Yellow Snow Pilsner
Rogue Ales

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Style:
Bohemian Pilsener
Ranked #162
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
83
Ranked #36,303
Avg:
3.68 | pDev: 12.77%
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
65
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Rogue Ales
 
Oregon, United States
Avail:
Winter
Wants
  2
Gots
  8
SCORE
83
Good
Yellow Snow PilsnerYellow Snow Pilsner
Notes: This winter-inspired pilsner is drinkable and classic. Brewed with spruce tips, Yellow Snow is crisp and clean with a refreshing hint of spruce that'll remind you of the fresh Northwest winter air.

Ingredients: Weyerman Pilsner & Carabelge Malts; Perle & Sterling Hops; Oregon Sitka Spruce Tips; Czech Pils Yeast; Free Range Coastal Water
Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 65 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of jcarlosv
1/5  rDev -72.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Bought 1 12 ounce can at total wine, bottled on 09/03/19. Poured flat, no head, no bubbles, taste flat, dead. For a pilsner its awful, I guess I got a bad batch because I truly enjoy Rogue beers.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a Libbey style pilsner glass. Canned October 10th 2019.

Deep brass color, with a faint hint of brown to it, and mostly clear with fine carbonation. Head is fluffy white, and sits with a good two easy fingers with real nice retention. A bit of faint lacing rounds it out. Very nice looking pilsner.

Very neat aroma. This comes off very clean and crisp but with a thick almost minty like sweetness on the nose. Hints of green herbs, in a sweet angle that is real unique.

Palate sticks back to basics with a unique twist. A bit of playful if heavy carbonation but a supportive body and mouthfeel, giving a crisp somewhat gaseous malt presence, but a thick green herbal like twist to the beer. Sappy aftertaste but not sticky in flavor as well, with still much of that minty/sage like flavor dominating the beer.

Unique tasting pilsner that is drinkable.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz can

A somewhat soft pour on my part yields only about a half finger of white head into my hourglass pub glass, retention is average. Body is a dark yellow. Clarity is very good. Huge amount of bubbles. Looks fine so far, my bad on the pour.

Nose is lemon, touch of noble hops, and a load of bready, biscuity malts. This actually smells super nice. Maybe a tad off style, as this is more what I expect from a hef malt bill, but who cares.

Flavor is quite interesting. Malts are certainly not as in depth here, bummer. The lemon and grassy hops hit really sharp and quick up front, then the beer finishes with a nearly perfume flavor – can’t imagine this is the spruce tips. It’s not an unwanted flavor, just odd. Looking at this just as a pilsner, not bad, certainly passable, maybe a touch watery though.

Mouthfeel is ok here. Carbonation is on the lower side, it’s been giving off a lot since it’s been poured. Body is a little thin for my liking as well. Starts out somewhat sweet with that perfume vibe, gets pretty darn dry as it warms. Bitterness is hardly noticeable. Nothing terrible here, but a little rough around the edges.

Drinkability is super high. It’s a very very light beer.

Appearance on the first glass turned out pretty meh. Lacing was little to none. I’ll try and give it a break on the poor head pour. Second glass had a little better lacing.

Overall this is fine, the more I drink it the more it reminds me of a helle’s in terms of bitterness and body. Has a little more flavor than a helle’s, but still, an unclassified “pilsner” brewed in the NW is not something I would associate with a helle’s.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a crystal clear deep straw with respectable effervesce streaming up, producing a frothy, shortlived, white head that diminishes to no surface cap, only a hint of a collar & no appreciable lacing. Aroma is pilsner malt, grass, lemon, evergreen & earthy vegetal from the spruce. Taste is pilsner malt, yeast, biscuit, spruce, earthy herbal, grass & lemon. There is a prominent peppery note in the front half but declines in the bittering finish & disappears in the aftertaste. Dry throughout. Aftertaste is conifer, pilsner malt & earthy herbal. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, prickly, tongue tickling & dry with an astringent aftertaste.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.29/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bohemim style.

A: Yellow snow is a pale orange in the vessel with a medium state of haze. A quickly dissipating head is nearly gone immediately after the pour stopped. A weak and broken lace ring rests on the surface. A very soft and lightly dense release of carbonation.

