Sw'elsinore - Pinthouse Pizza Craft Brewpub
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2.61/5 rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5
32 fl oz brown glass Alesmith grumbler with screw-cap filled an hour ago at Pinthouse Pizza. They brand this a "Canadian Lager." 4.10%. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery, which has made a couple beers I've quite enjoyed. Served into a Spaten bierkrug in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Cost for the fill was $8.00 USD.
Served cold, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated; I mean I just got this filled.
A: No bubble show forms as I pour.
Pours a 2.5 finger wide head of white colour. Decent creaminess. Nice thickness and frothiness. No real lacing as the head recedes. Head retention is above average - about 3 minutes - but that's not difficult to pull off at a mere 4.1% ABV.
Body colour is a clear bubbly yellow; transparent and translucent. No yeast particles are visible. Average vibrance for the style.
Not unique or special, but generally appealing. There are no obvious flaws.
Sm: Tart lemon rind/peel. Corn adjunct. Straw/hay. Clean barley. Noble hops lend it an indistinct floral character. Crisp pilsner malts aplenty. On the sweeter side. I also pick up a vague off-note -it's kind of medicinal. Maybe this is what other reviewers call "band-aid"?
No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.
A lightly offensive aroma of above average strength. Off-putting.
T: Corn adjunct, straw, pilsner malts, crystal malts, and noble (floral) hop character. Lightly grainy. Painfully simple. There's no complexity or subtlety here at all. Shallow depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour for the style, but below average overall. Not too well balanced. Certainly not gestalt. It has general cohesion. There's nothing unique or special about it. Pretty boring and bland, but luckily the off-note from the aroma doesn't make an appearance. A tart lemon tinge. Far from tasty, but palatable and inoffensive. I don't know that I'd say I like it.
No yeast character or alcohol comes through.
Mf: Strangely coarse and dry for a beer meant to be a drinkable lager. It's rough and almost stale feeling. Overcarbonated. Poor presence on the palate; unrefreshing. Too thick and full-bodied for its lack of flavour. Doesn't suit the flavour profile well; it's just not to style. A beer like this should be smooth, wet, and above all refreshing.
Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, buttery, or harsh.
Dr: Downable swill. Very pedestrian. Methinks this is what they brew to satisfy the macro drinkers that visit the brewpub. Nothing wrong with keeping customers happy, but it won't satisfy the serious beer drinkers out there. I certainly wouldn't get it again, though I'll easily make short work of this grumbler. A very forgettable lager that you can afford to skip over.
Serving type: growler
10-06-2013 02:15:32 | More by kojevergas
Sw'elsinore from Pinthouse Pizza Craft Brewpub
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