Posts Tagged ‘Pilsner’

Backyard Brew Bee 17

December 20, 2017 Leave a 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.)

Lemke Bohemian Pilsner

Rating: 3.75

Now for the last of the five beers from the Lemke brewery that I managed to try while in Germany last month, this one a Czech style pilsner from the brewery that I found on keg at one of their Berlin brewpubs and managed to try on my second night in the city. This one follows on from the brewery’s 030 Berlin Pale Ale, Hopfen Weisse, Imperial Stout and Original offerings which all turned out to be pretty enjoyable beers. Overall the brewery is one that I’ve been fairly impressed with and I’ll definitely be on the look out for more from them in future, although finding their beers in the UK will likely prove to be problematic at best but maybe I’ll get lucky at some point.

Appearance (4/5): Light golden to amber in colour and quite a clear looking beer that was topped with a foamy white head sitting about half a centimetre tall. There was some nice lacing on the sides of the glass and head retention was fairly good for the style, managing to hold well in the early going and get the beer off to a good start.
Aroma (7/10): More hoppy than I’d initially anticipated, there was a nice combination of lemon and citrus to kick things off an provide a decent tang to proceedings. The beer definitely wasn’t the strongest on the nose though, there was some grassy hops and touches of lager malt with a faint spice nearer the end but for the most part it was a fairly standard smelling pilsner.
Taste (7/10): Quite a tangy offering with plenty of lemon and citrus carried over from the nose to give the beer a somewhat fresh taste that was complimented by some nice grassy flavours and subtle hops. Towards the middle some biscuit and a faint sweetness started to make itself known but nothing overpowered and again it was quite a light beer; a pleasant lager taste with some corn and earthy hops seeing things out.
Palate (4/5): Light medium bodied with a fairly fresh feel to proceedings and a subtle tang from the citrus in the early going too. The beer had a pleasant bitterness to it but nothing overly pronounced, there was a semi-dry feel as well and the beer was moderately carbonated throughout. It turned out to be a fairly easy beer to drink with a nice balance but it could have been a little stronger, particularly with the nose.

Overall (15/20): This one was a fairly enjoyable offering from Lemke again but probably not quite as good as some of their previous offerings that I’ve tried recently, mainly down to the fact that the nose was quite subdued and could definitely have been stronger. There was some pleasant citrus flavours throughout the beer and I enjoyed the earthy bitterness coming through around the middle with touches of spice in there too. It was quite a fresh and easy to drink beer with some dryness and a solid lager taste throughout without it ever really exciting; nice stuff but probably not the best from the brewery.

Brewed In: Berlin, Germany
Brewery: Brauerei Lemke
First Brewed: 2015
Type: Czech Pilsner
ABV: 5.0%
Serving: Keg (500ml)
Purchased: Brauhaus Lemke am Alex, Berlin, Germany
Price: €5.00 (£4.30 approx.)

Cloudwater Motueka Pilsner

May 12, 2017 1 comment

Rating: 3.4

My sixth in total from the Cloudwater brewery and I’m pleased to report that their beers seem to be more readily available north of the border than was previously the case; always a good thing. This one follows quickly one from the can of their DIPA v13 that I reviewed here recently and is actually another can from the brewery that I picked up alongside that one, the other being the can of their Seville Orange Sour that I reviewed a couple of weeks ago and wasn’t particularly impressed with so hopefully this one turns out a little better. This one is a limited release pilsner from the Manchester based brewery and part of their Spring/Summer series of beers and I’ll be keeping my eyes open for a couple more of their beers in the near future; hopefully they will be slightly more reasonably priced than this one was though.

Appearance (4/5): Pouring quite a light and very clear golden colour that isn’t too far off of a straw colour, the beer is topped with a fairly nice looking head that is white and foamy, sitting just over a centimetre tall and holding quite well into the bargain. There is a lot of visible carbonation with the beer and the clarity of the drink is excellent, the head also looks to leave some nice lacing on the sides of the glass as well when I start drinking it; nice stuff so far.
Aroma (6/10): Quite fresh on the nose but definitely not the strongest in the early going, this one opens with some subtle grassy notes and a little citrus lemon which makes it seem lively initially. There was some faint herbal touches around the middle and I got a hint of biscuit as well before the odd hop makes an appearance around the middle. Towards the end some hay and light sweetness feature with it seeming quite refreshing at this point as well but it could have been a bit stronger really.
Taste (7/10): Following on well from the nose, this one is a fresh and lively beer in the early going with some lemon coming through again but the hops from the nose come through a lot earlier this time around. There was some herbal touches with a little citrus and hints of grassy hops around the middle, a subtle hint of hay is also present before the malts start to make themselves known. Towards the end there is a combination of sweet malts and biscuit flavours to see things out but it still feels like a lager to me, albeit it a fairly good one but certainly nothing outstanding.
Palate (3/5): Light-medium bodied and fresh, the beer was a relatively crisp and lively offering that was well carbonated and balanced but could definitely have been stronger. It was a nice lager on the palate and it’s always nice when none of the usual skunk flavours are present but it certainly wasn’t anything spectacular from Cloudwater and I’m not sure it’s one that would grab anyone’s attention really.

