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Zomer Pils - Lakewood Brewing Company

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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Lakewood Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Michaeldmanley on 07-17-2013

In summer, Belgians head to the nearest beach, while Texans typically race towards the nearest source of shade. That's because the European sun is far friendlier than the fiery ball glowing over the Lone Star State. Combat the heat with our Zomer Pils. Brewed with Belgian pilsner malt and noble hops, this traditional pilsner is light, crisp, and refreshing. So let that sun keep on burning.
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Ratings: 41 | Reviews: 6
Photo of kojevergas
2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

After being pleasantly surprised by the high quality of Lakewood's The Temptress, I snatched this up at an Austin, TX bottle shop. Expectations are high.

BOTTLE: Brown glass. Branded pry-off pressure cap. Classy label design. 355ml.

Reviewed live at low altitude in Austin, TX. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Vintage: 2014.
ABV: 4.80%.
IBU: 34.
OG: 1.048.
SRM: 3.
Style: Pilsner. Per Lakewood's website: "Bohemian-Style Pilsner."
Serving temp: Cold.
Serving vessel: Pilsner glass.
Expectations: High (given the brewery).

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: ~4 inches wide. Off-white colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Full and frothy. It's thicker than the heads observed in most pilsners, suggesting perhaps it's not as drinkable or refreshing. Leaves a nice coating of light lacing as it recedes.

Retention: ~6-7 minutes.

BODY: Classic clear pilsner yellow of average vibrance. Clean; no yeast is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. It's a nice looking pilsner, but doesn't stand out as unique or special.

AROMA: Clean pilsner malts, grassy noble hops, spring water, faint clove, and soft Belgian pale malt. It's also lightly starchy, evoking dry cereals or grains.

Aromatic intensity: average.

TASTE & TEXTURE: The dry starchiness lends it a somewhat rough feel, counteracting the refreshing vibe it's after. Maybe Belgian malts weren't the best choice for such a clean attenuating yeast...

Otherwise, it's crisp and smooth, with only slight overcarbonation and a light body. This lightness fits into the summer pilsner premise well, and helps emphasize the simple pilsner malt backbone. Grassy noble hops are present albeit minimal.

Frankly, that's all there is here. I'm not finding the signature cleanliness of a triple decoction mash, and the core pilsner malt build is just lacking. Was this fermented a biteen too warm?

Depth of flavour: Shallow.
Flavour duration: Low.
Flavour intensity: Low.
Flavour amplitude: Passable.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh. This texture doesn't elevate the beer as a whole, and isn't well-executed in terms of the style, but it suits the taste decently.

It's unbalanced but not imbalanced, and its simplicity (even within the style) will turn off the discerning drinker. The key to a good pilsner (Czech or German) is subtlety and balance, and this is lacking in both respects. I do like it generally speaking, but it's just not up to par with Lakewood's other offerings.

OVERALL: Drinkable, but not as much so as you'd expect a good pilsner to be. This is perhaps the weakest work I've had from Lakewood thus far, but I'd probably revisit it fresh on-draught. It hides its modest ABV as well as you'd as expect. I wouldn't buy it by the 6 pack. Pilsner-loving beer fanatics in the Texas market are best off sticking to tried and true favourites like Live Oak's Pilz...or even Victory's imported offerings.

High C (2.98)

Photo of rorjets
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was a gift from my son in Texas, a nice pilsner from Lakewood Brewing with an abv of 4.8%. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, it had a fine frothy head, white as Santa's beard, with a trail of lacing as the beer was quaffed. A whiff off the top of the glass revealed a sweet malt smell. The first gulp was all about the malt, followed by a surprising hoppy bitterness. It lasted only seconds before giving way to a clean finish. This beer is intended more for summertime consumption, according to the label, but with it's low abv it was perfect for a work day lunch in the middle of the winter.

Photo of cmac1705
4.94/5  rDev +38%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Easily the best domestic example of a Czech Pils I've ever had.

A: Only place it gets dinged. Straw color with a bit of haze.

S: Sweet grains. Cream. Light spice. Floral. Balance between hops and Pilsner malt. Delicate yet still stands on its own.

T: Rush of sweet pilsner character. Ritz crackers. Floral hops follow. Yum.

M: Crisp. Refreshing. Exactly what you want.

O: See above. You can't really do better than this for the style.

Photo of allengarvin
4.09/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a crystal clear, very light straw color with a small but dense head that persists well. Aroma is light, but the hops are beautifully floral, exactly the small one expects in the style. The taste as well is hop-dominated, floral, slightly herbal, with a nice high bitterness. Malt is detectable but not a major component. Light, dry finish.

A good quaffing beer!

Photo of LikeHelles
4.04/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've had many lame, bland microbrewed lagers. I've had locally-brewed ones that I wanted to love and that I kept drinking--indeed, that I even recommended to others--despite my better judgement.

This is not that sort of lager. Zomer Pils is actually awesome.

It looks the part: a fizzy yellow lager. Floral hops dominate the nose. Bottoms up and the proof is in the pudding: a bold, distinctive hop presence in counterpoint with honeyed malt notes. Carbonation level is perfect. There are zero esters or any other sort of fermentation flaws.

It tastes like an import.

If they don't serve Zomer Pils down in West, TX or other towns in Czech-Texan country, I am certain that they will. This is the sort of beer that makes one proud to live where it is brewed.

Photo of Michaeldmanley
2.94/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A - Beautiful light golden color with a big thick frothy head that clings to the side of the glass.

S - Smell is a little wanting. Not much there. Honestly, smells like an adjunct lager.

T - Slight bitterness up front. Finishes without much of a punch at all. A little bit of the malt sinks in near the end, but there's almost nothing in the middle.

M - Slick flow on the tongue. The carbonation creates a nice padding.

O - While I've really enjoyed a lot of Lakewood's other offerings, I feel like this is a tad mailed-in. I would drink it again if the options were few and far between. Not a great example of the Czech style.

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Zomer Pils from Lakewood Brewing Company
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