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Brewdog Small Batch Dry-Hopped Pilsner v2

June 13, 2018 Leave a comment

Rating: 3.6

The second of two beers that I tried when finally visiting Brewdog’s new Edinburgh bar at the end of last month, this one following on from their Eight-Bit collaborative offering that I reviewed here last. This particular beer is an slightly tweaked offering (hence the ‘v2’ in the name) and I would usually avoid this type of beer from them given there track record with new pale lagers but I decided to give this one a go as it was about the only beer the bar was selling in a pint serving that I hadn’t already tried. I’m not sure if this is a beer that we’ll see again from Brewdog but it was nice enough to become a regular pilsner from them, although it would need a few chances and tweaks before I decided to rush out and try it a second time.

Appearance (4/5):A light, golden amber colour with straw tinges and semi-clear body that was topped with a foamy white head, starting about a centimetre tall and fading to a thin surface lacing after thirty seconds or so but not looking too badly for the style of beer.
Aroma (6/10): Not the strongest nose in the early going, there was some corn and a slight sweetness opening proceedings with a subtle bitterness too but I struggled to get too much off this one really. There was no sign of the dry-hopping implied by the name and it was definitely a basic smelling lager.
Taste (7/10): Corn and hay kick things off with a nice citrus backing that had some grassy hops pushing through as well. It’s a slightly fresher than the nose with some subtle hops that started to grow on me as things moved on. Towards the end some earthy hops and light hay started to come through but the highlight seemed to be the citrus.
Palate (4/5):Light medium bodied and quite basic throughout, the beer had a subtle citrus tang at points and a light hop bitterness with a hint of sweetness at the start from the corn too. Very much a basic beer on the palate but it was quite clean and easy-going with a crisp feel towards the end as well.

Overall (14/20): After not getting off to the greatest of starts given the nose, the beer continued as quite a basic one but started to improve slightly as things moved on. There was some pleasant earthy flavours and some citrus whilst it remained well-balanced and easy to drink throughout without ever really exciting too much; perhaps with a few tweaks it might make a decent permanent offering from the brewery though but there is definitely some work to be done.

Brewed In: Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Brewery: Brewdog
First Brewed: 2018
Type: Pilsner
Abv: 4.7%
Serving: Keg (Pint)
Purchased: Brewdog Lothian Road, Edinburgh, Scotland
Price: £4.95

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West Schönborn Pils

Rating: 2.45

A new West Brewery offering for 2018 and one that will be my eighth review of a beer from the Glasgow based brewery. This one is another beer that I was given as a gift recently after Aldi supermarkets in the west of Scotland started stocking bottles of it but it’s not one that I’ve spotted in their brewery, probably down to the fact that I’ve not visited in a few months now. Following on from the bottle of their Heidi-Weisse that I tried back in December, this one is a German still pilsner that comes packaged in a distinctive black and white bar code style label and from what I can tell is also a very recent release from West so I’m excited to try it early and while it’s still fresh.

Appearance (3/5): Light amber and very clear looking, this one was topped with just over a half centimetre tall head that was bubbly and white before fading to about quarter of its original size with a slight breakup at one side of the surface.
Aroma (5/10): A very light nose, there was some hay and basic earthy hops coming through with a touch of citrus and some straw further towards the middle. I got a few grassy notes with a light corn sweetness at the end as well but it was very light in truth.
Taste (5/10): Thankfully there was a little more going on with the taste but the beer was still a relatively light one with some grassy hops and hay again opening proceedings before some lighter malts started to feature. The beer was some faint biscuit and a corn sweetness around the middle but fell short of being an exciting or interesting offering, the best I could say about the taste is that it was a marginal improvement on the nose but that about it.
Palate (2/5): Basic and light but definitely bordering on bland as well, this one was a light bodied  beer with some corn sweetness coming through as well. It was a clean offering on the palate but there really wasn’t much of anything going on other than a couple of earthy hops that didn’t seem to impart much in the way of any bitterness.

