Raid Beer - To Øl
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3.9/5 rDev -2%
330ml bottle. The sentiments (in plain English) on the label 'Sometimes when you're drunk you can see better' would not fly in certain Liquor Control Boards in this broad country of ours. Jebus bless Alberta! On topic, ya gotta wonder if the rows and columns of multicoloured dots on said label are actually some sort of picture puzzle.
This beer pours a hazy, medium copper amber colour, with two rather skinny fingers of weakly foamy, and hardly even fizzy dirty white head, which leaves some swaths of botanical confluence lace around the glass as it quickly abates.
It smells of a bitter pine and dank leafy hop bitterness, gritty crackery and grainy pale malt, black pepper, mild orange and lemon rind, and further floral, indistinctly fruity hops. The taste is dank leafiness and pine needles straight off the top, more bready, crackery pale malt, mixed domestic citrus and exotic Sauvignon Blanc fruitiness, warming spice evocative of white pepper, and a weird overripe melon character, indeed.
The carbonation is pretty low-key, even with a few odd frothing events considered, the body an adequate medium weight, and actually quite smooth, the hops apparently taking a smoke break right about now. It finishes off-dry, just, as the south-seas fruitiness has enough staying power to rise against the lingering dankness of grassy, pine, and seemingly everything else.
Wow, a new twist on what a Bohemian Pils can be - forget the plain Jane grassy or gassy, add some dank! It works elsewhere, and now it works here, even though I may not have agreed if you asked me about it yesterday. Anyways, enjoyable in its sidestepping, however, its strength is apparently not high enough to make me see any better, vis-a-vis the label. I'll keep trying.
08-02-2014 03:33:15 | More by biboergosum
3.13/5 rDev -21.4%
On tap. Shaker glass. Enjoyed @ Freiburg (Barcelona). Golden color, chill haze appearance. White crown showing fairly good retention. Mint, herbal, green wood & piney aromas. Crispy & malty upfront. Light to medium body. Soft carbonation. Subtle spicy palate. Oily to watery texture. Hints of fruity hops in the middle. Dry bitter/sweet finish.
04-14-2014 08:49:23 | More by GONZALOYANNA
4/5 rDev +0.5%
I had it on 33cl bottle. Very brillant golden colour, the white foam don’t last for long time. At the nose there is a little caramel sensation but the strongest preception is cedar and some floral and herbs smells from the hops. Medium body, smooth but very hopped. On their website they define this beer a Pils but it is closest to an IPA than to a Pils even if the flowers and the herbs smells quite remember the typical pils aroma. But in the end is a good beer, I reccomend it.
02-25-2014 15:54:02 | More by tempodaluppoli
3.5/5 rDev -12.1%
Pours amber with a small head.
Floral and fruity hops in the aroma, lots of peach and orange blossom. Some soft sweet malt too.
Very hoppy, aggressive flavours. Lots more floral and fruity hops. Very bold, sharp bitterness, with little supporting sweet malt.
Carbonation seems a bit full-on.
06-20-2013 09:13:08 | More by CrazyDavros
4.16/5 rDev +4.5%
Dull bronze - dark for a lager - with solid creamy white head that instantly rims and trails.
Subtle citrus, flowers and melon on top of more conventional cracker base.
A touch of sweet dough with plenty of mango, then catty pine needle, passionfruit and red grapefruit hops.
Floral and spicy white grape ending and soft fruity honeydew linger.
Crisp, light, round, slight chew.
Stunner. This could beat down most IPAs with the hopping (Simcoe, Citra, NS and Centennial) but it keeps that clean lager finish and light body. My only complaint would be that it gets the tart and dank side of these particular hops which can be bright and fruity with a light touch - and there's no Centennial orange. But with a November bottling date, the fact that there's hops at all is a minor miracle.
Stroke of genius.
04-05-2013 19:05:44 | More by StJamesGate
3.81/5 rDev -4.3%
A: Pours a transparent pale amber with a reddish glow around the edges. Frothy head that retained well with moderate lacing. Looks very similar to an American Pale Ale.
S: Citrus hop aromas blended with subtle floral notes.
T: Round tropical esters hit the palate up front; guava, pear, grapefruit; slightly pithy. A hint of pilsner malt present. Bitter and citrusy finish.
M: Light-medium bodied with present carbonation.
O: Very nice. Bitter for the style, but well balanced with the complex fruit flavors. In my opinion, tastes much more like a pale ale than a pilsner.
03-21-2013 01:42:59 | More by Ale-ienation
4.03/5 rDev +1.3%
Got this one at Geers in Ghent. I don't know the availability, but I bought it in the late spring.
From a bottle into a snifter
Described on the bottle as a hoppy pilsner
APPEARANCE: Pours a big, thin, bright white head with good retention. Perfectly clear gamboge orange in color with higher levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly recedes to a thick foam cap. A good wisp remains until the end and leaves some nice dots of lacing down the glass. Very nice looking beer.
SMELL: Very hoppy for sure. Honedew melon, citrus aromas and plenty of grapefruit. Quite nice really.
TASTE: Good hop flavor on this one. Some caramel malt, pilsner malt sweetness and citrus notes. Mild in flavor, but complex and well balanced hop profile. Piny bitterness comes out at the finish. Medium strength but persistent aftertaste with caramel, melon, citrus and floral bitterness and pilsner malts. Wish they'd used pale malts and made this a pale ale instead, but for what it is, it's really enjoyable.
PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down nice and smooth and finishes rather dry. Good feel for the style.
OVERALL: This is the definition of a good, low ABV, hoppy pilsner. A very well executed BBQ beer for sure. Too bad I can't buy it in mass quantities for fun around the pool. Recommended.
07-12-2012 18:11:25 | More by Jeffo
Raid Beer from To Øl
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