Tag Archives: Pilsener

653. Hill Farmstead Mary

Hill Farmstead MaryOut of the 652 beer reviewed before this one there have been exactly 4 pilsners including a couple that were really bad. There are a few reasons you do not see more pilsners being reviewed; first not many craft breweries are producing pilsners. Second it is a style that I generally do not enjoy however if Hill Farmstead makes it then I must try it.

Mary is a traditional German Pilsener that comes in at a very easy drinking 5.4% ABV. The color is what you would expect for a pilsener with a straw yellow and nice white head. Aroma has the grains you would expect and a hint of lemon. Taste is where this one really excels with a crisp clean malt sweetness followed by some grass, earthy, lemon zing.

Very easy to drink, refreshing and just an overall great beer. Between this beer and Banded Horn’s Pepperell Pils you may actually start to enjoy drinking this style.
Very tasty
Alcohol Content: 5.6% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Hill Farmstead
Brewers Description: 
Mary was Edward’s mother and our great-grandmother. A German-style pilsner brewed with our well water, American 2-row malt, our favorite German hops, classic German lager yeast.

334. Throwback Brewery Spicy Bohemian

After trying the Rhubarb Wit and the Hog Happy Hefe  I knew I needed to find Throwback’s Spicy Bohemian as I love spice and beer. Ended up grabbing 3 bottles at The Drinkery in Londonderry, New Hampshire a few weeks ago. I shared one bottle with a friend and opened another on my birthday. The third bottle was saved for this review.

This is a seasonal beer from Throwback only available in Summer/Fall so if you want to try it find a bottle soon or you will have to wait until next year. Beer pours a clean yellow with a thick white head, exactly what a pilsener should look like. Jalapenos are really strong in the aroma, no surprise there, however I was surprised at the freshness of the smell. The flavor has plenty of jalapeno taste but not too heavy on the spice. There is also a mild sweetness from the malts. Finish is clean with a mild heat.

I had no idea what to expect with this one as a chile beer is something entirely new for me but its no surprise that Throwback did a great job with this beer. The jalapeno is there in the aroma and taste but it works well with the beer. Throwback took a style of beer known to be bland and literally spiced it up.
Pros: Appearance aroma and taste
Alcohol Content: 4.8% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 40
Rating: ★★★★☆
Brewers Website: Throwback Brewery
Description: We took our pilsener and “dry-hopped” it with roasted jalapenos.  The result is a well-balanced beer with a very intoxicating peppery-type aroma, great jalapeno flavor, and just a bit of lingering heat.

This is a seasonal beer, so watch for it from mid-Summer to early Fall.

Pairing: This beer pairs extremely well with sushi, any type of Mexican food, as well as hard cheeses.

Local ingredients include: Pilsen malt grown organically at Lake Shore Farms (St. David, ME) & malted by Valley Malt in Hadley, MA. Willamette hops grown organically at Foothill Hops Farm (Madison County, NY).

311. Sierra Nevada Imperial Pilsner (Beer Camp #43)

This beer is part of the Beer Camp series from Sierra Nevada. They have a variety 12-pack with 4 different varieties and this is the first to get reviewed and probably my least favorite of the 4.

Not a huge fan of pilsners and not sure what makes this an imperial pilsner. When I think imperial, I think high ABV – bigger flavors, etc and this one has none of that. Color is a clear orange with single finger white head. Aroma is minimal with only a bit of floral hop aroma. Bitter start with this one but it does balance out with some nice sweet malts. Overall not a very flavorful beer and a style that I try to avoid.
Well balanced
Cons: It’s a pilsner (what makes it imperial?)
Alcohol Content: 5.7% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 35
Rating: ★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Sierra Nevada
Brewers Description: Not currently listed on website

243. Sixpoint The Crisp

Another option from Sixpoint purchased at Tully’s in Wells, ME. This one is probably my least favorite from Sixpoint so far however it probably has more to do with the style than the beer itself. I really do not enjoy pilsners but will continue to try them to see if there is something out there that will change my mind.
Beer pours a pale yellow with very thin head and lacing. Aroma is almost non-existent with only a very light cut grass smell. The beer is light and well carbonated with some sweet malt and light citrus. Ends with a fair amount of bitterness. Certainly drinkable as I did finish the 4-pack over the weekend but not something I would purchase again. I just do not get too excited about pilsners but if they are your thing you will enjoy this one from Sixpoint.
Pros:Clean and crisp

Cons:  Its a pilsner
Alcohol Content: 5.4% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 42
Rating: ★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Sixpoint
Brewers Description: There is no beautifier of complexion, or form, or behavior… The original Sehr Crisp from Sixpoint. Brewed with noble hops for indelible sehr crisp flavor.

130. Oak Pond Brewing Somerset Lager

Well this is my final review of 2011 – 130 different beers in under 6 months. What a great State, Country and time we live in if you are a craft beer drinker. This was the first beer from Oak Pond Brewing and I was happy with it. Color is a nice orange with minimal head, slight fruity, grapefruit aroma and taste was what I would expect from a small brewers lager. Simple but satisfying and very easy to drink. I will be looking for more from OPB.
Pros: Easy to drink
Cons: Simple
Alcohol Content: ??% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Oak Pond Brewing
Brewers Description: Somerset Lager is a smooth, dry pils in the German tradition. The aroma and bitterness of noble Saaz hops are well balanced with a clean malt base. A refreshing golden pilsner for all seasons

123. Saranac Bohemian Pilsener

I have to start this review by saying I do not like pilseners. There is just something about this style of beer that I do not enjoy and I have yet to have a pilsener that I would buy again. That being said I did not enjoy the Saranac Bohemian Pilsener, there were 2 in the variety pack and I am hoping someone else will grab the other as we are hosting New Year’s Eve at our house this year.
 It is a pilsner
Alcohol Content: 4.8% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Saranac
Brewers Description: Saranac Bohemian Pilsener is a medium bodied Pilsener crafted like the original Pilseners of Czechoslovakia.  Brewed with the finest Pilsener malt and Saaz hops, you will find this beer has a crisp, clean taste and leaves you wanting another.  Enjoy

94. Redhook Pilsner

This is the third of four varieties included in the Redhook variety pack and the only one of the bunch I was not looking forward to. The only reason is I do not like pilsners and while this is a quality beer it was tough to drink. I was able to finish it but have 2 more in the fridge that I will have to bring to Thanksgiving dinner or some other function where someone else can drink them. The color is great with a nice white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass. Taste is what I expect from a pilsner (which is not much). Overall another quality beer from Redhook and if you like pilsners you would probably enjoy this beer.
Pros: Color
Cons: It’s a pilsner
Alcohol Content: 5.3% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 25
Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Brewers Website: Redhook
Brewers Description: Czech out Redhook’s newest brew.  Redhook Pilsner is crisp, golden lager that is modeled after those historic beers originally made in Plzeň, Czechoslovakia.  Redhook Pilsner’s maltiness is offset by a medium dose of Saaz hops and finishes with a clean, bright, thirst-quenching quality. A great “session” lager for when you’ve got a long day ahead of drinking.