Rhino Chasers Pilsner - Lost Rhino Brewing Company
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Reviews by woodychandler:
4.46/5 rDev +22.2%
I had picked this up during one of my recent visits to D.C., but the picture approval process took a while and no CANQuest (TM) beer will ever be reviewed until a pic is in place. How do you lose a rhino? Why would you feel CANpelled to chase after it if you did? Is this a Virginia homage to a San Diego surfboard company? I seem to remember a chain of Rhino Chasers in the mid-to-late-1990s, including one at LAX. This has me CANfounded!
From the CAN: "Premium [CAN]adian Pilsner and Munich malts create a sweet backbone, but hops are what really make this brew stand out. Spicy hop flavor and fresh aroma are from the U.S. grown Hallertau and Saaz. Uncluttered and sharp, our pilsner relies on the basics of lager brewing. Good water, excellent ingredients, solid brewing practices, and lots of patience."
The loud Crack! was music to mine ears and to celebrate, I CANducted an inverted Glug. My stein glass (over)filled rather quickly and so I had to curb my enthusiasm for the moment. The end result was what looked like lemon meringue pie in my glass - a dense, two-finger cap of fluffy, rocky, bone-white head atop the hazy lemon-yellow liquid (SRM = > 1, < 4). I was also put in mind of the old sitcom saw where someone puts too much detergent in the washing machine and suds go everywhere to comedic effect. When I did it as a kid, no one found it particularly amusing. Nose was like lemon, grass and back pepper all intermingled. Mouthfeel was soft, caressing, the way the style really ought to be. The taste left no doubt as to which hops they had used. It was as grassy and spicy as any imported Czech Pils that i have had and yet it was AmeriCAN made! Man, this was really good. The finish was semi-dry with the malts keeping it from being over the top. This would be excellent on a hot day and a welcome addition in the beach cooler.
04-21-2014 20:18:13 | More by woodychandler
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3.68/5 rDev +0.8%
On Tap at Rabbit Grill in Arlington
A- Slightly hazy bright gold. Big white head fades some but keeps a small layer and thick bubbles of lace.
S- Piney hops dominate the nose. Less spicy and more American citrus and pine than I expected in a pils. Smells nice, just not like a czech pilsner.
T- Medium bitterness blends with juicy pine, citrus and a jam note. A bit of pilsner sweetness comes through near the end but the finish is pine and bitterness.
M- Thin with medium carbonation. Just right for the style.
O- A refreshing drink, somewhere between a pilsner and an American pale ale. Good, not great, but I would enjoy it again.
11-17-2012 21:25:26 | More by Guden
3.5/5 rDev -4.1%
A thanks goes out to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Pours a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is sweet, some lemons. Taste is a tad tart, some lemons, spicy, refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall us a sessionable beer, tasty and easy drinking.
01-25-2014 17:09:05 | More by tone77
3.53/5 rDev -3.3%
Poured on tap at Meridian pint into a shaker pint glass. Not the best glass to evaluate this style but off we go. From notes.
Lots of pinhead carbonation coming up, even some in the middle stuck to the sides of the glass. No head is presented but always leaves a good simple thin collar while drinking. Body is a nice clear gold, maybe even a little darker.
Nose though is completely empty. There might be a small hint of light doughy malts, but I can barely sense it, but there is nothing going on here, the beer smells lifeless and dead.
Palate though finally wakes up quite suprisingly. A very noticeable spicy hop profile it seem, which continues on the afterfinish with a good coating feel. Density on the feel comes through a bit with a good honey sweetness. The malts coat quite nicely as it warms also.
Overall a finally much better beer from these guys, it hits with a good flavor profile and is easy drinking, I could have this again.
01-05-2013 20:36:27 | More by smakawhat
3.68/5 rDev +0.8%
Can at Right Proper Brewing Company, Washington, DC
A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that died down and left a thin patch of bubbles in the center and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of bready malts and grassy hops are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of grassy hops with underlying notes of bready malts. Hints of spicy hops are also perceptible. The hops lend a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This pilsener has a nice does of hops and really opens up your palate. It would be a good way to start off a meal.
05-10-2014 19:21:20 | More by metter98
3.63/5 rDev -0.5%
On tap at Evening Star Cafe in Del Ray last night. Served in a pilsner glass.
Pours a brilliant clear golden color with a nice, foamy white head and plenty of lacing on the way down. The nose carries a bit of floral hops and some crisp pilsner malt. Nothing complicated, but that's how it's supposed to be. Flavor lost some of the hop touch, though the graininess was there without being too pronounced. Finish had a bit too much graininess and a touch of tannin. Otherwise, light with crisp carbonation. Pretty good; I'd have this again.
01-28-2012 14:07:01 | More by Thorpe429
3.3/5 rDev -9.6%
With its heart in the Czech Republic, but brewed in America, the beer shares a little of micro-brewed culture and taste to meet that of traditional European flavor for a taste that strives to be the best of both worlds.
Bright gold with brilliant clarity, the beer opens with an impressive zesty character. Streams of carbonation race to construct a spiritzy white head that unfortunately collapses midway through the session. Better head character would really impress.
Grainy-sweet aromas are dryly of malt and somewhat husky. Cracker-like breads meet high hop character for a melange of earth and dough. Growing pine aromas arise as the beer comes up to temperature.
It's part-malt, part-grain infrastructure is supple with honey sweetness, dry crackers with husk and cereal. With a rougher-than-usual grain taste, the sulfur taste of burnt matches seems elevated. But a late taste of pine and sod is sharp, crisp, and less refined that I like in Bohemian Pilsners. Somewhat American-ized in its approach- the beer has an unbridled "green" taste to it.
Medium bodied for lagers, its adept malt textures allow for a little more heft to come along with the mild sweetness. The first sips are zesty and refreshing but the later half of the glass falls dull on the palate and diminishes its crispness and dryness in finish. Still, finishing warm and semi-dry the beer still carries value even in its final sips.
A griany-sweet aftertaste is toppled by lingering bitterness and keeps the beer alive until the next sip. It's a fine lager, yet also unrefined in its attention to details that make authentic Czech Pilsners so elegant.
03-14-2013 17:28:01 | More by BEERchitect
Rhino Chasers Pilsner from Lost Rhino Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.