Evil Twin Low Life - Evil Twin Brewing

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Ratings: 247
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 3
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Amalak on 12-23-2012

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.45/5  rDev -5%

Beer pours a clear gold colour, very typical Pilsner look. The smell is like earthy hops and not much else, very timid aroma. The beer tastes crisp, slightly sweet, earthy hops, and overall clean taste. Light-bodied. Kind of tastes like a hybrid between a Pilsner and a Pale ale

Sessionable.

Would I buy it again? Yes.

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Brilliant gold with a 2” bone white finely bubbled foam collar that drops to 1”.
S: flowery hops, very low background DMS, clean, no fruity esters, no diacetyl
T: malty graham cracker palate crisp dry finish, some light sugar in the background behind the malts
F: Creamy, light medium body, medium to medium high carbonation
O: Much more satisfying than a standard industrial lager.

Photo of SouthernTear
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the best pilsners that I've tried
Good malty grassy flavor with a nice balance of hops

Photo of Brenden
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A clear, bright gold, Low Life's pure white head reaches a finger and sits fluffy on top, fading after time to a creamy foam and depositing nicely thick patching as it goes.
The smell is soft but nice, very bright and clean, with plenty of Saaz hops, though it seems to be hopped more to the Czech than the German standard. Still, it's not too soft.
The taste is the same, with a gentle malty sweetness up front and a base consisting of floral and lightly herbal hops bitterness. Dryness from a grassier character comes out underneath.
Light, crisp and refreshing, as one would hope for with this style, it's nonetheless consistent and deep. The carbonation is a bit high, but it doesn't overwhelm too much.

Photo of biboergosum
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, day 23 of the 2013 Craft Beer Advent calendar. Another brew from Evil Twin constructed in Stratford, CT.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden straw hue, with a teeming tower of (are we sure this wasn't brewed at DeProef?) rather puffy, thinly foamy, and ultimately frothy bone-white head, which leaves some decent (or not?) hanging garter belt lace around the glass as it slowly bleeds away.

It smells of prominent grassy, leafy hops, floral clover honey, grainy, slightly biscuity pale malt, and a subtle dry yeastiness. The taste is sharply bitter grassy, kind of metallic noble hops, gritty crackery pale malt, semi-tart lemon peel, a touch of flinty stoniness, and some weird additional natural sweet earthy tones.

The bubbles are, as already noted, big and overwrought out of the gate, and linger deeply until they eventually settle to a dull hum on the tongue, right at the point before another top-up is required, natch, the body on the light side of medium weight, and a tad too astringent from fizz and hop alike to be deemed anywhere near smooth. It finishes on a drying trend, the malt waning, while the acerbic hops and yeast gear up for a final run at my upper palate.

Well, what we have here is a German Pils, via Belgium's 'finest' yeastmeisters, spit out by a Danish recipe in coastal Connecticut. WTF? Globalization has its merits, as does collaboration and cooperation, but this all seems to be taking it all a step or ten too far, in concept marketing (our beer sucks, and all that), and in geography.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured two fingers of head on a clear, medium straw colored body.
The aroma is grain and pine. Mild but nice.
The taste has mild pine bitterness with some honey sweetness in the middle. Finishes with mild dry bitter note.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Enjoyable. It's a little less bitter than most pilseners.

Photo of thagr81us
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a Mikkeller oversized wine glass (semi-proper!). Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, fruit, spices, and grain. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, earth hop, fruit, spice, grain, rye, and wheat. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Upon first inspection of the nose on this one I really wasn’t expecting too much if I’m honest. There was a very substantial earthiness going on which was a little overwhelming. However, the flavor was a good bit better with a nice kiss of fruit taking place. This kept some of the earthiness at bay and helped to balance it out. Worth trying if you get the chance to do so.

Photo of EagleTalon
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brewed by "Evil Twin Brewing, Stratford, CT" Bottled 8/22/13.

Pours to a thick white head and hazy (must be bottle conditioned) yellow color. Aroma is spicy, grassy and citrusy hops with a nice balance of sweet pale malt. Flavor is crisp, hoppy, grainy and balanced, with a sharp, dry finish. Mouthfeel is light and CO2 is under control. Overall a very good Pils.

Evil Twin, now available in Arkansas.

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.1/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours gold with a small, fading white head.
Delicate aroma, some spicy and herbal hops and cereal grains.
Flavours are the same - boring cereal grains and spicy hops, with little else to back things up.
Carbonation is too high.
Not impressive....

