Yellow Snow Pilsner | Rogue Ales

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Yellow Snow PilsnerYellow Snow Pilsner

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Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by bilbobrewer on 11-06-2017

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Ratings: 26 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by Premo88:
Photo of Premo88
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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 SmellsofMahagony
3.89/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of juicebox
4.4/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mrosenfeld32
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
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 Ciocanelu
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
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 +4.4%
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 chrishiker1409
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kegatron
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of redleg64
3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrc1093
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tjmiller718
3.16/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mactrail
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Z2thet
3.17/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sendbeer
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrMullet
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
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 shelby415
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gemini6
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Klister
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EMV
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
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 Squire
3.84/5  rDev +6.4%
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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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.81/5  rDev -22.2%
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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Yellow Snow Pilsner from Rogue Ales
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