Overall (9/20): Quite a poor one here from West and easily the worst of the eight beers from them that I’ve tried now, only there West Berlin wheat ale comes close to this one in terms of disappointment really. The beer was far too light and bland throughout, I struggled to detect much of anything with the nose and the taste was only a touch better in that respect. Opening with a combination of light hops and hay with some grassy touches and straw making up the bulk of the flavour, this one was easy to drink because there was nothing to it at all and it wasn’t a patch on the breweries flagship St. Mungo pilsner which I’ll be sticking to over this one in future.

Brewed In: Glasgow, Scotland
Brewery: West Brewing Company
First Brewed: 2018
Type: German Pilsner
Abv: 4.6%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Aldi (Scotland)
Price: Gift

Open Gate Pilsner

April 26, 2018 Leave a comment

Rating: 2.7

Another new offering from Guinness as part of their Open Gate Brewery series, this one is a new beer that Morrison’s supermarkets have recently started stocking alongside a couple others from the brewery. I managed to get hold of this one after my dad picked up a four pack of the stuff and kindly donated one to me otherwise I’m not sure it’s one that I’d have ended up picking up; it remains to be seen if this one sticks around and is still available in a couple of months when I’m next over in Ireland. My first new Guinness offering since reviewing their Irish Wheat at the start of the year, I’m hopeful that I get to try the others from this ‘Open Gate’ series that have recently been released here as well any others available in Ireland that might not have made it to Scotland yet given there is usually one or two that I’ve not seen before each time I visit.

Appearance (2/5): Very light bodied and incredibly clear, I was surprised by just how light this one was as it sat in the glass as a very watery looking straw colour with a thin, bubbly white lacing for a head but one that just sits around the circumference of the glass sadly; it was one of the worst looking beers I’ve seen in quite some time.
Aroma (6/10): Quite a light nose as I’d expect from a mass-market pilsner like this, the beer opens with some subtle citrus and grassy hops alongside the usual hay and faint earthy malts. It was light but fresh with some hints of biscuit and a very faint sweetness to see things out; definitely an inoffensive and easy-going beer so far.
Taste (5/10): Opening with the same citrus touches that featured with the nose, the beer was slightly refreshing with some lemon and grassy hops before the biscuit malts from the nose started to come through. It had some earthy hops and malts around the middle but it was definitely light on taste.
Palate (3/5): Light bodied and very clean, it was an easy beer to drink but that was mainly down to how light it was. It came through as a smooth, wet beer that was crisp towards the end and balance without a whole lot going on really.

Overall (12/20): Quite a basic and poor beer overall, although one that was definitely still drinkable and not as bad as a lot of the mass-produced pale lagers you come across in supermarket multi-packs. This one at least had some subtle citrus flavours and light malts with a clean, easy-going body that was inoffensive without being too bland. It’s not one that I’d pick up again and I definitely felt that the brewery’s Hop House 13 was a much better beer so I’m not convinced that this one will be available for too long.

Brewed In: Dublin, Ireland
Brewery: St. James’s Gate Brewery
First Brewed: 2018
Type: Pilsner
Abv: 4.5%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Morrison’s
Price: Gift

Backyard Brew Bee 17

December 20, 2017 1 comment

Rating: 2.75

A random birthday gift beer that I received recently, this one is the first from Carlsberg Sverige (or Carlsberg in Sweden) that I’ll that tried and was a beer that I’d never seen or heard of when I was given it just over a month ago. Labelled as a dry-hopped pilsner, this was one that I was initially quite excited about given the can design and that it was one that I’d not seen before but that excitement quickly subsided when I discovered it was a Carlsberg offering; although I’ve had the odd decent beer from the brewery in the past so hopefully this proves itself to be another.

Appearance (4/5): Medium amber with a clear body and a centimetre tall, foamy head that was white and held well over the opening minute with some bubbles on the surface too.
Aroma (6/10): A fairly standard offering on the nose, the beer opened with some light grassy notes and a background citrus before some earthy malts showed towards the middle. There wasn’t a lot going on really but some grain and bread malts did show towards the end with a slight freshness at that point too.
Taste (5/10): Very basic and quite bland, the beer was light with some hay and grassy flavours showing but it wasn’t an overly varied offering. Around the middle some faint sweetness and touches of caramel showed with a some earthy malts seeing things out but that was about it sadly.
Palate (2/5): Light-medium bodied and moderately carbonated with quite a basic feel that was uninspiring for the most part. There’s some faint citrus and a little sweetness further on from the caramel but it wasn’t a great one by any means.

