Two-One Niner Premium Pilsner | Laughing Dog Brewing

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Two-One Niner Premium PilsnerTwo-One Niner Premium Pilsner

Brewed by:
Laughing Dog Brewing
Idaho, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by JohnGalt1 on 11-23-2013

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Ratings: 26 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by Hopmodium:
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3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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Photo of biboergosum
3.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz can, apparently a 'pilsner' brewed for a Sandpoint establishment called 219 Lounge. I do like the saucy play on words in their marketing fart - 'wine her, dine her, 219 her!'.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with one finger of weakly puffy, loosely foamy, and generally bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a rew random specks of remote islet lace around the glass as things quickly devolve southwards.

It smells of biscuity pale malt, a strong sourdough breadiness, muddled black pepper dust, earthy, and weirdly spicy yeast, and leafy, weedy, and grassy hops. The taste is pretty consistent, with a few deviations - lightly buttery sourdough-heavy pale bready malt, peppery yeast, a hint of lemongrass, musty white grapes, corn grist (I guess that explains the classification here), and some mild leafy, grassy hops.

The bubbles are average, but still tame in their playful frothiness, the body a more than adequate medium weight for the purported style, and smooth enough for the inferred purposes here. It finishes on the sweet side, like a Frankenstein combo of barley and corn graininess, the hops mostly having blown off by now.

If this is trying to compete with all the macro-swill out there for the local 'dive' bar clientele's affections, then they may very well have gotten it right - Two-One-Niner is like a leveled-out version of that one BMC offering that you have always been 'ok' with. But all I can think about is that this is probably in the buck-a-beer range at the local retail level, and up here, it's more like 3 bucks a beer on the shelf, and ya gotta buy a six-pack. Meh.

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Photo of GabeBoise
2.75/5  rDev -9.8%

Not appreciably better than a Pabst

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Photo of tone77
3.31/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A big shout out to the creator of the can quest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a pale yellow color with a very small head. Smell is a bit lemony, some mild malts. Taste also has some lemons, malts, very easy drinking and refreshing. Feels light in the mouth and overall probably would be better on a hot summer day, nothing special here, but not bad.

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Photo of GrizDave
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

"This is a Classic American Pilsner brewed for Sandpoint’s 219 Lounge. The aroma is grainy with some corn, color is light straw with brilliant clarity. Light malt notes are balanced with a very subtle Willamette hop presence. Available in kegs."

Pours a nice clear very pale golden. short lasting head but shows a decent cap...

Nose is clean grains with a bit of the expected corn.. light DMS.. cut grass hops if I think about it.

Bigger maltiness is up front and very clean... grainy with a corny backbone... very balanced with no hops jumping up.. hops are light and grassy...

Should be a PBR substitute across the board.


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Photo of BlueSpader
3.54/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.46/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Laughing Dog 219-er has a medium, frothy, white head, an oddly hazy, straw appearance, few bubbles, and practically no lacing left behind. The aroma is also strange and pungent- some grape, grain, and peculiar sweetness. Taste is of grape, grain husk, aspirin-like hop bitterness, store-brand creamed corn, and wet bread. Mouthfeel is medium, and Laughing Dog 219-er finishes mostly dry, chewy, and unpleasant. Overall, this is vastly inferior to major brand lagers, like Red Dog.


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Photo of BayouBengal1537
3/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of headlessparrot
3.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Laughing Dog calls this a "classic american pilsner," which I guess is the tactful way of saying "American adjunct lager," and their website even acknowledges the use of corn in the recipe.

Pours from a can a surprisingly hazy, cloudy gold, capped by three fingers of foam that recede quickly to nothing, leaving no real lacing but showing evidence of high carbonation.

Smell is classic AAL, but a bit cleaner. Slight apple, slight corn, slight citrus and bread. Faint grass, herbal. Taste is again, apple, corn, slight bread and slight hop bitterness. Slight earthiness, maybe a touch of nuttiness. Decent--if a touch heavy--body, and high carbonation.

A slightly "crafty" take on the American adjunct lager, this is actually decently likeable: a bit more polish than your Millers or Buds. I could see myself drinking this ever-so-occasionally if they could find a way to lower the price to compete with the big names.

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Photo of Zorro
2.22/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Slightly chill hazed yellow fizzy beer with a small white colored head. Sort of looks like bud light in a glass.

Smells mildly sweet and mildly malty. Mildly lemon and saffron scented hops. Only thing is this isn't very aromatic at all takes a lot of effort to pick much out.

