Calistoga Pilsner - Calistoga Inn Restaurant & Brewery
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Ratings: 4 | Reviews: 3 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by MusicaleMike:
4.28/5 rDev +23.3%
Moms brought this beer back as a souvenir from Napa. Thanks Mom! 22 oz. bomber bottle served in a big ass .4 liter pilsener glass.
The beer is a bright gold color with a very large, billowing white head. The clarity is not very good, and I think it would help the beers appearance if they could get the beer to clear out more.
The smell is very good; excellent hop nose, heavy on the Saaz and Tettanger varieties, which gives this beer a very traditional smell. Soft malt notes behind the hops.
Flavor of Germany...Not sure if I could tell that this beer was brewed in California, seeing as this beer hits the traditional mark again on the palate. Very well balanced. Lightly sweet, biscuit malts are evenly matched against the soft bite of European hops.
Glides gently over the tongue, not causing much of a disturbance. The carbonation is not as crisp as most German beers, but I like that softer quality. It is almost like an ale in that respect. Great feel...
Drinkability is high. I killed that bomber easily by myself. I could probably do two bombers no problem. This pilsener is comparable to the great German pilseners of PA, and that is saying something!
06-27-2009 18:56:20 | More by MusicaleMike
More User Reviews:
2.58/5 rDev -25.6%
Stopped in the Calistoga Inn Restaurant & Brewery and had this at the souce, and I have to say I was a bit disappointed. This pilsner has a darker golden color with hints of Banana, hops and malt in the nose. The taste was undecided. I just couldn't make out what it was trying to be. Hints of fruit. It was as if a Pilsner was trying to be and Ale and not succeeding. Overall, very bland and uninteresting.
05-29-2007 18:14:52 | More by Maerzen
4.03/5 rDev +16.1%
On tap at Calistoga Brewing on 7/16/09. The menu described this as a Czech-style Pilsner, not a German-style.
A - Clear golden/light amber body with solid one-finger rocky of-white head that settled into a quarter inch retention and deposited some spotty lace on the glass.
S - Fruity hop aroma with hints of sweet apple and white grapes, as well as a slight grassy character. Malt displays toasted grainy and light biscuity attributes.
T - Biscuity malt with a slight toasted grainy character. Sweet and fruity with some lemony and citrus notes. Finishes with a bready malt paired with a mild citrus hop presence.
M - Medium body with a light syrupy texture, although slightly thick and under-carbonated for a pils. Fairly sweet, crisp finish with a subtle hop bite on the tongue.
D - Very straight ahead traditional pilsner with classic flavor profile and aroma. While the mouthfeel isn't spot-on, this is a fine pilsner overall, and made for a refreshing early-afternoon beer.
08-04-2009 22:14:58 | More by ffejherb
Calistoga Pilsner from Calistoga Inn Restaurant & Brewery
- out of 100 based on 4 ratings.