Overall (9/20): Disappointing stuff here sadly, this one was quite a bland and light offering that thankfully didn’t have any skunk or off-flavours showing but wasn’t really that enjoyable either. It opened with some grassy flavours, hay and basic citrus with a little caramel sweetness further on but it was unexciting and had a poor balance; not a beer that I’d have again.

Brewed In: Årstadvägen, Falkenberg, Sweden
Brewery: Carlsberg Sverige
First Brewed: 2012
Type: Pilsner
Abv: 4.7%
Serving: Cam (330ml)
Purchased: Home Bargains (Scotland)
Price: Gift

Echigo Pilsner (362 of 1001)

October 20, 2017 Leave a comment

Rating: 2.65

My second beer in relatively quick succession from the Niigata based Echigo brewery, this one following on from their fairly average 90 Days Stout that I reviewed in Kyoto a day or two before trying this one. The most popular of Echigo’s beers and accounting for roughly two-thirds of their sales, this beer was introduced in 1999 after the brewpub/brewery had spent its first four years brewing mainly ales and other beers that weren’t as familiar to the Japanese public. Like the previous offering I tried from the brewery, this one is another Echigo beer that features in the 1001 beers list and is one that I bought alongside their 90 Days Stout at a Liquor Mountain store in Kyoto on my recent trip to Japan.

Appearance (4/5): Bright, golden amber with a lot of bubbles rising to the surface and a centimetre tall, creamy white head that had the odd bubble through it as well. The head eventually settled a little smaller but had a touch more build up around the sides as it started to recede.
Aroma (5/10): Corn and some basic adjuncts kicked things off here, there was some grain and a little citrus but it definitely wasn’t the craft pilsner I was hoping for initially. There was some malt and biscuit notes further on with a light sweetness to back it up alongside some earthy hops; poor and very basic on the nose.
Taste (5/10): Basic malts and corn again open proceedings with some sweetness and a biscuit malt flavour a bit further on but again it’s a cheap beer with some vegetable adjuncts and touches of grain. Thankfully there wasn’t any skunk showing for the most part and some faint citrus rounded things off but it was again quite disappointing.
Palate (2/5): Light-medium bodied with an incredibly basic feel to it which made it seem weaker and blander than it actually was. There was lively carbonation to the beer at least but it feel short of being crisp or sharp, whilst the balance wasn’t really that great either.

Overall (9/20): Very disappointing stuff from Echigo, I was expecting a lot more from this one given its place on the 1001 beers list and the fact that their 90 Days Stout wasn’t all that bad. The beer was incredibly basic and at times cheap tasting with a combination of basic vegetable adjuncts and grain dominating for long parts of this one; there was at least some citrus and the odd biscuit malt but not much else really. Some subtle sweetness rounded this one-off but I can’t imagine it’s a beer I’d ever try again and unless you’re trying to complete the 1001 beers list too then I’d advise you to avoid it as well.

Brewed In: Nishikanbara, Niigata, Japan
Brewery: Echigo Beer Company
First Brewed: 1999
Type: Pilsner
Abv: 5.0%
Serving: Can (350ml)
Purchased: Liquor Mountain (Kyoto)
Price: ¥246 (£1.63 approx.)

Kure Shimanowa Pilsner

October 20, 2017 1 comment

Rating: 3.8

The first beer that I managed to try on a recent visit to Hiroshima now, this one being my first beer from the local Kure brewery and one that I was actually on the look out for after reading a little about it before heading off on my trip. Brewed with oranges and lemons, this was definitely one that I went into expecting a refreshing, lively taste and thankfully it didn’t really disappoint either.