S: Fresh green corn stalks, green ears, with some sweet buttered corn and grains. Average strength, not much complexity.

T: Really sweet flavor, buttered corn, and buttered biscuit, along with some wheat backing. Some glazed sugar donought sweetness, with fruity undertones.

M: Medium syrupy, low carbonation, slightly sticky. Biscuity fullness.

O: Overall really sweet, syrupy, and buttery. Mute hops with a insufferable drinkability rate just after a few sips. Bohemim style is a hard one to tackle, this one just didn't do it for me on multiple levels, aroma, appearance, and taste. The mouthful/body one of the few sticking points here.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue Ales "Yellow Snow Pilsner"
12 fl. oz. can,
$2.79 @ ABC Fine Wine & Spirits #139, Wildwood, FL

Notes via stream of consciousness: Hazy deep golden body beneath a short head of white that seems to be holding well despite its height. It doesn't even seem like there are that many bubbles rising from below to bolster it. In the nose it's grainy/malty but there's also something interesting. I'm assuming that's from the spruce tips, but if I didn't know they were in there I'd guess it was from piney and herbal hops. It's not that bright of an aroma but it works. The flavor is much fuller, offering a lot of fruitiness that includes sweet apples, sweet red berries, sweetened blueberries, and a sweetish grainy malt base. The spruce note is light, and appears at the swallow and lingers into the finish. I certainly wouldn't have labeled this beer as a "Pilsner" because it doesn't fit the bill, but it's actually really good. A stiff bitterness balances it (19 IBUs according to the label), and although a dollop of sweet malt remains at the swallow amidst a light swirl of fruitiness, it fades quickly, and never builds on the palate. In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently crisp. Looking back the head has died down to a thin collar, and although there's some lacing left behind it's not that great. In the end it's a charming, sweetish beer that's got some nice character to it although I'm not really finding the spruce tips (or am I and I just don't know it?). I've really enjoyed it so far and I look forward to having more once this one is gone.
Review# 6,418

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Photo of teromous
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the bottom of the can: "10/31/2018 15:04:03"

Appearance: The body of the beer is a medium-light gold color with only a light bit of haze. It has a short white head that has moderate retention.

Aroma: The beer has a light bit of a corn flake aroma.

Taste: There is a bit of corn flake flavor and a very soft touch of nondescript herbal character. Some of the yeast flavor comes through just slightly meaty.

Mouthfeel: It's smooth with average carbonation. It's not the cleanest feeling beer though.

Overall: The beer can says this is a "PILSNER BREWED WITH OREGON SPRUCE TIPS" but it really doesn't deliver any spruce flavor or aroma. It's a fairly average Pils. I probably wouldn't drink it again and there are better Pilsner beers and spruce beers I would recommend.

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Photo of ichorNet
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'm always a little miffed when breweries re-use names of retired beers for their new stuff; it seems lazy and like a case of crappy branding/marketing, which is definitely somewhat strange for Rogue. These guys have typically been pretty good at coming up with unique ideas and, though their marketing isn't as extreme as someone like Stone, they typically deliver well enough with what they decide to do. Sure, there have been some beers from them that are too out-there for most of the market (remember Beard Beer?), but they definitely do like to have fun. Anyway, this is a spruce tip-infused pilsner clocking in at 5.5% instead of the IPA it used to be. Whatever, I guess.

The pour here is definitely pretty sweet. A superbly-pristine, clear, deep golden liquid tumbles out of the can and into my glass. Intense, constant carbonation rises to the top, covering the surface in dense white foam, which leaves behind some solid lace as it sinks to about a quarter-finger. Already impressed by the appearance alone. Let's hope Rogue keeps it up with the more important aspects.

The nose is pretty much a clean, slightly-spicy and crisp Czech-style pilsner smell. Seems rather inoffensive, and the spruce definitely doesn't seem to be at the forefront. Now, for the most part, I'm a person who would rather see a beer with adjuncts display them in a slightly more moderated way than someone who prefers being smacked in the face with non-beer flavors in my beer. I wish this did have slightly more of that coniferous note that I know spruce can add (see Peak Organic's Evergreen IPA for a solid inclusion of this ingredient), but it's a little safer, seemingly, and I'm okay with that. I get a little bit of crackery malt and a slight floral whiff from the hops. Not bad, but not great.

