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Summer Pilsner Fusion - Element Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

44 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 17.95%
Wants: 5
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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ComputerBeer

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +28.2%
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

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2012 15:57:48 | More by ComputerBeer
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +28.2%

11-23-2011 17:36:09 | More by PEIhop
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

4.83/5  rDev +23.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 00:21:54 | More by kaelingirl
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TripelMark

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

09-19-2013 00:35:06 | More by TripelMark
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Opportunivore


4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 03:31:25 | More by Opportunivore
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BeerPunk1312

New York

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

08-09-2013 01:50:02 | More by BeerPunk1312
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CliffBrake

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

01-01-2012 18:05:50 | More by CliffBrake
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SFLpunk

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
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!)

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 04:57:27 | More by SFLpunk
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9%

07-11-2012 02:01:14 | More by Jason
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nzerbe

New York

4.25/5  rDev +9%

08-31-2013 13:03:35 | More by nzerbe
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brother_rat

New York

4.25/5  rDev +9%

05-30-2014 18:28:47 | More by brother_rat
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AdamElb

New York

4.25/5  rDev +9%

07-08-2013 02:27:03 | More by AdamElb
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hopley

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9%

09-21-2013 03:31:46 | More by hopley
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rab53

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +9%

12-01-2011 05:40:00 | More by rab53
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 23:55:25 | More by ppoitras
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jbertsch

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 21:35:45 | More by jbertsch
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glid02

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 16:33:05 | More by glid02
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 16:12:55 | More by BeerAdvocate
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HattedClassic

Virginia

4/5  rDev +2.6%

06-21-2014 17:26:11 | More by HattedClassic
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BKBassist

New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%

07-02-2013 04:59:05 | More by BKBassist
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smb71481

Vermont

4/5  rDev +2.6%

08-18-2013 23:36:45 | More by smb71481
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Eindacor_DS

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-15-2014 15:10:49 | More by Eindacor_DS
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.6%

08-25-2012 14:05:23 | More by oldp0rt
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Triglycerides

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +2.6%

07-10-2014 16:53:13 | More by Triglycerides
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ComRock12

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.6%

10-09-2012 20:11:21 | More by ComRock12
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Summer Pilsner Fusion from Element Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.