future! Did I say what I think I said?! This lager is only for the most savage pils drinker! Crisp and delicious, it’ll deliver flavor that you’ll savor after every pull! Yeah Yeah Yeah! Dig it! Too Cold To Hold!”

Random: I was listening to a beer podcast that was saying that people initially get into craft beer and then go to the hoppy beers and eventually come back to the more delicate styles like pilsner and kolsch. I can say that for me, this is absolutely true and I have a new appreciation for these styles.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly. It left no lacing on the glass, but a small crown on top of the straw yellow body. There was a lot of carbonation visible. The nose had sweet grain and lightly floral hops. The taste had more flavor. It had mineral water up front. Then, sweetness from the grain came through. The floral hops that were in the nose were not nearly as apparent in the flavor. The last flavor that I could pick up was white pepper. The body was light with lots of carbonation, which made this go down incredibly easily. The finish was quick with white pepper and sweet grain. A pounder can of this was $3.75 ($.23 per ounce). I enjoyed this beer, especially since I’m enjoying the style more and it was really crushable. This would make for a great barbecue beer.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

I’ve been enjoying pilsners a lot more lately, so when Val brought this beer home for me, I was quite excited. The brewery is pretty close to me since we’ve moved, so I should try to get out there again. Last time I was there, I tried this in a sampler and liked it. Let’s see if my opinion changed.

traugerpilsner

ABV: 4.8%

Style: German Pilsner

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our Pilsner is assertively hopped with Hallertau and Tettnanger noble hops and has a cracker-like malt backbone that finishes crisp and dry coming in at 4.8% ABV. We named this beer in honor of the Trauger family of Bucks County whose descendants came to America in 1747 and were among some of the earliest German immigrants to the area. In 1756, Johann Christian and Ludwig Wilhelm Trauger purchased two adjoining farmsteads in Nockamixon Township and have been a part of the fabric of this county, state, and country ever since. Ironically enough, the Trauger family’s German heritage predates the introduction and widespread popularity of the Pilsner style, but nonetheless, this beer is brewed and named in their honor.”

Random: I think once a conference call goes over an hour and a half, most people tune out.

This beer poured with a half a finger of pure white head that dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the glass. It did leave a slight crown on top of the clear, straw yellow body. It had light carbonation visible. The nose was mild, but had some grass and cracker. The taste was crisp and also had the same cracker note that was in the nose. It had a bit more depth with the hops with grass and slight spiciness with vegetal notes. It also had a pleasant minerality to it. The body was light with moderate carbonation. I felt like the beer needed more carbonation. The finish was quick and clean with cracker and grass. A can of this will set you back $1.83 ($.15 per ounce). This beer was an easy drinker, but it just needed more carbonation to be outstanding.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

While I was getting ready to watch a football game, I was craving a pilsner. It’s a rare craving that I get, but when I had it, I grabbed for this beer that I first tried at the brewery in Maine. I poured it into my Maine Beer Company glass as well. Let’s see if it quenched my craving.

pepperell

ABV: 4.6%

Style: German Pilsener

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Unfiltered German Pilsener, or Keller Pils. Light and extremely drinkable. Malt is fresh and bready, with an aroma that only comes from a true lager. Hops are sharp, noble, and spicy, with a deep herbal touch. Dry, crisp, and hoppy. Perfect session beer.”

Random: I have to try some more pilsners. I’m starting to appreciate their simplicity, and the difficultly in crafting them well.

This beer poured with a two finger, pure white head. It dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow color with light carbonation. The nose was light with bread and grains. There was also slight, clean hop character to it as well. The taste was clean and dry. It had the same grain and bread notes that were apparent in the nose. It had some spicy hops as well. The body was light with moderate carbonation. It had a quick finish with spicy, grassy hops. A single cost $2.17, which came to $.18 per ounce. This beer did exactly what I wanted it to. It was clean and dry and had nice flavor. I would have it again, although it’s another beer that isn’t distributed to New Jersey.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0