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Schaumburger pilsner glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a nice two finger white head with active carbonation. Aroma of biscuit malt with a light fruitiness. Flavor follows aroma with biscuit malt and grassy earthy hops. The hop component is much more dominated by dry herbal elements than hop bitterness or the bright herbal hopping of American IPAs. Medium bodied with pleasant carbonation. An interesting take on a the classic German style, with the dry grassiness of the hops perhaps a bit over-presented. Still enjoyable to drink and distinctly flavored while fitting within the style.

Photo of Jree261
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance-Foggy yellow orange to bright gold with cream color foam.

Smell-toffee and stone fruit. Light and summery.

Taste-Follows the nose and adds citrus fruit on the finish.

Mouthfeel-Light body and good finish on the front palate.

Overall-One of the better Pilseners I've had recently. Clean and crisp with good complexity and evolution of flavors and aromas.

Photo of Amalak
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a bottle at Beer Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

A. It has a clear gold color with some bubbles rising up throughout. It has a foamy white head that leaves some lacing.

S. It has a very mild malt scent to it.

T. This has a nice dark fruit taste, a kind of grape taste. There's a mild hop flavor underneath. It is quite sweet with a nice crisp aftertaste.

M. Crisp and refreshing, mild body.

O. The low life has unassuming taste. Some people may not like it because it isn't exactly flavorful, but this is really balanced and it has a good, clean taste.

Photo of metter98
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving a collar around the edge and some lacing on the surface.
S: Faint aromas of grassy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but also has some hints of bready and grainy malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to taste a little like an ae and has some hints of fruity yeast. It's not very flavorful but is easy to drink.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Found a bottle marked 4/14 for a dollar and I had to buy it.
A - Hazy bright yellow probably since it's over 8 months old. Head is pretty good got over a 1/2 inch.
S - A bit of herbal hops and some lemon zest. Very little skunky malts. Good.
T - A decent hoppy pilsner with a good balance of bitter hops, sweet malts and lemon crispness.
M - Light to medium very easy to drink especially with food.

Overall a good buy for just a buck and me not being the biggest fan of the style I enjoyed it.

Photo of atr2605
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours a murky golden straw color with a white sudsy head with good retention
S-grainy wheat aroma dominates with some grassy hops lingering in the background
T-wheat malt mixes with the grassy hops with a touch of lemon and some remnants if minerals
M-light bodied with high carbonation
O-not a bad brew, probably would have been better fresh. Not worth the price though

Photo of mdagnew
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle bought from Lighthouse Wines, Jordanstown

Poured a pale straw yellow colour... slightly off white head poured quite loose and frothy then faded fairly quickly to almost nothing... only the faintest trace of carbonation... some light lacing...

Aroma - Nice light citrusy and grassy hops, crackery biscuit and grainy malts, quite peppery, some rubbery notes, juicy fruits (grapefruits, pears and light mangoes), floral honey, cut wet grass and hay, faint caramel...

Taste - Light citrusy and peppery hop bitterness, some juicy fruits (grapefruits, pears), light biscuity malts, some sweet floral honey, grassy, sweet grains, lightly perfumed, quite herbal, light traces of chalk...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry... Light body... An extremely quaffable pilsener...

Overall - A very nice example of a Pilsener... recommended...

Photo of dbrauneis
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy dark golden yellow to pale orange in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some golden orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy light beige head that quickly reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of sweet bready/grainy malts with lighter aromas of grassy/spicy/earthy hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate amount of bready and grainy malts that are lightly sweet. That is followed by moderate flavors of grassy, spicy, and earthy hops which contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness which lingers slightly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly chewy.

O: Interesting, tastes more like an ale than a lager but still an enjoyable brew. Slightly more hopped up that we often get in the pilsener style but still worth enjoying.

Photo of JamesMN
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Code on the bottom of the can 11515. Hopefully a canned on date and not best before.

Appearance: Hazy golden/caramel hue with a pillowy white head of suds.

Aroma: Grain, dry/lagery yeast esters and hops.

Taste: Flavor follows the aroma with more intense hop character of spicy and earth. Moderate bitterness paired well with a light malt flavor of grain and a bit of honey. Simple but great depth of flavor, never watery at 5.5% ABV. Crisp finish and ebbing dry bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A surprising medium in body with smooth carbonation, given the style. Definitely sessionable with a low ABV and high drinkability.

Final Thoughts: The description on the can is so negative but I really can't find a bad thing to say about this one. Evil Twin is quickly becoming a new favorite to check out. Would I drink it again? Yes.

