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Summer Pilsner Fusion - Element Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

48 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 17.48%
Wants: 6
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Element Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rudzud on 05-13-2011)
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Photo of ComputerBeer
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I like some of these new styles where ale type hops are added to a pilsner. The solely Hallertau Hersbrucker influence is also a great new approach.

I got a short glass of this in my local bar. The beer was a hazy, straw color. There was a couple fingers of very white head on top. The foam was very rocky.

The smell was kind of different. It was kind of flowery off the top. I got some sweetness, and the bouquet had fruitiness. I didn't expect this blend of smells.

The flavor was HUGEt. I would say that this would fit in on a warm spring day. The blend of flavors were very interesting. I feel like I get some white grape. It was almost like a soft kiwi. On the back end I got some strong malty goodness.

This is a very good beer. It was a different experience from any other beer I have had.

Serving type: on-tap Blind Pig

ComputerBeer, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of PEIhop
5/5  rDev +28.5%

PEIhop, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of kaelingirl
4.83/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a bright golden color with a tight white head. Non stop cascade of tiny bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass. Smells sweet, slightly caramel and dough like. Malty sweet taste, very crisp and then a lingering warm alcohol finish. Very enjoyable on a dreary summer eve.

kaelingirl, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of TripelMark
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

TripelMark, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of Opportunivore
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a great summer beer. A Pilsner based on Oatmeal grain. A nice combination. Refreshing and smooth. Just a little more bitter than a hefeweizen. For a seasonal it really puts a lot of other beers to shame.

Pour is more like a Belgium Beer (say Duval). If you don't tilt you will get a lot of head. It settles down quickly and smells delightful.

Overall a very successful beer. To bad it is not sold in Texas.

Opportunivore, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of BeerPunk1312
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

BeerPunk1312, Aug 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

CliffBrake, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of SFLpunk
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at Liquors 44 in Northampton, MA. Bottled 4/12/2011. 750mL brown glass cork & caged and paper wrapped. Bottle #247 of 653.

Pours a hazy medium amber/golden with thin, fluffy white head. Nose is really interesting and hard to pin down. Smells really sweet and floral. Can't quite think of it...maybe orange blossom honey, or some type of citrus candy...hmmm. Keeps me coming back for another whiff. Lavender?...

Palate is both full and rich while being clean and bitter. The carbonation is really fluffy and there's a nice bitterness there too on the finish that keep the large mouthfeel moving along. Flavors of pale malt, wheat, white flowers, lavender, preserved lemon, orange blossom honey, and on and on and on...

Wow. There is a lot going on in this beer. Perhaps one of the most complex and interesting beers I've had in a long time. Unique and delicious, I can't wait to try the other 4 Elements that I picked up. (Thanks to DarthKostrizer for bringing these guys to my attention!)

SFLpunk, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of Jason
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Jason, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of ColdOneKev
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

A - Wonderful packaging presentation by the Element team. Suggesting serving temps are in F, C and Kelvins. Pours a dark orange, slightly hazy, massive white/off-white head. Tight head that reduces quickly but never leaves entirely. Low level of lacing on the sides.

S - Light malt sweetness, spicy noble hops. Crisp clean aroma.

T - Complex. Clean, crisp, Pilsner around the edges surrounding a sweet meal middle. The oatmeal adds adds this all together. I would consider this to be the fusion. A little bit of the hops lingers.

M - Most notable is the smooth, slick character. Medium dryness, high carbonation.

O - An excellent, unique beer. Perfect as a summer alternative when you want a sipper, but don't want anything too heavy.

ColdOneKev, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of nzerbe
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

nzerbe, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of brother_rat
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

brother_rat, May 30, 2014
Photo of AdamElb
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

AdamElb, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of hopley
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

hopley, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of rab53
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

rab53, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of ppoitras
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased at Atkins Farm, Hadley, MA. Cool informative paper wrap, corked and caged.