Overall (14/20): Nice stuff for a lager from Clouwater, this one was quite a lively and fresh offering that was pretty easy to drink thanks to the decent balance but in truth I was somewhat disappointed by the fact that it wasn’t a little stronger, particularly in the early going with the nose. There wasn’t too much to the beer that stood out either, I got some light malts and biscuit flavours coming through alongside the usual grassy hops and hay plus some pleasant enough lemon and citrus flavours but there was nothing to really grab my attention and I’m not sure it’s a beer I’d go back too, especially not at the same price as what I paid for this can; it was okay but could definitely have been better.

Brewed In: Manchester, England
Brewery: Cloudwater Brew Co.
First Brewed: 2017
Type: Pilsner
Abv: 5.6%
Serving: Can (440ml)
Purchased: Good Spirits Co. Wine & Beer (Glasgow)
Price: £4.10

Weihenstephaner Pils (348 of 1001)

April 27, 2017 Leave a comment

Rating: 4.0

Yet another beer from the 1001 beers list now, this one being my fifth review of a beer from it in a row now and this one is another that I managed to sample whilst on holiday recently. I picked this one up on keg at the Weihenstephaner Beer Hall in Berlin over Easter earlier this month, having visited the pub because I knew they’d have this beer available and because it is the last of the two beers from the brewery on the 1001 list that I still had to try, having first tried their flagship Hefe Weissbier back in May 2011. This one is actually a beer that I’ve been keeping my eyes open for since then and have found it online a few times already but every time I’ve attempted to place an order for it the beer has quickly sold out; finally I got my chance to try it in Germany though. The beer will be my 348th from the list that I’ll have reviewed here and is one of only two new beers from the list that I managed to try in German on my recent visit, a review of Rothaus’ Tannenzäpfle should follow shortly after this one.

Appearance (4/5): A light to golden amber colour that has a very clear body and quite a large, foamy head that sits about two inches tall in the glass initially. There looks to be a creamy texture to the head and it is bone white in colour as well as having good retention over the opening few minutes, with only a touch of the initial height lost and there is plenty of good lacing on the sides to make up for this anyway.
Aroma (7/10): Not an overly strong beer on the nose, not compared to the brewery’s wheat beers anyway but there was at least some good malts and lager notes in the early going alongside a few grassy hops and some citrus. There was a faint bitterness nearer the middle of the beer before some subtle sweetness showed itself but overall the beer was quite light and fresh on the nose with some spice and the faintest of coriander notes seeing things out.
Taste (7/10): Following on well from the nose, the taste is quite a fresh one but it is also quite light with some grassy hops and a touch of citrus opening things up. The coriander from the end of the nose is again present but shows itself earlier this time, there is some lemon coming through too but there wasn’t much in the way of a standout flavour really; it was still quite a nice beer though.
Palate (5/5): Smooth and very crisp, this one was exactly as a pilsner should feel with lively carbonation and a great balance that was helped by the fact that none of the flavours were particularly strong. There was some fizz and a slight hint of bitterness from the middle on which made it an incredibly easy beer to drink and one that was quite effervescent too.

Overall (16/20): Another excellent beer from Weihenstephan and up there with some of the best pilsners I’ve tried, mainly due to the fact that the beer looked good and had an excellent palate; the taste and nose weren’t bad either but nothing was really a standout from them. The beer was incredibly easy to drink with an excellent balance from the start and some nice sweetness at times that worked well with the subtle bitterness that featured throughout the beer. It’s a beer that could probably have benefited from being just a touch stronger, particular with the nose but it was very pleasant from the start and one that I’d definitely have again.

Brewed In: Freising, Germany
Brewery: Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
First Brewed: 1908
Type: German Pilsner
Abv: 5.1%
Serving: Keg (500ml)
Purchased: Weihenstephaner Beer Hall, Berlin, Germany
Price: €4.60 (£3.90 approx.)