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Phoenix Gold - Phillips Brewing Company

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35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Phillips Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-15-2004

This unpasteurized Bohemian lager is no ordinary bird. As refreshing as it is smooth, Phoenix showcases well-balanced malt flavours with a crisp, dry finish. Plummet into a flaming spiral of satisfaction.
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Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

341ml bottle. Part of the Phillips Showcase currently available at yer finer Alberta likka purveyors.

This beer pours a hazy, frosted glassy medium golden straw hue, with one finger of straight-ahead foamy white head, which leaves a few hurrahs of arched columnar lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of raw cereal grain, an indeterminate earthy herbal character, and dead grass/fresh hay hops. The taste is pretty consistent with the aroma - enveloping biscuity and oaten malt, some musty tea-like notes, and a late-season, rather peppy wild grass hoppiness.

The bubbles are pretty laid back, but not exactly lazy, the body comes across as a sturdy medium weight, and smooth, with more than a mere twinge of frothy creaminess. It finishes rather off-dry, the biscuit nature gaining some further sweetness, in the face of a relatively unrelenting, if still sub-par noble hoppiness.

A pretty tasty Bohemian Pils, though I have to admit I'm still missing just a bit more of that crisp, crackery, fresh grass essence that seems lacking here (for the masters of the style, anyway). In the absence of such pedantry, I could surely hit this again, and I very well might, given the influx of this brewer into our province of late.

Photo of wordemupg
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into pint glass 29/5/12

A slight chill haze in a golden yellow body, average carbonation but a dense thumbs width of foam that slowly falls to a thin film and leaves a fair bit of unorganized lace deep down the glass

S dried grass and hay with some dried cereal and just a little lemon tea

T pretty similar to the smell, tastes pretty good for the style, I get a little of what I thought was Phillips house ale yeast but this is clearly a lager? perhaps its a house hop profile or malt base? I'm confused but I'm liking this beer

M light and crisp just a little snap too it, good carbonation with a grassy aftertaste

O decent example of the style and I'm surprised it doesn't get a little more love, this one went down very quick

I'd drink another and I have two more thanks to my mixed pack, rated for style I thought its pretty good but I'm not sure if I'd need a 6er

Photo of canucklehead
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Top marks for the oldtime stubby bottle and retro label. This is a good Canadian style lager ,well made and finished with just the right amount of sweetness. I have put down Phillips for their lack of balance and off flavours in their beers but this is a good lager as nice as Granville Islands or Shaftebury's. I have to admit that I would buy this just see the stubbies in my fridge.

Photo of andrenaline
3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a light golden colour with a bit of a copper hue, thin finger of head which quickly dissipates leaving minimal lacing.

S - The scent isn't overpowering, and it's a little difficult to nail this one down. Some light caramel and a bit of a fresh cut grass.

T - Again, a little difficult to nail down but I picked up some cedar hops and some grassy and bready malts coming through on the finish. Nothing mind blowing, but still rather tasty.

M - This one goes down smooth, with perfectly balanced carbonation. The feel of this one makes it a prime session beer.

D - Overall, this offering was nothing special, but nothing to shrug at either. A tasty session beer, with some mild flavours interesting enough to maintain your interest. Recommended to anyone looking for a tasty session beer, which is easily drinkable, yet won't overload the taste buds.

Photo of Rutager
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of bumchilly25
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - a clear gold-bronze, bubbly, short white head dissipated quickly not leaving much
S - nice bready biscuity malt, slight sweet syrup quality, light grassy hop qualities, mild berry quality
T - pleasant biscuit malt, leafy and somewhat citrus hop taste, a light alcohol sweetness on the finish
D - a full mouth carbonation kick off the bat, smoothing out to a thin feel with dry and sweet sensation
D - a very easy drinking brew, flavour are somewhat subtle but well balanced, this would be an enjoyable sessioner

