Steam Whistle Pilsner - Steam Whistle Brewing
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Reviews by JamesMN:
3.78/5 rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Poured a 500ml can into a canadian Bushwakker glass I purchased in Regina, SK when I was 19 (gotta love that drinking age up north! And yes, I was into craft beer back then) The description on the can states: "Steam Whistle brings you Canada's Premium Pilsner." Bold words, let's see how it stacks up...
Appearance: Crystal clear gold color with visible effervescence. There was a one finger head but it has dissipated into a thin film of white foam.
Aroma: Like popcorn tea. Although not in the blatantly adjuncty way that most macro-pilseners smell. It's more of a yeast influenced aroma that is actually pretty nice. Just a hint of sweetness. Hoping for some crisp pilsener bitterness.
Taste: Finally a pilsener that actually tastes close to the original style! That popcorn tea aroma is present in the taste, but once again it is not the usual corn taste of macro-lagers, it is a full bodied yeast influenced flavor that stays on your palate. The second half and finish are very crisp from the hops. I think it is missing a slight bitterness that would bring it to a whole new level of flavor, but the hop presence is headed in the right direction.
Mouthfeel: Despite the bubbly look of this beer, it is surprisingly smooth. It is also medium bodied, if not slightly above, but still attains easy drinkability (credit for this goes to the crispness of the hops).
Final Thoughts: Canada's Premium Pilsner succeeds were others (macro-lagers) fail. They stick to four basic ingredients: spring water, malted barley, hops and yeast. This is evident in the flavor and overall drinking experience. A beer like this one puts all macro-brewed 'pilsners' to shame! It doesn't boast any fantastic qualities, but it also doesn't have any off flavors. It is simply a beer that's easy to enjoy.
Serving type: can
09-23-2012 05:11:57 | More by JamesMN
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3.48/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
A - clear golden pour, 1/2 finger of fizzy head which dissipates very quickly leaving next to no lace
S - pretty tame here, some bread and wheat, grass, some sweetness
T - slightly malty throughout, some wheat and sweet corn, sweet and light malty wet finish
M - crisp and very easy to drink, very refreshing, a slightly tingly carbonation
O - i am slightly conflicted as this is really 'light' and incredibly easy to drink but mild throughout, very drinkable but nothing really stands out for me...but i would drink this again.
Serving type: can
11-27-2013 16:57:50 | More by djoprahwinfrey
1.73/5 rDev -49.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75
I do not understand the fascination with this beer. Locals in Toronto all point to it as an exemplary craft beer. I find it barely drinkable. I think I heard a story that the owner of the brewery is a local celebrity. I also think he came from one of the major breweries.
If I didn't really want a beer on my Porter flight back to Chicago, I would never touched the stuff in the first place. thinking that it might have been in a bad mood that day, I ordered one up to give it a second chance. I was right in the first place. This is NOT a good representation of a growing craft beer scene in Ontario. It's a shame that government controlled monopolies get in the way of opportunities for consumers to try new beer. This is also a poor example of a Pilsner. You are just as good drinking an AB-InBev product like labatt blue.
feel: leaves an unpleasant after taste
taste: no real hop taste and very light malt
thank goodness the Porter light isn't very long.
Serving type: can
10-24-2013 18:25:30 | More by box299
Steam Whistle Pilsner from Steam Whistle Brewing
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