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: 30 |  Reviews: 11
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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More User Reviews:
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 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 jrc1093
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of sendbeer
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Slatetank
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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 DrMullet
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
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 -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrewSnyc667
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Gemini6
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Klister
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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