Photo of danxbar
4.29/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Firstoff, this is an unapologetic pilsener that is slightly hopped up and it definitely lives up to the title. Jokes about the name aside ("the golddigger of beers") the color is cracker yellow, body is clean, the flavors are balanced between bread and grass, and the finish is crisp. No apparent skunk from this round of bottles, and perfect for a hot evening with some legit Mexican food.
Worth the $12 for a 4 pack ($3.00 a beer)? I would pay $3 for this over any mainstream lager or most German pilseners, including Jever, given the choice. In conclusion, this is a refreshingly dry pilsener that lives up to its claims and not anyone else's.

Photo of Tone
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, gold color. 5/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, hops, citrus, floral, hint of alcohol, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of a German Pilsner. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, slight sweet malt, hops, hint of yeast, and a hint of floral notes. Overall, good appearance, blend, and feel.

Photo of dar482
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer has a golden color.

The aroma has some great pilsner characteristics with grassy hops, floral aromas, and some cracker malt.

The flavor has a good malty body, but then it assaults you with a citrus and herbal bitterness. It really is quite bitter for a pilsner. The flavor is really exciting with that surprisingly hop profile.

Not my favorite pilsner as it lacks some complexity, but the hop profile is surely a highlight.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Driving home the sane and sensible approach of Lager brewing, Evil Twin jumps aboard the most popular genre of beer, but does so the craft beer kinda way...

Opening with a lightly hazed, and firmly capped head- the ale pours deeply golden with highlights of straw, amber, and mild copper. Its diffused color is a testament to traditional "Kellerbiers" but its hoppy haze sings more common demeanor.

Starting herbal, floral, and grainy-sweet- its initial aromas are earthy, stemmy and acidic with lemon and citrus peels. Lovin' where the scent goes- its the taste of dry cracker malts, supportive grain sweetness and the necessary hop spiciness.

Tasting decidedly malty yet dry, yet its the flavor of dry doughy malts, quivering bodies, and a rise of citrus onslaught that gives the taste a zesty, fresh, and refreshing taste. Its balance is herbal, bitter, and decisive with dry cracker components. Its a delicious taste that evades complication, and prefers a simplistic palate that's the ideal dialogue between malt and hops.

Medium-light in body, the ale is creamy and semi-light to start but a quivering middle and a substantially dry late palate ensures drinkability and lightened sensibilities.

Low Life is a fantastic Lager that's brewed in true Germanic fashion but uses stylistic liberties by Evil Twin to provide an effortless session.

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 10/23/2013. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden straw color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pear, cracker, bread, light honey, floral, grass, light pepper, herbal, and floral/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt, hop, and clean yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pear, floral, grass, light pine, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of earthy floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pear, floral, grass, light pine, cracker, bread, light honey and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of hop and malt flavors with minimal yeast ester presence; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice hoppy pilsner style. All around nice balance and robustness of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.24/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Almost completely clear dark gold with a huge bubbly white head. Drops to a small loose cap and collar in short order. Some splotches of lacing. Lively carbonation on the pour. Looks like the real thing.

Smell: Grain and husk. Pale malt. A small hint of earth and dirt. Lager yeast. Super clean. Mild pale malt sweetness with a touch of rice. Very mild esters as well. Not a ton going on here. A touch of grass. A little dirty.

Taste: Oh those dirty earthy German hops. Clean, crisp malt body. A solid toasted bread crust. Some minor pale malt sweetness as well. Grain husk. A touch of cereal grains. Small touches of grass and something that reminds me of wheat. Lager yeast throws very minor esters. Very soft fruity esters in the back. Dirt and the smallest hint of bitterness and citrus buried in the back.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is on point. Ever so slightly smooth on the initial sip with a crisp finish.

Overall: Let's slum some time.

I get the joke, but this is a hoppier version of the beer on which it riffs. The carbonation is nice for the style and it drinks close to style as well. Well played.

Photo of Brad007
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy blonde color with a whitish hue on the sides. Decent head that is quick to fade. Looks marvelous.

Lots of malt in the nose. Grainy. Decently hopped too. I would say that this beer fits my mood as it is.

The hops are restrained, allowing the grainy malt base to dominate the palate.

Things get watery towards the back of the throat. Either that or the malt just doesn't hold up as much.

Well worth a try. I've had nothing but good experiences with Evil Twin.

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Evil Twin Low Life from Evil Twin Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.