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Zomer Pils - Lakewood Brewing Company

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Reviews: 7
Hads: 47
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: n/a
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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3.75/5  rDev n/a
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) (510 characters)

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A Pilsner that actually has taste... crisp, delicious taste. Perfect beach summer beer (87 characters)

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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) (2,951 characters)

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2.94/5  rDev n/a
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. (639 characters)

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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. (761 characters)

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Zomer Pils from Lakewood Brewing Company
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