Craft Pilsener
Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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Style:
German Pilsner
Ranked #582
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
79
Ranked #44,040
Avg:
3.44 | pDev: 9.88%
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
47
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Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
 
Scotland, United Kingdom
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
79
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Reviews by BigGruntyThirst:
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3.82/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of EOC
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nullbort
3.42/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of eberesford
3.36/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very pale copper with thinnish head flavour light - bready, sweet, slight fruity, apple flavour.

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Photo of DaPan
3.67/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chicagoish
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of deereless
3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of vinicole
3.32/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle. Golden amber. Frothy head which subsides slowly.
Floral and fruity hops. Apple noted.
Harsh cereal almost immediately. A bit of biscuit. Light bitterness to finish but a corn syrup sweetness prevails.
Too soft for a pilsner.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.49/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; one of six different brews included in their "Merry Craftmas" seasonal sampler. Best before May 2017 and served well-chilled.

Pours crystal-clear golden-yellow in colour, with one finger of loose, foamy white head that recedes within a minutes' time. An unassuming collar is the only remnant, save for a few patches of wispy foam on the surface. Grassy, weedy hops and lager yeast on the nose, with a twinge of sulfur and grainy, doughy pale malt and digestive biscuit sweetness. So far, it looks and smells like yer average run of the mill pale lager.

The first couple of sips mostly just reinforced that assumption for me. The taste is of grainy, biscuity pale malts; lightly sweet, but balanced appropriately by continental hop flavours on the back end - grassy hay, compost and a few floral notes. Finishes with a hint of lingering biscuity malt sweetness that soon fades. Light in body, with aggressive carbonation whose bubbles relentlessly pelt the tongue with pricks. As a guy who likes pilseners (and generally grades them more leniently than most BAs), nothing about this one is really standing out to me, other than the fact that it's very easy to drink. And that's hardly a noteworthy trait for a pils - more like a minimum requirement, actually.

Final Grade: 3.49, a B-. I find Belhaven's Craft Pilsner to be a fairly boring lager, but in a pinch I suppose it could work as a serviceable, one-after-another session pils. The tone of my review may seem a little unnecessarily harsh, so I'll clarify - this is absolutely NOT a bad beer. In fact, it's a reasonably decent German-style pilsener: I am detecting no discernible flaws whatsoever, and I enjoyed my glass for whatever that's worth. Miles ahead of the average American or Canadian macro lager... but I still don't think I'd pick this over a Jever, Radeberger, Warsteiner or Bitburger. Still, I'm glad to have had the chance to try it.

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Photo of Electros
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GentleKnight1
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheHammer
3.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bylerteck
3.36/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dentist666
2.89/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into lager glass.
Pours cleare golden/amber beer with 2-finger off-white head, moderate retention.
Smell - high diacetyl, grainy.
Taste - sweet grainy, light grassy hops in the finish.
Light body, medium to soft carbonation.
Diacetyl in pilsner is a great flaw, that's why rating is so low.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of March 2015. Picked up a little while back from a B&M store. Described as a classic, continental-style pilsner with a biscuity aroma.

A: Poured into a stemmed pilsner glass. A clear golden-amber colour with faint floating sediment and light carbonation. Forms a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a minute or two before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Slight lacing.

S: Aroma of grainy malt with hints of biscuits, mild grass/hay, faint husks, vague fruity esters and earthy yeast. Subtle but pleasant enough.

T: Tastes of light, grainy malt with a faintly sweet character and a mild finish. Notes of biscuity grain, mild grass/hay, subtle yeast esters, faint earthiness and a twinge of stewed hops. Well-attenuated, followed by a delicate bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with soft carbonation and good body. Mildly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of grainy malt, subtle sweetness, faint grass and yeast esters.

O: Won't blow your socks off but not too shabby either. Looks alright, while the aroma and flavour are an unchallenging blend of grainy malt, mild grassy hops and subtle yeast. Body is OK. No world-beater, but a drinkable lager that comes out ahead of the macro competition. Worth sampling.

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Photo of dipso123
3.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It tastes like a Pilsener made with a Scottish malt bill. Unusual/unique in a pleasant way.

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Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. Pilsner glass. Golden color, crystal clear appearance. White, close & lasting crown. Sulfur notes, hints of honey, earth, herbs & grain to the nose. Crispy & malty upfront followed by subtle & underneath honey & sweetness. Light body. Moderate to soft carbonation. Watery texture. Gentle & clean herbal bitterness lingers into a dry bitter finish while sweet & biscuit notes are shown on the aftertaste. Refreshing & kind drinkability.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
2.85/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Not a fan of the style but not terrible
For the lager style it is evoking
the same time frames and the aroma of lemon
Flavour of the similar to the aroma

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hanglow
3.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours almost amber with small head

Smells ale-like. Some light fruit, buiscuity malt, light toffee

Taste some sweet malts, bready, very light bitterness, light dryness, medium carbonation, medium body.

I wouldn't pick this out as a lager if i'd drunk it blind. Certainly not a pilsner. It's ok, but rather boring

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Photo of patre_tim
3.91/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper with a moderate amount of carbonation, and no head. Clear filtered.

Smells of scotch, toasted malts, and hints of apples.

Tastes very malt forward, with scotch and apples and toffee.

Light body, and a little soda like carbonation.

Delightfully different, it exceeds my low expectations. Nice aroma and flavor. Drinking in St Jean Port Joli, Quebec, Dec 23rd, 2017.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bf_89
3.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.17/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

330 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. One of the six beers in the Merry Craftmas holiday pack.

Appearance - Rich dark golden in color. Small white head with modest retention. Good clarity.

Smell - Grassy aromas mostly, not a big nose at all. A hint of earthiness.

Taste - Grainy with some grassiness. Moderately bitter. Serviceable.

Mouthfeel - Easy drinking with moderate carbonation. Medium body.

Overall - One of my least favorites from the holiday pack, there's nothing wrong with it as it;s a decent pilsner, it's just not terribly great in any way.

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Photo of hansavijaticar
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Craft Pilsener from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 47 ratings