The flavor profile seems to display the spruce slightly better, but it's still dominated by maltiness and drinks slightly heavier than I would prefer my pilsners to drink. There's a bit of Pine-Sol-like cleaning element, but it works alright with the slick feel and bright carbonation for the most part. I'm not sure I would want this to be any more forward with the spruce, as it could quickly get overpowering in such a simple base beer, so I'm not really sure how I'd rate this one. As a regular pilsner, it's pretty solid, and the finish does have a bit of character to it (with a surprisingly long-lasting flavor, interestingly enough), but it doesn't really stand out to me. Definitely not bad, but I think it could be improved. A drier beer with just a little more spruce in the nose and a zippier finish would make this a lot better.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I tried this can chilled in a pilsner glass.

the color is golden, clear with white head that has good retention with fine bead.
The smell is floral with malt yet fruit yeast with earthy spruce woody aroma
The feel is malty and mild with moderately carbonated body with low sweetness and resinous aspect with moderately dry finish
The taste has malt with woody elements and mild fruitiness with slight yeast and mild mineral accent with slight honey-like pils malt taste and a mostly dry finish.
This is a good pilsner with pleasant malt flavor I would drink this again, a decent example of the style

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Photo of monkist
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Spruce tips, wow. I never thought you could make a beer with it. And here you go. Rogue shows you that anything is possible. Like they did with the amazing Cold Brew, this is also a unique and a great ale - or a pilsner, sorry.
Strange because it smells quite similar to a sour or a gose, rather than a pilsner but maybe I feel so because for me lezáks are the only pilsners. Now this is different but not at all inferior to that. The taste is also quite like a mild sour and I'm letting it warm up a bit because I have a feeling that the hints of the spruce will get stronger. But it doesn't, or at least not to an extent that I was expecting, still changes the feeling of it quite a bit. Slightly fresh Christmas tree in the mouth. Ever so slightly. And it's still not a pilsner. I guess I'd rather have this to be a full-on pine than a pilsner, but if I forget about both and try enjoying this beer for what it is, it's quite good. As a semi-sour, semi-gose-esque something. Quite okay. Rogue cannot go wrong. Just rethink the naming.

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Photo of mactrail
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Leave it to Rogue to use the same name for two completely different beers! From the 12 oz can purchased at Haggen Market in the Northwest. Actually quite a beautiful pour, the pile of white foam on yellow brew in the tall goblet. The texture is creamy and it has a carbonation that is more lush than lively. Smooth mouthfeel.

I always like to taste spruce beers. This one is the least flavored-up of any I've tried. Once you get over that, you realize it also tastes almost nothing like a Pilsner. Well, there's a hint of something hoppy eventually. It's so sweet, grainy, cereal tasting like Corn Chex. It's quite drinkable, though they should call it something like "Blonde Ale stewed with popcorn."

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Photo of Premo88
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured into pint glass at Agora on Westheimer in Houston, TX
(11/3/17 born-on date printed on bottom of can)

L: pale yellow/dark yellow, maybe a tick toward gold but not gold (SRM 3-4); pushes up super thick, creamy head of small-bubbled foam over an inch tall; no stick/lace; keeps the thinnest line of foam for a collar with minimal activity in the glass

S: sweet grain, light lemon/lemon grass, pinch of dill ... something else green/grassy but sweet, like cilantro in a tangy sweet sauce (curry? Mediterranean/Middle Eastern dish?); has very light creamed corn, too, but it doesn't smell like the beginnings of a creamed corn takeover like happens with some beers as they disintegrate in the can -- this smells like a very tight, controlled creamed corn note produced from the recipe (not DMS)

T: sugary sweet biscuit malt, the lightest hint of lemongrass, lemon and tarragon and an aftertaste that wants to be a bitter grass-hop bite but never gets bitter, never bites ... the sweet biscuit malt flavor washes back over it before it can

F: weighty and slick for a pils, but I did give it a hefty pour; still crisp and light enough for easy drinking, but this one might feel more authentic out of the can

