Yellow Snow Pilsner | Rogue Ales

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Yellow Snow PilsnerYellow Snow Pilsner

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: Bohemian Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by bilbobrewer on 11-06-2017

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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by Premo88:
Photo of Premo88
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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 monkist
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
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 SmellsofMahagony
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of juicebox
4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mrosenfeld32
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
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 NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
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 Ciocanelu
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
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 tempest
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
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 chrishiker1409
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kegatron
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of redleg64
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cbcrunch
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrc1093
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBigBoy
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tjmiller718
3.16/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of teromous
3.06/5  rDev -15.7%
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 Boone757
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mactrail
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
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 jagada
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ShawnL
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GloryConway
3.17/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Z2thet
3.17/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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