Appearance (4/5): Golden amber with a semi-cloudy body and a thin, white head on top that was foamy and covered the surface well, sitting just under a centimetre tall.
Aroma (7/10): Fresh and coming through with plenty citrus in the early going, the beer had some lemon notes with a little yeast and spice not far behind. There was some lively touches initially with some coriander that made it seem almost witbier like at times before some pale malts and grassy hops started to come through further on.
Taste (7/10): Fresh with some lemon and orange in the early going, there was a solid citrus taste that was backed up by some biscuit and pale malts with the odd grassy flavour towards the middle. It was a zesty beer with subtle yeast and hay further on alongside some tropical fruits and a hop-bitterness right at the end.
Palate (4/5): Quite a dry and fresh beer that was tangy with some citrus zest in there too. I found this one to be a well-balanced and drinkable beer that seemed refreshing and quite lively too, it was a well carbonated offering that I found very easy to drink.

Overall (16/20): A very nice, citrus style lager that was an excellent introduction to beer in Hiroshima and one of the best beers I’d tried in Japan up until that point. The beer went down very easily with a fresh, tangy feel that was well-carbonated but balanced and easy to drink; a subtle hop-bitterness and some background fruits keeping things interesting throughout. The nose could perhaps have been a little stronger at times but overall it was a very enjoyable beer and one that I’d happily have again.

Brewed In: Kure, Hiroshima, Japan
Brewery: Kure Beer
Type: Pilsner
First Brewed: 2004
Abv: 5.0%
Serving: Keg (280ml)
Purchased: Golden Garden, Hiroshima, Japan
Price:‎ ¥700 (£4.64 approx.)

Rothaus Tannenzäpfle (349 of 1001)

Rating: 3.1

A new beer from the 1001 list now and the last of the relatively few on there that I tried when visiting Berlin last month, I had been hoping to check a few more off but it seemed that it was the same ten or fifteen beers in most shops I visited over the course of my weekend in the city. This one will be the 349th from the list that I’ll have reviewed here and is the second Rothaus offering from it, it follows on from their Hefeweizen that I tried back in November and quite enjoyed. My second in total from the brewery, this is a beer that I almost reviewed twice as it is sold under two different names in German with Rothaus Pils and Rothaus Tannenzäpfle seemingly used interchangeably (the 330ml bottles are Tannenzäpfle and the 500ml ones are Pils), hence the reason the photo attached to this post doesn’t use the Tannenzäpfle name. The beer itself is another that I picked up from a local shop in the Alexanderplatz area of Berlin when I visited over Easter last month, although I do believe that I’ve spotted it on occasion back in the UK so it probably shouldn’t have taken me this long to get round to finally trying it.

Appearance (3/5): This one was quite a light looking beer that sat a straw gold colour in the glass with a very clear body and a half centimetre head that was white and bubbly; not the greatest of starts but far from the worst too.
Aroma (6/10): Fairly light on the nose with some corn and a faint sweetness kicking things off before some touches of hay and the odd grassy hop started to come through. The nose was quite balanced and some freshness appeared with clean lager malts nearer the end but it was definitely edging closer to the basic side of things.
Taste (6/10): Corn and light malts again open things up here, there was some grassy hops that carried on from the nose but some touches of citrus also made an appearance here as well. I managed to detect some bread malts and a faint sweetness towards the end but again it wasn’t exact a complex pilsner.
Palate (3/5): Light-medium bodied with quite a fresh but ultimately light feel to proceedings, there was a nice earthy bitterness to the beer with moderate carbonation and a nice balance that made it an easy one to drink for the most part but it definitely wasn’t anything special.

Overall (14/20): This one was quite an average pilsner overall, definitely nothing special but quite an easy-going and sessionable one that went down quite quickly despite not being a stand out in the style either. It was quite a fresh offering with a lively feel and a basic sweetness that kept things ticking along. It’s probably not a memorable offering and I much preferred their Hefeweizen but it was an okay lager and it’s always nice to check off another beer.

Brewed In: Grafenhausen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Brewery: Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus
First Brewed: 1956
Also Known As: Rothaus Pilsner
Type: German Pilsner
Abv: 5.1%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Alexanderplatz, Berlin, Germany
Price: €1.40 (£1.21 approx.)