O: I love it; it's much more like a very good cream ale or blonde ale than a pilsener, for the hops can't seem to get out from under all the sweet notes, but label this beer whatever you like and hand me another while you're at it! about the only drawback I see is that it's 5.5% ABV instead of 4.5% (or thereabouts) where I could "crush" it as the kids say -- it definitely has a crushable quality

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy golden color with white head. Aroma is quite malty and grainy with some light linden flower notes. Taste is sweet and malty, a bit lemony, light floral hops on the finish, just a hint of bitterness. Light to medium body with medium carbonation. Really generic lager flavor, I cannot taste the spruce tips.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.81/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 ounce can - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clearish, golden-hued body with a very short-lived head -- it was white while it lasted.

Smell: Sweet cereal aroma with a minute hint of grainy pils, a hint of fabricated lemon scent, mineral water and gum. Huh.

Taste: Disjointed pilsner maltiness, a bit on the sweet side followed by a flush of mineral water. Lemony, just a bit of tartness, a bit of bitterness, a slight piny edge, with a curious hint of Chiclet gum, all merging on the near-flat finish for an overall odd flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body with a fairly low level of carbonation in my can leaves it pretty limp and watery.

Overall: My enthusiastic hopes for a well constructed pils highlighting some degree of spruce tips were quickly dashed with this one. Far from enjoyable and not one I could even halfheartedly recommend.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can - I thought that this name sounded familiar, and it is, as they've re-purposed the Yellow Snow IPA's moniker.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with three zaftig fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and mildly bubbly off-white head, which leaves a bit of splattered archipelago lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly subsides.

It smells of grainy and crackery cereal malt, gasohol, pine needles, some muddled citrus fruitiness, lager yeast, and understated earthy, leafy, floral hop bitters. The taste is semi-sweet, grainy and bready pale malt, some resinous green essence that could be spruce, an earthy yeastiness, faint petrol notes, some indistinct red berry fruitiness, and more tame leafy, musty, and floral verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly active in its swirling and twirling frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and generally smooth, with a thin airy creaminess evolving as things warm up a tad out of the ol' cellar refrigerator. It finishes off-dry, the malt doing well to maintain the lingering upper hand.

Overall - this comes across as a pleasantly rendered version of the style, with just a soupcon of spruce in the mix. Perhaps a bit on the sweet side for me to want another of right away, but I wouldn't turn down one if offered at a future date.

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Photo of DrMullet
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow color with mild head, resolving to very thin lacing.
Smell is faint. A bit of sweet malt and floral notes.
Taste is sweet malt. Definitely bubblegum flavors and a tinge of spruce.
Mostly bubblegum. Unique but odd.

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Photo of EMV
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass

L: Clear light golden pour. 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Fruity and almost yeasty... especially for a pilsner.

T/F: Light grains.. sweet and fruity. Could definitely use more balance... bubblegum, mild lemon citrus, and floral notes. Not nearly enough bittering... lacking crispness. Smooth mouthfeel with effervescent carbonation. Finish is sweet... bubblegum and grains.

O: Looked good... smelled decent... but the flavor just didn't do it for me. Far too sweet and bubble-gumish. Didn't pick up much evergreen or hop character. Glad I only got 1 in a mix-a-six. For me... Rogue continues to disappoint.

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Photo of tempest
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Spruce in the aroma and back of the flavor. It's light and well balanced to the subtle toast of the pale barley. Creamy, smooth feel, no adjunct off-flavors. Just a clean American lager with a touch of spruce.

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Photo of Squire
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Attractive canary yellow with small white cap.

Aroma of slightly sweet floral scented malt.

Taste on entry is sweet malt with something almost like vanilla cream soda riding on top. Hops are present in sufficient amount to provide a counter balance but I don't get much hop flavor, rather more of a slightly bitter tingle. What I'm calling floral is actually a resinous impact from the Spruce tips but it's done with such a light hand the effect is more like breathing scented air in a high altitude Spruce forest.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

What a lovely, lighthearted drink with a feeling of crisp winter air in bright sunshine. The construct is not complex but everything fits together and the total package is something I could drink and share anytime of the year.

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Yellow Snow Pilsner from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 65 ratings