Poured into a glass stein, formed a 2 1/2" eggshell head over the slightly cloudy golden amber brew. Pillowy head holds height for awhile, bubbles popping balanced by bubbles generated, with chunky sticky lace. Aroma is lemony and crisp, with an undercurrent of sweetness.

Taste begins sweet and earthy, spicy and citrus in the middle, with a lightly crisp close. Mouthfeel is soft over the tongue and smooth, and drinkability is very nice. Not as Sazz-heavy as I would expect from a Double Pils, but just an enjoyable brew.

ppoitras, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of jbertsch
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle from the brewery.

Enjoyed at cellar temp. About 55 degrees.

Poured a gold color with 1-finger white head.

Aroma was mild at first, as I couldn't get much of anything right away. Just some biscuity malts and very faint herbal hops. But as I drank it and made room in the glass, I was able to swirl more and it smelled better and better the closer to the end. Vanilla and oak came to mind, along with some heat.

It's flavor offers up woodsy notes. Oak is there, vanilla bean is there, as well as lemon and light hay. The warmer this got, the bolder the flavors became, and the better it drank. Little bit of a rum note to it near the end. I poured in all the yeasties as I like them. Provided just a little kick of bitterness and chewiness. Love it.

Overall, this was great. It went well with sausages and sweet potato fries. It takes like a pilsner, but with the flavor amped up, some heat, and some nice earthy, wood notes. The vanilla notes are nice, too.

Hope they make it again next summer, but I also hope they try something else because I don't think this brewery does anything wrong. It would be exciting to see what else they do.

jbertsch, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Mark – much obliged!

Pours a hazy golden color with a white head that leaves solid lacing.

Smells of crisp pilsner malts with good amounts of light citrus and earthy hops and light hints of oats. Also present are mild amounts of floral hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth pilsner malts up front are joined quickly by light herbal and citrus hops. Midway through heavier earthy hops come into before mild oat flavors sweeten things up a bit, fading into a mildly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is very good, with a nice thickness and grainy carbonation.

Overall this was a really interesting beer, the thickness was somewhat expected but still foreign, even in an imperial pilsner. Worth a shot.

glid02, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of HattedClassic
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a white, bubbly, and frothy head that takes a while to dissipate and leaves quite a bit of very nice lacing on the walls of the glass. The beer itself is a clear brown with orange notes. The beer is also a little bit hazy but that's most likely due to the temperature difference between the beer and the glass. The smell has strong honey and graham cracker notes mixed with a bit of light oatmeal. The hops are a little bit buried beneath the other notes but provide a nice base with its bitter and grassy notes. The taste is a bit stronger with the hop notes and the oatmeal as well as the sweeter honey and oat notes are weaker. However, the mix is much better than in the smell because it's no longer so sweet. Additionally, there is a slight alcohol taste that is very faint and barely noticeable. The mouthfeel is medium bodied but on the thicker side and very light on the carbonation despite the good head retention. Overall, a very good beer that is worth getting if you haven't done so. Despite the odd pairing, the combination actually works very well in how one note offsets the other and prevents it from becoming too overwhelming.

HattedClassic, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #67 (August 2012):

LOOK: Clear amber hue, high-reaching froth

SMELL: Spicy, mealy, dried grass, yeast, wildflowers, clean alcohol

TASTE: Medium bodied, creamy, peppery alcohol, warming, clean, grainy, grassy, bitter, herbal, bread, yeast, faint taffy, bitter, drying finish

A massive lager, being an “Oatmeal Pilsner” really rounds this brew out. While the malt backbone puts on quite a show, we had selfishly hoped that the hops would have been dialed up a tad more, which would have pushed this beer into a beer for the gods. We guess our palates can live with just great.

BeerAdvocate, Dec 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

BKBassist, Jul 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

smb71481, Aug 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Eindacor_DS, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of oldp0rt
4/5  rDev +2.8%

oldp0rt, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of Triglycerides
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Triglycerides, Jul 10, 2014
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Summer Pilsner Fusion from Element Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.