Cincinnati Beer Week 2014 Hostivit - Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
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3.59/5 rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5
This Imperial Pilsner pours a tad darker than most with a very clean golden almost brassy hue. It poured a full fingers worth of just off white foam that had good retention.
The nose is quite crackery with that tell tale Pilsner malt scent. A little bready or doughy it's not too pronounced but I also get a little hops.
The taste is dry Pilsner malt, with a malty tea leaf and crackery body. Nothing remarkable it is a simple Pilsner style that has no real change despite the Imperial label. I expected more cracker and dough on the tongue but it's straight forward Pilsner style.
Very smooth, and incredibly light. I think it's 7 pct which makes this a scary drink as it was gone quickly with little fuss.
Some styles don't need to be Imperialized but I applaud the effort as its a easy drinking beast.
Serving type: bottle
05-30-2014 21:43:40 | More by KYGunner
4.03/5 rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Generally not much of a palate for pilsner brews, however in hearing of a Cincinnati collaboration of an "imperial pilsner," I had to check it out.
One on hand, I really enjoy the Hostivit for the following reasons:
1) I like big beers, hence my unsophisticated approach to pilsners. Hostivit makes up for this, though I'm unsure whether or not that's a good thing.
2) The beer is like, 7.2%, which gives it an obvious advantage (in my eyes). A bit juvenile, but it still counts in my opinion.
Sadly, the reasons for liking this beer are also my reason for disliking the beer: Pilsner taste doesn't exactly corroborate well with high ABV - the nose of Hostivit rings almost sour, something which rides alongside a competent backwash of clean malt sugars and balanced hop characters. I can be grateful that I can get drunk faster off this pilsner, but something about it just isn't refreshing. The mouthfeel dissolves into sour hops & alcohol, produce an effect similar to eating raw garlic (fyi, I love garlic).
I love Cincinnati and the brewing culture that has begun to take off here. Mad Tree, Listerman's & Triple Digit, Double Barrel, Blank Slate, Rhinegeist, 50 West, Christian Moerlein are all great breweries, however it seems a bit logistically dense to have so many breweries collaborate on a single beer. Come to mention Christian Moerlein, it seems as if the brewery not only spearheaded the release and distribution of the Hostivit (rightly so, they have the best capacity to do so), but also perhaps used a house brew to base the remaining collaboration.
Overall, not bad for an Imperial Pilsner, but not something to strike me as exceptional or worthwhile.
Serving type: bottle
02-14-2014 00:54:00 | More by BusterCasey
Cincinnati Beer Week 2014 Hostivit from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
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