Photo of schnarr84
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Kmat10
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed a pint on tap at Beer Revolution. If Phillips has made it, I will try it. This lager is a straw gold color, just shy of copper, with some white foam that retained its shape well for the style. Smells clean and crisp, a cracker malt backbone decorated with Saaz-type floral/herbal perfume, clean yeast that has that unique Phillips character (hey, did they use ale yeast in here?), dry fragrant hay and grass. Smells like a really fresh and well-crafted brew from the old country. Briskly carbonated and with a thicker and chewier body than expected. The palate is sweet dough and crackers, tart green rhubarb and fresh salad greens, hints of licorice root, a dash of white pepper (although the herbs trump the spices here), copper pennies ... Tangy and assertive, with the barest echo of citrus rind. Certainly a tasty pilsener, with enough complexity to satisfy a wandering palate yet well-balanced and hitting all the marks. Goes down smooth, with nice herbal hop flavors and semi-chewy mouthfeel that satiates admirably.

Photo of LampertLand
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of kelvarnsen
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of ericj551
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Phoenix Gold Lager pours a pale, bright gold color with a thin head that fades quickly. The aroma is light malt and a bit grainy. Pale malt and graininess dominate the flavor, with a grainy, slightly fruity character. The beer finishes dry, and slightly vinous.

Photo of KalanM
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of cbnz
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of 4ster
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of fizzyted
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of EskimoDave
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Converge
3.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Pours a golden-yellow hue with a touch of amber in it. Hard pour gave little head to look at, but what's there is about two fingers high and bone-white. Head retention is as good as I've ever seen on a lager, and this is easily the most lacing I've ever seen from one as well... by a wide margin. Taking style into account, this is way, way above average.

S - A bit disappointing. No hop presence detectable, mainly just clean barley malt. Really typical lager aroma, without much depth or interest to it at all. Not even a bit grassy or bready, just some 2-row and subtle sweetness.

T - Slightly more here than the aroma. The profile is dominated by simple barley malt, no surprise, but offers some mild grassiness in the finish. A touch of bready malt rounds out the flavor here. Not too bad for a lager. It's clean, crisp, and refreshing, and remains unoffensive throughout.

M - Packs a bigger body than I expected, and certainly fills the mouth more than an average lager. In typical lager fashion, the carbonation here is higher than I generally like, but it doesn't get fizzy at any point. This is actually a pretty smooth beer, with a clean finish.

D - Well, as far as lagers go this is about the best I've ever had. Just a clean and crisp tasting brew from start to finish, with a refreshing although simple profile. No off flavors, and no adjuncts detected. This is far from my preferred style, but I wouldn't turn this one down on a hot summer day.

Photo of Graham5161986
3.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear, dark amber with a two finger, slight off-white head. Decent retention and a few rising carbonation bubbles. Leaves a gorgeous sticky lace.

S: very hoppy nose with hints of lemon zest and caramel malt

T: bready, grassy flavour with a subtle nut-like, roasty finish

M: medium bodied, crisp and creamy, not overly carbonated and a clean finish

D: another quality beer from Phillips. Crisp, clean and refreshing with nicely balanced flavours. Highly drinkable too - would make a great session beer. I would definitely buy this one again.

Photo of JanM
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have to start by disagreeing with the style classification. It's definately not a Czech pilsener. I know Phillips calls it a Bohemian Lager but I think they intended it more in the German style. The beer poured in a nice golden yellow colour smelling of fruity malts and a touch of yeast. The taste had an initial sweetness paired with toast notes. Then there was a watery dryness, some citrus and apples. It was fresh and generally OK but it would not be among my first choices of lager.

Photo of Hornet2003
2.71/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bought at the local BC Signature Store.

Pours a nice dark yellow colour. Almost reminds me of a pale ale, only slightly lighter. When I smell this beer, I get a lot of metallic aroma with kind of a sour chemically type smell. Actually, it smells like a band-aid. The taste is quite bitter, with the metallic aroma translating to the taste as well. Leaves a bitter taste on the back of the tongue. surprisingly, this has a great mouthfeel. Lighter carbonation than your cheap macro swill means it is easy on the old tastebuds. Because of the metallic taste and smell, I don't think I'll buy it again. I'm not really the biggest fan of Lagers to begin with(with the exception of a good ole Marzen), so maybe this just isn't for me.

Photo of HipCzech
3.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thefullpython
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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Phoenix Gold from Phillips Brewing Company
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