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Elsinore - Phillips Brewing Company

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47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 8.61%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Phillips Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: biboergosum on 07-01-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 13
Photo of DamageCase76
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HipCzech
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled during a tour of Phillips in Victoria, BC. Light, crisp and refreshing. A bit light in both hops and malt, but balanced and easy to drink.

Photo of argock
3.39/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Sleeman pilsener glass. 02 May 15 on bottle neck.

A: Clear honey gold with 1-finger of white head with decent retention and a stripe or two of lace.

S: Slightly sulfuric initial aroma that fades with a mildly fruity ester aroma with a lot of doughy pilsner malt. Herbal, floral, and lightly spicy hopping. No other yeast character (but probably too much overall) and no alcohol notes.

T: Flavor is decent but the maltiness is too doughy and not toasty enough for the style, not sure if the doughiness is yeast derived or malting related or both. It leaves this beer with a somewhat tired malt flavor that lacks the notable toasty character and crispness this style demands. The hopping also leaves a slight vegetal note without the spiciness or floral qualities that a good Czech pilsener should have. Bitterness is light-medium with no alcohol character.

M: Mouthfeel is crisper than the flavor but still it seems a little flaccid and flabby. Carbonation is high and body is light-medium.

O: Not a bad pilsener by any stretch and it could be pushed farther ahead with an improved malt profile in the aroma and flavor arenas and more careful hopping to eliminate the vegetal character. Drinkable and I enjoyed it.

Photo of Svingjo
3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This Pilsner pours a very light straw colour. The nose also has some grassy notes with citrus and hops. It's a very light bodied pilsner with a nice hop and slightly bitter finish.

Photo of Tivlavrie
3.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Howlader
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of biegaman
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Victoria, British Columbia is hardly Canada's harshest climate, yet Elsinore proudly boasts of being brewed in the 'Great White North'. Well, it does have an icy, ultra-chilled haziness and a yellow tone so pallid as to look almost whitish against the light. Its head also tops it like a snowbank.

The label also proclaims use of the "choicest hops and malt". Brewers are free to promise anything they want but I won't believe it until I try things for myself. The way this smells it's certainly feasible that it was made from "superior yeast, first-rate two-row barley and the finest hops" as elements of each can be noted. It's equal parts phenolic, bready, and herbal.

Indeed, try as I might, I can't seem to fit Elsinore neatly into any one box. It has qualities both vegetal and fruity, though it's ultimately a lemony citrus flavour that prevails. But the malt and yeast combine to also create strong impressions of fresh-baked bread. What's more, hints of white pepper and dried herbs confuse matters more, as does a bright, floral finish.

Warming intensifies the grassy herbalness and uncovers more of the tart, citrusy, lemon curd flavour. This bold combination of herbs, citrus, and spice starts to draw parallels with gin, some semblance of juniper even being conceivable. It also comes across as a little stronger than its standard 5% - intrigued though I am by it, I don't think I'd care for another.

Elsinore is one odd duck. Philips was vague in their description of it and neglected to ever define a specific style. Not that all beers need to - or even should - fit neatly into predetermined guidelines, but part of me wishes I had a basis for comparison. No matter, as I've said already, I found this lager to be intriguing, with plenty of worthwhile characteristics, but not something I'd necessarily gravitate to on the regular. A really nice recipe, but not sure it's really for me.

Photo of Jeff8ham
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of TRiGS
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of mick303
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got from the lcbo BC taster pack, poured a light clear golden colour, slight head but decent lacing.

S - grassy hops, slight lemon, clean pilsner malt, quite grassy, maybe a bit floral, noble hop spices, a bit peppery. Some light tart citrus.

T - lemon, light floral tartness, grassy, pale clean pils body, with a lemony grassy forefront, a bit yeasty but very clean. Some pale peachy notes, light fruitiness, and while it is a clean sessionable pils there isnt a ton of other flavour, finish is clean, malty.

M - light, clean, with a mineral and grassy bitterness, moderate carbonation, which cleans off the palate quite assertively. Has some pale pilnser malt body but other wise it is quite thin.

A sessionable and clean pilsner but it lacks flavour and body, mostly lemon and grassy, it feels fairly uninspired. And while a decent session option this isnt even that great of a pilsner, not much exciting here to write home about. Some flavour to it but it feels off kilter slightly with tendency toward lemon tarts.

Photo of TerryW
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of andrenaline
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of mjacquard
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of ThirstyDutchman
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Cramshawbar
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Jotora
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of JasonThaler
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%

341 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. About $2.25 CDN per bottle.

Appearance - Clear, pale golden straw color. Capped by nearly a finger of white head which has some staying power.Visible bubbles on the low side, but there's some sticky lacing left behind.

Smell - Grassy and grainy like most pilsners but with a significantly more floral element than the usual suspects. There's something akin to freshly boiled tea mixed in there.

Taste - Similar to the nose but with a very green tea / tea like aspect on the conclusion that is unusual. Grassier and more floral tasting than many other pilsners. For this it is more flavorful, but not quite as crisp and as clean as other sin the style.

Mouthfeel - Reasonably well carbonated with a light feel, and on the dry side in terms of finishes. Pretty decent overall.

Overall - A solid pilsner with a pleasant but unusual tea like spin on things. Works picking up if that's your thing otherwise a solid Canadian pilsner offering.

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

341 mL bottle from a BC Craft Brewers Guild sampler pack, dated Aug. 21 2014 and served well-chilled. Two Czech-style pilseners in the same pack seems like an odd choice, but then again, I'm just some hoser.

Pours a clear, golden-yellow colour, topped with just over one finger's worth of fluffy, eggshell-white head. It recedes slowly over the next few minutes, eventually settling into a frothy cap and collar with a messy ring of lace. The aroma is typical of the style - grainy pale malt sweetness and lemon zest, with some grassy, floral notes to accompany.

Now THIS is an interesting flavour - something rarely uttered about this style, I'm sure. Perhaps due to the dry-hopping? The grainy pale malt backbone is all-too familiar, providing a modicum of doughy sweetness - but the tail end of the profile manages to pique my interest. It's very big on the lemon citrus, and quite zesty, with lots of leafy tea, floral and green herbal notes being the main features of the finish. The aftertaste has a bitter, juicy citrus feel to it, which fades from the palate quickly. Light-bodied, with aggressive carbonation that prickles the tongue and provides this pils with an appropriately crisp, active mouthfeel.

Final Grade: 3.83, a respectable B+. Phillips' Elsinore is a unique domestic lager that I am really enjoying. The combination of floral notes, citrusy hops and prickly carbonation used allow this pils to stand out amongst a rather large crowd. It is more intensely-hopped than most imports, which the average BA will probably have no issue with - myself included. While I wouldn't go out of my way to seek this beer out, or attempt to scam the Brewers' Retail outlet in an effort to obtain more, it's still very well-made and I'd happily drink it again some time, should the opportunity arise.

Photo of garrettparkal
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of spinrsx
3.17/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $2 or so

Appearance - Yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is a fair mount of lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, grass, herbal, hops

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste grass, floral notes, and some odd cooked vegetable taste. There is also some corn, bread and light hops.

Overall – The odd herbal/vegetable taste kind of ruin this beer for me. Interesting.. but odd. Not something I'd buy more of.

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Elsinore from Phillips Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.