Starts out mildly malty with a mineral water taste. Mildly sweet and grassy. Mild hop bite. The taste of this one is pretty light though. Tastes like a light beer.

Mouthfeel is very light.

Overall got to tell the truth this is just too damn light. Doesn't taste bad and it certainly would be refreshing on a very hot day. But it is very close to water.

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Photo of zestd
2.75/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of woodychandler
2.06/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Another big find for The CANQuest (TM) while on a scouting mission to State Line Liquors in Elkton, MD on Veterans' Day 2013!

From the CAN: "This Classic Ameri[CAN] Pilsner is brewed for Sandpoint's 219 Lounge, Sandpoint's five-star dive bar. Crisp and refreshing: it's a Sandpoint original."; "Wine Her, Dine Her, 219 Her!"

Welcome back to my friend, the dog who laughs in the night! It actually annoys me as I have a fragile ego and I CANnot help but think that he is laughing at me. He gave a loud Bark as part of the Crack and so I took him off of the leash for an inverted Glug. The resulting two-plus fingers of bone-white head looked like meringue atop a lemon pie, slowly falling away, leaving great lacing in its wake. Color was a filament-bright pale yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) and I looked at him to see if perhaps he had personally filled this CAN instead of using a fire hydrant or a tree. He just laughed at me, which I suppose was to be expected. The nose was definitely grassy, very pilsner-like, but I am dubious of its classification as an AAL. Mouthfeel was soft and the taste had an odd vinous (grape) quality, like chewed Grape Bubblicious. Oof. This was an adjunct of some stripe, but I am unsure as to how they achieved this, especially since it did not come through on the nose. The finish was semi-dry and left a Minhas-like aftertaste in my mouth. Ugh. I CAN understand making this for the local dive bar, but why foist it on the rest of us when so many other horrible iterations of the flawed style exist? I CAN't understand, nor do I want to. Bad dog! Go lie down! Or maybe I will.

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Photo of sd123
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mactrail
2.81/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

I'm glad that JohnGalt (whoever he is) had the presence of mind to call this an American Adjunct Lager rather than a Pilsner. Sweet and grainy with a watered-down malt liquor sort of taste. Slight aroma of flowery hops and cereal.

Pours a perky light golden color with a decent white head in the Pilsner-style glass. There is plenty of prickly carbonation in the mouth. Light body but with a thickish, grainy mouthfeel. Some malty tang but mostly it's a cornbread flavor with a metallic aftertaste.

I can't see anything to recommend this. Even as a lawnmower beer it's cloying on the tongue rather than refreshing. But even in this category of horrors it doesn't offer much sunshine. From the 12 oz can purchased at Special Brews in Lynnwood, Washington.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.46/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: light yellow hue with a little bit of haze and a moderately strong effervescence. Head is a thin layer of white foam without much staying power. Par for the course.

Smell: a lightly malty aroma with some grassiness and just a hint of sourness and farmhouse funk. I don't know if this was being brewed at the same time as a saison or something, but it's definitely got a hint of that in the character. Not stylistically appropriate, but not unwelcome either.

Taste: lightly sweet with a bit of malty character and a light but present hop character; if the hops are delivering this bizarre saison effect, then good choice. The sour/funk is much less pronounced in the flavor than the aroma. Though there is just a hint of plasticy aftertaste so common in the style, this is pretty decent for an adjunct lager.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: this beer is far from perfect, but it rather tickles my fancy -- especially for an adjunct lager.

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Photo of Kmat10
3.25/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Shadman
3.32/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I've been on a pilsner kick of late and these guys brew some fine beer so.

Not a whole lot new to add in terms of colour and smell that others haven't already touched on. To me it tastes a lot more like a slightly upscale version of MGD than anything close to what a pilsner should.

save some money and by some MGD lol

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3.68/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Latarnik
3/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Exeter
3/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Pens1967
3.34/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.54/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into a nonic pint glass. A pale golden yellow with some effervescent but short-lived white fizz on top. Aroma is moderately sweet malts and floral, grassy, faintly spicy hops ... Sourdough bread, weak lemon rind, grass clippings, a minty note. I agree with the style designation here although this is a tier above what one might expect based on this moniker alone. Sweetish cornbread, a peculiar minty flavor reminiscent of Double Bubble gum, white grapes, neutered lemon rind. Slightly thicker than your average mainstream lager, with an emergent sweetness cut just enough via grassy hops. Finishes fairly sweet, faintly floral and herbal. Unassuming, clearly intended to appeal to the average palate, non-offensive and largely forgettable. Decent session option.

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Photo of B_B
2.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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