Tag Archives: Pilsner

821. Lost Nation Brewing Vermont Pilsner

Lost Nation Vermont PilsnerPilsners are often overlooked in the craft beer world but there are a few good ones out there with my favorite being Banded Horn’s Pepperell Pilsner. Lost Nation does a great job with their beers so when I came across a 4-pack of Vermont Pilsner I grabbed one to take home.

This beer is a crystal clear yellow with a very deep white head and plenty of carbonation. Aroma is entirely earthy with some crackery malts and some nice grassy hops. Taste is very similar to the nose with those same grassy hops, lightly sweet malt base and a very crisp and clean finish.

A solid craft pilsner that will not disappoint and could be enjoyed by craft beer drinkers as well as non-craft drinkers. 
Pros:

Cons:
Alcohol Content: 4.8% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 20
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Brewers Website: Lost Nation Brewing
Brewers Description: Our golden lager is a crisp, clean, easy drinking beer that has a full, balanced hop finish. This Franconian style Pils is perfect for any occasion

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742. Dogfish Head Beer Thousand

Dogfish Head Beer ThousandI bought this beer because I was approaching my 1,000th check-in on Untappd (link to profile here) and it seemed appropriate to save my 1000th check-in for this beer. Unfortunately the beer did not warrant being chosen for such a big occasion.

Beer Thousand uses 10 different grains in the malt bill along with 10 different hop varieties and has an ABV of 10%. This sounds like it should create an incredibly complex and tasty brew however the result is a little bit of everything with lots of combating flavors. Instead of working together to create something flavorful and unique the flavors seem to cancel each other out. Aroma may be the best part with lots of malt, some sweet honey and green apple. Taste is where it falls apart with many competing flavors and a fair amount of alcohol burn. Finish is a bit harsh and while I did finish the beer I was not all that impressed and glad I only bought a single 12 oz bottle. 
Pros:

Cons: Flavors compete instead of complementing each other
Alcohol Content: 10.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 31
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Brewers Website: Dogfish Head
Brewers Description: Through two decades of epic live performances, ups and downs, breakups and reunions, self-financed basement sessions and major-label releases, there’s been one constant for indie legends Guided by Voices: lots and lots of American lager.

To celebrate the band’s independent spirit and the 20th anniversary of the classic album Bee Thousand, Dogfish Head has brewed the bracing but highly quaffable BEER Thousand. This imperial lager includes 10 grains and 10 hop varieties and clocks in at 10% ABV.

10x10x10 = BEER Thousand.

No sipper, BEER Thousand looks like a light lager and has much of the light lager recipe DNA but it is amplified like a barleywine. Fleeting fruit notes in the aroma give way to a sweet and malty flavor and a clean, warm finish. It goes down perfectly between barrages of low-fi 90-second jams.

“I can’t believe it’s been 20 years,” says GBV frontman Robert Pollard. “But I’ll drink to that.”

BY THE NUMBERS

10 grains: 2-row pale malt, 6-row pale malt, Corn, Rice, Wheat, Dark Munich malt, Carapils malt, Light caramel malt, Dark caramel malt, Flaked barley

10 hops: Warrior, CTZ, Simcoe. Cluster, Galena, Galaxy, Centennial, Willamette, Cascade, Vanguard

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692. Sierra Nevada / Firestone Walker Torpedo Pilsner

Sierra Nevada Firestone Walker Torpedo PilsnerMy third beer from the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp twelve pack and its another sold beer but still nothing spectacular. This one is brewed with Firestone Walker another California brewery. From what I have heard their Pivo Pils is one of the best available but the Torpedo Pilsner doesn’t compare. 

It looks like a pilsner should with a nice gold color and a thin white head. Aroma is slightly spicy and earthy with a bit of yeast. Overall a nice start and the taste continues with a solid floral, lemon hop profile and a nice clean finish. I’m not sure what this one is missing but I would prefer Pepperell Pils to this one which is probably a good thing since I can get Banded Horn’s beer easily and this one may never be produced again. 

Three beers in and I have enjoyed each one but there has not been one that I would want to drink again.
Pros:
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 5.2% ABV

Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 45
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp
Brewers Description: Torpedo Pilsner ditches the traditional German “noble” hops and heads south of the equator for
inspiration. With a traditional golden malt body, this “kiwi” pils features intense fruity and floral New Zealand-grown Motueka and Southern Cross hops, making this an alternate and delicious take on the classic pilsner.

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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.
Pros:
Very tasty
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 5.6% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
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.

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623. Banded Horn Brewing Pepperell Pilsner

Banded Horn PilsnerPilsner is a style the craft beer industry has not embraced. There are very few of them out there and even fewer that are worth drinking. Thankfully Ian from Banded Horn produced a great one that will be a mainstay at many family gatherings this summer.

Pepperell Pils pours a very pale yellow with a thin white head. Aroma is mild with a light grain and earth. Taste is excellent with a nice grassy start and slightly bitter finish. Light, crisp and extremely easy to drink.

Even if you do not normally enjoy the style please give this one a try.
Pros:
Extremely drinkable
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 4.6% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 38
Rating: 

Brewers Website: Banded Horn
Brewers Description: 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.

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445. Penobscot Bay Brewery Winnah 2012

Winnah 2012For the past two years there has been a homebrew competition in Bangor and the winner gets to brew their beer at Penobscot Bay Brewery and have it distributed to local bars and bottle shops. Quite a treat for a homebrewer. In 2012 the winner was Zafra Whitcomb with this Sorachi Ace Pilsner.

If you have followed my blog for any length of time you know I don’t drink pilsners very often so I was quite surprised when I opened and really enjoyed this one. The beer pours a very pale yellow – looks like a Bud or Miller with a huge white head. It took a few minutes to get the glass full enough for this photo.

Not a lot happening in the aroma but it does smell crisp (if that is possible). Taste follows with nothing too outrageous but very clean and easy to drink with quite a lot of lemon flavor. This would be a great beer to have a growler of for a summer picnic or family gathering. Certianly one of the best pilsners I have had. If you come across a bottle in a local shop you should pick it up. 
Pros:
Light, refreshing
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 5.1% ABV
Calories: 162
IBU (Bitterness): 42
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Penobscot Bay Brewery
Brewers Description: 

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