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Zomer Pils | Lakewood Brewing Company

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Lakewood Brewing Company
Texas, United States | website

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Michaeldmanley on 07-17-2013

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

Light, Bready, Herbal, Dry

Zomer (or Summer) Pils is brewed with Belgian pilsner malt and noble hops. Bready, biscuity aroma. Smooth, light, watery feel. Super dry, minerally, biscuity, grainy with a hint of sweetness, bready, herbal hop bite. Well-balanced, and the overall dryness of the beer really allows the malt to shine through. A solid Euro Pils that begs to be consumed in large quantities.

STYLE: Czech Pils | ABV: 4.8% | AVAILABILITY: Summer

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #93 (Oct 2014)

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A Pilsner that actually has taste... crisp, delicious taste. Perfect beach summer beer

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2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
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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)

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