Calhoun Claw - Lake Monster Brewing

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Ratings: 27
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Lake Monster Brewing visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: jera1350 on 10-10-2013

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Ratings: 27 | Reviews: 7
Reviews by bsp77:
Photo of bsp77
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Bright gold with decent white head and light lacing.

Smell: Straw, apple, pepper and citrus.

Taste: Typical Pilsner backbone of straw, hay and apple. More Czech than German. Lots of pepper on the spicy, bitter finish, and some light citrus as well.

Feel: Hefty body for a Pilsner. Moderate carbonation. Nice dry finish, but not quite as crisp or clean as some Pilsners.

Overall: Probably the best Minnesota-made Pilsner. Pretty impressive overall. Edit: I like Bent Paddle Venture Pils better, so this is the best Czech-style Pilsner.

More User Reviews:
Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Ice House.
L: Pours brilliant gold with a 1” bone white foam cap.
S: Light grains, faint biscuit, spicy hops.
T: Served ice cold which masks the flavors somewhat. Clean palate with biscuit, light grain and a mild hop accent on the finish.
F: Crisp, refreshing, light, above average carbonation.
O: a good example of a classic German Pilsener.

Photo of morimech
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear straw color with just over a finger of head that held on for a long time for a pilsner. The head eventually settles to a thick cap with plenty of lacing left down the glass during consumption.

The brewer states that they use a combination of Czech and American hops. I can tell. Light citrus with lemon as well as spicy and floral. Light cracker aroma from the malt.

This beer fits right into my wheelhouse when it comes to pilsners. Dry, crisp, moderately bitter with some nice hop flavor. Dry crackers lay the foundation for hop flavor that consists of citrus, lemons, and pepper. Extremely clean flavors that tell me this has been brewed and lagered competently. Bitterness is getting on the high end for this type of beer however.

Light, brisk, crisp, are all adjectives that could be used to describe the mouthfeel. I would of liked even more carbonation but well done.

First beer I have had from Lake Monster. I am impressed. A pilsner aimed more to the beer geek than the unsuspecting macro drinker.

Photo of gatornation
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%

from a 12 oz bottle
A- pours a clear sunshine yellow color with a thin brilliant white head just a touch of lacing
S-spicy floral noble/ameican hops with grassy light biscuit smells
T-classic noble hops crisp and bitter with a floral punch of hops wet lemon and grassy tastes with sweet cracker malts whiegh in a nicely lagered pils
M-crisp and pure as the style should be a touch more hops and bitterness on the finish with medium/low carbonation
O-a great pils dry crisp floral and hoppy

Photo of Mongo_only_pawn
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this at crooked pint in Rochester was good, went well with Asian pork tacos. Decent flavor.

Photo of Chaz
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a pale golden-straw in color, with a near-excellent clarity. Shock-white head is solid and uniform, leaving a nice bit of lace to linger as it drops.

Nose is a blast of Noble hops and high ferment -- seems a little strong? No off notes.

Very classic 'Midwestern Pils' profile on the first sip -- all malt, with a comingled herbal and earthiness to the hop character. Hop bite is sharp and tangy, with a nice lingering aspect and a nice touch of biscuit malt (!) managing to sneak in there, too, right before the bitterness resumes. Slight lemon-rind character to the hop profile as this warms, but it doesn't detract.

Brisk and refreshing on the palate, with average drinkability for the style.

This is a perfectly adequate Pils brewed to match the classic German style, as rendered by one of Wisconsin's smallest (and most industrious) breweries, and with the brand owners over here in Minnesnowta making a solid choice of brewing and co-packaging.

To be honest I was not expecting too much from this one, but it really hit the spot after a long day, and I'd surely buy it again -- I might even share it with my fellow 'Germanbier-o-philes' : )

Photo of Sconnie
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Old Chicago.
Golden with a slight haze, white head. Aroma of herbal hops and sweet pilsner malt. Nice crisp flavor with floral hops, bready malt and a crisp, moderately bitter finish. Very smooth and drinkable, with great malt/hop balance. Great Pils.

Calhoun Claw from Lake Monster Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.