Southern Gothic
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Style:
Lager - Kellerbier / Zwickelbier
Ranked #32
ABV:
5.6%
Score:
88
Ranked #14,078
Avg:
3.94 | pDev: 11.17%
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
115
From:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  4
Gots
  10
SCORE
88
Very Good
Notes: Steeped in tradition, yet ready for anything—that pretty much sums up our Southern Gothic Unfiltered Pils. This hop-forward but light-bodied pilsner is crisp and drinkable, perfect for an afternoon on the porch or a night down at the pub. We left it unfiltered and raw to bring out its complexity and add a depth of flavor.

BITTERING HOPS: Magnum, Saphir
FINISHING HOPS: Saphir, Sterling
MALTS: Pilsner, Vienna, Acidulated

38 IBU
Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 115 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by rajendra82:
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rajendra82 from Georgia

4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looked like any other Pilsner at the start of the pour, but the addition of yeast towards the end made the pale golden body look atypically cloudy. The head was small, never rising to more than half a finger thick. The smell was absolutely fantastic,, and very true to the style in its aromas of cut hay, lemon, and fresh baked bread, The taste was true to the style, providing balanced flavor profile between spicy and earthy noble hops, and bready malt. The yeast appeared to add a bit of punch of phenols to the mid palette, before the dry finish, with accents of lemon kicked in. A pretty nice Pilsner, with some complexity, not usually found in the style.

Dec 17, 2018
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours slightly cloudy yellow with thin white head that quickly dissipates leaving a few bubbles.

Aroma - Light lemon aroma, some sweet cereal smell and light grass.

Taste - Clean crisp light wheat with a touch of lemon. Light malt and grass.

Feel - Light bodied, crisp well carbonated.

Overall - A solid pilsener, clean refreshing and light.

Sep 08, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up in Chico on my way up to Oregon for our week long camping trip this summer.

Pours a bright yellow with 1/2" white head, slight haze. Aroma drops substantial Saaz bitter hops in the nose, floral, grassy, good field of hops and grain kind of vibe with a sizeable lager yeast pushing everything along with it. Aside from some super dank IPLs, this is one of the best noses on a pilsner I've ever smelled.

The taste is equally pleasant. I mean, dude, this pushes hella weight Saaz hop and lager yeast wise. They didn't go for approachable Summerfest Lager, put a wedge of fruit in your beer angle here, they went big on lager. Perfect carbonation and levity to the beer.

They done made possibly the best lager they've ever made. Might be time to bottle this in addition tot he run on the canning line they did. Would crush 12 packs of this in no time.

Aug 17, 2018
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Zylod from West Virginia

3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jul 22, 2018
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KMillard from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reminds me more of a Belgian with than pilsner.

Apr 27, 2018
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DigitGrowler from Kentucky

3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 22, 2018
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Riff from Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly yellow, almost golden color with a thick, white head that quickly fades away to some lacing on top. Smell is lemon, sweet grain, and a little grass. Taste is with the nose, a little lemon, some sweet grain flavors, and a bit of grass. Crisp, clean beer. Overall, solid pilsner. Nothing redefining for the style but easy to drink and delicious.

Jan 24, 2018
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digboy from New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear light yellow. Lemony aroma with belgian wheat smell. Tastes mellow and sweet with a mild citrus hop flavor. Moderatley seltzery. Clean finish

Aug 22, 2017
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Satorn from Florida

3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 08, 2017
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D-ROD from North Carolina

2.97/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz can poured into a pint

A- pours clear, then a slightly hazy pale straw color with a minimal head that leaves a rim of lacing behind

S- grainy, toasted crackers, amines of yeast, pilsner malt, floral grassy hops,

T- spicy floral hop-forward up front, the Lager yeast take over & unfortunately for me, dominate, thinkin’ Belgian rather than Pils. The finish is dry, and continues to be hop forward on the finish

M- excess carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp dry finish

O- more yeast-fully amine bitterness than a traditional, but isn’t that what unfiltered leaves behind?

Nov 18, 2018
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RedhawkPoke from Oklahoma

3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Fairly clear yellowish-gold bodied beer. Slight at at first pour but quickly went away. Enough carbonation to keep a few bubbles around.

S: Grain profile stands out in the beginning. A few lemon zest smelling hops balance out the grain smell to a certain degree.

T: Nice clean and crisp tastes. Again the grain is the predominant taste but the hops blend well with the overall beer.

M: Easy drinking pils. Clean and crisp. The beer doesn't have much complexity but is fine for the style.

O: Solid pilsner. Nothing fancy but fine for the style.

Oct 22, 2017
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CollinaTiger from South Carolina

3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 07, 2018
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Coho11 from Ohio

2/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Jul 09, 2018
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vabeerguy from Virginia

4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 01, 2019
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JoeyJellico from Kentucky

4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Aug 12, 2018
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BeardedWalrus from North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nov 22, 2018
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jr5639 from West Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 17, 2018
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Raleigh97 from Virginia

2.83/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Mar 01, 2019
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terpsnskins from Maryland

3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aug 12, 2018
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MephistosCafe from North Carolina

3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Feb 02, 2019
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beaulabauve from Louisiana

3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 20, 2019
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PennFan2002 from Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this today on draft at lunch. Really enjoyed it and extremely drinkable. Will be looking for it in 6-packs next time I'm at the store.

Jan 13, 2020
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ejimhof from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Jun 18, 2020
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Johnlippi88 from Tennessee

3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jul 22, 2019
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a variety 24-pack Costco $27.99
77 days old
Smell of wheat, citrus
Hazy golden color
Medium-light mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Citrus, wheat flavors, light bitterness finish
Overall ok.

Jan 17, 2020
Southern Gothic from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 115 ratings